Category: Across The Tracks

Friday 2//26/21 12pm ET: Across The Tracks Friday

Thursday 2/25/21 12pm ET: Across The Tracks Thursday


Tooth fairies are very unusual indeed. They come under the cloak of darkness, steal away the discarded teeth of children, and in their place leave some form of compensation—usually in the form of money. They are also flying creatures that have received their own day: National Tooth Fairy Day. This holiday, which is celebrated on August 28th and February 28th annually, is a day in which all of us can appreciate the little creatures who do all of the things they do for dental hygiene.

We celebrate this weekend day with tunes about teeth, mouth, tongue and other fun tunes.

Wednesday 2/24/21 12pm ET: Across The Tracks – World Spay Day



Today we feature a special Across The Tracks – World Spay Day.  One of the most important things that can be done to control the populations of cats and dogs is to spay and neuter them. Spaying can also help to contribute to the overall health of the animal, with animals having 50% fewer uterine infection when spayed, and a significant decrease in breast tumors in the animal. That’s why World Spay Day is an important day for pet lovers to mark on their calendars. It’s a day that falls on the last Tuesday in February and helps pet lovers all over the world save the lives of animals and improve their lives significantly. 

Part 2 today will feature tunes with CAT in the title or about cats.

Where to Spay

Tuesday 2/23/21 12pm ET: Across The Tracks – World Spay Day


Today we feature a special Across The Tracks – World Spay Day.  One of the most important things that can be done to control the populations of cats and dogs is to spay and neuter them. Spaying can also help to contribute to the overall health of the animal, with animals having 50% fewer uterine infection when spayed, and a significant decrease in breast tumors in the animal. That’s why World Spay Day is an important day for pet lovers to mark on their calendars. It’s a day that falls on the last Tuesday in February and helps pet lovers all over the world save the lives of animals and improve their lives significantly. 

Part 1 today will feature tunes with DOG in the title or about dogs and tomorrow Part 2 will feature the same for CATS.

Where to Spay

Wednesday 12pm ET: Across The Tracks with Bob Shannon

Tuesday 2/16/21 12pm ET: Across The Tracks – Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras


This installment of Across The Tracks features tunes about Mardi Gras, New Orleans and the topic in the title or meaning.

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, refers to events of the Carnival celebration, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday, which is known as Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual Lenten sacrifices and fasting of the Lenten season.

Related popular practices are associated with Shrovetide celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. In countries such as the United Kingdom, Mardi Gras is also known as Shrove Tuesday, which is derived from the word shrive, meaning “to administer the sacrament of confession to; to absolve”.

While not observed nationally throughout the United States, a number of traditionally ethnic French cities and regions in the country have notable celebrations. Mardi Gras arrived in North America as a French Catholic tradition with the Le Moyne brothers, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, in the late 17th century, when King Louis XIV sent the pair to defend France’s claim on the territory of Louisiane, which included what are now the U.S. states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and part of eastern Texas.

Mardi Gras, as a celebration of life before the more-somber occasion of Ash Wednesday, nearly always involves the use of masks and costumes by its participants, and the most popular celebratory colors are purple, green, and gold. In New Orleans, for example, these often take the shape of fairies, animals, people from myths, or various Medieval costumes as well as clowns and Indians (Native Americans). However, many costumes today are simply elaborate creations of colored feathers and capes. Unlike Halloween costumery, Mardi Gras costumes are not usually associated with such things as zombies, mummies, bats, blood, and the like, though death may be a theme in some. The Venice tradition has brought golden masks into the usual round of costumes.

Women exposing their breasts during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, US, has been documented since 1889, when the Times-Democrat decried the “degree of immodesty exhibited by nearly all female masqueraders seen on the streets.” The practice was mostly limited to tourists in the upper Bourbon Street area. In the crowded streets of the French Quarter, generally avoided by locals on Mardi Gras Day, flashers on balconies cause crowds to form on the streets.

In the last decades of the 20th century, the rise in producing commercial videotapes catering to voyeurs helped encourage a tradition of women baring their breasts in exchange for beads and trinkets. Social scientists studying “ritual disrobement” found, at Mardi Gras 1991, 1,200 instances of body-baring in exchange for beads or other favors.

Monday 2/1/2021 1pm ET: Across The Tracks

Wednesday 1/27/2021 8am ET: Across The Tracks

This installment features tunes about Work!

Thursday 1/21/2021 2pm ET: Across The Tracks

Today we feature tunes with Rock and Roll in title.

Monday 1/11/2021 4pm ET: Across The Tracks – In Memoriam 2020


In this edition of Across The Tracks we salute the music artists that passed away in 2020.

Featured in the program:  Uriah Heep, Hal Ketchum, McGuire Sisters, Mountain, KT Oslin, Charlie Pride, Van Halen, Spencer Davis Group, Rance Allen, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Nash, Outfield, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, Four Seasons, Kool & The Gang, Bay City Rollers, Sweet, Wayne Fontana, Fleetwood Mac, Charlie Daniels Band, Bobby Lewis, Millie Small, Bonnie Pointer, John Prine, Fountains of Wayne, Kingston Trio, Robert Parker and Rush.

Thursday 1/7/2021 2pm ET: Across The Tracks – National Bird Day

We celebrate National Bird Day (January 5) with tunes about and with bird in the title.

Monday 1/4/2021 5pm ET: Across The Tracks (All Things New)

This installment of Across Features:  A New year and time for tunes about All Things New.

Monday 12/28/2020 7pm ET: Across The Tracks


Part III of Tunes with Baby in the Title.

Monday 12/28/2020 4pm ET: Across The Tracks


Part II of Tunes with Baby in The Title

Monday 12/14/2020 1pm ET: Across The Tracks