Mark Grube

Host of Mystery Train

I got started in radio at SUNY Fredonia at WCVF and stayed with it after college as a volunteer at WRUR, and, for a while, at WJZR. Meanwhile, I worked part time at WXXI's Reachout Radio and 'produced' Doug Curry's other show (I pressed record on the reel to reel and edited tape with a razor blade). I also had a jazz show called What's New for 10 or so years. Now I host Mystery Train and ask for money during the pledge drives.  

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Station News
4:22 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Romance Without Finance

Charlie Parker
Credit www.arthub.ie

That's the title of a tune Charlie Parker recorded 70 years ago, along with the guy who wrote it, guitarist and singer Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes. The rhyming lines are shoehorned in a bit, describing the title situation as "a nuisance," one that "just don't make sense." Not exactly Hallmark card material with Valentine's Day approaching, but something to consider as we head through a week of fundraising on WRUR.

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Music News
5:18 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Ira Gershwin's MOJO

Credit 45cat.com

"'MOJO is a commonplace part of the rhetoric of the culture of a substantial portion of the American people. As a figure of speech, the concept of having, or not having, one's MOJO working is not something in which any one person could assert originality, or establish a proprietary right." So the court ruled in Stratchborneo vs. Arc Music in 1973. The defendant?

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Music News
2:14 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

World Cafe, February 3-7

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2pm. Here's the schedule for this week.

Monday, February 3, 2014

In this Vintage Cafe from 2012, guitarist Nils Lofgren talks about his prolific career as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and Neil Young's Crazy Horse.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Following the overwhelming success of Icelandic artist Ásgeir's debut in his home country, the translated album, In the Silence, has been released in the States.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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Music News
5:24 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Characters Welcome

Billy Lyon's death certificate.
Credit Murder Ballad Monday

The USA Network's tagline applies nicely to this week’s edition of Mystery Train. We’ll meet some of the iconic personalities that dot the landscape of American music, including Stackerlee, Superfly, Susie-Q, Minnie the Moocher, Buster Cornelious and many more. Hop on board Wednesday at 6pm and Sunday afternoon at 4.

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Music News
9:24 am
Mon January 20, 2014

World Cafe, January 20-24

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2pm. Here's the schedule for this week.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Gospel legend Mavis Staples showcases You Are Not Alone, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, on this Vintage Cafe.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Country singer-songwriter, Robbie Fulks, adds Gone Away Backward to his near-twenty year catalog.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

San Fermin, who recently released their self-titled debut, was founded by Ellis Ludwig-Leone to showcase his chamber pop compositions.

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Music News
8:41 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Guilt, Wine, Love

...all contemplated on Mystery Train this week. Does it take a lot of medicine to pretend that you're someone else? Do you only shine, shave and shower on Saturdays? When you fall in love, will it be forever? So many questions. Tune in Wednesday at 6pm and/or Sunday afternoon at 4.

Music News
12:01 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

World Cafe, January 13-17

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2pm. Here's the schedule for this week.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Known for their British Invasion hits like "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season," The Zombies are featured on this Vintage Cafe.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The ever-evolving Of Montreal channel classic rock on their latest effort, Lousy with Sylvianbriar.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Music News
2:35 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

World Cafe, January 6-10

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2pm. Here's this week's schedule...

Monday, January 6, 2014

On this Vintage Cafe from 2011, The Decemberists perform songs from their then-new album, The King Is Dead.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The follow-up to Diego Garcia's acclaimed debut, Laura, is the romantic new album called Paradise.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Wild Feathers introduce their rootsy rock music on their self-titled debut.

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Music News
7:43 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

New Morning

Who knows where the time goes? We’ll be ringing in the new year on Mystery Train this week, barhopping from Tipitina's to the House of Blue Lights, sharing a couple of old photographs and greeting the dawn...with some passengers in better shape than others. Tune in Wednesday at 6pm and Sunday afternoon at 4.

Music News
7:13 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Silent Night

Dig if you will the picture of Prince under the mistletoe. It's one of the scenes we'll visit on Mystery Train this week. The peculiar paternity of Joseph is considered, along with stories of other travelers headed to new places with big plans. We'll also hear transformative versions of Silent Night and the Nutcracker. Hop on board Christmas day at 6pm and Sunday afternoon at 4.

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