Today, March 29 is the much anticipated "calendar day" for my website and for Radio Dismuke. Turns out that Page-A-Day, a major calendar publisher, decided to feature my website as its March 29 entry in its 2007 Wacky Web Sites: 365 For The Weird & Wired calendar. Here is what the entry says:
"Listen to hits from before your grandmother was born at this site celebrating music recorded on 78 rpm records. Plus a link to Radio Dismuke - a 24-hour online radio station playing hits from the '20s and '30s."Needless to say, I was thrilled when I first learned about this. This is incredible exposure for both Radio Dismuke and for the music I present. Radio Dismuke is all about bringing the wonderful but nearly forgotten music of the past to the attention of a new and hopefully appreciative modern audience. The calendar is sold in major bookstores all across the country and this entry is going to result in a great many people stumbling across and being exposed to the music for the very first time - and some of them will discover that they enjoy it and become fans. Whoever at Workman Publishing is responsible for that entry has my profound gratitude. You have helped the cause of this music finding its much deserved renaissance more than you will ever know.
On another note, for those who are new to Radio Dismuke or know of it only through this blog, coming up soon is the semi-annual broadcast Radio Dismuke conducts in conjunction with Nauck's Vintage Records, the world's largest and most prestigious auction house of rare vintage records. Kurt Nauck generously makes the records in his auction catalog of over 10,000 items available to the Radio Dismuke audience by playing specific records that listeners have requested to hear. Many of the records in Kurt's auctions are extremely rare and these broadcasts frequently are the first time that some of them have been performed in public in decades - and since all of the items are for sale and will be dispersed to various private collections around the world, there is a good possibility that it will be the last time some of them will be performed in public for a number of years to come. Normally, Radio Dismuke focuses on popular music and jazz from the 1925 to 1935 decade. During the Nauck's Vintage Records broadcasts, however, we feature everything from 1890s era wax cylinders to early rock and roll recordings from the very last years of the 78 rpm era. The program includes selections from a very wide range of genres - opera, classical, jazz, pop, ethic, rock, blues, country, spoken word recordings , you name it. The program features something for everybody - so I hope you will check it out. You can find out more information about it and the dates and broadcast times in your time zone by following this link.
I do plan on putting up additional postings regarding the royalty situation as time permits.