Mellow Madness is a DeeJay radio show that focuses on Soul, Funk, Jazz, various International, Psyche and other genres and has an emphasis on original press vinyl records. The show is hosted by Michael Murphy but periodically has guest appearances from local DJs and even the occasional world famous record collector.
The host, Michael Murphy, has been a DJ in Richmond for over 15 years and got involved through an interest in Hip Hop and Dance music. He was part of the tag team duo Sleek and Ruckus in the mid 90s but continued working with other groups, notably The Infectious Organisms in the late 90s. Over the years Michael has DJed in many cities, including the opportunity to DJ at SXSW in Austin, Texas in 2007.
“While growing up in Richmond I was into Rock, Punk and Heavy Metal as a kid, but developed a taste for Hip Hop during my teenage years. A lot of the golden era Hip Hop beats were produced with samples of soul and funk records from the 60s and 70s. Once I started discovering the original sample sources for all of my favorite hip hop songs, I quickly realized that there was a whole other world of older music that I was not aware existed. My tastes over the years have branched out to many other types of music besides 60s and 70s Soul and Funk. On any given Sunday on Mellow Madness you might hear Deep Soul 45s, Brazilian Sambas, International Psyche Rock, Disco Boogie, Black Jazz, Post Punk, Afro Funk, Psychedelic Folk, Roots Reggae, and a lot more.”
Anna C. October 19th, 2015
The Breakfast Snob originally aired on Sunday mornings and is now airing every Thursday evening. The show features tracks by new and “under-known” artists of many genres and localities, highlighted with cuts by older, established- but often obscure- bands that helped influence today’s artists, and punctuated by brief, intense flashes of loud guitar- simply because I love loud guitar.
The show’s title is a reference to my old friend and mentor, Michael Hawkesworth (the original Breakfast Snob) who introduced me to a world of new music in the 1980’s…a tradition that I endeavor to continue today. As one of my favorite artists said:
“I used to think that music was a universal language, but I’m not so sure anymore it is any sort of language; not as we think of language anyway. It’s more like telepathy. It’s knowing, and the sense that you have known forever, and will know always, for those who can receive the transmission. It touches mind, body, and spirit, all at once, and moves them into harmony, or dissonance, or both, depending on how you define these things, and depending always on the intent of the artist, and the intent of the listener, not only at the moment of creation or the moment of listening, but from the infinite past to the infinite future, stretched between the points which are both closest together and farthest apart, a circular continuity of sorts.” -Cary Grace
Anna C. October 12th, 2015
Several years ago I was burnt out from years of business travel, long meetings, sales reports, and corporate America. I guess I was teetering on the edge of a midlife crisis. Luckily (for my wife), I found WRIR and, thus, the opportunity to host a radio show.
My show takes its name from the book written by Sloan Wilson. The novel is “about the search for purpose in a world dominated by business.” In the novel the main characters “share a struggle to find contentment in their hectic and material culture”.
I guess you could say my show is my own personal search – through music – in the middle of the night every Monday. So join me and I’ll bring you an out-of-the-ordinary mix of blues, soul, rock, funk, Americana, bluegrass and whatever else it takes to shake the work blues.
Oh and the name, the Haberdasher – well, that’s a story for another day. So tune in.
Time Again Radio Show:
A late show for the fellas and ladies who are looking to get their folk, old time, country blues, jug band, ragtime and jazz fixes for the weekend.
Anna C. October 9th, 2015
Zydeco, Cajun, Funk, Brass Bands, Swamp Pop … and more! Tune in for our eclectic jam of danceable sounds from across the great state of Louisiana!
Talia and Bill take turns hosting this show on alternating Mondays, 7 to 9 pm. In addition to crawfish, Talia serves up Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop — and Bill adds a heaping helping of Funk, Brass Bands, Jazz and Blues to the mix!
Fan of Louisiana Dance Hall? You might also enjoy fellow WRIR program Edge of Americana. As always, thanks for listening — and we love to hear from you!
Anna C. October 9th, 2015
An after hours dance party for the mind, body, and soul.
As the name suggests, an intergalactic stew of spaced out sounds spanning genres and classification. Catch the groove, but be ready to float along with a drifting soundscape as well…perfect for bridging the late night into the new day.
The best part?
It’s all served up on vinyl.
Anna C. October 8th, 2015