how to download the radio show

February 11th, 2014

See the January 7th post here for background about the radio show and Jon’s playlists. He posts them to Facebook, and we try to keep up copying them over to this blog. But even if we don’t, here’s exactly how to listen to Jon’s radio show ANY TIME, and even without the Internet!

This first set of links works for “last Sunday’s show”, whenever that was as of the moment you are reading this.

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via your portable mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000.mp3

This second set of links works for “the Sunday before last”, whenever that was as of the moment you are reading this.

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via your portable mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200_old.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230_old.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300_old.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330_old.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000_old.mp3

playlist for 02-Feb-2014 Personality Crisis show

February 5th, 2014
playlist for 02-Feb-2014 Personality Crisis show

playlist for 02-Feb-2014 Personality Crisis show

See the January 7th post here for background about these new playlists.

To the right is a picture of Jon’s playlist for the February 2nd, 2014 Personality Crisis radio show on WREK.

If you are reading this before 10pm Sunday Feb 9th, then use these links for last Sunday:

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000.mp3

If you are reading this after Feb 2nd, but before 10pm Sunday Feb 16th, then use these links for the Sunday before that:

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200_old.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230_old.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300_old.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330_old.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000_old.mp3

playlist for 26-Jan-2014 Personality Crisis show

January 30th, 2014
playlist for 26-Jan-2014 Personality Crisis show

playlist for 26-Jan-2014 Personality Crisis show

See the January 7th post here for background about these new playlists.

To the right is a picture of Jon’s playlist for the January 26th, 2014 Personality Crisis radio show on WREK.

If you are reading this before 10pm Sunday Feb 2nd, then use these links for last Sunday:

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000.mp3

If you are reading this after Feb 2nd, but before 10pm Sunday Feb 9th, then use these links for the Sunday before that:

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200_old.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230_old.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300_old.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330_old.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000_old.mp3

playlist for 19-Jan-2014 Personality Crisis show

January 23rd, 2014

PC-2014-01-19
See the January 7th post here for background about these new playlists.

To the right is a picture of Jon’s playlist for the January 19th, 2014 Personality Crisis radio show on WREK.

If you are reading this before 10pm Sunday Jan 26th, then use these links for last Sunday:

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000.mp3

If you are reading this after Jan 26th, but before 10pm Sunday Feb 2nd, then use these links for the Sunday before that:

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200_old.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230_old.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300_old.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330_old.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000_old.mp3

playlist for 12-Jan-2014 Personality Crisis show

January 15th, 2014

PC-2014-01-12See the January 7th post here for background about these new playlists.

To the right is a picture of Jon’s playlist for the January 12th, 2014 Personality Crisis radio show on WREK.

If you are reading this before 10pm Sunday Jan 19th, then use these links for last Sunday:

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000.mp3

If you are reading this after Jan 19th, but before 10pm Sunday Jan 26th, then use these links for the Sunday before that:

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200_old.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230_old.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300_old.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330_old.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000_old.mp3

playlist for 05-Jan-2014 Personality Crisis show

January 10th, 2014
photo of playlist for Personality Crisis, 05-Jan-2014

playlist for Personality Crisis, 05-Jan-2014

See the previous post here for background about all this.

To the right is a picture of Jon’s playlist for the January 5th, 2014 Personality Crisis radio show on WREK.

If you are reading this before 10pm Sunday Jan 12th, then use these links for last Sunday:

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000.mp3

If you are reading this after Jan 12th, but before 10pm Sunday Jan 19th, then use these links for the Sunday before that:

click here to listen now on your computer via online streaming

… or you can DOWNLOAD the audio files and listen offline later (e.g. via mp3 player):

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200_old.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230_old.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300_old.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330_old.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000_old.mp3

Playlists for Personality Crisis shows!

January 7th, 2014
photo of playlist for Personality Crisis, 15-Dec-2013

playlist for Personality Crisis, 15-Dec-2013

I am not Jon, rather a longtime listener to his show.  I’ve been listening since 1988, when as a Georgia Tech student, I wandered into the WREK studios and started down the music rabbit hole.

Used to be, if you wanted to listen to a particular weekly show on WREK, you tuned in at the appointed time on your FM radio, and that was it.  In November 1994, though, WREK started streaming the audio on the internet, so you could listen anywhere on the planet, and by 2000 the archive had been born, so you could now listen to any show, any time.

That changed my WREK listening forever.  Since the early 2000s, I have not listened to WREK over the air.  I download (example links below) all the shows that I’m interested in, put them in my mp3 player, and listen to them that way over the next week.  This allows me to reliably keep up with all of the shows, no matter what my schedule that week might look like, allows me to skip backwards and forwards, keep shows for posterity, etc.

One problem though is that of playlists.  What is Jon playing?  Obviously I can just wait until the next voice break, when he announces what obscure stuff he’s been playing.  But he can go for half and hour between announcements, and by then I’ve forgotten what all the prior music sounded like.  It’s far more useful to have the playlist in front of me while I’m actually hearing the music.

Back around 2000, I was involved in a large-scale re-engineering of WREK, along with fellow WREK alumni Dave Slusher and Jim Evans.  The three of us built a new digital automation system from scratch, a huge, complex undertaking that eventually earned us our names on a plaque on the wall of the studio.  Jim did the digitial audio system, Dave did the database design and implementaiton, and I did all the procedures and processes that the staff use to run the station.

Part of that was an online playlist system so we could rid ourselves of the paper sheets that had been in use since the 1960s.  It allowed you to take any piece of music in our rotation and add it to the computerized playlist in just a couple seconds, in a digital format that would eventually allow us to display the playlist online (at www.wrek.org) and generate reports such as how often a particular album was getting played.

One of my regrets, though, was that the online playlist system was difficult to use for our specialty show hosts.  Since the bulk of the material that they played was not in WREK’s regular rotation, rather came from WREK’s extensive library if not from the show host’s personal collection, they had to type in all of the information about each song that they were playing, during the show.  And I don’t mean just the artist and song title — the system required that you enter everything, from album name to record label to track number.  Obviously this is onerous and so none of the specialty show hosts used it.  What would have been nice would have been to offer them a way to just enter artist and song title information freehand.

Alas, my time at WREK ran out and I never got to this task on the todo list, and to this day Jon scribbles the playlist on a piece of paper and files it away in a binder, just like he’s done since the show starte in 1983.

Didn’t stop me from complaining though.  Personality Crisis is the best show on Atlanta radio, but it’s even better if you have the playlist while you’re listneing,  So every once and a while, I’d ask Jon if there was some way he could post the playlist.  I thought maybe I could get him to post it on this blog here.  I thought of going back to WREK and implementing the playlist system improvement described above.  I thought of getting Jon to simply take a picture of the handwritten playlist sheet with his mobile phone and post it to Facebook.

Problem is, pictures from Jon’s phone were notoriously blurry.  I mean, laughably so.  His pictures were a hilariously absurd study in murky ambiguity, especially the low-light photos from live shows he was attending.

On December 13th, Jon got a new phone.  The camera was crystal clear.

Aha!  I asked Jon to take a picture of the playlist at the end of his next radio show and post it.  And he did it!

Pictured above is the playlist from the December 15th, 2013 edition of Personality Crisis.

Now, this process is cumbersome for sure.  Jon took the picture and posted it to Facebook.  I downloaded it, authored this blog post, and uploaded the photo.  It would obviously be simpler for him to post it directly here somehow.  But I’ll be thankful for this first baby step for now, and will look forward to Jon posting the playlist for his next PC show, so I can post it here!

Here are the mp3 file download links for Personality Crisis.  Each link is for a 30-minute chunk of the two-hour show, and I include the chunk after midnight because Jon usually runs long.  These links will always work, because WREK has a two week archive with a sliding window.  The first set of links is for the most recent Sunday show, and the second set is for the Sunday before that.

Check future posts for more playlists.  Thanks Jon!

- Chris Campbell

Last Sunday’s show:

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000.mp3

The Sunday before that:

download part 1 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2200_old.mp3

download part 2 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2230_old.mp3

download part 3 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2300_old.mp3

download part 4 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Sun2330_old.mp3

download part 5 of 5: http://archive.wrek.org/main/128kb/Mon0000_old.mp3

 

Time Takes A Cigarette

February 8th, 2008

Have you ever considered how fragile time actually is? Not in the “your life is ticking away sense”, but in the concept that my watch is a few minutes different from yours and everyone else’s and thus very few folks actually have the correct time. So why we are living at the same time, some of us are actually either a few minutes in the future or a few minutes in the past.

Have found out recently that Ray Dafrico (Nightporters, Shades Of Shame, KTO, etc) actually works for the same company I do. His new band the Shanghai Gesture played Live at WREK this past Tuesday (2/5/08) and are worth a listen in the WREK 7 day archive at wrek.org

Cleaned out the spam tonight from incoming comments. Enjoyed what I assume is one claiming to be from the wrestler Chris Jericho. If it is actually Chris (who has lived in the ATL), welcome aboard.

Speaking of wrestling, Ric Flair has endorsed Huckabee while Hulk Hogan has put his stamp of approval on Obama. And here’s a link from Youtube to one of my all time favorite Gordon Solie calls : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN74RaW7UgA

“He’s hemorrhaging. Don’t move him.” Nearly twenty-seven years later and I still fondly recall this.

 

Lots of Jam and Stranglers to be played on Personality Crisis this upcoming Sunday. Working on getting Pere Ubu giveaways/possible interview regarding their upcoming performance at the Plaza Theatre.

 

         

 

 

Wir Sind Dann Helden

November 26th, 2007

The Clash’s version of Pressure Drop that’s being used in a car commercial will probably be heard by more people than have ever heard their music. We are all Devo after all!

Ernie Johnson was the epitome of class the entire time he was an announcer for the Atlanta Braves. Understand that it was his inning to announce on April 8, 1974 when Henry Aaron became baseball’s current home run king, but he graciously stepped aside because Milo Hamilton had it in his contract that he was to announce Aaron’s at-bats as he approached the record. Milo Hamilton is in the baseball Hall Of Fame, partially because of that call which should have been Ernie’s. The ordinary hoi polloi can rectify that by voting for Ernie at www.baseballhalloffame.org. Vote once each day through 11/30/07 for Ernie. Please.

I Do The Traffic Light Rock, Stop & Go All Of The Time

October 1st, 2007

Is there anything more wasteful going on in Atlanta right now than these idiotic lights they are placing at all freeway ramps to regulate incoming traffic? Are there really that many wrecks with merging traffic to justify the expense? And do you really expect the great drivers of Atlanta to obey these lights when they have difficulty with those on surface streets? How long til we have redlight cameras on the ramps?  It makes no sense to have them on some ramps (eg, the entrance from Savoy Drive/North Peachtree in Chamblee where there’s both a short taper and a need to merge fast as the right lane forces you to exit onto Peachtree Industrial southbound if you don’t merge fast enough.) Some light placements are also odd. The one on the entrance onto 575 south from Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw is well up the ramp (it’s quite a long ramp) just before you merge with 575. So you are then forced to almost drag race from the greenlight to get up the speed to merge into 55+ MPH traffic. Stupid.

In other stuff, a couple of more passings to note. The first is that of any sort of record store at Perimeter Mall. I have many memories of lingering around the record emporiums at Perimeter but can no longer as the FYE there has now closed. I bought my first record at that mall in 1976 (Wings Over America) but not at Franklin Music but at Rich’s. (Penney’s used to sell albums there as well.) Franklin gave way to Record Bar to Camelot to FYE. At some point Turtle’s opened and then became a Blockbuster Music and then Warehouse Music. Now, no more. Though Paul Stanley and Grace Slick are both soon appearing at an art gallery there!

Also noted this week is the passing of the gifted comedienne Alice Ghostley from cancer at the age of 81. Alice has always sort of been under the radar even though she appeared in blockbuster movies like Grease and was a regular on the TV show Designing Women. I first encountered her when my family went to one of those Theater Of The Stars productions in 1975 or 1976 where she was appearing with Paul Lynde (a worthy foil) in something or another which may have been called Stop, Thief, Stop. Anyway, she was a damn funny lady and you should do yourself a favor and seek out something with her in it.

Went by 688 the other day to see the building is finally being used (not torn down, thank goodness) as a medical clinic. So the place where all those musicians used all sorts of illicit drugs is now doling them out legitimately. and the place where I saw Chris Wood stick a hypodermic needle in his head now regularly features folks using those same type needles correctly.

Finally, here’s one from YouTube featuring a Today show report from the day after the Sex Pistols’ Great Southeast Music Hall appearance  with Jack Perkins, Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw all taking their shots at the band :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoO591pGkjA

Haven’t confirmed it with Stan Satin, but I think Chris Wood is one of the punks lingering outside.