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KDHX studios move to Grand Center (December 2013)

The time finally arrived to say goodbye to the former bakery, KDHX's home for many years. Sunday, December 15, 2013 was the last broadcast from the old Magnolia Avenue studios. The last show broadcast from Magnolia was Songwriter's Showcase with Ed Becker playing the last song: Emmylou Harris, "Till I Gain Control Again," which was Larry Weir’s sign-off song. Then at noon KDHX began broadcasting from the new Larry J. Weir Center at 3524 Washington Avenue.

KDHX listeners voted for the first song to be played in the new facility, which was John Hartford's "Turn Your Radio On."

NBC's "The Sing-Off"

New York a cappella arranger Randi Stanley's thoughts on The Sing-Off Demystified. Check out the latest news and videos at NBC's Sing-Off site.

Time's TV critic Jamie Poniewozik's take on the new season of The Sing-Off.

R.I.P. Bob Reuter

Bob Reuter, St. Louis musician, photographer, and DJ on KDHX's "Bob's Scratchy Records", died Saturday, August 3, 2013. He was moving into his new home in a downtown loft, and fell to his death in an elevator shaft. See this tribute from Roy Kasten on the KDHX website and Thomas Crone's remembrance at St. Louis Magazine's website. Bob, you were one of a kind. All of us at KDHX and in St. Louis are missing you.

R.I.P. Sweet Joe Russell

Joe Russell obituary in the LA Times.

A founding member of The Persuasions, Joseph Jesse Russell was born Sepember 25, 1939 and passed away from complications of diabetes on May 5, 2012. Sweet Joe is survived by his wife of 24 years, Arlena Russell, three daughters, Patronia, Keisha and Sandra; two sons, Joseph and Aron; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

I was lucky enough to meet Joe and the other Persuasions when they sang here in St. Louis back in the 1990s. Sweet Joe's big tenor voice and friendly disposition will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

KDHX's Larry Weir

Larry Weir, longtime programmer/host of Songwriters Showcase on KDHX, passed away early Wednesday morning, January 13, 2010. For more information or to express your condolences to his wife Kathy, see CaringBridge.org.

Larry will be missed by all whose lives he touched, whether as a personal friend, or as a friendly voice on KDHX. We will remember the music he played and the kindness he showed.

A Cappella on NBC: The Sing-Off

A Cappella singing returns to broadcast television Monday, December 6 (7 - 9 PM Central Time) on your local NBC station. Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post Dispatch has a nice article about it. And you can check out the official NBC Sing-Off site. The competition continues December 8, 13 and 15, and the live finale is December 20. Returning from last season are all three celebrity judges: Ben Folds (Ben Folds 5), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) and Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls), as well as host Nick Lachey.

Ten a cappella groups will compete, including Jerry Lawson (former lead singer of the Persuasions) and his current group Talk of the Town, and the Yale Whiffenpoofs.

See Ben Folds' blog about the Sing-Off.

A cappella singing in the news:

College Students Playing a Part in A Cappella's continued rise

The nerd turns: A cappella singers now popular...

The Arty Semite: Debra Nussbaum Cohen's interview with Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix, winners of The Sing-Off's third season.

AC100: The A Cappella Centennial Celebration (2008-09)

The Yale Whiffenpoofs will be celebrating their 100th anniversary during the 2008-2009 school year. As the first college a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs were the spark for today's exploding college and high school a cappella scene. College a cappella, in turn, was the birthplace of numerous contemporary a cappella groups, including Rockapella and The House Jacks.

Check out the AC100 website for audio and video files, a listing of a cappella groups, and much more.


Thanks to everyone who entered our contest to win the latest CD by The Bobs, "Get Your Monkey Off My Dog."

The person with the highest number of correct answers, Susie 2 Socks of Wood River IL, wins the Bobs' new CD. The winning random entry is Pam J, also winning the Bobs' "Get Your Monkey Off My Dog."

The runner-up, Renee, wins Vox One's Chameleon CD.

Interviewing Scott Leonard of Rockapella (2007)

On Saturday, September 22, 2007 I spoke on the phone with Scott Leonard, the chief songwriter and arranger (and frequent lead singer) of Rockapella, recording our conversation for posterity and for airplay on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Java Jived (2007)

The vocal jazz group Java Jived was featured on Lotsa A Cappella, April 15, 2007, "live from the KDHX studios". They performed standards such as Hoagy Carmichael's Georgia, George & Ira Gershwin's Someone To Watch Over Me, and (of course) the song Java Jive, made famous by the Ink Spots and Manhattan Transfer.

April Fool! (2007)

My buddies Rich Barta and Jeff C of Down In The Alley were good sports about my spoofing their weekly show on Lotsa A Cappella's April Fool's Day Special 2007. I played a lot of goofy songs and kept claiming that the music was "emanating from Way Deep Down In The Alley!"

Second Life art gallery features KDHX

The online game Second Life is a home for all kinds of creative stuff. Annie Octavia in Second Life opened her art gallery on Sunday November 5, 2006. Whenever a player enters the gallery, KDHX's live stream is playing, as long as the KDHX stream is not offline.

The official Grand Opening took place this Sunday during the Lotsa A Cappella show. Due to technical difficulties, there was only silence in the gallery where you normally would hear KDHX.

Annie Octavia promises to throw another party in the gallery when the internet feed is working. We shall keep you informed.

KDHX Magnolia Avenue Studios are in a walkable neighborhood

Lotsa moves back to Sundays!

As long-time listeners know, Lotsa A Cappella was on Sunday mornings on KDHX for many years. The show moved back to Sundays starting on March 14, 2010. The new time is 7 AM to 8 AM Central Time. The last Saturday show was on March 13th from 5 AM to 7 AM.

I hope that you will all listen on 88.1 KDHX or on the web at KDHX.org. You can also check the website to find out other changes to the KDHX schedule.

KDHX schedule changes (AUGUST 2008)

For the first time in many years, KDHX has moved around a lot of programs at once. Lotsa A Cappella moved to its new time slot, SATURDAY from 6-8 AM, starting August 16, 2008. August 10 was the last Sunday Lotsa A Cappella show.

Longtime listeners know that we've been lucky in the past to have the same time slot for almost 14 years. Lotsa A Cappella fans will just have to get up a little earlier in the morning!

Don't forget, you can always listen online at KDHX.org to archived shows from the past couple of weeks.

UPDATE: this change did not last too long. Lotsa is back on Sundays now, from 7 - 8 AM.

Tom Hall's guitar stolen

Musicians need their instruments: it's their way of making a living. Tom Hall, long time KDHX programmer and member of the Geyer Street Sheiks (that's his deep bass voice on the song about "legions of angels, unseen angels"), recently had his National Steel Guitar stolen from his locked vehicle. If you missed the recent benefit to help raise money to buy a replacement instrument for Tom, you may still mail contributions to The Iron Barley Restaurant, 5510 Virginia Avenue, St. Louis MO 63111.

National Resonator Guitar

Changes in Daylight Saving Time 2007

Daylight Saving Time started earlier this year. Starting in 2007, daylight time begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. On the second Sunday in March, clocks are set ahead one hour at 2:00 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3:00 a.m. local daylight time. On the first Sunday in November, clocks are set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1:00 a.m. local standard time.

For more info:

Guest Book:

Here is where you can sign the guest book: Guest Book entry or check out the Contact page.

AC100: The A Cappella Centennial Celebration

The Yale Whiffenpoofs will be celebrating their 100th anniversary during the 2008-2009 school year. As the first college a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs were the spark for today's exploding college and high school a cappella scene. College a cappella, in turn, was the birthplace of numerous contemporary a cappella groups, including Rockapella and The House Jacks.

Check out the AC100 website for audio and video files, a listing of a cappella groups, and much more.

Ball in the House

the Boston a cappella band visits St. Louis, Missouri

See what the band is up to lately:
Ball in the House website

Ball in the House


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~ Isaac Asimov

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Find recent quotations on the "and i quote" blog.

Broadway Oyster Bar event a success!

On Wednesday, September 6, 2006, the Howzit Bayou? guys and I were thrilled to see so many guests at the first annual KDHX Tastes for Tunes restaurant event. Mark "Sunnyboy" Mason, Mark "Special Correspondent" Silverstein and I were the hosts at the Broadway Oyster Bar. The weather was perfect for sitting out on the beautiful outdoor courtyard and enjoying some great Cajun cuisine. We got to see old friends and meet some new ones. Thanks to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the folks who won our door prizes: Terry, Brad, Jean, and Dennis. I hope the folks who visited any of the 69 participating restaurants had as much fun as we did at the Broadway Oyster Bar!

Thank you to everyone for your support of the radio station that brings you everything "from a cappella to zydeco" - KDHX - your community, your media!

KDHX "Tastes for Tunes" Sept. 9, 2008

KDHX is again offering an opportunity to support the station and meet some of the folks who program and host your favorite radio show, as various KDHX personalities host an evening (or lunch at some places) at a local restaurant. All you need to do is show up and purchase a nice meal, and a percentage of the proceeds benefits KDHX.

This year, I (Marjie of Lotsa A Cappella) will be at the Iron Barley, 5510 Virginia in south St. Louis (phone 314 351-4500) along with the guys from Howzit Bayou? - Mark "Sunnyboy Mason and Mark "Special Correspondent" Silverstein, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM on Tuesday, September 9, 2008. Fred Friction of Fishing With Dynamite will be tending bar.

You can support KDHX by having lunch or dinner at one of over 40 restaurants. Check out the Tastes for Tunes page at KDHX.org.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support KDHX!

St. Louis Christmas Carols Association celebrates 100 years

The St. Louis Christmas Carols Association began in 1911, when William H. Danforth and a group of friends sang carols in their neighborhood. Now, to honor the group's 100th year, two new carols have been written. "The Carol of the Holy Child," was written in traditional style by composer Stephen Mager of the Creve Coeur area. "Caroling in St. Louis," was written by Randy Mayfield, of Ballwin. Read more from the St. Louis Post Dispatch and on the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association website.

Tribute to Virginia Tech UPDATE

After raising over $10,000 in one month for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, the "For Today" CD Project has announced a line-up of top professional and collegiate a cappella groups from across the country to headline a second CD compilation entitled "Hokie Nation". Grammy Award winning artist, Take 6, and world-renowned a cappella group, Rockapella, along with professional a cappella ensembles m-pact, Blue Jupiter, the House Jacks, Cadence, Firedrill!, Hookslide, and transit will be featured on this new CD, along with nine top collegiate groups.

A cappella groups from all over the Commonwealth of Virginia have contributed to the first tribute CD, "For Today" to support and honor the students at Virginia Tech. Read more about it at ForTodayCD [link no longer available]. Thanks to the generosity of those involved with the CD's recording, production, and distribution, 100% of the proceeds from CD sales will go to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund and Hokies United.

In addition to the support from Virginia, regional and national support is vastly expanding with feedback and support from collegiate groups across the country. Plans are under way to determine the best way possible to gather and show the support of these groups across the country. An online-only album may be released allowing each of these groups to help in the effort to raise money for Virginia Tech

Contributing to this project are Matthew Bolling of Magnolia Productions in Mechanicsville, VA, who is producing and organizing the album; Dave Sperandio of Diovoce in Raliegh, NC who is mastering the album at no cost; and Rick Segal of TripleDisc in Fredericksburg, VA who is printing all of the cd's 'at-cost'.

I never realized that the human voice could sound like that!

~ a Lotsa A Cappella listener



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