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Programming Notes: September 2017

Coming up on Labor Day, September 4th:

9AM-10AM--The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel
In the early 1970’s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The result was a book, "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do."

For decades, the tapes were packed away in Studs’ home office and until now, few of the interviews have ever been heard before. The book became a bestseller and even inspired a Broadway musical – something rare for an oral history collection. "Working" struck a nerve, because it elevated the stories of ordinary people and their daily lives. Studs celebrated the un-celebrated.

This one hour Labor Day special features interviews with a telephone switchboard operator, a hotel piano player, a Chicago police officer, an auto factory work, an advertising executive and more.

10AM-12PMWhy Monterey Pop Mattered
An appreciation of the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, generally recognized as the first pop or rock festival of all-time. It featured 33 acts in 3 days in June in 1967 and catapulted stars like Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who and Jimi Hendrix into the American media spotlight. A panel of music writers and photographers join festival co-producer Lou Adler, documentary filmmaker DA Pennebaker, guitarist Steve Cropper, and Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane to discuss what was so special about Monterey Pop with host Paul Ingles.

2PM-3PMNine to Five
For Labor Day: The work we do, from Wall Street traders to taxi cab drivers. People who work with brassieres, with dead bodies, and off-the-books in an underground economy. A tone-poem by Ken Nordine, a podcast from Love and Radio, and sound-portraits from Radio Diaries, Toni Schwartz, Ben Rubin, David Greenberger, and hosts Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler.

This September, we celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Hudson River Sampler!

Before there were CDs, WAMC had a folk music program. In fact, WAMC had 32 folk music albums in its record library on September 18, 1982 when "The Hudson River Sampler" made its debut on the WAMC airwaves. Hosted by WAMC's own Wanda Fischer for its entire 35-year history, the program features traditional and contemporary folk, blues and Celtic music. She's featured the music of Pete Seeger, Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, as well as many of the up-and-coming, lesser-known performers over the program's history and has established WAMC as a station where today's performers seek to showcase their music.

"I enjoy interacting with listeners and hearing their reactions to the music I choose," she says. "I've helped people find music for their special occasions--weddings, baptisms, bar and bat mitzvahs, etc. Also, occasionally, I like having hosting live musicians on the show." She attends national and local folk music conferences and festivals to stay current on new artists. Tune in on Saturdays from 8-10 pm to hear the show.