Blog Archives


lynmardisummerSummer time an’ the livin’ is easy, Fish are jumpin’ an’ the cotton is high. Oh, yo’ daddy’s rich, and yo’ ma’ is good-lookin’, So hush, little baby, don’ yo’ cry. 

Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward

Oh yeah, Summer is here and where else would you want to be except for beautiful Byron Bay! The weather is amazing  right now, averaging about 27 degrees. Lots of holiday-makers in the area and school leavers letting their hair down. Theming the show around Summer was almost too obvious. That’s me on the uke and Mardi, one of our beautiful volunteers getting in the mood, prior to the show.

pk2I was planning on a very lighthearted, pop-dominated program this week but received the sad news on Saturday that one of our Jazz presenters, and long-time BayFM supporters, had died last Friday evening. Peter Katims (fondly known as PK) had been fighting cancer for a number of years and, despite his illness, worked at the station as both a presenter and as part of the management committee right up until his passing. He will be missed. My programming slot, 2-4 Tuesdays, was the original time that he presented his program, ‘All That Jazz’,  so I really wanted to honour him during the show.  You will find a number of fine jazz tunes, and a couple of my own favourite non-jazz tunes,  in the playlist that were dedicated to him. Although I only knew PK for a short time,  I know that he would have hated a lot of fuss and ‘BS’ and would have expected us to get on with the job. So I hope that my Summer show also celebrates what he loved: good music and good community radio.

So, without further ado, here’s the playlist. An * denotes that the song was dedicated to PK:

Summertime – Billy Stewart

*Blue Skies – Ella Fitzgerald

*Too Darn Hot  Ann Miller

*Watermelon Man – Julie London

Groovin’ – The Young Rascals

Feels Like Summer  Al Green

Summerfling  k.d. lang

Brown Eyed Girl  Van Morrison 

Wipeout  Surfaris 

Surf City  Jan and Dean

All summer long  The Beach Boys

California Sun  Joe Jones

Summertime Blues  Eddie Cochran 

Under the Boardwalk  The Drifters 

My Girl  Temptations 

Summer in the City  The Lovin Spoonful

Summer Breeze  Seals & Crofts

In The Summertime  Mungo Jerry

Ice Cream Man  Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

Too hot  Prince Buster

*When Sunny Gets Blue –  Anita O’Day

Jambalaya (On The Bayou) – Hank Williams

Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison

The Boys of Summer  Don Henley 

Hawaii Five-O Theme –  The Ventures

Surfin’ Safari  The Beach Boys

Good Day Sunshine  – The Beatles

*I Can See Clearly Now –  Johnny Nash

*Sunny – Bobby Hebb

Finally, here’s some vision of Ella Fitzgerald. Bye PK.

Next week I’m thinking I might do ‘Around the World’. Let me know if you have any suggestions of songs that mention a particular part of the world, or travelling in general.

Theme Park airs on BayFM 99.9 Tuesdays 2-4pm Eastern Standard Time. Streaming on



%d bloggers like this: