HGR Recap 12/1 - Local Music Remembers Steve Kelsey!

Hello Everyone,

Here is the recap of the December 1 edition of Rocky 104.9 and Rocky 99's weekly local music program, "The Homegrown Rocker," which airs every Sunday night from 9 to 11 PM on WRKY-FM (www.rocky1049.com) and WRKW-FM (www.rocky99.com).

This week, we allowed the area music scene to pay its respects to one of the Altoona area’s most beloved radio personalities, Steve Kelsey (Rob Terdiman), who passed away on November 17 following a stroke at age 56. For many members of the central PA music scene growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Friday and Saturday overnights meant one thing: Steve’s popular “All Night Album Rock” program. For five hours each overnight, Steve played “underground” rock of the era; including future superstar bands like AC/DC, Judas Priest, the Scorpions, Triumph, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Van Halen and many others. He also turned on listeners to lesser-known and obscure rock names like Detective, Network, the Good Rats, Budgie, Trooper, City Boy and The Godz (who eventually played several concerts in the Altoona area based on popularity generated by Steve’s airplay). Steve also played local and regional bands of the era, such as Black Diamond, Piranha, Cut The Mustard, Galactus, Diamond Reo and more. Through nightly features such as “Battle of the Bands” and the “Instant Request Contest,” Steve build not just a loyal listenership, but a rock community and scene. Many of the listeners inspired by tunes Steve played on “All Night Album Rock” would end up purchasing and picking up instruments, forming bands, and to this day continuing the legacy that Steve began. And your “Homegrown Rocker” show host would not have embarked on the career path that included a radio career, writing about the local music scene, or hosting this very program without the seeds sown by Steve Kelsey and his influence in the 1970s, which led me into picking radio as a career!

For the special tribute to him, we thank the many area musicians who participated: Clint Carothers, Rick Wertz, John McKelvey, Jack Servello, Vince Weidlich, Jason Feathers, Tood Smith, Jay Randyll Ketner, Ron Dalansky, Ron Russell, Bob Watters, Paul Moyer, Denny Frank, Adam DiFlaviano, Joe Carraciolo, John Stevens, John Scarfone, Cheeze, Tim Mort, Joe George, Steve Oswalt, Kevin Siegel and Todd Giornesto. We featured remembrances and insights about Steve and his impact from most all of these musicians, and featured music from many of them as well! We also included a few choice clips from Steve Kelsey during his “All Night Album Rock” years, including excerpts from “Battle of the Bands” and the “Instant Request Contest,” Steve introducing and back-selling music from Galactus and Diamond Reo, and part of Steve’s 1978 live commercial read for popular Altoona record store of the era, The Music Hut! It was a night of tribute, reminiscences and nostalgia; thanks everybody for listening!

Here is this week's playlist:


THE SILENCERS – “Peter Gunn Theme” (1980)
BLACK DIAMOND – “Back Street Lover” (1978)
PIRANHA – “White Lady” (1978)
XENO – “Games of Chance” (1987)
SERVELLO FAMILY – “Here Comes the Sun”
TODDO – “’57 T-Bird” (1997)
THE HAWKS BLUES BAND – “Bottom Shelf Woman”
TOMMI-GUNN – “Naughty Not Nice” (1986)
PSYCHO – “Could This Be Love” (1986)


FELIX & THE HURRICANES – “Travelers Not Forgotten”
CUT THE MUSTARD – “Cross That Line” (1984)
SIDEWALK ROMEO – “Rebel” (1988)
GALACTUS – “Under My Thumb” (1976)
DIAMOND REO – “Lover Boy” (1976)
Xs FOR EYES – “Orchard Street”
RAPID FIRE – “Hot Night Comin’” (1986)
GIORNESTO – “Restless”

On our next program, we welcome via phone our guest, Cloud Party singer and ringleader Jim Speese! Jim will enlighten us about the latest Cloud Party happenings, and offer insight on the group’s latest album, The Dying Art of Living; plus we’ll hear songs from the new album as well! We will also update “Local Music News,” dig into the archive for another “Local Music Flashback,” and review Nate Myers’ It’s My Music CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!” And we may even throw in a local Christmas song or two!

Upcoming guests and specials include:


Bands and artists wanting to submit news items for “Local Music News” may email their news to homegrown@foreverradio.com. Indicate “MUSIC NEWS” in the subject heading!

The “Homegrown Rocker” is available for digital download off either Rocky website after each and every show. Just check on either (www.rocky1049.com) or (www.rocky99.com) and download your copy of the show! If you live beyond the signal range of Rocky 104.9 and Rocky 99, you can now download west-central PA’s longest-running local music show!

Also, bands and artists are welcome to add their upcoming shows to the “Homegrown Rocker” event calendar! Go to the “Homegrown Rocker” section of either Rocky website and click on “Events,” and add your shows for free!

For regular updates on what is happening on the area music scene, pay a visit to Rockpage (www.rockpage.net). Rockpage features band links, a message board, "Homegrown Rocker" updates, live show and CD reviews in “JP’s Corner," and other local music scene information.

Bands and artists interested in having music aired on "The Homegrown Rocker" are invited to send their broadcast-quality recordings to: WRKY Radio, One Forever Drive, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648; ATTN: Jim Price. Or drop the recordings off at the station during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 9 AM – 5 PM. You can also email me with inquiries about the show at profjp@rocky1049.com.

Jim Price