12766RE: [fearnwhiskey] The life and times of Fear & Whiskey
- May 14, 2009Thanks Carl.
To be honest, it was a difficult decision to end the show...and one of the reasons we kept it alive was essentially the same reason you started the show to begin with...to keep an outlet alive for good country (whether it be "classic", "alt", bluegrass, or whatever).
The respective Karls still have their regular shows, so country will not be dead on WRCT.
And who knows...maybe Fear & Whiskey will rear it's head again, as schedules permit and interest from more Karls arises.
Like the Who's Farewell tour in the early 80's...
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 09:51:10 -0500
Subject: [fearnwhiskey] The life and times of Fear & Whiskey
Fear & Whiskey was born when I came to WRCT's temporary Margaret
Morrison studios in the fall of 1994. The radio station prints up
t-shirts for internal distribution once a semester. One of the shirts
around at the time parodied a cereal box's nutritional information,
with 100% of the USDA's recommended amount of rock, 80% of the USDA's
recommended amount of techno, and similar nutritional guidelines for
other genres. One of the entries was 0% country. I thought that
situation needed to be rectified, so when the January 1995 show
application process started, I submitted a show application for a
Mekons-influenced country show, stealing the name of their EP for the
name. It wasn't a classic country show -- regular staples of the
first year were records by the Mekons, American Music Club, Uncle
Tupelo, Camper Van Beethoven, Steve Wynn, and Giant Sand (and the show
always had a healthy dose of punk, jazz, folk, and psychedelia) -- but
it did bring twang to WRCT's airwaves.
It was a good time to start such a show. That summer, Bloodshot
mailed me a Waco Brothers' single, which began a deluge of alt.country
releases from them, Innerstate, Diesel Only, and several other labels
and bands. Local bands with names like the Deliberate Strangers, the
Johnsons, and Coal Train began playing around Pittsburgh. The
magazine No Depression started up soon at roughly that time, and I
found no difficulty finding new artists to add to the playlist on a
regular basis. By the time WRCT moved to its current studios, the
station's library boasted hundreds of alt.country releases.
Fear & Whiskey attracted regular listeners early on. One contacted me
regularly, mentioning that the show sounded a lot like his record
collection. Eventually he joined the station, got a show, trained
with me (AFTER he got a show, which is a funny story), and is now
known as the Mockster. He is now one of the 2-3 longest-tenured DJs
at the station.
WRCT began its internet feed a couple of years into Fear & Whiskey's
run. Listeners in Australia and Germany began to call or (more
frequently) e-mail in requests. Bands from all over mailed in their
CDs. Between requests and submissions, finding new music to play was
never a problem. This was a large reason why I kept using the Fear &
Whiskey format the entire time I was on the air.
I stayed with WRCT until the summer of 2003, when I left Pittsburgh to
teach at Michigan Technological University in the northern wilds of
Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Since my move was midway through the
summer schedule, I asked the Mockster to cover the last month of my
Fear & Whiskey commitments. Little did I know that I was handing the
reigns over to what became a collective of Karls who would keep the
show running six more years! I lived in Michigan, Ohio, New Zealand,
and Chicago during the show's run. When my teaching schedule
permitted, I'd tune in. Every once in a while I would get email from
a confused listener wondering about the identity of the show's DJ. It
didn't help matters when I guest-hosted the show a couple of times on
visits back to Pittsburgh.
I never thought back in the fall of 1994 that the show I was starting
would last almost a decade and a half. Thanks to the Mockster and the
various and sundry Karls for keeping it going all these years. If you
could play some Mekons and Karl Hendricks on the final show (gotta
have one more Pittsburgh-based Karl, right?) for Carl, that would
bring some nice closure to its reign.
On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 8:34 AM, Mock the DJ <mockthedj@...> wrote:
> It is with great sorrow that I must announce the final show of "Fear & Whiskey" on WRCT...
> A collective "Karl" will assemble on Monday, May 18th from 7p-10p to pay our last respects.
> With a history close to 14 years, it wasn't an easy decision.
> (I'll let the original Carl say any words, and possibly give some history of the show)
> I hope you'll tune in on Monday @ www.wrct.org, send us requests via AIM: wrct883, or just call in: 412-621-WRCT
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