Author Archives: Chris

About Chris

Chris is the program director and founder of Radio Free New England.

050619 Welcome to Earth

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As Kurt Vonnegut says, “there’s only one rule that I know of…you’ve got to be kind.”

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More Music History on RFNE!

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Whose first album was released today (4/28) in 1969? What song was investigated by the FBI? All that, and a set spanning 60 years of music on this week’s Radio Free New England.

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RFNE April 7, 2019 – Cobain’s Influence

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Today, we remember the 25th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death with a set showing his influence on music of the 1990s, and we’ve also got the full spectrum of rock music for you – from the Ramones to Rosalinda’s Eyes.

Stay tuned in the next couple weeks for a very exciting announcement regarding RFNE’s future home!

RFNE March 17, 2019 – Irish Rock and Rollers

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this episode features Irish artists from Black 47 to Damien Rice. What great music and artistry they’ve produced! Of course, we also include the Marot Memo. For more, check out the full archives at rfne.org.

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Music Radio and its Many Styles

We’re finally back to the music.

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After a few weeks of Marot Memos only, I produced a fun, varied music show – only to include the wrong link! You may have noticed last week that if you clicked on the hyperlink, it went to the old Russell Baker show. Rather than put you behind the 8-ball this week with another new episode, I’m linking to the right one this time. 

This may not mean anything to you, but if it does, it’s worth saying. My love of music is pretty diverse – rock ‘n’ roll, folk rock, soul, Motown, jazz, I could go on. But one style of radio that I like is the FM rock radio of the late 60s/early 70s. It kind of fits my vibe as a person. I’m not the wild screecher that someone like Alan Freed was, and though I love Wolfman Jack, that’d come off pretty disingenuous (have a listen if you’ve never heard him – he’s cool and his music taste is superb). What I heard recently while digging around old airchecks (archives of radio shows) online is a great station called WNEW-FM. They had jocks who were pretty low-key, loved the music, and weren’t afraid to talk politics, tell stories, or rap about life philosophies. That’s something I’ve unwittingly been doing on my show, even though it’s not what we really hear on the radio today. I mean – where have YOU heard a mix of politics, stories, philosophy, and music on the actual dial? I appreciate the leap you take with me every time I make a left turn to some book I’m reading, some issue that’s on my mind, etc. It makes for something unique!

Anyway, thank you for listening to my little internet radio show. I appreciate every listen, every donation, and every nice comment. It’s fun to do the show, but it makes it all the better when I know people are enjoying it. 

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Back to the Music! Rock, Soul, and Optimism for Your February

Welcome back! First, a BIG thank you to our first few donors – you’re making my vision of a New England community radio station come true.

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This week covers a lot of ground – Laura Nyro to Don Varner and everything in between. Plus, we’ll keep talking about the explorer mindset and why optimism is so important today. Visit rfne.orfg for archived episodes, the podcast, merchandise, and more!

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