WPKN Playlist 9/27/12: The return edition of Franorama 2.0

One thing I hadn’t done since coming home was check in at my old radio haunt, WPKN. It didn’t make much sense to get involved yet if I was job-hunting, and I have a goodly sized nibble on a job out if state at the moment.

Funny how these things happen. A week ago Friday, I went to an art opening at City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport. There, I ran into Steve Di Costanzo, who, since last time I was home a couple Christmases ago, has become PKN’s general manager. We got into a long talk, and he asked me if I wanted to come on and take part in a two-day soul/funk fundraiser coming up at the station. I was always good at doing pledge periods, even if they can be like pulling teeth without anesthesia sometimes.

So there I was at the microphone Thursday morning, 10 a.m. to noon — plus an extra half-hour thrown in by Steve at the last minute, doing my first edition of Franorama 2.0 in nearly 21 months. (My last show was a fill-in that happened to be on the 20th anniversary of my first show at the station, and I made it my radio coming-out show.) And as an added bonus, my old pledge pitch partner, Rod Richardson, came in to help.

It was the kickoff of the station’s two-day “Family Affair,” a very short fundraiser for the moment. And while most of my music is in storage, I do have two full-sized car CD cases full of musical toys, as well as the laptop, and I decided to do a show skewed mostly to Northern soul and other rarities.

And it was great. We pulled in over $500 in pledges in the two and a half hours, and once I posted on Facebook that I was on the air, friends came flocking from all over the world — France, London, Lubbock (twice over!), Portland, Ore., south Jersey, Connecticut (of course), and especially Fresno — a shock since it was only 7 a.m. there when I started.

I missed being behind the mic. Once I get settled, I hope I can do more — if not at PKN (and I’m sure I’ll be doing more fill-ins), then wherever I land. Anyway, here’s what you almost missed. Let’s do it again:


I’m Gonna Love You — Edward Hamilton & the Arabians

Grazing in the Grass — Friends of Distinction

Here Are the Pieces of My Broken Heart — Gladys Knight & the Pips

My Sugar Baby — Connie Clarke)

Baby Hit and Run — The Contours

Baby Come Back — The Equals


You’re Ready Now — Frankie Valli

Love and War — Lee Rogers

Seven Days Is Too Long — Chuck Wood

Baby a Go-Go — Barbara McNair

Respect — Otis Redding


Just Dropped in (to See What Condition My Condition Is In) — Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

I Got the Power — The Masqueraders

Out in the Streets Again — Candy & the Kisses

Our Love Is in the Pocket — J.J. Barnes

Lil’ Ole Man (Everything’s Alright) — Bill Cosby

Backstreet — Edwin Starr


Straighten Up — Yvonne Fair

Hey Ya — Booker T. w/the Drive-By Truckers

Hey Ya — OutKast

Right Now and Not Later — The Shangri-Las

Look What I Almost Missed — The Parliaments

That’s What You Do to Me — Deon Jackson

Secret Love — Billy Stewart


Just Can’t Live My Life — Linda Jones

Come Go With Me — Gloria Jones

Psychotic Reaction — Brenton Wood

Can’t Get Next to You — Al Green

Twilight Zone — The Astors

The Horse — Cliff Nobles & Company


King of the Horse — The Delights Orchestra


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