Category Archives: Personal

Slowed down but not stopped

Since I haven’t been posting lately, I thought I’d come out and actually acknowledge my gold bricking.  I have no excuse. I continue to do my radio show every Thursday on KAOS. 89.3 FM (streaming at http://www.kaosradio.org)– some of the … Continue reading

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Chicago-New Orleans musical link — the great migration

I took the train to Chicago a couple of weeks ago, just in time to catch the city’s blues festival. I started by going to Buddy Guy’s Legends club and saw the six-time grammy award winning blues man sing with Shemekia Copeland. … Continue reading

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KAOS to start serving Gumbo YaYa on Thursdays

Ruby Ru and Anch will guest host the LAST Monday edition of Sweeney’s Gumbo YaYa on January 25. But starting February, KAOS is shaking up the world. Olympia’s community radio station is scrambling its morning line up of world music starting … Continue reading

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KAOS will not be on the list of stations that break your heart

“You’re treating me wrong, you’re breaking my heart,” sang country singer Claude King. The song was likely about his Louisiana love but it could also apply to various radio stations I’ve known. Over the years, I have formed some serious … Continue reading

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Hurricane Katrina 10-year anniversary is a time to reflect

The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina affords us the opportunity to remember and reflect on how devastating nature can be when compounded by human failure. As often happens, the poor, elderly and vulnerable populations suffered disproportionately because of their inability to get … Continue reading

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My Dad’s Legacy: A strong affinity for music from New Orleans!

Just about every time I spin a Satchmo number, I think of my Dad.  I just can’t separate my thoughts of Pop from the sound of “Pops.” Jim Sweeney was born in 1923 about a year after Louis Armstrong moved … Continue reading

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KAOS is the world’s window to our community

The Internet has made it possible for community radio to be our window to the world . . . and the world’s window to us. Reader Alert: Tim’s getting on his public media high horse. True dat! The KAOS Spring Membership … Continue reading

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Vaudeville Etiquette to grace KAOS studio and Gumbo YaYa

Seattle-based Vaudeville Etiquette will perform live in the KAOS studio tomorrow during my radio show.  While a departure from my usual “Music of New Orleans” format, it will be worthwhile. I guarantee it. I’ve been wanting Vaudeville Etiquetee (VE) to … Continue reading

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Carnival Season ends with a bang on Fat Tuesday

Happy Carnival, y’all!  (Here’s a glimpse at Fat Tuesday in Olympia) If you’ve been catching my show, you know that carnival season started on January 6. And it ends on Mardi Gras Day (Fat Tuesday), February 17.  One last blowout … Continue reading

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Music fans must tolerate occasional misfires

Like players preparing for the big game, Bob and I were ready to boogie to Rebirth Brass Band last night.  Even though we long ago qualified for our AARP memberships, we decided to pass on the 7 p.m. show and go for the … Continue reading

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