WQNA Community Radio Currently Off Air, Needs Help!


Some of you may have noticed that local radio station WQNA (88.3 fm) is currently off the airwaves and has been since last Thursday, meaning the Black Sheep / Dumb Records radio show also did not air. It seems a number of difficulties have caused this to happen, and the volunteer-ran radio station is going to have to reach out for help of the community to get back on its feet:

“We have suffered what we can best describe as a perfect storm of simultaneous technical disasters.  In addition to losing all of our computers and files to a Cryptovirus, both our main transmitter and our backup transmitter have failed.  The main transmitter is down, because our 300 foot antenna is covered with ice.  Unfortunately, we can’t really do anything about that until it thaws, and that’ll probably be a while.  When we tried to fire up the backup, we discovered that a major part called the Exciter had crapped out, and that we would have to replace it.  If we had a working transmitter, we could at least broadcast the old fashioned way for a while, with CD’s, vinyl, and our own I-pods and laptops, but at the moment, we can’t even do that.”
– Jim Pemberton, Station Manager

Currently it seems that the station which is based out of the Capital Area Career Center needs to be raising money for new computers to replace those affected by a cryptovirus that got to multiple computers in the facility, also to get a working transmitter up and running. In addition to that the station is going to be needing to raise money to cover licensing fees for the next year once the available parts are ready for it to get back up and running.

We are very much crossing our fingers for our show space at the new Dumb Records to get up and running very soon so we can host a benefit show (or more) to help get WQNA back on its feet! There may also be a GoFundMe campaign launched at somepoint soon. We are also considering donating a percentage of Dumb Records store sales to WQNA for a given timeframe if we do not get approved for events in the new space soon. In the meantime, WQNA can take donations in the form of checks made out to “WQNA Activity Fund.” Anyone who wishes to donate can also drop off checks with us at Dumb Records and we will be sure to deliver them to CACC or the station manager. Those checks can also be mailed to 2201 Toronto Rd, Springfield, IL 62712.

We will be sure to keep you all updated on the situation over at WQNA- it is likely that online streaming will be back up and running at some point before normal radio is. The Black Sheep Radio Show has been running as a weekly radio program on WQNA for over six years now, since the start of 2013.

Videos: The Shadows of Knight: “Gloria” and “Shake” at Black Sheep 10-20-18


This may be pretty old news at this point, but we just now got around to uploading videos taken back in October of legendary 1960’s garage rock group The Shadows of Knight performing some songs at Black Sheep late last year. These songs include their 1965 chart-breaking hit rendition of the song “Gloria”, and also another one “Shake” that got up there on the charts. The mayor was there. “G-L-O-R-I-A”! Find those videos embedded below:

Also check out our videos/pictures page for more videos taken over the years at Black Sheep, which is no more. Hopefully we’ll be making memories in the new space soon!

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


Things have been really moving along for us at the new shop, which has now been open from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm every day at our new location at 418 E Monroe Street. We have been hard at work building new shelving and getting new inventory in, and we are adding more hours as the store is more complete! We really do hope that the venue portion is going to be squared away and approved for events sometime soon, but those matters are still currently out of our hands. Schools are closed today and tomorrow because it’s so dang cold outside, but we’re going to try still being open at our new store! Let’s take a look at our hours and then get into what’s new. You might notice we are adding another hour this Thursday:

Tuesday (today): 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday: 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Monday: 3:00 – 7:00 pm

New LPs
Angel Dust – A.D.
Charlie Daniels – Memories, Memoirs & Miles
Corky Laing’s Pompeii – The Secret Sessions
Death Cab For Cutie – Thank You For Today
Dropkick Murphys – Do or Die
Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Monotonix – Not Yet
Operation Ivy – Energy
Sevdaliza – The Calling
Third Root – Libertad
Tom Waits – Alice
Turnstyle – Time & Space
Venom – At War With Satan
Waves of Fury – Thirst
Wipers – Is This Real?
Youth Of Today – Break Down The Walls

Used LPs
Andrew Jackson Jihad – People Who Can Eat People…
The Anti-Sociales – Las Menos Macabras De Las Vidas
The Beatles – Introducing The Beatles
The Blackbyrds – Unfinished Business
Chet Atkins – A Session With Chet Atkins
The Coltranes – Never Sleep Again / Man With The Hat
Dan Mariska & The Boys Choir – Bummer Songs
Dave Mason – Split Coconut
Doc Severinsen – High, Wide, and Wonderful
The George Shearing Quintet – Touch Me Softly
John Mayall – Empty Rooms
John Mayall – U.S.A. Union
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
Mason Proffit – Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
Mason Proffit – Movin’ Towards
Meryl Street / George Winston – The Velveteen Rabbit
Michael Murphey – Swans Against The Sun
The New Christy Minstrels – Today
Soupy Sales – Still Soupy After All These Years
Stephen Bishop – Red Cab To Manhattan
Torae – Daily Conversation
The Vogues – Turn Around, Look At Me

12” Singles
Busta Rhymes / Mariah Carey – I Know What You Want
Busta Rhymes – We Goin’ To Do It TO Ya
Crooked I – Still Tha Row
Eve – Gotta Man
Fabolous – Can’t Deny It
Fabolous – This Is My Party
Nicole – I’m Lookin’
Pete Pablo – Da Anthem / 919
Pete Pablo & Rasheeda – Vibrate
Ruff Ryders – U, Me & Shee
The Theory – Wind It Up

New CDs
Bob Marley – Lively Up Yourself
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Natty Dread
Cass Elliot – Dream A Little Dream
Clutch – Pure Rock Fury
The Cult – The Cult
The Cult – Dreamtime
John Lennon – Live In New York City
John Lennon – Imagine
John Mayer – Heavier Things
John Mayer – Inside Wants Out
Julian Lennon – Help Yourself
Korn – Life Is Peachy
Korn – All Mixed Up
Nat King Cole – Golden Years: 1943-1946
Nat King Cole – The King Swings
Phish – Rift
Prince – Hits 1
Rosemary Clooney – Sentimental Journey
Rosemary Clooney – Still On The Road
Slipknot – Slipknot
Tom Jones – Greatest Performances
Tom Jones – The Ultimate Collection
Various – Now That’s What I Call Music! 5
Various – Peaceville Classic Cuts
Various – Great Voices of Jazz
W.A.S.P. – The Crimson Idol
W.A.S.P. – W.A.S.P.
Wings – Venus And Mars