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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour

The Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour was a weekly radio show that ran two years (1/5/09 to 1/3/11) on WVYA 89.7FM in Williamsport, PA. It was hosted by recording artist, producer and singer-songwriter Johnny J. Blair. He said, "The focus of the Radio Hour was on music created locally or that has a local connection. Most of the music aired reflected goings-on in Williamsport and surrounding areas, with an emphasis on Americana, hip-hop, jazz, pop/rock, psychedelia, punk, world music, and any visionary music that fits, from tango to techno. There was also a mix of humor, spoken word artists, and 'theatre of the mind'.

"One subtext of the program was the 'Six Degrees of Separation' philosophy. No one is really a total stranger. Everyone is separated from someone else by only six degrees. For example, I booked a guest that provided a connection between Williamsport, John Coltrane, and Sponge Bob by only five degrees!"

The WVYA studio is located in downtown Williamsport inside the Community Arts Center, which sits near a bus stop. "Hence the name of the show," said Blair. "You never know who might get off the bus."

During the two year run, guests included a range of regional music acts as well as world-renowned artists such as Beyondo (Imogen Heap, Sinead O'Connor), Mike Garson (David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins) and ex-Monkee Davy Jones. Non-musical guests included Mayor Gabriel Campana, editor-journalist Richard James, and author Joseph Smith III.

Blair www.johnnyjblair.com is currently performing and recording his own music projects, but hopes these links will be visited as a tribute to Williamsport arts and entertainment history.

Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 1/3/11 The Final Show

5 years 5 weeks ago

1/3/11 The Final Show, with Special Guest: Key of V http://www.facebook.com/pages/Key-of-V/438005400257. It is fitting that the Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour ended by having Key of V as the guests, as their music received the most airplay and recognition during the two year run of the show. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 12/27/10 The Last Live Broadcast

5 years 6 weeks ago

12/27/10 The Last Live Broadcast: The last live on-air show featured "a best of 2010" set with songs by Samantha Crain, Alejandro Escovedo, Gil Scott-Heron, Bettye LaVette (covering "It Don't Come Easy"), Mavis Staples, and Brian Wilson, plus a grab bag of favorites by Arms of Kismet, Sam Bowen, Denny Brown, Roderick Falconer ("Mr. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 12/13/10 Special Guest Fred Holland

5 years 8 weeks ago

12/13/10 Special Guest: Fred Holland. Besides being a Williamsport-based attorney, Fred Holland loves music. He is along-time member of the Williamsport Chamber Choir&Orchestra, and he has given his voice and his time to many local arts and entertainment projects. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 12/6/10 Special Guest Deezle Church

5 years 9 weeks ago

12/6/10 Special Guest: Deezle Church. Based in Harrisburg, Deezle Church http://deezlechurch.com/home.html is touring the country and has shared the stage with Bret Michaels and other notables. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 11/29/10 Special Guest Royal Benson

5 years 10 weeks ago

11/29/10 Special Guest: Royal Benson. Based around State College and the Susquehanna Valley, Royal Benson http://www.royalbensonmusic.com/ is performing a lot in the area and are promoting an acclaimed recording, (LONG) DRIVE. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 11/22/10 Special Guest Scott Schell

5 years 11 weeks ago

11/22/10 Special Guest: Scott Schell. Based in Williamsport, Scott specializes in children's music and folk songs. Also on the playlist: Alejandro Escovedo, Funkey Monkeys, Ju-Taun, The Melodians, Royal Benson,&The Short Fuses.

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 11/15/10 Special Guest: Christopher Faustmann

5 years 12 weeks ago

11/15/10 Special Guest: Christopher Faustmann. Based in Hughesville and transplanted from New Jersey, Christopher revisits his background in fusion jazz, discussing gear and telling "war stories" about working with Bruce Springsteen, Dave Leibman, and other music legends. Also on the playlist: Fred, In Musth, Andreas Kapsalis&Goran Ivanovic, and the K23 Orchestra.

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 11/8/10 Special Guest: Rick Coulter

5 years 13 weeks ago

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 11/1/10 Special Guest Rhyne McCormick

5 years 14 weeks ago

11/1/10 Special Guest: Rhyne McCormick more»

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Billtown Bus Stop podcast - 10/4/10 Special Guest: Jeremy DePrisco

5 years 18 weeks ago

10/4/10 Special Guest: Jeremy DePrisco more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour - 9/27/2010 Guest: John JT Thompson

5 years 19 weeks ago

9/27/10 Special Guest: John "JT" Thompson more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Show - 9/6/10 Special Guest: Warhall

5 years 22 weeks ago

9/6/10 Special Guest: Warhall
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Warhall/374055752640. Andrew "Warhall" Cohick is the featured performer. Known as more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour - 8/16/10 Focus on the Absorb Festival (Part One)

5 years 25 weeks ago

8/16/10 Focus on the Absorb Festival (Part One) w/special guests Caleb Banas&Val LaCerra: Now in its third year, The Absorb Festival http://www.facebook.com/pages/Absorb-Music-Festival/110966722257198 has become a focal point for regional music and arts. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour - 8/9/10 Special Guest Earl Pickens

5 years 26 weeks ago

8/9/10 Special Guest Earl Pickens http://www.earlpickens.com: Based in Lewisburg, Earl is an Americana singer-songwriter and recording artist making music laden with humor and pathos. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour - 8/2/2010 Special Guest Justin Lutz

5 years 27 weeks ago

8/2/10 Special Guest Justin Lutz http://myspace.com/missanalysis: As one of Williamsport's most prolific musicians, Justin is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who performs and records with many acts, notably Antique Babies. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour - 7/26/10 Special Guest Chris Pick

5 years 28 weeks ago

7/26/10 Special Guest Chris Pick  http://www.myspace.com/pickmusic: Chris plays cuts more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour - 7/19/10 Special Guest Rob Steele

5 years 29 weeks ago

7/19/10 Special Guest Rob Steele, Executive Director of the Community Arts Center
http://www.caclive.com more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour - 7/12/10 Special Guest Ed Randazzo and Bret Alexander

5 years 30 weeks ago

7/12/10 Special Guests Ed Randazzo and Bret Alexander
http://www.myspace.com/edwardrandazzomusic more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour - 7/5/10 Special Guest Michael Miller

5 years 31 weeks ago

7/5/10 Special Guest Michael Miller http://www.michaelmillercrusade.com: On the road to promote his new CD, I MADE YOU UP, Miller emerged from the legendary Exit Records stable in the fruitful plains of Sacramento CA. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 6/21/10 Shattered Beneath the Shade

5 years 33 weeks ago

6/21/10 Shattered Beneath the Shade: New music by Williamsport/York-based alt-metal band Shattered Beneath the Shade http://myspace/shatteredbts.com. This show features guitarist-singer-songwriter Caleb Banas. more»

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