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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

Recent posts by Mark

July 20, 2018

 

Swingin’ on the Moon

On this show, we're looking up at the moon, examining lunar songs of all kinds, with a focus on Mel Tormé's 1960 concept album "Swingin' on the Moon."

July 12, 2018

 

The Great American Songbook Blacklist

How the Hollywood Blacklist affected music stars like Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and Harry Belafonte

July 6, 2018

 

An All-American Road Trip

A road trip to different U.S. states, with songs like “Georgia On My Mind,” “I Been Down In Texas,” “Mississippi Mud,” and “Massachusetts.”

June 29, 2018

 

Clifford Brown And The Singers

Trumpeter Clifford Brown recorded only three sessions with vocalists—Dinah Washington, Helen Merrill, and Sarah Vaughan. And they all happened in 1954.

June 22, 2018

 

Recent Releases 2018, Part 1

On this episode, we look at recent albums from Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Van Morrison, and more.

June 15, 2018

 

I Get a Kick: Vices in Popular Song

On this show, we explore the times when songwriters wrote about their vices: drinking, smoking, or even chewing gum.

June 8, 2018

 

The Mystery Of Irene Higginbotham

Irene Higginbotham (1918–1988) was the songwriter behind such Billie Holiday songs as “Good Morning Heartache” and “No Good Man.”

May 25, 2018

 

The Songs That Won The War

The songs of the war effort during World War II, including “G.I. Jive,” “Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition,” and “Long Ago (And Far Away)”

May 11, 2018

 

The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs Of Cy Coleman

This week, a look at the music of composer Cy Coleman, including songs like “Witchcraft,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “Big Spender,” and “I Walk A Little Faster.”

May 4, 2018

 

I Love Lucys: Lucy Ann Polk And Lucy Reed

Singers Lucy Reed and Lucy Ann Polk never had their chance in the spotlight, but recorded some of the finest vocal music in the 1950s.

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