The Nightowl Radio Show playlist for October 22, 2021

The following is a playlist for the broadcast of the Nightowl Radio Show, a one-hour college radio show on station WHCL-FM.  The show can be streamed tonight at 7:00 p.m. Eastern at whcl.org. Tonight’s episode contains a collection of rare and unique tracks that were recorded during, or recorded about, the Vietnam War. The Vietnam…

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This is the most hated song in the whole wide world (and you know I’m right!)

In our lives, there are songs that, if I’m being generous, are just plain awful. The composition. The melody. The lyrics. All of the above. These are the songs that you can’t get away from. These are songs that can be used as torture devices. Which brings me to the subject of today’s blog post.…

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I’m gonna shoot this box in 2022.

Background. I have a camera that can shoot with 70mm film, also known as 616 roll film. It’s my AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3, a 15-shot square-image camera that was manufactured in 1939, and which came into my possession when I purchased it for $15 at a Massachusetts yard sale. Since then, the camera has produced…

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“The Long, Strange Trip” is a Work of Art!

It was way back in 2019 when I traveled to Old Forge, New York, on rumors of discovering the remains of a vintage 1974 VW Super Beetle, one that had previously seen more than its share of Grateful Dead shows. I photographed it with various cameras, including using my Nikon Df with an assortment of…

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It’s a camera shutter. It’s not a detonator.

Last week, an American Airlines flight from Indianapolis to New York was forced to make an emergency landing due to what had initially been described as an in-flight passenger situation. Uh-oh. Well, it turns out that the “in-flight passenger situation,” according to the New York Daily News, was because a passenger saw another passenger adjusting…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, October 16 2021

So new readers to this blog might be wondering why I do a Saturday recap of the great photos and stories from my personal blogroll. Let me recap for you. Years ago, this blog was part of a collection of community-written blogs that were featured in the Albany Times Union’s blog portal. The portal featured…

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The Nightowl Radio Show playlist for October 15, 2021

The following is a playlist for the broadcast of the Nightowl Radio Show, a one-hour college radio show on station WHCL-FM.  The show can be streamed tonight at 7:00 p.m. Eastern at whcl.org. This weeks episode features popular music on WHCL from 1980 to 1984, in tribute and in memory of fellow WHCL broadcaster and…

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A Prayer of Hope for Alan Mansfield

In 1983, I discovered the New Zealand / Australian rock band Dragon. And fell in love with them. I played their hit song “Rain” on my college station practically every hour on the hour. When I wrote for Goldmine magazine, I begged the publisher to allow me to interview members of Dragon for a feature…

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So there’s a lunar eclipse coming next month.

Long-time blog readers know that I enjoy photographing eclipses. I’ve caught one lunar eclipse back in 2015, and in 2017 I drove to South Carolina to capture a full solar eclipse. I know that two more solar eclipses are arriving in the United States in the next few years, but November 19th will feature a…

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