Apr. 3 Jocelyn & Chris Arndt. Jocelyn Arndt is a powerhouse blues-rock vocalist, and her brother Chris is an ace guitarist. The young Upstate New York siblings and their band create energetic music that has attracted national attention and keeps the group on the road from coast to coast. The band put in a memorable live Homegrown Music concert last year. This is an encore of their 2016 studio session for the series.
Apr. 10 Jones. In 1998, one of the more memorable jazz-rock fusion bands on Homegrown Music was a short-lived ensemble called Fourth House. The band’s vocalist Megan Johnson and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Esposito the formed Jones (later the Megan Johnson Band), which took a more folk and country direction. This is an encore of their 2002 studio session with a quartet.
Apr. 16 A Homegrown Music Concert with MIKE AGRANOFF and a THE BOVINE SOCIAL CLUB. WVIA’s monthly series of two-hour live concert broadcasts continues with the return of a humorous folksinger, and the series debut of a bluegrass influenced jam band.
Mike Agranoff is known for his often hilarious folk song parodies and clever stories, though he often performs thoughtful heartfelt songs. His past appearances on the Homegrown Music concert series have been big hits, so after a three-year hiatus, he returns to the series with what promises to be another entertaining performance.
Led by Samuel St. Thomas, the Poconos-based band Bovine Social Club combines, bluegrass, old-timey, Americana, and some rock & roll. They were the closing act at the 2017 Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts, and they make their Homegrown Music debut with their rousing, mostly original music.
As usual, WVIA’s members are listeners are invited to attend the live broadcast from the station’s Sordoni Theater-Studio. Admission is free by reservation. Reservations are available on a first-come-first served basis here. Note: Start time: 8:00 PM.
Apr. 17 Po Boyz. An energetic soul-funk organ-based group, Po Boyz bring a kind of classic sound with their own original music than runs from soul to jazzy. This is an encore of their 2011 Homegrown Music debut session.
Apr. 24 Noam Weinstein. Singer-songwriter-pianist Noam Weinstein’s compositions range from the introspective to the humorously quirky. He has released five albums since 2001. This segment encores his 2012 studio session covering the range of his original compositions.
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.