The Music of My Queer Life

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The Music of My Queer Life
(Mark Manning’s Birthday Special)

On this day, June 5, 1963, Mark Manning was born, in Geneva, (Nebraska). For this unique and special Wednesday MidDay Medley live radio broadcast, Mark will share tracks from some of his favorite recordings representing different seasons of his life. The playlist starts when Mark was 7 years old, in second grade, and he discovered his Mom’s old stereo and record collection in their basement. Tune in to hear radio “performance art” and secret pre-lunch confessions of a queer music nerd, who couldn’t wait to move away from the small town where he lived. Hear representative tracks from Mark’s collection of vinyl, 8-tracks, cassettes, digital, and now vinyl again. Life might have been unpredictable, being on the edge of a high wire act, but the music was always there like an invisible net. It was the music that gave meaning, the lyrics that offered a password, and a road map, where none others had existed before.

Mark will spin influential recordings from: The Beatles, The Carpenters, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, The B-52’s, Prince, The Ramones, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, Talking Heads, The Smiths, The Clash, Patti Smith, LaBelle, Joni Mitchell, Iris DeMent, Mavis Staples, The Magnetic Fields, and Krystle Warren.

At 11:00, Mark talks with Peregrine Honig and Izzy Vivas about The West 18th Street Fashion Show happening Saturday, June 8, at 7:30pm at 116 W 18th Street, KCMO. This year’s theme is Summer in Slumberland. More Information at:

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