Back in the early seventies, while I was attending the University Of Maryland at College Park, I discovered WHFS-FM radio that at that time broadcasted from Bethesda, Md.
This station later moved to Annapolis and went through a number of Rock and Classic Rock iterations, but back in the day, it was the greatest free-form, DJ programmed music machine I have ever heard.
Low-key on-air personalities with names like Little John and Cerphe played spontaneous music choices and wove tapestries of musical combinations that could move through a dizzying array of musical genres in a single hour. Blues, old-time, Reggae, obscure Singer-Songwriters, Dylan bootlegs, Bluegrass, Folk, Avant-Garde, Big Band, Bee-Bop, Doo Wop, Country, you name it. Plus off-the-cuff interviews, post hippie rants and pontifications etc. were the norm. I could listen for hours. This was mind expanding radio and my musical world was stretched beyond words.
It was here that I first heard the likes of Tom Waits,John Prine, John Coltrane’s Naima, Sun Ra, Monk, Mingus, Pharoah Saunders, David Van Ronk, Bruce Cockburn, Firesign Theater, Buddy Guy,Tim Buckley, Richard Thompson, Pentangle, King Crimson, Lenny Bruce and legions of other musicians and artists that would never find their way to normal commercial radio formats.
That kind of radio doesn’t really exist anymore, but right here on Chincoteague Island, WCTG-FM 96.5 is about as close as you get to this sort of creative programming.
WCTG hosts a number of programs that are totally driven by the on-air personality’s
creative impulses and flights of sonic fantasy.
Shows like Michael Weldon’s Psychotronic Music Show, truly radio at it’s creative best with controlled thematic insanity. The Bucket List hosted by Jon Richstein and Steve Furness…I love this show! There’s One Nation UnderGround and of course, The Doc and Dean Show and much more. The programming at WCTG would be a stand out in any market nationwide and it’s right here on Chincoteague Island.
So, when you are planning your next Chincoteague Island Vacation, just remember that you don’t really need your MP3 player. WCTG-FM is one outstanding mixture of musical styles and genres to suit nearly any taste and has become the soundtrack for many a Chincoteague Island adventure. Be sure to give it a listen!
Until the next time…
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