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The Michigan Daily Wednesday, February 13, 1985 Page 6

WCBN

to play fun music for

funds

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t By Beth Fertig
C AMPUS STATION WCBN will kick
off its sixth annual On-The-Air
Fundraiser this Thursday offering 88.3
hours of special programming geared
toward gathering listener con-
:gibutions. As in past years, the Fun-
draiser will offer exciting specials, in-
terviews, guests, and gifts such as
gow-in-the-dark tee shirts in exchange
for pledged donations. The events will
culminate on Sunday with the final fun-
draiser Bash, held at the Union
Ballroom.
The Fundraiser festivities that will
fill the airwaves this week will be in the
form of many unique sounds. Denise
Burke, director of publicity, says that
some local and Detroit area bands will
be broadcast live from the station's
studio. Sun Ra, for example, is
scheduled to play Sunday at 8 p.m. Im-
promptu poetry readings could occur as
well, and as usual, there will be several
remotes-broadcasts live from other
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show from a booth at the Union. Past
remotes have been stationed on street
corners and in stores.
The WCBN disc jockeys are respon-
sible for their own slots of air time. One
has signed up to play normal 33 rpm
albums at 45, and 45 rpms at 33. Added
to this unusual request he had written in
big letters, "Not joking." Another DJ
has signed up to do a special on con-
temporary German music. There
might also be other specials focusing on
particular artists, including rare
recordings. Last year, this format was
chosen by the station's jazz experts.
Every half hour during the course of
these events, WCBN will solicit listener
pledges. Donations of any size are
vastly appreciated. The station, which
is student run, receives a budget of
twelve thousand dollars a year; but the
money goes fast. Last year eight
thousand dollars alone went towards
paying the phone bill. The station is
comprised of seven departments, and
there is always new equipment to be
purchased.
The last Fundraiser generated a
200 Million People,
And Only 35,000
Get to Read
SUBSCRIBE NOW
764-0558
_ anNic RSOR

profit of about six thousand dollars, and
of course, the folks at WCBN are setting
their sights even higher this year. Local
merchants have generously offered
premiums such as records to be given
out, worth half the price of a listener's
donation. For example, a twenty dollar
contribution will earn you a gift worth
approximately ten dollars. Ten dollars
will get you the free glow-in-the-dark
WCBN tee shirt.
The grand finale of the festivities is
the Fundraiser Bash at the Ballroom,
Sunday at 8 p.m. Says Burke, "The
Bash is a time when we can get a lot of
different bands together. It's a chance
to say thank you to everyone who has
supported the Fundraiser." This year
will definitely host some different ban-
ds. Featured artists include the reggae
band First Light, the Cute L'il
Watusies, and the Rhythm Corps. Also
included is a Liberian band, Kapingdbi,
which will be performing African jazz.
At last year's Bash, there were
several problems with high school
students because alcohol was being
served. This year, however, alcohol will
be gold in another room of the Union.
Burke explained that the station didn't
want to shut out the younger students,
who have been highly supportive of
WCBN in the past.
During the musical sets Sunday
night, some old beer commercials and
educational radio films will be shown.
These humorously serious instructional
clips are from the 1940s, and are
brought to you by WCBN engineers Ed
Special and Harry Beanball. Also ap-
pearing will be musical and otherwise
solo artists between the scheduled acts.
Burke says the whole affair will be
"kind of like a three ring circus."
So tune in to WCBN this week. There,
will be fascinating programming, and
now is the time to show your support for
alternative public radio.
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Admission. Good for 1 or 2 tickets. All uaywrh
features thru 2/14185 except Tuesday.
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WCBN's Marc Taras spins records for his jass show. Anticipation is building as the radio station's On-the-Air Fun-
draiser draws near.
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George Bedard and the Kingpins, Ann Arbor locals, dish out danceable
rockabilly. Their new single "What a Shame" is worth a listen.

George Bedard and the
Kingpins - What A Shame
b/w Tight Shoes
If music were food, rockabilly would
be steak and eggs with a strong cup of
coffee. C&W would be meat loaf with
mashed potatoes and a can of Bud. If
such classic American down-home fare
is your cup of tea, then feast on the
meaty sound of George Bedard and the
Kingpins.
But, you say, "I've heard enough Ann
Arbor bands like that - southern rock,
rockin' blues, bluesy-rock - to last me
through this year's frozen turkey lef-
tovers. And all too often, I'm just left
with the taste of Hamburger Helper and
potato buds in my mouth. It's all a bit
bland. Well, gentle listener, take heart.
If you're hankering for something
genuine, something with spice, the
Kingpins have it.
The Kingpins, a three-piece outfit,
dish out hefty portions of hot, danceable
rockabilly. Their new single "What a
Shame" b/w "Tight Shoes" shows just
what the band has done in the past and
where they're headed. "What a
Shame" is a mid-paced, blues-based
rockert, gutsy and melodramatic.
Bedard's often nasally vocals get raw
and gravelly here: You shudda told
me from the, start / That I would
never own your heart! What a
shame, now I'm hurtin', every day.
This is classic, love-gone-bad fare. Not
the tears in your beer sentimentalism a
la George Jones: but righteous, cathar-
tic, and searing.
Bedard's guitar interlude holds the
tune together. He is, a first rate
guitarist. Versatility for him does not
mean throwing every lick he knows into
a mish-mash of guitar virtuosity, but a
skillful touch for what befits each song.
If you're very lucky (and smart) you
should go see him play with his old
band, the.Bonnevilles, at Mr. Flood's.
The song could have been done a little
faster, or perhaps drummer Andy
Conlin was a bit tired on recording day.
But he removes the lead from his
drumsticks on the B-side.
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