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Sound Ideas #33 - Remembering Sunday Nite
Welcome to tip of the hat to times gone by. In this hour we pay homage to a radio show that ran in Northern California in the mid-1980s, namely KCHO Sunday Nite. It's how I spent some of the time during my college years, and hopefully an hour of yours today.
Artist Track Album
Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre Ask Dr. Science Born to be Tiled
Fred Astaire I Love Everybody but You Attitude Dancing
Ramsey Lewis Trio The In Crowd The In Crowd
Stan Freberg Little Blue Riding Hood With the Original Cast
Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers Room 608 Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
Ernestine Anderson Never Make Your Move too Soon Never Make Your Move too Soon
Bill Cosby Brain Damage Himself
Herbie Hancock Fat Mama Fat Albert Rotunda
Dave Frishberg Can't Take You Nowhere Can't Take You Nowhere
Martin Mull They Never Met I am Everybody that I Ever Loved
Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis Black Holes Bob and Doug McKenzie: Great White North
Elmer Bernstein The Man with the Golden Arm Movie and Television Themes
National Lampoon Dial-a-Curse That's Not Funny, That's Sick
Bobby Shew Bilingual Shewhorn

Back in the mid-1980s I was the Jazz Music Director at an NPR affiliate (KCHO-FM) in Chico, CA. While delivering the goods for great jazz radio was my primary mission, I also took over a Sunday evening time slot that had been a "Golden Age of Radio" program, focused mostly on the 1930s and 1940s old time radio and music. The replacement show was a modern spin on a similar idea. The show, KCHO Sunday Nite, featured jazz, comedy, radio satire, science fiction, spoken word, and even live jazz concerts from the confines of our basement studio deep in the bowels of the Merriam Library at California State University, Chico. Something must have worked since it made #4 in the ratings for that time slot in the market.

This hour revisits some of the feeling of Sunday Nite, excepting of course for all of the great science fiction shorts, radio drama, Bob and Ray, Ken Nordine, Ruby the Intergalactic Gumshoe, and so much more. But then again, we do revisit some of the music and comedic threads that made the show so much fun to do. Even for those who did not like the spoken word aspects, it was arguably still a showcase for top of the mark jazz, whether recorded, or locally produced. It was creativity, at the cross roads of jazz and comedy.

So sit back, or stand up, and take a listen. If this hour tickled your fancy, you can find more authentic episodes of KCHO Sunday Nite on this web site. I apologize for the less than stellar fidelity of those recordings, but the creativity of that time still shines through.