Bill Thompson

Music writer

My career path was set when the Beatles walked onto the stage of "The Ed Sullivan Show," although it took me more than 40 years to get there.

Long after that fateful night in front of a small television in Piqua, Ohio, the delightful Janinne Thompson and I  moved to Cincinnati and had two equally delightful daughters: Kate, who lives in Washington, D.C., and Jane, who lives in Martinsburg, W.Va.

I worked at the Enquirer for more than 30 years as a copy editor. About five years ago, I started writing music stories for the paper. After semi-retiring in April 2012, the folks at WNKU-FM have graciously allowed me to continue pursuing that teenage dream on their website at  



12:11 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Too much fun with Kirchen

Bill Kirchen. Provided photo

Bill Kirchen gave a masters class in music history at Molly Malone’s in Covington Tuesday night. The difference between his presentation and a college lecture was the fact that he was thoroughly entertaining as well as enlightening.

Kirchen, the “Titan of the Telecaster,” is in his mid 60s but retains the impish gleam that he must have had at Ann Arbor (Mich.) High School where he went to class with Iggy Pop. He plays with such joy that it’s immediately obvious why his band is called Too Much Fun.

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1:51 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Month of May begins with Fun

Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe. Provided photo

The musical month of May literally starts with Too Much Fun and looks like it might continue for 31 days.

Guitar slinger extraordinaire Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, fresh off the season finale of WNKU-FM’s Studio 89 finale Monday night, wind up a three-night area stand Tuesday at Molly Malone’s in Covington after playing Dayton’s Canal Street Tavern Sunday.

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11:50 am
Sun April 29, 2012

Kim Richey comes home to Dayton

Kim Richey. Photo provided

Homecomings can be fraught with danger.

 Distractions abound:  “Friends” from third grade might just want to say hello, and maybe get a free ticket and CD, or there could be well-meaning members of the extended family who want to catch up with each other while the opener is singing.

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3:21 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Tedeschi Trucks Band wows the Taft

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Credit: James Minchin

Expectations were high for the Tedeschi Trucks Band show at the Taft Theatre Thursday. After all, this was the group whose "Revelator" album was No. 1 in last year's Top 89 voting by WNKU-FM listeners.

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Concert Review
12:30 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Review of Cowboy Junkies at the 20th Century Theatre - 4/24/12

For many people, mid-life is a time of crisis. For the Cowboy Junkies, it is filled with inspiration.

The veteran Canadian band thoroughly entertained an enthusiastic crowd at the 20th Century in Oakley Tuesday night with a mixture of new and old tunes. The new ones came from “The Nomad Series,” the band’s ambitious 18-month project that produced four CDs.

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12:28 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

WNKU welcomes a full week of live music

Cowboy Junkies play the 20th Century Theater Tonight

This week is a tasty appetizer for a summer that promises to sizzle with great performances.

It starts today when the Cowboy Junkies play the 20th Century in Oakley at 8 p.m. The band is scheduled to visit WNKU today during the 3 p.m. hour with Gary Keegan.

The Canadians, who wrapped up their four-CDs-in-18-months “Nomad Series” project with the release of “The Wilderness” last month, will play two sets tonight.

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