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Left to right: Helen Leicht, John Belushi and Ed Sciaky

Holiday Radio Past: Ed Sciaky sends holiday on WIOQ cheer circa 1984 [link]

Philly rocker Tommy Conwell performs acoustic for The Key Studio Sessions [link]

Digging the deep roots of St. James and the Apostles, who play The Fire tonight [link]

Need a soundtrack to your Thanksgiving dinner table? Try our Spotify playlist [link]

Central Pennsylvania’s music scene mourns the loss of its biggest advocate, Jersey Mike [link]

Watch rare video of Patti Smith on the Mike Douglas Show when it was based in Philly [link]

Is that Denison Witmer playing a spandex-clad workout instructor? [link]

Pissed Jeans rage on with a new track, “Bathroom Laughter” [link]

Ring in the holidays with XPN2‘s Jingle Jams, now through New Year’s! [link]

Yeasayer discovered light, and color. And took it on tour. [link]


Listen to Ed Sciaky’s Q102 WIOQ Sunday Night Alternative Christmas from December 23, 1984

Left to right: Helen Leicht, John Belushi and Ed Sciaky

As we get ready for this year’s countdown to Christmas with tomorrow’s launch of XPN2’s Jingle Jams 24-7 holiday music stream, and of course Robert Drake’s 19th Annual 19th Annual Night Before (non-stop 24 hours of holiday music magic), we stumbled across this incredible recording of the legendary Ed Sciaky’s air shift when he was on Q102 in Philly. In addition to working at WMMR for many years, Ed – may he rest in peace – worked at Q102 in the Eighties where he used to host the Sunday Night Alternative. Below, listen to his Sunday Night Alternative Christmas special from December 23rd, 1984. Be sure to listen to special holiday greetings from David Dye (who was a DJ on the station at the time along with Helen Leicht) at the end of the show. Special thanks to WXPN “boardie” Obee for tipping us off to the aircheck. It’s a special slice of Philly radio history. Continue reading →