Monday, April 6, 2009

Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Being a huge fan of eclectic music and the dee jays that play that sort of music, it's welcomed relief to have Ann Delisi back on the airwaves at WDET 101.9 FM every Saturday & Sunday from noon until 4:00.

What she does so uniquely on the Detroit radio airwaves (and for those not in the listening area, online) is that she researches her music and then seamlessly blends all genres of music on the air to make an intelligent show. It's not the pre-packaged playlists that you hear on every other station. Just this previous weekend she played varied musicians such as UB40, Joan Osbourne, Ray Charles, Bell X1, India Arie, all the way to Detroit's very own Jamie McCarthy and Jill Jack (playing local music is also another goal of the show). While I don't adore everything that Ann plays, her selections have also exposed me to other genres of music that I would've never heard on any commercial airwaves. It's literally an education in music.

The show definitely harkens back to a much more intelligent time in radio when the audience relied on the voices heard on the air as authorities in music and news.


Dave Chow Illustrations said...

One of the coolest segments that this show also has is that listeners can submit to what they believe is their "essential five" songs. They get to play program director for a few moments!

And on the Fourth of July, I had my five chosen and played:

-History Keeps Repeating by The Propellerheads with Shirley Bassey
-Lovely Day by Bill Withers
-No Flash in the Sky by MOEV
-Shelter by Lone Justice
-Precious Little by Eleanor McEvoy

Dave Chow Illustrations said...

Second honor. I had another Essential List played:

-This by Brian Eno
-Downtown by Petula Clark
-Professor Night by Was (Not Was)
-October Love Song by Chris & Cosey
-1963 by New Order

Dave Chow Illustrations said...

And for the Undercover Show, I had the Shirley Bassey cover of Pink's "Get the Party Started" played.