Wednesday, December 31, 2014

~Ears, Heart, Soul and Brain~


The artistic process of RFW is akin to instruments like a Mellotron or Emulator, musicians such as turntablists and samplists and sound artists that utilize field recordings and shortwave. The creation is accomplished by "playing" pre-recorded or found sounds and arranging, altering, editing and sequencing them to make something old become something new.

Radio has been my schooling, profession and passion for 42 years. But aside from a select and diminishing number of commercial signals as well as persistent and revolving college shows and their presenters, the artistic quality of radio is nearly extinct. Even better than average channels and programming on products such as Sirius, Pandora and Spotify are the result of a well informed person(s) knowingly feeding great and quality selections into a data-base and allowing software and algorithms to introduce and or automate their flow and rotation. The hosts, although often charming, entertaining and capable, are usually reduced to the role of talking-head.

In 2006, when I first launched this my dream "station", I was very aware that what I was undertaking was a rare and endangered species. Music is my poetry, my cinema, my literature and my inspiration. I relate songs, tones, tunes and tempos to events, feelings, news and incidents I live, observe, feel and wish to articulate about, then create a new piece of art to share with you. They are not intended to be definitive or autobiographical, just as every painting is not perfect or a mirror-image self-portrait, yet all bear the unmistakable mark of it's creator.

Whether my motivation is thematic, intended to convey an emotion, make a point or musically random - the results are always a transformation of many separate and unique pieces from equally different talents into a new source of enjoyment funneled though my ears, heart, soul and brain.  

As we end this year and start 2015, I am proud to not only continue, but to also evolve and mutate each Transmission into an addition that stands alone in the gallery of the blog but, also fits those that came before or will be realized in the future like a living, breathing puzzle that will never be completed.
Please remember, I do this for the artists, myself and YOU!

Happy New Year from Radio Free Wohlman!

Friday, December 26, 2014

~A Madog And An Indian Man~

Transmission 9914

Paying tribute to Joe Cocker and remembering Ravi Shankar with an introduction from Mushroom!

T9914 is a 148mb 320k mp3 1:05:05 in length made loud to be played louder! 

"learning to live together, untill we die"


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

~The Christmas Companion~

Transmission 9814

Whereas CITWA 2014 was conceived as a foreground listening experience, 
this mate is intended to mingle with the background sounds of you and your family 
cooking, eating, drinking, opening presents and enjoying each other as well as 
the beauty that is inherent in this celebration of a very special birth.

Raise a glass to the music of Angel, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Hip Hop Peanuts with a guest rap from Linus, The Bach Choir, Johann Sebastian Bach, Luciano Pavarotti & London Voices, The Chieftains with Elvis Costello and Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Wiener Mozart Ensemble, Esquivel and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky!

T9814 is a 133mb 320k mp3 58:14 in length made with love to be listened to with love!

"tidings of comfort and joy"


Monday, December 22, 2014

~A Christmas Gift For You~


It feels like an authentic end of an era, or is it the Phoenix rising? 

This has been my favorite seasonal song since November of 1963 (I was 7), when my very cool cousin Henrietta bought "A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector". I have played it for my own enjoyment or on the radio for your's every year since then. But for all intents and purposes, I heard it and understood it for the very first time the other night watching Darlene Love perform it for the very last time on the soon to be a memory
Late Night with Dave Letterman

It does not matter if the singing narrator asks nicely or demands compliance. Our wants and needs do not motivate or change the outcome. In fact, it often pushes the person in the opposite direction!  

The person being sung to has many choices. They can come back home to where they once belonged, go home for the first time to where they do belong, or stay where they are and ignore all invitations - for home is truly where the heart is.

-  everyone is better off if the person you thought you wanted to return stays away.
 - the place the person afraid of change could find is the home they always dreamed of.
 -  there is no better company than your own.

Don't come home because you are wanted.
Don't go home because you are wanted.
Don't stay home because you are wanted and can't be or are afraid to be honest.

Be where you want to be because it makes you a happier and better person!

Be careful of what you ask for - you might get it.
Feel the joy of loving and being loved.
Understand how lucky you are to have somewhere to live and/or someone that cares.
 Work hard everyday to make it work for all the years that follow.  

May you, your family and your furry friends have a very Merry

"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"


Sunday, December 21, 2014

~So Close But So Far Away~

Transmission 9714

When you have to ask - you already know!

Annie Lennox begins by drawing the line!

Loves Me Not - Buzzcocks, Junior Wells, Bo Didley, The Young Rascals, Teddy Pendergrass and  Senor Coconut & His Orchestra

Loves Me - Cheap Trick, The Archies, Johnny Thunders & The Heart Breakers, People, The Mojo Men, Colour Box and Thomas Dolby!

Jeff Beck  - Ends Lovingly

T9714 is a 137mb 320k mp3 1:00:06 in length made loud to be played louder! 

"I guess action speaks louder than words"


Saturday, December 20, 2014

~The New Nick Is No Dick~

Transmission 9614

Anti-ballistic ground to sleigh missiles, elves gone postal, tainted milk, evil dictators demanding that The Christmas Story 24 Hour Marathon be reduced to an edited two-day mini-series to air in July or compromising recordings of Mrs. Claus and Rudolf will be exposed (ooo Rudy baby, that red nose) - Santa needed to either hand the whole operation over to his over-anxious son, Nick Jr. or evolve just to survive! SC 2014 is sexy, tough and hard - he's not tolerating any more shit! But under all the sinewy muscle, bullet-proof armour and bad-ass visage still beats the heart of a lovable, jolly fellow that always comes through with both good-will and good goods! It all starts with Soul Santa Orchestra, Gary Walker and James Brown, then we check out what old-school sounds are in our favorite Saint's brand new bag!

Punchbags with Talking Heads, Fujia & Miyagi, Colourbox, The Bees, Mary Wells and Warren Zevon.

Hot Rods with John's Children, John Fogerty with Brad Paisley, Jeff Beck and Johnny Taylor.

I Spy gear with The Untouchables, Was (Not Was) and Blue Oyster Cult!

...and some therapy from Soupy Sales, an acknowledged expert on problem wives!

T9614 is a mb 320k mp3 1:00:00 in length nade loud to be played louder!

"he's given up the cookies and slimming down"


Very scary!

Keep it in your sock, boy!

When asked about the rumors regarding Rudolph's other lesser publicised
genetic wonders 
Mrs. Claus broke into a wide-smile and breathlessly recalled ......!

Friday, December 19, 2014

~(All) Tomorrow's Spoons (Today)~

Transmission 9514

Read these words - no forking yesterdays! This is a forward scoop of ageless tunes featuring Bryan Ferry, The Shirelles, Jimi Hendrix, Rod Stewart, Tomorrow, The Mirage, Dave "The Fuze" Fiuczynski, , Spoon, Boris, Underworld, Soundgarden, Jack Bruce and Can!

T9514 is a 320k mp3 1:15:19 in length made loud to be played louder!

"And what costume shall the poor girl wear?"



*Today's show was inspired by both a listen to a collection of great singles by the 60s British Invasion band The Mirage and CJ Wohlman's recommended choice video by Richard Gale! Enjoy it below - but beware of future utensils of the rounded variety!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

~Eight From Behind or Four On One~


Now that you've had the chance to have a "little party" with CITWA 2014, here is a welcomed visit from The Ghost of RFW Christmas' Past!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

~I Am The Story~

Christmas In The Wohlman Archives 2014

It seemed to work during the planning stages, so what could go wrong? Light the candles, hang the balls and turn up the holiday sounds of King Crimson featuring Greg Lake, Keith Emerson, U2, School Of Seven Bells, Paul Revere & The Raiders, NRBQ, Wes Lachot, Los Campesinos!, Bob & Doug Mckenzie, The Cast of Twin Peaks, Winston Tong, Kay Martin & Her Body Guards, Jimmy Butler, Ben Light & His Surf Club Boys, Curtis' Corner and his Jingle Bell Dubstep Elves, Boris Brott & The Hamilton Philharmonic, Metallica, Lady Antebellum, Carpet Frogs, Yukihiro Takahashi, The Long Ryders, The Living Sisters, Chet Atkins, Davitt, Sigerson, The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal, Emery and Sufjan Stevens!

CITWA 2014 is a 235mb 320k mp3 1:43:05 in length made loud to be played louder! 

"I never end" 


* Thanks to Special K for the visual stimulation!

Friday, December 12, 2014

~The Secret Word Is...~


Christmas In The Wohlman Archives 2014

Pops Up Tomorrow, December 13th

I Know You Are But What Am I?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

~What's It All About?~


Christmas In The Wohlman Archives 2014

Floats down like an angel on December 13th!

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying 'Glory to God in the highest, and peace, good will towards men' That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown"

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

~Jesus Natus Est~


Meister der Palastkapelle, Palermo - 1150

Christmas In The Wohlman Archives 2014 

Will be wrapped and ready to open this Saturday, December 13th!

" In the midst of life we are in death: of whom can we seek of succour, 
but Thee, O Lord"

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

~What Is Christmas To You?~


Christmas In The Wohlman Archives 2014

Is mixed with egg-nog and served up this Saturday, December 13th!

"ring-a-ling, hear them ring"

Monday, December 08, 2014

~J.S. Celebrates J.C.~


Christmas In The Wohlman Archives 2014

A new classic is unveiled this Saturday, December 13th!

This Holiday Season, get Bach to where you once belonged!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

~You Keep Me Hangin'~

Transmission 9414

"And He saith unto them, 'why do ye doubt me, oh ye of little faith' ".

Phones, (s)he and stardom are answered, adored and reached for by 10ccFaith No More, Electric Light Orchestra, Blondie, The Monkees, The Zombies, The Rolling Stones, The Crystals, Public Enemy, Miles Davis re-translated by Bill Laswell, Patti Smith Group, David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and Laibach.

T9414 is a 155mb 320k mp3 made loud to be played louder! 

"we think you'd better come down"


*The quote contains the purported words of JC as written by Mathew (8:26) and found in the The Bible. 

Friday, December 05, 2014

~Center Stage At Last~

Transmission 9314

Hats off to the late Ian McLagan and Bobby Keys with appearances by Small Faces, Faces, The Bump Band, Joe Cocker with The Mad Dogs and Englishmen and The Rolling Stones!

T9314 is a 149mb 320k mp3 1:05:121 in length made loud to be played louder! 

"as good as Ian was on the keys, Keyes was on the sax"


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

~They Glisten~


Christmas In The Wohlman Archives 2014 
Is Dropping On December 13th!

No one can resist these Schweddy Balls!

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