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Left of the dial: You’re gonna hear me on your radio


Logo by Andy Menconi

Radio is like the weather: Everybody (including me) complains endlessly, yet nobody ever seems to do anything about it. So when I was recently offered the opportunity to become part of the problem, what could I do but answer, “Of course”?

Thus we have “That Old North State Radio Hour,” my new radio show about the music of North Carolina. It airs at 7 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesdays on “That Station,” 95.7-FM, the Americana-leaning commercial station that started up in Raleigh back in May. It was their idea for me to do a local-music show, probably because they got tired of me snarking about their playlist.

Since I’ve been studying North Carolina music for a long, long time, my playlist will draw on music from all over the state, beyond Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. And the first show, from Aug. 1, seemed to go pretty well. Take a listen to the archived version here, and scope the opening-week playlist below. I hope you dig it enough to return in coming weeks — starting this Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

Listen over the air at 95.7-FM if you’re within range, or online at

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“That Old North State Radio Radio Hour” — playlist for show #1 (Aug. 1, 2018)

Intro/theme song: “Pink Gardenia,” Flat Duo Jets (Chapel Hill)
“Shot From a Cannon,” Rachel Kiel (Carrboro)
“One-Dime Blues,” Etta Baker (Morganton)
“Song,” Sylvan Esso (Durham)
“Indian,” Third of Never (La Grange)
“The Carolinian,” Chatham County Line (Raleigh)
“Another Love,” Michael Rank (Pittsboro)
“Praying Mantis,” Don Dixon (Chapel Hill)
“The Better Man,” Peter Holsapple (Rougemount)
“Blink,” Django Haskins (Durham)
“Oxcart Blues,” Spider Bags (Carrboro)
“Kick Out the Chair,” Skylar Gudasz (Durham)
“You Will Never Take This Song,” Cardinal Family Singers (Raleigh)
“Right Around the Corner,” “5” Royales (Winston-Salem)
“Miles Away,” Phil Cook (Durham)


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Talking ’bout “Comin’ Right at Ya”

DawsonWhen “Losering” was published in the fall of 2012, I did a ton of interviews because it was my very own labor of love, so I wanted to get the word out as far and wide as possible. But it’s a little different this time around with “Comin’ Right at Ya,” which is co-writer/subject/star Ray Benson’s book rather than mine.

Sure, I had a part in bringing the book into being, but I’m basically the hired help on this one. So I’ve been more than happy to let Ray do the bulk of the public speaking about it. When he and I were on the radio together last week, the vast majority of the interview consisted of Ray telling stories, with me just chipping in a few details when called upon. That seemed as it should be. It’s kind of like a concert, where the contributions of the sound engineer and road crew are important — but the audience is still mostly interested in the players onstage.

Still, I’ve done a few interviews for “CRAY” here and there, talking about the book and the whole co-writing gig; and a nice Q&A just popped up with the attention-getting headline, “When Jewish Yankee Hippies Go Country, with David Menconi.” It’s on the blog of Jon Dawson, a newspaper columnist at the Kinston Free Press in Eastern North Carolina who also leads a rock combo called Third of Never (a fantastic band that does The Who better than The Who themselves nowadays). Check it out.

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