Twirl Radio #789 – Dennis Willis

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Duet | Take Out The Poison
Sitcom Neighbor | Tourist Attraction | Shag
Maxi Dunn | The Last To Know | Welcome To Soonville
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Cirrone | All Right All Night | Kings For A Night
T. Rex | Jeepster | Single release
Edward Rogers | She’s The One | TV Generation
Death Of Samantha | Conviction | If Memory Serves Us Well
Richard Turgeon | Frostbites | In Between The Spaces
Karla Kane | Wishing Tree | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Plasticsoul | Keeping A Light On | Therapy
The Lightning Seeds | Pure | Cloudcuckooland
The Bookends | A Girl Like Me | Single release
The JAC | Lights On The Hill | Drugs Trucks & Jesus
Banjo Bones | Cowboy Dreams | Cowboy Dreams
Jody Porter | Valerie Sometimes | Pacifier
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Love Us, We Love Me | Make It Be
The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Lannie Flowers | All Dressed | LIVE in NYC
honeychain | Some Boys Lie | Crushed
Gretchen’s Wheel | Left Turn | Sad Scientist


As many of you now know, Twirl Radio has been podcasting on the venerable San Francisco website Soundwaves since this past winter. On today’s show, the proprietor of Soundwaves, Dennis Willis, came into the Sacramento studios and hung out. Since we are now a part of the Soundwaves network, you might say we had a “visit from the home office”!

Dennis is known for many things, among them, movie reviews on KGO radio, authoring American Popcorn: Hollywood and the War on Common Sense, and of course, the television program Soundwaves, which had 500 episodes in its initial run!

Soundwaves, the website, is a champion of all things music. When legendary San Francisco radio station KFOG changed formats, and let go of some of their legendary personalities and features, they found a new home on Soundwaves. The perennial favorite 10@10 is one example of a feature that Dennis revived, with help from the originator, Dave Morey. There’s so much more to Soundwaves, but I guess that’s why you’ll want to listen to today’s episode!


Here’s a peek behind the curtain!


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