The Signal

Format: 2014-07-14

It’s the premiere of OUT OF THE BLOCKS, an original coproduction of radio producer Aaron Henkin and electronic musician Wendel Patrick.  The concept is simple: one hour of radio - one city block - everybody’s story.



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It was a wintry Saturday afternoon, February 2011, in rural Cecil County, Maryland, at a one-room post office turned furniture shop near the town of Elkton.  Outside the old building, a January wind whistled over snow banks, through the bare branches of trees.  But inside this place, a warm camaraderie was emanating through the room.  Three musicians sat together, acoustic guitars on their knees, trading stories and songs, and bridging an age-span of three generations between them.

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The Roc-A-Jets were tough, they sported pompadours, and they made the ladies swoon… but they weren’t guys.  We meet musicians Carla Mandley and Jo Kellum, members of this 1950s rockabilly band that pioneered a social scene for gay women in Charm City.


Baltimore’s Annex Theater takes on Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera, and Signal contributor Baynard Woods talks with director Evan Moritz about the musical’s thematic resonance with modern-day politics.


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November 4th & 5th, 2011, on The Signal…


Tracy Miller is the mother of fallen US Marine Corporal Nicholas Zielkowski.  He was killed in combat in Iraq in 2004.  This year, he’s been memorialized in song.  We talk with Tracy about her son, and we meet Michael Beresh, the musician who took it upon himself to make sure Nicholas’ memory is preserved.


We meet Geoffrey Welchman, host and writer of “The Inverse Delirium,” a podcast that pokes gentle fun at public radio and life in “This American Baltimore.”


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nightmares, ghost stories, and Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"...

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October 21st & 22nd, 2011, on The Signal…


“Bodies, Attitudes, Reflections, Exposed,” an upcoming performance by Baltimore’s Full Circle Dance Company, explores social pressures, sexual power, and body image.  We drop in at a rehearsal and talk with director Donna Jacobs about what happens when controversy meets choreography. 


The Creative Alliance is hosting the 10th annual CAmm Slamm 48-hour film festival, and we get a preview with one of the festival organizers and the host for this year’s gala event.


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This week (Oct. 14 & 15) on The Signal…


A real-life superhero saga that’s got to be heard to be believed:  Hunter Smith and Kathryn Long had no idea what they were getting into when they decided to buy a mysterious red spandex suit at a thrift shop…  What happened next would change their lives forever!


A visit to Housewerks, where Tracey Clarke and Ben Riddleberger show off some favorite pieces from their assortment of architectural antiques and industrial salvage, and share some of their renovating secrets and skills


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October 7th & 8th, 2011, on The Signal…


Before he ever tickled the ivories, Lafayette Gilchrist used to lace up the boxing gloves.  We talk with the pianist and composer about his years as a fighter and the musical inspiration he’s taken from the sweet science.


From The Stoop -  Joe Challmes made a promise to himself last year, the day he lost his leg.  We’ll hear what it took to keep that promise.


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September 30th & October 1st, 2011, on The Signal…


Local singer, songwriter, and ukulele enthusiast Victoria Vox stops by to preview her new CD, “Vox Ukelele Cello,” a harmonious blend of serious songwriting and playful instrumentation.


It took ten years of his life, but Joseph Norman has just completed an epic-scale mural project called “The Middle Passage: A Love Story.”  We take a step back with the artist as he considers what he’s accomplished.


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September 23rd & 24th, 2011, on The Signal…


“In the past, personal and political liberty depended to a considerable extent on government inefficiency.  The spirit of tyranny was always willing, but its organization and equipment were generally weak.  Progressive science and technology have changed all that completely.”  

-Aldous Huxley, 1948


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