Nicolaus Copernicus (1473.02.19)


COPERNICUS ON CROSSCURRENTS, 2/19:  A mathematician and astronomer who formulated a planetary model in which the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our solar system, Nicolaus Copernicus was born on this date in 1473.  Copernicus may be looking to the sky though we hope you will be listening to the radio for the Copernicus birthday on Crosscurrents, 2/19 at 8 am.

Year of the Dog (2018.02.17)


YEAR OF THE DOG ON WTBA, 2/17:  The Chinese zodiac calendar brought us to the “Year of the Dog” this weekend.  You are invited to join Gavin, Wyatt, and John for a blues show in honor thereof on Walking The Blues Away, KRNN radio, 2/17 at 5 pm. ( radio link: )

Gavin:  This weekend begins the Year of the Dog.

Wyatt:  Yes indeed.  Loyal and friendly… that’s us.

Gavin:  Does this dog-year deal mean we get more biscuits?

Wyatt:  I just hope there are no firecrackers!

National Umbrella Day (2018.02.10)


NATIONAL UMBRELLA DAY ON WTBA KRNN RADIO, 02/10:  This national is a time to celebrate an umbrella as the rain falls (or the sun shines) rather than be blue about the rain.  There is no doubt that the blues tunes will be coming down on Walking The Blues Away on KRNN Juneau 2/10 at 5:00 pm.


“Scath Fearthainne” (it’s Gaelic), means, appropriately enough, rain shadow. If there has ever been a more perfect name for umbrella, we don’t know what it is. make sure one of them is strictly for use in the sun!



CONTINENTAL TELEGRAPH ON CROSSCURRENTS, 10/24:  Instant messaging across the country became a possibility when the transcontinental telegraph system was completed on this date in 1861.  Gavin and Wyatt find the telegraph office to be closed though your radio presenter, John is open for a telegraph celebration and you are invited to Crosscurrents, 10/24 at 8 a.m.





NOAM CHOMSKY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 12/7:  Language theorist, political activist, and philosopher scientist, Noam Chomsky, was born on this date in 1928.  Gavin and Wyatt listen to one of Chomsky’s lectures at Oxford.  Regardless of your language, politics, or philosophy, you are invited to join the Noam Chomsky birthday on Crosscurrents, 12/7 at 8 a.m.



MARK TWAIN ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/30:  Riverboat pilot, famed author, and popular lecturer, Samuel L. Clemens, a/k/a Mark Twain, was born on this date in 1835.  Gavin and Wyatt run to join Mark Twain relaxing in the yard of Twain’s house.  You can be float down a river of tunes as John pilots the radio with Mark Twain on Crosscurrents, 11/30 at 8 a.m.



JUKEBOX ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/23:  Invented by Louis T. Glass and installed in the Palais Royale Saloon on this date in 1889, the jukebox gained instant popularity from patrons who could listen to music of their selection.  Gavin and Wyatt enjoy howling to the jukebox tunes in their favorite biscuit shop.  With tunes played in roadside taverns, soda shops, dance halls, or local diners, you are invited to celebrate the birth of the jukebox with John on Crosscurrents, 11/23 at 8 a.m.



W.C. HANDY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/16:  Often called the “Father of the Blues”, W.C. Handy born on this date in 1873, took a regional sound called “blues” music to a national audience as a leading force in American songwriting.  Gavin and Wyatt are ready for their music lesson with portraits of W.C. Handy on the wall.  You can be sure to hear some fine blues as John celebrates W.C. Handy’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 11/16 at 8 a.m.



CARL SAGAN ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/9:  Astronomer, “Cosmos” host, and “Contact” author, Carl Sagan, advocate for the grandeur of space exploration, was born on this date in 1934.  Gavin and Wyatt float upside down in the “cosmos” behind Carl Sagan while John makes “contact” with the radio studio.  You can join the stellar birthday party for Carl Sagan on Crosscurrents, 11/9 at 8 a.m.



DOONESBURY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 10/26:  A generation of readers have grown up, and experienced life, with the comic strip characters of Doonesbury which was launched on this date in 1970 from the pen of Gary Trudeau.  Gavin and Wyatt reflect on lifestyle and politics with the Doonesbury cast in a collective portrait.  We hope you can join the anniversary as John honors the cast of Doonesbury characters on Crosscurrents, 10/26 at 8 a.m.