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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My Place
8:44 am
Sat September 13, 2014

My Place: Swan Records

Detail of a Beatles' 45 on the Swan Records label.
Joel Najman

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 Blog
4:51 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

VPR A Go-Go... Again

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.

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My Place
11:36 am
Sat September 6, 2014

My Place: Novelty Records

Credit, Joel Najman

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
11:30 am
Mon September 1, 2014

My Place: Back To School

Credit, Joel Najman

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.

My Place
10:11 am
Sat August 23, 2014

My Place: New Orleans Rock & Roll

Fats Domino album cover
Credit, Joel Najman

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.

My Place
12:42 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

My Place: Bert Berns, The Musical

Poster from the musical, 'Piece Of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story"
Credit, Brett Berns

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.

My Place
10:39 am
Sat August 9, 2014

My Place: Our Love Affair With Cars

Photo credit, mpettifer ThinkStock

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.  

My Place
10:33 am
Fri August 1, 2014

My Place: Nonsense Syllable Songs

This week Joel Najman's My Place program presents an hour of vintage Rhythm & Blues and Pop songs with lyrics that contain "nonsense" syllables. "Bama Lama Bama Loo", Sh-Boom, Sh-Boom", and "Rama Lama Ding Dong" battle with the King's English on this edition of My Place.

My Place
11:12 am
Fri July 25, 2014

My Place: When Love & Marriage Go Bad

Lloyd Price's album, 'Where Were You On Your Wedding Day'
Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week, My Place mines the vaults of the early rock era for pop songs about weddings and marriage gone bad, titled, "Where Were You On Your Wedding Day?" We'll hear an hour of songs which look at relationships that didn't turn out quite the way the couple had planned.

Broadcast on Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m.

My Place
1:06 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

My Place: Love & Marriage

Gold Wedding Bands
Photo credit, Thinkstock

This week, My Place presents an hour of songs from the early days of rock 'n' roll that deal with weddings and marriage. We'll hear memorable recordings by the Dixie Cups, Lloyd Price and Darlene Love.

Broadcast Saturday, July 19 at 8 p.m.