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Typical week of Sirius/XM at ASKBiblitz.com
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Monday

6 a.m. - 7 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) The Tubridy Show on RTE Ireland at 140 World Radio Network (WRN). Brisk chat among Dublin wits about the news of the day interspersed with musical selections that cheerfully support the day's top story. Just the ticket when there are clouds in the coffee. Nothing like a daily saunter at WRN to reveal how sadly provincial and generally lacking the home team has become, though perhaps everyone feels this way.



8 a.m. - 9 a.m. (PT) Tom Petty's Buried Treasure Show on 16 Deep Tracks. Assorted rock, rhythmn and blues apparently from Tom's own collection. Lots of hard-to-find Kinks, Chuck Willis and even the Searchers plus most recently a couple of tracks from his new album with the Heartbreakers - before it's even been released! Gentle humor with frequent references to the L.A. recording studio/petting zoo and the usual control room antics. Tom has now eclipsed Bob and his legion of research assistants as the Biblitz weekly favorite! Join our convivial facebook group hosted by young Al Gallagher, a North Carolina goatherd who smokes cigars and occasionally photographs a lineup of neatly-pedicured toes.

Tuesday

6 a.m. - 7 a.m. (PT) RTE Ireland on 140 World Radio Network (WRN).
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Don't miss our Celtic Fitness Playlist I based to a large measure on Celtic Crush.

8 p.m. - 11 p.m. (PT) Celtic Crush with Larry Kirwan, frontman for Irish-American band, Black 47. For undisclosed reasons, this is the only Sirius/XM program featuring Celtic music so, aside from the occasional traditional tune at RTE Ireland, one has to get it here or not at all. Happily, host Larry, a son of the Wexford soil, plays selections from a varied collection of mostly Irish folk and rock, which are interspersed often wistfully with references to Irish history - the famine and the troubles - and also to friends from the UK music scene back in the day. Frequent interviews especially, unusually with female performers - most notably Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries and the delightful Roseanne Cash. On the down side, a recent listeners' vote on the show's top 100 showed Steve Earle and his Galway Girl ahead of both the Pogues and the legendary Clancy Bros., indicating more and better listeners are required! Biblitz tunes in most often during his regular Tuesday night poker game with the founder of PokerPulse.com, Dennis Boyko, and a few cling-ons from online gambling's Noughty heyday, cutthroats all who take terrible advantage of poor, old Biblitz. Somehow the lament of an Irish fiddle acts as an unguent against the night's losses. On the other hand, there is nothing quite like a spirited Irish reel to prompt a celebratory jig when one at long last takes the pot.

Wednesday

6 a.m. - 7 a.m. (PT) RTE Ireland on 140 World Radio Network (WRN).

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. (PT) Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour on 16 Deep Tracks. A fabulous weekly collage of mostly old folk, blues, rock, soul and occasionally jazz standards loosely connected to a particular theme. There are clips from old radio ads for a bit of color and dash plus the occasional poem for heft. Bob also takes the odd call from his pie-faced listeners, who sometimes deserve the insults with which they are invariably regaled. Quite often Tom Waits, who enjoys frequent play on the show, calls Bob with a piece of the weekly puzzle. One week it was a riff on Chinese foot-binding and the right of the injured husband to murder a man to whom his wife may have shown her feet. Stirring stuff! Elvis Costello once sang Bob a portion of Stephen Foster's Beautiful Dreamer over the phone for his show on dreams. Biblitz favorite themes: trains, fathers and cars. Artists like rockabilly rocker Wanda Jackson must enjoy a well-earned surge in recording sales after every show!

Thursday

6 a.m. - 7 a.m. (PT) RTE Ireland on 140 World Radio Network (WRN).

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. (PT)Tom Petty's Buried Treasure Show on 16 Deep Tracks.

Friday

6 a.m. - 7 a.m. (PT) RTE Ireland on 140 World Radio Network (WRN).
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Saturday

4 a.m. - 7 a.m. (PT) Celtic Crush with Larry Kirwan of Black 47 on 18 Spectrum.

6 a.m. - 7 a.m. (PT) RTE Ireland on 140 World Radio Network (WRN).

7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. PT Danger Zone with host Richard Carlson on 140 WRN.
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"Now, Leo, dear" admonishes the Biblitz guardian angel, "Silly ass, you've gone and left pith again in the twist, which is sure to spoil the liquor!" Too right. Angel always knows. Never mind. "Off with you to the Meyer lemon tree to peel off a new curl. Go on, now. Off you go!" Fearing angel's facility with the old lead pipe, Biblitz quickly gulps the contents and hoves to.

5 p.m. (PT) Live with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by trumpet legend Winton Marsalis on 72 Real Jazz.

Sunday

6 a.m. - 7 a.m. (PT) RTE Ireland on 140 World Radio Network (WRN). This is RTE's big day when there are poems, short stories and neighborhood vignettes lovingly paired with classical and traditional Irish music, showing the world once again Ireland's enviable facility with and affection for the English language, no doubt the reason why literacy levels are so high there despite years of entrenched poverty.

7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. PT Danger Zone with host Richard Carlson on 140 WRN. Cutting-edge interviews with military experts on various conflicts worldwide.

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (PT)Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour.

5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (PT) Nordic Rox with host Per Gessle on 18 Spectrum. Some vanilla pop Abba nonsense occasionally but other better things, too. Can be very good or very noisy bad. An especially dark song about buying momma a house gets frequent play. Recently, the host even included Richard Harris on MacArthur Park and his lamentable cake out in the rain. Strange metaphors from the north country.

I hate commercial radio but have neither the time nor the inclination to scroll through the tortured Sirius/XM site. They don't give you much help, do they? Give me an overview of the best in news and music, won't you?

TeaMan I shall! Happy to oblige! Listen up:

Each day throughout the day:
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Weekdays:

75 Seriously Sinatra, featuring the Chairman of the Board and his fellow warblers back in the day, singers who trained or untrained knew how to hit the notes and phrase the lyrics of a song. Lots of Ella, Peggy, Tony, Bobby, some but not enough Jack Jones and not nearly enough Carmen McRae, Anita O'Day or the great Cole Porter interpreter, Morgana King, whose Taste of Honey
album is probably about as good as it gets. When Frank becomes cloying or, worse, some relation or other starts to talk - it's back to the Spectrum on 18 - Biblitz is a Spectrum Tastemaker - with celebrations of co-dependancy referred to as adult rock, or perhaps classic rock on Deep Tracks 16, country at Willie's Place 64 if it's
raining and Biblitz wants to go with Hank to set the woods on fire, or the daily default, 72 Real Jazz, classic jazz - until the next drum solo or - ugh! - Hammond organ fest.

Weekends:

72 Real Jazz is at its best on weekends, so Biblitz tootles away at the typer with the horn section most Saturday afternoons and early evenings. Nothing better than jazz with cocktails while you're cooking.

The Forum with host Bridget Kendall on 141 BBC World Service is usually pretty good Sunday morning following The Strand with Mark Coles and Harriett Gilbert. Biblitz occasionally manages to find the Weekly Business Report delivered by a sarcastic old windbag who sounds as if he, too, waxes a fine walrus moustache, but one never knows for certain despite tiresome BBC programme schedules if/when the segment will air. Less often, I even manage a portion of Desert Island Discs, in which celebrities of varying interest, intellect and taste select favorite pieces of music explaining the rationale for each. Less often still is the capriciously
-aired World of Music with Charlie Gillett, which often yielded a tuneful something or other from faraway places. Alas, past tense. Charlie's given up the ghost, it seems.

What - no classical?

Strangely, classical music is not very good on Sirius/XM. The Met opera singers are just not as good as they used to be in the '50s, '60s and '70s - with rare exception, of course. Hard to beat the great tenors of yesterday and divas like Callas and Leontyne Price. Even Kiri Te Kanawa has handed in her dinner pail, so to speak, after an appallingly dissonant farewell tour. Ah, well. Better days.

What's your favorite program on Sirius/XM?
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Gosh knows, they seem to be adding new ones almost daily and no wonder considering how awful commercial radio, TV and other 'popular' media have become - with rare exception, of course. Satellite radio is such a satisfying way of telling corporate media you simply won't stand for any nonsense. Weigh in. What am I missing? Not wild about the impossible, teeny-tiny controls on the sat box? Biblitz salutes you. Still, one must take the rough with the smooth, I suppose. Blast me, won't you? One lives for feedback.

All night, every night:
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Vintage radio on 118 Radio Classics from the 1930s, '40s and early '50s, back when radio was live and actors still studied the fine art of elocution. Highly recommended for ESL students studying inflection! Biblitz favorites: Johnny Dollar with Bob Bailey, Dragnet
with Jack Webb, Escape, X-1, Night-beat, Broadway Is My Beat, Richard Diamond, Sam Spade, The Whistler, The Shadow, Nero Wolfe with Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet ... You get the
message. Host Greg Bell is a competent journalist who frequently extracts interesting gossip from interviews with a few of the old radio stars. He's also attentive and responsive to listener feedback, so no need to sharpen your quill, as Biblitz discovered to his shame. Most of this stuff is
pure gold. Biblitz wonders how dull, vulgarian television ever caught on. Observe if you will how, unlike today, everyone - and I mean everyone - who appeared in variety programs knew easily how to carry a tune! Contemporary jazz diva-wannabes, take note.

Biblitz is not ruling out Book Radio 117 just yet. Have not yet tuned in during an audio book that was sufficiently compelling, though Uncle Tom's Cabin, a public education classic, came pretty close. If program tastes change to include, say, P.G. Wodehouse, Dickens, Steinbeck, poetry, radio plays, I may switch occasionally.

Speaking of dinosaurs

Notice that the once venerable CBC Radio does not figure at all in the Biblitz weekly lineup. Alas, too many purges have gutted the poor fish until it barely floats. Classical music most wondrous fair, the CBC specialty, has now been mostly excised or worse, edited in a mix of discordant genres with announcers who offend just about everyone. It's now well past the point of no return. Best to let it die although, unhappily, politicians still smarting from the lash of CBC journalism from its glory days continue to extort tax dollars each spring to keep the thing alive just as a cat torments a captive bird or mouse. One complains about the declining standards, of course. Review and feel free to add to a few Biblitz grumbles about Vancouver's fifth-rate morning 'news' program, The Early Edition, with a Toronto sportscast relic playing host. Alas, there is no one competent left to listen or repair.