Photographer, educator, and recording engineer specializing in live & location recording. His vocal skills, knowledge of American history, and sense of humor are just a few of the assets he brings to Lost Radio Rounders.
Tom has taught New York State Cultural History, American music history, audio/video technology, and photography at the 5th through 12th grade levels. His photography has appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, postcards, maps, websites, and even on vending machines!
As a songwriter, Michael has four solo albums to his credit, each of which reflects different facets of his own interest in the long reach of American music. Michael—by day the publicist for Proctors in Schenectady and Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany—is also a nationally recognized, widely published music critic and radio personality, as well as a visual artist focusing on portraits of American roots musicians.
In addition, he is a member of the “funky American string band,” Ramblin Jug Stompers, and the Berkshire Ramblers.
In the early days of radio, families would gather around the fancy tabletop Philco Cathedral on Saturday nights and tune in favorites from the Mississippi Delta, the Great Smoky Mountains or the plains of Texas. The big shows -- like the Grand Ole Opry, the National Barn Dance and King Biscuit Time -- brought music into every home from coast-to-coast.
Revisit the lost days of live radio with this broad selection of favorites and re-discovered relics from across the spectrum. In addition to a mixed-bag of hillbilly, gospel, string band and classics from the folk tradition, expect nuggets from the likes of the Delmore Brothers, Cousin Emmy and Hank Williams.