I always look forward to Saturdays. As is often the case, I have nothing planned on Saturdays. That is easy to do when you are retired because everyday of the week is a holiday. Not like in the past when I worked throughout the week and the only days off were Saturday and Sunday. So what is so special about Saturdays? WCMU Public Radio, that’s what!!!!
The radio programming on Saturday is superb. Staring at 6 AM to 8 AM, there is a show called ECHOES. It features quiet, “New Age” music, that provides a special sort of ambience that starting the day. Great to have in the background while reading and having those first couple of coffees in the morning.
This followed by 2 hours of the very informative coverage of the news and entertaining special features. The show is called Weekend Edition Saturday.
Next is a great jazz and blues show with a wonderful host. The show is entitled Take Five. The host is Ray Ford. Ray is also the Program Director for the station.
Beginning at 1 PM, right after Take Five, is a 1 hour show called Car Talk. This delightful, humorous look at car maintenance is hosted by a couple of wacky brothers, Click and Clack, the tappet brothers, otherwise known at Tom and Ray Magliozzi.
Next on the schedule is one of the funniest shows on radio. WAIT, WAIT… DON’T TELL ME. With a cast of very funny people, the show is hosted by Peter Sagal. Please click here to listen to a sample segment of the show.
ACOUSTIC CAFE is next on the docket. Rob Reinhart is the host of this 2 hour acoustic music show.
This is followed by a National Public Radio new hour – ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.
At 6 PM, one of the gems of National Public Radio begins its broadcast – A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, with host Garrison Keeler. This weekly musical/variety show is very popular and deservedly so.
So now that I have taken the time to lay all this out, I wonder what the chances are that anyone will actually read through it and maybe even click on one or more of the links. Hard to say. It did take a while to put this together. But this is just the sort of thing that I enjoy. And I can do it while listening to WCMU as it streams broadcasting live over the internet. Just click on the third button down and you can “tune in” to whichever show is broadcasting at the time. If I can get just one person to investigate one of these shows further, it will all have been worth it.
Enjoy, my friends.