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Eccentric Soul: Sitting In The Park Out Today
June 17, 2016, 12:00 pm
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(Bob Abrahamian with his grandfather)

Eccentric Soul: Sitting in the Park hits the streets today, almost exactly two years since the untimely death of Sitting in the Park host, Bob Abrahamian. In the wake of Bob’s death, so many tributes were held—both locally and internationally—that it’s shocking to consider he wasn’t a conventional celebrity. He did not host a nationally syndicated radio show, nor did he travel far and wide to play selections from his enviable 45 collection. His homegrown passion simply energized a network of soul collectors found across the globe, and his sudden passing sent ripples well beyond this community. Even Questlove took notice:

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We wanted to do something significant as a celebration and tribute to Bob’s work and we feel Sitting in the Park achieves that. Initially, we set out to continue the work we had embarked on together, and in doing so, I think we have created a collection of music that Bob would have loved—a compilation essential to even the most particular soul savant. We are unbelievably saddened that Bob isn’t with us to see the culmination of all his efforts, but it’s inspiring to have a hand in keeping his memory alive. Proceeds from every CD, LP, and download go to Bob’s sister, who is maintaining his significant archives. We hope you enjoy. 



Still Sitting In The Park (Podcast)
June 3, 2016, 1:00 pm
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(Bob Abrahamian, far right, in the WHPK studios, mid-’90s)

Eccentric Soul: Sitting In The Park was conceived of as a tribute to our friend and colleague Bob Abrahamian, his weekly radio show “Sitting In The Park” (WHPK), and the Chicago artists he championed. Meticulously researched and tirelessly compiled, “Sitting In The Park” brought Bob face to face with the sweet soul artists whose far-flung recordings had quickly grown from hobby to obsession. So where better to celebrate Bob’s time on terrestrial airwaves than aboard the universal college radio station of the future, NTS? This special broadcast includes a conversation between co-host Rob Sevier and Otis Brown, whose “Southside Chicago” became an anthem and theme song for Bob’s long-running radio show. Bob was never able to sit down with the Brown, so we engaged the Memphis transplant in a fashion consistent with Bob’s thorough interview style (“Sitting In The Park” episodes are archived at the website of the same name).

Click here to listen to our very special “Sitting In The Park” edition of Radio Free Numero.