The music of Chagigah would be from the American Jewish Songbook with a mix of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Irving Berlin, Marvin Hamlish, George Gershwin, Carole King, Carly Simon, Leonard Bernstein, Adam Levine, Oscar Hammerstein, to name just a few.
Israeli Music would include the top acts and music of the last ten years including, Matisyahu, Debbie Freidman, David Broza, Shlomo Hanoch, Yehudi Poliker, Shiri Maimon, Liron Amram, Eden Ben Zaken, to name a few.
Features on Chagigah
The program would consist of a personality radio program with the host speaking to the individual listener. The hook would be to bring out the “memories” and “stories” of this Jewish and Non Jewish audience.
Shaggier will celebrate the great American Jewish comics by playing short comedy bits from the genius of Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Crystal, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Rodney Dangerfield and the many other talented Jewish comedians of the last 50 years.
Dr Kaplan, a well know Psychologist from Newton would answer a weekly question from a listener such as “ We live in an Intermarriage Home. As a child we celebrated Christmas. What is the best way to incorporate Christmas and Chanukka at the same time as my Jewish husband is having trouble with a Christmas Tree in our house. Another question could be “ I am brining my non Jewish fiance home for the first time to meet my religious family. How do I diplomatically spend the weekend and keep everyone happy”.
Dr Kaplan had worked on Boston’s Jam’N 94.5 for three years as the Sunday night “Dr” who answered listener questions on various topics for their young adult audience. He was also the call in “Dr” for Romero. He answered Jewish questions for Jewish readers of the Jewish Advocate.
Sunday Jewish Memories
This feature would be a weekly theme where audience participants would call in and discuss a favorite Jewish memory such as Hebrew School, A Grandmother, Jewish Foods, Summer Camp. These listeners would tell a favorite memory, followed by a comedy track by Seinfeld or Billy Chrystal or older Jewish comedian who talks about that theme and is followed up by a music track that also is part of that theme.
Israeli Top Hits of the Week
We would play the top five Contemporary Jewish tracks, of the week as noted in Billboard
In this feature we will talk with guests who will discuss the different Milestones of a Jewish family. Discussions will focus on Planning a Bar Mitzvah or a Wedding, dealing with sending a child to Summer Camp, Planning For College, Dating, caring for older parents and other milestones of family life.
Bringing in these guests to share about their knowledge and specialities about Jewish Family Milestones will also introduce these potential underwriters to what WERS is about and give them a taste of our audience, our music and the powerful voice of WERS.
As with all guests on Chagigah they will also choose a tune from our American Jewish Soundtrack and tell us why they like that song and how it resonates to them with a memory.
We would take a familiar song and edit three versions together of that song from different eras. An example would be Beir Mista Shane recorded by the Andrew Sisters iand edit that to the Barry Sisters and end it with the popular Bette Middler version. This history of the song thru the years would be discussed.
A guest from the Boston Jewish Community would talk about their memories of Growing Up Jewish in a light hearted conversation. This guest would bring in two songs from the American Jewish Songbook and tell us why that song was an important part of their life. Non Jewish guest would come in and talk about what it was like growing up in a Jewish neighborhood or meeting a Jew for the first time etc. The guest would also be someone who would talk about their organization, school, or company.
Audience members would choose an American or Israeli songwriter or singer and we would play three tracks from that entertainer. We would talk about their music, life and give some fun facts about that singer/songwriter.
A Taste of our Musical History
We would have listeners request upbeat, popular songs from their Jewish history. In this feature we would play two upbeat songs such as a Klezmer and Jewish A cappella track.
Throughout Chagigah we will keep the phones open to have people calling in to make this an audience participation program. I will have special people call in to tell us about a great new Jewish restaurant, a great new contemporary Jewish movie, upcoming Jewish concerts etc.
Temples, colleges, institutions or other community people call in to tell us about an upcoming event. This will allow the community from that institution to listen in to WERS to hear a member “talk” about their organizational events.