Flush 15

September 19, 2019 – 6:20 pm

Flush had a series of tapes recorded in the mid-80s labeled simply with a number (in this case, it was also labeled “Breakin’ Stuff, Boogaloo Stuff”). This one is number 15 in that set and features electro and mid-80s hip-hop and was recorded on a Memorex MRX3Oxide tape.

Most of these recordings likely came from Power 99 or WDAS in Philly and feature early hip-hop and electro.

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(See more in the DJ Flush Collection.)

WMWC Skimmer Tape #3 (September 1997)

September 18, 2019 – 5:29 pm

As is common on college radio, we occasionally ran a skimmer at WMWC. A skimmer would record airbreaks anytime the DJs would turn their mics on. The idea was that station management would listen for profanity, extraneous talking, etc. Truth is, we never really did. And annoyingly, DJs (including me) would sometimes leave their mic on while playing music, filling up the tape way too quickly with music.

A few years ago I posted what I thought was the only skimmer tape from WMWC, but I was surprised to find a second unlabeled one a few months ago and now… a third. Only side A had anything. Side B was blank.

This tape is from Family Weekend 1997, Friday September 26 and Saturday September 27.

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Jazz FM: Summer 1995

September 18, 2019 – 2:41 pm

Since this site launched way back in 2007, the tagline has been “archiving old cassettes before they snap.”

Guess what happened while digitizing this tape?

This is a recording off of WRTI in Philly (aka “Jazz FM,” at the time). Back when I was making beats, I heard a song come on the radio that I wanted to sample a bit off, so I hit record and just let the tape roll. This is that tape. A few years later, a much more talented producer and emcee heard my track and wanted to make his own beat using the same track. And after getting in touch with me, he did. It was super dope.

Musicwise, this is a show with a little bit of everything: funk-jazz, traditional, contemporary, and experimental. The tape is from the summer of 1995.

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Tuning into the Life Force – A Doctor’s Report on Intrasound

September 18, 2019 – 11:27 am

This tape appears to be a late-90s conference call recorded and released as an advertisement for Tristar’s “Intrasound” naturopathic healing technology. Intrasound gel and powder are discussed.

Intrasound products appear to still be around, though there’s not a heck of lot on the web about them. I’m guessing this was from the late 1990s, as the web site advertised on the cassette was gone by ’99.

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Dr. John Hagelin Radio Interview: Dallas, Texas, 12/15/1995

September 13, 2019 – 5:16 pm

From an era when third-parties seemed like they might actually make a difference in the political discourse comes this radio interview with three-time (then, two-time) Natural Law Party presidential candidate and quantum physicist Dr. John Hagelin. The interview aired on The Evening Talk Show on 90.1 FM, KERA (North Texas Public Broadcasting), hosted by Glenn Mitchell. It’s an interesting listen as it captures a period in time where post-Perot there was some belief that third parties had a shot at the big stage and not just local offices. Sure, no candidate has garnered so much as a single electoral vote, but Perot was able to snag nearly 20% of the popular vote in 1992, so hopes were high.*

I wasn’t terribly political in high school and college until the ’96 election when I got on board with Hagelin’s message. I liked what he had to say and appreciated his outsider nature. In 2000, I got more directly involved by maintaining my state’s Natural Law Party web site and acting as an elector for the party (which garnered me “guy walking by the camera” status on CSPAN-2 when the party’s convention aired there).

As time passed, the Natural Law Party disbanded and Hagelin generally got out of politics. My own views shifted and times changed. Nevertheless, listening back to things like this remind us where politics were almost 25 years ago and what one “outsider” candidate’s view was at the time.

(Plus, the caller that asks Hagelin about bonemeal and magnesium is just classic.)

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* There were a few electoral votes that went to candidates from outside the two major parties when some “faithless electors” broke ranks in the 2016 election and votes were cast for Libertarian Ron Paul and Yankton Sioux Nation independent Faith Spotted Eagle.