Thursday, September 15, 2011

Smokestack Lightnin' Celebrates 20 Years of Broadcasting Blues out of Orlando Florida

20 Years ago this month, Smokestack Lightnin’, a show dedicated to the musical genre known as “The Blues”,  debuted on WPRK, the radio voice of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. The initial show was 2 hours long and had a 6pm Sunday afternoon time slot. Most of the music for the early shows was vintage blues on 12” vinyl discs as the producers only had a very few CDs, and almost no “New” blues CDs. Many record companies were contacted and slowly the new blues CDs began to arrive in the mail.

The objective of Smokestack Lightnin’ was then, and continues to be a vehicle to introduce new blues recordings to our listening audience. The show shifted to WLOQ, the Orlando Market’s leading commercial Jazz station in 1994, and then shifted to WUCF (University of Central Florida) in 2002.

The show’s producers took the show to the internet in 1997, making Smokestack Lightnin’ a webcasting pioneer and began syndicating to radio stations and other webcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada just this past year. The show is currently 3 hours weekly and features as many a 25 brand new releases a week. The Top Ten Blues CDs are counted down weekly and the Top 25 Blues CDs are counted down at the end of each month.

Inquiries should be directed to Program Manager Tommy Thompson via mail at 200 Shell Point West, Maitland, FL 32751, via e-mail, or, or by phone at 407-644-0522.  

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Smokestack Lightnin’ on WUCF, 89.9FM, ,
Opening: Smokestack Lightnin’ by The Howlin’ Wolf
DJ: The Entire Smokestack Lightnin’ Team
Show #0916(SMOKE_091711)


Smokestack Lightnin’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, James Cotton/Mannish Boy/Hard Again/Blue Sky
Billie Holiday/Solitude/Lady Day Disc 7/Columbia
Memphis Slim & Canned Heat/Mr. Longfingers/ Heat/SunnySide
Ace Moreland/Murdered By Love/I’m A Jealous man/Kingsnake
Midnight Creepers/Another You/Breaking Point/Kingsnake
Allman Brothers Out/Eat A Peach/Island
Band/One Way
Saffire: The Uppidy Blues Women/Middle Aged Blues Boogie/DeLuxe Edition/Alligator
Cassandra Wilson/Death Letter/New Moon Daughter/Jazz Heritage
Stevie Ray Vaughan/Lenny/Texas Flood/Epic
Allman Brothers Band/Stormy Monday/Live at The Fillmore East/Polydor
Kim McFarland/Dream On/Sweet Emotions: Songs Of Aerosmith/Heavy Hip Mama
Buddy Guy/Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues/Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues/Silvertone
Johnny Winter/Life Is Hard/Let Me In/Pointblank
Tinsley Ellis/So Many Tears/Fanning The Flames/Alligator
Tab Benoit/Standing On The Bank/Standing On The Bank/Justice
Little Milton/I Can’t Quit You Baby/Chess Blues Guitar Disc 2/Chess
Gary Moore/Driftin’/Blues For Greeny/Virgin
Robert Cray/I Guess I Showed Her/Strong Persuader/Mercury
Bonnie Raitt & Sippie Wallace/Women Be Wise/The Bonnie Raitt Collection/Warner
Little Mike & The Tornados/Payday/Payday/Blind Pig
Ten Years After/I Woke Up This Mornin’/Sssssh/EMI
Aynsley Lister/Wherever I Am/Upside Down/Ruf
Buck69/Sometimes/When She Whispers Your Name/self
Terry Evans/ & Ry Cooder/Get Your Lies Straight/Blues For Thought/Pointblank
Bobby Marchan/There Is Something On Your Mind Parts 1 & 2/Fire & Fury Records Story/Capricorn
Bernard Allison/In The Open/Keepin’ The Blues Alive/Ruf

Debbie Davies/Percolatin’/Holdin’ Court

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