The First Dirty Roots Radio Christmas Extravaganza, From 2010...
It's become an annual tradition...bringing my daughter, The Bug, with me for the Dirty Roots Radio show just before Christmas. She co-hosts the first hour (and sometimes both hours) and we always have a blast.
But in 2010, it was a crazy idea. Bug was only 3 years old. As I left to do my show that night I asked her on a whim if she wanted to come with. And the rest is history.
It's fun every year and each Christmas show is special...but the first one was truly magical. We had no template and nothing to go on. I just gave a live mic to the 3 year old and went with it. This is one of my most cherished possessions and memories.
This isn't a "full" podcast like you're used to. At the time, I wasn't archiving the shows and since family and friends just wanted to hear The Bug on the radio and weren't as interested in the music (and since we didn't know the fun and magic we were about to capture), I only made a "skimmer" recording...meaning the recorder was only on when our microphones were on. So you'll hear little snippets of songs between us talking.
THIS YEAR'S DIRTY ROOTS RADIO CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA WILL BE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23 AT 8 P.M. central (Note the change in date...it's WEDNESDAY, not Thursday).
Bug will be with me the first hour, having fun and sharing lots of great Dirty Roots-rific Christmas music (she's getting more active in choosing the playlist this year!). I'll be solo for the second half of the show, which will be a decidedly more "grown-up" affair. I will, of course, cap it off with the annual airing of William S. Burroughs fantastic "A Junkie's Christmas".
Listen live online at www.wgrn.net. The archive will be posted here later that night.