Scott MacNicholl "The Doctor"


"The Doctor"  -  this is the moniker I go by on the air.  It was a nick-name given to me some 30 years ago by a couple of guys I knew while in the Navy.  We all had nick-names, hung out a lot together, listened to a lot of music ... I was the one who had always read the liner notes on every record I ever bought, and remembered the facts - thus my nick-name pulled from a Blue Oyster Cult song, "Dr. Music."
I began listening to KUNM in late 1968 as I was just turning 15 years old.  You could say it was, "underground FM," of the late 1960's, and the musical programming was dominated by the deeper rock 'n' roll being produced at that time.  It set the standard for how I would measure rock 'n' roll radio for the rest of my life.

After 26 years in the US Navy, I returned home in 1996.  Having finally put my entire stereo system together, I decided to listen to KUNM, to see what was happening.  I immediately heard the music of the late 1960's: it was Saturday night, and the Program was Dog City Rock.  I called the DJ, and asked him how I could get involved in KUNM.  Shortly thereafter, I began volunteering, and  hosted my first Dog City Rock show in November 0f 1997. 

In September 2006, the first edition of the Psychedelic Radio Head~Shoppe made it's way across the airwaves.  The show lets loose with the deeper tracks of the late 1960's and early 1970's, avoiding the over-played tracks the audience can hear ad nauseam on commercial rock radio.  Yes you'll hear: The Beatles, Stones, Cream, Hendrix, Doors, Airplane, .... but also, Electric Prunes, Frank Zappa, Captain Beyond, The Groundhogs, King Crimson, Steve Hillage .... and the list goes on!

Incredible cross-pollination of styles collided in those heady and tripped out 'daze' of the 1960's and beyond.  I try week-to-week, to bring out varied dimensions of that era of rock, and it's associated roots and branches, weaving themes and music (& requests), dipping into poetry, spoken word, comedy... and cook this all up in The Doctor's brew, in a steaming cauldron of rock 'n' roll sounds that moves your body, feeds your mind, and psychedelicizes your soul.

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Sat. 8/17 10p: The Psychedelic Radio Head~Shoppe celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival.  We’ll play your favorites from the Woodstock movie soundtrack, plus many previously unreleased performances from the iconic Festival, and we’ll share remembrances from Woodstock attendees! The Head~Shoppe’s Cosmic Poet will drop by to read some thoughts on the Woodstock vibe! Join us for a three hour journey through the garden that brought the social, political and musical dimensions of the Sixties into focus for one long beautiful weekend!

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Sat. 4/7 10p: This week on the Psychedelic Radio Head~Shoppe we pay tribute to the beginnings of “Underground FM” radio!  It was about 6 PM on April 7, 1967, when Tom Donahue opened the microphone at KMPX in San Francisco, and began his Free Form styled broadcast!  Although alternative radio was bubbling up nationwide, this moment is often considered ‘ground zero’ in the history of “Underground FM” radio.  We’ll have sound bites of many FM Radio legends, including Tom Donahue, B.

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Psychedelic Radio Head Shoppe 2/17 10p: Join us for a three hour celebration of Black artists in psychedelic rock, soul, blues, jazz/rock fusion and the roots of rap. 

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Sat. 11/14 10p: "The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard," is an acclaimed rockumentary charting the incredible rise and bizarre fall of the original flower punks.  This Saturday night on the Psychedelic Radio Head~Shoppe we'll have a conversation with the film's director, Neil Norman and the film's producer Alec Palao.  We'll discuss the creation of the film, The Seeds, and the Los Angeles rock scene of the mid to late 1960's.  



  Sat. 9/13 10p:  Tune in for  a conversation with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.  Ian talks about his new CD release "Homo Erraticus," his upcoming tour and appearance in Albuquerque, the evolution of Jethro Tull, and working in the 21st century music industry.  

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Sat. 8/16, 10p: Join us to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival in 1969.   We'll feature the music of the festival along with remembrances and reflections from Woodstock attendees. Also, special guest, singer-songwriter, Woodstock performer "Melanie" will call in to share her experience at the legendary festival.  Three hours of Woodstock memories on Psychedelic Radio Head~Shoppe.

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Sat. 8/9/ 10p: We pay tribute to the late Jerry Garcia.  It is the 19th anniversary of the untimely death of this icon in American music.  The legions of Deadheads worldwide continue to grow, as the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead continue to transcend generations.  We will feature music from the catalogs of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.  Rounding our tribute, special guest Jonathan Longcore will offer his reflections on his personal and musical relationship with Jerry Garcia.  

Sat. 6/16 10p: KUNM's Psychedelic Radio Head Shoppe and Sound Opinions mark the 45th anniversary of one of the most significant years in rock and roll. 1967 was the year that the recording studio as an instrument changed the way music is created; that the album as a united concept changed the way it is heard; that the festival experience remade the way music is celebrated live. Pop music became big business.

Sat. 11/5 10p: The Strolling Scones will make a visit to the Psychedelic Radio Head~Shoppe.  Rick Stockton & Helen Highwater, will drop by to discuss their upcoming new release, an EP, entitled "Something Happening In The Air,"  their upcoming tour dates, and the evolution of the band.