Mo Radio

I have a weekly radio show Wednesdays from 8-9 AM at 103.3 FM,
Valley Free Radio in which I have local people come in to chat about art and stuff. Downloads are below.

It is simply a casual, adlibby, anecdotal and freewheeling conversation.

You can ‘right-click’ and save the mp3 to your hard drive and then listen any way you choose. If you simply click on the link it might let you listen from the blog, or it might spin spinningly for what will feel like forever so I suggest right-clicking and saving to avoid annoyancy. And motion sickness.


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I had a most enjoyable chat with Sheryl Stoodley and Jessica Litwak of Serious Play! Ensemble, and that hour flew by all too quickly! I love when that happens because it means it was a great listen, and then I can have them back on for another chat. :-) From the sounds of it, they are doing fabulously creative splendiferences and I fully intend to see one of these plays soon!


The Snake and the Falcon
Sunday & Monday, November 7 & 8

at A.P.E. Window Gallery
126 Main Street, Northampton

at 7:30 pm

Friday & Saturday, November 12 & 13
at Dynamite Space, Thornes Marketplace
150 Main Street, Northampton

at 8:00 pm

Wider Than the Sky
Sunday & Monday, November 21 & 22

at A.P.E. Window Gallery

126 Main Street, Northampton

at 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 4 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 5, at 7:30 pm

at Dynamite Space, Thornes Marketplace
150 Main Street, Northampton

Post-play discussions following Friday,
Saturday, & Sunday readings, led by
Len Berkman, John Hellweg, Kermit
Dunkelberg, Robin Doty


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JELLIFICATION POSTCARDClick here to visit the website for Parsons Hall, where John Calhoun is part of the current exhibit JELLIFICATION, with an opening reception Saturday evening, October 23 from 6-10PM.

John Calhoun, artist and art professor at Holyoke community College, Springfield College, and Rhode Island School of Design, joins me by the pond out behind my apartment for a pre-recorded chat about his piece — Diagnostic Yellow Wallpaper; 5000 Elvis Impressions Can’t be Wrong — which is part of the current JELLIFICATION exhibit at Parsons Hall, at the corner of Race and Dwight Streets in Holyoke. Join the opening reception Saturday. October 23, from 6-10 pm.

For the second part of the show, Chris Blair and I chat about his work at the current group show at Gallery 380R, at 380R Dwight Street in Holyoke, which opens with a reception the same evening.


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Sky Halm and Chris Blair joined em for a chat about their benefit at the elevens, and then Rebbecca Migdal and Andy Laties stepped in for a discussion about


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Well, we tried. Karen Randall stepped up to help with VFR Fundraising and as it turned out, fellow DJ Jay magic was in the studio and so he joined us as well. i haven’t listened to this one back yet but i am told i hilariously could not get his name straight. I do recall sending him out for coffee and pastries for us all to the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence and when I suggested the place, he erroneously said they were now underwriters, or, insinuated as much. So I spent the rest of the show plugging Cup and Top Cafe and doing my duty to support this new underwriter, only to be told later that this erroneous information was in fact erroneous.  Oh well. I’d say the Cup and Top owes me a coffee.  ;-)


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Cynthia Sayer and Woody Allen

Cynthia Sayer, regarded as one of the top 4-string banjoists in the world today, will perform “Banjo Spectacular,” a dynamic concert of acoustic swing, hot jazz and more, at Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 7:00PM.

A vibrant entertainer, Sayer will be accompanied by top string bassist Mike Weatherly from New York City, and joined by several guest banjo players in this concert, a benefit for the Wistariahurst Museum, with a suggested donation of $15, or $10 for students and seniors. For more information about the event call (413) 322-5660 or visit
A member of Woody Allen’s jazz band for over 10 years, Cynthia Sayer’s solo career has taken her well beyond these New Orleans roots to become an acclaimed bandleader and guest artist. She has a unique and expansive approach to the instrument which is all her own. Her eclectic repertoire ranges from swing to tango, western, classical, and more. Cynthia tours internationally, and has worked with a variety of leading artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Les Paul, Marian McPartland, Dick Hyman, Warren Vaché, and many others.
Cynthia has accumulated numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including induction into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. She is also a subject of a PBS television documentary about the banjo to be aired in 2011. Cynthia’s most recent release, “Attractions,” which includes legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, received two 2009 award nominations.

For more information about Cynthia Sayer visit her website:


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Bill Myers (pictured, in whipped cream) and I discussed the ZONE 30TH REUNION SHOW at Canal Building in Holyoke this weekend. More information is here. Bill is the drummer for Art Kritics, who will be playing as part of the REUNION SHOW. Bill is a very amenable and patient radio co-host.  ;-)


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Mark Brown and Susan Boss artMark Brown and Susan Boss were my guests and we chatted about the upcoming Art Studio Tour in Easthampton as well as their famous work and other assorted ephemera and oooh-la-la.


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Diane Porcella and Bob Cilman joined me to discuss the upcoming annual TRANSPERFORMANCE and assorted related La-di-da!

Transperformance is the 20th annual fundraising event jointly presented by the Northampton Arts Council and the PTOs of the four Northampton elementary schools, J.F.K. Middle School and Northampton High School. Proceeds benefit arts enrichment programs in the schools and the ArtsEZ spring grant program of the Northampton Arts Council.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 4:00PM-9:30PM, Gates open at 3:00pm. Location: Look Park, Florence, MA (Rain date: Wednesday, September 1, 2010. If rain is predicted for both days, find us on Tuesday, August 31 at the Northampton High School).

This year’s theme is BODY PARTS. Local bands will cover well-known musicial groups whose names make up body parts, for example, R.E.M., Talking Heads, Heart, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, to name just a few. Many of the area’s finest musical performers donate time to create this memorable event that will have our community rocking.

Tickets: Adults – $8 in advance ($10 at the door); Seniors – $5; Kids under 12 – $3

No refunds/No exchanges.

Advance ticket sales–purchase here. Or in person in Northampton at State Street Fruit Store and in Florence at Cooper’s Corner.

Look Park charges a $5 special events vehicle entry fee for all vehicles without season passes.

No pets, no coolers, no beverages, please per request of Look Park



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Elizabeth Macduffie will be my co-host on Mo Radio tomorrow morning from 8-9 AM, at WXOJ, 103.3 FM — streaming at

We will chat about her publication Meat for Tea, as well as her upcoming Cirque de The event on September 10 · 9:00pm – 11:00pm, at The Elevens, Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA

The Yerba Mate issue of the magazine will be released while you’re entertained by performances from Friends of Yours, Severe Severe, and Planetoid. Also, Meaty is proud to announce the Happy Hour Burlesque Troupe performing and a lively crew of readers and artists. $7 at the door for a night you cannot miss.

More info can be found on the MySpace blog of Meaty Gonzales.

August 4, 2010
Rylan Morsbach and Jeannine Haas of SCARAMOUCHE JONES

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Rylan Morsbach in Scaramouch Jones, August 10, 2010, at Three Sisters Sanctuary, Goshen, MA

Rylan Morsbach in Scaramouch Jones, August 10, 2010, at Three Sisters Sanctuary, Goshen, MA

Rylan Morsbach in Scaramouch Jones, August 10, 2010, at Three Sisters Sanctuary, Goshen, MA

Rylan Morsbach in Scaramouch Jones, August 10, 2010, at Three Sisters Sanctuary, Goshen, MA

Rylan Morsbach in Scaramouch Jones, August 10, 2010, at Three Sisters Sanctuary, Goshen, MA

Rylan Morsbach in Scaramouch Jones, August 10, 2010, at Three Sisters Sanctuary, Goshen, MA

This is a partial recording because of technical snafus. Le sigh. We had the most fabulous and scintillating chat about the production Scaramouche Jones, In which Rylan Morsbach stars and Jeanine Haas is Director and producer. Sadly, My flash card turned up empty after dutifully following all the correct steps to record the show but thankfully, Tommy Twilite of Twilite’s Poetry Pub — who has a show in the slot after mine and who sweetly showed up mid-way through the show and joined us — had recorded the second half as he had set his desktop at home to record his own show and had pushed ‘record’ before he left his home to come to the station.

Being the great sport that he is, Tommy sat in with us and joined the chat! Intrigued, Tommy and his beautiful wife got tickets to the following weekend’s performance and was so blown away by the performance that he was unable to speak. I also managed to get to the show again that night and was on my feet immediately after the commencement of this amazing performance, standing ovationing and yelling! These are two immensely talented people, Jeanine and Rylan, and the show was like none other! I peer-pressured, wheedled and cajoled, and basically talked several friends into going, all of whom were duly mesmerized. ;-)


June 17, 2009

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Mira Bartók from Mira’s List, a Grant and Residency Blog for People in the Arts
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Author/artist Mira Bartók is the creator of Mira’s List, is a free blog for artists, writers, composers and others in the arts. Mira’s List publishes up-to-date information, resources and deadlines for grants, fellowships and artists’ residencies around the world, as well as useful articles on grant-writing and other pertinent topics.
Mira Bartók’s writing has appeared in many literary journals, including the Bellingham Review, Kenyon Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Fourth Genre, among others. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and sited as a notable mention in The Best American Essays series. She has work forthcoming in the anthology, Dirt: Writers on the Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House, published by Seal Press and has just finished an illustrated memoir entitled, The Memory Palace. Mira has also published over twenty-five books for children on world cultures. As a visual artist, Mira has been exhibiting her work since the 1980s at museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad.

She is a spokesperson for A Room of Her Own Foundation (, which offers a $50,000 grant to women writers, and an educational consultant for Transcultural Exchange (, a non-profit organization that promotes international peace and understanding through public art exhibitions and collaborations world-wide. You can find her at


June 10, 2009

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Artist, Curator, and all-around Artrepreneur Terry Rooney joined me for a discussion of the Pioneer Women show at the Tabla Rasa Gallery in Brooklyn which she recently curated, as well as the Shedding Light Project, by artist Erika Zeko.

Images of Terry Rooney’s work:

Magic Happens (Small)

Magic Happens (Small)


May 20, 2009

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Steve Kallaugher, founder of Young Heroes, came in to chat about his charitable organization in Swaziland and an upcoming June 12, 2009 benefit at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton, MA from 7 to midnight, to raise money toward AIDs treatment and education for orphans in Swaziland.
This will be one of 100 parties across the US for this organization. Artists who would like to donate artwork for the benefit auctions should click here. Anyone willing to host a fundraising party can click here.
This party will feature the music of Tony Vacca, food peculiar to Africa including Pap [wiki], Piri Piri Chicken [recipe], and something with spinach and peanuts that begins with U.

For more info email Steve at steve[at]

April 22, 2009

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My guest was Jess Dugan and we chatted about An evening of TRANS Art and Activism.


April 8, 2009

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DIRT: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House

DIRT: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House

Author/Editor Mindy Lewis skyped in this morning to (delightfully) chat with me (much to my delight) about dirt, and stuff in general, and her book:

DIRT: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House
SEAL PRESS, Spring 2009

Mindy Lewis, Editor

“This thought-provoking collection of personal essays offers a multidimensional look at the universal challenge of keeping our stuff, our dwellings, and our personal space clean and uncluttered. How we feel about keeping house speaks volumes about our roots, relationships, and our outlook on life.”

Books by Mindy Lewis

(Atria Books 2002, Washington Square Press 2003)

“A moving, poignant and enraging, yet redemptive, account of one woman’s refusal to accept victimization, powerfully told in vivid, poetic prose.” —Publisher’s Weekly”Complex, chilling, luminous, not one false step.”
— Kirkus Review (starred review)ELLE “Must-Read”2003 Book of the year, American Journal of Nursing


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April 1, 2009

Larry Slezak was on today chatting about his 35 years as Director of Arts at STCC and as curator of the Amy H. Carberry Gallery. Additionally we chatted about Larry’s reception Friday, April 4, 2009 at the Carberry Gallery at STCC which is called See for Yourself, A Retrospectacle.

Gallery link –

Larry Slezak - See for Yourself - A Retrospectacle

Larry Slezak - See for Yourself - A Retrospectacle


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Jedediah Berry Web shot

Jedediah Berry Web shot

Jedediah Berry, author of The Manual of Detection was my guest this morning and we had an amusing chat about his book, writing, publishing, and which came first; the umbrella or the rain?

From The Valley Advocate, “Northampton writer Jedediah Berry’s novel The Manual of Detection starts with the image of a man riding a bicycle while holding an umbrella. And Berry is astride a bicycle of sorts himself, jutting an umbrella into the aether—his novel’s gears crank along while you aren’t looking, and his umbrella drips images, drops clues. The Manual of Detection is a mystery, but not merely a mystery.”
Read the entire article here –

Comment on the show from Alyssa Dee Krauss: “You are such a pleasure to listen to! i so rarely get up early enough to do so… Brain candy.

“That day” is always a let down. How on earth can reality exceed our fantasies? Unless you are a Buddhist who is perpetually in the present moment, how could we not be humbled by the terrestrial landing of our celestial imaginations?

I love the idea of the same story as told from different space/time moments always changing. (Quantum Mechanic’s Uncertainty Principle as art; like the play “Copenhagen”)… Read More

Re: Red Lining – Makes a “pink” slip seem weirdly related and tame, no?”


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Aaron Vega

Aaron Vega

Aaron Vega joined me for a scintillating radio chat. We took a music break with Pills for Sara by Winterpills. We talked about C.R.U.S.H. (Citizens for the Revitalization and Urban Success of Holyoke), which y’all are welcome to join at and

debravegaAaron and his wife are the people behind Vega Yoga at Open Square in Holyoke. Aaron is a great conversationalist. I tried to talk Aaron into running for mayor because Mayor Vega sounds so fabulous. Not so sure I convinced him. “push the envelope watch it bend”


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Random Phases

Random Phases

Andy Sewell is a man of astounding brilliance and insight. As always, we had no planned topics and as the conversation meandered, I was amazed by Andy’s unique perception of things in general. Just today I ran into another VFR programmer at Whole Foods who said, “Andy is so amazingly brilliant. I would like to follow him around for a few weeks and learn from him.”

Andy has a show at VFR called Radio HodgePodge. Listen in Mondays from 9-10 am. “RadioHodgePodge is a weekly hour long radio show that features short documentaries, interviews and creative audio pieces strung together through a theme. Visit

Andy Sewell is an audio documentarian, based in Northampton, Massachusetts. His work explores the human experience through intimate stories. He has exhibited his work as audio installation, radio programs and private projects.

I don’t have a picture of Andy so I offer this random picture instead because it’s what came up when I googled ‘random images’.


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Chris Blair, an artist and neighbor in my building as well as Noisician, was a hilarious guest, AGAIN! This was part II of the show below.

Things we talked about during the show in addition to noise:

The band Chris recently joined, Belltone Suicide

Google Earth/Maps catches man drunk on his lawn

Disposable sunglasses tape on a roll with perforations

Navy giving away stealth ship and dock


February 25 2009

Kings (Detail) by Chris Blair, acrylic and collage on arches paper 2007

Painting by Chris Blair

Chris Blair, an artist and neighbor in my building as well as Noisician, was a hilarious guest.

We had not purpose or plan and nary a topic discussed, which is my m.o. for my show, and our chat naturally progressed from music to noise to celebrity, sound effects and the beautiful sounds (to me) of an MRI.

We played clips of his noise pieces and those of his friend Jeff Foley, which are below.

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Noise file #1 from the show-MP3–>Noise by Einsturzende Neubauten, titled “Negativ Nein” from the album Kollaps 1981

Noise file #2 from the show-MP3–>Jeff Foley, aka Veggie Bean Dip, titled, “Rachel”, from the album Girlz Jdrive 2005

Noise file #3 from the show-MP3–>Chris Blair (guest) aka Abortus Fever, the track is Emetic, from the cassette album Zygoma 2009


January 14 2009

John Bidwell, of Bidwell ID, joins me for a conversation about his current painting exhibit, for which there is a free and open to the public reception this Saturday, January 17, 2009 at The Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, and we listen to music from Amadou et Mariam, of Mali and talk about the world’s tallest bridge, deep wells, the peace corps, and so on.



December 10 2008

Tony Shannon co-hosting, and Spencer Kimball and Michael Kelleher star as the fabulous and brace call-in guests from

MP3–>Click and ‘save as’ to your computer to listen.


November 26 2008

Jesse Molina brought her guitar and played a few songs live amidst the banter.



November 19, 2008
Me and D.O. and Mr Lif.


In the apartment below me were very nice people and one of them was Mr. Lif. Somewhere I have a picture of him petting Jamoka at a party in the tiki bar. Mr. Lif had huge dreadlocks as if he’d scooped a very few huge chunks of hair into what added up to 5 dreadlocks. And I could hear him playing his whatever night after night although I could really only hear the bass. It was monotonous but pleasant, being only the bass that filtered through the ceiling; it actually lulled me to sleep. His mom made me this coconut bread that was crazy good.” …more…

My co-pilot was D.O. of The Enviro Show. We talked about the play that this banner goes to:

Banner by D.O. of The Enviro Show

Banner by D.O. of The Enviro Show

about which he says, “OK, so here’s the deal w/the primitive Bread & Puppetesque banner. It was the backdrop and all-around general come-one-come-all-to-the-

sideshow inducer for a street theater skit i put together back in the ’90s (remember the ’90s? The Clintons? The Macarena?). It was Called “Your Own Worst Enemy” and involved a giant cancer cell (with two theater-types secreted inside) spewing out sprawl, represented by gray and black cardboard buildings with zero character; block after block of them endlessly excreted out from the back of the cancer cell onto an unrolling “asphalt” highway as it oozed across the ground knocking over “trees”.  As the cell performed its gruesome function, a greek chorus to the side in green shrouds chanted “duh-velopment…..duh-velopment…”, and a developer or municipal engineer-type guy in a suite w/a clipboard made sure all the boring buildings were properly placed (and up to code).

We performed the skit at an Amherst Earth Day celebration, at a New England Greens conference up on Woolman Hill in Deerfield, and if memory serves me right, somewhere else (ok, so memory didn’t serve me right). Sadly, no photographic evidence of the piece exists that i know of.  Only this funky dingy banner i painted on an old canvas cover. The rest of the parts are crushed underneath the caved-in roof of a ’58 Rolla-Home trailer. I guess the show will not go on.
Checkout The Enviro Show on WXOJ-LP, 103.3fm
Northampton, MA, Tuesdays, 6pm


November 12, 2008
Me and Jim Neill again, on the english manglage, panhandling, stray cats, and gay marriage.



November 5, 2008
Pauline Leilani Badamo, UMASS student, employee at Wunderarts, artist, joins me for a chat about a lot of randoms.



October 29, 2008
Gineen Cooper makes a second appearance for a discussion about art and stuff.



October 22, 2008
Nona Hatay joins me for a discussion about being an extra on the Mel Ginson film as an “Authentic Hippie”.



October 8, 2008
Gineen Lee Cooper joins me for a discussion about art and such and open studios.



October 1, 2008
Bruce Fowler joined me for a discussion of the First Annual Open Studio event in Holyoke.


September 24, 2008

Tony Shannon of Parapolitics joined me for pledge drive week at VFR. So we pitched and we got some pledges.



September 17, 2008


Brit Hammer called in live from Rotterdam to talk about her recent book, “Mosaic: finding your own voice” in which she features the work of 3 internationally known mosaic artists (including me) and includes images of dozens of other artists from around the world.

Finding your own voice, by Brit Hammer

MOSAIC: Finding your own voice, by Brit Hammer


September 10, 2008


Bryant White, Shays Rebellion

Bryant White, Shays Rebellion

Bryant called in from Pennsylvania to talk about his current show about Shay’s Rebellion at the Carberry Gallery at STCC.

“Who was Luke Day of West Springfield, and what did he look like? What existed on State Street two centuries ago? Should Henry McCullough have been hanged? Was Daniel Shays misguided and dishonored, leading a “disordered and impoverished mob,” according to a speaker in 1898, or was he a hero who stood up for the people of the new country, and a part of an effort that led to the Constitution we still live by, today?”


August 27, 2008


This recording annoyingly got clipped. But half of it is here. I read from Louise Nevelson’s book, Dawns and Dusks, and played songs from Lucinda Williams’ Essence.

Luoise Nevelson, House of Splendor

Luoise Nevelson, House of Splendor


August 20, 2008


I did this show alone as my guest canceled. It happens. It has been my experience that trying to get people at the last minute is not a good thing. So I go solo and blather on randomly.


Wonderwall – Ryan Adams

Forgive to Forget – Michelle Shocked

Something More Beside You – Cowboy Junkies

Break Me Gently – Doves

From the Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me, soundtrack:

I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello

Espionage – Green Day

From Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 18: Bottoms Up:

Hot Toddy – Julie London

Oh, Honey – Gloria Wood

Forgive to Forget – Michelle Shocked


Beast with 2 Backs

Beast with 2 Backs

August 13, 2008

Today’s guests were Tess and Temple of Beast with 2 Backs.

From their myspace about their gig tonight:


August, 16 2008 at The Elevens (The Official GoodRiddance Show)
Not Available , Northampton, Massachusetts
Cost : Everything

This is it folks. We’re done after this show. Retirement. Defunctness. Last chance to see the Beast. 4-Eva



August 6, 2008


Today’s guests are (were) Jim Neill of Iron Horse Entertainment Group, who has been on before (MP3s below) and has a lots of blogs like this one, Henning Ohlenbusch of School for the Dead who hilariously wrote on his blog,

“Tuesday, August 05, 2008, Henning on the Radio Wednesday 8:00 AM – 103.3 FM

Henning says:

Short notice I know. Wednesday morning at 8:00 AM, I’ll be on the Mo Show on Valley Free Radio WXOJ 103.3 FM (Northampton, MA). I’ll be talking with Mo Ringey and co-guest Jim Neill about, well I really don’t know what about. You can listen online at if you’d like.

That’s 8:00 AM Eastern Time. That’s early, man. I’ve been gradually trying to get up earlier and going to bed earlier the last few days just so I can do this. It’s like training for the Olympics, except way harder.

So, tune in and see what it is that I’m talking about and see if I even can, in fact, talk at such an unheard of hour. Is the sun even up at 8:00 AM?”

That’s hilarious. School For the Dead is playing this Friday at The Elevens In Northampton. They were slated to play for our Valley Free Radio fundraising event but it is now postponed. I hope they will play the rescheduled one.


Nautilus II,Poetry and Art by Young Mothers Studying at The Care Center

Nautilus II,Poetry and Art by Young Mothers Studying at The Care Center

July 30, 2008

Tzivia Gover of the Holyoke Care Center was my guest. She teaches poetry at the Care Center in Holyoke and we played several clips of her students reading their poems and interviewing each other.

This book is available at the Odyssey Bookstore in Amherst and somewhere else that I forget.
Tzivia gave me a copy of this book and I keep reading and reading the poems. i will ask Tzivia if I can post some of them on my blog. They are pretty special.

Visitors are welcome at The Care Center as are donations and volunteers.

Tzivia’s Blog can be found at



July 23, 2008

Mr. Nick A, Contact Juggler

Not Mr. Nick A, This is a different Contact Juggler

My guest was Mr. Nick A, Contact Juggler.We had a lovely time and he was a nice guy and a great guest. I expected the spaceman in the picture because he sent me that link and I am so easily confused that I thought he was that guy. So when a non spaceman showed up, not wearing crazy sunglasses and not in a silver suit, I was surprised. life is often surprising when you are always confused.

Listen and learn all about contact jugging. Mr. Nick A will be doing his contact juggling far all to enjoy (for free) at 1st and 3rd Sundays at 2 PM on the Amherst Common. Go see him. He is also hosting a contact juggling event and if you are interested you can contact him at:


July 16, 2008


Me again, as my guest. This probably has to stop. I might be getting carried away. I listened to me back and I laughed at whoever that was impersonating me.

In the show I mention this–> and urge people to vote fairly, with fairly being for Smith College Museum of Art because Sandy Skoglund (my new best pal and co-collaborator) made the men’s room and this morning en route to the radio show my friend Mr. Sir gave me a signed Sandy Skoglund tile as a special gift. And it’s not even this month’s birthday!


Something about “The DJ of tomorrow will be a respected member of the community” from a mix CD that My friend Cindy made for me. Maybe she’ll tell me who it is and I’ll update this later.

“While we can’t change the world, we sure can change the way we live”, again, waiting for a cheat sheet and will update here.

“Bonnie et Clyde” in French. I am of French heritage. It’s relative.

Patato Valdez, “Yo tengo ritmo”, from The Legend of Cuban Percussion

“Be my boy, be my boy” – origin and link coming maybe?

Pablo Cruise, “Love will keep us together”, hahaha.

Eva Cassidy, “People get ready”, From Songbird. I sing exactly like her.

Eva Cassidy, “Blue Skies”, From Songbird. I still sing exactly like her. And that’s how I play piano.

Eva Cassidy, “Fields of Gold”, From Songbird. I think this should be played at my memorial service.

Me (as a Brownie) and Pablo Cruise.

Me (as a Brownie) and Pablo Cruise.


July 9, 2008

Me again, as my guest.


Kirsty MacColl, England 2, Columbia 0 In the song she pronounces it, “Ing-a-lend” which is adorable.

Glen Campbell, Such are the dreams of the everyday housewife

Bjork, It’s oh so quiet

Mindy Smith, Jolene, who I met in Nashville when I visited (as part of my mid-life crisis of randomly driving around the country visiting friends. That crisis rocked! It was my most spectacular crisis yet. The other crises are merely hilarious. ) My friend Diane Falcone. We were at a club and she introduced me to Mindy. On the same trip my dog Jamoka jumped on Stella Parton’s car window to say hi. She was not amused. Coincidentally Stella’s sister Dolly also, and possibly firstly, recorded Jolene. I have never met Jolene.

The White Stripes, Jolene This version is awesome. I saw him sing on one of those late night shows. Watching him sing it was amazing. Click the link to the Youtube version.

John Paul Young, Love is in the air (from the Strictly Ballroom soundtrack) Strictly ballroom is a really funny and sweet, heartwarming film. I love Australian films.

Charlene, I’ve never been to me (from the Priscilla, Queen of the Desert soundtrack) Possibly the cheesiest, most overwrought, song I have ever heard with such hilariously melodramatic lyrics. Art. I talked about when i worked at Joe’s cafe while a student at UMASS and when we got bored we’d have these contests and one day it was to decide the cheesiest song ever. I think Run, Joey, Run won. I don’t think we entered this one though. It might have earned a prize. So overwrought.

American Music Club, Goodbye to love, a cover of the same song by the Carpenters. I guess the theme was soundtracks and covers.

Johnny Cash, Personal Jesus, a cover of the same song by Depeche Mode.

Norman Blake, You are my sunshine from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack


Squaw Rock at SquantumJuly 2, 2008

Today’s guest was me. From listening back, I learned that I say the word “and” WAY too much. Next week I vow to never say “and”. No more AND.

Squantum pictures (the only ones I seem to be able to find):

Squaw Rock at Squantum

Glen Campbell, “Gentle on my mind”, Such bittersweet lyrics, such strumming. Glen was the man.

Maria Muldaur, “Midnight at the oasis”. I had an apartment in Squantum (pictured) that we dubbed the Moasis and we played this song at the impromptu naming and ceremony.

Grace Jones, “Walking in the rain”

Kirsty MacColl, “In These Shoes?”. 3 people called in about this song. The lyrics are hilarious.

My car’s favorite song: Barry White, “Love’s Theme”. Also my theme song for my one day airstream project.

Dandy Warhols, “Godless”, from the album, “Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia”. My “driving Route 70 across Kansas on September 11, 2002” song. I remember the date because the day before was my birthday and because as I drove under a bridge on RT 70 I saw a firetruck and 3 cars slowly waving american flags for the first anniversary of 911 and I started sobbing, and sobbed all the way past 3 hand-stenciled signs advertising a 5 legged giant prairie dog before I was able to stop. Or maybe it was a Llama. Anyway-this was the song playing as this scenario went down. It was an insanely bright sunshiney day of endless hours driving past wheat and soybean fields.

Ottmar Liebert, “Waiting 4 stars to fall”. Nouveau flamenco sangria music. Reminds me of the summer I studied in Spain. I bought espradrilles and wore them, tripping all over the cobblestoned streets.

Joan Armatrading, “Show some emotion”

I saw Joan Armatrading in the 80s when I was at UMASS. We used to steal bread from the dining common and feed the ducks. But the swans were vicious and ran after us and the ducks so we made special peanut butter sandwiches to distract the swans for a bit so we could actually get the bread to the ducks. Joan Armatrading always makes me think of this.

Patti Page, “I Don’t Care If the Sun Don’t Shine” (I get my lovin’ in the evening time…) , From the soundtrack to my favorite movie, “Priscilla, queen of the desert”. In my car I can sing this song almost half as well as Patti Page.


Mo Ringey holy stapled palm

I did the show with a stapled hand. I borrowed a staplegun from a neighbor because mine was too hard to use.

But on mine the staples come out of the end at the top of the handle. So I steadied this new one against my palm and pushed the handle and stapled my palm. The worst part was removing the staples. but i had done that before when I removed the staples from my knee after the surgery for having my titanium rod removed.

I felt brave for removing them myself.


June 18, 2008

Today’s guest was Greg Saulmon of Mass Publishing (which I could not seem to get straight. I didn’t get much sleep last night because my neighbor was driving a truck into his walls till pretty late. (seriously)) and The Local Buzz. Greg was a great guest. Things discussed: Animal Sacrifices, Blogging, Blog Stats, Selling Ads, My Blog, My Self-Indulgent Blog, Mosquitoes, Porn Northampton; both Mo and No, Holyoke, and how the Mayor of Holyoke is like our (local artists’) dad according to my logic, English majoring, Publishing and furthermore. Oh yeah—if you have any listings please send them to news[at] Or if you would like to be part of the podcast same deal, news[at]

And bat houses, ad infinitum. It was a fun show. I can’t remember things though. Listening back I have to say that right up till the last minute I could not get Mass Publishing straight. Two little words. sigh. In my defense I am on neuropathic meds for spinal degeneration and they mess with my memory. But never with my pretend batshit crazy world.

June 18, 2008 Greg Saulmon on Mo Radio/The Mo Show


June 11, 2008

Today’s guests were Fletcher Smith and Maggie Nowinski who were on to talk about this weekend’s upcoming open studios at The Paragon Arts and Industry Building at 150 Pleasant Street in Easthampton.

On Friday, June 13th, from 12-6, and Saturday June 14th, from 12-8 and will be open in conjunction with ArtWalk Easthampton. Many studios will be open, including Tibet Collections, Fletcher Smith of New City Art, Maggie Nowinski, Victor Hoyt, Marie Tefts of Blue Stone Studio, and more.



Silas Kopf Book Cover - A Marquetry Odyssey by Silas Kopf June 4, 2008

Silas Kopf joined me this morning and was a fabulous guest! The hour flew by.

Silas has a book en route on a boat from Singapore (pictured) and he was a great co-schemer. Look for helium sumo wrestling coming the valley soon.

“Demystifying marquetry and bringing it into the 21st century is welcome and timely. It’s wonderful that the person who is ‘best at it’ is open to sharing his uncommon vision.”

Wendell Castle, furniture artist

To read about his book and buy it and love it and put it on your coffee table and show it to guests and look at all the pretty pictures then click here. Here’s an idea—buy the book and then listen to the MP3 so you can follow along. yay. Right click and save the MP3.

MP3—> jun408_silaskopf


May 28, 2008

Then She Found Me

Elinor lipman, author of Then She Found Me was my guest this morning and we chatted about her book, the movie, adoption in general — including her research — and my recent search for and meeting of my own biological mother.

From the author’s website: Then She Found Me, based on my first novel by the same name, and starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth, and Matthew Broderick, will open April 25, 2008, in New York and Los Angeles, then wider (and wider again.) Variety called the filma smart, subtle and seriously funny dramedy bound to find favor with sophisticated auds….Pic often is extremely funny, but the comedy always remains rooted in sharply and warmly observed reality. (A nice touch: Most of the characters are Jewish, and their traditions clearly mean much to them.)”



May 21, 2008

Jim Neill and I chat about the Iron horse and play music from upcoming shows including The Submarines and Martha Wainwright as well as crazy riders banning anything lasagna-like and green room culture. See Jim’s Iron Horse blog, From the Horse’s Mouth, here.

MP3–> may21_jimneill


May 14, 2008

My guest was Matt Dineen who also has a show on Valley Free Radio called Passions and Survival which is Mondays from 9-10 am.

MP3–> may14mattdineen


May 7 2008

Painter Deborah Rubin and I discuss art, reception etiquette and etc.

MP3–> may708_debrubin


April 30, 2008

Jim Neill and I discuss things and play music from Jim’s collection. A lovely show and lovely music. Lovely.
MP3–> april3008_jimneill


April 16, 2008

Christie Svane and Jim Valby.

MP3–> april16_08_christiesvane_jimvalby


April 9, 2008

Maggie Nowinski and JC Gray were my guests. Here is an excerpt from their event announcement email. With pictures.

Hi – Please Join Us!
This is a site-specific, looped video installation being shown in conjunction with Easthampton’s Arts Walk.


Date: April 12, 2008 (rain date: 5/10)
Location: Old Town Hall (43 Main St.), Easthampton
Time: 7 – 9 PM (best time to arrive 8pm!)

Collaborative work by Maggie Nowinski & JC Gray
looped audio-video work — so arrive when you can

Steps are a portal to community, acceptance, futures and processes that affect identity. They provide a transitional space that marks time before and after an event occurs or a purpose is realized. A building’s structure effects and reflects the lives of communities who use it.
MP3–> april908_maggienowinski_jcgray

April 2, 2008

Derek Goodwin Photography

Derek Goodwin, a semi-frequent guest and local photographer, was co-host. We talked about art and local art happenings and radish-poppyseed tea sandwiches.

MP3–> April 2, 2008 Derek Goodwin


March 19, 2007

Gloria RussellThis morning my guest was the famous (7 times and counting – inside joke from the show) Gloria Russell, the revered art critic for The Republican, before they cut costs including her column.

Gloria’s name came up quite a bit recently, and inevitably, in press about the Cover Me exhibit because when we think about arts coverage, we miss Gloria’s column all the more. I got to town just in time to get attached to her column but not in time to get an article written by Gloria so I lost out.

When I was little I went through a phase in which all of my Barbies were named Gloria. I had the Barbie jet. Gloria was the pilot.

MP3–> Gloria Russell on Mo Radio


Ricky of The Artisan cafe in Holyoke, MA March 12, 2008

Today I kidnapped the famous Ricky Agudelo from The Artisan Cafe and locked him in my car and took him to Valley Free Radio.

Ricky is the best change on the landscape that I have had the pleasure of witnessing since moving to Holyoke. Now we have a cafe with fabulous food and people and Ricky! It used to be that weekends we were adrift without Ricky and his coffee and vegan chocolate cupcakes and sandwiches and salads but then Ricky opened on Saturdays from 9-2 and the clouds parted and the sun shined.

As an extra bonus Ricky’s partner Sarah works with him on Saturdays and as another extra added bonus, Sarah brings in their little peanut, Anna who is teeny and like not many months old (I forget exactly). So it’s all good now and fabulous and happy and we have this place to go AND Ricky shows art in his cafe so if you want to submit work for a show you can go to his website,, and click on contact us and submit your stuff.

Ricky holds art opening receptions the first Friday of every month so that means that April 4, 2008 from 5-7 PM there will be art and food and wine and every first Friday thereafter. It’s all good. Ricky also remembers everyone’s name. And has amazing amounts of energy. MP3–>Ricky of The Artisan Cafe in Holyoke. MP3 of radio show. yay!


March 5, 2008

Bill Dwight

Today my guest was the famous Bill Dwight of WHMP fame whose show can be heard weekdays from 9-10 am at 1400 AM. Bill had to leave at 8:40 to go to his radio show but just then Carl Russo of Twilite’s Poetry Pub walked in to get ready for his show which follows mine and I asked him to join me.

Shortly thereafter Tom Clark (a.k.a. Tommy Twilite) also walked in and was sucked into my trap. i have not yet had to do a show alone and don’t know if I could so I have been known to take people off the street or have friends call in to co-host my show.

MP3–> Bill Dwight MP3


February 27, 2008 my guest was John Marcy, Platinum Printer for 21st Editions.

John Marcy - 21st editions image

Back when I had a studio at the Arts & Industry Building in Florence (my favorite building to date) I used to wander into John’s studio and peek at whatever new Joel-Peter Witkin or Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison he was printing for whichever 21st Century limited edition book he was working on. I also got to hear many tales of attending SITE Santa Fe and going to parties with people like John Waters. I’ll try to get him to recount some of those tales on Wednesday. MP3–> John Marcy on Mo Radio


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

My Guest this morning was Dennis Caraher, singer/songwriter/person. I haven’t listened back to the show yet but I did get a phone call and an email from people telling me it was good. Maybe this is true. i have very nice friends and acquaitances so maybe I was really off and no one tells me? How like them; I love them for that! Shouting out love to you complimenters.

Dennis and I played music from his Radio Boy CD and other cds as well. I love the cover of the Radio Boy CD:


MP3–>Dennis Caraher on Mo Radio – January 23, 2008


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

My guest this morning was Mary Nelen, Food Critic for The Valley Advocate.

We mentioned her food blog during the show, and we also mentioned Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou , which I reviewed here. Other ramblings included the Sakonnet Winery, Hillman Farm’s award winning cheese and Joe’s cafe.
MP3–>Mo Radio, January 16, 2008 with guest Mary Nelen, food critic for the Valley Advocate.


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Jim Neill at IHEG
Here is a link to the January 2, 2008 show with my guest Jim Neill of Iron Horse Entertainment Group and Drive By Poets. MP3–> January 2, 2008 radio Show with Jim Neill


Wednesday, November 12, 2007

Art Kritics
This picture is hilarious because I don’t have a scanner so I took a picture of an old poster with my creaky old digital camera from 1987. My hand is shaky because of neurological inexplicability so it’s a pretty blurry image. November 12, 2007 interview with the fabulous Art Kritics. MP3–> November 12, 2007 – The Art Kritics interview


Wednesday, March 7, 2007

poster image

I had Jean Florio and John Larereo on from the Young at Heart Chorus and they were delightful and hilarious guests. Diane Porcella of the YaH staff accompanied them and she was also delightful. Watch the, “I Will Fix You” video on YouTube. You’ll thank me. I still cry every time. MP3–> Young at Heart Chrous and Diana Porcella on Mo Radio. March 7, 2007


Wednesday, February 19, 2007

Beast with 2 Backs image, lifted from their myspace page.

Beast with 2 Backs, A local duo who make great music and are really nice people (which, in my book, makes their music all the better) and who regularly play in China (to which they should bring me along someday as a personal assistant). MP3–> Beast with 2 Backs radio show February 19, 2007 MP3


Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Guests on Mo Radio, May 9, 2007
This show was funny because my guest got lost and then went home to call and get directions and by then it was well into the show. My friend Billy bailed me out via phone and my friend Cassandra jumped in her car and came in to also bail me out.
MP3–> Mo Radio, May 9, 2007.

The Show MP3–>

12 Responses to “Mo Radio”

  1. hi monkey

  2. […] Tune In To Poetry Jump to Comments This morning I made an appearance on “The  Mo Show” on Valley Free Radio. I was there to talk about … what else? Poetry, of course. Rather than write about it (especially because I’m a little sleepy now, having gotten up at some ungodly hour to arrive at the recording studio on time), I’ll invite you to listen. […]

  3. Hi Mo:

    This is Steve C. from VFR. I’m glad I can now stream VFR shows a la my internet connection.
    Haven’t seen you around in a while. Your webcite is totally impressive. I have no clue how to do any of that stuff. Heard the “Young at Heart” interview. Great IMO. I’m glad you’re still doing shows at VFR. Since Bob and Matt left seems like
    others have stepped up but not as friendly as used to be. Oh well I wish I could do that web stuff. I hope this does not indicate what time it is. Ok thanks. See ya, Steve C.

  4. the girl with the gold matchbox car Says:

    Reading your website is like looking at very fine jewelry in a very fine (read: expensive) jewelry store — gems resting on black velvet with perfect lighting. I usually find white text on a black background distracting, but not here. I think it’s the contrast of dates in orange and some text in grey and the black text block resting on the larger grey desktop.

    Anyway, I’m looking for a podcast from a show you did on 9/27/06 (with Susan Mikula), but can’t find it on VFR or here. Would it be possible for you to send it to me or direct me to where I can find it?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.


  5. […] An interview with Mindy is here. […]

  6. Check out our upcoming initiative here in Hamp called “Art for the Orphans,” the largest of “100 Parties for the Orphans.” A live set by Tony Vacca…African music…an art lottery and auction…and more, all to help AIDS orphans. Perhaps this would be worthy of mentioning on your show?

  7. I could not have used better words . This is a matter that is that I often think about and I thought you covered it impeccably. I only just started writing a blog too but I’m not extremelycompetent at it yet. Would like to read more of your blog and I’ll definitely come back again!

  8. […] to discuss the upcoming (and now, historical) ZONE 30TH REUNION SHOW. The link to the podcast is here and you can save or listen to it there. Scroll down to the now-ubiquitous picture of Bill in […]

  9. Hoss miskevich Says:

    where can i get the Mo radio show “theme” song from the Pa band Zipperstitch

  10. Mo,

    I was the guy trying to call in today on the call-in line. Sorry about that. I thought it was the office line, and the only one that 411 gave.

    If you want more of your banjo questions answered, you need to talk to the Banjo Lady, Diana Sanabria. She’s been teaching for years, and used to be a fixture downtown playing. She knows some of the stuff that your guest today did not, I believe. And she’ll crack you up.

    Check out


  11. Bill,

    That would have been exactly the number to call had we been able to get the guest live! So it’s ok — when I heard someone trying to get through I would have announced the other number to call but we could not much get to say much as the call-in guest could not hear us. It was a wonky day in the studio. Thanks for listening!


  12. thanks for sharring.. //My name is program-MaDaK

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