Nov. 13 The Secret Admirers featuring Andy Goessling. On October 12, multi-instrumentalist and composer Andy Goessling succumbed to cancer at age 59. Andy is well-remembered on the regional music scene in PA and NJ for his work with Blue Sparks from Hell, Kings in Disguise, and for the past 16 years, with the national bluegrass-influenced jam band Railroad Earth. Andy could play almost any instrument. He was known for playing two saxes at the same time with Blue Sparks, and performed on mandolin and banjo with Railroad Earth. In 2000, he and his brother Dave, along with Lisa Knause, recorded this session as The Secret Admirers, one of his most personal musical projects, with creative mostly original acoustic music.
Nov. 19 A Live Homegrown Music Concert with the duo TOM FLANNERY & BRET ALEXANDER and the JOHNNY DeFRANCESCO BAND. WVIA’s monthly series of two-hour live Homegrown Music concerts resumes with the a duo of singer-songwriters and a blues-rock band.
Tom Flannery and Bret Alexander are both familiar to Homegrown Music listeners from their numerous appearances, Tom as an acoustic singer-songwriter, and Bret as a long-time member of the Badlees. They recently collaborated on a duo album called Tales from PA 6. They again join forces to perform their lyrically astute original music in an acoustic duo setting, exchanging songs by the two.
Johnny DeFrancesco comes from an illustrious Philadelphia musical family, with his brother Joey one of the best known contemporary jazz organists, and their father John, also a well-known jazz organist. Johnny is a first-rate blues guitarist and vocalist who has performed with his brother and father and also establish a solo career, releasing five albums on his own. He returns to Homegrown Music after an 18-year hiatus with a full band.
As usual WVIA members and listeners are invited to attend the live concert broadcast from WVIA’s Sordoni Theater. Free seating reservations may be obtained by clicking here.
Nov. 20 Melodic Intersect. An Indian-jazz-rock fusion trio, Melodic Intersect features a traditional Indian sitar and tabla along with electronic keyboards to perform creative, upbeat music with a groove. Last December, the group played a sold out show at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. This segment is an encore of their 2017 second Homegrown Music session.
Nov. 27 Sarah Holgate. Wilkes-Barre pianist-singer-songwriter Sarah Holgate was one of the featured high school Artists of the Week on WVIA-TV a number of years ago. In 2010, she released her second album Somewhere Past Distraction to very favorable reviews. She has been performing in New York City as well as in her native Wilkes-Barre area. This is an encore of her 2010 Homegrown Music debut with some new material plus re-interpretations of songs from her CD, joined by a quartet including her brother Eric on bass.
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.