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"Christmas Cassettes"
(Ep. 700)

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Well the festive season is on the horizon and Santa has paraded through the downtown. We kick off our celebration this year with a unique playlist of pre-digital Christmas ditties. We’ve dug deep into our library of holiday cassette tapes. Cassettes were popular back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. That’s when vinyl records were on their death bed but compact discs had not yet dominated the market.

Many Newfoundland and Labrador recording artists recorded on cassette tape back then and their albums were never released on vinyl or CD. Those tapes for the most part are now long lost and forgotten. You’re unlikely to hear that music from over three decades ago on mainstream radio since it’s not available in digital format. That’s a pity! That’s where alternative campus and community radio kicks in.

Tune in to New Found Records this week and discover NL Christmas music that was likely only released on cassettes. You’ll hear tracks from Shirley Montague’s magnificent Trapper’s Christmas, and we’ll feature a tape that has rapidly become one of my favourites, Reg Brown and Driftwood’s It’s Christmas Again. Reg takes us on a ride in a Supped (sic) Up Snowmobile and spins a yarn about Cuttin’ Up Slabs! You have to hear this stuff to believe it.

Lots more too!

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NEXT WEEK
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"Christmas with Joan, Ray, and Dick"
(Ep. 701)

Yesteryear’s ‘Queen of Newfoundland Country Music’ JOAN MORRISSEY does her rendition of the biggest selling Christmas single of all time. Bell Islander RAY MCLEAN sings a few covers of Charlie Pride numbers from the early ‘70s, and ‘The Godfather of Newfoundland Country Music’, MR. DICK NOLAN, teams up with his five year old daughter BONNIE LOU for a rare duet on Gene Autry’s #1 hit from 1949.

And there’s lots more too from Joan, Ray, and Dick.

(encore of Ep. 492)

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AIRTIMES:

Saturday at noon (NT): MUN Radio, CHMR, 93.5 FM, St. John's, NL

Saturday at noon (ET): CIDI 99.1 FM, Brome Missisquoi, QC

Saturday at 1:00 pm (NT): Voice of Bonne Bay Radio (VOBB), 95.9 & 98.1 FM, Bonne Bay, NL

Saturday at 3:00 pm (NT): Bay of Islands Radio (BOIR), Corner Brook NL

Saturday at 5:00 pm (MT): CKXU 88.3 FM, Campus & Community Radio, Lethbridge AB

Saturday at 7:00 pm (AT): CIOE 97.5 FM, Community Radio, Lower Sackville, NS

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                    Sunday at 12:00 Noon (NT): Valley Radio, Grand Falls - Windsor, NL
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Monday at 8:00 pm (ET): CIDI 99.1 FM, Brome Missisquoi, QC

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Tuesday at 10:00 am (AT): CHSR 97.9 FM, Fredericton, NB

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Wednesday at 3pm (NT): MUN Radio, CHMR, 93.5 FM, St. John's NL

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Thursday at 5:00 am (AT): CHSR 97.9 FM, Fredericton, NB

Thursday at 1:00 pm (MT): CKXU 88.3 FM, Campus & Community Radio, Lethbridge AB

Thursday at 2:30 pm (NT): Radio Bell Island (CJBI) 93.9 FM, Bell Island NL

Thursday at 5:00 pm (AT): CAPER Radio, Cape Breton University, Sydney, NS

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