The Signal

with Chris Kocher

A weekly entertainment show hosted by Chris Kocher, entertainment writer for the Press & Sun-Bulletin. Bringing you the best of Greater Binghamton's music and entertainment scene.


Great to have singer/songwriter Chris Merkley in the studio. (I know he’s called in to the show before but he’s never been here in the flesh!)
We talked about his new album, “Momentos,” and his show at Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin at 7 p.m. Thursday night. You can learn more at and
Chris Merkley – “Great Unknown” (Momentos)
Chris Merkley – “Tiny Little Squares” (Momentos)
Chris Merkley – “Day by Day” (live in studio)
Quona Hudson – “The Fighter” (The Fighter and the Prince) – another Old Boy artist
Chris Merkley – “Sip of Life” (live in studio)
Chris Merkley – “Got It Made” (Thirty Miles from Nashville)
Chris Merkley – “Perfect” (live in studio)
Chris Merkley – “Suitcase Full of Stars” (Momentos)
Chris Merkley – “Catch That Train” (Momentos)

From there, it was a free-for-all final hour, starting with a few tracks from Fair City Fire, Apalachin native Brian Wolff’s cool Austin band.
Fair City Fire – “In Search of Your Midnight Kiss” (The Simple Truth)
Fair City Fire – “Dying of Boredom” (The Simple Truth)
Fair City Fire – “Under” (The Simple Truth)
Fair City Fire – “Strong” (The Simple Truth)
Brother Sun – “Where Are You Moses” (Weights & Wings)
Ken Whiteley – “Sewing Machines” (Freedom Blues)
Lizanne Knott – “Lay My Burden Down” (Excellent Day)
Dave Murphy – “Voice Inside Your Head” (American Landscape)
Monica Rizzio – “Washashore Cowgirl” (Washashore Cowgirl)
The Regulators – “Six String Religion” (One of These Days)
Goodbye Blue – “It’s Complicated” (Worth the Wait)
Meg Braun – “Sweet Dreams for You” (Restless Moon)
Leni Stern – “Hide and Seek” (Dakar Suite)

Next week, we’ll hopefully have more musicians in the studio to talk about the new Binghamton Live songwriter event that started last month on First Fridays. Tune in then.

Between-semester signups gave me a three-hour show from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday (despite what the program schedule still says), so I used it to catch up on a lot of the new music I’ve received over the past couple of months.

Amber Rubarth – “You Got Through” (Scribbled Folk Symphonies)
Amber Rubarth – “Losing My Religion” (Scribbled Folk Symphonies)
Amber Rubarth – “In the Creases” (Scribbled Folk Symphonies)
Rachael Sage – “Try Try Try” (Choreographic)
Rachael Sage – “Home (Where I Am Now)” (Choreographic)
SONiA & disappear fear – “Biggest, Baddest Heart” (LiVE at MAXiMAL)
SONiA & disappear fear – “The Other Man” (LiVE at MAXiMAL)
Lucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche – “Mud & Apples” (Mud & Apples)
Dave Gunning – “This Changin’ Wind” (Lift)
Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards – “If Someone Will Come With Me, I’ll Go” (Grain by Grain)
Gathering Time – “The Highest Walls Guard the Greatest Treasures” (Keepsake)
Leni Stern – “Fisherman” (Dakar Suite)
Leni Stern – “Mercy” (Dakar Suite)
Leni Stern – “Once Upon a Time” (Dakar Suite)
Leni Stern – “Dark Blue” (Dakar Suite)
Leni Stern – “Dark Blue Reprise” (Dakar Suite)
The Regulators – “This Is the Place” (One of Those Days)
Mary Ann Casale – “Don’t Know Where to Start” (Restless Heart)
Goodbye Blue – “So Hard Anymore” (Worth the Wait)
Dave Murphy – “Rochester” (American Landscape)
Ben Bedford – “The Pilot and the Flying Machine Part 2” (The Pilot and the Flying Machine)
Chris Merkley – “Tiny Little Squares” (Momentos)
Chris Merkley – “Suitcase Full of Stars” (Momentos)
Chris Merkley – “Catch That Train” (Momentos)
Quona Hudson – “The Fighter” (The Fighter and the Prince)
Quona Hudson – “Most Likely to Succeed” (The Fighter and the Prince)
Ellis – “Wherever You Are” (The Guest House)
Ellis – “Five Hundred Crows” (The Guest House)
Brother Sun – “Where Are You Moses” (Weights & Wings)
Brother Sun – “Viva La Evolucion” (Weights & Wings)
Kathy Kallick Band – “Tear Stained Letter” (Foxhounds)
Lizanne Knott – “Rainbow Crow” (Excellent Day)
Meg Braun (with Pat Wictor) – “The Storms are on the Ocean” (Restless Moon)
Monica Rizzio – “You and Me” (Washashore Girl)
The Deep Hollow – “Beginning and the End” (The Deep Hollow)

Singer/songwriter Rachael Sage is releasing a new album this month called “Choreographic” and she’ll perform Saturday night at Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton. Both are great reasons to have her back on the show. To learn more about Rachael’s music, go online to

Rachael Sage – “Heaven (Is a Grocery Clerk)” (Choreographic)
Rachael Sage – “I Don’t Believe It” (Choreographic)
Rachael Sage – “Loreena” (Choreographic)
Rachael Sage – “French Doors” (Choreographic)

When Is It On?

Summer 2016

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Wednesdays from 7 PM to 10 PM.

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June 1 @ 7 PM


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