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Vin Scelsa Announces His Retirement

by WFUV Staff
Vin Scelsa (photo by David Vanderheyden)

Vin Scelsa is hanging up his headphones. A pioneer of freeform FM radio and a New York icon for five decades, Vin announced on Saturday night during "Idiot's Delight"®, his weekly program on WFUV (90.7 FM/, that he will retire and do his final show on May 2, 2015, from 8-10 p.m. (His final satellite radio program on SiriusXM's "The Loft" channel will be on Thursday, April 30.) As a loving sendoff,  "Vin Scelsa's Fare Thee Well Concert," with many musical guests, will take place on Monday, June 8 at City Winery.

"I am incredibly lucky to have spent my entire radio career doing exactly what I've wanted," says Vin. "The kind of programming autonomy I've enjoyed, on both commercial and public radio over all these years, is unique. I am grateful to all the stations I've worked on for the privilege of being allowed to wander through their airwaves wherever my interests have taken me. I am grateful to my listeners for their support and their indulgence as we shared this journey together. It's hard to let go, of course, but I always promised myself and my audience that when the time was right I would stop. How lucky am I that I get to decide even this!"

Sunday Breakfast Beats the Blues

by John Platt
Heidi Widmer (

If you've got the end-of-winter blues, tune into tomorrow's Sunday Breakfast. I'll be saluting a pair of legendary bluesmen -  Eric Clapton (turning 70 on Monday) and one of Eric's heroes, Muddy Waters, who would've been 100 on April 4. Plus a session with an authentic voice of the South, Louise Mosrie, accompanied by her friend and mine, the great Cliff Eberehardt.

UKNY On FUV For March 28

by Kara Manning
Kero Kero Bonito (photo by Charlotte Rutherford)

On tonight's UKNY at 11, the richly evocative rap of Kate Tempest, who played New York's Mercury Lounge this week, and Ghostpoet—both are gifted Londoners with powerful, empathetic viewpoints. Also, the cheeky, technicolor pop of London's Kero Kero Bonito and Liverpool's Stealing Sheep and tracks from LoneLady and Laura Marling, who both released excellent new albums this week.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For March 28

by Marshall Crenshaw
The Left Banke, c. 1966

This may seem a little dark, but since forever, people have always placed treasured objects in the graves of loved ones. Besides loving my loved ones, one of the things that's defined my life has been deriving joy from listening to records like "Walk Away Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina" by The Left Banke. Those are records that I would take to the grave, and on tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10,  I'll play those and pay my respects to the young genius who brought them into being, the now-late Michael Brown (born Michael Lookofsky).

But mainly this week's show will be a "Road Trip Re-Cap." I've just arrived home from a hell of a trip around this USA of ours, a trip with lots of high points and memorable moments.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For March 28

by WFUV Staff
Doris Day (courtesy of

New Yorkers have had a rough week, saddened by the tragic blast in the heart of the East Village on Thursday. But no matter what heartbreaks or big changes this city has faced, its residents have always managed to stand strong with resilience and hope. On tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, Vin Scelsa reflects on his own hopeful and resilient musical journey through this city (and country) over the five decades he's been on the air. Expect special songs from Bob Dylan, Doris Day, Mariachi El Bronx and many others on tonight's show from Studio V.