Posts Tagged With: Charlie Brown

Kicking things off on WPTF

A number of radio stations figure prominently in the storyline of “Step It Up and Go,” especially WPTF-AM in Raleigh. Going all the way back to the 1930s, WPTF was one of the stations across the Southeast that aired the “Crazy Barn Dance” show with performances by that era’s old-time and emerging country acts including the Carter Family, Briarhoppers and Carolina Tar Heels. WPTF was also the last place the Monroe Brothers played together in the summer of 1938, before younger brother Bill Monroe struck out on his own and eventually invented bluegrass with Earl Scruggs. All this and more is in the book.

So I am pleased and proud to note that, fittingly, I’m going to be on WPTF myself Monday night for an interview about the book. I’ll be appearing on WPTF’s long-running “Tom Kearney Show” from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, Oct. 12. Tune in 680-AM/98.5-FM in the Raleigh vicinity, or stream it online from wherever.

I will also be on Hillsborough’s community radio station WHUP, 104.7-FM, a couple of times this week to talk about the book. First up will be Monday’s “3-D News” morning show with host Bob Burtman, scheduled for the 8:20-8:40 a.m. slot. And then I’ll be on WHUP again on Tuesday (Oct. 13) afternoon around 2:30 p.m. on “The Charlie Brown Show,” chatting with Ed “Charlie Brown” Weiss. As a Beach Music Hall of Famer, he’s in Chapter 7, so I expect we’ll be talking a good bit about beach music. If you’re not anywhere close to Hillsborough, there’s an online stream.

Speaking of beach music, I’ll also be doing a virtual “History @ High Noon” talk on the subject through the North Carolina Museum of History at noon on Wednesday (Oct. 14), titled “Breaking Color Lines at the Beach.” It’s in conjunction with the museum’s new exhibit  “Beach Music: Making Waves in the Carolinas.” It’s free, of course, but there’s advance registration to get the Zoom link.

This week also brings a virtual appearance with North Carolina Poet Jaki Shelton Green, 7 p.m. ET Thursday (Oct. 15) via Durham’s Regulator Bookshop; and an interview on UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch” with host D.G. Martin at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday (Oct. 18).

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You’re gonna hear me on your radio

WHUPLast summer, I wrote a News & Observer profile of Charlie Brown, a legendary beach-music deejay who has been on the air for more than half-a-century in North Carolina. The real-life Ed Weiss is a fascinating character who more or less invented beach music, and I loved hearing some of his stories going back to the days of Beatlemania. He also had some terrific memories from emceeing a 1965 Rolling Stones show in Raleigh.

Well, turn-about is fair play, and Charlie is going to have me on his radio show tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 16) to talk about a few of the artists I’ve interviewed over the years. So I’ve collected an anecdote or two, including one about the person who originally inspired this blog.

“The Charlie Brown Show” airs on Hillsborough radio station WHUP-FM Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 3, and I’m scheduled for the first hour. This is weather permitting, of course, since we’re in the midst of an icy stretch here. If you’re within radio reach of Hillsborough, tune in at 104.7-FM. If not, listen online here.

Update: If you didn’t hear the show, it’s in the archive.

 

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