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It's Our 106th Anniversary!

We cordially invite you to join us this week on Time for the Blues (8/5/2012) as we celebrate our 106th Anniversary! 106th you say? Well, you'll have to tune in to find out the secret of our longevity! Along with our usual bad jokes, we'll have great new blues including the latest from Rick Estrin and the Nightcats! Isn't that a cool cover?

It's hard to believe we've lasted this long. For those of you who have been following us, thank you for your long suffering support. We've been bringing you the best blues in our price range for 106 years and this week's show is sure to be one for the memory books. That is if we had any memory left...

Now listen to your Uncle Henry and Uncle John children. In the year 1907, the Chicago Cubs were the Champions of the World Series of Baseball, whipping those Ty Cobb-led Detroit Tigers four games to none. The Wright Brothers had invented that new-fangled flying machine they called an aeroplane. Nobody thought that would catch on because we were all investing our take home pay in one of those horseless carriages that they were starting to call an "automobile." Some of those automobiles could reach speeds of almost 25 miles an hour and you know there was no reason that a person should ever have to travel that fast. And the average salary of the working folks was 22 cents an hour...

Some things change, some things stay the same, and Henry and I are still coming up with dubious premises for the show...

When we first started doing Time For The Blues, there wasn't much available to us in the way of recorded music. In fact there wasn't a whole lot available to us in the way of radio stations either. We used to play these Edison Wax Cylinders on a machine and since there were no speakers, we'd hold a megaphone in place at the window of the studio...until the neighbors complained!

One thing we've tried to maintain in our century-plus tenure is the highest quality of blues we can afford. So this week's show will include selections from one of our favorite party bands, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats. Then there's George Thorogood & the Destroyers with another side from their amazing album "2120 South Michigan Ave". If you don't have this one yet, what the heck are you waiting for?

Anybody who is familiar with the roots rock group The Blasters knows they are a tough-as-nails hard driving band. Yeah, we've got a selection from them as well. Speaking of new releases, we'll play tracks from Bonnie Raitt's and Debbie Davis' latest! Plus a side from Janiva Magness and another from a very special lady that will knock your socks off.

That is, if you're wearing socks that late at night.

Oh, and you're in for a treat as two giants - and I mean giants - team up on a monster set that will leave you breathless. I don't want to give away the surprise, but this is a live recording from 1981 and one of the giants is a band that gathers no moss and the other giant's name rhymes with Fuddy Quarters...

Live cuts. Just released. And we've got 'em as our present to you--'cause it's no anniversary without YOU! So get your nap on this Saturday afternoon, get your popcorn ready, tune in and enjoy the fun! Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Sundays at 1:00 AM.

We're gearing up for the next year of great blues and bad jokes. What would you like to hear? Classic artists? New cuts? Obscure but cool record labels? Give us a shout and thanks for listening!