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Friday November 12, 2004 8:00-10:00pm (Neil Young's Birthday)

My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) - Neil Young
Powderfinger (Live) - Neil Young: Friends & Relatives [Red Rocks]
Neil Young (Self-Titled Solo Debut) [1968]

The Emperor of Wyoming
The Loner
If I Could Have Her Tonight
I've Been Waiting For You
The Old Laughing Lady
String Quartet from Whiskey Boot Hill
Here We Are In The Years
What Did You Do To My Life?
I've Loved Her So Long
The Last Trip To Tulsa

Walk On (Live) - Neil Young: Friends & Relatives [Red Rocks]
Winterlong (Live) - Neil Young: Friends & Relatives [Red Rocks]
Time Fades Away - Neil Young [1973]

Time Fades Away
Journey Thru The Past
Yonder Stands The Sinner
Love In Mind
Don't Be Denied
The Bridge
Last Dance

Tonight's The Night (Live) - Neil Young [Red Rocks]
I Believe In You (Live) - Neil Young [Red Rocks]
Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing - Buffalo Springfield
Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) - Neil Young

Notes: I had heard that Neil Young's birthday was on November 12, and I realized that I had a radio show on that date, so, Neil Young being one of my favorite rock inspirations, it was a natural choice to give him a tribute show. I was able to do a few interesting things on this show.

First, as you can see, I played some tracks from the Red Rocks DVD, a live performance by Neil Young with Friends and Relatives from 2000 that I recently picked up.

Second, not only did I play Neil Young's self-titled debut album in full, but the very first time I had ever listened to it was right here on this show while it played on air. I had just got the album in the mail, and didn't even get a chance to open it in my room, so I opened it there in the studio and put it on, and shared my very first listen with whoever else was listening to my radio show at the time. I thought that was somewhat special, in a way.

Third, I got to play Neil Young's 1973 live album of new material, Time Fades Away, which has still (as of 2006) not been released on CD. I had bought the vinyl album at a record store on Penn State University main campus, while I was there with the Japan Society on a field trip to a Japanese restaurant (other vinyl records I bought that day include Dark Side of the Moon and Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, and I meant to buy some Robin Trower albums - beautiful artwork - but promptly forgot about them when I went up to the register).

If you look back at the radio show of 3/26/03, which was also a Neil Young tribute, you can really see how far I've come as a radio DJ. Of course, a lot of that has to do with having complete control over the show (i.e., no co-DJ), but the progress is there nonetheless. Also, I think this was a bit of a turning point as it was really one of the first shows that I made a point to play an album in full. I was always hesitant about playing complete albums on the radio, because, I mean, honestly, if you want to hear an album, you can just put it on yourself, it seems like a cop-out for a radio DJ to just put on an album and chill. But, on the other hand, I figured that as long as I picked cult classics and lesser known albums, it would be worth it. I always viewed my radio show as a teaching opportunity - and if I could play a really hot album that people normally wouldn't hear, especially in this day and age, then that's a victory. Besides, the music I played *was* from the era of album-oriented rock, and I was all about the context of the songs, not just picking out the chart climbers - there's already more than enough corporate stations doing that! Also, one of my favorite segments on my classic rock radio station back home was when they would play whole albums late at night (like 3am) - and of course I always felt that I could pick out much better albums than the corporate-whipped DJ. :)