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Program Description:

“Cruisin’ The Decades” is a 100-year journey through recorded popular music history. It is like an audio time capsule, playing one song per decade beginning in 1920 and running through the 2020’s. We cover all styles and genres: jazz, blues, folk, standards/songbook, swing, R&B, early rock & roll, country, psychedelic, modern rock, punk, new wave, alternative.

One song per decade is played, beginning in the 1910’s, 1920’s, 1930’s, and so forth up to 2010’s, and 2020’s. In one hour each week, a full century of music is presented, from a public radio/AAA/album rock/free form music presentation. Hosted by Brad Savage from WAPS/91.3 The Summit in Akron, OH. The show is currently heard on shortwave radio in North America and Europe, plus 17 AM/FM/public/LPFM/noncomm outlets.

The show is about five main pillars:

1) Music – through the years, recording technology, influences

2) Record collecting – music appreciation of all genres

3) Radio – affinity for radio broadcasting, airwaves and listening over-the-air

4) Community – like-minded people who love music

5) Geography – sense of place, across vast listening distances


“Cruisin’ The Decades” is delivered by Dropbox link, with new episodes posted each Wednesday.

Click the soundcloud link (below) for sample episodes, or email Brad Savage (brad@thesummit.FM)



CRUISIN’ THE DECADES – episode 23 – playlist – 6-11-22
“One song per decade, 100 years of music”
Fred Van Eps “Red Pepper (A Spicy Rag)” (1912)
Helen Kane “Get Out and Get Under The Moon” (1928)
Wingy Manone’s Orchestra “On The Good Ship Lollipop” (1935)
Danny Kaye & The Andrews Sisters “Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo)” (1947)
Frank Sinatra “Young At Heart” (1953)
Tex Ritter “I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven” (1961)
Three Dog Night “Joy To The World” (1971) [request for a listener in Maryland] Touch “Don’t You Know What Love Is” (1980)
Soup Dragons “I’m Free” (1990)
R.E.M. “Supernatural Superserious” (2008)
Ingrid Michaelson “Hell No” (2016)
Strange Dimensions “Beauty In Crime” (2022) [emerging indie rock band from Scotland, as shared by listener Iain in Greenock, Scotland – and now debuted worldwide on this show!] :60 PSA: Sojourner Truth Project

CRUISIN’ THE DECADES – episode 22 – playlist – 6-4-22
“One song per decade, 100 years of music”
Van and Schenck “I Don’t Want To Get Well” (1918)
Doc Cook’s Dreamland Orchestra “The Memphis Maybe Man” (1928)
Coleman Hawkins ft. Thelma Carpenter (vocal) “She’s Funny That Way” (1939)
Big Maceo Merriweather “Tuff Luck Blues” (1941)
Big Joe Turner “Shake, Rattle & Roll” (1954)
Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) [dedication to Alaska listener] Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” (1977) [request for UK listener] Bryan Adams & Tina Turner “It’s Only Love” (1984)
Belly “Feed The Tree” (1993)
Owl City “Firelies” (2009)
Royal Blood “Figure It Out” (2014)
Stephen Sanchez “Until I Found You” (2022)
BONUS TRACK: Amy Shark “I Said Hi” (live acoustic Zoom session from Sydney, Australia, 2020)

CRUISIN’ THE DECADES – episode 21 – playlist – 5-28-22
“One song per decade, 100 years of music”
Billy Murray “Bagdad” (1913)
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “The Charleston” (1925)
Riley-Farley & Their Only Club Boys “The Music Goes ‘Round & ‘Round” (1935)
Nat King Cole Trio “Straighten Up and Fly Right” (1944)
Jerry Lee Lewis “Wild One” (1958)
Love “Seven & Seven Is” (1966)
Jorge Ben “Ponta De Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma)” (1976) [Brazilian artist championed by David Byrne of Talking Heads!] Ozzy Osbourne “Shot In The Dark” (1986)
Morcheeba “Trigger Hippie” (1996)
Foxboro Hot Tubs “Mother Mary” (2007) [Obscure underground release which is actually Green Day under an alias!)
First Aid Kit “Emmylou”
Glass Animals “Heat Waves”
COMEDY BIT: “Planet Web Zone Direct” (1999)

CRUISIN’ THE DECADES – episode 20 – playlist – 5-21-22
“One song per decade, 100 years of music”
Prince’s Band “Too Much Mustard” (1913)
Nick Lucas with Victory Young & His Orchestra “You’re Driving Me Crazy” (1929)
Lionel Hampton “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” (1937)
Andrews Sisters “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (1941)
Ruth Brown “Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean)” (1952)
Eddie Cochran “Somethin’ Else” (1960)
Nick Drake “Pink Moon” (1972)
Pixies “Here Comes Your Man” (1989)
Nirvana “Even In His Youth” (1991)
Bloc Party “Banquet” (2005)
Magic! “Rude” (2014)
Def Leppard “Kick” (2022)
BONUS TRACK: “Riptide” (Hotel Sessions LIVE for C.T.D.) (2022)
(The Vance Joy live song was recorded in Vance Joy’s hotel room in Philadelphia exclusively for Cruisin’ The Decades during the NoncommVention radio industry conference, May 2022)

CRUISIN’ THE DECADES – episode 19 – playlist – 5-14-22
“One song per decade, 100 years of music”
Ada Jones “M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I” (1913)
Harry Hudson & His Melody Men ft. Leslie Sarony “My Wife Is On A Diet” (1929)
Bunny Berigan “I Can’t Get Started” (1937)
Glenn Miller & His Orchestra “Juke Box Saturday Night” (1943)
Ray Price “Crazy Arms” (1956)
Human Beinz “Nobody But Me” (1968)
Commodores “Machine Gun” (1975)
Kraftwerk “Pocket Calculator” (1982)
Jellyfish “That Is Why” (1990)
Oakenfold ft. Shifty Shellshock “Starry-Eyed Surprise” (2003)
Kongos “Come With Me Now” (2014)
Trombone Shorty ft. Lauren Daigle “What It Takes” (2022)

CRUISIN’ THE DECADES – episode 18 – playlist – 5-7-22
“One song per decade, 100 years of music”
Billy Murray “Snooky Ookums” (1913)
Fred Rich & His Hotel Astor Orchestra “Crazy Words, Crazy Tune” (1927)
Cab Calloway “Jitter Bug” (1934)
Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell “Tangerine” (1942)
Wally Cox “There Is A Tavern In The Town” (1953)
James Brown “Cold Sweat” (1967)
Wreckless Eric “(I’d Go The) Whole Wide World” (1977)
Laurie Anderson “O Superman (For Massenet)” (1981) *shorter edit
Arrested Development “Mr. Wendal” (1993)
Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne “Let It Rock” (2008)
Meg Myers “Running Up That Hill” (2019)
Jack White “What’s The Trick?” (2022)

CRUISIN’ THE DECADES – episode 17 – playlist – 4-30-22
“One song per decade, 100 years of music”
Al Jolson “I Sent My Wife To The Thousand Isles” (1916)
Ben Bernie “Sweet Georgia Brown” (1925)
Fred Astaire “We’re In The Money” (1933)
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” (1944)
Johnny Otis Show “Willie & The Hand Jive” (1958)
Tiny Tim “Tip-toe Through The Tulips With Me” (1968)
Elton John “Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy” (1975)
Tears For Fears “Head Over Heels/Broken” (1985)
Beastie Boys “Sabotage” (1994)
John Mayer “Waiting On The World To Change” (2007)
Imelda May “Mayhem” (2011)
Pink Floyd (ft. Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox) “Hey, Hey, Rise Up!” (2022)

CRUISIN’ THE DECADES – episode 16 – playlist – 4-23-22
“One song per decade, 100 years of music”
Edward Meeker “Steamboat Bill” (1911)
Leo Reisman’s Orchestra “Happy Days Are Here Again” (1929)
Charley Barnet Orchestra “Cherokee” (1939)
Merry Macs “Mairzy Doats” (1944)
John Zacherle “Dinner With Drac (Part 1)” (1958)
The Rivieras “California Sun” (1964)
Edwin Starr “War” (1970) *request for a listener in Germany on Channel 292
Sting “Russians” (1985)
Dwight Yoakam “Fast As You” (1994)
Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out” (2005)
Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2011)
Weezer “Opening Night” (2022)

CRUISIN’ THE DECADES – episode 15 – playlist – 4-16-22
“One song per decade, 100 years of music”
Albert Campbell & Henry Burr “Is There Still Room For Me ‘Neath The Old Apple Tree” (1916)
Sylvester Weaver “Guitar Rag” (1923)
Andy Kirk & His 12 Clouds Of Joy “Until The Real Thing Comes Along” (1936)
Louis Jordan “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby” (1944)
Vince Taylor “Brand New Cadillac” (1959)
The Versatiles “Push It In” (1969)
Flamin’ Groovies “Shake Some Action” (1976)
Warrant “Down Boys” (1989)
Morphine “Buena” (1993)
Dresden Dolls “Coin-Operated Boy” (2003)
Charles Bradley “Stay Away” (2011) (Nirvana Cover)
The Black Keys “Wild Child” (2022)

CRUISIN’ THE DECADES – episode 14 – playlist – 4-9-22
“One song per decade, 100 years of music”
Billy Murray and Ada Jones “Be My Little Bumble Bee” (1912)
Charles Kaley & His Orchestra “What Do We Do (On A Dew, Dew, Dewey Day)” (1927)
Woody Guthrie “So Long (It’s Been Good To Know Yuh)” (1935)
Duke Ellington “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (1943)
Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle & The Carlisles “It Ain’t Nice (To Talk Like That)” (1953)
The Seeds “Pushin’ Too Hard” (1966)
The Undertones “Teenage Kicks” (1978)
Cher “Just Like Jesse James” (1989)
Velocity Girl “Sorry Again” (1994)
Gorillaz “Dare” (2005)
Jason Isbell & 400 Unit “Hope The High Road” (2017)
Momma “Rockstar” (2022)

CRUISIN’ THE DECADES – episode 13 – playlist – 4-2-22
“One song per decade, 100 years of music”
John McCormack “Send Me Away With A Smile” (1918)
Ma Rainey “Down In The Basement” (1926)
Count Basie “One O’Clock Jump” (1937)
Hank Williams, Sr. “Move It On Over” (1947)
Nat King Cole “Send For Me” (1957)
Thunderclap Newman “Something In The Air” (1969)
M “Pop Muzik” (1979)
Def Leppard “Tear It Down” (1987)
Ween “Push th’ Little Daises” (1992)
Polyphonic Spree “Light & Day” (2002)
Of Monsters & Men “Little Talks” (2011)
Samantha Fish “Better Be Lonely” (2021)

Program Time Length: 59:00 weekly

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Program Frequency: Weekly, with 25+ evergreen back-episodes so far

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