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Best of the Rest 2013. Print E-mail


Hope all are feelin' good in the early days of 2014.  Finished strong with our best of new vinyl 2013 show in late December, so now it's time to focus on key reissues & compilations.  Got some great stuff from excellent labels like 180 Proof, Jazzman & Superfly, and music from the Poets of Rhythm, The Stark Reality & William Onyeabor. Plus, farewells to Donald Byrd (word) and George Duke, too.  Come on in!

Mt. Airy Groove
Wednesdays, 12pm-2pm



January 8, 2014

Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Our Generation (Nu-Mark re-edit)"  Ernie Hines  7 Inch  (Hot Plate)

"Discern/Define"  The Poets of Rhythm   Anthology 1992-2003  (Daptone)

"Slow Drag"  Donald Byrd  Slow Drag  (Blue Note)

"Jazz Rule"  Johnny Hawksworth & Hampton Hawes  Spiritual Jazz Vol. 4: Americans in Europe  (Jazzman)

"Space a la Mode"  Herb Geller  An American in Hambury: The View from Here  (Tramp)

"Tune for L.N."  Larry Nozero  Time  (180 Proof/Strata)

"Street Scene"  Sam Sanders  Mirror Mirror  (180 Proof/Strata)

"Israel Suite (edit)"  Rupture  Freedom Jazz France  (Heavenly Sweetness)

"Safari"  Frank Waltron  Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection: Independent Jazz Sounds from the '70s & '80s  (BBE)

"Ogetnom"  Third Eye  Connexion  (Sonorama) 

"Grandma's Rocking Chair"  Olli Ahvenlahti   Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection: Independent Jazz Sounds from the '70s & '80s  (BBE)

"Kilario"  Di Melo  Di Melo  (Superfly)

"Pernalonga"  Di Melo  Brazuca! Samba Rock & Brazilian Grooves from the Golden Years 1966-78  (Kindred Spirits)

"Fantastic Man"  William Onyeabor  World Psychadelic Classics Vol. 5: Who is William Onyeabor  (Luaka Bop)

"Rhodesian Girl"  Pan-Atlantics (Poets of Rhythm)   Anthology 1992-2003  (Daptone)

"On Being Black"  The Stark Reality  Acting, Thinking, Feeling  (Now Again)

"Miles Runs the Voodoo Down"  Miles Davis  Live in Europe 1969: Bootleg Series Vol. 2  (Columbia/Music on Vinyl)

"Reach For It"  George Duke  Reach For It  (Epic)

Fund Drive Update #5: Act Now! Print E-mail
Hello Friends & Supporters,

G-town Radio has ambitious plans for 2014.

Our number one goal is to broadcast on FM as a Low Power station. The FCC application is in and we are in good shape so far. Our internal staff is the strongest it has ever been and our programming offerings continue to grow. To support these plans we set an ambitious fund drive goal of $7500. We are exactly half way there with four days left in 2013.

G-town Radio started on a single computer under my desk at home in the mid-2000's. It's growth is due directly to the people of Germantown, Philadelphia and all over the world embracing and supporting it. Bigger goals means we need more support. If you've never donated please make your first donation now. If you've supported us in the past please consider another donation.

To make a secure donation, please click here or visit www.gtownradio.com/donate. Any amount you can spare helps us out immensely.

Thank you for supporting G-town Radio, myself and all our volunteers. Tune in today and hear great community based radio you won't find anywhere else.

Happy New Year and Thank You,
Jim Bear

Founder and Station Manager
G-town Radio: The Sound from Germantown
Best of 2013. Print E-mail


Join the Groove this TUESDAY at noon for the finest in funky vinyl releases in 2013.  You know what this is.

Mt. Airy Groove
Tuesday, 12/24/13 @ 12PM



December 24, 2013

Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Janie's Cryin'"  The Lions featuring Alex Désert  This Generation  (Stonesthrow)

"Chester-Le-Street"  Jukka Eskola Orquesta Bossa   Jukka Eskola Orquesta Bossa  (Schema)

"They Shall Inherit"  Menagerie  They Shall Inherit  (Tru Thoughts)

"Wishing Well"  Omaha Diner  Omaha Diner  (Pledge Music)

"On Broadway"  Myron & E with the Soul Investigators  Broadway  (Stonesthrow)

"Gibraltar"    Till Brönner  Till Brönner  (Verve Germany)

"Leon's Thing"  Dupree  Nuestro Camino  (Public Hi-Fi)

"Strictly Reserved For You"  Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band  Victim of Love  (Dunham/Daptone)

"Inversion Layer"  Robert Walter's 20th Congress  Get Thy Bearings  (Royal Potato)

"Touch Red"  Timo Lassy Band  Live With Lassy  (Schema)

"Money"  Lady  Lady  (Truth & Soul)

"Tamba (part 1)"  Lucas Arruda  Sambadi  (Favorite)

"Smile"  Ed Motta  AOR  (Dwitza)

"Sweet Salvation"  The Stepkids  Troubadour  (Stonesthrow)

"Malmsbury Shale"  Ross McHenry  Distant Oceans  (First Word) 

"Eastern Begena"  The Heliocentrics  13 Degrees of Reality  (Now Again)

"Light Years Ahead"  Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators  Tortured Soul  (Timmion)

"Afrobit"  Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band  4 Hliðar  (SJS Music)

"Transition A"  Karl Hector & The Malcouns  Ngunga Yeti Fofa EP  (Now Again)

Fund Drive Update #4: Have Ya Heard? Print E-mail

We have two weeks left in our fund drive and WE NEED YOU. We've steadily increased our totals the past few weeks but we are still at 40% of our fund drive goal of $7500. For those waiting to be our hero your time is now. Anything you can do will help. You can become a subscription donor for as little as $5 a month. Visit the Donate page of our website (http://gtownradio.com/donate) for all the details.

This week's installment of Have Ya Heard is a special double dip where we feature Yard2Yard (rewind) and Stepping Into Tomorrow.


Show: Yard2Yard (rewind)
When: Tues 4-6
Host: Supa Tang

What You'll Hear?
I love to tell people Yard2Yard is a reggae show that plays hip hop. 90% of the music played are submissions from the artists themselves. My playlists are chock full of new music from the islands, across the Atlantic, and right here in Philly. I have featured guests to promote their music, business, or ideas. Plus listeners can hear about all the wonderful events our city has to offer.

What is your favorite thing about your show?
I love when people email me and tell me they have been listening to the show and would like their music to be played. It's that one on one contact with the artists that I like and I formatted my show to accommodate that.


Show: Stepping Into Tomorrow
When: Thursdays at 8PM
Host: Gabriel Bryant

What You'll Hear?
We spotlight a range of activists, artists and community members working to improve their community specifically and society in general.

What is your favorite thing about your show?
My favorite thing is meeting people who are developing phenomenal projects. I also enjoy giving people in my network of change agents the chance to get some shine and promote their passion filled work.

We have many wonderful shows but we need your help to continue and grow. Please support G-town Radio today.

Now hear our meanin'. Print E-mail


Back to regular funky programming after a few weeks revolving around Montreux and the JazzMom.  Got some good stuff to bring your way:  Brazilian bounce from Di Melo, funky German fusion from Third Eye, and rubbery grooves from British bassman, Ross McHenry .  Plus, some incredible music from the really lost Miles Davis Quartet, recorded live at Newport in 1969!

Mt. Airy Groove
Wednesdays, 12pm-2pm

December 18, 2013



Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"The Reflex"  Omaha Diner  Omaha Diner  (Pledge Music)

"Diedre's Blues"  Francy Boland  Playing With The Trio  (Schema)

"Night Lady"  The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band  Now Here Our Meanin'  (Columbia)

"Home Is Africa"  Horace Parlan  Happy Frame of Mind  (Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness)

"First Trip"  Mario Rusca Trio  Reaction  (Dynia World/Sonorama)

"Plastic Creek Stomp"  Henry Franklin  The Skipper  (Black Jazz)

"Astral Traveling"  Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes  Astral Traveling  (Flying Dutchman)

"Redirections"  Will Sessions  Kindred: A Tribute to the Pioneers of Jazz Fusion  (Planet E)  

"Hill Where The Lord Hides"  Funk, Inc.  Superfunk  (Prestige)

"Bacalao Con Pan"  The Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble  Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1980  (Latin Percussion Ventures)

"Tou Patou Feme"  Henri Guédon  Cosmozouk  (Superfly/Epic)

"Se O Mundo Acabasse Em Mel"  Di Melo  Di Melo  (Superfly/Odeon)

"Good Bye"  Tommy McCook  Reggae In Jazz  (Pressure Sounds)

"Ogetnom"  Third Eye  Connexion  (Sonorama/Ring)

"Malmsbury Shale"  Ross McHenry  Distant Oceans  (First Word)

"Miles Runs The Voodoo Down"  Miles Davis  Bitches Brew Live  (Columbia/Music on Vinyl)

"Thrift Shop"   Omaha Diner  Omaha Diner  (Pledge Music)

What becomes a legend most? Print E-mail


It's a big week in the Mt. Airy Groove family, as the JazzMom turns 70 on Friday!  Join me for a few hours of music celebrating the JazzMom, including music from France, Beatles covers and a special 45 set to close the show.  Plus, it's the three year anniversary of the Groove!

Mt. Airy Groove
Wednesdays, 12pm-2pm



December 11, 2013

Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Hey Jude"  Ella Fitzgerald  What What Happens  (MPS)

"Belleville"  Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli  With The Quintet of the Hot Club of France  (GNP Crescendo)

"Satin Doll"  Stephane Grappelli & David Grisman  Live  (Warner Bros.)

"Skol Blues"  Oscar Peterson with Stephane Grappelli  Skol  (Pablo Live)

"Hey Jude"  The Overton Berry Trio  At Seattle's Doubletree Inn  (Jaro) 

"Au Bar Du Petit Bac"  Miles Davis  Ascenseur pour L'echafaud (Lift to the Scaffold)  (Fontana)

"Out of the Sorcellerie"   Eddie Louiss  Our Kind of Sabi  (MPS)

"Le Musichien"  Francois Tuesques  Freedom Jazz France (Heavenly Sweetness)

"Valse Pour Helene"  Jef Gilson  The Best of Jef Gilson  (Jazzman)

"Sunday Walk"  Jean-Luc Ponty  Sunday Walk  (MPS)

"Hold On, I'm Coming"  Dee Dee, Barry & The Movements  Soul Hour  (MPS/Sonorama)

"Hey Jude"  Steve Marcus  The Lord's Prayer  (Vortex)

"Black Locomotive"  Barney Wilen  Moshi Too  (Sonorama)

"Huit Octobre 1971"  Cortex  Tropeau Bleu   (Underdog)

"Mister J."  Cortex  Vol. 2  (Sonodisc)

"Shaking Pop"  Janko Nilovic  Pysc Impressions  (Vadim)

"Eva"  Jean Jacques Perrey  7 Inch  (BGP)


"Can I Steal a Little Love"  Frank Sinatra  7 Inch  (Capitol)

"Honey Chile"  Fats Domino  7 Inch  (Imperial)

"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" Sam Cooke 7 Inch   (Keen)

"Mr. Lee"  The Bobbettes  7 Inch  (Atlantic)

"Come Go With Me"  The Dell-Vikings  7 Inch  (Dot)

"Love Is Strange"  Mickey & Sylvia  7 Inch  (Groove)

"My Baby Left Me"  Elvis Presley  7 Inch  (RCA Victor)

"All Shook Up"   Elvis Presley  7 Inch  (RCA Victor)


"Hey Jude"  Wilson Pickett  The Best of Wilson Pickett Vol. 2  (Atlantic) 

Fund Drive Update #2: Have Ya Heard? Print E-mail

With exactly four weeks to go we're creeping closer to our goal for the 2013 Fund Drive (20% of our goal of $7500). Supporting us right now only takes a few minutes when you visit the Donate page of our website (http://gtownradio.com/donate). Last Friday we were a host site for the National Day of Listening where we captured some great memories and photos (more on this in a future update). This is exactly the kind of activity G-town Radio will continue to offer with your support.

We have a lot of great shows on G-town Radio that produce content you won't find elsewhere. We want to introduce you to some of them in our series Have Ya Heard?. Today is For The People: Law in Plain Language.


Show: For The People: Law in Plain Language
When: Tuesdays 8-9:30 PM
Host: Debra D. Rainey, Esq., “The Compassionate Lawyer”
Co-hosts: Blaq aka “The Broke Poet”, Chamara aka ‘Lady go hard’ Cotton

What You’ll Hear:
A fun, funky, fresh legal talk show like you’ve never heard before. Debra Rainey is a non-traditional attorney with tendencies to rant while answering listeners’ legal questions. The entire For the People (FTP) Family joins in the discussion too.  Listeners are drawn in by the freewheeling personalities and animated discussions that makes each FTP one hell of a show! 
Their Favorite Part of Hosting This Show:
The FTP Family likes hosting this show because it is the anti-legal talk show; the only of its kind. The entire FTP Fam plays a role in producing every episode. We enjoy hearing from our audience and touching folks’ lives and spirits with this authentic, raw and enlightening show! Our crew is representative of “We the people!” You can follow For The People on Facebook and Twitter.

For The People is just one of many unique shows on G-town Radio. Your support keeps them on the air and allows us to keep expanding our programming. Thank you for your support.

Live at Montreux, part 2. Print E-mail


Back at it this Wednesday with part two of the live at Montreux series we started two weeks ago.  Still plenty of good music remains!

Mt. Airy Groove
Wednesdays, 12pm-2pm



December 4, 2013

Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Get That Booty"  Dizzy Gillespie  Digital at Montreux 1980  (Pablo)

"Come Sunday"  Andrew Hill  Live at Montreux  (Arista Freedom)

"Thelonious Melodius"  John McLaughlin & The Free Spirits  Complete Montreux Concerts  (Warner)

"Since I Fell For You"  Gene Ammons  Gene Ammons & Friends at Montreux  (Prestige)

"Bogota"  Ahmad Jamal  Outertimeinnerspace  (Impulse)

"Neighbors"  Chris Hinze Combination  Live at Montreux  (CBS)

"Werwolf"  The Fourth Way  Werwolf  (Harvest)

"Chunky"  Ronnie Foster  Live at Montreux  (Blue Note)

"North Carolina"  Les McCann   Live at Montreux  (Atlantic)

"Joyride"  Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House  At Montreux  (Vanguard)

"Woman of the Ghetto"  Marlena Shaw  Live at Montreux  (Blue Note)

"High-Heeled Sneakers"  Harold Alexander  Are You Ready?  (Flying Dutchman)

"Compared to What"  Les McCann & Eddie Harris  Swiss Movement  (Atlantic)

"We Travel The Spaceways"   Sun Ra & His Arkestra  Live at Montreux  (Inner City)

Fund Drive Update #1: Have Ya Heard? Print E-mail

We got off to a decent enough start for our 2013 Fund Drive (13% of our goal of $7500) but we still have a lot of ground to cover. Supporting us right now will only take a few minutes when you visit the Donate page of our website (http://gtownradio.com/donate). We have big ambitions for G-town Radio and all of NW Philadelphia but we can't do it without you.

We have a lot of great shows on G-town Radio that produce content you won't find elsewhere. Over the next few weeks we are going to introduce you to some of them in a series we are calling Have Ya Heard?. First up is Places&Spaces.


Show: Places&Spaces (taken from a Donald Byrd album of the same name)
When: Sundays 6-8 PM
Hosts: DJ Aura & Ciarra

What You'll Hear:
When people tune in to Places&Spaces they'll hear awesome music from the worlds of soul, hip-hop, r&b, and broken-beat. We also talk about community issues as well as national & international issues. You'll get caught up on the latest occurrences in celebrity news. But most importantly the commentary you'll hear will be from a black feminist community-centered perspective.

Their Favorite Part of Hosting This Show:
Places&Spaces is the audio version of a magazine we would LOVE to read. It effortlessly blends music, art, & politics. Places&Spaces is a haven for the nerdy-artsy type; it gives them the fuel they need to get through the week. Please LIKE Places&Spaces on FACEBOOK!!!!

Aura is just one of many passionate volunteers at G-town Radio. Your support keeps them on the air and allows us to keep expanding our programming. For that we are thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Say No to Shopping, Yes to Listening (11/29) Print E-mail


G-town Radio is very proud to be a host site for the National Day of Listening this Friday, November 29 starting at 10 AM. The purpose is to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one. This year we are adding a twist. Photographer Tieshka Smith will be on hand to take portraits until 1 PM. Interviews will be recorded until 3 PM.

We encourage current and former Germantown residents to bring an item that personally embodies or symbolizes Germantown (paraphernalia of all kinds, like T-shirts, photos, buttons, vintage signage, anything that has a Germantown connection). All segments will be submitted to the main Story Corps website.

If you want to participate but can't make those times feel free to contact Tom Casetta ( This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it / 215-906-8658) to schedule an appointment. Tieshka Smith is also hosting open portrait sessions for anyone to stop by. Learn more here.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone.

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