NPR CEO Jarl Mohn should feel right at home when he appears at 15th Annual NON-COMMvention May 13-15 in Philadelphia at WXPN and World Cafe Live. I know Jarl sort of remembers the great radio conferences like R&R and Gavin. There was music from breakfast until late into the night. That’s what the NON-COMM is like also.
Better yet, the NON-COMM is about integrity in business, public service and music discovery. This is Jarl’s kind of place.
There is still time to register. More information is at [LINK].
[PLEASE NOTE: I haven’t confirmed that the “Brian Wilson” on the schedule is the Good Vibrations guy. But I think it is. Besides, I’m sure Jarl doesn’t mind him as his opening act.]
NON-COMM SCHEDULE IS FULL OF HITS AND HISTORIC APPEARANCES
Dan Reed, the Founder and Producer of the NON-COMMvention has the released the full schedule. One name from the past made me wish, oh wish, I could be there: Buffy Sainte-Marie.
I played the grooves out of her records back in the day. Universal Soldier – as true today as it was then. And the elegant, mysterious song God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot. They were in heavy rotation when I hosted an early progressive rock show called Holding Together.
Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Cree, indigenous Canadian woman. She came from northern Saskatchewan, not all that far from where Joni Mitchell grew up. Unlike Joni, Buffy returned to Canada where she now a multi-media artist and social activist. She founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans and Canadians.
ALSO RECOMMENDED AT THE NON-COMMvention
• Wednesday 5/13 7pm – Midnight: MUSIC SHOWCASES
Performers on the NPR Music Stage include Buffy Sainte-Marie and Shelby Lynne. Performers on the PRX Stage include Elle King and Ryley Walker.
• Thursday 5/14 9:30am – 10:30am: SESSION – Competing with the Devil
Noncom Triple A stations are seeing an increasing number of commercial stations trying to carve away listeners and sometimes artists. I’ve been writing about 89.3 The Current’s commercial competitor Go 96.3. [LINK]
• Thursday 5/14 1:15pm – 2:45pm: ALL CONFERENCE MEETING – Dan Reed Interviews NPR President Jarl Mohn
• Friday 5/15 9:30am – 10:30am: SESSION – Triple A & Community Stations
• Friday 5/15 Noon – 2pm: MUSIC SHOWCASE – Free at Noon on the NPR Music Stage
Billy Bragg & Joe Purdy, Calexico, Brian Wilson
• Friday 5/15 2:15pm – 3:30pm: THE MUSIC MEETING
Songlines promoter Sean Coakley hosts the annual rate-a-record session.
I wish I could be at the NON-COMMvention this year but my vision problems prevent it. I hereby assign my drink tickets to Chris Wienk from WEXT. Chris is the hardest working person in noncom radio.