Juke In the Back

Hosted by Matt The Cat

Juke In The Back presents the soul that came before rock n’ roll: 1950s rhythm and blues. Each week, this underrated and rollicking music plays on that old Rockola Jukebox in the back.

These songs are the building blocks of rock n’ roll. These are the records that inspired Elvis and single-handedly led to the rock n’ roll explosion of the mid-1950s. Big Joe Turner, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Wynonie Harris, LaVern Baker, Roy Brown, Joe Liggins, Professor Longhair and many more take center stage on The Juke In The Back. Matt The Cat hosted a similar program on XM Satellite Radio called “Harlem” and now he brings this great music and information back to radio.

matttheCat7thgradeMatt The Cat has spent the last 20 years in radio, beginning at the tender age of 13 when his career began, hosting an Oldies radio show on the little 710 watts community radio station WBMT in Boxford, MA.  He attended Emerson College in Boston, where he hosted a weekly classic soul music show called “The Soul Bucket.” It was there he interviewed the legendary Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band. Others included Barrence Whitfiled, Bernie Worell, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson, and Otis Clay.

My radio career began at WBMT-FM 88.3 in Boxford, MA. I was 13 years old. I hosted a show called “Friday Night At The Oldies” from 6-10pm every Friday Night,on WBMT. It ran from January, 1989 until June of 1994.  It was here that I learned what worked and sounded good and what didn’t. I wouldn’t be anywhere today if it wasn’t for Glen Walker, the general manager of WBMT for giving me a chance to open a mic and discover what came out. We all have to begin somewhere and it’s really too bad that everyone can’t have access to a radio station like this to start out on. Where’s the radio talent of the future going to learn how it’s done?

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  • Wednesday - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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