Springfest ended yesterday and while I do not have a final number as to how much money was raised by/more 8tfb, we do appear to have made the goal the station management set.

I do think our percentage of audience participation is low. If you listen regularly to 8tfb, I do wish you would consider supporting the program and the station with a small donation, say $10. Just drop a check in the mail. Got to www.wncu.org for the address…

The upside of the fundraiser is that I buy CDs for premiums, and that music is available to play on the air. So if there is something you requested (Portrait of my love by Dee Clark comes to mind from one listener) drop me a line or give me a call (919-560-9628) and maybe now we have it to paly for you.

You never know who’s going to call on the phone…apparently Cal Cunningham, candidate for the democratic senatorial nomiation is in Durham on Fayetteville street, and and one of his folks asked if he could stop by and say hi to my listeners….(not likely that could happen, not because I dislike him, but because of station policy and FCC rules). Think he listens to 8tfb and likes the music?  ..how likely is that? That also…you never know.

Our countdown for April 1960 will be on the current playlist page, it’s quite a mix, 1960 was a transition year in many ways as the record industry essentially chewed up rock and roll and spit it out again as a pretty bland shadow of itself with Ricky’s and Randy’s and Fabians. The R&B chart was influenced toward some pretty bland offerings as well, as can be seen from the list. How much of this can be laid at the feet of payola is hard to tell, but 1906 was the year the payola scandal hit big time, with many FCC regulations coming down on radio stations. Makes fascinating reading in Billboard, which is now pretty much “all there” on Google. Worth a read…

On our countdown we find James Brown and “I’ll go crazy”. I often hear Paul Shaeffer vamping theopening of this on the Letterman show, it’s obviously a favorite.

Jim Davis

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