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Weekly 2-hour Zappa show on 89.9 WERU in Blue Hill, Maine. Saturdays at Midnight  EST. Streams live and you can listen to it for two weeks on www.weru.org. View the playlist on www.spinitron.com . If you are prone to further social networking, LIKE the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WowieHowieZowie). Let WERU know what you think: feedback@weru.org - it took 9 years to convince them to let me have at it! Your feedback, comments, suggestions and requests are always welcome here!

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  • HowieZowie

    Join us tonight at Midnight EST for Conceptual Continuity with HowieZowie and sCreamGrrrl on WERU FM 89.9/99.9 in Maine and streaming live/archiving at www.weru.org for the rest of us. The Secret Word is "The Freak Out List". Inspired by the documentary of the same name, we will be exploring some of Frank's influences (Wagner, Stravinsky, Webern, Varese, Holst, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Guitar Slim, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Richard Berry, Andre Williams, The Channels, Eric Dolphy...) and aligning them with appropriate tracks from his catalog. See you there ~ don't forget to Break Out Yer Headphones and be sure to Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance!  

    • HowieZowie

      The Freak Out List - Hour 1

      The Ride of the Valkyries - Richard Wagner

      Lumpy Gravy Part I (UMRK Remix) - Lumpy Money (FZ)

      Rite of Spring (Extract) - Igor Stravinsky

      Bagatelle (Opus 9) - Anton Webern

      Ionisation - Edgar Varese

      Status Back Baby - Absolutely Free (FZ/MOI)

      Jupiter (From The Planets) - Gustav Holst

      Duke of Prunes - Absolutely Free (FZ/MOI)


      The Freak Out List - Hour 2


      Three Hours Past Midnight - Johnny 'Guitar' Watson

      World's Greatest Sinner - Cucamonga (FZ/Baby Ray & the Ferns)

      Oh Yeah! - Guitar Slim

      Okie Dokie Stomp - Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown

      Standing Around Crying - Muddy Waters

      I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline) - Howlin' Wolf

      200 Years Old (Live) - Bongo Fury (FZ/Beefheart)

      Louie Louie - Richard Berry

      Plastic People - Absolutely Free (FZ/MOI)

      Bacon Fat - Andre Williams

      The Closer You Are - The Channels

      Anything - Crusing With Ruben & The Jets (FZ/MOI)

      Oh No - Weasels Ripped My Flesh (FZ/MOI)

      Out There - Eric Dolphy

      Little Umbrellas - Hot Rats (FZ)

      Idiot Bastard Son (Instrumental) - Lumpy Money (FZ/MOI)

  • HowieZowie

    Join us tonight at Midnight EST for Conceptual Continuity with HowieZowie and sCreamGrrrl on WERU FM 89.9/99.9 in Maine and streaming live/archiving at www.weru.org for the rest of us. The Secret Word is "Plaid Stallions". He called one of them "his little Italian virtuoso". The other he called his son, remarking he was "a very excellent guitar player...the boy is fast". They called him "Frank" and he made a huge impression on both their playing. We know them as Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, and Steve Vai. Sometimes they played together (and otherwise intermingled) - let's check it out...See you there ~ don't forget to Break Out Yer Headphones and be sure to Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance!

  • HowieZowie

    Join us tonight at Midnight EST for Conceptual Continuity with HowieZowie and sCreamGrrrl on WERU FM 89.9/99.9 in Maine and streaming live/archiving at www.weru.org for the rest of us. The Secret Word is "Oh Scheila ". Listener from day one Kapt.Kirk requested we feature Scheila Gonzalez, so we obliged. Due to the holidaze and Dweezil's sessions, Scheila was too busy for an interview...but don't worry - she still participated and has committed to a follow up interview show! Believe this - the music will do the talking and you won't be disappointed! See you there - don't forget to Break Out Yer Headphones and be sure to Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance!

  • HowieZowie

    Join us tonight at Midnight EST for Conceptual Continuity with HowieZowie and sCreamGrrrl on WERU FM 89.9/99.9 in Maine and streaming live/archiving at www.weru.org for the rest of us. The Secret Word is "A Memorial Tribute". Just borrowing an album title and artwork once again - not simply playing a record in it's entirety. One of out listeners (Vic Welsh) reached out and asked us to feature "Rat Tomago" in memoriam to his recently passed sister, Donna. Since the request came in too late for inclusion on last week's show, we decided to dedicate the whole of this week's show to her memory...See you there - don't forget to Break Out Yer Headphones and be sure to Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance!

  • KAPT.KIRK.

    I can't imagine who who'd complain about you doing a Zappa show with the ZFT's blessing. You've got some real ZappaFreak gems in there too, thanx manx! To interview DZpZ musicains that aren't used to that you've made 'em feel right at home. Not to mention some very cool Mothers that a lot of us are still curious about, it's all good form here, so thanks Howie Zowie.

    It's a damn shame there's more complaint than appreciation for all that work you've done! I know, Iproduce a few small shows on the local cable access and it's harder than folks think. It all started with an idea. This one was yours come true but I think we've all had some form of  the "What can I do to keep Frank Zappa's music alive!". I'd bet on it if youmust/have to listen to FZ at least once a week. I'm talkin' a whole album or two or 60!  

    • HowieZowie

      Thanks Kirk! As one of the show's earliest and most consistent listeners, you are certainly qualified to speak on what it is all about - and your dedication lends validity to your observations.


      This show is a labour of love. It broadcasts worldwide via the internet, but is hosted on a community radio station in Blue Hill, Maine (WERU). I don't get paid for my time or reimbursed for maintaining a Zappa archive, having a recording facility, international phone calls for interviews, etcetera. Yes, the show has ZFT approval - as far as I know it is the only radio show that does. There are a lot of misconceptions about the fact that Gail gave the show her blessing. When I pitched the show to WERU, I was informed that broadcast regulations require that if a show features one artist and it streams simultaneously online, artist approval is necessary. I emailed Gail and asked permission. She asked me a few questions about the concept of the show and requested a letter of intent. I sent her the same letter I had provided to WERU and she emailed me back stating, "Okay, I'm in!" - that's it. I don't receive any perks, considerations or compensation from ZFT. What I do get is the ability to advertise the show openly, which is nice.


      The genesis of this show came from a lifetime of championing my favourite artists and doing everything I could to support them and spread the word to the masses. Frank has always been the peak of my musical interests and it has always been a personal mission to share his music with as many as possible. I was given "Hot Rats" in 1970 and have been following him in real time ever since, being lucky enough to have been able to see him live 7 times. My heroes in another realm inspired what would become Conceptual Continuity with HowieZowie. From the fictional Dr. Johnny Fever to the larger than life Wolfman Jack to local late night deejays, I loved growing up on FM via headphones. Being from a time when you tuned into a radio show because you liked the personality, you aligned with their musical tastes, and you knew you were going to learn/discover something new for the effort of tuning in - I always envisioned a Zappa show. I began interning at KOME (San Jose, Ca) in high school and went on to work at Armed Forces Radio (overseas) and KRFD (Marysville, Ca) - but it was hard enough to get Frank on the air, much less convince anyone to allow an entire show. Since high school I had sat in my bedroom with a reel-to-reel and created my own "radio shows" which I would transfer to cassette and give to those I was trying to turn on. I did this because it was fun, and I felt it was a much easier sell when there was commentary from myself or interviews to support the journey. Some of those early "shows" have actually served as templates for episodes of Conceptual Continuity. Fast forward to 2011 and a friend who had a show on WERU invited me on as a guest. Someone had donated a huge amount of vinyl to the station and he had noticed a large quantity of Zappa. He imagined I could pull off quite a show with this cache - and he was right. Not only did we have a lot of fun that night, so did the listeners. Due to the overwhelming amount of calls and emails about that broadcast, my show was born.


      The challenge of Conceptual Continuity has always been twofold - I had to make it accessible enough to draw in new Zappa listeners (who generally either know zero about him, or have preconceived notions) and it has to be interesting enough to engage hardcore Zappa fans. I honestly feel that I have successfully accomplished both - that said, it seems I draw in more new Zappa fans than the hardcore. The new listeners are an organic draw - much as I described my experience growing up and finding shows that offered me what I was looking for in regards to expanding my horizons in a social environment. With the diehard Zappa fans, I have to convince them to give me a shot. Why do they need me? They have all the records, they have done the research...I approach this side of the equation by taking the music out of it's packaged context and utilize Frank's conceptual continuity to tell any story fathomable. That is the beauty of the Project/Object - and it is amazing the subsequent levels you can discover.


      Lastly, there is the on air guests. That is where you really get the chance to put the "eyebrows" on it. I strive to make every interview a personal experience for everyone involved by making my guest comfortable and giving them a forum to share their insights and passions.

  • HowieZowie

    Join us tonight at Midnight EST for Conceptual Continuity with HowieZowie and sCreamGrrrl on WERU FM 89.9/99.9 in Maine and streaming live/archiving at www.weru.org for the rest of us. The Secret Word is "Carpe Delirium". We will be featuring the music of Zappa Records artist Holland Greco as well as an interview with the chanteuse herself. See you there - don't forget to Break Out Yer Headphones and be sure to Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance!

    Dress Code: Gothic-Gaultier-Chic, Alternative/Upscale Black, Fab~Fetish or Futuristic Attire

    Late Admission after 12am is $15

    Out-Of-Dress Code Cover $20 ~ NO EXCUSES!

  • HowieZowie

    Join us Saturday night at Midnight EST for Conceptual Continuity with HowieZowie and sCreamGrrrl on WERU FM 89.9/99.9 in Maine and streaming live/archiving at www.weru.org for the rest of us. The Secret Word is "Hot Rats". Saturday is Howie's birthday - so it is fitting that we feature his favourite album...in expanded form, of course! See you there - don't forget to Break Out Yer Headphones and be sure to Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance!

  • HowieZowie

    Join us tonight at Midnight EST for Conceptual Continuity with HowieZowie and sCreamGrrrl on WERU FM 89.9/99.9 in Maine and streaming live/archiving at www.weru.org for the rest of us. The Secret Word is "All About That Bass". Upon hearing that we lost Jack Bruce Saturday, I decided to come up with a way to pay respect in the format of this show. There are a couple of very obvious tracks to spin - but beyond that, how to keep it a Zappa show? I decided to focus on the bass guitar and set out to find someone else to join in on the low down. Tom Fowler agreed to participate and I have built a show around our conversation. See you there - don't forget to Break Out Yer Headphones and be sure to Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance!

  • HowieZowie

    Join us tonight at Midnight EST for Conceptual Continuity with HowieZowie and sCreamGrrrl on WERU FM 89.9/99.9 in Maine and streaming live/archiving at www.weru.org for the rest of us. The Secret Word is "The Ultimate Halloween Extravaganza!" and it is part two of our 3rd Anniversary of On-Air Broadcasting Celebration. Last week we played a listener suggested theme and unfortunately missed much of the show due to a prior commitment. This week we will not miss a second - and you won't want to either. This show will be a compilation of the infamous Palladium performances presented in "Audio Movie For Your Ears" format. See you there - don't forget to Break Out Yer Headphones and be sure to Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance!

  • HowieZowie

    Join us tonight at Midnight EST for Conceptual Continuity with HowieZowie and sCreamGrrrl on WERU FM 89.9/99.9 in Maine and streaming live/archiving at www.weru.org for the rest of us. The Secret Word is "Crank Some Frank!" It is our 3rd Anniversary Show and we asked for your requests. Robert Schneider and his girls Claire & Hillary chimed in and asked for "2 hours of loud Frank guitar". Ask & ye shall receive...

    See you there - don't forget to Break Out Yer Headphones and be sure to Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance!