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A history of New York free form radio told through the lens of stories and interviews from legendary DJ Vin Scelsa's show Idiot's Delight

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    • Performing Arts

A history of New York free form radio told through the lens of stories and interviews from legendary DJ Vin Scelsa's show Idiot's Delight

    Episode 23 - Laurie Anderson

    Episode 23 - Laurie Anderson

    Songwriter and performance artist Laurie Anderson visited Idiot's Delight late one Sunday night after a concert appearance in NYC. Vin says, “This was a real intimate late night/early morning conversation that included talk about John Cage, Tupperware, and silence.“ Originally broadcast live on April, 9th, 1995 on WXRK (K-Rock)

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 22 - Joan Baez

    Episode 22 - Joan Baez

    Vin's interview with Joan Baez from January 31, 1993 - right at the beginning of Bill Clinton’s first presidential term. Joan Baez was 52 years old and entering a new phase in her already decades-long career at the top of the American folk music world. “Play Me Backwards” - her 21st solo album - is featured during this appearance on Vin Scelsa’s New York radio program Idiot’s Delight, highlighted by live performances and warm conversation. Joan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 and has since ended her six decade long performance career.

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Episode 21 - Ray Price

    Episode 21 - Ray Price

    Vin’s interview with country music legend Ray Price from June 11th, 2000 on WNEW, during one of the few appearances Ray ever made as a solo artist in New York. In which Vin and Ray discuss Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, and Ray’s role in the history of country music, as one of the key figures who took it from honkytonk to pop.

    • 2 hrs 6 min
    Episode 20 - WNEW Part 3 - 12/8/80

    Episode 20 - WNEW Part 3 - 12/8/80

    Vin talks about being on WNEW the night that John Lennon died

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 19 - WNEW Part 2 - T-Shirt and Razoo Kelley

    Episode 19 - WNEW Part 2 - T-Shirt and Razoo Kelley

    Part 2 of Vin's time at WNEW, chronicling the years that Vin received a series of mysterious letters from the legends known only as T-Shirt and Razoo Kelley. How the phenomenon grew, and how no one will believe Vin that he didn't write the letters himself.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 18 - WNEW Part 1

    Episode 18 - WNEW Part 1

    Vin's journey to WNEW in the 70's, including unemployment and a misguided stopover in Long Island. Dave Herman, Scott Muni, Alison Steele, and WNEW's brief moment with an all-female DJ lineup.

    • 1 hr 16 min

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