Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Two Updates in One!

Ok, I've been slacking off. Preparing top quality radio is tough work, so finding time to blog is tough! But the shows have been going super well and my guest hosts have been a blast. Two Saturdays ago, the beautiful Helen King joined us. Besides being one of the funniest people I know, it was a sweet reunion. Of course, controversial topics were discussed candidly. Such as Black Kids, body odor, and my childhood. (Quick note. I won a game of Apples to Apples and a 25 dollar iTunes card after I put "My Childood" with the word "Pathetic") Anyway, it was a great show. The song of the day was "The Predatory Wasp" by Sufjan Stevens.

Camille Demere brought her edgy attitude to the booth. It was our first conversation in some time, and amazingly it happened over the radio. Which is helpful, because we scrap the fluff and go for the gold. Her father watched from behind the glass, so to speak, and we bonded over our love for Larry Elder.

Why does radio bring us together so!?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wohner on the Radio - Episode 4

Another Saturday on the airwaves of WSOE. I'm currently talking to bands about appearing on the show and the feedback has been pretty positive thus far. I'm not going to write any names. You know how it goes. Keep expectations low, high performance makes you a fan favorite. In regards to the show, it was breezy enough. The first of my fall releases came out last week so I played a lot of Keane's "Perfect Symmetry". Quick review: strong lyrics, 80's vibe, same droney vibe and strong vocals that you love from Keane's Tommy Chaplin. And a great album design concept. Otherwise, I'm still working on my new opening, which I will post once I get it right. But things are fun and the show is the highlight of my week. The feedback has been positive and I'm excited about finishing the semester strong.

Connor Obrest "Cape Canaveral"
Doves "Catch the Sun"
The Killers "Read My Mind" - Left the station to go on a bathroom break. Big station no-no.
The Cranberries "Zombie"
Silversun Pickups "Comback Kid" - Notice how all of the songs have had the C or K in them.
REM "Fall on Me" - [zzz]
Radiohead "The Bends" [!!!]
The Raconteurs "Steady as She Goes" - I used to love this song in high school. But this band is a bit overrated.
Tokyo Police Club - "In a Cave" - Great track.
Farewell "First One on the Blog" - Greensboro harmonizers.
Fall Out Boy "XO" - Say what you want about FOB, this closing track is entertaining.

(Second Hour- A more traditional hour of Wohner on the Radio)

Coldplay "Lost"
Sarah McLachlan "Sweet Surrender"
Keane "The Lovers are Losing"
The Strokes "Last Night"
Imogen Heap "Hide and Seek"
Jack's Mannequin "Bruised"
The Verve "Bittersweet Symphony"
Keane "Perfect Symmetry"
Bloc Party "Waiting on the 7:18"
Keane "Black Burning Heart"

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Wohner on the Radio! Week 2

I, Robert Wohner, took the airwaves once again at the studies of WSOE. Again, it was an abbreviated session, due to the Elon University football game. But an hour is plenty of time to screw things up as well as have some great radio. And it was a good hour. I was joined by Mark Capazzola and Christine Fizpatrick, WSOE executives. Along with being Promotions director, Mark Capazzola is a good friend with a killer fashion sense. Unfortunately, his good nature makes him target to my verbal jabs on air ("It looks as if you've eaten too many lumberjack meals to fit into that tight band t-shirt") Besides that, we had a great conversation. Always promoting, Mark told WSOE's Live at Lighthouse shows which feature local bands every Wednesday. All in all, glad to have them both join me on the show.

For some reason, I was inspired to say a two minute "soliloquy" over Coldplay's two minute instrumental "Life in Technicolor". I'm glad no transcript of it exists, because, while inspirational, a long. I'll try it again at some point.

Here's a list of the songs I played. Nothing as underground as the week before. I'd gotten a lot of albums over the week, albums of a lighter nature and I think that came through. But it was an entertaining playlist.
The Cardigans "Your New Cuckoo" - Opening album of the band's "First Band on the Moon". Heavy guitar work over a light pop song. Nina rocks.
Sigor Ros "Gobbledigoo" - I've never heard anyone speak ill of Sigor Ros as well as this stirring opening track from their latest release.
Coldplay "Yellow" - Enough said.
Fiona Apple "Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song)" - I was told this song makes you want to smoke a cigarette. Fantistic, sarcastic song from Fiona's "Extraordinary Machine"
Shout Out Louds "Impossible" - The feel good song from my newest favorite band from Sweden. Well, since the A*Teens.
Goo Goo Dolls "Bullet Proof" - As 90s as it gets, a good track nonetheless.
The Cardigans "Lovefool" - Enough said. Love me.
Third Eye Blind "Deep Inside of You" - This track doesn't get the play of 3eb's other works but as pretty and sincere as anything else they've released.
Radiohead "2+2=5" - Watch the YouTube video. Quite pleasingly disturbing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lstDdzedgcESilversun Pickups "Common Reactor" - I love every part of this song, including the 90 minutes of manic static at its conclusion.

Monday, September 29, 2008

One on One- Episode One

WSOE's newest sports show went over the air Sunday night with myself and Andy Harris at the helm. Of course, the mood was somber. The New York Mets, like a beautiful philandering girlfriend, tore my heart out again. Speaking of, farewell Shea Stadium. You will be missed. Anyway, back to the show, Andy boasted on his Phillies while I sulked about my Mets. Despite the circumstances, the show went very well. Andy knows his stuff and let me call him my favorite red head on air. That's how you know you can work with someone. One on One's stars, Joey Accordino and Chris Bunn, joined us to discuss the NFL and college football. Radio is fun. Of course, I'll be instituting some changes to the show. I'm a radio purest. We'll see how those work out in the future. Of course, One on One is on Sunday, 6-7pm. 

Red Sox- World Series
CC Sabathia- Cy Young

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Week One- Wohner on the Radio

And we're off! The Wohner on the Radio program launched this week. The studio hadn't changed much and the Christmas lights were on. It was an abreviated show due to Elon's big Family Weekend football game. (We won) But an hour is still a lot of time to make mistakes. Admittedly, I was rusty on the board and on some song transitions. But overall, it was a great show.
I was joined by Ryan Sweeney, WSOE program directorm halfway through the program. Ryan is a true fan on local Nort Carolina rock, and wasted no time getting his plugs in. A great point in the show was when he described his favorite underground concerts he'd seen over the summer and I commented my favorite was seeing Maroon 5. So perhaps I need to brush up on my local artists. We'll see.

Here was my playlist for the show along with some comments:
- Coldplay "Lovers in Japan" - How could I not start the year with Coldplay!
- The War "Satisfied" - Chapel Hill band I've seen a few times. Decent track that's listenable enough. Nice guitar work.
- Radiohead "Idioteque" - Radiohead's famous dance track about the end of the world.
- Weezer "Say it Ain't So" - Classic indie track.
- The Strokes "Is this it?"- Another classic track from NYC's finest.
- The Vines "Anysound" - Never heard of this band but glad I stumbled on it. High energy fun.
- The Slip "Life in Disguise" - Very pretty, laid back track with nice guitar work. Recommended listen.
- Bombadil "Johny"- Local North Carolina band that makes you smile. Think Decemberists at a corn maze.
- Ben Folds (feat. Regina Spektor) "You Don't Know Me" - My plug for my girlfriend, who loves this song. You got it, baby.
- Lost in the Trees "Fireplace" - Local band.
- Arcade Fire "Neon Bible" - Title track to Arcade Fire's critical successful album. Melancholy track. Arcade Fire is what British Sea Power should be.
- The Cranberries "Dreams"- Enough said. Brilliance.
- Silversun Pickups "Common Reactor" - My closing for every show and where I start screaming behind the pounding drums in the introduction.

Next week, we'll see who will be join me! And Sunday will be my first show with One on One, Elon's newest sports show. More on that later.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Welcome to Wohner on the Radio Online!

I, Robert Wohner, return to the airwaves for arguably the best two hours of college radio! Ok, it never hurts to start with a little humor. But I am excited about the show for two reasons. One, we're changing the format a little bit. Every week, I'm co-hosting the show with someone new. That way we can hear some new and local bands all over America. Trust me, I don't let people into my studio unless they have something to contribute. Second, this show is still featuring the slew of bands I'm famous for adoring. Coldplay, Keane, Radiohead, Bloc Party, Muse. You know how it is! Still, my tastes are expanding, so check in to hear some new music you'll be glad to know you heard first on WSOE.