WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk Radio
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WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk Radio
WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk Radio
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P. D. Q. Bach chronology

WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk Radio was released in 1991 by Telarc Records. The album contains the "last hour of the broadcast from station WTWP in Hoople on May 5, 1991, the 184th anniversary of the death of P. D. Q. Bach."[1] The station name WTWP means "Wall to Wall Pachelbel" in which some unusual instruments play his Canon in D.[2][3]


Track listing

  1. Getting ready
  2. Theme song: opening
  3. "Canzon Per Sonar a Sei -- Count Them -- Sei" (P.D.Q. Bach)
  4. Pledge plea
  5. Four Folk Song Upsettings (P.D.Q. Bach)
    • Index 1: "Little Bunny Hop Hop Hop"
    • Index 2: "Oft of an E'en Ere Night is Nigh"
    • Index 3: "He Came From Over Yonder Ridge"
    • Index 4: "The Farmer on the Dole"
  6. Station ID
  7. Classical Kwickie-Kwiz
  8. "Sam and Janet" (P.D.Q. Bach)
  9. Weather report
  10. "Hound Dog" (Leiber & Stoller)
  11. Flip side intro
  12. "Love Me" (Leiber & Stoller)
  13. Station ID
  14. Cadenza
  15. "Safe Sextet" (P.D.Q. Bach)
  16. Oo-La-La intro
  17. Oo-La-La: Cookin' French Like the French Cook French
  18. Station ID
  19. Canzonetta intro
  20. "Canzonetta La Hooplina" (P.D.Q. Bach)
  21. Wrap-up
  22. Theme song (Pachelbel's Canon)

On The Air

P.D.Q. Bach had become an accepted part of the classical radio market; the right touch of comedy enlivened programming. Listeners to WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk Radio found was a not-so-subtle parody of the newer "pop" programming style of several classical music stations. In particular, the Pachelbel Canon in D was overplayed, and traditional listeners resented this abuse of the music.

At some point, radio station management recognized WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk Radio cut too close to home, an embarrassment to their own programming. Soon P.D.Q. Bach became persona non qrata on classical radio stations; Professor Schickele was doing too good a job.


  1. ^ P.D.Q. Bach: WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk Radio
  2. ^ "Missing Pieces" by Stephen Budiansky, The Atlantic, March 2002
  3. ^ Fink, Robert (2010). "Prisoners of Pachelbel: An Essay in Post-Canonic Musicology". Hamburg Jahrbuch: 99.

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