Sunday, November 11, 2012

Meet Bill Audette

I've written about Bill Audette here before - he's the old-time rock 'n roll rebel who hosts the Night Train Show on WMPG radio every Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00.  My previous posts have featured the music Bill plays on his show, the "history of rock and roll" as he calls it.  But of course there is much more to Bill than just the music he loves and shares with his audience every week.

Recently Bill appeared on another show that airs on WMPG, "Desert Island Discs", that features extended interviews during which the guests are asked about the music they would want to have with them if they were stranded on a desert island. They get to pick 8 songs and explain why those are the ones they would want - the responses reveal their musical preferences  certainly, but also much more about them as a person.  The interview with Bill, skillfully and entertainingly conducted by Deb who was filling in for the show's regular host, Jeff Wax, revealed a remarkable man who has a passion for music certainly, but who is so much more than that.

I was going to try to summarize what I learned about Bill by listening to his 90 minute conversation with Deb, but I don't think that's a fair way to introduce you to him.  It's better if you just go to the show and listen for yourself.  I think you'll conclude as I did that there is much more to Bill than the persona he shares with us every week on his show. 

I think the measure of a man (or woman, but I'm talking about Bill here) can be taken by what he values;  Bill values family, friends, a career in which he takes great pride, and rock 'n roll,  and he's passionate about all of them - it seems to me that's not a bad set of priorities by which to live one's life.  Here's a dedication to Bill, because he envisions a world that can be better than it is and this is the song that expresses that for him:

Now go listen to the show to understand why there is so much more to the man than his music (but you'll hear some pretty good music, too!).

And if you are still not tuning in to The Night Train Show on the radio at 90.9 FM or on-line at, or listening at your leisure as I do by going to the TNT audio button at, what the hell are you waiting for?!  Bill's a remarkable man and he plays awesome music every week, and he deserves your support - so get over there and get listening!

Tell him Dirigonzo sent you.

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