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2001 Logged Playlists

Continuing from the 1999 and 2000 playlists.....

January 5th, 2001

Almost didn't make this show; I'd been really sick with a stomach virus all night before. Evan and Alex from Avulsion (frequent WREKage habitues) were in studio, but no Jim Raggi this week. Oh, well!

January 12th, 2001

No show -- at ChattaCon in Tennessee. Free beer all weekend -- not that I drink, of course, but it's fun to watch everyone else get silly....

January 19th, 2001

Slightly shortened set since I was kinda sick and worn out. Fun time in the studio with the usual culprits, e.g., the guys from Avulsion. :) (R) denotes a request.

January 26th, 2001

I broadcast for about an hour this week, from about 1 to 2am -- had all good calls and some requests (Evergrey, CoF). Jim Raggi did't come down, so no new Opeth, but as a consolation prize I played something off Still Life.

February 2, 2001

I had to go on a bit early and be out by about 1am since I was obligated to go in to work for two hours overtime (kinda fucked up, but oh well). Jim Raggi kindly brought by his copy of Opeth's Blackwater Park, which has now been delayed until mid-March. Ack! Tonight's segment ran from about 12:15 to 12:50 am:

February 9th, 2001

I'm typing this one in a few weeks later, so I don't remember who was in the studio or what went on. Midnight-1am timeframe again. Jim R. must have been there, though, since we played an Opeth track from his early copy.

February 16th, 2001

Since Jim had finally received his "true" copy of Blackwater Park, he kindly gave me his copy from the label (via Mikael Akerfeldt). This came into play a week later at Progpower; see below..... Jim's stamp is also apparent in this week's playlist. The announcement of Opeth's tour with Nevermore and (at the time) Children of Bodom triggered several good phone calls. :)

February 23rd, 2001

No show tonight -- I was in Chicago for the Progpower Festival. All the bands were at least very good -- you'd expect that from a progressive, talent-oriented show. Symphony X were great -- a much heavier show than you might have thought -- and Pain of Salvation were amazing; one of the best performances ever. I'd brought Opeth's Blackwater Park up with me and played it over the PA between two of the bands; people liked it, so...cool! My write-up is here.

March 2nd, 2001

Another midnight-1am show, since I went in to work at 1:30 for two hours. This was the show immediately following my trip to the Progpower Festival near Chicago, and I would have loved to play some of the bands I saw there. We did have a request for Evergrey, though, so one of them "snuck in." Jim R. was supposed to drop by with the new Dimmu Borgir promo, but he didn't. Wahhhh. :)

March 9th, 2001

Midnight-1am again. Once again, Jim was going to bring by the new Dimmu Borgir promo, but he was at a show...but so what, WREK finally got their copy. :) Steve played "Blessings Upon the Throne" during his set and I played a longer, more progressive one during mine...

March 16th, 2001

Shorter set from about 11:50 until 12:30 or so. Three local bands were at the station to promote an upcoming show and play their demos. Ground Xero's and Mainstream's demos could use better production.... :)

March 23rd, 2001

Sam, Jonathan, Steve and everyone were up at Ground Zero in Spartanburg for the Cryptopsy show, and there wasn't going to be a WREKage show at all. I figured I'd have the night off so I could go see Sepultura at the Masquerade.... But a guy named Luke at WREK offered to substitute for the show, and so I raced down there with CDs in hand, since Luke didn't know the show format at all. We -did- had access to the sacred WREKage locker of metal, so we were able to play many requests, plus I did my own set from about 11:50 until about 1:30 -- much longer than normal! It was great fun and we ended up playing some things that might never be heard on WREKage again. Also, we had many calls from people and quite a few requests, denoted below with an R. :) Other unusual things played during the show were Iron Savior (as Luke's first song -- it was eerie listening to it on the way down since it's something only I ever play), Type O Negative, Ozzy Osbourne, etc. As the last song of the night -- I skipped working overtime that night, under the circumstances -- I played Therion's cover of the classical piece "O Fortuna." :) We only got one call complaining about the sometimes-lighter fare, too (during Type O). I guess all the blastbeat crowd were up in SC. :)

March 30, 2001

No show -- the broadcast tower was being repainted.

April 6, 2001

Good show with local bands Hognutt and Beorscipe in the studio.

April 13, 2001

Here's the full WREKage playlist for this week, up through when I left and a song afterward. My playlist is in larger type. (And edited. :))

April 20, 2001

I got down to the station at around 11:30 only to discover that Jonathan was quitting at around midnight -- and that Sam had quit the show as of the previous week (!). So I only got to play two quick songs before the end of the show.

April 27, 2001

I was in Nashville for a friends' band's show (Godhead, opening for Static-X), so no show for me. We'll have to work out how we're going to do the show from now on, since Jonathan doesn't want to stay all night (and who can blame him?).

May 4, 2001

Got to WREK as soon as I could after hanging out with Blue Oyster Cult at Music Midtown (Eric Bloom of BOC has been a friend since about 1987), and watching the show from the stage (probably a solid 5,000 people watching, very cool). Last show before the Nevermore/Opeth/Angel "Lust"/God Forbid show on Sunday and we gave away tickets for it (lots of interest, including the guys in Avulsion), and also for the Static-X/Godhead show on Wednesday.

May 11, 2001

Sam filled in (apparently temporarily) for Jonathan, who was graduating on Saturday and had family in town. So I got to play a few songs, but I haven't been able to find the playlist. I played some Opeth and Nevermore, of course, to celebrate the show the preceding week. Opeth were terrific, Nevermore were okay with Warrel's voice somewhat messed up, Angel Dust were good, and God Forbid were better than I had been expecting. --And I gave Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth a few things that really made him happy...no, not drugs, unless you'd consider Ozric Tentacles CDs as drugs. Musical drugs? :)

May 18, 2001

A slightly-shortened set, since Jonathan stopped the show at 12:30am or so. I was last on, so I got to wrap up with something I hadn't played in a while, namely Nightwish. :) This is the entire WREKage playlist for the week, with my playlist in larger type. Friends in the studio included "Satanist" Sam, a Little 5 Points habitue who I hadn't seen in many years (!).

June 1st, 2001

A fairly quiet night since the death-metal band Marduk were playing that evening. A crowd gathered in the studio toward the end, though. Off-air at around midnight. I also announced the addition of WREKage bands Evergrey and Spiral Architect for Progpower USA 2.0 and played tracks from them.

June 8th, 2001

For this show I already had some requests from people who recognized me as a WREKage deejay at the Fear Factory show that week. We also had Sean from Necrolord and the guys in Lilitu drop by with new demos, and some more requests on the phone. (The Ocean Machine track met with solid approval from the in-studio guests. :)) We gave away tickets to next week's Morbid Angel show with local band DriWhater opening, and got about as many calls concerning DriWhater as Morbid Angel. :)

June 15th, 2001

No show -- Jonathan was at the Morbid Angel show that night...which drew about as many people for the local opener, Dri Whater, as it did Morbid Angel fans. :)

June 22nd, 2001

I was on from about 11:15 to 11:45 or so. Had a couple of requests, taken by "Satanist Sam" (a nice guy, really!) who was in the studio promoting an upcoming show.

June 29th, 2001

Jonathan was sick, but he'd notified Tim King, the host of Stonehenge (precedes WREKage on WREK) way early, so Tim stayed in the studio while Jim Raggi and I played stuff. Quite an interesting and long setlist. Tim let us broadcast for about two hours, which was cool indeed of him. :) All of this is stuff that Jim or I had brought; Jim brought a bunch of CDs he was selling, cheap. Some good calls asking what was being played, where CDs could be found, etc.

July 6th, 2001

No show for me -- car died on the way back from Tennessee that night.

July 13th, 2001

Back on the air this week, and a fun show it was. A bit longer due to Jonathan being on the phone much of the time. :)

July 20th, 2001

Jonathan was absent this week, but he'd called Tim King (host of WREK's prior show Stonehenge) in advance, and Tim called me, so off I went. Tim stayed at the station while I broadcast...for over four hours! This was actually the longest WREKage broadcast in many months. Hella fun, but hella tiring, and I had to "double up" a lot on requests since people were tuning in during the middle of the broadcast and asking for bands I had already played. :) As a transition from Stonehenge we started off with a battle between two covers of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," and went on from there.....

July 27th, 2001

Back to a regular schedule this week with Jonathan at the helm. Comparatively short set for me (compared to 4+ hours? haha) and we went off the air at midnight. Oddly enough, someone else came on a bit later and broadcast WREK's usual Weekend Cornucopia thing, and I don't envy that hapless deejay the confused phone calls he was probably getting from WREKage fans. :)

August 3rd, 2001

Jonathan's band Signs of Dying were playing their first-ever show tonight, so we made arrangements to have me take the show again -- but not for 4 hours like two weeks ago, especially since I was tired out from swimming in Tennessee the last two days! Originally we were supposed to have had the key to the metal WREKage locker, but that didn't work out, so once again it was just me and my CDs. Jim Raggi dropped in and co-hosted after 11. Cool show with several requests, mostly later on, including some for bands performing at Progpower USA 2.0, and also some good calls after songs ("hey, who WAS that? Where can I find it?"). Finished off with a ballad from Nightingale to send us all into dream-dream land....
I really wish I had more demos from local bands, since I got a few requests I couldn't play. Hint to local bands: there's a contact address for me below. :)

August 10th, 2001

No show -- Stonehenge was not on the air prior to WREKage, and after checking right around ten p.m. I figured there wouldn't be a show. At 11pm I checked and sure enough, there was WREKage, but by then it was too late to get down there by midnight. :)

August 17th, 2001

A more-usual set, about a half-hour beginning at 11:30 pm. Busy night at the studio with several bands stopping by. A bit like old times. :)

August 24th, 2001

Played some of these tracks with upcoming shows in mind, since Dimmu and Napalm Death are both slated to play October 10th as part of the Metallenium tour here, and Angel Dust are playing the Progpower USA Festival in November here. :)

August 31sth, 2001

No show -- I was at Dragon*Con with 20,000+ of my closest friends, and getting thanked from the stage in front of 2,000 people by two bands......goth bands?! Well, yea....

Sept. 7th, 2001

Short set tonight and an odd night -- the HVAC system in the entire building had failed and an emergency system had been installed with big plastic tubing leading in from a portable exterior air-conditioner, and there were two portable units located inside the studio. Looked like a scene from E.T.....

Sept. 14th, 2001

I was on from about 11:30-midnight. The central air-conditioner was still out so again, it was like E.T. First show after the terrorist attacks, and we resisted the urge to play "Fuck the Middle-East" by S.O.D. :)

Sept. 21st, 2001

This week I was on from about 11:30-12:15. Still no central A/C! We had some Dimmu Borgir and Opeth requests even before I started, although the Obituary and OM'sC requests were handled during my segment.

Sept. 28th, 2001

I was on a long time this week, from about 11:40 until after 1 a.m. Excellent show with a lot of good calls and some requests as well. Had some calls about tickets for the Progpower festival, which was cool, too! This is the entire WREKage playlist; my show is in the larger font.

Oct. 5th, 2001

Earlier and slightly shorter set for me this week; I was on from around 11:30 p.m. - 12:10 a.m. or so. My schedule at work is changing and I'll have to start a bit later at WREKage from now on (midnight at the earliest), and since this was my last night of "freedom" I wanted to check out my friends in Lips Down on Dixie and their live production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, so that's why I had to leave early. :) I had an almost-immediate call for Opeth and another for Children of Bodom. :)
Once again the full setlist -- up through my last track -- is shown.

Oct. 12th, 2001

No show -- there was no-one at the station. (A suspicious sort might think that Jonathan attended the Tool show that night, but I'm not that suspicious. :))

Oct. 19th, 2001

Since I'm now getting out of work at 11:30 I can't get down to the studio before midnight. Jonathan had stuff to do early Saturday morning, so he had to cut the show short at 12:10 or so. Here's his playlist, emailed to me afterward:

Oct. 26th, 2001

I was able to leave work a bit early since I'm prepping to teach a class there, so I was on at around 11:40 p.m. until about 12:20 a.m. when we shut down. Someone had called in and requested Opeth before I got there, and Jonathan played it begrudgingly. :) Here is the entire WREKage playlist, with my choices in larger type at the end:

Nov. 2nd, 2001

This would be my last broadcast before Progpower, so I played several of the bands who are playing it, some by request, and I gave away a pair of Gold Badges (two-day passes, this is like a $110 value). The phone response was swift, immediate and overwhelming! Some otherwise-good requests too, including what's swiftly becoming the weekly Opeth request ritual. :) Wasn't on for too long which was fine with me, since I was fighting off a cold. This is the entire show playlist, from beginning to end, with my plays in the larger font.

Nov. 9th, 2001

No show for me this week, since I was at Progpower USA 2.0. Here's Jonathan's playlist as emailed to me, afterward:

Nov. 16th, 2001

First show for me after Progpower USA 2.0, which was a great success! Oddly quiet night on the phones, with just a few requests all night. Here's the entire playlist with my plays in larger type:

Nov. 23rd, 2001

No show -- I was in Charlotte, NC for Godhead/Gravity Kills/Pigface. Click here for pics and a travel journal. :)

Nov. 30th, 2001

Jonathan was out of town, but had prearranged with "BiD," another WREK deejay, to have him there....supposedly with the key to the mmmetal WREKage locker. Well, there was no key, although he was able to fish a few CDs out of the locker (including, of all things, a Hammerfall CD), but luckily I'd gotten off work a bit early and high-tailed it down to the station with my usual CDs. An unusual, but generally well-received playlist ensued. The first few selections are ones that BiD played from the station's CDs. Lou from Beorscipe and Sean from Necrolord dropped by to promote upcoming shows. They're both cool guys.

Dec. 7th, 2001

I'd gotten an email from Jonathan during the day on Friday advising that there'd be no show that night, or the following week. (I didn't find out til later, but he was getting married on Saturday (!))
I'd already loaded my CDs into my car the previous night, though, and was too lazy to take them out before work. This would prove to be a Good Thing.
I got out out of work at 11:30 as usual and tuned to 91.1. What to my wondering ears should appear but.....metal! And is that my roommate Tim Hurd's voice I hear on the air? I called the studio. "Yea, get down here, we're on for tonight!" Turns out that another WREK deejay named Mack had "stood-in" for Tim King's Stonehenge show before WREKage, and he stuck around afterward and allowed me and Tim to broadcast. It was like old times, and we didn't quit until after 3am, making this the latest WREKage foray into metal in nearly a year! Tim broadcast stuff until about 12:45, and I took over until the end. Also in-studio were "Jesus" (an old show-host) and the guys in Ground Xero. After the show Mack joined us at Denny's for a VERY late dinner. ...and then I took over........

Dec. 14th, 2001

No show this week, as no-one was available to take the shift. Tim King stayed an extra half-hour or so after his show ended at ten; Alex and Evan from Avulsion were there and played some stuff until about 10:30.

Dec. 21st, 2001

This ended up being the last show before Christmas, and we had it double-covered: Jonathan arrived and started the show a bit late, but meanwhile I had gone and gotten BiD as a backup so we were all down at the studio, including my roommate Tim Hurd, who's been helping out with WREKage since 1990! (!) Jonathan wanted to leave at around midnight, but BiD stayed a bit late and we went off-air at 1am. Thanks again, BiD! (Then we all went to Waffle House :)) This was also the first week we could play anything in tribute to Death's Chuck Schuldiner, who had passed away earlier in the month.

Dec. 28th, 2001

I got down to the station as soon as I could after work, and was on from about 11:50 to 12:15. This is the entire WREKage playlist, with my spins at the end in normal type.

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