2020 was a year of change.

Good and bad, public and private, political and personal, 2020 forced us to reevaluate how and why we do everyday things.

Radio has been no exception. Without a studio or traditional equipment, our tech and programming directors had to get creative, quickly adopting new technologies to make sure our DJs could get back on the air as soon as possible. And while we’re making it work, a lot of things are not as they used to be. We no longer have access to our immense collection of CDs and vinyl, which we started before the 1960s. We can no longer host bands, hold interviews, or invite guest DJs for in-studio performances. Most of all, we don’t have that distinct, chaotic, punk-show-bathroom-meets-tacky-grandma environment to inspire our on-air babble. We’ll be back there someday, but the end is not quite in sight.

But ultimately, change is built into our station. We’ve come a long way from that small AM transmitter in H. Grant Theis’s dorm room, ca. 1940. We jumped on the FM train in 1955, over a decade before it became mainstream. WPRB’s hip-hop shows brought us underground rap back in the 80s, even before MTV’s Yo! graced our TV sets. WPRB sees the change, opens the door, and tells it to come right on in.

While the changes brought on by COVID were not all pleasant or welcome, we’re finding ways to make the best of it. We’ve brought back live broadcasts, nearly round-the-clock programming, and special (remote) guests, whenever possible. We’re even building a virtual community in our interactive online playlists, where hosts and listeners alike share memories, memes, and cooking tips.

To celebrate all of the change we’ve undergone in our 80 years of broadcasting and all the change we will undergo in years to come, this year’s membership drive will feature an 8-episode series of audio collages featuring interviews, promos, airchecks, and more from each decade of WPRB. To those who haven’t yet pledged to donate monthly, we earnestly ask that you make this commitment. And as a thank you for supporting us through all our evolutions, you’ll receive a sick WPRB phrog shirt! COVID has severely limited our ability to send out swag, so only monthly donors will receive shirts this year. To those who’ve pledged before, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us keep going—monthly donations are invaluable to our survival—and we’d appreciate any additional one-time or recurring gifts you can make. As an existing donor, you will automatically receive this year’s shirt. High-pledging members will receive all of the audio on a custom USB!

Our Spring 2021 Membership Drive will be

Thursday, April 8th through Saturday, April 17th.

Unfortunately, to keep our DJs safe, phone-in donations will not be an option in 2021. You can make your tax-deductible pledge between the above dates by visiting our secure, encrypted pledge site, pledge.wprb.com, or filling out and mailing the form on the back of this letter. Rest assured, WPRB never shares your personal information. Thank you for helping us do what we love for the communities we love. Catch you on the airwaves!

Radio Love,

Iris Ushizima 

Development Director, WPRB 103.3FM

Playlist for The World’s Fare with Pangeo, September 3rd, 2020

Aired 7-10AM


Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra –   Argentina national anthem – The Complete National Anthems of the World

Kiki Valera – Mi Son – Vivencias en Clave Cubana

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Vusi Mahlasela – Intombi – Shebeen Queen

Shu-Bi-Dua – Konen Med Aeggene – Shu-Bi-Dua 18

Shri – Trains – Untouchable Outcaste Beats, Vol. 1

Kali Mutsa – Cancion de Amor Colla – Souvenance

Tahaninte – Solane – Rough Guide to Mali Blues

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*Das Das – Ich Bin Leer – Das Das

Fairuz – Maaritfi Feek – Maaritfi Feek

Alex Cuba – Dividido (w/Silvana Estrada) – Sublime

Kokoko! – Love – Fongola

Ando Drom – Sza Tele Zsav – Phari Mamo

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Kitka – Mze Shina Da Mze Gareta – Evening Star


*Céu – Nada Irreal – APKA!

Cheb Mami – Viens Habibi – Dellali

Ruins – L’Homme Tete du Chou – Great Jewish Music: Serge Gainsbourg

Gaji – Eleven Maladies – Land of the Rising Noise, Vol. 2

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La Misa Negra – Pistola – single

Dumama + Kechou – Leaving Prison – Buffering juju

Ateshkhan Yuseinov – Nine Camels – Strange Suite

Golem – Chervona Ruta – Citizen Boris

Thiago Nassif – Vóz Única Foto Sem Calçinha – Mente

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Soul Brothers – Idlozi – Rough Guide to the Soul Brothers

Morente and Lagartija Nick – Aleluya – Omena

RiAa – Watch U Baby – Yozosooknyo 

Chico Trujillo – Linda Secretaria – Gran Pecador

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Bones & Tones – Dance for Suwoo – Bones & Tones


*Telepathic Band – Lore Levels – Telepathic Mysteries Vol. 1

Masma Dream World – Becoming the Magician – Play at Night

Westmoreland – The Sparrow – Cast Fire

Jeremy Cunningham – The Breaks – The Weather Up There

Trini Lopez – Celitio Lindo – The Best of …

numün – First Steps – Voyage au Soleil

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Ismail Haron and the Guys – Bersedia – Steam Kodok: A-Go-Go Ultrararities From The 60’s Singapore and S. E. Asia Underground

*Winter – Wherever You Are – Endless Space (Between You & I)

Jaga Jazzist – Spiral Era – Pyramid

Genevieve Artadi – Feels Tru – Dizzy Strange Summer

Dopolarians – Guilty Happy – Clandestine 2019 Highlights

Playlist for Learn How to Knit with David Borts, September 2nd, 2020

Aired 11PM-1AM

Arcana – Infinity – As Bright as a Thousand Suns

bel canto – A shoulder to the Wheel – Birds of Passage

In The Nursery – Miracle Road – Exhibit

Love Spirals Downwards – City Moon – Flux

Hrvatski – Paint It Black – Swarm & Dither

Meg Lee Chin, Martin Atkins – Swallowing You – Dr. Speedlove Presents: Chemical Warfare (Mix Mix Boom Boom)


Tony Price – Interview – Interview / Discount

Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Colombier – Psychastenie (Miles’ drum edit)

Pigface – Closer To Heaven – Easy Listening

Primal Scream – Slip Inside This House – Screamadelica

Primal Scream – Higher than the Sun: A Dub Symphony in Two Parts – Screamadelica


The Orb – Ital Orb (Too Blessed to Be Stressed Mix) – Abolition of the Royal Familia

Sheep On Drugs, Bagman – Strange Days – Dr. Speedlove Presents: Chemical Warfare (Mix Mix Boom Boom)

Controlled Bleeding – Trang & I – High Priests of Electronic Dub

Pigface – Kiss King (Saint James Mix) – Below the Belt


Pigface – Radio Bagpipe (Martin Vs 909 Fight To The Death Mix) – Clubhead

Martin Atkins & The Chicago Industrial League – The Spirit of Christmas – An Industrial Christmas Carol

Pigface – Empathy (Front Muted) – Feels Like Heaven… Sounds Like Shit!


DJ Donna Summer – Chicken Dance – Monster of Cock Rock Disco

Playlist for Powerclashing with DJ Pethie, September 2nd, 2020

Aired 8-11PM

Les Rita Mitsouko – Marcia Baila – s/t

Harry Nilsson – Together – Aerial Ballet

Slits – Difficult Fun – Return of the Giant Slits

LWW/Luke Wyland – POR(EDT) – POR(EDT)

The Sound – I Can’t Escape Myself – Jeopardy

The Liminanas – Je ne suis pas tres drogue – s/t

(Bed Music: Kelpe – Intermission)

Sister Sledge – Do the Funky Do – Together

Antena – Sissexa – Camino Del Sol

Giant Swan – The Plaque – Whities 016

Chris&Cosey – Driving Blind – Songs of Love & Lust

Bryan Ferry – Carrickfergus – The Bride Stripped Bare

Amon Tobin – Saboteur – Supermodified

Novalis – Dronsz – Soul Jazz: Deutsche Electronische Musik

Cluster – Heisse Lippen – Zuckerzeit

Yusef Lateef – Purple Flower – Eastern Sounds

*Turning Jewels into Water – Flower in Flames – Our Reflection Adorned…

Brigitte Bardot – Un jour comme un autre – BB 64

Brigitte Fontaine – Ah Que la vie est belle – Ah Que la vie est belle

Brigitte Fontaine – L’ete l’ete – Comme a la radio

Don Cherry/Ed Blackwell – Makondi – El Corazon

Patrick Cowley – 5oz of Funk – Muscle Up

Julia Holter – Gold Dust Woman – single

Stargard – Disco Rufus – s/t

Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou – Sembe Sembe Boudou – The Bariba Sound

Lifetones – Good Side – For a Reason

Maximum Joy – Simmer til Done – single

Angel Olsen – (We Are All Mirrors) – Whole New Mess

Riechmann 0 Himmelblau – Wunderbar

Eno Moebius Roedelius – The Belldog – After the Heat

Harald Grosskopf – So weit,so gut – Synthesist

Liars – Cred Woes – TFCF

Battles – Ambulance – Juice B Crypts

RAKTA – Fim do Mundo – Falha Comum

itchy-O – Gallow’s Disco – From the Overflowing

Robert Wyatt – Sea Song – Rock Bottom

Brainticket – Places of Light – Cottonwoodhill

Minnie Riperton – Lew Fleurs – Come to my garden

Underworld – Jumbo – Beaucoup Fish

Playlist for Free4All with Number 6, August 31st, 2020

Aired 11PM-2AM

Nazz-Wildwood Blues-S/T

*Eli Winter-Dark Light-Unbecoming

*George Shaw-Phone Home-Encounters

Dan Ar Braz-Borders Of Salt-Borders Of Salt

David Van Tieghem-InAGaddaDaVida-Single


David & David-Welcome To The Boomtown-Boomtown

Jade Warrior-Wind Borne-Elements: The Island Anthology

Mazzy Star-Into Dust-So Tonight That I Might See

The Sundays-Wild Horses-Blind

Wolf Larsen-If I Be Wrong-Quiet At The Kitchen Door


Fever Ray-Keep The Streets Empty For Me-S/T


*Frank Potenza-Freddie’s Dead-Sand Dance

*Mumia-Massacre Da Serra Electrica 2-S/T

Judge Dread-Big Six-The Beast Of

Judge Dread-Big Seven-The Beast Of


Martin Roth-An Analog Guy In A Digital World-Chilltronica No. 6

DJ Lava-The Lord Is With Us (Original Mix)-Single

Yakuro-Constellation Of Tatyana-Single


Hans Zimmer-Now We Are Free (Magdelayna Remix)-Single

Sascha Funke-Mango-Mango

Worakis-Coeur De La Nuit-Single


Dreaming Cooper-The Water Element-Mysterious Places

Neuroq-Exrernal Intention-Single

Bright Eyes-First Day Of My Life-I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning


Labor Day, September 7th, 2020

it wouldn’t be labor day without laborers listening to laborwave

on wprb.


Playlist for Dan Buskirk, August 31st, 2020

Aired 12-3PM

Dee Dee Bridgewater – People Make the World Go Round – Afro Blue 

David Lord – Blue Morpho – Forest Standards Vol. 2 

Jeff Parker – The Relative – The Relatives 

Desertion Trio w/ Jamie Saft – Fascination Fadeaway – Midtown Tilt 

Mary Halvorson – Torturer’s Reverse Delight – Reverse Blue 

Oneness of JuJu – Soul Love Now – Space Jungle Luv 

Byard Lancaster – Drummers from Ibadan – My Pure Joy 

Okyerema Asante – Follow Me – Drum Message

Experience Unlimited – People – Free Yourself 

Eric Revis – Earl and the Three-Fifths Compromise – Slipknots Through the Looking Glass 

Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Studies – Dreams and Desperate Measures – Waiting Game 

Tomeka Reid Quartet – Ballad – Old/New 

Stanley Cowell – Travelin’ Man – Musa: Ancestral Streams 

Sara Serpa and Ran Blake – Short Life of Barbara Monk – Camera Obscura 

McCoy Tyner – Mode for Dulcimer – Focal Point 

The Art Ensemble of Chicago – Oasis at Dusk – We Are on the Edge 

Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Boogie Woogie String Along For Real – Boogie Woogie String Along For Real 

Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette – Neither Whether or When – The Ambiguity Manifesto

David Sanborn – Jesus – Another Hand 

Vladislav Delay Meets Sly & Robbie – (516) – 500 Push-up 

Spun Out – Another House – Touch the Sound 

Eleventh Dream Day – For Martha – Zeros and Ones 

Jefferson Airplane – In Time – Crown of Creation

Sufjan Stevens – America – 12” single 

Tuxedomoon – In a Manner of Speaking – Holy War 

Sneaks – You’ve Got a Lot of Issues – Happy Birthday 

The Cure – Screw – Head On the Door 

Henriette Coulouvrat – Can’t You Take a Joke? Ha Ha Hi Hi – Musik Music Musique (1980 | The Dawn Of Synth Pop 

Ren Harvieu – Teenage Mascara Revel in the Drama 

The Rationals – Guitar Army – s/t 

Eddie Fisher & The Next One Hundred Years – Either Or – s/t 

Playlist for The Musical Box with Bill Rosenblatt, August 31st, 2020

Aired 10AM-12NOON

Frank Zappa – The Grand Wazoo – The Grand Wazoo

Aynsley Dunbar – Chunga’s Revenge – Mutiny 

Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation – Warning – Warning

Black Sabbath – The Wizard – Black Sabbath

Uriah Heep – The Wizard – Demons and Wizards

Flash – Lifetime – Flash in the Can

Yes – Something’s Coming – Yes (2003 Remaster)

The Nice – America – Elegy

The Look – Tonight – (single)

Tom Waits – Somewhere – Blue Valentine

Dave Brubeck Quartet – Somewhere – Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein

Dave Brubeck Quartet / New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein – Dialog for Jazz Combo and Orchestra: I. Allegro – Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein

Jim Hall / Gunther Schuller – Piece for Guitar and Strings – John Lewis Presents Jazz Abstractions

Miles Davis – Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio – Sketches of Spain  

Philadelphia Orchestra / Eugene Ormandy / John Williams – Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio – Great Performances series

Jerry Gonzalez – Nefertiti – Ya Yo Me Cure

Playlist for Max’s Relaxers with Max, August 31st, 2020

Aired 7-10AM

Frédéric Chopin – Anatol Ugorski – Polonaise in G Minor, Op. posth.

Frédéric Chopin – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli – Mazurka No. 51 in F Minor, Op. 68 No. 4: Andantino

Antonín Dvořák – Ladislav Kyselak – String Quintet in A Minor, Op. 1: I. Adagio – Allegro Ma Non Troppo

Antonín Dvořák – Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern & Pietari Inkinen – Armida, Op. 115, B. 206: Overture

Edvard Grieg – Claudio Colombo – 3 Piano Pieces, EG 102: III. Allegro assai

Edvard Grieg – Audun Iversen, Bard Bratlie, The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir & Grete Pedersen – 4 Psalms, Op. 74: No. 4. I Himmelen (In Heaven Above)

Isaac Albéniz – Miguel Baselga – Marcha Militar

Isaac Albéniz – Alicia de Larrocha – Azulejos

Richard Wagner – Pier Paolo Vincenzi – Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major, WWV 21, Op. 1: I. Allegro con brio

Richard Wagner – Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera & Christian Thielemann -Parsifal: Prelude

Hector Berlioz – Jeff Cohen & Elsa Dreisig – Le Dépit de la bergère, H. 7

Hector Berlioz – Louis Frémaux & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra -Les Troyens, Op. 29, H. 133, Act 1: No. 11, Marche troyenne

Claude Debussy – Bertrand Chamayou, Edgar Moreau & Renaud Capuçon – Piano Trio in G Major, L. 3: III. Andante espressivo

Claude Debussy – Janine Jansen & Itamar Golan – Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Piano, L. 140: 3. Finale (Très animé)

Erik Satie – Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Allegro

Erik Satie – Jerome Kaltenbach & Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy – Relache, Act I: Cinema

Sergei Prokofiev – Natalia Trull – Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 1

Sergei Prokofiev – Lukas Geniušas – Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 38/135: III. Un poco allegretto

Igor Stravinsky – Oxana Shevchenko – Scherzo in G Minor

Igor Stravinsky – Christian Elsner, Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble, Rudolf Rosen & South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra – Canticum sacrum ad honorem Sancti Marci nominis: Ad Tres Virtutes Hortationes: Caritas 

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra & Mariss Jansons – Scherzo in D Minor

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Sir Simon Rattle & Berlin Philharmonic – Symphonic Dances Op. 45: Lento assai – Allegro vivace – Lento assai. Come prima – Allegro vivace

George Frideric Handel – Roberto Loreggian – Suite in C Major, HWV 443: I. Praeludium

George Frideric Handel – Simone Kermes, Amici Veneziani & Boris Begelman – The Triumph of Time and Truth, HWV 71, Part III: Guardian Angels

Franz Joseph Haydn – Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Choir & Hans Gillesberger – Missa Brevis No. 7 In B Major St. Joannis De Deo – Kyrie

Franz Joseph Haydn – Quatuor mosaiques – String Quartet No. 68 in D Minor, Hob. III:83, Op. 103: I. Andante grazioso

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Frank Ericson – The Robin’s Nest

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Patrice Michaels Bedi & Larry Combs – 3 Vocalises

Jean Sibelius – Vattendropper (Water Drops), JS 216

Jean Sibelius – Kathrin ten Hagen, Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen & Johannes Klumpp – Suite for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 117, JS 185: II. Evening in Spring

Playlist for Better Days with Austin Hounsel, August 30th, 2020

Aired 11PM-1AM

Pressure Drop Presents Noble Savages – Theme From the Outcaste – Untouchable Outcaste Beats 1

Bill Laswell – Devil Syndrome – Dub Chamber 3

Massive Attack – Weather Storm – Protection


Terrestrial Tones – The Sailor – Dead Drunk

Eric Copeland – Auto Dimmer – Alien in a Garbage Dump

James Ferraro – Angels in the Night – On Air

Deakin – Good House – Transverse Temporal Gyrus

Bladee – Magic is Strong – n/a


Boris – Feedbacker 2 – Feedbacker

Grouper – I’m Clean Now – Paradise Valley


Audio Active – Burning of the Midnight Lamp – Tokyo Space Cowboys

African Head Charge – Hole in the Roof – My Life in a Hole in the Ground

Creation Rebel – Dub From Creation – Dub From Creation

Judy Nylon & Crucial – Live in a Lift – Pal Judy


Forest Management – Until Midnight – The Elevated Quiet

Alessandro Cortini – Nonfare – Avanti

Rafael Anton Irisarri – Blue Tomorrows – The North Bend

Neina – Clairvoyance – Clicks + Cuts


Sweet Trip – Your World is Eternally Complete – You Will Never Know Why

Atlas Sound – Spring Break – Another Bedroom

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