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  • The early bird gets the Diz ...

    January 9, 2008

    I am not, by any stretch, a morning person. Working Doug Doyle's morning shift means a 3:30 a.m. wake-up for me. I feel much better getting to bed at 3:30 a.m. than I do getting up at 3:30 a.m., but, hey, I ain't complaining. (That's not why you read this blog, right?)

    But one of the great reasons for getting up so early is that I get to listen to Gary Walker in the morning. He mentioned on the air today that it was on this date (January 9) in 1945 that John Birks Gillespie first recorded "Salt Peanuts," one of the greatest jazz tunes ever written, in my opinion. (Composed by Diz and Kenny Clarke, whose birthday is today, by the way.) Jazz heads have heard Diz and Miles and many, many others play "Salt Peanuts," but a young friend, not a Jazz head, reminded me that "Salt Peanuts" was also the tune you hear in the bathroom fight scene from Jim Carrey's movie "Cable Guy." That is Owen Wilson on the receiving end. "You know, from this angle, you look just like Dizzy Gillespie." - David Cruz

  • IAJE: T-minus 20 hours...

    January 8, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    The WBGO broadcast team is now up in Toronto, where we'll be hanging for the next few days and bringing you some of the highlights. After a few hours work, our broadcast booth is now up and has been tested. The Metro Toronto Convention Center is well-appointed and professionally staffed - it makes our job rather easy. We hope you'll keep tuning in right here at the WBGO blog, and keep listening to WBGO!

    WBGO IAJE 2008

  • What it takes to broadcast from a different country

    January 7, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    IAJE is coming up, and we'll be broadcasting from it - bringing you great interviews and music and more. The trick is, this year IAJE is in another country - Canada. Toronto, to be exact. But that means we have to set up a mini studio in a place that one needs a passport to fly to. So what do we do? We'll be renting the big equipment (mixers and such) from the very helpful CBC (which you owe it to yourself to check out some of their radio offering). But there is still a lot of little stuff to bring:

    Tech for Toronto

    Now I just need to find room for a shirt or two...