Radio Program Archives

UPDATE: November 23, 2015

It is with equal parts frustration and disappointment that I find myself being compelled to remove the CBC Nightlines and Brave New Waves archives I have hosted at this page since April 2012.  In September 2015 I moved the growing archive of fan recordings to a subdomain of this site and started using Omeka to organize and share it.  In doing this I also provided a means for fans to share their hometaped recordings – clearly this attracted the attention of the CBC Legal Department.  I am hoping I may be able to receive permission from the CBC to re-open and continue this archive.

If you would like more information on this archive, please do contact me at potters4|at|


UPDATE: September 26, 2015

I will be moving all of these archives over to to better accommodate all the Brave New Waves and Nightlines submissions I have been receiving.  If you have some recordings you would like to share, please consider adding them there – instructions on how you can do this can be found at 


This page stores and organizes a collection of radio programs recovered from a large box of tapes I discovered in storage.  They are mostly regional and national radio programs.  They are part of a cherished period of my life – listening to them brings back great memories.

“When you’re broadcasting in the middle of the night, you get people who really do listen and really do care about music, other than casual listeners who might just have it on in the car. The time of the night is really important for that. I do think we played the best music available and found new stuff that other radio stations would never, never broadcast.” ~ David Wisdom on Nightlines


“I think it’s the same kind of life-altering thing that happened when I discovered the show libing in the crappy suburbs outside of Ottawa. It strikes a chord with a lot of people. It’s the idea of a borderless beyond. Most of the tone of the letters we get are about that: ‘Oh my god, there’s more!” – Patti Schmidt on Brave New Waves


“It was simply the desire to do something different, creative and fun. The tone came through because of the personalities involved, and a sense that the music should be as cutting edge as possible. I had a real sense of the space of the place, a place that people came to every night: bring the people in and let us sit around and let’s not be too serious. In fact, let’s not be serious at all. It was live. If you had seen our preliminary notes – if I can call them that – we were talking and finding [radio] series from the archives and other broadcasters from around the world and running them on the show. All of that dissolved after a week. We found the format we could afford, which involved technicians who were as crazy as everybody else, and a live studio where anything can happen.” – Augusta LaPaix on Brave New Waves



23 thoughts on “Radio Program Archives

  1. Brian says:

    What a noble project. Loved what was spun on the mighty DS106 last night.

  2. Ed says:

    David contributed so much to late night radio and to our knowledge of a huge variety of music. It was a great ride while it lasted. Don’t forget his other show Pearls of Wisdom which was a different ride altogether. Thanks for collecting and airing some of the shows.

    1. gpotter says:

      I remember Pearls of Wisdom on Sunday evenings – great show – I recall it exploring great stuff from 40s, 50s, and 60s … would love some archives of those shows as well.

  3. Jacqueline May says:

    It’s odd that my local public radio station carried BNW every night – odd because I live in Philadelphia, PA and not on the border. The station there just took a chance on simulcasting it for a couple of years (between 1990 and 1992), and that show got me through some tough times. That opened me up to a whole world of music I never knew before. I want to help contribute to your online archive – though I am only really familiar with BNW (didn’t get to hear Nightlines here). I think this is a great idea for a project and just in time for the 30th anniversaries of both shows (both started in 1984). Tweet me if intrested (JtotheMay is my Twitter name)

  4. gpotter says:

    Thanks so much Jacqueline! I have linked your archives at this pages along with a post at – I will share any/all archives that come my way at this page in hopes of growing an archive.

  5. Dave Lang says:

    Thanks for these – really enjoyed the pub rock show – wish there were more!


    1. gpotter says:

      Right on – hope to have all of them up at this site in a more structured way this month.

  6. boliver says:

    Would love it if you could find Brent’s interview with Andrew Eldritch of Sisters of Mercy. This happened somewhere in 1990.

    Andrew comes across as the most gruff, grouchiest person and Brent handles it so well. One of the best interviews I’ve ever heard!

    1. gpotter says:

      I dont! But I would love to have a copy and share it back out with the Nightlines fans. Let me know if you come by one.

  7. Bill says:

    I would tape Nightlines on the weekend while working in the bakery, then record over the tape the next week, what a mistake. I have been trying to find anything close to NL, it just isn’t out there. Nightlines made working nights the
    “best of times”.
    I will be digging to see if any of my tapes are still around

    1. gpotter says:

      Let me know if you find any Bill … it would be really great to add to the ongoing collection and share them back out to the Nightlines fans.

  8. Diana says:

    Hi There!

    I’m looking for a very specific broadcast from the summer of 1994 called Psychedelic Weekend with David Wisdom. Does anyone have it? I have been trying to replace my copy for years and I just can’t find it ANYWHERE. Noble project indeed. 🙂

  9. n says:

    Wow, this is fantastic. I’ve been looking for something like this for years!
    MUCH appreciated, thank you for doing this.

  10. Brian says:

    So happy to see this collection is growing. Loved this show but only started listening in 1999. Would someone so kindly be able to re-up the Beck profile? The link is dead.
    Also, I have some recordings from the 20th anniversary that I hope to digitize soon. Old interviews they replayed with Sugarcubes, Shadowy Men, Sonic Youth, Stephen Malkmus, Matmos, Sage Francis, and original BNW host Augusta La Paix. Also have profiles of Buck 65 and Trans Am.

  11. Stevie Ray Brown says:

    Oh, I wish I’d known about this page before I threw out my boxes of hundreds of tapes of Night Lines. I was a shift worker and loved the show. I eventually set up a bank of cassette tape decks on timers to record Night Lines for listening when I was on other shifts. Thank you for posting these sound files, whoa it takes me back to a great time in music & radio!

  12. greg pollner says:

    hey i am lookng for a show that was done in the year 1998 it may have happened around when brave new waves did mr bungle. there was one song that i have not been able to find that has a female singer who i thought might have been portois head, it had a really cool flute melody thrown in. if any one has any clues about which one it is please let me know.

  13. kevin says:

    I found myself listening to this program in or about 1987/88. Detroit radio markets had crashed ( as far as I was concerned ) and the evil empire ( clear channel communications ) destroyed everything here in Detroit called radio. Even our public radio stations went to crap. Musically I’ve always been something left of center. I would follow mainstream music, but I needed something else other than mainstream to find a balance. It was pure chance I tripped across this program. First song I recall hearing; which I went to a Canadian music store in Windsor to buy, was Sarah Mc Lachlan’s with the group Manfacture / We Stand Alone. Her voice was so angelic to me at the time.

    Then when Skinny Puppy found its way into my ears…. I was completely hooked on BNW. Something that Clear Channel couldn’t destroy. Musically, I was getting my life back. As music the shift during the late 1980’s just wasn’t wearing well with me, this show was a breath of fresh air. This show even prompted me to buy electronic music equipment and learn the “how to” play it.

    Thanx Brent and the Brave New Waves Family !

  14. CP Walsh says:

    Wow! It’s time to dig again into my ‘bag o’ tapes’! I’ve at least parts of a hundred episodes on cassette.
    I resonated with everything I read here, particularly Kevin. Thank you!

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