Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 - Eli Polonsky
Also around that time, Bill was also known as "Captain Steamboat Willie" on WNTN in Newton MA, a suburban Boston AM station that also aired a progressive rock format in the early 1970s. Bill is also an early '70s on-air alumni of WTBS (now WMBR) at MIT in Cambridge MA, and WBRU in Providence, RI during his college years at Brown University in the late 1970s, as well as many years as a national television and radio reporter, correspondent, and program producer.
Bill is making a documentary film about the early years of WBCN as a rock station in the late '60s and early '70s, and about what was going on culturally, musically, and politically in Boston and beyond at that time. Named after WBCN's original "underground" rock format, the film will be called "The American Revolution".
At 12:15 PM we were joined by telephone by journalist, author, and media producer Danny Schechter, known as "The News Dissector" for his outspoken alternative style of radio journalism on WBCN in the late '60s and early '70s.
Just after 12:45 PM we were joined by telephone by Joe Rogers a.k.a "Mississippi Fats" and/or "Mississippi Harold Wilson", the very first on-air DJ when WBCN began playing "free-form" album rock on March 15, 1968. Rogers had previously been a host on MIT college station WTBS, now WMBR.
Just before 1:10 we were joined by telephone by Sam Kopper, WBCN's first long-term rock Program Director from 1968 into the mid-1970s, now programming the "WBCN Free Form Rock" channel available online at http://www.wbcn.com (click the FREE FORM link on the left to listen), or on HD radio in Boston at 100.7 FM HD3. With Sam was Carolyn Fox, a WBCN DJ in the early 1990s, plus many other stations in New England.
Joining the conversation around 1:20 PM was Boston DJ legend Charles Laquidara who joined WBCN in 1969 and became host of his extremely popular morning show "The Big Mattress" until 1996, when he continued hosting mornings on WZLX until retiring in 2000.
Just before 1:40 PM we were joined by telephone by Jim Parry, WBCN nighttime DJ from 1968 through the 1970's.
Information on how you may support the production of the non-profit documentary film "The American Revolution" is available here.
Live in-studio interview with "Little Bill" Lichtenstein
12:06. Ultimate Spinach - Baroque #1
12:11. Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers - LIVE
Live interview with Bill Lichtenstein in-studio, Danny Schechter by phone
12:39. Michael Fremer - Danny Hog the News Frog
12:41. It's A Beautiful Day - White Bird
Live interview with Bill Lichtenstein in-studio, "Mississippi Fats" (Joe Rogers) by phone
01:05. Cream - I Feel Free
Live interview with Bill Lichtenstein in-studio, Sam Kopper & Carloyn Fox by phone
Live interview with Bill Lichtenstein in-studio, Charles Laquidara, Sam Kopper & Carloyn Fox by phone
01:27. The Blues Project - Flute Thing
Live interview with Bill Lichtenstein in-studio, Jim Parry by phone
Thanks for listening!