Program note: Transistor Radio is on hiatus at the moment. We will return with a new slate of programs December 29, the five-year anniversary of the webcast's launch.
Transistor Radio is the webcast of Transistor, presenting a selection of volunteer-hosted music and talk programs. Shows are recorded at Transistor's in-store radio desk and uploaded to the audio players on this page (below). If you would like to get involved, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop in the shop and let us know.
'I'm telling you, Transistor Radio is better than listening to Spotify' -Gail (a listener)
Core artists in our 26,000-song library include: Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Atlas Sound, Beach House, Beastie Boys, Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Björk, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, David Bowie, Broken Social Scene, Built To Spill, Caribou, Cat Power, Nick Cave, The Clash, The Cure, Crystal Castles, Dan Deacon, Matthew Dear, Deerhunter, Depeche Mode, Devo, Echo & the Bunnymen, Brian Eno, The Fall, Feist, The Feelies, Flaming Lips, Flying Lotus, Fugazi, Guided By Voices, Gorillaz, Grimes, Grizzly Bear, Interpol, Japandroids, Joy Division, The Kinks, Kraftwerk, LCD Soundsystem, Led Zeppelin, Liars, Low, Magnetic Fields, MGMT, M.I.A., Mission of Burma, Modest Mouse, Mouse on Mars, My Bloody Valentine, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pavement, The Pixies, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, REM, The Replacements, RJD2, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Röyksopp, Sleigh Bells, Elliott Smith, Patti Smith, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Spoon, Stone Roses, St. Vincent, Stereolab, Sufjan Stevens, Talking Heads, Tame Impala, Tortoise, T. Rex, TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Velvet Underground, Tom Waits, The Who, Wilco, Wire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yo La Tengo, XTC, XX, and more.
Jeff GoodSmith is a writer and a resident of the Uptown community. He's worked in the past with such musical establishments as WNUR-FM Evanston/Chicago and pitchforkmedia, and his cultural and musical opinions can be seen as rants on several websites. Jeff holds a degree in English from Northwestern University, and enjoys playing musical styles ranging from indie rock to oldies to electronica and anything in between. Jeff's Transistor Radio sets are accepted by most major HMOs, and when you listen in there is a 13 percent chance you will inherit a basket of puppies from an estranged uncle. You can find his writing online at www.affotd.com, www.elitish.com, and he is a longtime contributor to theheckler.com.
Liz McCabe recently received a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern, where she wrote a dissertation about Victorian fiction and anthropology to a soundtrack of LCD Soundsystem, other dance music old and new, and The Velvet Underground. She currently teaches humanities courses for Northwestern undergrads interning in arts and cultural institutions across the city, and she runs the Chicago leg of 'Poetry Out Loud,' a national contest for high school students. She was raised on Simon & Garfunkel, Ella Fitzgerald, opera, Broadway, and '80s pop in the suburbs north of New York City.
Andy Miles is a veteran of college, community and commercial radio, having produced and presented programs on WORT in Madison, Wisconsin and WLUW-Chicago, among other stations. He has also worked for Wisconsin Public Television and the Federal News Service in Washington, D.C., and written freelance arts and history articles for a dozen print and electronic publications. Today he is owner/editor-in-chief of a transcript production company specializing in congressional hearing transcripts, owner of Transistor, and Transistor Radio presenter and program director. He also plays drums in three bands. Born outside of Chicago and currently residing in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood, he has also called Madison, Washington, D.C., and Berlin, Germany home. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Amanda Walz is a lifelong music fan. In her infancy, she'd been known to cry until she heard her favorite Barry Manilow songs. She spent much of her adolescence at record stores and concert venues in the Detroit Metro area. In her 20s, she worked at a record store, had a DJ shift at a community college station, sang in a (horrible) surf punk band and bowled in a league. She studied art history and German language and graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit. Amanda moved to Chicago seven years ago and is currently working on her graduate degree in linguistics. A self-proclaimed feline enthusiast, Amanda has four cats. Her all-time favorite musician is Björk and she still avidly listens to plenty of '80s new wave.
From January 2010 till July 2011 Transistor offered a weekly arts interview show, The Roundtable, hosted by Rani Woolpert (left) on Transistor Radio. In the course of that year-and-a-half run, her guests included jazz saxophonist Ken Vandermark, Lou Mallozzi of Experimental Sound Studio, musician Jon Langford, performance artist Julie Laffin, and filmmaker/scholar Daniel Eisenberg; those interviews are available below.
Beginning in March 2010 Transistor Radio presented the semi-regular 'comedy quiz' show The Silent K, a celebration of obscure and/or useless information, a heady synthesis of junk food and junk culture: 'a party for smarties.' The show rewarded correctness with fabulous prizes (usually candy) and punished wrongness with mockery (and candy), and every show's best contestant had a chance to win a Transistor gift card. Co-hosted by Brian Hischier and Jeremy Pautz -- innovators in the fields of humorous interrogation and the tactical deployment of miscellany -- 'The Silent K' ran for more than a year, and most of the 22 episodes they produced are available from the audio player below, along with a 'Roundtable' interview the co-hosts sat for (actually, if memory serves, they were both standing).
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