Today on The Dumb Records Radio Show: Benny DeWitt (Good Heart Tattoos)

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We are back! With another exciting episode of The Dumb Records Radio Program today, and this time we actually have a guest for the first time in a few weeks. That is Benny DeWitt, owner of our new neighboring business here downtown on Monroe Street – Good Heart Tattoos. Good Heart Tattoos is holding a grand opening celebration all day tomorrow starting at noon, right next door to us at 414 E Monroe Street. We’ll be talking with Benny about his new shop, as well as maybe some music and show related things and memories from over the years. (Benny used to perform in bands Renae, Mother Leopard, and Hospital Job and currently performs with Layers).

The Dumb Records Radio Show airs today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm until things potentially change with the station. Stream it online as well at wqnaradio.org. There is an ongoing fundraising campaign to keep our show and other programing on WQNA and community radio alive. Consider donating to that right here. We also have been keeping a lis of recorded past episodes up on our mixcloud page.

 

Springfield Community Broadcasters (WQNA) Collecting Donations To Continue Community Radio

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The last few times we’ve reported in on the status of WQNA 88.3 FM, our community radio station that has housed our Dumb Records / Black Sheep Radio Show for nearly seven years, we let you know that the Capitol Area Career Center which houses the station was planning on selling it and the future of community radio in Springfield and our show is very uncertain. We interviewed our station programer Jim Pemberton a few weeks back about a few possible options we have as a group of DJ’s committed to continuing our programing in some way.

Today we are bringing you a massive fundraising campaign that was just recently launched by all of the DJ’s behind the scenes at WQNA 88.3 fm, under a new group we are calling “Springfield Community Broadcasters” which has been holding meetings at Dumb Records.

There has been a GoFundMe page launched which you can check out right here which you can donate to at any point. From the description on that:

A group of community deejays from WQNA are committed to establishing an independent broadcasting presence for community radio. We are currently forming a 501c3 group called the Springfield Community Broadcasters and are pursuing options to ensure the future of community radio in Springfield. Doing this will take money, and donations are needed and appreciated. As we work on our 501c3 filing, we are currently raising money under the umbrella of the Illinois Central Blues Club, which is a 501c3 organization. Donations made toward the future of community radio through the Illinois Central Blues Club are tax deductible.

Additionally, you may drop off donations at Dumb Records at 418 E. Monroe. Many thanks to both the Illinois Central Blues Club and Dumb Records for their assistance. More ways to donate and fundraising events will be coming soon. Stay tuned! Thank you for your investment in the future of Springfield community radio!

Funds are being raised to covering licensing costs, equipment, and other necessary expenses toward establishing a functional community radio non-profit organization in Springfield. You can help us save community radio!

Included in costs that money is being fundraised for is costs to re-locate where the station is housed which is currently out of CACC but will need to find a new home. We will be sure to update you all with progress on this campaign.

In addition to donating on line, you can donate at Dumb Records in person with a cash or check donation, or mail us to 418 E Monroe Street, Springfield IL 62701.

Today On The Dumb Records Radio Show: Josh Flanders (Buzz Bomb Brewing Co.)

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It’s Friday, so that means yet another episode of The Dumb Records Radio Show is going on air at 4:00 pm! Who do we have behind the magic door this time? Looks like it’s Josh Flanders, representing our neighboring business Buzz Bomb Brewing Company! Buzz Bomb has been throwing shows over at their location on Adams Street for the past couple of years and they are gearing up for a big “Oktoberfest” this weekend, which will be outdoors and feature heavy hitting punk band NIL8, and also rockabilly act Twistin’ Tarantulas from the Detroit area. We will be talking to Josh about the festival coming up as well as anything else that’s been going on over at Buzz Bomb!

The Dumb Records Radio Show airs today and every Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA FM. You can also listen online at the same time at wqnaradio.org. Also check out our Mixcloud page where we’ve got all recent episodes recorded and streaming for free online!

Today on The Dumb Records Radio Show: Mikey Erg! (+maybe Derek Zanetti +maybe Jon Snodgrass)

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Wooooo!!! Happy car show weekend everybody. It’s that special time of year to get your cars out and play with them outside in the street. It’s also our special annual car show weekend episode of The Dumb Records Radio Show and we have a very special guest lined up. That is Mikey Erg formerly of punk rock group The Ergs!, also has performed with many other punk bands, and has released a couple of solo albums. Mikey is playing tonight at The Radon Lounge along with The Homeless Gospel Choir, Jon Snodgrass, and Looming. We might even be joined by the other touring acts on that show if we are lucky, and will be talking to all of them. Maybe we’ll be recording live from the streets of Springfield, maybe we will be recording in a studio with car noises playing in the background, it’s up to you to decide!!

The Dumb Records Radio Show airs this Friday and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm (until we are kicked off the airwaves, or something happens). You can listen online at wqnaradio.org. Also stream a bunch of our past episodes on our newly created Mixcloud page??? And there’s a rumor going around that we might be involved with a different “true freak” radio program that might be airing tonight any time between midnight and 4:00 am??

Today On The Dumb Records Radio Show: The Hussy

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It’s another Friday so that means it’s another episode of The Dumb Records Radio Show! We are on air all over Springfield today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm. Today’s special guests coming in are our touring band The Hussy from Madison, Wisconsin! They will be coming in to the studio on their way to tonight’s gig! We will be playing their music as well as plenty of other local bands and bands that are coming to town.

Again, our show airs today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on WQNA 88.3 fm. You can also stream that live online at the same time at wqnaradio.org. Also check out our Mix Cloud page for streamable episodes of the past!

Today on The Dumb Records Radio Show: Pistol Pete (The Twistin’ Tarantulas)

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Today is Friday, which means another exciting episode of The Dumb Records Radio Show is on air (until we get taken off the air)! From 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA FM. Today’s magic guest we have… Pistol Pete, of the Detroit-based rockabilly band The Twistin’ Tarantulas! Pete recently moved here from Michigan and has been performing at Buzz Bomb Brewery not far from us – he’s actually performing there tonight. His full band will be playing here in Springfield for the first time on October 5th as part of Buzz Bomb’s Octoberfest. We will be talking to Pete about his experiences playing in Michigan bands throughout the years, playing his bands music, and also music from other local Springfield acts and bands that are coming to town.

Again, our show airs today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on WQNA 88.3 fm. You can also stream that live online at the same time at wqnaradio.org. Also check out our Mix Cloud page for streamable episodes of the past!

Today on The Dumb Records Radio Show: Jim Pemberton

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Continuing with our streak of great guests on our weekly Friday radio program! It is Friday! And that means until further notice we have our show on the airwaves of 88.3 WQNA FM from 4:00 to 6:00 pm! You better tune in or else! If everything goes as planned, today’s special guest is WQNA station manager Jim Pemberton! Jim’s been behind the scenes of the station for 20+ years from our understanding and we’ve done our show for six and a half of those years without having him on as guest! WQNA as a station is also hitting the big 40 year mark somewhere right around now! So we’ll be chatting with Jim about all of that, as well as the current state of things for the station and what’s next.

Tune in to our program today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA FM or online at the same time at wqnaradio.org. We’ve been recording past episodes which you can find on our Mix Cloud page!