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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

3 years 14 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

3 years 15 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

3 years 17 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

3 years 18 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

3 years 19 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

3 years 20 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

3 years 21 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

3 years 22 weeks ago

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

3 years 23 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

3 years 27 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

3 years 28 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

3 years 31 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)

3 years 34 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

3 years 35 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

3 years 36 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

3 years 37 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

3 years 38 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

3 years 39 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

3 years 40 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

3 years 42 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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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour - 5/31/10 Featuring The Bobby McCreary Big Band

3 years 44 weeks ago

05/31/10 Featuring The Bobby McCreary Big Band http://bobbymccrearybigband.org/: A rare interview with local jazz veteran, Bobby McCreary. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour - 5/24/10 Badlees & Blues - A Night of (Mostly) Badlees-Spinoffs & Local Blues Artists:

3 years 46 weeks ago

New music by The Badlees http://www.badless.com, Johnny J Blair (w/2 Badlees), and Ed Randazzo&Bret Alexander + blues by Blind Chitlin Kahunas, Ann Kerstetter, Bobby Messano, and the Charles Walker Band + recordings by The Dead Elvi, Emily Dickinson, Ed Englerth, Richard X. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 3/1/2010 Featured Artist: Lenny Weber

4 years 6 weeks ago

3/1/10 Special Guest: Lenny Weber (www.lennyweber.com), Williamsport-based singer-songwriter in the Americana style. He plays his original songs, live on the air, and revisits recordings he has made over the years--including his stint as lead singer with 90s pop-metal band Romeo. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 2/8/2010 Special Guest: Beyondo

4 years 9 weeks ago

2/8/10 Special Guest: Beyondo http://www.ericbiondo.com/ a.k.a. Eric Biondo, singer-songwriter, recording artist, producer and
trumpeter who has played for Burning Spear, Teo Macero, Massive Attack, Sinead O'Connor, and other notables, in styles ranging from brainy jazzy pop to world beat to children's to funk. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 1/25/2010 Special Guests: Key of V

4 years 11 weeks ago

1/25/10 Special Guests: Key of V, Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 2009 Artist(s) of the Year. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 01/11/2010 John Oliver and Eddie Severn

4 years 12 weeks ago

1/11/10 Special Guests: Singer-songwriter John Oliver www.jodband.net and ambient-jazz British trumpeter Eddie Severn http://www.eddiesevern.com. Eddie is launching a new jazz concert series at the Genetti Hotel + we play one of his recordings. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 1/18/2010 Featured Artist: Ron Fleeger

4 years 12 weeks ago

1/18/10 Special Guest: Ron Fleeger, winner of the Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 2009 Album of the Year for LUCKY 7s by Ron Fleeger&the Stranger. Show features cuts from LUCKY 7s and past Fleeger music projects (Bad Light Project, Entity) + recordings by Killing Joke, Lord Litter, Michael Miller, Miz,&Eddie Severn.

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Billtown Bus Stop Announces Music Awards

4 years 12 weeks ago

Recognition Given for Local Contribution to Music

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour, a radio program on WVYA 89.7FM, announced Music Award Winners on Monday, January 4th. more»

Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 12-28-2009 Guest Tim Breon

4 years 15 weeks ago

12/28/09
Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour. Special Guest: Tim Breon, bassist, guitarist&engineer-producer from Williamsport who has performed with notables such as Paul Anka, Olivia Newton-John, Martha Reeves&more. He comments on his many projects + airs recordings he has worked on by Johnny J. Blair, Sarah Holgate (orchestral pop from Scranton), more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 12/21/2009 Artist: Earl Pickens

4 years 16 weeks ago

12/21/09 Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour. Featured Artist: Earl Pickens + recordings by The Beach Boys, The Blue Hawaiians (doing "We Three Kings," a song composed in Williamsport), Boney M, David Bowie&Bing Crosby
(duet), The Cocteau Twins, Bruce Derr, Kristin Fisher, Davy Jones, Steve&Jennie Kanski, Michael Miller, The Sweetbriars, The Three Stooges, The Ventures,&Victoria Williams.

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 12/14/2009 Guest: Word2Soul

4 years 17 weeks ago

12/14/09 Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour. Spotlight on the Word2Soul Project, featuring lyricist-songwriter Amy Mintzer. The Word2Soul Project http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/word2soul is an ongoing urban gospel/rock collaboration between Mintzer, Johnny J. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 12/7/09 Guest: Davy Jones

4 years 18 weeks ago

12/7/09 Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour. Special Guest: Davy Jones (www.davyjones.net) of the Monkees, promoting his new SHE CD (a collection of standards) and his recently remastered Christmas album, produced by Chip Douglas (The Byrds, The Monkees, The Turtles). more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 11/30/09 Guest: Joseph Smith III

4 years 19 weeks ago

11/30/09 Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 89.7 WVYA-FM Special Guest: Joseph Smith III, speaker, teacher&author of the book THE PSYCHO FILES: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO HITCHCOCK'S THRILLER + recordings by Jeff Buckley, Bela Fleck, Jonathan Haley, Bernard Herrmann, Michel Legrand, Alfred Molina reading Dylan Thomas, The Monkees, The Repasz Band, Scott Schell, Al Stewart,&Jethro Tull performing "We F more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 11/23/09 Guest: Joel Vincent

4 years 20 weeks ago

Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 89.7 WVYA-FM 11/23/09: Special Guest Joel Vincent, drummer and editor of Billtownlive.com + we play cuts from the upcoming Blind Chitlin Kahunas CD + recordings by Hollis Brown, In Musth, Key of V, Lumpy Gravy, Monty Python,& the Word2Soul Project.

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 11/9/09 Guest: Rob Byham

4 years 22 weeks ago

Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 89.7 WVYA-FM 11/9/09: Special Guest Rob Byham, Linden-based arranger, composer and trumpeter, playing cuts from his various music projects, ranging from symphonies to jazz to children's music with his family. He also talks about his performances with The Spiral Starecase ("More Today Than Yesterday") and jamming with Pres. Bill Clinton. more»

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 10/26/09 Guest: Charles Holmes

4 years 24 weeks ago

Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 89.7 WVYA-FM Monday 10/26/09: Special guest, bassist Charles "Chalie" Holmes + recordings by Sarah Blacker, Johnny J Blair, Cheryl Bliss, The Buttons, Stanley Clarke, Michael Miller, and McCoy Tyner.

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 10/19/09 Focus on the Music of Billtown (Part 2)

4 years 25 weeks ago

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 10/12/09 Focus on The Music of Billtown (Part 1)

4 years 26 weeks ago

10/12/09 Focus on THE MUSIC OF BILLTOWN: A CONCERT CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF SUSAN BACCHIERI w/special guest Goodtime Charlie Lockard + recordings by Akron/Family, Alison Wonderband, Rebecca Bastian (poetry reading live at the Bullfrog 1997), Black Marble, Johnny J Blair, Bob Dylan, Anthony Hopkins, Key of V, Lumpy Gravy, Michael Miller, The Pick-Ups,&W.B. Yeats.

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 08/31/2009 Guest: Ron Fleeger & the Stranger

4 years 32 weeks ago

8/31/09 Special guest Ron Fleeger&the Stranger, playing live in the studio&premiering cuts from the CD LUCKY 7s + recordings by Bad Light Project, Johnny J Blair, Richard X. Heyman, Michael Miller,&Jamie Notarthomas.

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 08/18/2009 Guest: Joseph Smith III

4 years 34 weeks ago

8/17/09 Special guest Joseph Smith III, discussing his new book on the film PSYCHO + recordings by The Beach Boys, Johnny J Blair, Chicago*, Bela Fleck*, Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Bruce Hornsby*, Jethro Tull*, Davy Jones*, Little Feat*,&Al Stewart. * = artists who've appeared at the Community Arts Center.

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 06/22/2009 Guest: Black Marble & Key of V

4 years 42 weeks ago

6/22/09 Focus on the Absorb Festival 2009 featuring Black Marble&Key of V + recordings by Antares J Barr, Johnny J Blair, Doc Mach&the Field Surgeons, Fletcher Kaufman, John Oliver&the Distinguished, Hugh Ross, Shattered Beneath the Shade&The States.

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour Show 06/08/2009 Guest: Mayor Campana

4 years 44 weeks ago

6/8/09 Special guest Mayor Campana talks about the city he loves and his fave dance hits + recordings by Anthill, Carmine Appice's Slamm!?!, Johnny J Blair, Blue Skye Mourning, Chicago, Jo Jo Gunne, Toto, The Trammps&Bob Seger.

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 5/11/09 Guest: Mike Garson

4 years 48 weeks ago

5/11/09 Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour 89.7 WVYA-FM Special Guest: Mike Garson, pianist for David Bowie, Stanley Clarke, Nine Inch Nails, and guest artist with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra + recordings by Johnny J. Blair, David Bowie,&Mick Ronson.

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Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour - February 16, 2009

4 years 8 weeks ago

2/16/09 Special guest Richard James, editor of the African-American Perspective and writer for the Sun-Gazette.

He proves a "Billtown connection" between John Coltrane and Sponge Bob + recordings by Angelique, John Coltrane, Dixie Hummingbirds, Michael Franti&Spearhead, The Neville Brothers, Monette Newsuan, Nina Simone, & Sounds of Blackness.

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