Free Pile Radio airs on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00, on WRFI Community Radio. It can be heard at 88.1 FM in Ithaca, 91.9 FM in Watkins Glen, or via internet on WRFI’s online stream. The Free Pile is my opportunity to check out new (well, new to me) artists, or delve into the catalogs of artists I already like, or experiment with new musical genres. There tends to be a good deal of classic country, 70’s folk, and an emphasis on women performers and songwriters throughout the ages.
The overall inspiration for my show comes from my love of free piles, those heaps of random ephemera which can be found alongside the road, often in or next to a cardboard box on which some generous and/or lazy soul has scrawled “FREE.” What ever could be in that pile? Nearly anything, in my experience! Books (more than I care to recall), the most comfortable shoes ever (hardly worn), a black and white striped weird shaped shirt I wore constantly for years, a hardwood captains chair that just needed some wood glue, homemade mix tapes a-plenty, a t-shirt with a sweet picture of Yoda on it, a gourmet enameled cast-iron enameled dutch oven, an awesome wood and class lamp which shines on me this very moment (that one I somehow got into my bike basket mere moments before the garbage truck’s arrival)… the list goes on and on. So much good stuff, and the best part (other than the price) is the thrill of pawing through a box of funny-smelling, dusty stuff to find it. I want my radio show to be the musical version of that experience.