Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Listener Supported Radio

So I am a little late for posting this since the WFMU marathon has been going on since March 1st. But it will be continuing until March 14th, so MAKE YOUR PLEDGE NOW.

Don't know what WFMU is? Here's the description from their website.

WFMU-FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station broadcasting at 91.1 Mhz FM in Jersey City, NJ, right across the Hudson from lower Manhattan. It is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States.

WFMU does not belong to any existing public radio network, and close to 100% of its programming originates at the station.

My personal connection to WFMU began after my brother sent me a link to an archive of The Best Show.

Like many cult shows, The Best Show make take a a little while to grow on you. It might be confusing at first. Once you get into it though, you'll be a Friend of Tom for life.

Here are some photos from a fan gathering in New Jersey last fall. This baby was partying it up there.

I am rather afraid to start explaining what the Best Show is, since it kind of goes beyond words, but if you like super-cool music, sharp humor at its best, and the likes of Aimee Mann, Paul F. Tompkins, John Hodgman, Ted Leo, Patton Oswalt, and more, the Best Show is for you.

See @scharpling's Twitter page for an inside peek as well.

TONIGHT is going to be a marathon pledge show for the ages. John Hodgman and Patton Oswalt will be live in the studio! Tom will show you what true energy is!

Archives can be found here. Of course, you can also sign up for the podcast.

For a brief intro into The Best Show, I recommend listening to the 11/12/05 podcast of The Sound of Young America.

(It's all about the public radio! Commercial free and independent.)

If you want to throw some support, please call 800-989-9368 or pledge online at www.wfmu.org BETWEEN 8-11 PM EST

There are tons of other amazing WFMU shows as well, like Seven Second Delay, Evan Funk Davies, Liz Berg, Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic, and more.. they have seriously changed my music and comedy world. This radio station is the best.

There is so much more to say about Tom Scharpling & The Best Show, but I will try to keep it short. All I will say is that few things fuel my Do-It-Yourself fire like Tom Scharpling playing Rollins:




PS said...

Why dedicate a post to an independent station in NJ, when our own independent station (WTMD) is rolling through their own membership drive? I love the support of independent radio, but am a little chafed at the ignorance of 89.7.

************* said...

You are right, PS, I should also do a post about Baltimore based public media, from WTMD to WEAA to MPT. This was just a special post for a show that I happen to be an incredibly big fan of.

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