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Tod Weidner

Host - The Jewel Case

A lifelong Miami Valley resident, Tod Weidner grew up in Ludlow Falls before moving to Dayton in the early 1990s. Tod graduated from Milton-Union High School and Sinclair Community College, and also attended the Columbus College Of Art & Design until his scholarship ran out and he moved home to pursue the lucrative career of a struggling musician. Tod has been heavily involved in the Dayton Music Scene for over 20 years, as both a solo performer and a member of such bands as The Motel Beds, Shrug, The American Static, and Set The Controls, to name just a few. When he's not playing, listening to, or reading about music, Tod keeps busy by fixing up his house, where he and his wife Patrice live under the strict and watchful authority of their two cats, Mikey and Joey.

This week's theme is RODENTIA; we'll be taking a look at tunes about mice, rats, hamsters, and various and sundry other gnawing little critters, from a list of folks that ranges from Yma Sumac to Lightnin' Hopkins to King Missile, and of course wood chips and the cheese. But first....

This week on the Jewel Case, we're doing a show about NOTHING: songs about nothing and nowhere. Not only that, but we've got a truly mind-bending lineup of artists to play and sing about it. George Jones? Check. Dead Meadow? Check. Lena Horne? Check. Those aren't even the most out-of-left-field ones. But first...

Too much monkey business for you to be involved in? Hope not. This week The Jewel Case examines songs about primates with Buck Owens, The Dickies, I-Roy, Big Maybelle and tons more weighing in. But first...

Singer/songwriter, poet, Nobel laureate, icon...it's hard to imagine modern music without Bob Dylan. This week, The Jewel Case celebrates Mr. Dylan's 77th Birthday with two hours of our favorite covers of the man's catalog, from everyone from Nina Simone to Willie Nelson to Rise Against. It speaks to the quality of your work when it translates across so many musical styles. But first...

In one of our early episodes we examined the abundance of songs that feature that ubiquitous character "Johnny". Tonight, we present The Continuing Adventures Of Johnny: two full hours of Johnny's adventures and misadventures. But first...

Answer Songs take an existing tune and tell it from another point of view, pick up where the original left off, or otherwise tweak another composition. Sometimes they're nothing but a quick cash grab; other times they end up topping the original version. But first....