My New Doty Land Podcast: Elvis, Thunderstorms, Dan Rather, And Local Radio

Fond memories of Gregory Humphrey’s first day on WDOR radio with Elvis’ music, recollections of Dan Rather one Sunday morning on a Texas radio station, and a severe thunderstorm in Sturgeon Bay when a Brewer baseball game is knocked off the air as callers light up the phone lines!  Funny memories with another Doty Land professional-sounding podcast.

Doty Land is not the biggest or the best podcast, but it is mine and it makes for lots of smiles and hours well-spent on the Madison isthmus.

Memory Of Elvis Presley As We Honor His Life On August 16th

Each year on this day Caffeinated Politics posts about the life and times of Elvis Presley. I try to do something different each August 16th, as with today’s song from his Promised Land album. It was spinning on the stereo system yesterday as I did some projects around the home. I noted, again, to James that Mr. Songman was a 45-rpm record I always tried to grab when I pulled several for my ‘on-air’ shift in broadcasting school. I liked the melody but loved the lyrics, as I knew them to be true from my years of listening to disc jockeys as a boy growing up in rural Waushara County.

Elvis died on this day in 1977 at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

Promised Land was the twenty-first album by Elvis released by RCA on his birthday, January 8, 1975, when he turned 40 years old. In the US the album reached number 47 on Billboard‘s Top 200 chart and number 1 on Billboard’s Top Country LPs chart, as well as the Cashbox Country albums chart. In the UK the album reached #21.

Elvis In Concert, Live From Madison, At Dane County Coliseum On New 2-CD Set, RCA Recording Perfection

Finally, I have in my collection a live version of Blue Christmas sung by Elvis Presley. To make the smile a bit richer the recording comes from a concert in Madison at the Dane County Coliseum in 1976. Even better, that concert and the accompanying one from Pine Bluff, Arkansas were recorded by RCA, so the sound quality is nothing short of stunning.

Earlier this year Elvis Presley Enterprises made it known the 2-CD set was to be released this spring. My pre-ordered copy arrived via the mail and the stereo has been rocking as of late.

There are other concerts and recorded material that RCA has in their vaults. While I understand the commercial interests and focused releases of such music to coincide with larger events, such as the new movie in theatres about Elvis, starring Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker, fans worldwide deserve more of these concerts and musical moments to hear and treasure.

You can own your copy of the above by clicking here.

Thank ya very much.

Elvis Concert In Madison: 1976 Show Now Available On CD!

James saw the announcement of the new double CD package this weekend featuring Elvis Presley and his second-to-last Madison concert. After scanning through a local Facebook page, and without letting me know what had been found, he simply stated loudly, “Oh, you will need to have this!”

I am delighted with this recording as I am somewhat certain my respect and admiration for this performer are without parallel in the city. His music set a standard that recording legends decades later would still pay tribute to in word and tone.

His wearing of a pink shirt and sporting a ducktail in his early years, and getting roughed up a time or two as a result, only steeled my determination to walk in my own footsteps. He was in Memphis, I was in rural Waushara County. But his lesson about being authentic struck me as a kid. He was far older than me but what an impact on a life he provided.

The entertaining power he held when walking onto a stage was simply something that required being felt, as no words can completely convey the buildup or intensity within an arena as 2001: Also Sprach Zarathustra pounds from the band, and lights flash across the large stage.

So the news this week is truly grand.

The 1976 Elvis concert in Madison is now available and for fans of all ages, the magic and immediacy of the concert can not be denied.

As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of ELVIS: PINE BLUFF to MADISON ‘76. Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features two shows: Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin October 19, 1976 – 8:30 p.m. / Pine Bluff Convention Center, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, September 8, 1976 – 8:30 p.m. 

It would be a year later that Elvis again returned to Madison, but his concert was only one part of the news he made.

While there are many interesting stories to tell I am quite certain that few can equal the imagery that is created by events that unfolded in 1977 when Elvis was on the way to his concert.  Elvis spotted a fight on the east side of the city and had his limousine pull over.  It was then Elvis made Madison history by preventing the beating of a young man

I also find this CD project interesting due to the second show being from Pine Bluff, Arkansas on September 8, 1976. Just 150 miles from where my mom was born in Ozone. As James said when ordering this item via the internet it is too bad that my mom and her sister Evie–who were Elvis fans, too–could not hear this newest release.

Given the volume, it will be played at our home…..I think they just might!

And so it goes.

From the Oct. 19, 1976 concert at the Coliseum.

“Elvis” From Memphis To Vegas And At A Theatre Near You!

Elvis fans are abuzz. Movie lovers are more than curious.

This past week a movie promo for an enormous production was dropped into circulation–it even aired during the Winter Olympic Games. Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama Elvis, stars Austin Butler as the singing legend and Oscar winner Tom Hanks as the controversial Col. Tom Parker. I watched the promo, and since we taped the games hit the rewind button to watch it–let’s just say ‘once more’.

Elvis is scheduled to be released on June 24, 2022. It was previously scheduled to be released on October 1, 2021, before being delayed to November 5, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tom Hanks became sick with the virus while filming this movie in 2020.

So buckle up, and booster up, so we all can safely attend what promises to be a summer blockbuster.

Thank ya, thank ya very much.

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Here at Caffeinated Politics, we do not need to recall Elvis Presley because we never forgot.

The music and magic will never end.

Elvis Presley And Politicians, And Jungle Room Music!

On August 16, 1977 Elvis died at Graceland.

To honor the greatest showman and entertainer I present photos, with Elvis and President Nixon, President Carter and Rosalyn, and from 1971 Elvis with Congressman George H.W. Bush.

It should be noted that each year it can be said, as it was in this quote from 2015…”Of all the millions of historical photographs held by the US National Archives, the photo (the formal posing of EP and RN ) is the single most requested. It was captured in the Oval Office on December 21, 1970, and shows Elvis Presley meeting then US President Richard Nixon.”

The music lives on, and it is best turned up high on the stereo! Over the many years…decades, actually…the Graceland Sessions have truly provided for me the professional range and diversity of Elvis from the 1970’s. In the recent past the raw recordings from the Jungle Room (at the mansion) with various takes, and banter of EP and the band was released. Truly awesome material.

Roger Mudd Dies, Stalwart News Reporter

I would be most remiss if not posting about the death of Roger Mudd, a stalwart news reporter and famed journalist. He was from the respected old-school of news gathering, writing, and reporting. In short, the kind that dominated my growing-up years.

He, perhaps better than any other example I can think of, demonstrated a classic case of a reporter asking the obvious question. At the same time came perhaps the classic example of why a candidate needs to be ready for the obvious question from a reporter. I recall watching this interview in my Hancock home.

Mr. Mudd is perhaps best remembered for the CBS interview with Senator Kennedy on Nov. 4, 1979, days before the senator began his campaign to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from the incumbent, Jimmy Carter. Mr. Kennedy, heir to the political legacies of his assassinated brothers, had a 2-to-1 lead in the polls when he faced Mr. Mudd and a prime-time national audience.

“Why do you want to be president?” Mr. Mudd began.

Mr. Kennedy hesitated, apparently caught off guard.

“Well, I’m — were I to — to make the, the announcement and to run, the reasons that I would run is because I have a great belief in this country,”

He stammered.It got worse. He twitched and squirmed, conveying self-doubt and flawed preparation, and stumbled through questions for an hour.

Mudd has been mentioned in posts over the years on Caffeinated Politics, such as with the way he reported the death of Elvis Presley in 1977. I wrote the following in 2009.

Back in Hancock, Wisconsin in 1977 I was 15 years old and eating supper (dinner) with my mom and dad when the phone rang.  I recall that mom got up from the table and answered it.  Aunt Evie from across the road had called after hearing the news  of Elvis Presley’s death on the national evening TV broadcast.  At once our set was on, and tuned to CBS.   The broadcast was well underway, and we were sure we had missed the story.  But then Roger Mudd, who was sitting in for the vacationing Walter Cronkite reported the shocking news from Memphis.  (Mudd would later try and defend his editorial judgement for not placing the story at the top of the broadcast.  Mudd felt that entertainment type news stories were not hard-top-of-the fold type stories, and as such he made news himself in the handling of  Elvis’ death.  In spite of that day I always felt Mudd to be one of the finest reporters in the country.  I have every reason to think that my Aunt had been watching the NBC News program with David Brinkley and John Chancellor, thereby hearing the story at the top of the news.)

While I differed on the significance of the death of Presley, in relation to the placement in his newscast, I very much agree with Mudd’s over-all desire to not have info-tainment news reporting. We see almost daily what that means for the integrity of news programming and the short-changing for other actual news stories to be presented to the public.

Mudd proved to be the epitome of a newsman and journalist. He was able to see a story and make an instant call about what had just happened. When President Nixon left the White House in 1974 it was Mudd who told Walter Cronkite that Nixon did not address the issue of accountability for Watergate. Nixon had just given his farewell address to the nation before leaving on a helicopter from the White House lawn. It was a spot-on analysis that did not waver for any other consideration than the facts which were presented to the viewing public.

Mudd was an example of the kind of reliable journalist with bedrock principles that allow us to fondly remember him at this time. It’s sad that his caliber is harder now to find.

And so it goes.