Normally this blog doesn't publish all that many posts about other New York area radio stations (aside from The Professor's extensive Air America analyses), but this afternoon a friend of mine who's been heard on WNYU for a decade will be airing his final show. Since I never would have ended up on WFMU without him, I feel obliged to tell you all a little about him.
Daniel Blumin has been on the air at 89.1 FM since 1996 and has always been an indispensable behind-the-scenes asset to the station. Since 1997 he's been the producer of the New Afternoon Show, a daily new music program which started in 1980. The original line-up included our own Evan "Funk" Davies, who can now be heard on WFMU on Tuesday nights from 11pm to 2am. Back in 2003 Evan visited The Cherry Blossom Clinic for a special episode about the New Afternoon Show's early history (listen to the RealAudio archive). In his time at WNYU Daniel has trained all of the station's music directors, myself included, as well as many of its DJs including current WFMU late-night fill-in maestro Trent.
If Daniel hadn't encouraged me as a first semester college radio DJ back in the year 2000, I definitely wouldn't be at WFMU today. He's been a great friend and he has had a huge impact on my life. This afternoon from 4:00 until 7:30 EST Daniel will do his final show on WNYU. If you have a chance, check out a few minutes of his last show on WNYU's MP3 or RealAudio or Windows Media stream or on the radio at 89.1 FM. He'll be airing clips from a ton of live sets and interviews that he's done over the years with artists like Cat Power, The Go-Betweens and Spoon.