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Wednesday, August 2nd, 3pm - 6pm: Tom Wilson's Music Factory #23 - Recording Engineers
In 1967 and '68 the charismatic record producer Tom Wilson hosted a free-form radio program called "The Music Factory," sponsored by MGM-Verve Records. The series quickly came and went, but Irwin is reviving the series on alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern). On our August 2nd episode, Wilson welcomes to the Music Factory three notable recording engineers, Gary Kellgren of the Record Plant, Phil Ramone of A&R Studios, and Sandy Lehmann-Haupt of MGM, whose collective resumes include the Mothers of Invention, Nico, Burt Bacharach, and Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters. Wilson also welcomes Paul Shalmy of Eye magazine to discuss Apple Corps, a new business venture by the Beatles. Along with tracks by Janis Ian, Ultimate Spinach and the Blues Project, Wilson airs a never-released song by Mechanical Cloud.

Wednesday, August 9th, 3pm - 6pm: Tony Ferretti - The "Sabu" Cassette
Tony Ferretti was born in 1939 and raised in Jersey City. Under the name "Sabu," he had a long and successful career in Las Vegas as a celebrity impersonator, specializing in Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett. In 1972, he mailed a lo-fi cassette letter to his childhood buddy DK, who was in a Jersey City hospital. Crooning in Sinatra's style and radiating affection, Ferretti reminisced about growing up with DK in Jersey City and about the characters on Brunswick Street. In the 1990s, unbeknownst to Ferretti, that charming, one-of-a-kind cassette made it onto the WFMU airwaves thanks to DK's nephew, the late WFMU DJ Frank Balesteri (a.k.a. The Vanilla Bean). Now, 45 years after he created this historic artifact as a favor to a beloved friend, Tony Ferretti visits Irwin's program on August 9th to talk about the tape, and to reflect on the former greatness of Jersey City.

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