Monday, October 17, 2011

Radio Free McLuhan

Please note that I do not mean radio free of McLuhan in the title of this post.  Rather, it's a play on the old Cold War days when we sent our propaganda (and I mean that in a good way) broadcasts over and beyond the Iron Curtain into Eastern Europe, via Radio Free Europe.  And there has been an Iron Curtain of sorts that kept McLuhan out of public discourse for a long time, but we have been in the process of tearing down that wall ever since the Media Ecology Association was founded in 1998.

So, last Monday evening I was a guest on Benjamen Walker's radio show, Too Much Information, on WFMU, which is an independent, freeform radio station, one of the last of its kind, listener-supported, community-oriented, and the longest running freeform station in the USA. 

WFMU started out as the student-run radio station of Upsala College in New Jersey, but when Upsala went upside down and bankrupt and kaput, WFMU was set free and is still alive and kicking, broadcasting out of Jersey City to the New York Metropolitan Area on 91.1, and via WMFU, a repeater station in Mount Hope, New York, to the Hudson Valley and lower Catskill area in New York State as well.  And of course, you can also tune in on the internet.

Anyway, what kind of show is Too Much Information?  Basically, it's a talk show, and here's the description they have on the web:

Too Much Information is the sober hangover after the digital party has run out of memes, apps and schemes. Host Benjamen Walker finds out that, in a world where everyone overshares the truth 140 characters at a time, telling tales might be the most honest thing to do.

What the hell does that mean?  Well, how the hell should I know?  But it sure sounds like fun, doesn't it.  Maybe the cartoonish illustration that accompanied this mission statement will help:

And that does look a little like Benjamen Walker, if he were a cartoon, I guess, maybe...

Well, anyway, we did have some fun with our show, I can say that much, and here's how it's described on the TMI site:

October 10, 2011: Live Show - medium / message/ massage
A rare live broadcast! First we hear a segment about Marshall Mcluhan, then we learn about WFMU's upcoming Radiovision festival and then we hear from Marshall Mcluhan expert Lance Strate and we check in with Occupy Wall Street.

The live part was so we'd get some call-ins, which didn't work out, unfortunately.  But we did have a scheduled phone call with Beka Economopoulos, one of the leaders of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which led to an interesting exchange, but I'll let you listen to it and see for yourself.

The show is about an hour long, starting with the 10 minute podcast that Benjamen Walker prepared for the UK Guardian newspaper's website this past July (as noted in my previous post, Standing on Guardian for McLuhan), followed by a few minutes of promotional messages, and then we get into the nitty-gritty of the show.

You can download the MP3 and listen to it, or access it directly here:

Listen to this show: MP3 - 128K |  Pop‑up player!

Or head on over there and check things out: 

Playlist for Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker - October 10, 2011

And hopefully we'll have a chance to do another show together before too long.  In any event, I hope you enjoy this bit of radio daze...

1 comment:

Harry said...

Thank you for providing the download!
I saved the audio file to my mp4 and was listening to it on the go yesterday. I really enjoyed the show.