Love For Sinatra

Community Post: Interview with Community DJ Deeg Shank

Dolores “Deeg” Shank is the perfect example of a music lover who is committed to the appreciation and exploration of what she loves most. She grew up outside of Philly and at a young age of 12, she discovered Frank Sinatra on a John Denver TV special. Once she witnessed Frank’s charisma and smile, and heard his stylish sing, she was taken. Flash forward to sophomore year of high school, when Deeg would listen to her favorite radio station constantly, which sponsored a four hour show dedicated solely to the lovely creations of Mr. Sinatra. This radio show inspired Deeg to create her own Sinatra show when she arrived at Dickinson College as a freshman.

She loved being a WDCV DJ throughout her time as a student, and missed the opportunity to be on air once she graduated and moved on. But after twenty-three years without WDCV in her life, Deeg returned, and of course continued her Spotlight on Sinatra show, just like she had done as a student. Deeg taught high school for many years, but has now retired from that and taken on dancing. Deeg’s spare time is filled with ballroom dancing, belly dancing, swimming, cooking at the local pool as well as substitute teaching at Big Spring High School during the school year. It is through activities like this that Deeg is introduced to much of the music she listens to outside of Frank. She is very open to ballroom music and Top 40, and in fact recently attended a Justin Bieber concert that was mostly enjoyable. Over the years she has also seen a variety of other artists, including John Denver, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Buble, and The Rolling Stones, while she laments never having seen Michael Jackson and George Michael.

                                  

Her love for Frank has taken Deeg on quite a journey throughout her life. She saw him in concert 12 times throughout his life, one of which he gave her a kiss on the cheek. Additionally, Deeg has met two of Frank’s children, been to his favorite restaurant in New York City multiple times, and has become well known in the Frank Sinatra community due to her full back tattoo devoted purely to Frank. Deeg receives compliments on this creation from those who both love Frank and just barely know about him. She decided to get this tattoo as an homage to Frank, the one artist who has inspired her throughout her whole life. Deeg’s love for Frank stems from his originality and musical expression throughout his years as a famous singer. She admires the way in which he lived his life completely by his own standards, and no one else’s. In Deeg’s opinion, he is a great man, who deserves the recognition she hopes to bring him through her show.

Deeg only plays songs by Frank Sinatra, but she loves playing covers of his songs to spice up her show and bring new voices to her listeners. Her favorite albums by Frank include “Nice and Easy,” an album filled with slow ballads, “Trilogy,” recorded in 1979 when Frank was 63 years old, and a couple Bossa Nova albums created back when Frank collaborated with Antonio Carlos Jobim. Deeg has been sending Frank Sinatra’s music into the air waves for years now, and finds joy in the fact that someone, somewhere will hear his music and smile. This has been proven to her when a listener called in one evening to thank Deeg for playing such great music while they were stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. Because of Deeg’s radio show, that experience wasn’t as awful as expected. Moments like those prove to Deeg that her music, her love for Frank, and her dedication to WDCV are a positive force in this world. 

 

Listen to Deeg’s show, , from , for an insight into Frank Sinatra’s best creations.  

Listen to Deeg’s show, Spotlight on Sinatra, Mondays from 6pm to 8pm, for an insight into Frank Sinatra’s best creations.  

 

 

If you have any questions, email Julia Ormond at ormondj@dickinson.edu. Thanks for reading!

If All Music Is Sound, Is All Sound Music?

 

Community Post: Interview with Tom Wilkins

Tom Wilkins has been a WDCV DJ for the past 5 years. He moved to Carlisle when he married his wife, about 28 years now. He has spent the past 15 years teaching high school with a focus on special needs education, though Tom seems adamant about retiring soon. Tom sought interest in WDCV when his daughter went off to college and joined her college’s radio station, which inspired him to follow in her footsteps. He reached out to WDCV and has been spinning albums ever since.

Initially, he chose a specific theme for each week, picking from all different styles of music. After a couple years, Tom found this extremely restrictive and felt the limits of his weekly themes when, one day, a listener called him during his radio show. The caller asked why he chose to play such mainstream music when WDCV’s mission is to play underrepresented artists. Although this caller possessed a rude attitude, his question shook Tom in multiple ways. Why did he feel the need to play music he knew people could easily listen to, when what he really wanted to play was music that intrigued and challenged him?

From that moment on, Tom began playing untraditional music. “Experimental, weird music,” as Tom put it. Some names are more recognizable, like Brian Eno, one of Tom’s favorite artists, but others are more strange to the common listener. The songs and artists he plays are typically more recent, though this genre of music has been around for a very long time. Tom describes his taste in music as “familiar enough to engage you, but unfamiliar enough to challenge you.” He wants to share the music that makes him think, the music that requires active focus rather than passive listening. He questions, “if all music is sound, is all sound music?” To Tom, all sound can be music if you open your mind to it. He spends a lot of time searching for more music to share with his listeners each week, either by reading magazines or listening to shows similar to his own, which allows him to connect with others who share his taste in music. This show is important to Tom musically, and he hopes that through listening in on his radio show, others too can learn to appreciate music that is abnormal and untraditional, yet challenging and intriguing.

                  

Listen in on Tom’s show, String Theory, on Tuesdays from 8pm to 10pm to hear Tom’s favorites! 

 

If you have any questions, email Julia Ormond at ormondj@dickinson.edu. Thanks for reading!

“The Teacher Creature”

Community Post: Interview with Community DJ Mike Conrad

Mike Conrad is the host for Jazz on The Rocks, which airs Saturdays from noon to one. His relationship with WDCV began many years ago when he was a student at Dickinson College. Back in 1964, the station was in a different location and streamed an AM signal. During his time at Dickinson, Mike was a DJ and engineer. Once he graduated, he began teaching at Cumberland Valley High, and left his WDCV days behind for different dreams.  

Because he loved radio so much, Mike searched for more opportunities to get on air, and finally found a gig at WHYL FM, another local yet larger Cumberland Valley radio station, in which he had a four hour show every night. Eventually, Mike moved on and continued his search for a way to get on air. He worked for WIOO, an AM Carlisle station, WSBA in York, and later WKBO in Harrisburg. As Mike stated,  “these were the golden days of “top 40” radio and I was right in there rocking and rolling.” During his time as a rock jock on KBO, the station capitalized on Mike’s primary occupation and he became known as “the teacher creature,” complete with his own set of custom jingles. It was great fun for Mike, and filled his desire for radio.

      

Eventually, Mike got married and had a family.  His duties as a father and teacher necessitated leaving his on air job, but he continued to do voice-over work during this time, of which he continues today.  Because of Mike’s passion for radio, he still searched for a radio station that could fit into his schedule. Three years ago, Mike got a show on WDCV, and began producing Jazz on the Rocks from his own production studio.  Each show was and is recorded by himself, then sent into the station, where it is automatically played every Saturday. This process is very easy and flexible for Mike, and allows for him to live outside of the Carlisle area while simultaneously DJing for his very first radio station.  Although the “teacher creature” no longer rocks the airwaves, listeners to Jazz on The Rocks hear relics of those bygone days in the form of various jingles and other production elements.  Radio has always been one of Mike’s favorite passions, and he thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to DJ his hour on WDCV each week.

 

Listen to Mike’s Jazz on the Rocks, Saturday from noon to 1pm, for a special hour of Mike doing what he loves most!

 

 

 

 

 

 

These photos were given to WDCV as a gift from Mike Conrad, who captured them when he was still a student. 

 

If you have any questions, email Julia Ormond at ormondj@dickinson.edu. Thanks for reading!

Student Podcasts to be Aired

It’s finals week at Dickinson College, and that means final essays, exams, and projects are to finally be finished!

This week, WDCV will be airing a series of podcasts from one of Dickinson’s courses, Lusomusics, a cross-listed class in both music and Portuguese studies. This course focuses on music influenced and created by the Portuguese, as well as Cape Verdeans, Brazilians, Angolans, and many other citizens of past Portuguese colonies. The podcasts present and examine four subjects that these students have learned about throughout the semester, which include Tropicalia, Bossa Nova, Coladeira, and the artist Jose Alfonso. Along with musical examples, these students explore the historical context of their music, as well as the varying instrumentation and social significance. If you are interested in world music, or want to expand your musical ear, these podcasts are perfect for you!

Tune in on Monday, May 8th, at noon to hear all about it!

Listen live by tuning your radio to 88.3 fm, or stream us at wdcvfm.com!

 

New Show: “Crossing Paths”

WDCV presents a new radio show, “Crossing Paths”, Wednesdays from 3:00- 3:30!

 

Mollie Montague, a sophomore at Dickinson College, has presented WDCV with a new show that focuses on Carlisle community members. Last year, when Mollie was a freshman, she realized she spent her whole first year focused on school and the Dickinson community, that she completely missed out on the wonderful community and residents of Carlisle. She decided to take part of the “Heart and Soul” project conducted in Carlisle last year, which opened her eyes to the wonderful lives of Carlisle residents. This inspired Mollie to create a radio talk show where she conducts interviews with Carlisle residents in order to truly connect herself with those who love Carlisle as much as she does, and to connect Carlisle with Dickinson College. We all have busy lives, but Mollie believes that just by listening to these interviews, we can all better understand the community we live in and those who live with us.

Mollie intends to bridge the gap between Carlisle and Dickinson, one interview at a time. Her show, “Crossing Paths,” airs Wednesdays from 3:00 to 3:30. She hopes that everyone can lend an ear to create a more thoughtful relationship between Dickinson and the beautiful town we all live in.

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Fall 2015 Local-ish Show Calendar

Did you know that there are places other than Philly, DC and Baltimore where you can see live music?  It’s true! You can drive between 20-60 minutes and see any of the shows listed below.  If you want more recommendations, just message us and we will set you on the path to awesome live music that is near by and affordable.

Harrisburg

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The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company are 21+ only unless otherwise indicated. ID is required regardless of age.
50 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Recommended- Man Man.  You won’t see another show like it. Odd and full of energy.

 

 

MakeSpace
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1916 N. Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
All Ages Shows

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Millworks – 340 Verbeke Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102
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Recommended– Hot Jam Factory with Ton Taun
Dickinson Alum, Jordan Capizzi, is in Ton Taun.  Show some Dickinsonian support for great local music.

 

 

 

Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

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Recommended- Pitch Black Brass Band

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Lancaster
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Chameleon Club
223 North Water St
Lancaster, PA 17603

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Local(ish) Concert Calendar-Spring 2015

Do you love live music? So do we.  We also love local music, free music, and under-represented  music so we have complied this handy calendar of shows that will get you through the semester.  Instead of only listing shows in the big cities, this list is comprised of a lot of shows you can scurry off to on a week night and still get back so you can make it to the 8:30am class tomorrow.  The farthest location is Baltimore but that’s an easy jaunt from Carlisle (1 1/2 hours or so).

FYI: Messiah College – SAB B-Sides ShowsFREE shows every other Wednesday in their Student Union- 20 min. drive from campus

02.08 All Ages Punk Show and Gallery Opening (Bands: What’s Wrong With Adam and Ido Me)- Metropolis Gallery– Mechanicsburg, PA-6-11pm
02.09 Jeffery LewisDiane CluckRivers (from Carlisle)- Makespace – Harrisburg, PA 8pm – All Ages – $8
02.11 San Fermin – Messiah College Student Union – Grantham, PA 9PM
02.12 The New Pornographers- Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD $35
02.16 Sons of an Illustrious FatherBen & JoeMakespace – Harrisburg, PA 8pm – $5 donation
02.19 Hot Mess – The Market Cross Pub-Carlisle, Pa-8pm

02.20 & 02.21 Millennium Music Conference ShowsGreater Harrisburg Area-2 Nights, 300 Acts & Artists-All showcases are open to the public, the majority are free, and most all genres of popular new music are represented.

02.24 HelmetChameleon Club – Lancaster, PA -$17
02.27 RiversBosler Library – Carlisle, Pa – Free – 7pm
02.28 –Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock & Rob Sonic)– Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD $20
02.18 PHOX & Field Report – Messiah College Student Union – Grantham, PA 9PM – FREE
02.25 Banda MagdaMessiah College Student Union – Grantham, PA 9PM – FREE
03.09 Stelth Ulvang – Flower Garden- Makespace – Harrisburg, PA 7:30pm – $8
03.11 Son Lux – Messiah College Student Union – Grantham, PA 9PM – FREE
04.15 Alvvays – Messiah College Student Union – Grantham, PA 9PM – FREE
05.02 Amani Multicultural Festival – Carlisle, Pa – Free 10am-5pm – The festival will include two main stages & mini street stages.

 

Flying Lotus; You’re Dead! tour, Tower Theater, Phila. 10/13/14

by Aurora Wetherill, of LightsOn w/ Aurora, Thursdays@10pm.

I have seen Flying Lotus, a.k.a. 31 year old Steven Ellison, perform live three times now. Everytime, he changes my life. This is not an exaggeration.

The venue is kind of weird; Id never been to the Tower Theater before. Its enormous, complete with two floors and rows on rows of some kind of semi-permanent folding theater chairs that you could disrupt irreparably with a misplaced step. The chairs ended up going largely unused once FlyLo came on, but provided a safe place to retreat to if an audience member got (understandably) overwhelmed.

Thundercat opened the show, wearing a big wolf pelt on his head playing a 6 string electric bass, putting on an incredible jam with one of the best synth/keyboard players Ive ever seen. Thundercat is always spectacular, and a supreme warm up for whats coming.

A FlyLo performance is neither all music or all show. He stands in between two screens, one in front of him, and one behind him. His visual team constructs the most impossibly mind-bending, beautiful displays and projects them through him. I have seen this particular performance twice. His most recent show incorporates a new element; the front screen is now cubically shaped, allowing for intimidating visuals centered on a spinal meridian in the middle of the stage. Most of the visuals were new, like in Sultans Request where the new front screen projected a lightning box around Mr. Lotus on each heavy beat. The visuals for Getting There (ft. Niki Randa) were the same as the last two sets, but they are incredible so there were no complaints. Galaxy In Jakobi, towards the end of the show, served to show the audience that Mr. Lotus is their God. No one took issue.

Unfortunately, neither Mr. Lotus nor Thundercat came out after the show, although not for lack of throngs waiting for them.

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The Evens Show at Midtown Scholar HBG

891621_10151505826354725_348628159_oSaturday night Harrisburg welcomed a punk legend to the stage at the Midtown Scholar.  The Evens (Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat, Fugazi, Founder of Dischord Records fame and Amy Farina) played an hour long set to a packed house.  The Scholar is such a lovely change of setting for shows that I normally attend.  The balconies made it so there wasn’t a bad view in the house (especially for us vertically challenged folks).

It was an intimate show with lots of good band/crowd banter.  Ian requested a few sing alongs and (most of) the crowd happily obliged.  The Evens are obviously a much more chill band in comparison to Minor Threat and Fugazi but there are flares of intensity throughout the songs.  Ian didn’t make it through the show without giving one of his signature speeches to a few fellas who were dancing a bit to aggressively for his liking.  This would be expected as it was St. Patty’s Day Weekend in Harrisburg.  There were also a good number of little ones running about which isn’t good at many shows but this was an exception.  It’s wonderful when kids can be introduced to live music at an early age and I wish there were more all ages shows in the area. Kudos to the Evens, Moviate & Midtown Scholar for putting on a great show!

**A little WDCV from the archives…WDCV brought Fugazi here in 1988 and they played in ATS.  Whoa. **

Democracy Now! Inauguration Coverage

Monday, January 21, 2013 (11am-4pm on WDCV)

Democracy Now! team will be on location in Washington DC to cover the Presidential Inauguration and observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Democracy Now! will take at look back at President Obama’s first term in office, analyze prospects for his second term plus examine the civil rights, social and economic justice and anti-war legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Democracy Now! is a daily independent global news hour broadcast on WDCV at 11am and 11pm Monday through Friday.105f257cc387b80a4047db4466c56bd4