My Place

Saturdays at 8:00 pm

Host Joel Najman weaves musicology, anthropology, sociology, and even psychology among the music of the '50s and '60s, creating a snapshot of life at that time. With My Place, you enjoy the music as well as the story behind the song.

VPR Replay: Listen To My Place Online!

After years of fan requests you can now hear My Place (and All The Traditions) anytime, anywhere as part of the VPR Replay stream. If you miss the show or just want to hear it again, you have two weeks to enjoy the show. Listen with the VPR Replay player or look for Replay on the VPR Audio Player, mobile apps and online streams.

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Where are the playlists for the 2 most recent weeks?

This week on My Place, the conclusion of a remembrance of songwriter/record producer Bob Crewe. Hear an hour of his biggest hits and most enduring recordings, ranging from his production of hits with The Four Seasons in the early 1960s to his disco-style dance hits of the mid-1970s. Host Joel Najman will play hits by Frankie Valli, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and LaBelle. 

This week on My Place, it's the second installment of novelty songs, including many listener requests. Host Joel Najman will play memorably comedic songs by Louis Jordan, Ray Stevens and Nervous Norvus.


My Place: VPR A Go Go!

Sep 19, 2014

Last Year's VPR -Go-Go dance party in Middlebury was such a big success that we are doing it again this year! VPR A-Go-Go II is Saturday September 27th at 7 p.m. at Higher Ground Ballroom on Williston Road in South Burlington.  VPR's Joel Najman will be spinning the platters from the decade that took us from beach parties to Woodstock. In advance of our fun 1960's dance extravaganza, this Saturday's My Place will preview some of the great dance music already requested by listeners for the party.

My Place: Swan Records

Sep 13, 2014

Swan Records was an independent record company formed in Philadelphia in 1957. Over the next decade, it released dozens of nationally popular hit singles. This week on My Place, host Joel Najman traces the history of the Swan Record Company, and presents a mixture of Swan's biggest hits and most significant releases by Freddy Cannon, Billy & Lillie and The Beatles.

Broadcast on Saturday, September 13 at 8 p.m.

VPR A Go-Go... Again

Sep 10, 2014

VPR's epic 60's dance party with Joel Najman was such a success last year, we're doing it again! Join us on Saturday night, September 27 at Higher Ground in South Burlington for VPR A Go-Go part two.

This week, My Place presents an hour of "novelty" records that have made us laugh since the very beginning of the age of recorded music.

Purple people eaters, blobs and other creatures of questionable genealogy will assault the airways in an hour of vintage recordings guaranteed to generate laughs.

Broadcast on Saturday, September 6th at 8 p.m.


My Place looks back to the early years of rock and roll for popular songs about going back to school. Joel Najman plays memorable hits by Chuck Berry, Ricky Nelson, The Beach Boys and others.

Broadcast on Saturday, August 30th at 8 p.m.

This week on My Place, we'll hear an hour of rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll hits that came out of New Orleans, Louisiana, during the early years of the rock era, like memorable recordings by Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Smiley Lewis and many others. Broadcast on Saturday, August 23rd at 8 p.m.

Bert Berns was a singer, songwriter, producer and record company executive who helped create some of the most memorable hit singles of the 1960's. He fostered the early careers of several of the rock era's biggest stars including Neil Diamond and Van Morrison.Running off-Broadway in Manhattan until September 14th, 2014 is a stage musical titled, Piece Of My Heart - The Bert Berns Story.

In recognition of the 57th Annual Vermont Auto Enthusiasts Antique and Classic Car Show in Stowe, Vermont this weekend, My Place presents an hour of popular songs that reflect America's on-going love affair with the automobile.  Featured are memorable car songs by Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and many others.

Broadcast Saturday, August 9th at 8 p.m.