Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: December 14th at 3:04 PM

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Mack Hayes of The Countdown 5
Saturday, December 15th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Mack Hayes of The Countdown 5 the Galveston Beach band who honed their sound playing five upbeat hours a day to drunken frat boys while avoiding ass kickings from Texans suspicious of their hair and far out clothes. They created a huge regional following, but never cracked the national charts. We’ll delve into the history of this fascinating band and the mid '60s college party crowd Texas scene.

Governor Phil Murphy and Jeff Tweedy
Saturday, December 15th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The 56th Governor of the great state of New Jersey chats with Todd-O-Phonic Todd about the arts and diners. Tune in for a rare chance to hear a politician discuss something other than politics.

Founding member of the seminal alt-country band Uncle Tupelo and the frontman of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy talks to Todd about his wonderful new autobiography "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) and his just released solo album, "Warm". Find out what makes this intriguing performer tick!

Ana Alcaide: A Spanish Take on Swedish Nyckelharpa, Sephardic Music and More - Recorded at WOMEX
Saturday, December 15th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Ana Alcaide was drawn to Sephardic Jewish music by the history of her hometown, Toledo in Spain. A violinist by training, she fell for nyckelharpa - the traditional Swedish keyed fiddle - while living in Sweden. She's combined the two - and lots more - to make her distinctive blend of multi-cultural music. Ana Alcaide and her ensemble join us for an interview plus a little impromptu performance, recorded at October's WOMEX World Music Expo in the Canary Islands.

The Love Is Only Sleeping Holiday Special!
Sunday, December 16th, 3am - 6am
Love Is Only Sleeping with Bronwyn B
Bronwyn B plays three hours of the best, worst, and weirdest music the holidays have to offer, including Christmas disco, Hanukkah-themed heavy metal, and song poems about Santa Claus!

Dava Whisenant, director, "Bathtubs Over Broadway"
Monday, December 17th, 6pm - 7pm
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
The new documentary "Bathtubs Over Broadway" tells the story of "industrial musicals" of the 1960s and 1970s. These were Broadway-style shows written and performed for sales conferences of major American corporations - featuring songs about the company's products. On the next Techtonic, Mark Hurst talks with director Dava Whisenant (DAY-va WIZ-uh-nant) about inspiring story of these absurd and wonderful songs about bygone technology.

Count It Down! with Nate K: A Burn It Down! Best of 2018 Special
Tuesday, December 18th, 9pm - Midnight
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Time is just a construct, right? So why let 2018 drag on any longer than necessary? Nate's calling it. And with that in mind, he'll take his annual look back at the year that was a couple weeks early and play tracks from his favorite LPs, EPs, singles, comps, and reissues. There are no losers, but there will be a winner!

Spazz Xmas Fiasco!
Thursday, December 20th, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Celebrate the holidays with Spazzy Claus and his musical guests Hamilton Joe Frankincense and Myrrh (featuring WFMU DJs Amanda Nazario, Matt Fiveash, Gaylord Fields, Matt Clarke and others)!

Saturday, December 22nd, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael and co-host Gaylord Fields will disregard station rules (and common sense) as they light a yule log in WFMU's studio A and welcome some radio friends to drop in and share some favorite Christmas music, discuss current holiday plans and memories of Christmases long ago.

Bill Mac fills in for Joe McGasko- A Countdown to Christmas Party Time!
Monday, December 24th, 9am - Noon
Zzzzzzero Hour with Bill Mac
X-Mess time is a coming, so grab yourself a plate of reindeer and a shot of whiskey and tune into Bill and Maxine’s Christmas Special, featuring the usual blend of somewhat forgotten classics of the Golden Era of Christmas as well as playing some old favorites. Don't forget to hang your mistletoe in a suggestive manner and stop by!!!!

Michael Welcomes Dennis Diken of The Smithereens
Saturday, January 5th, 2019, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Dennis Diken drops by the studio to spin some records and talk about the history and the future of The Smithereens. The band formed in Carteret, New Jersey in 1980 and is still going strong despite the passing of lead singer Pat DiNizio in December of 2017. We’ll hear tales of the road, recording in The Capitol Records tower, the making of MTV videos and the band’s upcoming plans.

Beach Boys Vs. Stones Vs. The Band
Saturday, January 19th, 2019, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael welcomes three authors to discuss their recent books: Harvey Kubernik on "The Story Of The Band", Ian Rusten on "The Rolling Stones in Concert, 1962-1982: A Show-by-Show History" and Tom Smucker on "Why the Beach Boys Matter"

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