The Musical Transportation Spree (1991-2006) was heard on KFAI Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Hosts Chris Waterbury and Jerry (pictured) sought unique recordings by independent artists such as Plastic Eye Miracle, The Rudy Schwartz Project, Abcess Grenk and Usward. They surveyed home tapers & presented interviews on their show within a show, Now That’s Interesting. Studio guests included Dick Dammit; Ludwig Sears; Russ Stedman; Greg (Technological Retreat) Carr; The Rumble Pups; Chris “Sandman” Sand. Some weeks MTS alternated with the Little City in Space‘s Download Revue; Wind & Wire (original modern electric & acoustic music); Spinner Sanctum (with Julian West, Mitch Griffin).
MTS specials were devoted to musical artists (Bob Dylan; Sun Ra; Freddie “Schnickelfritz” Fisher) or themes (clowns; flying saucer songs). Chris & Jerry interviewed musician Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel). The Radio Mortuary, curated by Occam E. Razor, presented drama & theater of the mind.
MTS’ news-of-the-weird department, U.F.O. UPDATE focused on History & Observations. Links to Best Of compilations:
Vol. 1 Cash-Landrum; Charles Fort; Capt. Ruppelt; Klaatu Speaks!
Vol. 2 Abductions; Seances & Ouija Boards
Vol. 3 Real Men in Black
Vol. 4 Crop Circles; Big Foot & UFOs
Vol. 5 Alien Visitors
Vol. 6 The “Oz” Factor, Space Ships & Other Visions of Bugs Bunny, Mr. Ed, Jerry Garcia, Jesus, The Wheel of Fortune; Near Death- OOBEs
Vol. 7 The Missing Times / The Black Vault
Here’s a short audio teaser: a KFAI radio plug for U.F.O. Update by Jerry, with a guest, MUFON field investigator and hypnotherapist Craig Lang:
Techtel Mechtel (Roger Skulback, David Mager) turned KFAI broadcast studios inside out when they showed up in person with samplers, processors, effects boxes, malfunctioning CD player, while hosts Jerry & Chris added loops & fx. Chris & Jerry also collaborated with Bat Lenny on the Musical Transportation Spree radio show theme song. Listen to Techtel Mechtel on MTS 5-31-97
A who’s who of home tapers, too many to list here, answered Chris & Jerry’s How-To & Why quiz! Dig the Tapeworm underground’s best sound off with candid, kooky & informative responses. (2 hrs)
A veritable alphabet soup of stars of cassette culture & the electronic cottage. Lively exchanges of opinions from many independent sound makers!
Conclusion of Vol. 1: Hour Two