Wednesday afternoon The AIR brings you a brand-new episode of Beatles Blast and a couple of encores of recent episodes of Curtain Call!  You can tune in at the website, or or 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, yours truly returns to introduce a special episode of Beatles Blast devoted to the birth of Apple Records.

In May, 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney traveled to New York City to officially announce the Beatles’ newly-formed and very non-traditional company, Apple Corps.

This episode of Beatles Blast, after a quick intro, opens with the audio from an interview that was recorded by New York educational television station WNET on May 14th for the program Newsfront. The interview was conducted by host Mitchell Krause.

This interview is a really interesting artifact, and at many points it’s glaringly obvious that the interviewer isn’t very familiar with The Beatles.

In this conversation, Lennon and McCartney are especially candid on the topic of racial issues, and also about the royal family.

Later that evening, following this afternoon interview, Lennon and McCartney also dropped in for a special appearance on TheTonight Show, with guest host Joe Garagiola. We also bring you the audio from that interview before wrapping up with a short interview with David Frost, back in London a couple of days later.

It’s a departure episode, with no full songs, but it’s an absolute treasure for die-hard Beatles fans.  

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, we bring you a couple of recent episodes, including the 100th episode, which attempts to cover ten decades’ worth of musical theater in one hour.

Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM and 9 PM, 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.