Sep. 4 56 Men. A long-running band from the Philadelphia area, 56 Men is named after the number of people who signed the Declaration of Independence. The group has members from both sides of the Atlantic. They serve up melodic original rock inspired by the British Invasion. This is an encore of their 2016 session, done at about the time they released their EP Holy Hannah.
Sep. 11 Canción Franklin. With a first name that’s the Spanish word for “song” it’s only natural Canción Franklin got into music. A native of Tuscon, Arizona, he came east to attend college in New Jersey and has been on the NY/NJ/PA music scene for the past few years. A roots-rock style singer-songwriter with articulate lyrics who recently released his first EP, True as Time Allows, Franklin makes his Homegrown Music debut with a three-piece electric band performing 10 original songs.
Sep. 18 Charles Havira Band. A long-time part of the regional music scene going back to the early 1990s in the popular group Freight Train, Charles Havira has performed in numerous contexts from solo acoustic to rock band. Last year, he released an EP called Actual. This archive segment from 2001 features an all-star quartet featuring Pat Flynn and Mark Kiesinger from Mere Mortals and Bent Blue, and drummer Marko Marcinko of the Dave Liebman jazz group.
Sep. 25 Mickey Spain. A veteran folksinger, Mickey Spain has been a member of the traditional Irish band Makem and Spain, and has recorded with such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Roger McGuinn, Noel Paul Stookey, and Jonathan Edwards. Now living in Scranton, Mickey Spain makes his Homegrown Music debut with a collection of original and traditional songs in a solo acoustic setting.
Radio - Local Programs
with George Graham
Part of Mixed Bag, Tuesdays at 9pm on WVIA-FM
Homegrown Music with George Graham presents a wide range of rock, folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, reggae, World Music, fusion, etc., in short, all the types of music that Mixed Bag presents, with new studio sessions from the region's finest and most creative musicians. The emphasis is on all-original material, or highly original interpretations of old, obscure, or seldom-heard music. Each show features a different performance, with occasional encore broadcasts from the series' nearly 40-year archive.
The series presents monthly two-hour concert-broadcasts from the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA. To reserve your seat for an upcoming concert,.
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Homegrown Music Sessions
Generally, a performer must has no less than 20 minutes of completed music to be considered to be part of Homegrown Music. The ideal length is about a half hour, with the maximum length of just under an hour. (Longer segments can be broken up and broadcast on two different programs.) The length of each song thus determines how many tunes would be involved. Submit a physical demonstration recording on CD (or even cassette) to the following address: WVIA-FM, George Graham - Homegrown Music, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston, PA 18640-6197. The sound quality of the recording is not important, as long as all the instruments and vocals can be heard. Homemade recordings or recordings made from the mixing board at a live show are fine. Include what you feel is representative of the music you wish to perform on Homegrown Music, and the recording should preferably include all the personnel you hope to use during the studio recording session. You may include a large selection of songs, or just a few if you feel they accurately represent your style, level of musicianship and creativity. Be sure to include an e-mail address or phone number at which you can be reached during the evening.
If you wish to check on your demo's status, phone (570) 602-1165, during weekday evening hours. Because of the huge proliferation of music and bands on the internet, there is no guarantee that sending a link to a website will result in an audition. To ensure that the music will get a fair hearing, please send a physical recording to the above address.
Meet the Team
One of the first staff members at WVIA. Produces and hosts Mixed Bag, All That Jazz and Homegrown Music on WVIA Radio, and the Homegrown Music Concerts on WVIA-TV.
Graham was the first employee of WVIA Radio, and has been on the WVIA staff since 1972. A native and resident of Carbondale, PA, he is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he majored in electrical engineering. He joined the WVIA staff in connection with the studio design and construction of WVIA-FM, but with his four years of on-air experience at the Duke University radio station, he immediately moved into on-air work. He sought to bring the kind of eclectic contemporary music radio programming that marked student radio at Duke (where he was program director) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
He introduced Mixed Bag, which has become purportedly the longest continuously-running program of what is now called "album adult alternative" music in the country. Graham introduced Homegrown Music, a program to spotlight talented regional artists in performances from the station's studio. The series has been running continuously as a weekly series since 1976, and includes weekly recording session broadcasts, and monthly live concerts performed before a studio audience.
He also hosts WVIA's All That Jazz, and presents extensive annual radio coverage of the region's jazz festivals from Delaware Water Gap and Scranton. Graham has written for regional publications, and also works as a free-lance recording engineer, producer and mastering engineer.