Although I just posted a list of great places to hear film scores and soundtracks over on mergemovies.com, I thought I would focus on a local Detroit show for my post here.
Detroit’s public radio station, WRCJ 90.9-FM Detroit, is unique among the public radio stations in the area in that it is almost entirely devoted to music. Most public radio stations offer a barrage of news programs as part of their regular programming, but true to its tagline (Classical Days and Jazzy Nights), WRCJ stays focused on the music. Just a quick glance at its show lineup demonstrates its commitment to local talent. Shows like “JazzFest Detroit” and “The Listening Room” give listeners a chance to hear recordings made in Detroit or at the very least music influenced by Detroit jazz musicians. The station also highlights the great local classical talent with its “DSO Unmasked” show.
While listening to the station a couple of months ago, I stumbled upon a program devoted almost entirely to film scores (television and video games are also thrown into the mix occasionally). “Film Classics with Jack Goggin” airs Sunday nights from 6-7 p.m. and is definitely one of the coolest radio shows on air, especially if film or film music is your schtick. Jack Goggin knows his stuff and builds each program around a particular theme, director, composer, actor, or, in some cases, a single film. The show plays a good mix of everything from the old (music from the 1935 version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) to the new (Harry Potter). One of the most interesting programs that I was able to catch was the cleverly titled “Rejected!” (8/23/09), where Goggin presented music made for a film, but ultimately rejected by its director. Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ridley Scott’s Legend and even Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain make an appearance.
WRCJ also archives the shows each week so even if you miss a show on the radio or streaming live from the website, you can still go back and listen at a later date. If you get a chance, definitely check out this local gem of a radio show right here.
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