Friday nights 8-11 (MST) KRZA
Friday nights 8-11 (MST) KRZA
BackTracking first aired in 1996 (maybe '95, either way a long time ago) when it was launched from a rural commercial radio station. The program lasted less than a year and ended when I moved on. In 2019, I approached KRZA and asked if they could use an experienced commercial DJ, albeit one who hadn't been in a booth in over two decades.
It was at KRZA that BackTracking was reborn, but in a format I could fully embrace, COMMERCIAL FREE! * Not long thereafter two very significant things happened, first was the arrival of the COV-19 pandemic, and the second (a result of the first), was I began working entirely from home, thus ending my live shows.
The result is a three hour show of the best Classic Rock ever played and subsequently recorded, with ONE HUGE DIFFERENCE. No song is knowingly repeated on BackTracking for a year.
The Gregarious Recluse
The ONLY reason you should be listening to BackTracking is because of what it offers that you can’t get anywhere else, great playlists, full of songs you are guaranteed* to enjoy, but some of which you haven’t heard in a long time because streaming services' playlists are based upon metrics.
BackTracking is hosted by a music lover who knows the great songs on the other side of the proverbial record; songs that will never be aired on a commercial radio station and songs you’ll not hear on your personal playlists because you’ve long forgotten them. That is why you should come BackTracking with me.
*The guarantee is this, if you don’t like the show, I guarantee you don’t have to listen to one second more of it than you want; and you can still have a great day.
I try to say as little as possible, instead preferring to play as much music as possible in the allotted 58 minutes. BackTracking is the show I always wanted to hear and I am simply sharing it with you. You will never hear me say, “Less Talk, More Rock”. I just do it, or don’t, as the case may be. When I am talking, it is almost exclusively to fill time at the end of an hour. Since I don’t need to fill time on the Replay episodes, I don’t. The anniversary show (7-17-20) is the best example of an exception.
As far as BackTracking is concerned the Classic Rock era started in the early '60s and lasted till about 1979, when the Punk fad was beginning and disco was dying out. Every song selected is based upon three factors. First "Has the song been played in the last year?" and second, "How long is the song?" Then I ask myself, "What do I want to hear next?"
When I worked at a commercial station I'd take phone requests. Since BackTracking is now recorded I can't take live requests. I could encourage listeners to submit email requests, but the reality is I am unlikely to fill them, since I will only play a song once a year. Otherwise, email me (thegregariousrecluse dot krza at gmail dot com) and I will see what I can do.
Profanity might best be easily described as Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words. Songs I play that HAD profanity have been edited. I won't knowingly play profanity because I've been asked not to and I want to continue broadcasting.
BackTracking Replay Shows on PRX
You could listen to all these 3-hr. shows and not hear the same song twice. Actually there are a couple of mistakes, but who wants to plays "Where's Waldo" with BackTracking playlists?
Another TGR production available on PRX