Well, it’s that time again, when we reach out to our listeners to support Eight Track Flashback and WNCU. Our phone number for pledges is…..


What I’ll do here is list the great premiums we have for those who call in and pledge to our great station. I will also try and keep the playlist entries up to date.

First up is a great Rhino compilation from which we played “I heard it through the Grapevine” and Groove Me”. It’s four disks, The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time, for a pledge of $200.

We also have a great 24 track Jackie Wilson CD, “Higher and Higher” is off this, later we’ll play “Lonely Teardrops. Looking for a $60 pledge for this one.

Phone number is 919-560-9628, as they say, Operators are standing by…..They can give you track listings on the over 50 disks we have, ranging from single CDs to a 10 CD set that spans the ’30s to the 50’s. It’s a great German import CD set for a pledge of $375.

Another unusual premium I found is “50 Big Ones-Greatest Hits” by the Beachboys. Lot’s of stuff I remember well from the ’60s and other great stuff from the 70’s and 80’s when they were on the Brother and Caribou labels. This 2 CD set is yours for a pledge of $100.


The London-American Story. This is a UK import, 50 cuts from mostly American artists released on the London label (early Rolling Stones records were on the London label in the US…) This particular 2 CD set is from 1959, includes Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, Dee Clark, Duane Eddy and Frankie Ford (Sea Cruise, one of my favorite records from the Ace label..)

Elvis Presley-Rock  20 Cuts including the hits like “Hound Dog” and “don’t be Cruel”, also “King Creole”, Hard Headed Woman” and “all Shook Up”. Also his versions of “Tutti Frutti”, “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Rip it Up”, released between he did Heartbreak Hotel and Hound Dog. Also his movie version of “Mean Woman Blues” which was a much bigger hit for Roy Orbison in 1963. Single CD

B B King Live at the Regal single CD, Great early live recording from 1964 when this was not an easy task. The gear was all fragile vacuum tubes and tape recorders that rolled around in cabinets….

Junior Walker & All Stars-Priceless Collection single CD

Ray Charles-Greatest Hits (2 CDs)

Sam Cooke-Portrait of a legend (30 track CD!)

Coasters-Very Best of… single CD

Drifters-Definite Soul Collection (early Atlantic with Clyde and a few Ben E King lead cuts)single CD

Chuck Berry-28 Great Ones single CD

The Sound of Early Motown-real early and obscure material, most rarely available. “Bad Gilr”, Miracles, “Actions speak louder than words” Mabel John (before she was with STAX…), “Come to me” by Marv Johnson and many more… 3 CD set

Group Harmony fans….

The Encyclopedia of Doo Wop (Collectables) 4CD set, different emphasis than the Rhino sets, New York flavor

Doo Wop Box III — 4 CD set, followup to boxes I and II, more obscure material and some great modern stuff, like Boyz to Men doing “In the still of the night”

The Dawn of Doo Wop-Proper Records box set, early 40’s to early 50’s. 4 CD set with many many great but obscure early cuts as well as familiar ones such as “Sixty Minute Man” by the Dominos and “Glory of love” by the Five Keys

4 Single CDs of “The Best of Doo Wop” series from Collectable Records, great New York/Philly selections

Amos Milburn-Let’s have a party. Alladin Recordings, early to middle fifty’s, “Bad Bad Whiskey”, “One Scotch, one bourbon, one beer”. Single CD

Louis Jordan-Best of…20 great cuts from the 40’s, single CD

Louis Jordan-How ‘Bout that. 25 cuts with earlier stuff than the “Best of”, some that are new to me. Single CD

The King R&B Box set 4 CDs, Little Willie John, Midnighters, Wynonie Harris, Bull Moose Jackson, many more

Wynonie Harris-Proper Records. The Man from 1944 (Hurry Hurry) to the early 1950s’, Decca, Bullet, Apollo and of course the King label Hits 4 CD set

Howlin’ Wolf-The Complete Chess and RPM singles 1951 to 1962 3 CD set. Just dynamite. From the early Sam Phillips recordings  to the Chess sessions with Willie Dixon. The Original version of what became “Smokestack Lightning”, called “Crying at Daybreak” from 1951 on the RPM label.

Charlie and Ray-I love you madly, single CD  Early duo on the Herald label, local New York favorites who never charted nationally. Nice material. Interesting back story here…check out on Google…

Robert and Johnny-We belong together, single CD. More successful duo on the Old Town label.  “We belong together” chared, and was covered by The Belmonts, and Buddy Holly. Again nice material which should have had more success.



Well, we are past our fundraiser for the spring (did pretty well, thanks to all who pledged) and my full time job’s Big Event, Radio One’s Women’s Empowerment which was last weekend. The big news is that I am retiring from Radio One, in order to devote more time to my other radio activities, including 8 Track Flashback. So I hope to be posting more and spending more time researching and planning for the show.

WordPress updated my web site (again) so there may be some bumps along the way, but it is my intention to get play lists published for the last few weeks. Thanks for your patience.

Well, a wordpress update blew up the underlying database for the playlist pages. Thanks to Chuck Riesinger who helped me out, going in and rebuilding the “Current Playlist” page so I could continue to put in new playlists. You can find old playlists on both pages, but look at “Current” for what we are playing right now.

Thanks to Travis Gales for helping out with 8tfb. I needed some time off, and continue to do so, Travis will continue to do shows as his schedule and my needs dictate. He has access to all the music and is doing a good job,

I get a chance to buy some new music! Found a few items I was looking for, and came across a great song by Pookie Hudson of the Spaniels while listening to a 1971 Gus Gossert aircheck. I found it on a Jerry Blavat oldies collection, so into the great oldies machine here at the station it goes, and on our premium list. So here is what I have for our fundraiser that starts for 8 Track Flashback next Saturday 4/14/2012.

Complete Stax-Volts Singles 1959-1968 9 CDs

The Master-Marvin Gaye 4 CD

Star Time-James Brown 4 CDs

A Man and the half-Wilson Pickett 2 CDs

Born to Hustle-Various 2 CDs very popular set, lots of great early 50’s stuff.

Doo Wop Box I  — 4 CDS

Doo Wop Box II — 4 CDs

Doo Wop Box III — 4 CDs

Sounds of the city-New York area doo wop — 3 CDs

Dancin’ and romancin’ (various well know and obscure, great stuff) — 2 CD

Windy City Doo Wop-Chicago — 2 CDs

Amos Milburn, the Chicken Shack Boogie man — 2 CDs

Nat King Cole, Very best of — 2 CDs

Sam Cooke, 8 Classic albums and bonus single — 4 CD !! wow !! great stuff you probably never heard

Chuck Berry in the ’50s — 3 CDs

Eassential Rockabilly, the Sun Story (not jsut the usual stuff…) 2 CDs

Walter Brown with Jay McShann

Marv Johnson (30 cuts!)

Joe Tex Singles volume 3 1969-1972

The Spaniels, Goodnight sweetheart goodnight

The complete Eddie holland

Dee Clark, you’re lookin’ good

It’s all over-Walter Jackson

Classic Instrumental Hits

The very best of Jackie Wilson

Don Covay, the platinum collecition

Wilson Pickett (this is pre-Atlantic stuff when he was on Lupine…)

Etta James, her best (’60s Argo releases, 20 cuts)

The best of Etta James (another Argo compilation, 18 cuts)

Etta James, Hickory Dickory Dock (this Ace compilation of 22 cuts are the best of her modern label releases, startting with “Wallflower”, lots of great stuff, includes “The Pickup”)

The Royas featuring Charles Sutton and Hank Ballard (lots of pre-Annie ballads, 24 cuts, Ace compilation so great quality and liner notes)

The very best of Sam & Dave

1950’s Original Artists Doo Wop (lots of hits and some interesting early stuff, Orioles, Dominoes, Clovers)

The Soul Era (Vee Jay material, includes original Bobby Parker “you’ve got what it takes”, covered by Marv Johnson in 1959)

Not a good week for the folks who brought us the great music we enjoy on 8 Track Flashback, what with the passing of Etta James, Jimmy Castor and Johnny Otis. All had great careers and continued performing up to the last, they gave us great joy and memories.

I’m working to get caught up on the playlists, it’s been a busy several days with an antenna burnout at FOXY 104 that kept me busy getting them repaired. But that is now done, able to invest some energy in the Radio Show and get the site updated some.

This week, our Countdown from January 1962, and a new find “The Roach” by Wendell and Gene. If you missed it on the show you can find it on You Tube and listen there….

We have some nice premiums–I’ll list them here while they are available and remove when they are gone. All single ?CDs, for a pledge of $60 at 919-560-9628

If you have not received a premium you pledged for and sent in your contribution, call Uchenna Bullinger at 919-530-7445, she wants to hear from you.

Here is our list:

Marv Johnson-30 tracks

It’s All Over-Walter Jackson

Classic Isntrumental Hits

Walter Brown-Forget your truoubles and jump your blues away (orig version of Confessin’ the Blues from 1941)

18 Original Sun Greatest hits-Jerry Lee Lewis

Complete Eddie Holland

Dee Clark-You’re lookin’ good (two 1960 vintage albums on one CD)

20 Greatest hits-James Brown

Ray Charles Live-1964 LA concert (great..)

Sweet and soulful sixties-(I’m your puppet, The Duck, Harlem Shuffle…)

The very best of Jackie Wilson (24 tracks)

Spaniels-Goodnight sweetheart goodnight

Well, it’s that time again. Public radio on general, WNCU here in Durham and 8 Track Flashback  in particular needs your support.

To make a donation in support of the show go online at www.wncu.org.

The reason I am leaving this information up is becuase we did not reach our goal of $4000, we did raise $2560.70, but that means we are short, and will need to raise more, either by folks going on line and donating, calling our main office weekdays at 919-530-7445, or we will probably have another fundraiser at some point before the end of the year.

To those who did contribute, I thank you, and hope you will encourage folks you know who listen to WNCU to contribute as well.

So for for the time being, we are still here, playing the music you enjoy.

Jim Davis

We made our goal to raise the match for the CPB grant, and probably enough extra to buy an extended warranty from the manufacturer for the transmitter. Thanks to all who pledged, we look forward to many more years of signal from WNCU.

8 Track flashback has been on the air since November 1996, and in 1996 our transmitter was about 2 years old. Time goes on, and some 15 years later, 8 Track Flashback is still here, and so is our (now) 16 year old transmitter. In that time we’ve not been idle, we started a plan for the transmitter back in 2005 when in my role as chief engineer I started thinking about putting in a new transmitter and setting up our old one as a backup and updating various other parts of the station technical infrastructure.

To that end, we applied for and got a grant for implementing HD radio, this got us among other things a new system to get our program from our studio on campus out to our tower north of Durham which was worht over $12,000. We got new power monitoring equipment, new audio processing equipment, and updated our modulation and signal monitoring at the transmitter site and studio, in particular we set up systems for the equipment itself  to call me on my cell phone when anything went wrong. I also started keepin an eye out for equipment donations that would help us when it came time to add a new transmitter. I was able to get a motorized antenna transfer switch, a dummy load for transmitter testing and the expensive copper transmission line components which carry the high power signal from the transmitters through the transfer switch to the antenna.

Back at the station, as part of our grant process, we laid out a five year plan for the station, and in year three of that plan, we put installing a new transmitter to upgrade power on our HD digital channel. We specifically proposed installing one that combined the standard FM boracast signal with the higher HD power, so that in upgrading the HD signal we would replace our 16 your old FM only transmitter as our main 24/7 delivery system, and have a new, solid state transmitter doing both functions.

When the FCC finally released rules for HD power increases, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting established a grant program for stations to increase their digital power. On the strength of our 5 year plan and our committment to HD programming, they accepted our new transmitter plan for funding, contingent on our raising 20% of the cost of the transmitter project from other sources.

In the past, North Carolina Central University would cover a certain amount of our match, and we could cover the rest from general station funds. But times has changed, the State and Fedral support for NCCU has been cut substantially, and it now falls to us to make all of that 20% match. So now we need our listeners to support us in this project.

If you are interested in the transmitters we are looking at, go to Google and Google “Nautel NV20” and “Harris FAX20K”. We are required to put this transmitter out for bid to get multiple proposals, but at this point these two transmitters look like the most suitable units.

We will keep track of how we are doing here, please see our premium page for the CDs we are offering. Thanks in advance for your support for 8 Track Flashback and WNCU

Our goal is $4000, which is $1000/hour.

Update: we raised about $2500, I will try and get an exact figure. This should be enough to keep the program on the air. Thanks to all who contributed, I will try and get a breakdown of the numbers, once again a comparatively small number of folks are actually making pledges.

Keep in mind that you can support the station and the show any time of the year, you can go to the station website at www.wncu.org, there is a secure donation portal there you can use, and mention 8trackflashback when you do so.

Thanks, Jim Davis