Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Results of the 2003 Musical Odyssey survey (better late than never as they say)

During Spring, 2003 I created an online survey for all current and former hosts of Musical Odyssey.

The response rate was pretty good. However at that time I was not updating the Musical Odyssey website and I never posted the answers.

So 4 years later, below is a summary of the responses. The names and emails of the participants have been deleted. Let me know if you have any questions or comments at
greekmusic@gmail.com or you can send me an IM during the show on Sunday: wprbdj

What years did you host the show?

1989 - 1991
1995 (Fall) - 1997 (Spring)

Did you host the show yourself or did you co-host the show?
Usually we were taking turns; sometimes we were two or more at the studio.

A few Saturdays I was alone. Most of the time I co-hosted the show.

Where do you live now?
USA (Illinois)
Corfu, Greece

Favorite Musicians:
Hatzidakis, Theodorakis, Mikroutsikos, Savvopoulos, Laika (popular) songs, singers like Protopsalti and Arvanitaki, Dalaras, Dionisiou, Mariza Koch, Zabetas and older stuff (Vembo, Attic) etc.

I think I was one of the first and few to play folk and Byzantine music: especially Chronis Aidonides and Asia Minor folk songs, Domna Samiou and cantors like Lykoyrgos Aggelopoulos and Theodoros Vasilikos.

Hatzidakis, Marinella
The Group "Fatme"
Dionissis Savopoulos
Vasilis Papakonstantinou
Eleftheria Arvanitaki
Thanasis Mikroutsikos
Yiorgos Dalaras
Mimis Plessas

Frequent Requests:
Surely not the Byzantine ensembles I used to play :)

Vasilis Tsitsanis

Eleutheria Arvanitaki

Other comments:
I really liked the opportunity to host Musical Odyssey and I am grateful to my friends and older DJs like ………… who introduced me to Musical Odyssey.

The moment for which I felt that my Sunday afternoons were worth was when somebody called me from the prison and asked me to play "To 13 to kelli" (= cell number 13) by Kazantzidis.

Some special shows we had: "Comedy / fun show" with jokes, funny/satirical songs, and the live singing of a song by a couple of friends at the station.

In 1989 or 1990 (after I left Princeton) there was a live interview with singer Ms. Paspala who was visiting NYC at the time.

Memorable Listeners Comments:
On a national holiday (or some other date of historic importance for Greece) I made some comments about the political connotations of a song and received a phone call with further information / clarifications about the politics of the situation I was discussing. I was happy I triggered this reaction.

I hope that Musical Odyssey is sustained.

I was even asked to play Vembo (known for her songs before WWII).

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