Remember the Summer of Love

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Remember the Summer of Love

From the San Francisco Bay Area, epicenter of The Summer of Love, Producers Gregg McVicar & Gabriela Castelán present a special edition of UnderCurrents WEEKEND.

Available on PRX and appropriate for play throughout the summer,
Summer of Love features segments with –
  • Allen Cohen, publisher of the Haight Ashbury psychedelic newspaper The Oracle.
  • Artist Ann Cohen and visitors to the deYoung Museum exhibit “Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll” plus
  • Music and radio from 1967 including the Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish, Janis Joplin, The Byrds, Ravi Shankar, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, and more….
Click here for Summer of Love on PRX

Have a ball this Summer

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Have a ball this Summer

Dive into the history of recorded sound!

Sound Beat is a daily, 90-second public radio show that showcases recordings from Syracuse University Libraries’ Belfer Audio Archive, one of the nation’s largest sound archives.

Episodes feature a wide range of recordings from all musical genres, film scores, and great thinkers and political figures such as Albert Einstein and Teddy Roosevelt, and more. Listeners will hear fascinating rare gems, old favorites, and some never heard before recordings.

For more information about Sound Beat, check out our Program Listing

Your Mission is Our Mission

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Your Mission is Our Mission

With UnderCurrents:


Expand and Enhance Service
  • UnderCurrents has a unique, compelling voice that engages existing and new listeners.
  • Host Gregg McVicar, hand picks music that is rich in musicality and cultural values, keeping an ear to new trends while honoring the roots.
  • Gregg and his crew attend a lot of music festivals to experience and meet the artists first hand.
  • Everyday Gregg engages with listeners via social media.
Celebrate Diversity
  • UnderCurrents is a culturally inclusive program that appeals to a diverse audience and expands listeners’ understanding of the ways and values of others through its multi-cultural celebration of Alternative, Roots, Rock, Native, World, and emerging artists.
Strive for Technical Excellence
  • UnderCurrents offers consistently excellent production values.
  • No worries about levels because we’re locked at the -24 LUFS network standard.
  • Sound Exchange reporting?  All playlists uploaded to SX for those using NPR Digital Services; SX-ready speadsheets provided for those using Spinitron or filing directly.
  • All music is screened for offensive language.

UnderCurrents is easy to use whenever you need something good!

Schedule UnderCurrents daily, weekly or when you’re short-staffed.
With UnderCurrents you’re good to go!


For more information about UnderCurrents, check out our Program Listing.


Why Monterey Pop Mattered

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Why Monterey Pop Mattered

Paul Ingles documents the pop/rock festival that set the template for all the great ones that followed: The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967.

The festival is marking its 50th anniversary with another festival with mostly contemporary stars on the same three days as the original (June 16-17-18) in the very same venue, the Monterey Fair Grounds. Paul talks with original Monterey Pop producer Lou Adler, legendary Monterey Pop filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane, Steve Cropper from Otis Redding’s band and more people who there at Monterey in 1967. Plus the best of the great music from the break out stars of the 1967 festival like Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, The Who and Jimi Hendrix and others like The Byrds, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, The Jefferson Airplane, The Mama’s & The Papas and more.

Available on PRX


The Two Sides of Sgt. Pepper: An Honest Appraisal

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The Two Sides of Sgt. Pepper: An Honest Appraisal

From Music Documentarian Paul Ingles
For the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

There won’t be a better time to celebrate this most-heralded of The Beatles albums as the 50th anniversary of it approaches. On May 26 The Beatles will be releasing special expanded editions of the album with previously unreleased extras which include rare rehearsal recordings and a brand new mix.
The 50th anniversary of the album’s original release is June 1.

For decades, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has ranked high on many All-Time Best Album lists. Celebrated as the first quasi-concept album in rock, fans and critics have long lauded the songcraft, the pioneering production sounds, and its colorful, now iconic, cover art. Some say it both reflected and drove the burgeoning youth culture through the “Summer of Love” in 1967. In more recent years, some critics have tried to cut through the mythology of the album and reconsider it in every way. Some have ranked other Beatle albums as superior to Pepper and feel the record has been over-hyped.

In this two or one-hour special, producer and host Paul Ingles presents a lively ride that functions as both a celebration of a landmark recording and a balanced survey of critical opinion about “Sgt. Pepper.” Listeners will experience this music in a new way as they’ll hear both the stories behind the creation of these memorable tracks as well as thoughtful perspectives that place the work in context.

Run either the two or one hour version Memorial Day Weekend or near or on June 1. Or anytime in this 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love.

Available Now at PRX