**DON’T STOP MAKE IT FUNKY*
WEFUNK RADIO hit the airwaves in 1996. Two McGill students, at the time, with a passion for music. Professor Groove - taking care of all things funky and DJ Static governing hip hop. Definitely the most widely listened to radio show on CKUT with an International audience that spreads wide. They boast the deepest online archive since 1999. Their success in no small way is attributed to their diligence in not only finding all this music and playing it but then cataloguing it all and making each track easy to search. They have also shone a light on a lot of Montreal talent though live guest performances, and interviews.
This month, Kiwi radio veteran Spencer Hall will be taking us through the cornucopia of talent from New Zealand, sleepy jewel of the South Pacific.
After 7 years hosting shows on New Zealand radio stations and a stint managing Rotten Radio 107.7fm Lyttelton Spencer has shifted to CKUT. He’s a musician, visual artist and New Zealand music (and dessert) aficionado.
From Dunsandel to Ashburton, Dunedin to Hamilton, Golden Bay, and beyond, Spencer will be digging through his favourite NZ tunes, including loads of rarities, odditties and brand new gems.
See his work on spencerhall.co.nz or @spencerhallnz on instagram
A private investigator turned music enthusiast, a soul superstar that appeared to have vanished from America’s collective memory, and a box of clues, the only evidence that he ever existed at all, left behind. It’s a story that has all the trappings of a mystery novel. You might even say that truth is stranger than fiction, but the real truth here is that there’s nothing strange about Mingering Mike at all. To be clear, this isn’t a story about an eccentric character or outsider artist. This is the story of a kid whose dream lay just beyond their means, who nonetheless dreamt it up anyways.
Mike, whose real name is not publicly known, grew up In Washington D.C. in the 1950’s and 60’s. He remembers as a kid saving his quarters to use on the coin powered televisions when the show Your Hit Parade was on, which played the most popular songs of the week. Later as a teenager, he graduated to collecting his own records, particularly 45’s, because they were more affordable than their 12” vinyl counterparts. As a lover of music, naturally, Mike wanted to try writing his own songs. Without access to traditional instruments or recording equipment, Mike championed a d.i.y. ethos long before it would become a commonly used term. He used whatever he had around him, employing his family members as supporting musicians, using his comb as a drum stick against a telephone book, singing acapella baselines, and quite creatively, tightly rolling a piece of paper to the point that it would mimic the sound of a horn when blown into. There are even a few home recordings, where you can immediately tell that Mike was using his bathroom as a makeshift studio, due to its acoustics.