Thursday, December 3, 2009

7 minutes in Heaven? Record Bin Roulette

So it should come as no surprise that the KPLU show, "Record Bin Roulette" would appeal to music-loving and vinyl collectors like us, a collective of audiophiles, party-makers, and all-around music freaks.

KPLU ( was founded in 1966 and is one of the most popular radio stations in our nation. Since the late sixities, KPLU has been bringing jazz, blues, and National Public Radio news to the Seattle area. By staying abreast of new and advancing technologies KPLU has found a national audience and ventures of theirs such as KPLU's full-time jazz webstream and HD radio channel Jazz24. Perhaps their own summary of themselves is best, "We look to provide more than broadcasting in the traditional sense, and are broadening the international content of KPLU to include all forms of listener-supported media." Rock on radio!

Back to the gem that is "Record Bin Roulette"! KPLU radio personalities John Kessler and John Maynard have created a 7 minute excavation into music's past, many selections are brought back into the light of day from obscurity and memory. Their gems are hard to find records, rare groove tunes, and forgotten melodies. These records are collected from flea markets and yard sales and showcases strange audio moments from records, television and movies. It's only seven minutes but it's great! Guaranteed to bring you bits you've never before heard anywhere.

“Record Bin Roulette” airs Thursdays at 5:35a, 7:35a & 4:45p, Fridays at 7:30p and Saturdays at 1:00p - Pacific time. Though I'm only a lowly digital immigrant, like a digital native I cannot abide by television or radio schedules. If you are like me and would like to catch "Record Bin Roulette" on your own time, KPLU provides a podcast of the delightful and very quirky show. Check out the podcast at Enjoy!

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