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Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For May 31

by WFUV Staff
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WNEW-FM airstaff and friends circa 1976. Left to right: Drea Besch, Dave Herman, Vin Scelsa, Pete Fornatale, Steve Leeds, Alison Steele, Scott Muni and an unidentified woman (photo: Steve Leeds)

Tonight at 8 on Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"®, Vin honors the great American poet, educator, social activist and cultural icon Maya Angelou, who died on Wednesday at the age of 86. He'll play some of Angelou's own recorded readings of her poetry along with music appropriate to the tone of her amazing life. Then the show takes a more personal turn as Vin meditates on the death of his longtime friend, the legendary radio disk jockey Dave Herman who died on Thursday at the age of 78.

Vin reminisces over the 44 years of their friendship which began in October 1970 at what was then WABC-FM in New York (they worked there when the call letters were changed to WPLJ). Vin plays some of the artists Dave loved and championed like the Allman Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Ellen McIlwaine, Nina Simone, Wes Montgomery and more.

That's Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight,"® Saturdays from 8-10 p.m. on 90.7FM, also streaming online.

MIssed the show? You can find "Idiot's Delight"® in the FUV archives for two weeks after broadcast.

(Some of the airstaff in a WNEW-FM calender photo from 1982, a shot inspired by the lyrics of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." Sitting, left to right, Scott Muni, Thom Morrera and Dave Herman. Standing, left to right, Vin Scelsa, Dennis Elsas, Richard Neer and Pete Fornatale. Taken in front of the old Empire Diner. Photo Credit: William Wagner & Diane and Susan Frank)

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