Global Village Specials

Special Programs This Week (May 13, 2024) on Global Village

5/13/24 – Stevie Wonder Birthday Special – 9 pm

5/15/24 – Brian Eno Special – 9 pm

5/19/24 – Taj Mahal Birthday Special (2 days after his birthday) – 11 am 

Stuck in the Psychedelic Era 2/26/24 – Bear’s Sonic Journals

Tonight at 7pm, Stuck in the Psychedelic Era takes a look at Bear’s Sonic Journals. Owsley Stanley, known as Bear to his friends, was constantly looking for ways to improve his skills as a live sound man for the Grateful Dead and other San Francisco bands. Starting around 1966, Bear began taping every performance he did sound on, listening back to what he called his “sonic journals’ in order to critique his own work, often in the company of the performers themselves. Over a period of about 15 years Bear managed to accumulate in excess of 1,300 reels of live performances in a variety of venues, including the legendary Carousel Ballroom (later known as the Fillmore West) and it’s New York counterpart, the Fillmore East.

Since Bear’s death in 2011, his family and friends formed the Owsley Stanley Foundation to preserve and, when necessary, restore these Sonic Journals. To finance the project, the Foundation has released a series of CDs featuring a variety of artists ranging from Johnny Cash to the Allman Brothers Band.

This week, we present excerpts from some of these CDs, including an extended look at the latest release of the Bear’s Sonic Journals: Sing Out, a benefit concert recorded on April 25, 1981 at the Berkeley Community Theater, with additional commentary from Hawk Semins, one of the founders of the Owsley Stanley Foundation. For the first hour, the emphasis is on album tracks, with a couple of singles tossed in for good measure. It all begins with an “impossible” battle of the bands featuring one group that stopped doing live performances around the same time as the other was being formed.

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Support WWCF Radio this Giving Tuesday

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Visit our donate page to make your contribution online. WWCF is a registered non-profit (501c3) organization, so any donation you make is eligible to be tax-deductible. Also check out our contact page for our mailing address if you would rather donate via check.

To those who have previously donated and to any first-time donors, thank you. A lot goes on behind the scenes and your generosity keeps the station alive and the music coming.

Public Radio Together For Peace

On Friday, March 11th, we will join public radio stations across the nation as we come together in a simultaneous broadcast of John Lennon’s timeless song of unity, hope and peace, “Give Peace a Chance.”

This collective transmission serves to unite public radio listeners from coast to coast in a unified demonstration to support those around the world who are affected by war, reminding all of us that we can collectively amplify support for peace across the globe.

Join us by tuning in on Friday, March 11th at 1:30pm.

Public radio together, for peace.