Theme Time Radio Hour
From May 2006 through April 2009, Bob Dylan hosted 100 episodes of Theme Time Radio Hour.
As the name suggests, the music, commentary, and other material (e.g., phone calls, retro radio commercials, contributions from celebrities, etc.) for each 1 hour episode were related to a theme.1
While I had heard of the Theme Time Radio Hour, originally broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, now known as Sirius XM Radio, I never caught it until the past week. Since then, I’ve listened to and been impressed by a dozen or so episodes on themes including Time, Laughter, Tears, Doctors, Money, and War.
I doubt that many listeners garner profound insights about the topics covered in the weekly themes, which seem instead to serve as a rationale for Dylan’s track selections, an invariably intriguing as well as gloriously eclectic mix that routinely includes rockabilly, R&B, blues, folk, gospel, rock-and-roll, soul, bebop, country, and pop music.
The commentary, especially that proffered by other celebrities, varies wildly in quality from embarrassingly pedestrian to remarkably pithy.
Dylan’s own observations on the history of the songs and singers, often correcting popularly held misconceptions about the origins or author of a piece, are a special treat.
The big selling point, however, is Dylan’s obvious and infectious enthusiasm for and enjoyment of his role on this show.
Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour is solid, reliable, and lively entertainment.
Downloading Episodes of Theme Time Radio Hour
As is true of other Croz.fm features, the Theme Time Radio Hour downloads originate on the Croz.fm site itself (rather than the files being downloaded from an intermediary such as RapidShare).
Each episode is presented as a single MP3 file with ZIP compression. The files are organized by season with the theme indicated on the file download link. In addition, most episodes are accompanied by a link to an annotated listing of the music and guests in that episode as well as other pertinent information, courtesy of the Bob Dylan Fan Club.
The Theme Time Radio Hour episodes can be downloaded at Croz.fm.
- Occasionally, a theme show was split into two parts, each consisting of one episode. [↩]
- See Best Bootlegs: Dire Straits – Secrets In The Closet and Best Bootlegs Bonus: Pre-Fame Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen Recordings [↩]