The Tim Neely Experience: July 2016

Since September 2015, I’ve been spending roughly an hour and a half on the radio most weeks. I call the show “The Tim Neely Experience” (hat tip to Jimi Hendrix), and for those 90 minutes, I play more or less whatever songs I feel like.

It’s on “The Briar,” WSWE-LP, the year-old low-power FM station that broadcasts 24/7/365 from the campus of Sweet Briar College just south of Amherst, Va. I live just down the road from there, and when I heard about the station, I got in touch with the program director. I hadn’t been behind the mike since my college days, and it’s a strictly volunteer gig, but I love doing it.

Even with the SBC community away for the summer, WSWE continues to be on the air. Those of us from the area who DJ on the station have been free to do so. So if you’re in Amherst County and parts of Nelson County and Lynchburg, give a listen at 92.7 FM. We’re hiding between a pop station at 92.3 and sports talk at 93.3. But we’re also working on fixing the streaming bugs, so eventually The Briar can be heard almost anywhere.

To give you a taste of what I play on Tuesday nights from roughly 8:30 to 10 pm, here are the playlists of my four shows from July.


July 5: The All-American Show (songs by and about Americans in tribute to the Fourth)

“America,” Chita Rivera, Marilyn Cooper, Reri Grist (from West Side Story)

“Ball of Confusion,” The Temptations

“Joy to the World,” Three Dog Night

“Never Ending Song of Love,” Delaney and Bonnie and Friends

“I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song,” Jim Croce

“Poor Little Fool,” Ricky Nelson

“America,” Simon & Garfunkel

“Don’t Cry,” Guns N’ Roses

“Jump,” Van Halen

“Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Toby Keith

“Taxi,” Harry Chapin

“It Might As Well Rain Until September,” Carole King

(Three-for-All: Formerly Controversial Versions of American Classics)

“The Star-Spangled Banner,” Jose Feliciano

“An American Trilogy,” Elvis Presley

“America the Beautiful,” Ray Charles (1976 version)

(End of Three-for-All)

“Our Country,” John Mellencamp

“Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen

“Like a Rolling Stone,” Bob Dylan

“My Best Friend,” Jefferson Airplane

“The Stars and Stripes Forever,” Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic


July 12 

“Hurdy Gurdy Man,” Donovan

“Sandman,” America

“Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” Kylie Minogue

“You Can Have Her,” Roy Hamilton

“Temma Harbour,” Mary Hopkin

“Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Scorpions

“Where Do the Children Go,” Hooters

“Someone Else’s Star,” Bryan White

“My Back Pages,” The Byrds

“Little Rock,” Collin Raye

“San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair),” Scott McKenzie

“Woodstock,” Matthews’ Southern Comfort

(Three-for-All: #1 on Exactly This Date in Years Gone By)

“Chi-Baba, Chi- Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep),” Perry Como (July 12, 1947)

“Love Will Keep Us Together,” The Captain and Tennille (July 12, 1975)

“Holding Back the Years,” Simply Red (July 12, 1986) (U.S. single version)

(End of Three-for-All)

“I Can See for Miles,” The Who (U.S. single version)

“Steppin’ Out,” Joe Jackson (U.S. single version)

“Can’t Stop Myself from Loving You,” Patty Loveless

“Bus Stop,” The Hollies

“Isn’t It Time,” The Babys


July 19: The “Christmas in July” Show

“Christmas Wrapping,” The Waitresses

“Santa Will Find You,” Mindy Smith

“Christmas Is a Birthday,” Burl Ives

“2000 Miles,” Pretenders

“Christmas Day,” Dido

“Christmas Is for Children,” Glen Campbell

“Dominick the Donkey,” Lou Monte

“Dino the Dinosaur,” Fred Flintstone (Alan Reed)

“Frosty the Snowman,” Jimmy Durante (1950 version)

“Takin’ Care of Christmas,” Randy Bachman

“Candy Cane Christmas,” Darius Rucker

“If Every Day Was Like Christmas,” Elvis Presley

(Three-for-All: Songs That Mention “Christmas” But Can in No Way, Shape or Form Considered to Be Christmas Songs)

“Honey,” Bobby Goldsboro

“I Wish,” Stevie Wonder

“Brick,” Ben Folds Five

(End of Three-for-All)

“Mistletoe and Wine,” Cliff Richard

“Sock It to Me Santa,” Bob Seger and the Last Heard

“Silent Night/Hark the Herald Angels Sing (medley),” Bee Gees

“Coco Jamboo (Christmas Version),” Mr. President

“Jesus Christ,” Big Star


July 26: The Severe Thunderstorm Warning Show (During the entire 9 pm segment of the show, Sweet Briar College and the immediate area was under a weather alert; I could hear the storm in the studio, and I stayed on the air until after the warning had expired. I didn’t use the storm as a theme.)

“Constant Craving,” k.d. lang

“Friday I’m in Love,” The Cure

“Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun),” Del Shannon

“That’s All Right,” Elvis Presley

“You Got It,” Roy Orbison

“Friends in Low Places,” Garth Brooks

“Have a Heart,” Bonnie Raitt

“Turn! Turn! Turn! ( To Everything There Is a Season),” The Byrds

“Down Under,” Men at Work

(Three-for-All: #1 on Exactly This Date in Years Gone By)

“In the Year 2525,” Zager and Evans (July 26, 1969)

“The Hustle,” Van McCoy (July 26, 1975)

“Sledgehammer,” Peter Gabriel (July 26, 1986)

(End of Three-for-All)

“The Look of Love (Part One),” ABC

“Eternal Flame,” Bangles

“I Can’t Control Myself,” The Troggs

“Joey,” Concrete Blonde

“The Most Beautiful Girl,” Charlie Rich

“Yellow Balloon,” The Yellow Balloon

“So Close,” Daryl Hall & John Oates

“Coming Up Close,” ‘Til Tuesday

“Closer to Fine,” Indigo Girls

“Legend of a Mind,” The Moody Blues



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