Site Update Sept 2006

Over dinner last week, someone asked me about this website. “Do you ever update it?”

I had to admit that I don’t. Hello Cruel World ended November 13, 2005 with its 200th show.

But I do think about HCW – often. A few months ago, I spotted a local songwriter coming out of the grocery store. She had been a guest on my show once, but I could not recall her name. It bothered me for days (I’ve since remembered – hey Tamara J!), and really hit home how lost and out of touch I’ve felt since I ended things last fall.

I do plan on updating things here a bit more regularly. I have plans for the future, and I want to better document the 200 shows of Hello Cruel World via this website. My first little project is to create some playlist statistics for the show using Google’s new online spreadsheets.

2005 Playlist Statistics (in progress)

I hope to eventually do stats for all four years, and then a sum of all the years. It will be interesting to me to see which artists got the most play on HCW.

I also plan to create a Flickr account for HCW to document the show’s history via photos.

Finally, once I get my cd’s and home studio unpacked and put together, I plan on creating a couple of podcasts. Hopefully I can get one done before year’s end.

That’s all for now. If you listened to the show, thanks very much. If you still visit the site hoping for a glimpse of activity, it’s here (though it’ll mostly be nostalgic in nature).

Update: Flickr account created! One pic for now (hey Johnny K!) and more as I find them (on hard drives, floppies, etc.)

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another month of sundays

This Sunday there is no guest — I’ll be playing DJ for a full hour. Expect to hear recent tracks from John Hiatt, Loudon Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Laura Cantrell, and an acoustic track from Erin McKeown

Here is the lineup for August and into September:

14 August — no guest = album cuts (email me with requests)
21 August — Alan Kanning (hosted by Todd C. Bayles)
28 August — Alison Wesley, Randy Kaplan
04 September — Johnny Keener, Rachel Ries
11 September — Jeremy Serwer

One last bit of news before I go: the KPSU archives are now ginormous! The station has purchased additional storage space for their servers and you’ll now find over 3 weeks of archived programming on the archive page. Here are links to four editions of Hello Cruel World currently available. Get ’em before they scroll away!

17 Jul 2005 – show 183 feat Alexa Wiley
24 Jul 2005 – show 184 feat Blackwood Hymnal
31 Jul 2005 – show 185 feat Mica Lee Williams
07 Aug 2005 – show 186 feat Tony Barber

limited edition mix cd for pledge drive

First of all, the inimitable Todd C. Bayles will be hosting Hello Cruel World for the next two Sundays. And he has guests — Justin Power this coming Sunday and Benjamin Bochner the next.

Secondly, KPSU’s pledge drive begins this coming Sunday. Hello Cruel World is always thrilled to be part of the opening-day pledge drive festivities. We love KPSU, and we know you do too. Pledge drive runs from April 24th – May 6th, and is the only time this year that we will ask for your monetary support. Our goal is to raise $5,000 this year, and really — that’s not too much money. We raised just over $4,000 last year, and so could really use your help this year. You definitely do not need to live in the Portland area in order to participate — hundreds of people around the globe are enjoying our live internet stream at any given hour. You can use this handy online form to make a pledge to KPSU.

Finally, as a thank you gift for those listeners who pledge $20 or more to the station, I’ve made a special limited edition Hello Cruel World mix cd. This mix is called “Happy Accidents”, and consists of all my favorite playlist moments in the history of the show (over 170 shows now!!). DJ’s like myself are always looking for flow — for songs that blend seamlessly together or that sound really cool bumped up next to each other, and over the course of 3 years I’ve been lucky enough to have had about 10 of these AHA moments while constructing a set. I went down to KPSU a few weeks ago, and stitched all those moments together into a free-flowing 80 minute mix. I made jokes about it last week on the show, because indie-folk is not a genre that springs to mind when you think of flow or mixtapes. But you’ve gotta try this — I think you’ll like it.

The mix cd’s are a limited edition of 8. They feature cool silk-screened artwork and quirky blister cases courtesy of

Please give generously! Tune in! Call Todd up at 503-725-5945 during the show and let him know you want to pledge. Pledge over $20 and mention the mix cd.

I’m off to Ottawa — thanks so much for your support,

John B. Jones

a last minute reprieve from the governor

In one hour — 12 midnight — KPSU was supposed to have gone dark on the AM side.

But according to an official email from our station manager, we have been given (via verbal agreement) a one-week extension.
As of right now, KPSU will go dark on Friday, October 22 at 7pm. A high school football game will be broadcast at 7pm. Negotiations will continue next week, and the hope is that both sides can come to an agreement on terms for a new contract.

Thank you all for your continued support of KPSU. Thanks for your emails. I appreciate your kind words.

October Surprise

I haven’t received official word yet, but it looks like KPSU just got suckah-punched by Portland Public Schools. Our last AM broadcast will be Friday night, October 15th . We provide a very important service to the Portland Metro Area, and the people in power have decided that high school sporting events are more important.

More info here as I get it.

Sarah Harmer preview

This has nothing to do with the radio show per se, but Sarah Harmer has a new album out in March called “All Of Our Names”.

There is a great interview and preview of the album here from Montreal station CKUT.