Last night I worked the final night shift on 101.7 WFNX. I played five hours of freeform radio, comically more than doubling my career airtime to date. The experience was beyond words, possibly more so at the moment perhaps because I stayed up all night playing music.
In situations like this that defy description, I find myself returning to a single word: grateful.
I am nothing but thankful for the chance to do this, and to you all who listened. Specifically I want to thank the people who helped me get here: Adam, Fletcher, Julie, Henry, Paul, Mike, Angie, Jim, Jason, Michael, Christine and Michelle.
It hurts to lose a lifelong companion, no matter the media, but I’m comforted knowing that the people who made the station what it was live on and will continue to work to exhaustion building a soundtrack and score to our lives in Boston and beyond.
Humbly, my playlist from last night. Even now as I look it over I see glaring omissions and changes I might have made, but I did my best. It was chaotic and wonderful, and I’ll remember it forever.
Operation Ivy • Knowledge
Pixies • Subbacultcha
Neutral Milk Hotel • Holland, 1945
Mighty Mighty Bosstones • Drunks And Children
The Sugarcubes • Hit
Depeche Mode • Behind The Wheel/Route 66 [Mega-Single Mix]
Weezer • My Name is Jonas
The Clash • Brand New Cadillac
The Modern Lovers • Roadrunner
Spoon • Car Radio
Dinosaur Jr. • Feel The Pain
Sonic Youth • Bull in the Heather
Stone Roses • She Bangs The Drums
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin • Grey Cell Green
Soft Cell • Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?
Talking Heads • This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Metric • Help, I’m Alive
Jane’s Addiction • Stop!
David Garza • Discoball World
Land Of The Loops • Multi-Family Garage Sale (Bargain-Bin Mix)
Eels • Last Stop: This Town
Holy Ghost! • Jam For Jerry
Overwhelming Colorfast • Arrows
Buffalo Tom • Velvet Roof
Buzzcocks • What Do I Get?
The Joy Formidable • Whirring
The Catherine Wheel • I Want To Touch You
Passion Pit • Take A Walk
Joe Jackson • Steppin’ Out
Hot Chip • One Life Stand
Alabama Shakes • Hold On
Cracker • Eurotrash Girl
Nine Inch Nails • Head Like A Hole
Sisters Of Mercy • Lucretia My Reflection
The Nails • 88 Lines About 44 Women
Sloan • Underwhelmed
Cults • Abducted
Think Tree • Hire a Bird
They Might Be Giants • Ana Ng
The Jesus & Mary Chain • Frequency
The Jesus & Mary Chain • Reverence
The Sheila Divine • Hum
O-Positive • Talk About Love
Orbit • Medicine
Alice In Chains • Would?
M.A.R.R.S. • Pump Up The Volume
Underworld • Born Slippy
LCD Soundsystem • All My Friends
M83 • Reunion
The Replacements • Alex Chilton
The Cure • Push
Soul Coughing • Screenwriter’s Blues
The Walkmen • The Rat
Beastie Boys • Shadrach
Interpol • PDA
Soul Asylum • Somebody To Shove
Pulp • Common People
Jane’s Addiction • Classic Girl
Band Of Horses • The Funeral
The Clash • Straight To Hell
Love Spit Love • Am I Wrong
Public Image Ltd • Rise
Dubstar • Stars
Rogue Wave • Everyday
The Replacements • Within Your Reach
Joy Division • Atmosphere
Men At Work • Overkill
Frank Sinatra • That’s Life
The The • This is the Day
The Cure • A Night Like This (Live)
Sonic Youth • The Diamond Sea
You can listen to my last break; it aired just before midnight, between Overkill and That’s Life.
After the full twenty minute version of The Diamond Sea played through I took the opportunity to program the half the remaining overnight with selections I didn’t have time to include in my main five hour set. These are really just more like bonus tracks, or special features, or maybe an epilogue but I imagine more than a few of these may never air on commercial radio again after last night, so they bear remembering.
The Stone Roses • I Am The Resurrection [full album version, by request for Paul Driscoll]
Primitive Radio Gods • Standing Outside A Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hand
MC 900 Ft Jesus • The City Sleeps
The Catherine Wheel • Heal
The Smiths • How Soon Is Now?
They Might Be Giants • They Got Lost
The Undertones • Teenage Kicks
Radiohead • Street Spirit (Fade Out) [by request for Jason Steeves]
The Police • Synchronicity II
Bauhaus • Bela Lugosi’s Dead
The Cure • A Forest (Tree Mix)
Joy Division • Transmission
Mother Love Bone • Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns
Hallelujah The Hills • Hallelujah The Hills (Fight Song)
U2 • Bad (Live)
Arcade Fire • Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Sugar • Hoover Dam
Oingo Boingo • Dead Man’s Party
Smashing Pumpkins • Cherub Rock
The Postal Service • Such Great Heights [Ben Gibbard solo acoustic]
Concrete Blonde • Tomorrow Wendy
Galaxie 500 • Tugboat
The Smiths • Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Lou Reed • Perfect Day
LCD Soundsystem • Someone Great
Pixies • Wave Of Mutilation [At The BBC with John Peel]
The final song aired at roughly 2:45am before regular programming resumed with Blink 182’s “I Miss You”. I made it out of the studio just in time to hear the end of the music I programmed playing over the air late at night on a dark and empty suburban road.
It was a dream come true in every sense. Thank you for being part of it.