Favoriting Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet: Playlist from September 21, 2017 Favoriting

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WFMU's House of Horrors; with black/death/doom metal, punk/grind, Kosmische/Krautrock, filmmusic, and noise/improv. Regular live guests and film commentary.

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Favoriting September 21, 2017: William Berger Memorial Page


This is a public memorial page for the late great musician, DJ, Father and Human Being William Berger. Please feel free to leave remembrances and thoughts about William in the comments section below.

Memorial Radio Programming by William's WFMU pals:

Free Music Archive Listening Party with Cheyenne Hohman (Sept. 12)
Dedicated to the memory of William Berger: a sampling of live performances from his program My Castle Of Quiet
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Ken Freedman (Sept. 13)
Rise William, Rise!
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Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine (Sept. 14)
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I popped around during the whole show, so it's not a 3-hr tribute. (The second to last set is NOT William-related, but the last song is and I believe my talking ahead of it is.) I had been involved in a benefit compilation after William was in the hospital in December. When William passed, a number of these people reached out to see what they could do. On this show I read memories written to me from several bands who played on MCOQ, or who had releases on his Prison Tatt label. Lots of recollections, and recordings from the show and the label. I started the show right away with some William-related music. There are some really good memories in there. I would say 55% of the show is Berger-related.

Nickel & Dime Radio with Small Change (Sept. 14)
First hour devoted to William

Fabio (Sept. 14)
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Dave the Spazz (Sept. 14)
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Daniel Blumin (Sept. 15)
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I aired a portion of the radio greats weekend show featuring William. He plays live sessions, marathon promos, themes, live sessions, skits, etc. We talk about WFMU in the 80's and it's really nice to hear Berger talking about his love for the station before My Castle of Quiet brought him back to the airwaves.

Rich Hazelton (Sept. 16)
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The full show is a tribute to William and the music he’s played over the years (though far more Hip Bone as that’s when I first met him). I talk about him a little bit, but the music is mostly, bands he’s played over the years. The show starts with an hourlong raga by Pandit Pran Nath, and that’s one of my earliest memories of when I followed The Hip Bone and William had LaMonte Young and Marain Zazeela in to discuss Pran Nath. Then there’s Krautrock and Black Sabbath and Earth and Birthday Party, and more.

Scott Williams (Sept. 18)
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I've been paying tribute to William Berger on the radio for 20 years. Today marks the sad occasion I'll have to do so explicitly.

Irwin Chusid (Sept. 20)
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Remembrances of my brother Bill (before he was "William") and some rare 1980s recordings by him transferred from cassettes (his format of choice).

Jonathan Herweg (Oct. 6)
Better late than never. I pay tribute to my best friend and mentor William Berger.
3 hours of noise "Bliss." Rise William Rise

Eleven home recordings from the mid-1980s by and featuring William (with TK Folger, Krys O, and Irwin), and William's slam-dunk performance of the Damned's "New Rose" with the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia, March 2017. All tracks available for free download.


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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:42am

Wm. was my radio hero and I was proud to call him a friend in the brief few years we knew each other - He was encouraging and supportive and I will always be thankful. HAIL WM. HAIL THE CASTLE OF QUIET!

Wm. Berger was the best. That rare confluence of kindness, incredible taste, and an open mind. I wouldn't be who I am without his shows. HAIL WM !!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:07pm

Thank you Wm Berger for shedding light on a music genre that I was in the dark about and now love. You will be missed.
Avatar 9:28pm

I've posted to the comments boards on a few other shows, but:

I'm pretty sure I listened to every MCoQ. Wm. made a demonstrable and positive impact on my life, and I will miss him.
Listener Tim:

This is very sad news. I listened to his programs many times over the years. He will not be forgotten.
K. Ravko:

Rest in peace William. You will be greatly missed. Thanks for the hours of talks, releasing my first ever vinyl, always playing the stuff I sent you on WFMU, the records you did with Uncle Wiggly (which were of great inspiration to me), for being a great dad for your son, but most of all for just being a great friend. Wm., you are an inspiration.
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Phalanx Inferno:

Just today, I was wondering what had happened to Wm. We corresponded a few times, traded records and he played tracks from a band I was in over at his show. Sad to hear about his passing. RIP.

I've listened to him for a long time. The first radio I listen is about https://shellshockers2.com and I'm really impressed.
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