Vinyl Tap is a Canadian radio show hosted by Randy Bachman, musician alumnus of the famous Canadian rock band The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive. Each episode of the show first airs on CBC Radio One Saturday nights from 7 to 9 p.m., and is then repeated on CBC Radio 2 Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Radio One Fridays from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
In the two-hour program, Randy Bachman plays predominantly classic rock, pop and older jazz music and tells stories behind the selections, adding from time to time short musical demonstrations played live, besides frequent personal anecdotes. Musical selections are commonly organized around a theme, sometimes of Bachman's own choosing and sometimes in response to a request submitted by a listener. The program's format somewhat resembles Finkleman's 45s, the program it replaced on the CBC Radio schedule, although Bachman presents a very different range of musical selections than Danny Finkleman did. Some of Bachman's musical stories from the program were published in book form in the fall of 2011.
Until 2011, when they separated, Bachman's wife Denise McCann Bachman also participated in the show, reading listener mail (typically 40 minutes into the first hour), doing fact research and commenting. His son Tal Bachman took over the research for the show, but does not contribute as an on-air personality.
In 2010, Bachman hosted an episode of the show live from the Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto. Titled "Guitarology 101", the episode featured Bachman, McCann, Mick Dalla-Vee and Brent Knudsen talking about various aspects of guitars, including live performances of a number of classic rock and rhythm and blues songs.
CBC Vancouver senior radio producer Tod Elvidge engineers, edits and compiles each show for broadcast.
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