Special Programming and Highlights
Saturday | September 16, 2023
Jason Isbell Live At WYXR
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell came to Memphis on Saturday, September 16th. Before he took the stage at Radians Amphitheater, he was live on-air at WYXR for an exclusive solo acoustic performance and interview in our studio.
Tuesday | September 5, 2023
Memphis Punk Archive Special
Drew and Dan from Memphis Punk Archive visited our studio during our Third Annual Record Swap to share some of their rare findings from Memphis' 90s and 2000s hardcore and underground scene.
Thursday | August 31, 2023
Strange Wave w/ Special Guest Bennett
I’ve been so lucky to be able to share music that I create (in all of its states) and music that I love with my incredible friend and wildly talented musician @cheerocracy.now Today their absolutely ethereal debut single “Glass Ball” is out (go listen to it right now) and to celebrate we’re going to DJ together this weds on Strange Wave on @wyxr_memphis tune in at 10pm on 91.7 fm or wyxr.org
Wednesday | August 30, 2023
WYXR's Interview with Elephant Six Recording Company Filmmakers
Ahead of Crosstown Arts’ showing of "The Elephant 6 Recording Co." this Thursday night, Robby will be chatting with filmmakers Lance Bangs and Chad "C.B". Stockfleth on "Song On The Radio." Hear their insights on the film, which details a collective of musicians, including members of late 90s-early 2000s rockers Neutral Milk Hotel, the Olivia Tremor Control, the Apples In Stereo, and Elf Power.
Tuesday | August 29, 2023
Clive Davis Memphis Interview
During our trip to New York City, we made time for one more exclusive interview with a music industry giant. As perhaps one of the most prolific record executives in modern music, Clive Davis is a noted influence over the carers of countless artists and record industry professionals. If we started listing them now, we'd be here until the next newsletter. So, it shouldn't surprise anyone that, with Memphis' decades-long musical prowess, Davis has crossed paths with quite a few folks from our fair city. We won't blame you if you are surprised that we convinced Mr. Davis to spend an afternoon talking to us during our recent trip to New York City. In fact, we're still a little confused that we pulled it off! Nevertheless, we made it happen, and we're excited for you to hear the conversation, which centers around the Memphis music stories that include Davis' impact. Hear his take on the likes of Aretha Franklin, Maurice White, and, of course, his well-publicized involvement in the final days of Stax Records.
Saturday | August 26, 2023
Dinosauria on Rent Party
LIsten back to "Rent Party," where our hero, Dinosauria (@dinosauriamem), wards off the terrors of a prehistoric rock n' roll wilderness with the ancient power of his mighty music. But did he survive to reach the end of his epic journey? Listen back to find out!
Tuesday | August 1, 2023
Lost In The Supermarket - Ep 1 - The Aussie Show w/Frank
Frank, the archivist of WYXR, is launching a new occasional show called "Lost in the Supermarket". In this episode, the focus is on Australian punk/rock music.
Saturday | July 29, 2023
Greg Cartwright on Strange Mysterious Sounds
Greg "The Big G" Cartwright delivered a stirring solo performance on "Rent Party," featuring original songs that highlight his unique blend of garage rock and soul. He is also known as the host of WYXR's "Strange Mysterious Sounds".
Friday | July 7, 2023
Beale Street Soul Man Dan Greer Visits WYXR
Singer, songwriter, producer, label owner, and painter Dan Greer came by the WYXR studio to share stories of his life in music, from his songwriting exploits with collaborator George Jackson to his production alongside the likes of Linda Luchessi, Mike Curb, and Willie Mitchell. Also, hear how Greer, a recipient of WYXR's 2023 DOWD Award, became inspired by a 1980s hippopotamus to complete his latest project.
Monday | June 26, 2023
Rent Party: Arc of Quasar
Enter the mystical magic of Arc of Quasar, a synth duo anomaly that keeps in step with French pop and Brazilian folk wrapped in a patina of 1960s psychedelia.
Wednesday | June 21, 2023
(Time) PASSAGE (Song) ON THE RADIO
Time Passage host Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT) stops by Song on the Radio to combine forces with Winston and Robby to create Passage on the Radio.
Tuesday | June 20, 2023
Deanie Parker Interview with Jared Boyd
Legendary Memphis music publicist, performer, and songwriter Deanie Parker appeared on "The Idle Hour" in an exclusive interview that also featured the world premiere of FIVE previously unheard Stax demo recordings. This event was aimed at stirring up anticipation for Stax's forthcoming release, "Written In Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos." Between 3-4 p.m., we listened to Ms. Parker share her insights about the personalities behind Stax's iconic sound, the stories behind the unreleased materials, and the unusual role spaghetti played in bringing the label closer together. We'd like to extend our gratitude to our friends at @staxrecords and @staxmuseum for helping to make this significant event a reality!
Thursday | June 1, 2023
JR Stone on "We Belong"
Memphis Pride Fest organizer JR Stone joins Dee on "We Belong" to detail the events for June's huge city-wide celebration of LGBTQ+ life and culture.
Thursday | May 11, 2023
From Memphis to Italy: Inside Porretta Soul Festival
Every summer, soul fans from across the globe journey to the hidden village of Porretta Terme, Italy, where the sound of soul music is king. Founded by Graziano Uliani, the Porretta Soul Festival celebrates its 35th year, from July 20-23. Uliani visited WYXR to share the story of the soul festival and how he created an outpost for Memphis musicians in Italy.
Friday | May 5, 2023
Talkin' Memphis: Memphis Wrestling
Guest host J.D. Reager and "A World Away's" Jimi Enck interview Memphis Wrestling's Nyxx, King Cobra, and Dustin Starr.
Friday | May 5, 2023
Let's Grab Coffee: AAPI Heritage Month 2023
SunAh and Jay B. discuss the slate of events for Memphis' 2023 Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration.
Friday | April 14, 2023
Legend Lady J - WYXR's Stereo Session 8
The second event of WYXR's Stereo Sessions' season, presented by MEMPHO, took place on April 12th at the Memphis Listening Lab in Crosstown Concourse. Hosted by Jared "Jay B." Boyd, the immersive music experience featured pioneering Memphis rapper The Legend Lady J and her 1994 album "Glock N' My Hand." Attendees were treated to the album on a state-of-the-art sound system and gained insights from The Legend Lady J herself. The event was sponsored by Crosstown Brewing Company, Memphis Listening Lab, Via Productions, and Goner Records, with more information available at wyxr.org/stereo-sessions.
Monday | March 27, 2023
Spacer Live In-Studio for Memphis Rent Party.
Listen to another "Rent Party" performance hosted by Bill D. with local band Spacer.
Monday | October 10, 2022
Wilco Was Here...
We welcomed Wilco with open arms to perform live in our studio and interview with host Brandi Rinks. Listen to the music and relive the magic moment.