The mid-week finds us at Wednesday afternoon, and The AIR still manages to bring you a new episode of Curtain Call and a recent edition of Beatles Blast to put the hump in your hump day.  You can tune in at the website, or just stay right here and  listen to the convenient embedded radio player lurking elsewhere on this page.

At 2 PM (EDT) Beatles Blast brings you a Halloween-season compilation of “Dark Beatles,” with forboding songs by the group and solo, and covers and contributions by Harry Nilsson and Sonic Youth.

Beatles Blast can be heard every Wednesday at 2 PM, with replays Thursday at 11 PM, Friday at 1 PM,  and Saturday afternoon.

At 3 PM (EDT) on Curtain Call, Mel Larch pays tribute to one of her heroes who recently passed away, Chita Rivera.

Rivera, who passed away on January 30, 2024 at the age of 91 had an amazing career. Over her seven decades on stage, she created a number of iconic Broadway roles, including Rose in Bye, Bye Birdie, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Claire in The Visit, just to name a few. She was a barrier breaking trailblazer who stood out as a Latina performer in a time when the vast majority of her colleagues were white.

A ten time Tony nominee, (and three time Tony recipient), she was also the first Latino performer to receive the Kennedy Center Honors in 2002. And in 2009, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In this episode you will hear just a few of Chita Rivera’s many memorable stage moments:

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From West Side Story: “America” and “Tonight”
From Bye Bye Birdie: “What Did I Ever See In Him?” and “Spanish Rose”
From Bajour “Love Line”
From Chicago: “All That Jazz” and “Cell Block Tango”
From the movie soundtrack of Sweet Charity: “Hey, Big Spender” and “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This”
From The Rink: “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer” and “The Apple Doesn’t Fall”
From The Visit: “I Walk Away” and “Love and Love Alone”
From Chicago: “Nowadays” and “When Velma Takes The Stand”

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.

Also on The AIR, Wednesday at 11 PM,  The Comedy Vault brings you an hour of stand-up comedy from newly-minted author, Steven Wright.