That's me tearing apart the old DJ turntable setup in the richly appointed WMFO studios. After a week of tearing out Reagan-era cables and replacing them with nifty Ethernet-style connections, our all-new Araxis digital broadcast system is up and running. It's pretty freaking awesome, but long-time fans may miss the obnoxious electronic hum from the old mixing board or the tendency of the turntables to pick up random FM radio signals.
The stuff we can do now is impressive. We've got direct communication between the studios on the air, two working phone lines and an automated playlist system that will keep us on the air even when there's nobody to DJ. This is a huge step forward for our little station, and one that I'm sure you'll enjoy.
Along with this new equipment comes a need to retrain our DJs, and part of my show has been scheduled for training time. So I'm putting off the Spring show for two weeks. Tomorrow night I'll be playing songs about radio from 7 to 8, then busting out R.A.M. Pietsch's spectacular Norwegian Wood during the 8 o'clock training hour. I don't play that one in its entirety nearly as often as I should; if you've never heard it, you're in for a real treat.
Next week, I'll be celebrating April Fool's Day with one of Boston's top rising comics, Shane Mauss, who's appeared on Comedy Central and Late Night with Conan O'Brien and won Best New Comic at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. We'll be talking about life on the road and what really goes on behind the scenes at a TV talk show.
The time's still the same, 7 to 9 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time, on 91.5 FM in Boston or online at wmfo.org.