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THEME TIME RADIO HOUR

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Theme Time Radio Hour was a one-hour long radio show hosted by Bob Dylan. Each episode was an eclectic, freeform brew of blues, folk, rockabilly, R&B, soul, bebop, rock-and-roll, country and pop music, centered around a "theme," with songs from artists as diverse as Patti Page and LL Cool J.

Interspersed between the music segments were email readings, listener phone calls, vintage radio air checks, old radio promos and jingles, poetry recitations; taped messages from a variety of celebrities, musicians and comedians; and commentary from Bob Dylan on the music and musicians as well as miscellanea related to the themes.

The show was not live, Dylan taped his portions at various locations and while touring, and the studio location at the Abernathy Building was fictitious. Most of the "listener phone calls" and emails were also fictitious, although at least one email read on the show came from an actual listener.

The shows lasted one hour with the following exceptions:

 

Show

#

Theme

Time

(mins)

Season

#

Air Date

24

Time

77 (!)

1

11 October 2006

34

Christmas & New Year’s

120

1

20 November 2006

50

Spring Cleaning

120

1

18 April 2007

68

Presidents' Day

120

2

13 February 2008

90

Madness

90 (!)

3

4 February 2009

99

Clearance Sale

120

3

8 April 2009

100

Goodbye

120

3

15 April 2009

 

Theme Time Radio Hour was originally broadcast every Wednesday at 10:00 am ET on the Deep Tracks channel of XM Satellite Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service.

The show was produced by Eddie Gorodetsky and ran during three seasons:

Season

shows

from

to

1

50

3 May 2006

18 April 2007

2

25

19 September 2007

2 April 2008

3

25

8 October 2008

15 April 2009

Actress Ellen Barkin read the opening introduction for each episode during the first two seasons with the exception of the Season 1 Halloween episode. Barkin read the intro intermittently during Season 3.

The announcer "Pierre Mancini" was probably the voice of Eddie Gorodetsky.

Three episodes in season 2 were re-runs of episodes from season 1: "Halloween",  "Thanksgiving Leftovers" and the "Christmas/New Year’s" episode.

Three episodes in season 3 were re-runs of earlier broadcasts: "President's Day," "Christmas/New Year's" and "Number One".

 

Official releases

There have been a number of more or less official releases with the songs played, but only two that contain Bob Dylan’s contributions:

The first was from episode 4: Baseball, which features the only singing by Bob Dylan during the series.

Released as a promotional CD: Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan; Baseball, Columbia Legacy 82876 89194 2,  2006.

The second release was taken from episode 17: Friends & Neighbors, ad a bonus CD together with the limited Deluxe Edition of Together Through Life: Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan. This Week’s Show: Friends & Neighbors, Sony Music, 27 April 2009.

  

 

References

The Bob Dylan Fan Club. Annotated Theme Time: www.thebobdylanfanclub.com/themetime/.

Not Dark Yet: http://www.notdarkyet.org/themetime.html

Theme Time Radio Hour, Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theme_Time_Radio_Hour

                                                                         

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This page updated 5 March 2011