Len Trumper (Whatever Productions) Upcoming Guest on Dumb Records Radio, NPR Illinois: “What Was, And What’s Next For The Illinois State Armory”


Now that we have our Dumb Records Radio Show set up to be recording and more adequately streaming old episodes, we are excited about a number of guests we have lined up on our show. This Friday coming up (July 19th) we are excited to welcome guest Len Trumper formerly of Whatever Productions onto our program. Len was responsible for bringing big acts to town from 1971 through the early 1980’s such as The Cars, ACDC, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and many many more. There Len is pictured above with his room full of posters for concerts he was responsible for promoting. These took place at various places including The Illinois State Fairgrounds, The Illinois State Armory, and The Convention Center. The Illinois Times also did an article on Len Trumper a couple of years ago which you can find right here.

We also find it worth noting that NPR Illinois just recently came out with a piece talking about the history of the Illinois State Armory building since it was built in the 1930’s, what it’s been used for since then, and what’s next for it with a few million dollars going towards fixing up the structure in the near future. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like any big concerts are in the foreseeable future for any newly renovated Armory building. Find the full NPR Illinois piece on their website right here.

The Dumb Records Radio Show is live on Friday (and every Friday) from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA FM. It can also be streamed online at that same time at wqnaradio.org. To check out episodes of the past head on over to our radio page.

TaQsem: “Conejo” (Music Video)

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With HISO Music, Twenty One Seven Studios, Jayy Wills Ent., Elijah Settles, Catalano Creative, and so many other great videographers active in this town right now it’s hard to keep up with all of the music videos that have been coming out this year! This one is a couple of weeks old already, but today we are bringing you a brand new Springfield music video for local rap artist “TaQsem“. TaQsem opened up for the Skatalites last month, and here he is with a new music video also shot out on the Y-Block stage. The video is for the song “Conejo” and you can find it streaming below, or check it out on youtube right here. From our understanding this one was shot by Elijah Settles in collaboration with HISO Music.

Find a list of music videos shot in Springfield over the years on our vids/pics page.

Old Episodes Of Black Sheep Radio Show Streaming on Mix Cloud


This is a post to let you all know that we seem to finally have found a good system for getting our old (more recent for now) recorded radio shows for The Dumb Records Radio Show up streaming online for those of you unable to listen from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Fridays when we are live. Right now we have been adding those episodes to a newly created Mix Cloud page! Go check that out right here. Also can we even embed those episodes below??? Let’s try it…

Holy cow did that work?? That’s awesome! Also sorry but this past Friday’s episode we did not start recording until 30 minutes in to the program. The Dumb Records Radio Show is on every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA FM and also online at wqnaradio.org. Maybe we will update our radio show page to also include the embedded players for past episodes. We’ll see. For this Friday we have a very special guest coming in and that is Len Trumper of Whatever Productions, who was involved in bringing bigger rock acts to Springfield in the 1970’s and early 80’s such as Van Halen, The Cars, Black Sabbath, and many more.