WFCS 107.7 FM New Britain, CT

Monday, December 5, 2016

Tree songs on 12/6/16....

On Tuesday's show,
inspired by Barbara Fasano's pretty swell version of Joni Mitchell's "Cactus Tree,"
we'll play songs about all sorts of trees -- including the Christmas kind!

Tune in at 8 AM

on-air: WFCS 107.7 FM New Britain, CT

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Monday, November 21, 2016


...There is much to note here, from the period language through the criticism of rock music to the alliance of voice and gaze. Cornyn, an executive at Reprise, was responsible for writing liner notes to sixteen of the albums Sinatra released, from 1964’s It Might as Well Be Swing to 1984’s L.A. Is My Lady, as well as an extended note for a 1995 collection of Reprise recordings. As Gilbert Gigliotti observes, in authoring so many liner notes, Cornyn became ‘the voice of Frank Sinatra’.  It would be more accurate to say that Cornyn became an important part of a much larger machinery that produced this ‘voice’ and which would also include lyricists, composers, arrangers, musicians, engineers, producers, other label executives, promoters and critics. But Gigliotti’s highlighting of Cornyn as a part of this process is an intriguing one. Gigliotti notes the mixture of New Journalism (as essayed by Tom Wolfe and others), ‘hip’ language, poetic devices and advertising spiel that make up this essentially hagiographic discourse. Part of Cornyn’s job as a Reprise employee was to market Sinatra and so we might, as Gigliotti is aware, be suspicious of reading too much serious commentary into such texts. But it is equally important that Cornyn is shown to be a narrator of Sinatra’s public life in a way that is both inclusive and exclusive; through him, we get to hear about details we might not otherwise be privy to—orchestra rehearsals, recording sessions, conversations between Sinatra and his friends and fellow musicians. More than this, Cornyn’s writing reminds us, as Gigliotti notes, of the proximity between creative writing (especially poetry) and the language of marketing. Cornyn’s texts become another creative component of the layered self that is Sinatra’s persona. They also allow us to witness the development of Sinatra’s career, replete as they invariably are with allusions to his songs and his past. This is important for a consideration of time, age and experience because these are all factors underlined by Cornyn’s texts and which are used to narrate Sinatra to his audience and set the stage for listening. This sense of a narrated life becomes even clearer when the pieces are brought together, as they are in Gigliotti’s analysis and in the long text ‘Eye Witness’, which Cornyn contributed to the boxed set Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings in 1995....

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

21 years ago tomorrow... first daughter was born, and this show was programmed just for her.
The good news is that she has GREAT taste in music.
Tune in!

"Frank, Gil, and Friends:" Quite frankly why you have ears!

Monday, August 22, 2016

The London Sinatra(s): December 2016-January 2017 (A travel class!)

This class has been canceled, alas!

London in Literature and Song


“London in Literature and Song” provides an opportunity for English and non-majors alike to travel to London in order to become fully immersed in a culture that has produced art that ranges from the high modernist discourse of T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf to the songs and films of Frank Sinatra. Professor Pozorski’s English 458 course will fulfill upper-level literature requirements for English majors and minors. The course will feature close readings of six modern British texts related to World War I and will consider the ways in which the city of London serves as an important backdrop for this history. Professor Gigliotti’s English 213, for general education literature credit, will examine the effects of the musical and film work of three quintessentially American artists, Frank Sinatra, daughter Nancy, and ex-wife Ava Gardner in London, the center of Old World tradition that, in the 1960s (thanks to the Beatles), quickly became THE center of a new youth culture.

Pozorski’s class will focus on the centrality of World War I to the literary landscape of 20th century British literature. Due to its traumatic nature, the events of World War I have captured the global literary imagination in canonical texts that seem to perpetually revisit the scene of violence, partly in an attempt to explain the Great War’s causes and effects. Literature set in London is an exemplary case of this perpetual return to the scene: whether treating the effects of war directly (as in T.S. Eliot’s poetry, Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and Sigmund Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle) or somewhat less directly (in the more contemporary texts such as Ian McEwan’s Saturday and Mark Haddon’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime), the shattering effects of World War I nonetheless seem to underwrite canonical literature of London published between 1920 and 2005.

Meanwhile Gigliotti’s class will offer a study of, as it were, the American Rat Pack-er in London. While Frank Sinatra’s long career is linked mostly with a variety of American cities ranging from Hoboken and the Big Apple to Chicago and Vegas, Sinatra’s artistic presence was worldwide. And, despite the singer’s primary association with his mining of the Great American Songbook, he rarely met a great song he didn’t try to tackle. ENG 213: The London Sinatra(s) will examine – through the lenses of British scholars Karen McNally (film) and Chris Rojek (sociology) – Sinatra’s artistic production in London itself, including his 1962 collaboration with British composer/arranger Robert Farnon, Frank Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain; the 1967 thriller The Naked Runner; and the 1970 charity concert at Royal Festival Hall. The class will also examine his daughter’s 1966 Nancy in London album and his expatriate ex-wife Ava Gardner’s 1970 film The Devil’s Widow, based on the traditional Scottish border ballad “Tam Lin.” Additionally, Playing Sinatra, by British playwright Bernard Kops, will offer a dispassionate look at isolated London siblings obsessed with the singer.

Through visiting cultural icons of the city (the Tate Gallery, British Library, British Museum, et al.), touring London’s musical heritage, as well as attending such theatrical events as Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mousetrap, The School of Rock, and Guys and Dolls, this program will provide students with the opportunity to become immersed in London’s culture, as well as the literature and music it produced.

Program Costs
The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, multiple-occupancy accommodations, some meals, ground transportation, theater tickets and most entrance fees. All personal expenses (i.e., most meals, medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are at additional cost. CCSU reserves the right to make changes to the program itinerary at any time, with or without notice.

12/26/16 — 01/04/17
Registration Deadline
ENG 213: The London Sinatra(s)

Eng 110, or permission of instructor.
$2,695 per person, based on multiple occupancy
To be announced
Program Director(s)
Dr. Gil Gigliotti, English, (860) 832-2759;

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Program Notes for Next 2 Tuesdays

There'll be no show on 8/23/16, but 

we'll be back on 8/30/16 with all music by 

GENE PITNEY, the "Rockville Rocket,"

in honor of outgoing CCSU President JACK MILLER,
who'll be in studio at 9 AM.

Tune in!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The 8.16.16 Show: Happy Birthday, Eydie!

Tuesday, 16 August, would have been Eydie Gorme's 88th birthday,
so, how better to celebrate it than with two hours of her music.
Tune in at 8 AM!
WFCS 107.7 FM

Monday, August 8, 2016

Seeking a Musical Haven on 8/9/16

Well, Gloria DeHaven, that is, who just passed away at 91.

 She and Frank co-starred in 1944’s Step Lively,

so, we’ll be playing songs from that MGM musical, as well, as lotsa “step” songs

(performed by Miles Davis, Fred Astaire, Vic Damone, et alia)

Tune in:
WFCS 107.7 FM New Britain/Hartford and

FGF: Quite frankly why you have ears.

Monday, July 18, 2016

We'll be swingin' down...

...Burton Lane on tomorrow's show.  

Tune in at 8 AM for some great songs by the swell composer and lyricist!

WFCS 107.7 FM New Britain

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Virginia Graham on Meeting...

...Frank Sinatra.



Chris Martin Says Rihanna Is the 'Frank Sinatra of Our Generation'

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Frazer Harrison/AMA2015/Getty Images

Chris Martin has some nice things to say about Rihanna. According to the Coldplay frontman, his partner on the band's 2011 single "Princess of China" "is the Frank Sinatra of our generation."
It may sound a bit strange, considering their different genders and genres, but Martin offered a good explanation when speaking with The Guardian for an extensive interview.

"She can turn anything into gold with that voice," he said. "Here's the thing: if you speak to a good singing teacher about great opera singers, they will talk about consistency of tone. Or there's a book by Alfred Tomatis about why some people like certain people's voices and other people hate them, like Bob Dylan or me or whoever, some people say, 'Oh, I hate that voice', so there's a thing about people's frequency responses -- what they are pleased by. Rihanna has this thick tone, so it's very hard to annoy anybody."
Martin went on to compare Rihanna's voice to a "beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste," which is a bit of an odd analogy but one we can all surely relate to on some level.

"When you think of Rihanna's voice you think of this whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk, and Drake is pretty similar," he went on. "But Rihanna's voice is just delicious for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasing to most people."

Maybe this'll still be playing in London somewhere at New Year's!

Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra's Relationship Exposed in New Play

Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra's Relationship Exposed in New Play
Marilyn and Sinatra: you know their names but you didn't know their intimate love story...until now! Acclaimed new play MARILYN & SINATRA tells the little-known, exhaustively researched, story of the relationship between showbiz icons Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, who lived together for five tempestuous weeks in 1955 and remained close right up until her death. On the night she died, Marilyn played nothing but Sinatra albums on her record player. It turns out the last voice she heard meant a great deal to her.

Marilyn & Sinatra stars Erin Gavin (Footballer's Wives) as Marilyn Monroe and an America's Got Talent finalist Jeff Bratz as Frank Sinatra. It is written and directed by Sandro Monetti. It is co-produced by Sandro Monetti and Jason Haigh-Ellery in
association with Erin Gavin.

Playwright and director Sandro Monetti said: "Ever since I was a kid growing up in Blackpool, I've been fascinated by Americana, especially showbiz icons. Marilyn and Frank Sinatra have always intrigued me but I thought every story about them had been told. Then I discovered that they lived together in Beverly Hills for five disastrous weeks in 1955. It was just after his heartbreaking split from Ava Gardner. He'd lost, to his mind, the most beautiful woman in the world. And then God sent him the sexiest. But their time together was like The Odd Couple. He was a neat freak; she was messy. It was never going to work out. It seems the sex was great but the relationship was a disaster!"

Raised in Glasgow but now resident in Los Angeles, Erin Gavin is the definitive Marilyn having played the part in numerous productions and projects in the US. Her TV credits include Footballer's Wives, Taggart and Still Game and she has worked with Michelle Pfeiffer, David Schwimmer and Elijah Wood.

Trained jazz musician Jeff Bratz was a top 12 finalist on America's Got Talent. His stage roles include the Emcee in Cabaret, Dr Frankenfurter in The Rocky Horror Show, Judas in Godspell, The 39 Steps and West Side Story. He is lead singer in the rock band Radium.
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Photos Kent Douglas/Hamid Moslehi

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Lesser Frank Show?


Tune in Tuesday at 8 AM.

"Frank, Gil, and another Frank"
WFCS 107.7 FM 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sinatra Night II: The Songwriters (9/10/16)

Due to the overwhelming response to the recent sold out Sinatra evening 
at The Ritz Crystal Room @Remember When in Torrington, CT,  
they're doing it again ! Save the date! 
Sinatra Night II: The Songwriters
Saturday September 10th
7:00 to 10:00
$55.00pp includes tax and gratuity
At every opportunity, Frank Sinatra would salute the musicians and wordsmiths who composed his songs because he knew that, without them, his voice would have meant nothing. During "Sinatra Night II: The Songwriters," we'll jump into the Great American Songbook and learn how its creators, from the Gershwins and Rodgers & Hart to Cole Porter and Cahn & Van Heusen, helped make Sinatra SINATRA!
Great food, fascinating stories, and danceable melodies -- As the song goes, "What a lovely way to spend an evening!"

To reserve your seat: 860-459-4763

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The show on 6/14/16...

...was inspired by a full road-trip listening of Sinatra's 
GREAT  1955 lp

In the Wee Small Hours  

 and those MOJO Magazine recreations of albums by a slate of other performers. 

So each track of Sinatra's album will be accompanied by the song,
as recorded by another artist.

#Wee Small 2x

Tune in.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The show on 6/7/16...

...has an island feel.

Be sure to wear your Hawaiian shirt.

Tune in at 8 AM
WFCS 107.7 FM New Britain

Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

All roads (and streets and boulevards and lanes) lead to
"Frank, Gil, and Friends"
this week.

Tune in Tuesday at 8 AM for road songs!

WFCS 107.7 FM New Britain


Thursday, April 28, 2016

On our May 3rd show, we'll celebrate two beginnings...

Bing Crosby's
(he was born 3 May 1903)


Royal Festival Hall's
(it opened in London in 3 May 1951)

Tune in:

WFCS 107.7 FM New Britain

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ONE WEEK from today!

Sinatra @100

Tuesday, April 26th

1:00 PM
Oliver Wolcott Library
Litchfield, CT


See you there!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The 1000th Show!

We started way back on 12/17/1993, and reach the 1000 mark on Tuesday, 4/12/2016.

Be sure to tune in.

Monday, April 4, 2016

On tomorrow's show, in honor of CCSU's "Careers in Aging" Week...

Simon Vouet, "Aeneas and His Father Fleeing Troy" (~1635)

...we'll focus on "old" and "young" songs
(by Day, O'Day, Monro, Monroe, Shore, Laine, Garfunkel, et alia),
not to mention the greatest age album ever,
Sinatra's The September of My Years.

And, at 9:30, we'll be joined by CCSU Gerontology faculty,
Drs. Carrie Andreoletti and Andrea June.

Tune in:
on-air: WFCS 107.7 FM New Britain/Hartford

Tuesday, 8-10 AM

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sinatra Centennial 24-Hour Marathon Selfies 12/12/15 (Part V)

Clearly getting punchy in Hour 23!

10:18 PM

10:19 PM

10:47 PM

12:12 AM
(a VERY appropriate time to get back into his car to go home)

Sinatra Centennial 24-Hour Marathon Selfies 12/12/15 (Part IV)

 5:07 PM

 6:17 PM

 7:32 PM

 8:09 PM

 9:32 PM

10:15 PM

Sinatra Centennial 24-Hour Marathon Selfies 12/12/15 (Part III)

 12:40 PM

 12:49 PM
(A Capitol Lunch thanks to P.J., of WFCS's "Jazz and More"!)

Sinatra Centennial 24-Hour Marathon Selfies 12/12/15 (Part II)

 6:20 AM

 7:10 AM

 8:06 AM

 9:08 AM

 10:14 AM

11:53 AM

Sinatra Centennial 24-Hour Marathon Selfies 12/12/15 (Part I)

12:07 AM

1:05 AM

2:01 AM

3:49 AM
(with "Long-Time-Listener Al," who "at quarter-to-three" was at WFCS
when there "was no one in the place except [him] and me")

4:47 AM

5:36 AM
(with "Long-Time-Listener Al's gift!)