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In loving memory of Tracey Clasper

It was with profound shock and sadness that I learned upon waking this morning of the death of Tracey Clasper.

Tracey was a much-loved voice on Mushroom FM for over three and a half years. We first heard her on-air trying to keep her husband Terry under control during 60s 70s Sunday, But Trace grew in confidence as a broadcaster, and soon she was making a significant contribution in her own right with shows of her own.

The Mosen Explosion, the show that prematurely ages Bonnie

On the 21st of August, 19…well it’s more than my life’s worth to get more specific than that, Bonnie Mosen, who wasn’t called that then of course, was born. And thank goodness she was! That’s what I say!

Well the thing is, she was born in the United States, and now she lives here in New Zealand. Although Mushroom FM chooses US Eastern time as its official time zone, meaning that the Mosen Explosion for this week goes to air on the 20th, it’s the 21st here. And that means that, technically speaking, we’ve prematurely aged Bonnie by a day. The very thought of it!

It's an open forum, on A Cuppa at the Mosen

Bonnie is away at a conference this week, so it's Jonathan flying solo on Mushroom FM’s global call-in show, A Cuppa at the Mosens.

The Zoom room and phone lines will be wide open for us to chat about anything, be it a weighty political matter or something lighter.

Send your requests and memories for the conclusion of Elvis day

For over half a century, millions of people have smooched to “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. They’ve cried to “Are you Lonesome Tonight”. They’ve danced to “Jailhouse Rock”, and they’ve tried to sing “It’s Now or never” in the shower.

Elvis was such a gifted vocalist, recording timeless songs in so many styles, that is music as still as much loved as ever.

Locked and loaded. It's The Mosen Explosion. That I can tell you!

The Mosen explosion,
makes such a commotion,
whenever it comes on the air.
It’ll make you feel happy,
when life’s being crappy,
and lift you right out of despair.

So I suggest you,
turn the ‘shroom on at 2,
and phone in, or email, or tweet.
Because some people say,
when it comes to Sunday,
the Explosion just makes it complete.

An Elvis fan? Lock us in. August 16 is Elvis day.

It was 40 years ago on 16 August 1977 that the world was shocked by the death of Elvis Presley, known widely as “the king of rock and roll”. He was just 42.

Just as radio stations the world-over suspended their regular programming back then to play Elvis music, Mushroom FM is suspending its regular schedule on 16 August to bring you 24 hours of Elvis-related programming. Whether you’re a dedicated fan who wants to pay homage on a difficult day, or someone who’s curious about the extent of this incredible figure’s contribution to music, you’ll be glad you joined us.

On A Cuppa at the Mosens, Sara helps us start an occasional series

We’re back for another week of your chitchat on Mushroom FM’s global, international and worldwide talk show, A Cuppa at the Mosens. This week, we’re beginning a series, which we hope to do every month or so for the next few months.

One of the things that really makes Mushroom FM stand out head and shoulders above a lot of other options is the great personalities we have on the team. There’s room for more, of course, and we have an announcement about a new recruit very soon. But we thought it would be great to give you a chance to learn more about the members of our team.

The Smorgasbord pays tribute to Glen Campbell

Every week day, I’m here at 3 AM Eastern time, 8 AM in the UK, 7 PM in New Zealand.

Earlier today my time, word came through of the death of Glen Campbell, aged 81, after a very public battle with Alzheimer’s.

On the next Smorgasbord, I’ll be paying tribute to Glen Campbell with an hour of some of his greatest hits.

I hope you’ll join me, right after Anthony Unleashed, here on Mushroom FM.

Another Chairy Mosen Explosion

Every week, well, most weeks anyway, we bring you the Mosen Explosion on the marvellous, mighty Mushroom malarkey. Like the famous old song says, it’s what we do, each and every Sunday, on the ‘shroom at 2.

On A Cuppa at the Mosens, Prejudice. Are blind people better people?

We sometimes meet people, some of them blind, who suggest that there’s a real advantage to being blind. Specifically, we’re likely to be less judgmental, less discriminatory, about visual factors that we can’t see. Proponents of this view argue that because we can’t see the colour of someone’s skin, we’re more likely to make assessments based on the content of their character. We don’t, it is said, no so readily whether someone’s short or tall, fat or thin, the quality of their clothes. This makes us, so the argument goes, more tolerant people.


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