Wednesday afternoon The AIR brings you special brand-new episodes of Beatles Blast and Curtain Call!  You can tune in at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

At 2 PM, your truly returns to host a birthday mixtape salute to John Lennon, who was born 80 years ago this week. We bring you the highlights of his solo musical career on the eve of the release of his new remixed and remastered Give Me Some Truth collection. Check out the playlist featuring all songs by John Lennon…

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“Give Peace A Chance”
“Cold Turkey”
“Instant Karma”
“Working Class Hero”
“How Do You Sleep”
“Gimme Some Truth”
“John Sinclair”
“Mind Games”
“Whatever Gets You Through The Night”
“(Just Like)Starting Over”
“Borrowed Time”

Beatles Blast can be heard every Wednesday at 2 PM, with replays Thursday at 10 PM, Satruday at 2 PM, and the following Tuesday at 9 AM.

At 3 PM Mel Larch devotes the entire hour of Curtain Call to songs that George Gershwin wrote for the stage, performed by some of the greatest singers of the last century. George Gershwin began writing songs professional when he was just fifteen years old, in 1913. He wrote his first musical, Piccadilly to Broadway, in 1920, and continued to compose for the stage until 1935, winning the first Pulitzer Prize for drama ever given to a musical for Of Thee I Sing, along the way.

George Gershwin collaborated with several lyricists, including William Daly, Buddy DeSilva and his brother Ira Gershwin, but his stunning compositions, combined with his premature death due to a brain tumor at the age of 38, cemented a legacy that is still standing more than a century after his first show.  Just check out this amazing playlist…

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Ethel Waters “I Got Rhythm”
Maxine Sullivan “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Doris Day “But Not For Me”
The Hi-Los “Of Thee I Sing”
Ella Fitzgerald “I’ve Got A Crush On You”
Mel Torme “Isn’t It A Pity”
Aretha Franklin “It Ain’t Necessarily So”
Frank Sinatra “Someone To Watch Over Me”
Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark ‘s Wonderful”
Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne “Embraceable You”
Al Jolson “Swanee”
Robert McFerrin and Adele Addison “Bess You Is My Woman Now”
Tony Bennett “Who Cares”
Cab Calloway “There’s A Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon For New York”
Sarah Vaughn “My Man’s Gone Now”
Buck and Bubbles “Oh Lady, Be Good!”
Georges Guetary “I’ll Build A Stairway To Paradise”
Billie Holliday “Summertime”

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