Vin Scelsa did free-form radio like no one else.
Respect The Elders.
Embrace The New.
Encourage The Impractical and Improbable,
- David Fricke
Vin Scelsa's Idiot's Delight® had quite a cult following in the NYC area - Vin was on the air here for over 40 years. He found his last broadcast home on WFUV Saturday nights, from 2001-2015. What Vin did is like no other show on the radio dial - or on television, the Internet or anywhere else, for that matter.
In April of 2015 Vin announced his retirement from radio, and his last show on FUV was in May, 2015.
For over 40 years, Vin Scelsa was a beloved presence on New York radio. His long-running weekend freeform show, "Idiot's Delight,"® attained cult status among listeners who treasured his adventurous and discerning taste in musicians, filmmakers and writers. Vin brought his audience on a thoughtful journey of music and literature, championing artists as varied as Hurray for the Riff Raff, Agnes Obel, John Isaac Waters, Johnny Cash, Zee Avi and his own touchstone, Bob Dylan. Often compared to the BBC's John Peel as one of radio's most influential and intuitive hosts, Vin Scelsa will always be a New York treasure.
Famous for spending long, in-depth time with guests, Vin's past "interviews" went beyond the usual "promo tour" fare - listening to Idiot's Delight was like eavesdropping on a private intimate visit between friends, complete with impromptu studio performances.
Idiot's Delight featured a wide array of guests through the years, both musical and non - e.g. Elvis Costello, Tim Robbins, Steve Buscemi, Norah Jones (her first radio appearance ever), Ryan Adams (with and after Whiskeytown), Gus Van Zant, Dar Williams, Cesaria Evora, Paul Auster (several times), Lou Reed (many times), Laurie Anderson, Sheryl Crow, Ben Folds, Counting Crows (their first New York radio appearance), Emmylou Harris w/Daniel Lanois, Leonard Cohen, Yoko Ono, Pete Hamill, Luna, the belated Soul Coughing, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Joshua Bell, John Berendt, Kurt Vonnegut, John Sayles, Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Fugees, Carl Hiaasen, Joey Ramone (who was a frequent guest), June Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash, Odetta, The Emerson String Quartet (playing Shostakovich), Don Byron, Kris Kristofferson, Marianne Faithfull, James Carter, Aimee Mann, Shawn Colvin, John Cameron Mitchell and the entire cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (three times), Allen Ginsberg, Joseph Heller, Yo La Tengo (many times), Anne Rice, Richard Russo, Stephen Rea, Warren Zevon, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, Eddie Izzard, Steven Van Zandt and countless others.