In a digital age where literally thousands of music albums can be accessed in the palm of one's hand, some music purists still demand a more tangible form of music media.
Enter Bill Keith. Keith, the adviser for Plymouth-Canton's student-run WSDP-FM 88.1 (The Park), is a self-professed record geek.
"I'm not sure if they have a fun name for record geeks but I know where other record geeks like to hang out," Keith wrote recently in a Plymouth-Canton Patch blog. "You can find them at record stores and record shows."
A record show can be thought of as a flea market or baseball card show, but with collectible vinyl records instead of Mickey Mantle rookie cards.
It's little surprise, then, that Keith would bring the record show format to the high school campus where he works.
The radio station is hosting its fifth Record/CD/Music Memorabilia Show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Salem High School cafeteria.
"This year's show is our fifth and it should be our best yet," Keith wrote. "I'm pretty excited because we will have a record number of dealers at this year's show. We will have 40-plus tables of CDs, records, posters, T-shirts, 45s and much more."
Among the vendors is a PCEP teacher, whom Keith says boasts a collection of more than 1,000 records going back to the early grunge era of iconic independent record label Sub Pop Records, which gave rise to such bands as Nirvana.
"I had a chance to look through a hundred of them and saw 45s from Mudhoney, Nirvana, The Muffs, Rocket from the Crypt, Shonen Knife and so much more," Keith wrote. "The record geek in me got more excited as I flipped from record to record. She will have close to 1,000 records available."
The show is a fundraiser for the student-run radio station. General admission is $3; early admission—from 9-10 a.m.—is $5.
"What will I be looking for this year?" Keith wrote. "I don't have a must-have item but I'm sure to come home with something. Somehow I'll convince my wife that I just had to have it."
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