9 episodes

Radio Free Disneyland is a curated music podcast that tells the stories of the Disneyland Resort in a rather unique presentation. Using an eclectic mix of Disney music, not-so-Disney music, and definitely-not-Disney music to tell the stories of the “lands,” their origins, and their citizenry. Real and imagined. Usually with a backbeat.



The first episode revealed the backstory of two former eastern bloc operatives with an ax to grind against the Anaheim, California theme park. They believe the park to be a powerful and dangerous distillate of America. The United States on steroids. Its contents, an idyllic turn-of-the-century American town, a stately riverboat, rocket ships, and the fleet of submarines all confirm the power of the place. Along the way, unique song selections, surprising guests, and an off-center look at park-centric subjects, brings to mind the stories, the people, and the magic places. The central figure in this secretive cabal is Deejay Middlebrow, a down on his luck disc jockey who is chosen to run the radio propaganda arm of this shadowy foreign operation.



Join us for this musical magazine that includes Disney history, great guests, and park explorations to tell the tales of the Magic Kingdoms in a unique way in this faux radio broadcast you must hear to believe.

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Radio Free Disneyland is a curated music podcast that tells the stories of the Disneyland Resort in a rather unique presentation. Using an eclectic mix of Disney music, not-so-Disney music, and definitely-not-Disney music to tell the stories of the “lands,” their origins, and their citizenry. Real and imagined. Usually with a backbeat.



The first episode revealed the backstory of two former eastern bloc operatives with an ax to grind against the Anaheim, California theme park. They believe the park to be a powerful and dangerous distillate of America. The United States on steroids. Its contents, an idyllic turn-of-the-century American town, a stately riverboat, rocket ships, and the fleet of submarines all confirm the power of the place. Along the way, unique song selections, surprising guests, and an off-center look at park-centric subjects, brings to mind the stories, the people, and the magic places. The central figure in this secretive cabal is Deejay Middlebrow, a down on his luck disc jockey who is chosen to run the radio propaganda arm of this shadowy foreign operation.



Join us for this musical magazine that includes Disney history, great guests, and park explorations to tell the tales of the Magic Kingdoms in a unique way in this faux radio broadcast you must hear to believe.

    DISPATCH: Walt Disney and The Olympics Of Progress PLAY-CAST & Show Notes

    DISPATCH: Walt Disney and The Olympics Of Progress PLAY-CAST & Show Notes

    Dispatch from Radio Free Disneyland is a series of music playlists, pertaining mostly to the culture, stories, and environments presented in Disney Films and Theme Parks. It is not associated with The Walt Disney Company.  And, while the podcasts, including the imbedded, watermarked music, are downloadable, their presence is intended to promote the included artists, and encourage ownership of their work through the included links to Amazon Music and other venues.





    DISPATCH: Walt Disney and The Olympics Of Progress PLAY-CAST













    Progress

    Artist:          Public Service Broadcasting (with Tracyanne Campbell)

    Album:        Every Valley



    Public Service Broadcasting are a London-based pseudonymous musical group known for performing live with newsreel sound collateral and video footage of historical technological events. The band have toured internationally and in 2015 they won the Vanguard category of The Progressive Music Awards. publicservicebroadcasting.net



     



     















    Robert Moses (December 18, 1888 – July 29, 1981) was an American public official who worked mainly in the New York metropolitan area. Known as the "master builder" of mid-20th century New York City, Long Island, Rockland County, and Westchester County, he is sometimes compared to Baron Haussmann of Second Empire Paris, and was one of the most polarizing figures in the history of urban development in the United States. His decisions favoring highways over public transit helped create the modern suburbs of Long Island and influenced a generation of engineers, architects, and urban planners.











     



    This simultaneously bold and bland building housed the State of Illinois pavilion, featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. The winkin' blinkin' Lincoln was a sensation.







    A Message From The Manager of Radio Free Disneyland















    it's a small world (presented by Pepsi Cola for UNICEF) was also staged in a modern building. Rolly Crump's Tower of the Four Winds presaged the the playful look the Disneyland alliteration would take on.











    Ford Motor Company's Magic Skyway got the "skinniest" relocation to Disneyland after the Fair. Walt Disney had fought Cast requests to build a new administration building at the Park, but gave in when it involved making a home for the Fair's dinosaurs to be seen from the Disneyland Railroad.











    General Electric's Carousel of Progress had the most successful relocation of all the Fair shows. Playing at Disneyland and then at Walt Disney World.























    WED Enterprises (Walt Disney Imagineering) brought three lessons learned at Disneyland to the Fair. Capacity, Capacity, and Capacity.

















    Mirror Maze

    Artist:          Disney Studio Orchestra

    Album:        Walt Disney and the World's Fair



    The music to a side event or pre-show at the General Electric World's Fair complex. Presumably a hall of mirrors.













     

















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    • 28 min
    DISPATCH: Nixon at the Contemporary PLAY-CAST & Show Notes

    DISPATCH: Nixon at the Contemporary PLAY-CAST & Show Notes

    Nixon at the Contemporary PLAY-CAST

     











    Dispatch from Radio Free Disneyland is a series of curated music playlists, pertaining mostly to the culture, stories, and environments presented in Disney Films and Theme Parks. It is not associated with The Walt Disney Company. And while the Playcasts, including the imbedded, watermarked music, are downloadable, their presence is intended to promote the included artists, and encourage ownership of their work through Amazon Music and other venues.









    President Nixon in a tense Press Conference at Disney's Contemporary Resort on November 17, 1973.









    Nixon's The One





     



     



    Artist:             Connie Francis

    Album:           Special 1968 Election Single





      A give away record for Nixon's 1968 campaign. 

     



     



     







    Bowling Alley Culture Falling Away In Whittier, CA

     







    President Nixon had a small bowling alley installed in the White House. You can take the boy out of Whittier...









    Overture





     



    Artist:             Jack Wagner/Disney Studio Orchestra

    Album:           A Musical Souvenir of Walt Disney World



    An out of print early Walt Disney World souvenir, featuring Jack Wagner, who was the voice of Disneyland and Walt Disney World for many years.











     



    Watergate





     



    Artist:             Hans Zimmer

    Album:           Frost Nixon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack



    Trouble's brewing. Zimmer brings the simmer.





     









    Washington



     



    Artist:             Hans Zimmer

    Album:           12 Years A Slave Original Motion Picture Soundtrack



    Perfect accompaniment for an Imperial Presidency.



     



     



     



     









    A Message From The General Manager of Radio Free Disneyland

     







     



     







    Good Karma Hospital Closing Titles (Truncated)





     



    Artist:           Ben Foster

    Album:         The Good Karma Hospital



    What!? The Beatles break up happened at Walt Disney World!?



     







     





     









    Jim Michaelson Depicted Trains, Adventure, and Culture Waves

    © Disney and Jim Michaelson



    Imagineer and Disney Parks poster artist Jim Michaelson, responsible for posters for such iconic Disney attractions as Country Bear Jamboree, The Walt Disney World and Disneyland Railroads, and Pirates of the Caribbean, has passed away, according to WDWNT and multiple reports.



    A couple of posters that Jim did before his Disney tenure recently caught our attention while planning this episode.

    • 26 min
    DISPATCH: Cars 33 1/3 PLAY-CAST & Show Notes

    DISPATCH: Cars 33 1/3 PLAY-CAST & Show Notes

    Cars 33 1/3 PLAY-CAST

    Cars 33 1/3 v1.0











    Dispatch from Radio Free Disneyland is a series of curated music playlists, pertaining mostly to the culture, stories, and environments presented in Disney Films and Theme Parks. It is not associated with The Walt Disney Company. And while the Playcasts, including the imbedded, watermarked music, are downloadable, their presence is intended to promote the included artists, and encourage ownership of their work through Amazon Music and other venues.

















     

    Where The Cars Go By Fast

    Artist:           Jim Lauderdale

    Album:         Time Flies



    A perfect description of Carsland.







     



     



     









     

    Thunder Road

    Artist:            Sara Watkins

    Album:          Born To Uke



    Sara Watkins (of I’m With Her and Nickel Creek), is among the artists contributing tracks to Born to Uke, an album featuring ukulele-based versions of all the songs from Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run album released on Jan. 18.



    All proceeds from Born to Uke will benefit Little Kids Rock, which funds music education in underprivileged public schools.



     



     



     



    Sarah Watkins is among the artists benefiting Little Kids Rock.









     



     

    McQueen And Sally

    Artist:           Randy Newman

    Album:         Cars Original Soundtrack



    Please rise for the CarsLand National Anthem.



     









     









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    L.A. Freeway

    Artist:           Radney Foster

    Album:         This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark



    A cover of one of Guy Clark's best known songs. Clark released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell. Wikipedia



    Many an Angelino has uttered the prayer-like refrain, "without getting killed or caught'" when leaving a celebratory gathering.



    Guy Clark walked this earth from November 6, 1941 - May 17, 2016





     



     







    Another Day of Sun (with Radios)

    Artist:           La La Land Cast

    Album:         La La Land Original Motion Picture Soundtrack



    Just a bit off the back end of this cut that really sounds like one of those summer afternoon drives in Los Angeles. You can almost taste the Smog.





     



     









     

    A Message From The General Manager of Radio Free Disneyland

     

    • 29 min
    Radio Free Disneyland Episode 5: Moon Spinners (featuring Don Hahn Interview)

    Radio Free Disneyland Episode 5: Moon Spinners (featuring Don Hahn Interview)

    The Radio Free Disneyland Podcast returns after a long hiatus! Includes interview with legendary producer Don Hahn!









    Our Avuncular Guide to the heavens above. Image © Disney



     



    Yuri Gagarin - The Elvis Presley of the Space Race.



     



    Laika (Russian: Лайка; c. 1954 – 3 November 1957) was a Soviet dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Who's a good girl!?





    Act 1: Reach For The Stars

    Gagarin





    Recording:     Gagarin

    Artist:             Public Service Broadcasting

    Album:           Gagarin (Extended Single)



    A great British band that combines live playing with sound and film documentary, reminds us who got to space first.







     





     Daylight Express to Lutz





    Recording:     Daylight Express to Lutz

    Artist:             Alexandre Desplat

    Album:           The Grand Budapest Hotel Original Soundtrack



    A real favorite during station Vodka tastings.







     





    Dancing In The Moonlight



    Recording:      Dancing in the Moonlight

    Artist:              Yonder Mountain String Band

    Album:            Love. Ain't Love



    The original version of the song was released by the Franco-American One-Hit-Wonders: King Harvest. Where were you in '72?









     

    Ikea



    Recording:       Ikea

    Artist:              Jeff Bridges

    Album:             Sleeping Tapes



    This service should be available any minute!









    Atomic Number





    Recording:      Atomic Number

    Artist:              Case/Lang/Veirs

    Album:            Atomic Number



    Stay in school kids!





     







    Super group Case, Lang and Veirs work up the numbers. 







    Recording:      Future People

    Artist:              The Alabama Shakes

    Album:            Sound & Color



    These are the Future People!







     



     



    The Alabama Shakes really do. ©2015/Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC



    Act 2: Build It

    Heinz Haber, Werner Von Braun, and Willie Ley. The Holy Trinity of German Disney Scientists.

    • 1 hr
    Radio Free Disneyland Episode 4: Oscar Night: The Greatest Story Ever Sold

    Radio Free Disneyland Episode 4: Oscar Night: The Greatest Story Ever Sold

     



     

    Act 1: Hooray For Hollywood

    Casablanca/Wizard of Oz (Audio Montage)

    Rick And Renault

    Includes:



    Recording: Rick And Renault

    Artist: Original Cast

    Album: Music From The Original Motion Picture



     



     





    Somewhere Over The Rainbow



    Recording: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

    Artist: Judy Garland

    Album: The Wizard of Oz Original Soundtrack











    California Here I Come



    Recording: California Here I Come

    Artist: Al Jolson

    Album: 20th Century Masters











    City Of Stars



    Recording: City Of Stars

    Artist: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

    Album: La La Land Original Soundtrack

    Academy Award Winners for Best Original Song (2017). Wait... Yes!











    Mae Jean Goes to Hollywood



    Recording: May Jean Goes To Hollywood

    Artist: The Byrds

    Album: Ballad of Easy Rider

    Written by a 21-year-old Jackson Browne. Played by the Clarence White Byrds. What could be better?





     











    Blue Money





    Recording: Blue Money

    Artist: Van Morrison

    Album: His Band & The Street Choir



    An Irish sage visits the San Fernando Valley.



     



     



     



     









    Tara's Theme (Act One Recap)





    Recording: Tara's Theme

    Artist: John Williams & The Boston Pops

    Album: A Celebration



     



     



     



     







    Act 2 - An Actors' Life For Me

    Look At Me



    Recording: Look At Me

    Artist: Bobbie Darin

    Album: Bless You California























    Act Naturally





     



    Recording: Act Naturally

    Artist: Dwight Yoakam

    Album: 21st Century Hits



     











    Malkovich





    Recording: Malkovich

    Artist: Dweezil Zappa

    Album: Via Zammata



     



    Son of Mr Green Jeans? Son of Frank Zappa meets Malkovich.













    The Raven





     



    Recording: The Raven

    Artist: Jeff Bridges

    Album: Sleeping Tapes



    Visit Jeff's Squarespace "Sleeping Tapes" site HERE:



















    New Kid In Town





    Recording: New Kid In Town

    Artist: JD Souther

    Album: Natural History



    The four most dreaded words in Hollywood.











    Theme From "A Summer Place"





    Recording: Theme From "A Summer Place"

    Artist: Percy Faith

    Album: Percy Faith Plays Movie Themes



    Composer Max Steiner strikes again!















    Act 3: The Wayfaring Stranger, The Wizard of Whimsey & Recessional Hollywood Hymns



    Big Rock Candy Mountain





    Recording: Big Rock Candy Mountain

    Artist: Burl Ives

    Album: Greatest Hits



     



     











    Which Side Are You On?





    Recording: Which Side Are You On?

    • 1 hr
    Radio Free Disneyland Episode 3: Inauguration Day

    Radio Free Disneyland Episode 3: Inauguration Day

    Who is truly The President of Disneyland? CV Wood? Lindquist? Kalogridis? Mr. Lincoln? Colglazier or Nixon?



    Author Todd James Pierce on the Yippie Invasion.



     

    Act 1 Show Notes:



    Dallas (Audio Montage)





    Includes:



    Recording:    The Star Spangled Banner

    Artist:             U.S. Marine Band

    Album:           Hail To The Chief







     



     



     







    Recording:    26 Seconds

    Artist:             Cowboy Junkies

    Album:           The Kennedy Suite











     



     



    With added news copy of the "patsy" statement.



     



     



    Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy thought that Disneyland would be a good place for a talk with the President of Guinea, Ahmed Sékou Touré. Kennedy became the President of the United States. Touré became a dictator.



     



     







    First We Take Manhattan





     



    Recording:    First We Take Manhattan

    Artist:             Jennifer Warnes

    Album:           Famous Blue Raincoat



    Jenny Sings Lenny. Sounds like a plan for revolution. Maybe it's already happened.

    Stevie Ray Vaughn holding down the guitar slot.











     







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    Leonard Cohen

    Born: September 21, 1934, Westmount, Canada. Died: November 7, 2016, Los Angeles, CA









    You Were On My Mind





     



    Recording:    You Were On My Mind

    Artist:             Colvin & Earle

    Album:           Colvin & Earle



    Colvin & Earle cover We Five from '65.











     



     







     

    The Victory Lap

    It is not unusual for an American Presidency to end with a visit to the Southern California Disney facility known as Disneyland. Generalisimo Eisenhower brought the Family. Reagan was involved in a major milestone celebration at the Park. Jimmy Carter took a jog before opening while still in office.







     







    Where Have All The Flowers Gone





    Recording:    Where Have All The Flowers Gone

    Artist:             Petra Haden & Jesse Harris

    Album:           The Kennedy Suite

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

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Radio Free Disneyland Podcast

A fabulous, strange, atmospheric podcast devoted to illuminating and inside-info pieces on the workings of Disneyland and its influence on the culture at large.

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Terrible show. Don’t waste your time.

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Must listen! High concept Disney love.

You'll probably see a lot of people struggling to come up with the right words for this podcast. However, you must hear it for yourself to understand.

It's part setlist, part radio play. You'll hear a curated list of songs around a theme, mixed with brief text passages. Some of it is clearly explained, while other parts walk the line of a make-believe world.

Ultimately, this is a whole new class of Disney podcast. It moves beyond the "two or three people with mics" formula to a work of art that can be listened to again and again.

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