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Hey! Do you want to hear something weird and wonderful?
If your answer is Yes.... then....
You will enjoy listening to "Music with Moskowitz". It's one of the best novelty and old-time country music programs on radio which explores the "back-waters and under-bellies of country music". Like Madman Moskowitz says:
Fun, frivolity, nostalgia, and good times!
Some people have called him the Seattle area's answer to Dr. Demento,
and I must agree. He is a notch off, and you would have
to be if you played some of the records he plays on
the radio! He has given me more than 22 years of enjoyment -- filled
with belly laughs and musical nostalgia trips.
How to hear the program
You will have to live near the Everett area of Washington State in the USA for the best reception on your FM radio, because KSER uses only a 5800-Watt transmitter. If you don't live in the area, you can go to KSER's web-site and listen to the show over the Internet.
KSER-FM 90.7 MHz, Saturday afternoon, noon - 2:00pm (Pacific Time).
Moskowitz is no longer doing the Sunday night on Classic Country KYCW-AM 1090 MHz in Seattle, because that station changed to progressive-talk-radio format on 25-Oct-2004. Here's a little info for those who didn't hear the Sunday night show.
His Sunday night show on KYCW-AM was a 5-hour show with 2.5 to 3 hours of novelty music followed by more serious classic country. The broadcast could be heard over a fairly wide area with a sensitive radio -- from Tacoma on up to Arlington. After it got dark, the Sunday night show was regularly heard by listeners in Canada. Under the right conditions the signal can travel a lot further.  Moskowitz once got a call from a listener who stumbled onto KYCW, and this listener lived in the Puna District on the big island of Hawaii!
Trivia for any European lurkers who are DX'ers:
We call it AM (amplitude modulation)
radio because the long-wave band (150-400 Khz) isn't
used for broadcasting in North America and shortwave
listeners are a minority.
If you're an American and see a radio with an MW
(medium-wave) marking, it's just the regular 530-1710 Khz
AM broadcast band under its technically correct name.
Only shortwave listeners, HAM (amateur radio) operators, and
radio engineers refer to the AM band as the medium-wave band.
Would you like to hear the Madman again on Sunday nights on a powerful Seattle FM station like back in the 1980's and 1990's?
Those of you who have been listening to the Madman for ages, loyally following him from station to station as best you can, remember how it was when Moskowitz's show was brand-new to you. You tried never to miss a show, because you never knew what he would play. If you're an old-timer, then you remember how it felt when you got someone else hooked on this show. Maybe that son or grandson finally heard the original verson of that old song you always sang, or maybe murdered, in the bathtub! :-)
I first heard Moskowitz in July of 1982 on KMPS-FM when he played, for the most part, only novelty music. That was the first time I heard "Mama, Don't Whip Little Buford" by Homer & Jethro! More serious country on Sunday night is nothing new to the Seattle area. Some of you rememember the Gary Vance Sunday Show that was heard on Sunday nights in the late '70's and early '80's? Jay Hamilton would come in at 10pm and do a show called "Collector's Items" where he'd play 3 entire albums that were either hard to find or long out of print. I'd be listening every Sunday night for my weekly dose of classic country and bluegrass. After Gary Vance, Jay Hamilton, Big Ed Dunaway, then Moskowitz permanentaly took over the time-slot. Moskowitz eventually added a 3-hour Saturday night country oldies show on KMPS-AM 1300 while still playing the funny stuff on the FM side on Sunday nights. After KMPS, Mosk moved to station to station, combining the two formats, usually playing the funny stuff first and serious stuff last.
When Mosk left a commercial station, it was usually because the station changed format or was sold. Judging by all the musical requests he got each week, I don't think lack of listeners was a problem! Even some listeners got their share of fame. One such listener was 19 year old Melissa Farrington in Tacoma, a Billy Murray freak, who sent Mosk a bunch of Billy Murray recordings, including "Shut the door, they're coming through the Window!", which he played on the first Fan Appreciation night. Singer Billy Murray recorded during the early 1900's through the late 1920's, and died in 1945!
How many of you remember all that and wonder when will Moskowitz be back on a powerful Seattle FM station so you can get your Sunday night fill of the nostalgia bin and the funny farm? it depends on you and your country-music-loving friends! One person can't do it alone!
I've been told that radio station
(The Wolf) in Seattle is asking listeners what they would like to
hear on The WOLF. Why not get your friends to call, write, or
E-mail them, saying that they'd like to hear Madman Moskowitz back
on the air on a powerful Seattle FM station like The Wolf?
Isn't it true that Sunday night isn't Sunday night for you without
the novelty music and the more serious classic country that goes
all the way back to the 1920's? Don't you want to give the
young people in your life some regular exposure to the history
of country music?
Info about the Program
Whether it's the serious, sentimental stuff or the crazy novelty stuff, I can guarantee that this show will have you saying one or both of the following:
He'll play anything that most radio stations won't play anymore. Most of the songs you hear on the show are Moskowitz's own flat friends (records), and he has over 50,000 of them! When it comes to classic country, the radio station might have songs going back to the early 1950's, but Moskowitz's country collection goes back to the early 1920's, and even a little further back for some pop and novelty music.
You may hear anything from Bob Wills and Gene Autry, to the old "Titanic" by Bradley Kincaid and "Drill Ye Terriers, Drill" by Dan Quinn (1901) that you may have heard in music class back in grammar (elementary) school, or maybe "Only The Moon-Man Knows" by Buck Ritchie and also by Bonnie Guitar.
In addition to listener requests, each show has a musical topic. Topics such as rabbits, cats, dogs, ducks, chickens, pigs, frogs, fish, baseball, football, hunting, fishing, cars, boats, food, drinks, and politicians are musical topics at least once a year at certain times of the year. St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are always musically celebrated on the day or the Saturday before the actual day. This also applies to the first day of spring, Mother's Day, and Father's Day. There are also themes such as "things to avoid", "overdoing it", "strange and unexpected noises", "bad drivers"..... You probably want a little example of that last topic.
Here are some songs about bad drivers that Moskowitz has played. Some are hilarious and a few are tear-jerkers.
How about some songs in foreign languages?
Here are some other songs you may hear on the show. I wish I could say that all of the songs on this show are funny, but along with some more serious and sentimental songs, this show also provides some musical slices of history.
Some of you may feel that one or more of the songs listed above is awful. Once a year Madman Moskowitz does a show filled with the worst songs in his collection. The song can be awful for a number of reasons, including but not limited to:
Some songs are so unusual (maybe only to you) that you can't understand why some people like a particular song and keep requesting it. They actually make you want to ask some questions that might be considered offensive to the artist. Then there are those songs that make you wonder if the song was meant for adults or for kids. These songs become very annoying to some adults when the kids (or overgrown kids) play or request them over and over.
Some of the following songs are requested every so often, so one or two of these may be played during a given show, but rarely will you hear all of these songs in the same show!
More novelty songs have been written about Christmas than any other subject! Here is a small sample of Christmas music in the Madman's collection.
If you listen long enough, I know you will be thinking...
Christmas music in the summer?
He is a musical lunatic, and so are many of his listeners.
They are the ones who make the strange requests! It also
helps if a station such as KSER 90.7 FM has the following rule:
No Christmas music allowed between Thanksgiving and New
Year's Day. The good
folks at KSER realized that somebody has to offer some relief from
all the holiday music which is played (over-played?) by other
music stations during this time of the year.
Now you know the reason you will hear Moskowitz play
novelty Christmas music in July or August. He has
played Christmas music on other stations now and then throughout
the year, but he really let you have it during the 3
weeks just before Christmas. On stations other than KSER,
the pattern has always been "Christmas Gift Guide",
"Bummed-Out Christmas", and finally a free-for-all on the week
just before Christmas. He can't do that on KSER,
so get your tape recorders ready to record it
in the summer and annoy your friends and neighbors with it during
the Christmas season! <grin>
Some listeners have sent him music from their own record/tape collection
on audio cassettes. Some of this music is rare and long
out of print, and some of it has come from places as far away as
Germany and New Zealand! That's what happens when listeners send
tapes of the show to friends and relatives around the world.
If you hear a song that you can't wait until next week to hear again, call the Madman during the show and vote for your Funny-Farm Favorite. The three songs that receive the most votes (requests) during the show will be played again about 15 minutes before the end of the program. This is similar to the Funny Five heard toward the end of each Dr. Demento Show, however:
DON'T BOTHER ASKING FOR...
Where can I find a certain song?
I know some of you will ask me where you can find a certain song you've heard on the show. Maybe you want to hear more songs by that artist, or you want the actual album.
Many of the songs he plays are rare and out of print. He finds many of his records at garage sales and in thrift stores, and some are sent in by listeners. This means I do not have the actual recordings (record, pre-recorded tape, CD) of these songs. I get the songs the same way you can -- by listening to them over the radio and recording them on audio cassettes.
I know some of you may want to ask me for a tape of a certain song. Don't bother to ask. The answer is no because of a promise I made to a certain somebody, and this person is not Madman Moskowitz.
When I got Internet access at home, I made a few promises to the lady of the house (the term is accurate), who is not a computer user, but is concerned about privacy, because she has heard a few too many bad stories on radio and TV about the Internet. In order to keep the peace around here, I promised her that I would not contact the people I meet on the Internet via snailmail or voice phone or try to meet them in person. Doing those things would reveal our address or phone number (thanks to caller-ID on your end). I also promised that I would not reveal certain information to others in private E-mail. The Internet is well-known for being a place for spouses to cheat. In my case the "lady of the house" is a biological relative.
Please don't ask me where you can download that certain song you
heard on the show. I literally don't know the answer!
The only purpose of listing the song titles is
to give new listeners ideas for making requests which will
be played on the radio.
Contacting Madman Moskowitz
|Mailing address:||Madman Moskowitz
2623 Wetmore Ave
Everett, WA 98201
(has streaming audio)
Musical topic for 15-Apr-2006: Songs about Money (because of the start of the KSER spring pledge drive)
This is merely another unofficial fan site.
If the date of the topic for next week's show is old, it means
I missed it when Moskowitz announced the topic for next week's show,
or Moskowitz didn't announce next week's topic. If the topic
of the "show next week" doesn't match what you see posted here, then
you may be hearing a pre-recorded program.
"Moskowitz is on at the same time as another show?!"
Those of you who have this schedule conflict should know that tape recorders (boomboxes) are now inexpensive enough so you can buy two of the same model and record Moskowitz and maybe those old-time radio shows at the same time!
"Why isn't Moskowitz on today? I listened to the
show for the last few weeks and he didn't mention anything
about there being no show this week."
I'm just another listener, and since I'm not connected with the show, I get no advance warning from Moskowitz if he will be unable to do the show. If this were an official site, then I would expect Moskowitz to inform me during the week of last-minute changes to the show.
Is the Madman "available"? Not anymore!
On 14-Mar-2004, Madman Moskowitz announced that he's engaged to a girl known only as "Crazy Cate". His call screener "Nathan Detroit" is also nearly caught in the tender trap! It sounded like they were out together when each proposed to his girl. Let's wish these two nusical lunatics well and hope the two girls can keep up with them.
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