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Letters from Listeners
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Date: September 29,  2014
From: Sanda Aronson
Subject: Listening to show - this time I'm remembering to email

Good morning, Peter,

   Last week, I got distracted before I could say, I hear you.  For years. 
Wrote you c/o the station many years ago.
I like the new time slot: after working in my studio, Iím listening while having breakfast.
Interrupting same to say: Kurt Vonnegut Jr. does it with words, you with sound
and I do it with visual
images - a way of seeing/commenting/reorganizing the world.  

    I hear you.  Bravo.

    Iíve been enjoying your end year roundups for a long long time, too.

Sanda Aronson

Date: January 2, 2014
From: Janet Nelson

Loving the show today. Amazing amount of work you put into your shows!! Thank you!!


Date: Dec 31, 2013

via Facebook

From: Harvey Leeds

Fun for the ears! Peter is a master at summing up the year in audio! Collect them all! The Best!

From: Christina Karen Longo

Peter Bochan's 'year in review' is an annual New Years tradition for me.
If you have never heard the award winning show, listen below to the most unique and best produced of the genre.

From: Ben Fentington

Peter Bochan's always stunning annual year-end review in sound.

From: David Art

Date: Dec 31, 2013

My Dad would come home from teaching at the state college
and after taking a shower he would take his emergency radio
 and retire to the living room until dinner time to listen to WBAI.
I only had a passing interest in what he was listening to until one New Years Eve.
I was getting ready for the evening festivities and my Dad had the radio playing
 when shortcut through 1987 came on.
I don't know if I even made it to the party
but I do know you program has been a part of my life ever since...
thank you Peter Bochan.

From: TK
Subject: Premium?
Date: Dec 2, 2013 11:21 PM
Hi Peter-
 It's good to see the website alive again! A month ago I started to pledge to wbai & order your $50 thumb drive
 that I think was called 'The Best of WBAI'.

 I was a bit short of money so I put it off until today. Now I don't see it offered anymore.
Am I too late to get it?
Thanks (for all you do), Tom

From: : "Toni Amato" 
To:  <>
Subject: Your music compilations!
Date: Dec 2, 2013 12:18 PM
Mr. Bochan,
My husband and I try to always listen to your radio segment on WBAI. 
Unfortunately, since you were switched to Mondays I haven't been able to listen to you since I work in a pre-k class. Your music compilations are wonderful,they are what I would love to mix together if I had the talent. Do you sell your mixed CDs? And where...I would love to buy them. Also, selfishly,I wish you had a daily show!!! Sincerely, Toni M Amato
Sent from my iPhone

From: maud guilfoyle 
Subject: Home on today's show
Date: November 25, 2013 12:29:22 PM EST
To: ""

Hello, loved the home shortcut.
Is it available?
Thank you,
Maud Guilfoyle

 From: Jill   
Date: Friday, November 22, 2013
Subject: Peter Boshan's (sp?) A Shortcut Back To Dallas
Sent: Friday, 11/22/2013 5:02 PM
A Shortcut Back To Dallas was a masterpiece.
 My God, please let Mr. Boshan know
that for this woman who was a little to young to have been there,
 I felt like I was today.

 Bravo.  And thank you.

From: Lizcampanilepr

Subject: All Mixed Up -11/18/13
Date: November 20, 2013 3:57:58 PM EST

 I really enjoyed listening to the program not just for CJ's but the historical pieces etc -
 that's what I always loved about radio that is lacking very much these days.
thanks so much!

Sent: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:37 am
Subject: what was that tune? -- Monday Nov 18 2013

Dear Peter 
what was the name of the tune you played about 20 minutes ago?
it sounded like the Beach Boys
The refrain, repeated throughout  was "hey ma ma ma ma maÖ"
Mary Jamison
Bayside NY

From: michael iorio
Subject: Do you have playlist
Date: November 17, 2013 8:50:30 PM EST
To: <>

Peter...WPKN show on Nov. 7...
can you share the playlist from the first portion of the show up to the break after the ukulele spots?
Always a great show...WBAI long time member.  Were you at Vibes? I saw the PKN booth...
glad you are still connected to old BAI...looking forward to the year end show!
 Best wishes...Michael Iorio

From:"kurt wedel"
To: <>
Subject: 3/18/06 program
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006

Hello-I'm a listener from st pete florida.
After listening to last saturdays show I had to listen to it again.It was very good .
Tampa has WMNF that is similar and I'm a long time contributor.
Such deep human contact without commercialism over time has quite a effect on objectivity.
I will definitely contribute more for your shows continuation.

From: Becky Archibald
Subject: Moody and mixed up composer/pianist...

Hi Peter,
I found you through the Indie Bible, and enjoyed your cool site.
  I'd love for you to hear my music and consider it for your show. 
Please let me know where to send a CD.

Becky Archibald

From: Alison Kruse
Subject: Cantaloupe song
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006

I'm looking for a song I used to hear on the radio about 25 years ago...

It went like this:

"Well, I hate to get melon-cauliflower, but we cantaloupe tonight
Honeydew you love me too...."

(and the rest of it was all fruits and veggies too)

I thought it was called the  Cantaloupe Song, but I haven't been able to locate it.

Ever hear of it?


Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006
From: Andrea T
Subject: From England

Dear Peter,

You Rock!!!

Andrea & Richard

Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2006
From: Nellie Bright
Subject: I do not want what I have not got...

Hi Peter,

Great show.

I went to the website, yours and WBAI,
couldn't find
the songs you played from today, Saturday, March 11th,

I am specifically wanting to know who was the artist
for "I do not want what I have not got..."  Also, if I
can buy the record... if you know where?

I loved that song and the artist... so much acceptance
with sadness...

Hope to hear from you.


From: "Debbie"
To: <>
Subject: Richard belzer is an idiot
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 06:48:03 -0800

This is the very first response I have ever written in my entire 39 years. Richard Belzer is an idiot.
What is it about actors that gives them this attitude of knowledge?
I joined the service in 1984 and would join again. I may have to before this third world war is over.
Of course, Richard Belzer would'nt because it is he who has no true understanding of his place in the universe.
Completely self serving (even supporting charities is a way of patting yourself on the back), most celebrities have sacrificed, but for themselves, not others.
 I place NO confidence in his twenty newspaper reading ability if all he reads is what he chooses to read.
  The results of U.S. military actions will only truly be known years in the future and cannot be guaged by pundits and celebrities.
 Ronald Reagan was a LEADER. That fact is what made him great.
 Of course he was called an idiot just like George Bush.
So now I say " Richard Belzer is an idiot!
" Knowing full well that twenty years from now I could be proven completely wrong ( I wont be, of course ),
 but I would rather be on the side of courage and fortitute than on the side of defeatism and fear. 
Absolutely sincerely
   Stefan Meeder

Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 08:09:47 -0500
Subject: Food List
From: cheryl noll
To: <>

I've got a good song for your food list.
Sweet Kentucky Ham by Dave Frischburg.
Cheryl Kirk Noll

Illustrations to take you to other times and places

From: David Flaherty
Subject: Kudo's!
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006

I heard you on wbai the other day
and it's been awhile since I've listened
 and  what can I say...
great stuff!


D A V I D   F L A H E R T Y

Subject: Peter's Pipeline

Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005

Dear Peter
I just wanted to compliment you
on your wonderful lists of food and Elvis ditties,

it is terrific!
All the best
David Shea
in Spain

From: "Susan Calvert"
To: <>
Subject: Thank you.
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2005 19:00:29 -0400

Dear Peter Bochan;
I am a huge fan.  Listening to your music today and last week is soothing. 
Music helps to make sense of these events down there in New Orleans.
Thank you for your work.  You rock!!

 From: "Meri Axinn"
Subject: copy of show 9/3/2005
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2005 21:44:55 -0400

We appreciate "All Mixed Up" every week.This one in particular struck a chord - we would like of a copy of today's show.
Thank you for the reminder to donate to the American Red Cross.
This is a very sad, despicable event that has happened.
 It reveals to the world what many of us in this country already know; hopefully the powers will shift, a phoenix from the ashes.
Our prayers are with all of those suffering.
Thanks for a powerful message today.
Meri and Michael

Subject:  All Mixed Up -The iTunes Alternative:
 A Transistor Radio Update

Peter ... I still don't know how I feel about the results of Petra's challenge,
but M. Ward has made a masterful album.

Are your broadcast archived anywhere?

 What I think is the critical problem facing most music lovers is
 how to wade though the 35,000 cds released each year in the US alone ..
most are sh*t .. but than again everyone is entitled to their own s**t.

 All Mixed Up functions for me as one of my trusted filters and I am grateful that you still care
 and are so eclectically creative in your programming,


jim fouratt

Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2005 18:44:29 EST
Subject: Help me


You are great.  Love your show.  I need to know who this Madeleine Parou(sp) is?  I LOVe her voice.
 I need to know all I can about her.  She is sensational.  Did you say she is preforming somewhere in the city soon.
Please give me all the information you can on her.
 If you have tickets to hear her that would be nice but the info is enough.  I need her CD.

Many Thanks,

From: "Jeffrey Abramson"
To: <>
Subject: last Saturday's program 


I came across your program this past Saturday as I was biking from Manhattan
to Northern Jersey.  It was an amazing production that had me so involved
that I made it to my destination in record time (I couldn't feel the burn in my legs).

Listen, I don't know if you know much about Gen Art - but we do all sorts of
events to showcase emerging artists in film, fashion, art and music and I
definitely could see somewhere down the line making use of one of your
programs as an art installation of sorts...

Anyway - thanks for making my evening Saturday.


Film Division Director
Gen Art (

Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2004 19:52:03 -0400
From: Mary Stuart
Subject: Your Show on 7/24/04


i was wondering if it is possible to get a CD of the show you did on Saturday, 7/24/04.
 it was simply amazing, and i want to buy the cd of it, if possible.
 please let me know how i can go about obtaining one.

thanks sooo much,

you have an incredibly fantastic show!  
great work!

mary stuart

To: "''"
Subject: thanks for the show
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 12:39:59 -0400

I haven't listened regularly to a radio show for many years.
You do a tremendous, inventive job and I tune in every week. Thanks very much.
I particularly loved the July 3 show and am off to find Kris Delmhorst and Sis Cunningham.

Check out Overlord, a band based in Philadelphia (
Essentially one guy, George Pasles, who I think would prefer to do it all --
the white Prince -- but who obviously has to have a band when he plays live.
They just played Meow Mix and will play here again at the end of the month.
The albums are nearly all Pasles playing everything. Just great.

Thanks again,
Coco McPherson

Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 22:25:25 -0700
From: Penelope Houston
Subject: History detectives...

Hello Peter Bochan,

Are you the DJ and the Musical Director for History Detectives?
I couldn't believe hearing Nick Cave's "Red Right Hand" while watching PBS.
But I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. Now I'm watching the show just to hear what you're going to play on there.
(Well, also because I work in  SF Public Library and they keep showing people flipping through card catalogs!)

I'm Penelope Houston, a singer, songwriter and one time punk heroine. I'd like to send you my latest CD, The Pale Green Girl. (Rockish and folkish.)


To: <>
Subject: Hello from Atlanta,GA.!
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2004 19:31:48 -0400

I would like some more information on purchasing your CD