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.


It took longer than I had hoped, but the interviews from the L.I. Who convention last November finally got on the air. Here are the “Doctor Who” stars I talked to:

- Daphne Ashbrook (star of the 1996 TV movie with Paul McGann)

- Matthew Jacobs (writer/co-producer of the 1996 movie) and Vanessa Yuille about their upcoming documentary “Doctor Who Am I,” which they are co-directing

- Dan Starkey (who plays Strax and other Sontarans on TV and for Big Finish Productions)

- Noel Clarke (who played Mickey Smith during the Ninth and Tenth Doctor eras)

- Camile Coduri (who played Jackie Tyler during the Ninth and Tenth Doctor eras)

- Ian McNeice (who played Winston Churchill in the Eleventh Doctor era and in the new Big Finish release “The Churchill Years”)

- Carole Ann Ford (who played Susan, the Doctor’s granddaughter and first companion)

- Paul McGann (the Eighth Doctor himself)

After that, I continued the “Doctor Who” theme with the Big Finish audio story Live 34, which seemed appropriate considering its live radio conceit.

Next week should be the first show of the spring semester. Back to 90-minute timeslot for me.

Great to chat with Abbie Gardner about her solo show at 6 On The Square in Oxford on Saturday night and what her plans are now that the roots/folk trio Red Molly is on hiatus. Learn more at and
Abbie Gardner – “Hope” (Hope)
Abbie Gardner – “Walkin’ Cane” (Hope)
Abbie Gardner – “Too Soon (For Karena)” (Hope)
Abbie Gardner – “Break It Slow” (Hope)
Abbie Gardner – “Comes Love” (Hope)
Abbie Gardner – “Liar” (Hope)
Abbie Gardner – “Bang Bang” (Hope)
Abbie Gardner – “It’s You” (Hope)

From there, we shared some of the music that’s showed up in my mailbox in the past few weeks.
Ellis – “Five Hundred Crows” (The Guest House)
Ellis – “Songs on the Sea” (The Guest House)
Ellis – “Wherever You Are” (The Guest House)
Ellis – “Moab in November” (The Guest House)
Honor Finnegan – “Fortune Cookie” (Roses and Victory)
Honor Finnegan – “Movie Star” (Roses and Victory)
Lauren Heintz – “El Dorado” (Where I Belong)
Lauren Heintz – “Where I Belong” (Where I Belong)
Judy Kass – “Chili Pepper Nights” (Beyond the Ash and Steel)
Judy Kass – “The Snows They Melt the Soonest” (Beyond the Ash and Steel)
Brian Ashley Jones – “See You Wasting Time” (Out of the City)
Brian Ashley Jones – “Carolina’s Dream” (Out of the City)
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn – “What’cha Gonna Do?” (Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn)
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn – “Pretty Polly” (Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn)

Then it became more random in the final hour.
Brenna Swanger – “Bright Blue Sweater” (The Live Session)
Sylvie Lewis – “Dylan’s Arms” (It’s All True)
Spottiswoode – “Off the Merry Go Round” (Blaze of Glory)
Falls – “Someone Like You” (Omaha)
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams – “A Box of Everything” (A Box of Everything)
Ray Davies – “The Getaway (Lonesome Train)” (Other People’s Lives)
Dr. Pants – “The Cassette Song” (The Trip)
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – “Ole! Tarantula” (Ole! Tarantula)
David Bowie – “I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship” (Heathen)
David Bowie – “New Killer Star” (Reality)
David Bowie – “Dancing Out in Space” (The Next Day)
David Bowie – “(You Will) Set the World on Fire” (The Next Day)
David Bowie – “Never Get Old” (Reality)

Next week (which may be the final three-hour show of the winter break), I’ll share the interviews with “Doctor Who” stars that I got at the L.I. Who convention a couple of months ago. Should be a good one.

For his fifth annual review show, Eric looked back at 2015’s top tunes and trends as well as looking ahead to the rest of 2016. Always one of my favorite shows of the year.

Frank Turner – “The Next Storm” (Positive Songs for Negative People)
James Bay – “Best Fake Smile” (Chaos and the Calm)
Josh Ritter – “Getting Ready to Get Down” (Sermon on the Rocks)

Coleman Hell – “Two Heads” (Coleman Hell)
One Direction – “What a Feeling” (Made in the A.M.)
Adele – “Why Do You Love Me” (25)

Tobias Jesso Jr. – “Without You” (Goon)
Jamie Scott – “Unbreakable” (My Hurricane)
Chris Stapleton – “Parachute” (Traveller)

J.D. McPherson – “Let the Good Times Roll” (Let the Good Times Roll)
Ryan Shaw – “Everything Makes Me Think Of You” (single)
Jim Adkins – “I Will Go” (I Will Go)
Blackberry Smoke – “Rock and Roll Again” (Holding All the Roses)
Dar Williams – “FM Radio” (Emerald)

Duran Duran – “Pressure Off” (Paper Gods)
New Order – “Superheated” (Music Complete)
Ah-Ha – “Forest Fire” (Cast in Steel)

Darlene Love – “Night Closing In” (Introducing Darlene Love)
Brian Wilson – “Tell Me Why” (No Pier Pressure)
Dion – “New York Is My Home” (single)

The Eagles – “What Do I Do With My Heart” (Long Road Out of Eden)

The Struts – “Put Your Money on Me” (Have You Heard)
Dua Lipa – “Be the One” (single)
Jeff Lynne & ELO – “One Step at a Time” (Alone in the Universe)

Jason Isbell – “24 Frames” (Something More than Free)
Brandon Flowers – “ (The Desired Effect)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – “I Need Never Get Old” (Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – “Look It Here” (Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats)
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – “S.O.B.” (Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats)

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Spring 2016

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