Oct. 2 Jean-Paul Vest. Distinctive singer-songwriter and principal member of the band Last Charge of the Light Horse Jean-Paul Vest performs some of his creative original compositions in a solo electric-guitar/vocal setting in this encore from 2015.
Oct. 9 Heather Kropf. An outstanding singer-songwriter-pianist from Pittsburgh, who often visits Northeastern, PA, Ms. Kropf recently released a new album called Lights. She returns to Homegrown Music for her second appearance and performs some of the songs from that recording, as well as other new material in an all-new Homegrown Music session.
Oct. 16 A Homegrown Jazz Special with PAUL KENDALL and SKYLER STABIN. Veteran jazz reed man Paul Kendall and 16-year-old Northeastern PA jazz piano phenom Skyler Stabin collaborate on an enjoyable duo session with jazz standards. Kendall performs on bass clarinet and alto flute in addition to sax, in this all-new session. Note broadcast during WVIA’s All That Jazz at 7:00 PM.
*Note - the original listings incorrectly identified this show as airing on October 22nd and has since been revised.
Oct. 22 A Homegrown Music Concert Encore with NEAL CASAL. Many were saddened by the news of the passing of guitarist, singer and songwriter Neal Casal in late August at the age of 50. A New Jersey native, he had a wide ranging national career as a member of the metal band Blackfoot in his teens, a solo folk style singer-songwriter, then a member of Ryan Adams’ Cardinals, the Chris Robinson Band, and more recently heading the instrumental jam band Circles Around the Sun. Before he moved to the West Coast in 2000, Casal was a guest on Homegrown Music three times. This is an encore of a memorable live concert from 1998 with his band, including keyboard luminary John Ginty.
*Note - the original listings incorrectly identified this show as airing on October 16th and has since been revised.
Oct. 29 Celtica. This well-named five-piece acoustic group from the Central Susquehanna Valley, featuring flutist Flora Eyster, performs mainly traditional songs in first-rate arrangements in this encore from 2018.
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.
Full concert audio for select performances can be found here.
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.
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