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Singing along with the Radio
I’d always dreamed of making a recording. Several years ago (okay, maybe more than that), I asked some of my favorite musicians to gather with me to make a CD. We gathered around and sang some of my favorite songs. Only one is an original composition (“Kansas City Prime”). You can order one via this website. If you wish to have an autographed copy, you’ll have to order it directly from me. Otherwise, you can order single tracks via Amazon or Apple Music.
- Kim and Reggie Harris
- David Roth
- Matt Watroba
- Eric Erickson
- Bob Franke
- Priscilla Herdman
- John Kirk
- Amy Fradon
- Joanne Redding
- Bernice Lewis
- Artie Traum
- Siobhan Quinn
- Ben Murray
- Nick Barr
- Steve Gillette
- Cindy Mangsen
- Brian Melick
- Chris Shaw
Interview for The Thomas Edison (The Eddies) Hall of Fame Induction (Courtesy of the Proctors Collective), held March 27, 2023
Wanda was among several music-related professionals to be inducted into New York’s Capital Region Thomas Edison (The Eddies) Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs.
Here are her remarks from that night.
It’s a long way from the South Shore of Boston…
From the hills of southwestern Virginia…
From learning to play the guitar in the coffeehouses of the 1960s, in Cambridge and Boston…
From the first radio console I sat behind in Worcester, Massachusetts…
From moving to the Capital District in 1979…
From setting foot in the studios of WAMC in 1982…
From the broadcast booth of Fenway Park…
From sitting behind a laptop and churning out my first novel…
From the stands of Fenway Park…
So much has happened in between. Two children, grown up, with children of their own. Retirement from my “day” job.
But I have to say tonight that I wouldn’t be here without the support of so many people—people who did everything from giving me the opportunity to be on the radio in Worcester and in Albany, to babysitting my young children when the Albany show began, from driving me to the radio station after surgery to putting up with my being absent from my home and activities every Saturday night.
My family has made great sacrifices so that I can be at this podium tonight. Bill Fischer, who, by the way, does our laundry while he listens to the Hudson River Sampler on Saturdays. Becky Fischer Prevost and Tim Fischer, our adult children, whose lives revolved around my not being home on Saturday nights.
Hillary Clinton said it takes a village. She’s so right. This village, this folk community, this music environment, paved the way for me to be here tonight. This is my village. I couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you all.
I enjoyed ‘Singing Along with the Radio’ a lot. It reintroduced me to a lot of songs that I’ve heard over the years but not recently. Then it reintroduced me to many singers I’ve also heard and enjoyed over the years but haven’t had time to hear them for some time. Finally, it introduced me to Wanda as a singer…
It is clear that [Wanda Fischer] has tackled this project as a fan and artist. Thankfully for the listener, she has the knowledge and skill to bring to the music, all that she has to offer as both
Your CD is so beautiful! I felt like you gave me a very precious insider’s look into your life, your humanity, your love for life and music. What a beautiful project. I am overwhelmed.
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Margie Rosenkranz of The Eighth Step photographs Wanda holding the 'Golden Record' Eddies Award, as she's being photographed as well. Who would ever have thought that I would be part of an actual Hall of Fame? I mean, I'm a regular visitor to the Baseball Hall of Fame...