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WRUR/WXXI Voted Rochester's Best Radio Station

WXXI’s new “Go Public” campaign received a boost when Rochester “went public” by voting WRUR/WXXI as favorite radio station in City Newspaper’s “Best of Rochester 2009” Awards!  If you voted for us, thank you (and thanks to our friends at City, too)!  We were also pleased that our own Scott Regan, host of “Open Tunings” on WRUR 88.5, received a “Critics’ Picks” for “Best Reason to be Late for Work.”  Also, WXXI Honorary Trustee Betty Strasenb


Jack WIlliams on Open Tunings, WRUR

Songwriter Jack Williams stopped by the station today for some live music, and interesting conversation. I found out he is good friends with Dayna Kurtz, whose song Venezuala (on her album: Another Black Feather) has been a favorite of mine since first hearing it. His own music is mostly original with strong guitar accompaniment.

Catie Curtis

 Catie Curtis playing live on Open Tunings...
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Best Of 2008, Top Five

Back again, with the top five cds from 2008. 

Looking over what was left off, quite a few could have been easily selected, and almost were. Sometimes it's just what strikes you at that moment. Next entry I'll visit some of the recordings that nearly made it into the top ten, and deserve mention. 

Even with the strong competition, I'll stick with my top five as being deserving of mention of best of 2008. They were the ones that had great staying power throughout the year, all for different reasons.

Let's count down to number one beginning with...



More Harp Guitar

John DoanJohn DoanA few day after Mason Williams visited the studio, John Doan returned for a more intensive harp guitar session. John had accompanied Mason Williams in his studio visit, and on stage that night in performance.

This time John came solo.


Mason Williams

Mason WilliamsMason WilliamsOn Friday, July 18, Mason Williams visited us in the studio for a live session on Open Tunings. I had been somewhat aware of his contributions to the world of music, both with the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on television in the late 60's and his radio hit, "Classical Gas".

What I wasn't aware of is the range of his career, and deeper contributions to popular culture, and it's evolution.

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