Transistor Radio is the monthly webcast of Transistor. Tune in to hear programs featuring indie & archival rock, Americana, electronica, house, disco, funk and soul, tracks from our live performance archive, original sound pieces specially made for Transistor Radio, interview and discussion programs, and more.  

 Black Diamond Quartet

Black Diamond Quartet


This month on In Store: Selections From Transistor's Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has recordings from jazz combos Dan Meinhardt Quartet (02-07-14) and Black Diamond Quartet (05-20-16). 

Emotional Rescue returns with a fun and often funky exploration of all things 1970-1980, with plenty of air time given to pop, disco, soul, funk, punk, reggae, Afrobeat, New Wave, classic rock, and even some occasional jazz.  Andy Miles hosts; on this episode he has music from Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, The Grateful Dead, B-52s, The Cure and much more.  

Presented by Joshua Wentz, Show of Songs shares the ever-expanding "background music" playlist for Show of Hands (, an independent design and craft show in Chicago. The event features 100+ local and regional makers, and the music is 100% Chicago indie acts.

On this month's Interlopin', it's DJ Tashtego's valedictory set for the California life that was once his dream and will soon be his memory. The house beats evoke the surf of Big Sur, the sunsets over the Pacific, and that uncanny nostalgia that is quintessential California -- the sense, despite it all, of endless hope for the future.

Scott and Odie return with a new episode of The Good Music Show.  They say this: "Donning our Aqua-net-infused Blue/Black hair, skull boots and cloves we set out to smoke and brood. GMS takes a look back at '80s goth and we smile, smile, we rock back and forth in the corner."

We hear from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, with a Transistor-produced monthly omnibus version of their Always Andersonville weekly podcast.  This month's edition of Always Andersonville Monthly includes interviews with four guests:  Rick Verkler, the general manager of The Guesthouse Hotel (4872 N Clark); Sonat Birnecker Hart, co-owner, president, and founder of Andersonville’s KOVAL Distillery (5121 N Ravenswood); Matthew Buccilla (pictured), co-owner of Andersonville's newly established modern men's lifestyle and supplies store, Cowboys and Astronauts (1478 W Summerdale Ave); and Karin Moen Abercrombie, executive director for the Swedish American Museum (located at 5211 N Clark), which has been an Andersonville institution since 1976!

On This Show Will Change Your Life, comedian Dave Maher talks to creative people about a movie, song, book, even a piece of furniture that changed their lives in ways big or small, obvious or surprising. This month Dave's guests are comedians Shannon Noll about the TV show "Strangers With Candy" and Conner O'Malley about "Terminator 2."

Cine-File, the Chicago guide to independent and underground cinema, is now in podcast form as Cine-Cast.  On the May episode Cine-File associate editors Ben Sachs and K.A. Westphal discuss recent releases and screenings they're looking forward to at the Chicago Film Critics Film Festival; Sachs and contributor John Dickson chat about the Philippe Garrel series at the Gene Siskel Film Center; contributor JB Mabe interviews the new Pick-Laudati Curator of Media Arts at the Block Museum of Art at Northwest University, Michael Metzger—they talk about upcoming programming and the direction Mike is taking within the Chicago film community; and contributor Kyle Cubr interviews Chicago Film Society co-founder Julian Antos about their new season.

And at the top of the player, Andy Miles kicks things off with 15 Songs.  This time he has music from Gorillaz, Cibo Matto, Pavement, Jesca Hoop, Wye Oak, and more.   

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