Yours in Group Harmony
Dan Romanello (photo by Gus Philippas)
While growing up in New York City during the 1950s, I was attracted to a particular kind of music, which blended various styles and harmonies and filled the airwaves. The music seemed to draw its roots from a variety of other musical forms and styles, including pop, jazz, blues, gospel, big band and swing — along with various kinds of early rock 'n roll and R&B — and I immediately became a loyal and dedicated fan of this vocal group harmony sound I was discovering.
As a young teenager, I found and learned about WFUV and became a listener and supporter of the station. I listened to The Time Capsule Show (which started in March 1963), The MJ Show and then The Rhythm 'n' Blues and Rock 'n Roll Vocal Group Harmony Review (later Group Harmony Review), which featured extraordinary music from the era presented by multiple show hosts and guests. I enjoyed the harmonious sounds through the years, and the obscure songs and records I hadn't heard before.
Through the years, after having done various guest spots, I was asked to join Group Harmony Review as one of the regular hosts, and it has been an honor to be a member of the WFUV team for the last 35 years. It's also been a privilege to have served the Fordham community, while also volunteering my time and resources to preserve a unique form of American music and culture, and welcoming the recording artists, historians, guest hosts and listeners to the show.
As I approach retirement, I would like to thank my family for their endless support of my passion for the music and my efforts on WFUV. I would also like to thank the countless number of listeners, artists and donors through the years who have been invaluable by participating in fundraising events, offering feedback and recognizing the contribution we've all made to the community we serve.
I am grateful for having had this opportunity to meet and know so many people who share my love for the music, and you can be sure that I will always be:
Yours in Group Harmony,
The final edition of Group Harmony Review airs Sunday, March 4 from midnight to 2 a.m. EST, and will be available afterward for two weeks in the Weekend Archives. Details are still to come on what will be heard in that time slot going forward, but in the meantime: Thank you, Dan.