Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: December 17th at 5:32 PM

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Dave Lombardo
Thursday, December 18th, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane speaks to Dave Lombardo this week, most famous for drumming in Slayer, and changing the face of rapid fire attack for drums, in all music. He has a current band, PHILM, that recently released their second album, Fire From The Evening Sun. Tune in, the pre-taped interview will be at 1pm!

Holiday Music Spectacular w/ Nick Lowe!
Saturday, December 20th, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael and co-host Gaylord Fields welcome Nick Lowe (in town with his Quality Holiday Review for a 12/20 show at The Music Hall of Williamsburg) and special appearances by WFMU DJs picking their holiday music favorites and Mitchell Kezin, director of “Jingle Bell Rocks” a new documentary about world of alternative Christmas music!

The Cherry Blossom Clinic Holiday Spectacular
Saturday, December 20th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Join co-hosts Terre T and Todd-O-Phonic Todd and a cast of dozens for 3 hours of holiday beer...oops, we mean cheer!

The Koliadnyky of Kryvorivnia and friends: Enchanted Winter Songs from Ukraine and Crimea
Saturday, December 20th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Koliadnyky perform ancient winter ritual songs from the Carpathian mountains of Western Ukraine. It's a tradition that pre-dates Christianity and the songs are believed to have special powers. The musicians are in New York for several upcoming concert and theatrical performances at LaMama. And they'll be joined on WFMU by Nariman Asanov of the New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble for tonight's East European holiday spectacular.

The Prove It All Night Variety Show LIVE From Monty Hall
Saturday, December 20th, 9pm - Midnight
Prove it All Night with Pat Byrne (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Tune in and WATCH live video from Monty Hall this coming Saturday night as Pat Byrne welcomes: Dave Hill, Aparna Nancherla, Seth Herzog, an opening DJ set from Jeff Marino of the One & Nines, and musical guest's Shellshag!

The Annual Winter Soul-stice
Sunday, December 21st, 5pm - 7pm
Gaylord Fields's show
The Winter Solstice this Sunday may be short on daylight, but the soulful sounds will radiate upon one and all, thanks to the perennial appearance of the Winter Soul-stice special! For this particular airing of an annual event of more than 20 years' standing, show host Gaylord Fields will bestow ecumenical holiday cheer upon everyone, regardless of denomination, with his traditional airing of armloads of soul 45s and rampant abuse of a newly installed studio reverb machine. (Previously announced cohost Debbie D will not be able to participate in this year’s program but will be here in soulful spirit.)

Christmas Spectacular!!!
Monday, December 22nd, 9am - Noon
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Do you love presents, snow, eggnog and mistletoe? You'll be in the right place for three hours of X-mas magic on this Monday morning! Holiday songs for real!

Doug Schulkind gives you THE SHAFT
Tuesday, December 23rd, 6pm - 7pm
Give The Drummer Some with Doug Schulkind (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Is there any better way to get in the holiday spirit than grooving to worldwide covers of the Theme from Shaft? You're right! There is no better way. Versions from Poland, "Afghanistan," the Bahamas, South Africa, etc. It's radiosploitation at its finest!

Celebrate Xmas eve morning with Daniel Knox
Wednesday, December 24th, 6am - 9am
The John Allen Show
Daniel Knox will perform Christmas related songs, as well as some of his own recent numbers about consumerism. He will also DJ some holiday records and read about crimes and disasters that took place at Christmas time, like the Iroquois Theater Fire. The Chicago based pianist and composer/songwriter is known for his darkly distorting traditional American popular song styles—inspiring collaborations with David Lynch and Jarvis Cocker along the way. His self-titled third album will be released in the new year (Jan 20th).

Joe Frank - "Cocktails Before Dinner"
Wednesday, December 24th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Cocktails Before Dinner," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. December 24th. Joe is disgusted by the fact that despite the best attempts at upkeep, in the end your body will fail and you can't just get a new one. He tries to experience the moment when he falls asleep, but can't. And he laments the fact that when he dies, he won't be around to know he's dead.

Bronwyn and Sluggo fill in for Fabio Today
Thursday, December 25th, 3pm - 6pm
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Mr. and Mrs. Sluggo arrive from the North with a sleighful of noise for all good Listeners. The jolly, red-cheeked old couple are happy to fill in for Fabio while the Valet of Darkness celebrates his demonic version of the winter solstice holiday. Christmas Day, 3:00–6:00 PM, on WFMU.

Spazz Xmas Fiasco!
Thursday, December 25th, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
All-Star surprise holiday bands fall down the WFMU chimney and wreck the halls on this very special Spazz Xmas Fiasco!

David Greenberger
Saturday, December 27th, 9am - 11am
Bob Brainen's show
Bob welcomes Guest-DJ David Greenberger. Besides being a visual artist, he's known for his long running periodical The Duplex Planet and the band Men & Volts. He's performed and recorded his monologues with a wide-range of musical collaborators including Terry Adams, Latin Playboys, Robyn Hitchcock, Paul Cebar, and Wreckless Eric. Join Us!

Retired Texas Gym Teacher Dale Irby
Saturday, December 27th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes genius Dale Irby who recently retired after teaching Phys-Ed for forty years - and wearing the exact same shirt & sweater vest in all forty yearbook photos.

Lonnie Lester
Saturday, December 27th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Saturday Dec. 27th 3-6 p.m. Legendary Midwest soul/r'n'b singer Lonnie Lester stops by The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show to chat about his great 45 sides (collected last year on the Tramp label), memorable live shows and his return to the New York area stage New Year's Eve at Littlefield in Brooklyn.

Nico: Underground
Tuesday, December 30th, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View with Chris T.
Have a Very Nico New Year with

Joe Carducci Spins 3 Hours of Early '70s Heavy Rock
Wednesday, December 31st, 6am - 9am
The John Allen Show
Best known for his music writing, Joe Carducci’s 1991 “Rock and the Pop Narcotic” is the ultimate book on the aesthetics of rock music. As an A&R man and one time co-owner of the legendary SST Records, Joe’s legacy traces a bit further back as one of the bedrock figures in American early-80’s independent music. His previous visits to WFMU centered on his time working in music, and the history of LA punk; this time he’ll play records from his formative years guiding us thru the musical connective tissue of Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Egg, Uriah Heep etc. to Sacharrine Trust, SWA, St. Vitus, and Tom Troccoli’s Dog.

Joe Frank - "At the Dark End of the Bar"
Wednesday, December 31st, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
A special New Year's episode by Joe Frank, "At the Dark End of the Bar," airs Wednesday December 31st at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. In the course of one day, a teenage boy on vacation with his family in the Caribbean has a series of erotic encounters: with a girl his age, an island prostitute, the mother of his best friend, and a businessman old enough to be his father. Ministers intone inspirational messages via Dial-a-Prayers. And Joe’s surreal ramblings lead to a musical celebration of New Year’s Eve.

Jonathan Toubin AKA the New York Night Train
Saturday, January 3rd, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Legendary globe-trotting DJ Jonathan Toubin joins forces with semi-legendary stationary DJ Todd-O-Phonic Todd to blast 45's, tell his amazing story and promote 2 great new Norton LP collections, "Souvenirs of the Soul Clap" Vol. 1 & 2.

They Might Be Giants
Saturday, January 10th, 2015, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes John Flansburgh and John Linnell from Then Might Be Giants to the studio to play a few live songs and discuss their 30+ years of collaboration, their endless touring, their unusually devoted fans and their newly relaunched Dial A Song!

The annual WFMU Holiday Party
Saturday, January 10th, 2015, 9pm - 3am
on The WFMU Holiday Party!

The holidays may be over, but we're still celebrating. Or maybe we're celebrating the fact that the holidays are over. Regardless, tune in for an hours-long dance party, and shake it like it's 2015!

Steve Boone from The Lovin’ Spoonful
Saturday, January 17th, 2015, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes bassist of The Lovin’ Spoonful Steve Boone who has written a new memoir "Hotter Than A Match Head, Life on the run with The Lovin' Spoonful."

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