“Leftover Biscuits” host Paul Josey celebrates 500th radio show

Playing 78 rpm records is different. They’re thicker, heavier. They even require a special needle.

Paul Josey knows this. He’s the only DJ in central Virginia who plays 78s live on the radio.

On Saturday, March 16, Paul airs his 500th episode of “Leftover Biscuits” on WTJU 91.1 FM.

Every Saturday from 6:30 – 8 a.m., Paul shares stories and music from the early roots of American country and blues music from the 1920s and 1930s. Music from a time when genres were blurry and analog recording was the hot new technology. The show includes the famous acts and the not so famous… From the Carter Family and the Memphis Minnie to jug bands, Hawaiian, shape note singers, and string bands.

“The songs of the 1920s and 30s offer a diverse collection of the earliest recordings of blue collar American music. Sharing songs & stories of our triumphs, losses and common history, at best, brings us together,” said Paul.

All of WTJU’s on-air hosts are volunteers from our community, and the station airs a tremendous plurality of voices and music genres. Paul came on board on March 20, 2010.

“I was supposed to play a few songs during Emmett Boaz’s show and he called in to the station to say his truck died that morning. I cobbled together a few additional finds from the record library and, musically, have kept looking back ever since,” said Paul.

In 2023, Paul Josey visited the Vintage Music Company in Minneapolis, one of the few remaining record stores specializing in 78s

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