This is pure nostalgia, not anything productive.
A few items ago, I mentioned working as a security guard during college back in the 1990s. That almost always meant working nights unless working a concert, a beer garden or some other evening event. FM radio and a walkman were accessories and necessities when bored out of your mind at 4AM and trying not to sleep on the job. Late night radio is usually when you find interesting things that you don’t hear elsewhere, local DJs or the CBC playing stuff that would never pass in the daytime.
In the 1980s to early 2000s, CBC had two popular late night programs: Brave New Waves with Brent Bambury from Sunday to Thursday, and Nightlines with David Wisdom on Friday and Saturday. They were “anything goes” programs, featuring the strange and the eclectic, introducing me to Nirvana and They Might Be Giants years before commercial success, John Zorn, Negativland, and a slough of others. Here’s a 26 minute sample of Nightlines from 1989. Brave New Waves ran from midnight until 4AM, Nightlines from 12AM until 5AM. If you’re working security, you get to hear it on the air, but what if you hear and want to record something that will probably never be broadcast again because it’s too weird for commercial radio?
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