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Instrumental Invasion, 2/22/23 February 23, 2023

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The February 22 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded the first show recorded in 2023: four segments on January 3 and two on the 4th, along with pickups. I applied a 10-band equalizer effect to my hour 1 talk breaks in an attempt to match the audio quality when recording at my secondary location. It isn’t the first time I’ve done this, but is the first on such a large scale; not just for pickups.

The playlist was created on December 28, 2022, with annotations on the last three days of the year, and the talk break script drafted on New Year’s Eve and Day.

It’s become a habit to program three-song sets in most segments, so I stopped acknowledging the feat in talk breaks.

After two theme weeks, this week had an unofficial theme with eight cover songs.

The Chick Corea Trio’s Trilogy duology were two Christmas presents from my sister Lauren. Playing their cover of “Pastime Paradise” by Stevie Wonder (from Trilogy 2) allowed me to reference “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio and “Weird Al” Yankovic‘s parody, “Amish Paradise.” And since I also played “Who Should I Pay,” Jay Rowe‘s homage to “Blurred Lines,” I got to reference “Word Crimes.” (Read my Mandatory Fun synopsis here.)

The show led off with the adjective-less “Paradise” by Grover Washington, Jr., exactly 365 days after I last played a cut from Paradise the album. It’s also been 51 weeks since playing something from The Test of Time by Ken Navarro, and exactly eight months have passed between songs from Chuck Loeb‘s Between 2 Worlds.

To change things up, I had an extra 2007-16 segment after going to the 1985-95 and 1996-2006 wells in previous weeks.

Click here to download this week’s scoped aircheck or listen below:

As a bonus, here are the music videos for “Amish Paradise”…:

…and “Word Crimes”:

Plus, Al’s breakdown for GQ of his most iconic tracks:

Plus plus, the “pivot!” scene on Friends (from “The One with the Cop“), since I referenced it after Randal Clark‘s “Pivot“:


Instrumental Invasion, 2/15/23: Show 150! Same Name Song Pairs February 16, 2023

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The February 15 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was the 150th Wednesday night show! It was the last show recorded in 2022, doing so with two segments on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and four on December 26 (the day after Christmas). Pickups were also recorded on the 26th while remixing to make up for the one-minute surplus left over – of course, I had leftovers the day after Christmas – with an additional pickup on the 29th.

The playlist was created on December 14 while sidelined with the flu, annotations were made alongside last week’s show on the 14th and 16th. I drafted the talk break script through the top of hour 2 on the 20th, but didn’t finish the draft until the 23rd. I wrote a mouthful for one tease, which is why I left in my frustrated ad-lib: “that is very hard sentence to say.”

The theme of same name song pairs originated last February 2 after fellow WCWP alumnus Jeff Kroll reminded me of the date’s significance: 2/2/22. Four songs made their second appearance (first airing in parentheses):

The 2017 retrospective produced by Pete Bellotti – where I botched the name of Portugal. The Man – can be found in that year’s Homecoming Weekend recap.

Click here to download this milestone show’s scoped aircheck or listen below:

And here’s the second version of the Tax Season spot I recorded last month:

The first version ran four weeks ago, January 18.

Deity willing, mark your calendar for next January 31. That could be the night of show 200!

Instrumental Invasion, 2/8/23: Three-of-a-Kind Showcases February 9, 2023

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The February 8 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded in December 2022: two segments on December 20 and four (plus pickups) on the 21st.

The playlist was created on December 13 after realizing I’d be too sick to record anything that week. (Read about my flu experience in last week’s post.) Annotations for this show and next week’s milestone 150th show were written on the 14th and 16th with this week’s talk break script drafted on the 18th. I went 61 seconds over in the first segment and spent the rest of the show compensating. I did so at the expense of some extra information.

As noted during the show, the Three-of-a-Kind Showcase was a staple of The Mike Chimeri Show with each hour having a set of three songs in chronological order by an artist or group. I only had one hour to work with on the original The Instrumental Invasion, so there was only one showcase per week. The “showcase” part came from my love of The Price is Right, and I eventually introduced them by saying “[artist/group], this is your showcase.” Music cues I found on this YouTube channel, and saved as WAV files, meant I could introduce the six showcases in this show with showcase cues (and the main theme) from the Bob Barker era. I closed with Bob’s original “…saying goodbye, everybody” sign-off. (The spay/neuter version was implied.)

Eight songs made their second appearance, listed by artist/group (original date in parentheses)

That last one was also part of my live October 14 show (Homecoming Weekend).

For reference, these are the music cues used in order of appearance:

And I made another jingle hybrid, tacking the “ding” sound onto the end of the WCWP jingle:

Click here to download the scoped aircheck or listen below:

Next week, 150!

Instrumental Invasion, 2/1/23 February 2, 2023

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The February 1 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was the second consecutive show recorded in one day. This time, I did so out of necessity. More on that below.

The playlist was created on December 9, 2022, allowing me to focus on Festival of Games, then on the aftermath of cataloging pickups, editing photos, and drafting the recap. Playlist annotations came on December 12 with the talk break script drafted on the 15th.

Scroll to the bottom for the scoped aircheck (and a partial one for The Rock Show) if you don’t want to read the next five paragraphs.

I began to feel run down on the afternoon of December 11. I chalked it up to lack of sleep the night before from a mere two Snickers bars and excitement over the 42 video games I bought from Festival of Games vendors (including Pete Dorr!). I still felt run down on the 12th and by that evening, I couldn’t unclog my left ear. It seemed like deja vu from June (see August 17, 2022, recap) where I felt run down and stuffy with clogged ears, but twice tested negative for COVID. I went to my primary care physician on the 13th expecting a quick diagnosis of fluid in the ears, a prescription for Z-Pack antibiotics, and to use more of the nasal spray that I was prescribed in June. I was incredibly naive. Understaffing left me waiting around 40 minutes to be called in, then another half hour after my COVID/flu test (negative for one, pending for the other). And before I left for primary care, I developed nausea and lost my appetite. So, I only had one bite of my protein bar. My appetite returned after the examination, but following dinner at home in the evening, fever, aches, and chills set in. What had been a tickle in my throat in the morning became a strong cough. Come morning on the 14th, I was lethargic. I lacked the will to get out of bed, and had no appetite for breakfast at my usual time. I forced myself out of bed for breakfast at 8:30, and spent the rest of the day lying in bed or sitting up at my computer. Whatever I had, only knowing it wasn’t COVID, I figured symptoms would start to diminish 24 hours after starting the antibiotics.

It was at my computer the day before (December 13) where my radio show production plans shifted. With annotations complete, I created the playlist for next week’s show. This day (the 14th) would be for creating show 150’s playlist, starting annotations on both shows, and stopping work by mid-afternoon. While drafting the Festival of Games recap on the 15th, a nurse at my primary care called to let me know I tested positive for the flu! That’s what I had! As far as I know, this was my first bout with the flu in nearly 29 years – a memorably stronger bout in mid-January 1994. Maybe I had it in June 2022, as well. It’s a good thing I started getting an annual flu shot in October 2020. Otherwise, my symptoms would have been as bad as ’94. I finished show 149 and 150 annotations on December 16.

My voice was close to normal by the 17th, allowing me to finally record and produce a spot for WCWP’s CBB (community bulletin board/calendar), included in the December 21 show post. I drafted the script for this week’s show earlier that day and for next week on the 18th. Repeating what I said in the lead paragraph, I recorded the entire show on the 19th. No pickups were required on the 20th. (By the way, I’d resumed exercising on the 18th when only an occasional cough remained. I resumed treadmill running on the 22nd. And I took my last dose of cough medicine on Christmas Eve morning, the end of the 10-day dosage period.)

This week’s extra segment was 1985-95, allowing me a chance to play Dan Siegel‘s “Northern Nights” – first played on July 8, 2020 – after “Northern Lights” by The Rippingtons. I chose a cut from Peter White‘s Promenade so I could acknowledge learning the pronunciation of John Mahon‘s last name. As noted on the air, I learned from my mistake while watching the Disney+ livestream of Elton John‘s final U.S. concert, during his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

My use of the phrase “exactly what it says on the tin” was an homage to the TV Tropes entry.

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Hour 2 was recorded from the guest room computer. I noticed that Mike Riccio was hosting a countdown edition of The Rock Show and wanted to aircheck that before my show on my computer. Unfortunately, I botched the timer recording in Audacity, which was set to stop just as hour 2’s legal ID ran. The January 11 aircheck was entirely from the guest room computer because I forgot to click OK on the last prompt when setting up the timer recording on mine. I changed the settings so that last prompt no longer comes up.

Here is Mike Riccio’s Grammy winners-themed Rock Show joined in progress:

I had to leave in “Theme from A Summer Place” (at the 19:32 mark), especially since I watched Max Steiner: Maestro of Movie Music on HBO Max earlier this week.