As a student at Trinity College in the 1970s, Andy Bassford made sure he saw at least two new movies at week at Cinestudio, the fledging theater on the campus which was known for screening a wide range of interesting films that … Continue reading
An interview with guitarist Anthony Gomes was featured on the July 14 edition of Greasy Tracks.
A special four-hour edition of Greasy Tracks on June 23 paid tribute to legendary drummer Jon Hiseman, who passed away at the age of 73 on June 12.
WRTC hosts paid tribute to ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan who passed away at the age of 68 on June 8.
Austin-based Greyhounds were featured on the May 19 edition of Greasy Tracks, which included an interview with the band and a number of tracks from its just-released Cheyenne Valley Drive (Nine Mile Records).
The May 5 edition of Greasy Tracks featured a two-hour special on Todd Rundgren’s Utopia which is currently in the midst of its first proper tour since 1985.
The music of and interviews with members of The Yardbirds was featured May 2 on a special edition of Greasy Tracks which also included a wide selection of British guitar players.
Below are some up-coming events that will be held at Trinity. April 22: Green Fest, sponsored by the Green Campus Club, celebrates Earth Day. Activities and speakers are planned about sustainability. It will be held on the main quad outside … Continue reading
The 12th-annual Samba Fest takes place April 28 on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The event runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and features a variety of local, regional and international artists. The fest takes place rain or shine and admission … Continue reading
A special edition of Greasy Tracks on April 7 marked Max Creek’s 47th anniversary.
On April 2, Kitchen Sink of Jazz host Bob Parzych spoke with Trinity Prof. Eric Galm about his free online course: World Music, Culture, & You: Finding Music Within Your Community.
Acclaimed bassist Nathan East will be interviewed on the April 6 edition of Java Jazz.
The March 31 edition of Greasy Tracks featured interviews with and the music of guitarists of Stephen Inglis and Scott Sharrard who bring vastly different fret work to the fore in a program that was probably a first for slack-key-meets-blues-guitar stylings.
The 13th-annual Trinity College International Hip-Hop Festival runs April 6-8 on the Trinity campus in Hartford, Conn.
There will be a double serving of Dixie Dregs music this week on WRTC as hosts Boris and Devo interviewed the original line-up of the band ahead of its March 14 appearance at the Ridgefield Playhouse as part of the “Dawn of the … Continue reading
The March 17 edition of Greasy Tracks featured a four-hour special on Gregg Allman, including interviews with former bandmates, friends and those who worked with him over the years. In addition to a wide range of Allman’s solo work, including his posthumous … Continue reading
Singer/songwriter Amy Rigby will be interviewed on a special edition of The Devo Rock Show on March 5 ahead of her March 8 appearance at by Café Nine in New Haven as she supports her just-released The Old Guys (Southern Domestic Recordings).
World Gone Mad, the soon-to-be-released album by The Weight Band, made its national, on-air debut on Feb. 1 during a special edition of Greasy Tracks.
Fred Wesley, a founding funk father, trombonist and musical director for James Brown’s long-time backing band, The J.B.’s, will be interviewed on the Feb. 2 edition of Java Jazz.
An interview with regional harmonica hero and bandleader James Montgomery was featured on the Jan. 27 edition of Greasy Tracks as part of a program spotlighting the music of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
A special edition of Greasy Tracks on Jan. 18 featured the music of blues legend Freddie King and members of Hartford’s West End Blend were in studio to discuss the octet’s latest release, Attitude.
The Jan. 6 and Jan. 13 editions of Greasy Tracks featured tributes to legendary music producer Rick Hall who passed away at the age of 85 on Jan. 2.
The 46th Annual On-Again/Off-Again Bob Parzych Christmas Show starring Chet McPhee, co-starring The Sparkemon & The Boyz aired on Dec. 11, with the jocoseness thankfully not getting too out of control as the FCC did not have to step in.
Fresh off appearances in France, the Netherlands and Germany, Hartford’s own Balkun Brothers will be at the WRTC studios for an interview and acoustic performance on the Nov. 15 edition of the Boris Rock Show.
An interview with guitarist Anthony Gomes was featured on the Nov. 11 edition of Greasy Tracks as part of a program focusing on blues guitarists.
Interviews with veteran music photographer Jay Blakesberg and former Relix editor-in-chief Josh Baron — who discussed their latest project, Eyes Of The World: Grateful Dead Photography 1965-1995 (Rock Out Books) — were featured on the Nov. 4 edition of Greasy Tracks.
Hartford-based soul/funk outfit West End Blend’s just-released CD Attitude made its broadcast debut on the Oct. 31 edition of Tuesday Jazz where the band’s trombonist John Mundy was interviewed.
The music of the late Antoine Dominique “Fats” Domino, Jr. will be featured on the Oct. 30 edition of the Devo Rock Show which runs from 9 a.m.-noon .
Interviews with Deborah Grabien and Steve Kimock were featured on the Oct. 21 edition of Greasy Tracks. Click here to listen to the archive.
An interview with singer-songwriter Heather Maloney will be featured on the Oct. 18 edition of The Boris Rock Show. The program runs 9 a.m.-noon with the interview airing around 10:30 a.m. Click here to listen live.
The Sept. 23 edition of Greasy Tracks featured the music of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Polyrhythmics as local appearances loom for each of the groups.
The annual WRTC fundraising marathon runs through Sept. 24. As the non-commercial radio station of Trinity College, we offer a diverse schedule of 60-plus programs. Aside from engineering services provided by the college, we’re an all-volunteer organization
Enlisting in the Navy right out of high school, Dave Munro became an air traffic controller and served for six years before realizing that he really wanted to write and play music instead.
The music of the influential Yardbirds along with interviews of band members Continue reading
Guitarist Sonny Landreth was featured on the July 3 edition of The Devo Rock Show. Click here to listen to an archive of the program.
The 2017 edition of The Wheels of Soul Tour was previewed on the June 24 edition of Greasy Tracks. Click here to listen to the archive of the program, while the playlist is here.
A special program of southern gospel music hosted by Joe Tyler aired on June 22. Click here to listen to the archive.
An interview with Country Joe McDonald aired on the June 17 edition of Greasy Tracks where he discussed his most recent release, 50 (Rag Baby
WRTC hosts Boris and Devo got a chance to talk to guitarist Chuck Prophet after his show at The Parlor Room in Northampton, Mass., on June 14.
Bill Carbone and Beau Sasser are a literal musical keystone for a pair of groups that specialize in bringing the music of two very divergent musicians to the stage, thus not only keeping it relevant and accessible, but introducing it … Continue reading
Interviews with founding members of Ambrosia will be featured on the June 12 edition of The Devo Rock Show which airs 9 a.m.-noon.
Legendary jazz pianist on Ramsey Lewis was interviewed on the June 5 edition of The Kitchen Sink of Jazz.
The 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles classic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was celebrated on the May 29 edition of The Devo Rock Show
A special four-part feature on Max Creek aired on the May 13, 20, 27 and June 3 editions of Greasy Tracks to mark the 46th anniversary of the group.
The 11th-annual Samba Fest takes place May 6 on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The event runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and features a variety of local, regional and international artists. The fest takes place rain or shine … Continue reading
A special edition of Greasy Tracks aired April 22 with a five-plus hour program broadcast from an Earth Day fundraiser in West Hartford featuring performances by Old Royals and Ray Morant’s Soul Tsunami.
An interview with the legendary singer Peter Wolf was featured on the April 1 edition of Greasy Tracks as host Chris Cowles marked his 1,000th show at WRTC.
Marilyn Scott, California-based, but world-renowned jazz and R&B vocalist traces her evolution from background singer with George Duke, Spyra Gyra, Yellowjackets, Etta James and Tower of Power, to 40 years as a solo artist. She discussed her career and the … Continue reading
The March 4 edition of Greasy Tracks spotlighted the Fender Telecaster, long recognized as one of the iconic instruments to make a profound impact in rock, soul, jazz, country and electric blues music.
The Feb. 21 edition of Tuesday Afternoon Jazz featured a tribute to guitarist Larry Coryell — renowned as the “Godfather of Fusion” — who passed away at the age of 73 on Feb. 19 following a series of appearances in New York … Continue reading
Veteran songwriter, keyboardist and singer Grayson Hugh was looking for a guitarist, but little did he imagine a 17-year-old high school student would be joining his band The Moon Hawks.
An interview with William Bell was featured on the Feb 11 edition of Greasy Tracks, a day before the veteran soul singer won a Grammy for Best Americana Album for his This Is Where I Live (Stax).
An interview with Jesse Colin Young was featured on the Feb. 4 edition of Greasy Tracks.
The Jan. 28 edition of Greasy Tracks featured a tribute to Marvell Thomas who passed away after a brief illness on Jan. 23. He was 75 years old.
Interviews with and the music of guitarists Eric Krasno and Marcus King were featured on the Jan. 21 edition of Greasy Tracks.
An interview with members of Vanilla Fudge was featured on the Jan. 18 edition of The Boris Rock Show.
An interview with Yardbirds guitarist Johnny A was featured on the Jan. 14 edition of Greasy Tracks where he discussed his solo work as well as up-coming plans with the legendary blues-rock band.
On paper what was tabbed “The Woodstock of the West” couldn’t be anything short of amazing. The free concert on Dec. 6, 1969, headlined by the Rolling Stones with the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Flying Burrito … Continue reading
The 46th Annual On-Again/Off-Again Bob Parzych Christmas Show starring Chet McPhee, co-starring The Sparkemon & The Boyz aired on Dec. 11, with the jocoseness not getting too out of control as the FCC will not have to step in.
Guitarist John Pizzarelli was interviewed on the Dec. 5 edition of The Kitchen Sink of Jazz.
Tower of Power tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo was a guest on the Dec. 2 edition of Java Jazz where he joined host Steve Adler to discuss the storied history and up-coming plans of one of the world’s greatest horn bands.
To watch Matt Butler on stage a casual observer might consider him to be a hybrid conductor-coach-mad scientist or perhaps just a flagger on a busy roadway.
Average White Band bassist/guitarist Allan Gorrie was a guest on the Nov. 4 edition of Java Jazz where he joined host Steve Adler to discuss the storied history of the legendary funk band which formed in 1972 in Dundee, Scotland.
The annual WRTC fundraising marathon concluded Oct. 2. Those who pledged should expect to receive a form in the mail with instructions on how and where to send their donation.
An interview with Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull bassist Dave Pegg will air on the Sept. 9 edition of The Boris & Devo Rock Show.
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Recently returned from England, Devo will feature an interview with lead singer and songwriter Damian Wilson from the progressive bands Headspace and Threshold on the Aug. 26 edition of The Devo Rock Show.
Chris Collingwood was an in-studio guest on the Aug. 22 edition of The Devo Rock Show where he discussed his new project Look Park and up-coming appearance at the Amourasaurus II festival which runs Aug. 27-28 at Look Park in Northampton, Mass.
Veteran guitarist and songwriter Tom Guerra was a guest on the July 30 edition of Greasy Tracks.
The June 25 edition of Greasy Tracks featured a special, four-hour tribute to trumpeter Wayne Jackson of The Memphis Horns who passed away June 21 at the age of 74.
On May 20, Boris hosted a special featuring rock music from the 1960s with rare recordings, unusual radio promotions and off-the-wall radio ads from the era.
The 10th-annual Samba Fest takes place May 7 at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford and will be broadcast live by WRTC.
There was a special, six-hour tribute to Prince on April 22 as Devo remembered the life and music of the acclaimed artist who passed away at the age of 57 on April 21.
Legendary rock guitarist Martin Barre will be a guest on the April 18 edition of The Devo Rock Show.
The April 16 edition of Greasy Tracks spotlighted the Fender Telecaster, long recognized as one of the iconic instruments to make a profound impact in rock, soul, jazz, country and electric blues music.
The March 16 edition of The Boris Rock Show will feature tributes to Sir George Martin and keyboardist Keith Emerson. The program airs 9 a.m.-noon.
The March 12 edition of Greasy Tracks featured a two-hour spotlight on the careers of guitarist Steve Kimock and bassist Bobby Vega who have collaborated in a number of groups over three-plus decades.
An interview with guitarist Jorma Kaukonen was featured on the March 5 edition of Greasy Tracks where he discussed the recent passing of former Jefferson Airplane bandmates Paul Kantner and Signe Toly Anderson as well as reminiscing about the early … Continue reading
The Feb. 22 edition of The Kitchen Sink of Jazz featured some music of Thomas Chapin and an interview with his brother, Ted, who discussed the legacy of his younger brother as well as the documentary “Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song” by Emmy-winning … Continue reading
Austin-based Greyhounds were featured on the Feb. 13 edition of Greasy Tracks, including an interview with the band and a handful of tracks from its soon-to-be-released CD Change of Pace (Ardent Music).
The Feb. 6 edition of Saturday Night Rock paid tribute to Paul Kantner who passed away Jan. 28 at the age of 74.
The music of The Band was featured on the Jan. 30 edition of Greasy Tracks as well as an interview with ex-Band guitarist guitarist Jim Weider, who discussed upcoming appearances by The Weight.
Interviews with the daughters of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Diana Ross were featured on the Jan. 23 edition of Greasy Tracks, a special edition of the program which included music by each of them as well as their parents. Go … Continue reading
The Jan. 10 edition of Ronnie’s Spirit featured a tribute to vocalist Nicholas Caldwell of The Whispers who passed away on Jan. 5 at the age of 71 due to congestive heart failure.
Maceo Parker, world-renowned funk troubadour, soul saxophonist and living legend has been bringing his groove to fans for 50-plus years and on Jan. 8, he’ll be interviewed on Java Jazz.
Legendary jazz/rock musician Tim Weisberg will be interviewed on the Jan. 7 edition of The Far Side Jazz O’Rama with Stan “The Porpoise” Kaminski.
Singer Toni Redd, will be interviewed on the Jan. 1 edition of Java Jazz which will feature her music throughout the program which runs 6-9 a.m.
An interview with guitarist Steve Katz, a founding member of The Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears was featured on the Dec. 12 edition of Greasy Tracks.
It’s that time of year again as the 44th Annual On-Again/Off-Again Bob Parzych Christmas Show starring Chet McPhee, co-starring The Sparkemon & The Boyz will air Dec. 14, with the jocoseness running 3-6 p.m. or until the FCC steps in.
The Dec. 7 edition of The Devo Rock Show will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Rubber Soul — the landmark Beatles album that was recorded over a four-week period in an effort for it to be out in … Continue reading
On Dec. 4, Najee, the Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist and flutist will be interviewed and featured throughout Java Jazz as this month’s “Spotlight Artist.”
Street poet, dissonant godfather of punk, amphetamine-fueled deviant, humanitarian, ground-breaking musician and a unique and on-going influence to generations of musicians, Lou Reed was all this and more.
Hats and T-shirt premiums for WRTC’s annual fundraiser were mailed on Nov. 17 and those who donated should expect to receive them in the next few days — so keep an eye on your mail!
Two recent programs aired extended tributes to the legendary Allen Toussaint who passed away at the age of 77 on Nov. 10.
The Sept. 5 edition of Greasy Tracks featured the music of Otis Redding and an interview with author Mark Ribowsky who discussed the recently published bio Dreams To Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and The Transformation of Southern Soul (Liveright).
Veteran songwriter, keyboardist and singer Grayson Hugh was a guest on the Aug. 22 edition of Greasy Tracks where he discussed his just-released CD Back To The Soul (Swamp Yankee Music).
There will be a special edition of the The Boris Rock Show on Aug. 7 as Boris spotlights rock music from the decade of the 1960s.
Warren Leach, a founding member of The Waterbury-based UnGroup Society, will be interviewed at midnight on the July 26 edition of Ronnie’s Spirit.
Devo got a chance to catch up with accordionist Blake Miller and bassist Eric Frey of the Lafayette, La.-based band The Revelers following their recent performance at The Green River Festival in Greenfield, Mass.
When it comes to giving interviews, there is one Clinton you can always count on to shoot straight: George Clinton.
Interviews with guitarist Devon Allman and legendary bassist Jack Casady were featured on the July 11 edition of Greasy Tracks.
Veteran WRTC host Benjamin Castro, best known by his on-air name, DJ Porkie, passed away July 8 at the age of 40.
Aficionados of Rev. Gary Davis and Hot Tuna have required listening when it comes to the June 27 edition of Greasy Tracks.
An interview with Boston-based singer and guitarist Ruby Rose Fox will be part of the June 29 edition of the Devo Rock Show.
An interview with Little Feat and Leftover Salmon keyboardist Bill Payne was aired on the June 6 edition of Greasy Tracks which featured all Payne-related music.
San Francisco-based author/photographer Jay Blakesberg discussed his just-published book, Guitars That Jam (Insight Editions) on the May 30 edition of Greasy Tracks.
Three musicians who played on the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s debut album in 1965 appeared on the May 23 edition of Greasy Tracks as part of a tribute to the group’s recent induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Legendary music producer Rick Hall was interviewed on the May 9 edition of Greasy Tracks as the program marked its 20th anniversary.
The April 29 edition of The Boris Rock Show will feature a spotlight on the legendary writer and producer Bert Berns.
Steeped in blues, country, gospel and rock and roll, southern soul music has long been linked with a handful of studios in Memphis, Tenn., and Muscle Shoals, Ala, but toss in the crack writing teams and players in Nashville along … Continue reading
The ninth-annual Samba Fest takes place May 2 at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford and will be broadcast live by WRTC.
Singer Jon Prent was a guest on the April 5 edition of Ronnie’s Spirit where he discussed the challenges of making a mark in the fast-paced, ever-challenging music industry.
In the post-Civil War years, Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., became a societal phenomenon for black America.
An interview with guitarist Jorma Kaukonen was featured on a special edition of Greasy Tracks spotlighting his career and marking the 50th anniversary of the Jefferson Airplane taking off.
Mention Jerry Garcia and most people immediately think of the Grateful Dead as the late guitarist was considered the focal point of the legendary pioneering psychedelic rock band, renowned as much for their music as they were the circus-like atmosphere … Continue reading
Southern soul music is headed north as JJ Grey & Mofro and Marc Broussard team up for shows in Boston and New York City this week.
Long recognized as one of the iconic instruments to make a profound impact in rock, soul, jazz, country and electric blues music, the unique look and sound of the Fender Telecaster remains as timeless as the classic tracks it was … Continue reading
Technically speaking, the original Band ceased to be following their swan song performance on Thanksgiving 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, an event that was filmed and later released as The Last Waltz.
Jim Marshall has long been regarded as the greatest rock music photographer, but the renowned shooter also had another passion: chronicling everyday scenes that surrounded his primary subjects.
Aretha Franklin and James Brown may be known as the queen of soul and the godfather of soul, respectively, but when it comes to funk, attention always gravitates to one person: George Clinton.
A four-hour tribute to Duane Allman was presented on the Nov. 22 edition of Greasy Tracks, just two days after the 68th anniversary of the birth of the legendary guitarist.
It’s time to step up and support WRTC as the station’s annual fundraiser kicks off on Monday and runs through Sept. 27.
Join Bob Parzych and Paul Femia for all the action of the NESCAC men’s hockey tournament finals as Trinity hosts Amherst College at 2 p.m. on March 6 from the Koeppel Center’s William’s Rink.
- Men’s Hockey Semifinals, Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
- The Grip Weeds on Friday’s Boris & Devo Rock Show
- Anthony Kaczynski at WRTC
- Rev. Gary Davis & Hot Tuna
- Jack Bruce remembered
- Fundraising Update
- Tom Guerra talks new CD, fave guitarists
- Founder Previews New Infinity Hall
- Susan Tedeschi talks about Tedeschi Trucks Band, upcoming appearance