Wednesday afternoon The AIR brings you brand-new episodes of Beatles Blast and Curtain Call!  You can tune in at the website, or if you’re on a laptop or desktop, you could just stay on this page, and  listen to the convenient embedded radio player lurking over in the right-hand column of this blog.

At 2 PM,  we serve up a collection of covers of songs by the Beatles, and also from the Fab Four’s solo careers.

You’ll hear mini-sets by Joe Cocker, Billy Preston and Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music, as well as vintage takes from Jimi Hendrix, The Hollies and Peter Gabriel, and new covers from Dhruv Ghanekar and Blid Faith Collective. It’s an hour different takes on classic Beatles songs, ranging from “Day Tripper” to “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” and many more.

Beatles Blast can be heard every Wednesday at 2 PM, with replays Thursday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM,  and Saturday afternoon.

At 3 PM on Curtain Call, Mel Larch marks the recent passing of both Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf with an hour of highlights from Bat Out of Hell: The Musical. It was no surprise that Jim Steinman’s music would eventually end up on the stage. His songs always seemed more appropriate to Broadway than they did the Hot 100, but it was a long trip to get his signature work in front of audiences.

It took 40 years from the release of Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf’s debut album, to the debut of the musical, but along the way Steinman had written lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber, and composed music for other stage productions. With both of the creators of the Bat Out of Hell albums now gone, Mel felt it was a good time to take another look at the musical.

Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM, Saturday at 8 PM and Monday at 9 AM. A six-hour marathon of classic episodes can be heard Sunday evening starting at 6 PM, and an all-night marathon of Curtain Call episodes can be heard Wednesday nights, beginning at Midnight.