Sunday mornings won’t be the same.
After 10 years hosting the show “Sunday Morning” on 89.7 The River, Mike Fratt is giving up the gig.
“Actually, I’m surprised it lasted 10 years,” Fratt said. “While it was fun to share music, it was work to put it together each week. I didn’t just go in and throw down whatever. It meant staying on top of Triple A charts each week, reporting the show, etc. That usually meant two to three hours of prep at home each week.”
“Sunday Mornings” featured three hours of music that was often a mix of new and old. Last week’s playlist included Jackson Browne as well as very new music from Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and Fitz & the Tantrums.
Though broadcast early in the morning, the show was a great way to discover new music and listen to some favorite jams at the same time.
You can catch Fratt’s show one last time on Sunday. Fratt told me he’s going to spin his favorite songs of all time for his last show.
Rick Galusha, who hosts “Pacific Street Blues” directly after “Sunday Mornings” on the River, was bummed about the news but said Fratt should be nominated for some kind of award.
“Mike is a great guy, very bright, and we want to wish him the best,” he said. “It’s been a great run (that) fed the music hunger of area listeners.”
Fratt is a well-known face around Omaha music. He has played in various bands over the years and is the general manager at Homer’s Music. He’s also a board member of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the national music business association, as well as the board chair of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores.
“I know I’m probably crazy to give it up: Program whatever I like, 100,000-watt station, three hours. But it was starting to feel like a job,” he said. “After playing in many bands over the years, writing for three different street weeklies over the years, I realize nothing lasts forever. I’m looking forward to reclaiming my Saturday nights (I would head home early to get up early) and Sunday mornings.”
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As you might guess, I listen to a lot of new music.
Unfortunately, I don’t often have a way to talk about it, but I’m going to start doing so in this column. Every week, at the tail end of the column, I’m going to tell you about some new music you can try out — or not. (Maybe I’ll tell you to avoid it.)
I’d like to call it “Recently Added,” but I’m open to suggestions for other names.
So, here goes:
Statistics, “Take the Lead” — Omaha native Denver Dalley is the guitarist for Desaparecidos, but his personal project, Statistics, is pretty great. He has a new album, “Peninsula,” coming out in June, and it’s exciting. A new single, “Take the Lead,” is an unabashed pop rocker better than anything Maroon 5 has ever done in the same vein. And it features singer Har Mar Superstar helping out on the line: “Just clap your hands and move your feet... Put your trust in me / I got everything that you need.”
The National, “Trouble Will Find Me” — Out on Tuesday, the album features more of the plodding indie rock The National is known for. Not groundbreaking, but enjoyable.
Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories” — The long-awaited album from the electronic duo is streaming on iTunes. I dig how the electronic guys used real instruments for a disco-pop sound, but it’s not going to live up to the hype. (I’m not sure how it could.)