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HOMEGROWN ROCKER 3/18/18 (20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL)
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 Post Posted: Sunday Mar 25, 2018 
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Hello Everyone,

Here is the recap of the March 18 edition of 105.9 Qwik-Rock's weekly local music program, "The Homegrown Rocker," which airs every Sunday night from 8 to 10 PM on Lion Country's Rock Station, 105.9 Qwik-Rock. The show can also be streamed via Qwik's website, www.1059qwikrock.com.

On March 8, 1998, a one-hour program called the "Backyard Rocker" made its debut on an Altoona FM station; its mission to spotlight music from local and regional bands and artists each week. Two years later, the show expanded to two hours in length, and as it jumped to a second radio station home in 2008, its name was changed to the "Homegrown Rocker." Through two decades and three radio stations, this show has provided a valuable resource for local and regional PA musicians to have their music heard on the air, and for listeners and fans to discover the wealth of musical talent located in the foothills of west-central PA and beyond! We celebrated two decades of the "Homegrown/Backyard Rocker" on this week's program, spotlighting show highlights from the program's first 20 years! We began the program with the very same Edison song that began that first edition back in 1998, and featured two songs created about this very program, courtesy of Felix & the Hurricanes (the first band to appear live on the program)! And we spotlighted memories such as a teenaged Elizabeth (pre-Lzzy) Hale performing a keyboard ballad live on the air in 2000, Tony Mollick and the Groove Junkies discovering how to turn a reel-to-reel tape machine into a mixer channel during a 1998 on-air performance, Mama Corn's Jeremy Nelson landing a whopper catfish during an interview and fishing adventure from 2017, an eight-minute monster acoustic jam of a Motorhead classic during an "Acoustic Jam Special" edition from 2005, and more! We also remembered a few show guests we have lost over that 20-year span, including John Baker, Eric Vincent "Fat Vinny" Kelly (with Fat Vinny & the Wiseguys) and Dr. Dave Parry (with 9 Lb. Hammer). Here's to 20 years of "Homegrown Rocker" memories, and the hopes for 20 more years!

Here is this week's playlist:

HOUR ONE:

EDISON - "Bracing"
FELIX & THE HURRICANES - "Backyard Rocker Rocks"
THE GROOVE JUNKIES - "That's Alright" (performed live on air 7/5/98)
DEL COY - "Know It All Knowing"
ELIZABETH HALE (HALESTORM) - "Rose in December" (performed live on the air 10/1/00)
VICTORY IN HEAVEN (V.I.H.) BLUES BAND - "Can't Judge a Book By Looking at the Cover" (live)
JOHN BAKER - "Just to Fly" (performed live on air 11/7/99)
FAT VINNY & THE WISEGUYS - "The River" (performed live on air 5/7/00)
9 LB. HAMMER - "Long Haired Doney" (performed live on air 1/21/01)

HOUR TWO:

FELIX & THE HURRICANES - "Backyard Rocker Birthday" (performed live on air 3/4/01)
MYCENEA WORLEY - "Low" (performed live on air 5/23/10)
MAMA CORN - "Fearless" (performed live on air 10/10/10)
MICHAEL REICH - "Turning on a Dime" (performed live on air 12/3/00)
RHYNE McCORMICK (w/LAST CHANCE) - "Soul Dust" (performed live on air 4/15/07)
THE BUSTED DRUNKS - "Ballad of the Kingsmen" (performed live on air 7/5/09)
ROADKILL - "Public Service Announcement from the Anti-Valentine's Day Council"
CHRIS VIPOND & THE STANLEY STREET BAND (w/JOHNNY STEVENS, RANDY RUTHERFORD AND MELISSA [BAILEY] TONKIN) - "Freedom" (performed live on air 4/20/08)
"ACOUSTIC JAM ALL-STARS" (DAVE DISTEFANO, JOHN CHARNEY, DENNY OWENS, DWANE EDMISTON, JEREMY NELSON, JOHNNY STEVENS, RICK RAMSEY) - "Ace of Spades" (performed live on air 3/13/05)

We'll have a guest on our next program, as we present the winner from our dropbox drawing during last month's 22nd annual Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg - Jeannine Higgins! A Bucks County native who now calls the Houston, Texas area her home, Jeannine will discuss her music and career, and we will hear songs from her self-titled debut album! Along the way, we will update "Local Music News," and step "Across State Lines" to hear music from an independent band or artist from outside of PA!

Upcoming guests and specials include:

APR. 8 - The Roof
APR. 22 - Shattered
MAY 13 - Silver Screen
MAY 20 - Tim Woods Band
MAY 27 - Memorial Day Special
JUNE 3 - Psycho Prophecy
JUNE 10 - Hate Grenade
JUNE 17 - Father's Day Special
JUNE 24 - Behind the Grey
JULY 8 - Cover Song Special

(All dates are subject to changes as circumstances warrant.)

Bands and artists wanting to submit news items for "Local Music News" may email their news to homegrownrocker@gmail.com. Indicate "MUSIC NEWS" in the subject heading!

Bands and artists interested in having music aired on the show are invited to send their broadcast-quality recordings to: Magnum Broadcasting, 315 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801; ATTN: Jim Price/Homegrown. Or drop the recordings off at the station during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 9 AM 5 PM. You can also email digital song files or inquiries about the show to homegrownrocker@gmail.com.

Jim Price
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