Wednesday afternoon The AIR brings you a special new episodes of Curtain Call and Beatles Blast.  You can tune in at the website, or if you’re on a laptop or desktop, you could 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 mixtape of unusual cover versions of Beatles tunes from the Rubber Soul and Revolver albums. I wanted to include a few less traditional and, some would say “bizarre,” versions of these familiar songs, just to keep you on your toes. You’ll hear these beloved songs rendered in Bluegrass, Baroque, Salsa, Jazz, Soul, Alternative Rock, and other wild styles. The end result, hopefully, will be delightfully entertaining.

Check out the playlist…

Beatles Blast 092

Dion “Drive My Car”
Pickin’ On “Norwegian Wood”
Henrique Cazes “You Won’t See Me”
John Bayless “Nowhere Man”
Yonder Mountain String Band “Think For Yourself”
Mindy Smith “The Word”
Rita Lee “Michelle”
Sufjan Stevens “What Goes On”
The Truth “Girl”
The Wallflowers “I’m Looking Through You”
The Valium “In My Life”
Nellie McMkay “If I Needed Someone”
MC Iron “Taxman”
Aretha Franklin “Eleanor Rigby”
The Vines “I’m Only Sleeping”
Bill Ramsey “Yellow Submarine”
Ween “She Said, She Said”
Cilla Black “For No One”
Blue Cartoon “I Want To Tell You”
Perry Ferrell “Got To Get You Into My Life”
Billy Idol “Tomorrow Never Knows”

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 presents a bit of a tribute to a show that just ended an historic run on Broadway.

April 16, 2023 saw the final performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of The Opera, after 13, 981 curtain rises and chandelier’s falling. With lyrics by Charles Hart, and a libretto by Richard Stilgoe, Phantom had a record-setting run at the Majestic Theater, where it has been a fixture since it opened on Broadway in January, 1988.

This week fills the hour with performances of some of the songs from Phantom of The Opera from all around the world. Phantom of The Opera is guaranteed to be the longest-running show in Broadway history for at least another nine years.  Its closest competitor, Chicago, still has a few thousand performances to go before they catch up.

Mel begins the show where it all started, with the preview single of the title song performed by Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley, and with additional lyrics by Mike Batt. During the rest of the show you’ll hear performances from the original Broadway cast, the London cast, a concert version from The Royal Albert Hall and even a Spanish-language version from Madrid.

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  presents a classic episode featuring comedy songs from Garfunkle and Oates.