WPKN Archives: MELANIE interview on RADIO BASE CAMP

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Radio Base Camp hosted by Steve di Costanzo

Original Aired:
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
1:59PM to 3:07PM

1 hour, 8 minutes

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 6:44PM


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Episode: MELANIE interview on RADIO BASE CAMP

Important Note:  I've just received terrible news that Melanie's husband of more than 40 years, Peter Schekeryk passed away. Peter was not only her loving husband but a producer of all of her music. In my interview Melanie talks about how they first met....

I heard the news of Peter's passing via text from her personal assistant. It is shocking news since I had just seen him this past Saturday night at Malanie's Infinity Theatre concert in Norfolk, CT. I had received a note from Melanie's PR director  on Saturday that Peter wanted me to introduce Melanie at this concert...which I proudly did with geat joy.  During the concert Melanie sang a wonderful song she wrote about a near fatal heart attack Peter had a few years back...called "There's An Angel".  So many strange events....I can tell you that Peter was very excited by the direction Melanie was going in...their new HP commercial with 'Brand New Key'; the great concerts in Colorado and New Jersey...and Melanie's concert at Infinity Hall turned out to be the very LAST concert that Peter saw. I spent time with him after the concert and he was in great spirits and as he told me, "I can't wait to see Melanie playing big concerts very soon."  Steve di Costanzo, host of Radio Base Camp on October 29, 2010


What a wonderful interview with a wonderful lady!  A distinct pleasure to interview the noted singer-songwriter, MELANIE. 

Steve di Costanzo is the host of Radio Base Camp heard on WPKN 89.5FM, listener-supported, community radio in Bridgeport, CT (with a rich tradition as a freeform station back to 1963)  During the interview we covered all the festivals (she went to so many in those early days). We talked about how she got into the business and met her husband Peter in the process.  The early days at Woodstock, Isle of Wight and even the ill-fated 1970 Powder Ridge Rock Concert in Connecticut where just two days before the event, the sity cancelled the permit. Still, 30,000 kids came...and Melanie was the ONLY performer who actually played!

We play some music and Melanie has a chance to talk about...songs like Beautiful People, Brand New Key, Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) and the rare 45rpm Seeds from the WPKN vault...(only released in England and not on any albums) We have a 1973 promo from Buddha Records.

So gracious...can't wait to see her on her Working Legend tour that takes her to Infinity Hall in CT.  Take a listen and learn a bit more about Melanie in her own words. 

More music was played as part of the full Radio Base Camp program including her new song A Kiss from the Heart, off of 'Ever Since You Never Heard of Me'. As well as her songs: Lay Lady Lay, Mr. Tambourine Man and Ruby Tuesday.

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Show: Radio Base Camp hosted by Steve di Costanzo

  • Radio Base Camp hosted by Steve di Costanzo is NOW heard every Tuesday morning from 7am to 9am

 My friend Howard Thompson is doing his show 'pure' on 1st & 3rd  Fridays as I've shifted during the day to being the GM of WPKN. . Just bear in mind that the last Friday of the month is reserved for Chris Frantz and his show- "Chris Frantz the Talking Head"


  • I have given up my late night show Radio Base Camp-Late Night on the 2nd & 4th Monday nights from 11:00pm to 2:00am. Because of my new weekly morning music show.  See seperate related episodes


  • RADIO BASE CAMP focuses on the newest indie rock, 60s beat-punk,psych, garage-fuzz, surf, 70s punk, 60s greasy soul & r'n'b shakers, 50s R&R, exotica, afrobeat, jamaican ska/rocksteady and beyond We play deep tracks and unpolished gems, songs you may remember and ones you might not have heard, along with demos, rarities, alternative takes and all kinds of great music that doesn't get played that often.  We also feature new music by current bands, many of whom are influenced by the 60's (and beyond). We do live and telephone interviews with musicians, producers, and chroniclers of an era spanning from the 1950's to present day. We aim to highlight and focus on music with great song writing, sounds and production, having a lot of fun in the process...


  • a little history....RADIO BASE CAMP is a radio show that I started in 2007 on live365.com internet radio.  It became a weekly WPKN  "overnight" in early 2008  from Sunday into Monday for two years before moving to Friday afternoons  in September 2009 with my part-time co-host, Eric Cocks.  In early 2010,  I decided to focus on my own programming and me and Eric reconfigured our weekly radio show into two seperate and distinct shows: Radio Base Camp with hosted Steve di Costanzo and Connections ...With Eric Cocks.  Starting July 1, 2012 I became the paid GM of WPKN and phased out my "working hours" show.  I now can be heard every Tuesday morning from 7am to 9am.

 Radio Base Campt is hosted by Steve di Costanzo 

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Interviews/Special Shows on RADIO BASE CAMP available on archives:

  • Bill Lincoln from U.S. duo EUPHORIA whose sole album has been called "one of the most important ever"
  • Barry Tashian from The Remains with Fred Cantor producer of "America's Lost Band"
  • MELANIE the noted singer-songwriter  (Steve di Costanzo)
  • Andy Bracken from Fruits de Mer Records in London & Virginia  (Steve)
  • Ron Sanchez from Donovan's Brain, Career Records and KGLT in Bozeman, NT   (Steve)
  • Felix Cavaliere from The Rascals (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Tommy James from Tommy James and the Shondells
  • Carol Kaye (noted session player)   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Singer and songwriter Sam Phillips  (interviewd by Eric Cocks)
  • Andrew Sandoval from Rhino Records  (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Merrell Fankhauser from HMS Bounty and Farkopady   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Singer-Songwriter Don Cooper  (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Sky Saxon from The Seeds   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Peppy Castro from The Blues Magoos   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Johnny Echols from Love   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Richie Unterberger (noted Rock author and reviewer)   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Tom Moon (1,000 Recordings...) (Steve di Costanzo
  • Mark Naftalin (Butterfield Blues Band-special DJ Show)
  • Rusty Ford (Lothar and the Hand People)  (Steve)
  • Hilton Valentine from The Animals  (special program with Germaine)
  • James Lowe and Mark Tulin from The Electric Prunes   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)

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