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To EVERYONE who takes the time to email me or send me a letter, to let me know that you are enjoying Anything Goes!! or that you had a good time at a show I sentya to, or ANYTHING, thanks so much. You are the best and you make my day!! Lise

Here's what some of you had to say:

Thanks so much, Lise for emailing me with the information I needed. I am working with the Mel Torme version of “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” which I was able to download from iTunes .  It will make all the difference in the world at the National Pageant of Senior America. Our pageant is about the “Age of Elegance” – the only organization for women over 60 and our goal is to let the younger women coming along behind us to know that there is LIFE after LIFE!   That they should NEVER lose their sense of discovery and curiosity……There’s lots of fun, excitement, and surprise out there – all they have to do is  look for it.You will hear me screaming if I win!  One contestant is 71 and biking from Nebraska to Atlantic City….talk about competition! Thanks so much for your help and quick response – October 24th is right around the corner.

Carol Schulz, Ms. New York Senior America 2008
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Hiya, Lise--

This is in reference to the fact that your show gets a little bawdy at times, and with apologies to Edward Lear...
A judge said, "Please tell me, Lise Av'ry,
Why you play songs just slightly unsav'ry?
As everyone knows,
There on 'Anything Goes,'
You're quite guilty of some mis-behav'ry."

Pete "The Milkman" Ritzert, Long Island, NY
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Dear Lise,
    Winning the Ella Fitzgerald poster on Monday was a great way to start off the week. I appreciate your sending it out so quickly.
It arrived yesterday, and I just put it up in my office this morning. I see from your web site that the Smithsonian has used many well known illustrators to do this poster series, but this is actually the first I has heard about it.
    I will continue to enjoy listening to your program on Monday mornings, and wish you all the best.

Sincerely,
Jimmy Margulies
Editorial Cartoonist
The Record

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Hi: I live in Boynton Beach, in Palm Beach County, Florida, and both my husband & I are lifelong radio listeners. I am from Toronto, Canada, was involved in the Columbia Record Company there, (Jazz ) and my husband & I have always shared this love of good music and good radio. We lived in New York for 45 years but since moving down here from New York a couple of years ago, we have been literally starving for intelligent broadcasters and quality radio programs such as we were used to enjoying in New York. All of our many friends & neighbors from the tri-state area up north feel the same way that we do. How exciting to know that you will soon be in our area. It will be a pleasure to spread the good news. Good quality radio is so badly needed here, and we and countless others will be thrilled when it is finally available. I am so tired of hearing about recipes for barbecue sauce, or what is the latest development in cigars, and the inane blathering and boring talk that is so prevalent here.
And the call-in shows only expose the sad state of much of the mentality down here.
Thank you for giving us this hope. We need it very badly.
"In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, but heaven knows, ANYTHING GOES!!!!!!!
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Wonderful show. you are good, girl.

Little know fact: Mel Torme is entombed at Westwood Memorial Park on Wilshire Blvd in Westwood, CA.  about 50 yards from Marilyn Monroe and not too far from Dean Martin, and across the field  from Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
The cemetery is really small, about the size of two football fields and located amid high rise office buildings. 
I was out there researching my book "DiMaggio Setting the record Straight"
Keep playing that good sound.
Marv
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Thank you for allowing me to see Christopher Cross @ the Carlyle. He sang (and played acoustic guitar) with 2 backup musicians (piano & Sax/Flute/Keyboard). Good solid show. Lorraine & I were among 45-50 in attendance, many of whom were from the 1st show. He played his hits & some less known songs and was quite cordial to those in the crowd. Most of the audience were "well-to-do" and many without inhibitions! It was all good, all fun. Nice to know the affluent get rowdy once in a while......George Maggio                          PS: My work schedule has changed and it will be difficult to listen on Mondays. I will miss you & "Anything Goes". Keep up the good (no, GREAT) work in my absence. You are what radio should be.

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Dear Lise,
We have only listened to the program the past two Sundays on WELY..Love the program...It brings back so many memories.
Thanks so much..
Gerry Petrich (Ely, MN)

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I listen every Monday morning to Anything
Goes without fail. It makes starting a new week feel ok!!
You are the best,
Patti Abelson
Larchmont, NY
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Hi,
So i didn't recognize Peabody's song. Sorry.
Thanks for playing the Nat King Cole. He's one of my many favorites.
Speaking of favorites you are now my favorite radio personality. The first to come along since Al "Jazzbo" Collins went to California. What a character he was !
I loved him. I doubt you have any of the Jazz Fairy tales that he recorded. They were written by Steve Allen and though a little long in the tooth now, (Like me) they are still fun.

I won't enter Your "Man of La Mancha" contest. We have seen it and thought it was wonderful, and I thought it was better than the original. This week we're going to see "The Play What I Wrote", I just hope the guest doesn't have a heart attack like Roger Moore. Probably with our luck the Mystery Guest will be some dork we've never heard of.
Keep up your eclectic variety and try to cheer up.
Best,
BOB of Ridgewood
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Just wanted you to know I love Anything Goes. You have a wonderful show with
wonderful music. It has opened up a whole new world for me of listening to
music made before my time (or your's I'm sure!). If you have an email
mailing list, please add my name to it.

Thanks,
Evan
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Dear Lise - Thanks for the tickets to the Marianne Faithful performance this
coming Sunday. I listen to Anything Goes, and its true, I have my roof TV/FM antennae aimed to pick up
89.1(here in Brooklyn, prospect heights - near Grand Army Plaza,
The Brooklyn Museum, & Main Library - zip code 11238). I get great
reception with the antenna and a signal booster (otherwise I get a usually
unlistenable signal)
I really like your spirit and the selections you make. I often work thru the
night here and keep the radio going all the time (I
produce display cases, platforms and exhibition stuff for museums & art
galleries in Manhattan, and was lucky to catch your show 'cause now I'm
working 6 days/wk as Exhibit Production Manager at the Cooper Hewitt
National Design Museum in Manhattan). Radio is important, I don't watch TV,
and activities go on here sometimes round the clock. I'm grateful
for the personal touch in your show and the creative thinking, original
taste, and general spark that comes from Anything Goes programming .
--------------Douglas James, DJames Studio

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Lise,

Wanted to let you know that I love your show. Great music and great
interviews. And interestingly enough, you disproved one of the great
paradoxes of radio.

I went to your website, but alas: "under construction." However, there are
many great photos of you online. Usually, the picture behind the voice is
not what you expected. That part is the same; not what I expected. But you
are way more beautiful than I imagined would be the person behind that
sultry voice.

So how do I get info on how to see one of your performances? Please
forward.

Anyway, first and foremost is my appreciation of your show, so I am not just
gawking at photos on the web. To play fair, attached is mine (albeit a lame
corporate ID photo).

Keep up the great work.

Greg Myers


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Lise,

So glad to see that you answer your own emails and even more so that you
program your own show! The way your personality comes through, your
enthusiasm and your knowledge of the music really gives that away but I had
to ask. In a way I'm also a life long student of music but without the
benefit of formal education. Of course there were a few music appreciation
classes in high school and college but most of my knowledge has come from
keeping open ears and an open mind. "Life long" is an appropriate term. My
parents tell me that I used to sing "Day-O" in my crib. Luckily my mom
worked for MGM records so we always had a good supply of records of all
kinds around the house. My fave as a kid was "Splish Splash". I did
attempt a few instruments when I was young but my music teacher told my
mother that I should stick to sports. My thoughts on that are that he was
not a good teacher and did not approach the subject with enthusiasm and
creativity. Anyhow, now I'm the one who's rambling.

Although I've spent many nights freezing at Yankee Stadium I was not
fortunate enough to have you or Marilyn or Jayne there to warm me up. The
thought is quite nice though. What more could one ask for??? The Yanks on
the way to another world championship and 3 alluring women wrapped up in one
to keep me warm. Makes spending $1,000 for a ticket seem cheap. Actually,
this is the first series that the Yanks have been in since the 70's that I'm
not going to. Tickets are so hard to come by and I'm not really interested
draining my account so drastically. It is tempting though. I love the
exhilaration of the crowd at a moment like when Dave Justice hits a three
run homer to turn a game and ultimately a series around. Can't explain this
one but I get the same sort of feeling when I listen to Tom Waites sing "I
Wish I Was in New Orleans." Guess it has something to do with approaching
perfection.

Continued success with Anything Goes. It is exciting to see something that
you've created become successful. You should be very proud. It's a great
show. Success always has a price, which is usually having enough time to
bring all of your visions to fruition and making sure all of the lose ends
are tied up. But for something you love nothing can compare. I must tell
you that from the time I was 10 I wanted to be a radio personality. Choices
let me down another path but the interest in realm of the profession is
still there. If you have time please drop me an email from time to time and
allow me to live your perils and successes vicariously. I like to know how
different businesses run and the creative things people do to overcome
issues.

Will you be performing anywhere in the area in the near future?

Take care and play nice.

Regards,

Gary

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I am a contractor and I listen in the truck when ever I can, I like your
musical sensibilities and selections. I am 53, raised on rock and roll,
unfortunately to the exclusion of all other music. For the past 15 years I
have done a lot of traveling to auto races (Indy and the south) with a man 20
years older than me and it was his car, his musical choices, and I developed
a real liking for everything from Sinatra and Doris Day, to Bob Crosby and
Slim Whitman. My wife has a background in classical music and I am beginning
to realize how ingenious Broadway musicals were in the 40's and 50's. I
heard your interview with Uncle Floyd, I love his piano playing, thanks for
one of the few bright spots on the radio.
Robert Griffith, Nutley NJ

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Hi Lise:
Thank you for the tickets to see "RENT." The tickets arrived today.
My wife and I are looking forward to going, it's been a long time since we
have gone to a show.
Your program "Anything Goes" is perfect. I listen to it as I commute and
it sure makes the ride better. Such a beautiful variety of music and what a
great voice !!
I see on the stationary that you are also on WJUX . I will give that
station a preset on my car radio and try to catch you.

Sincerely,
Gary S. Rafuse
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Thanks for the Tix. to the Moscow choir show, Lise.
And even MORE thanks for the beautiful pix!!! (-:
You are a beauty! *if you don't mind my saying so* My
daughter, a Russian linguist, has wanted to see this
show and is very excited. I ,on the other hand don't
want to see it BUT-after hearing you on the radio and
seeing your website, am also "very excited" (-:
Thanks again, Dahrlink,
George
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First time listener. Found you on Jukebox radio on saturday night, though
all material I've seen on your site is for WFDU on weekday mornings. Like
your selections. Now that you are on the radio, Danny Stiles can retire. His
play list is no competition for you anyway. Paul

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Lise, I recently discovered your ANYTHING GOES program on both WRTN and WJUX. I moved to the area in 1972 and
quickly became a WNEW fan. I like many others was terribly disappointed when it went off the air. WQEW
didn't last long either.I was also a fan of the old WRVR. WBGO and WKCR satisfied my craving for jazz, but
until the revival of WVNJ there was no station that followed the "popular standard and big band format."
Several regional stations have picked this up, and thank goodness Jonathan Schwartz found a spot on WNYC
as did Jim Lowe on WRTN. So, I was equally excited to find your program on several stations. I did not know
that you were on WFDU, or I would have been a fan even earlier than the past several weeks. Are you
syndicated in other geographic areas ? I'd like to spread the word. I'm also planning to get the web site
hook-up in order to follow you there as well. My only "complaints" are that you are not on more often and
cannot be picked in Manhattan where I work, and there is no photo of you on your web site. I live in
Rockland county on the Bergen county border which is why I get you on RTN and JUX.
Best of luck, and have a very happy New Year.
A new fan,
Albert Marcus
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Hello Lise....
How wonderful it was to be sitting in my living room overlooking Central
Park, and to hear your broadcast of Christmas afternoon. At first I thought
the radio was tuned to WBGO, but when I heard a commercial, my interest was
really piqued since no commercial station plays that kind of hip music.
Goodness, there was Ella with Bing, and a Sinatra thing.
I really got zapped when you played a boogie woogie Santa piece by what
sounded like Dizzy's big band with Joe Carroll singing. Unfortunately, I
didn't hear you announce that recording as I was on my way downstairs to go
pick up the mother-in-law (she's 87). When I got into the car, however, I
managed to catch your final two songs, ending with Mr. Bennett; but I remain
puzzled by the identity of the boogie offering. Would you be so kind as to
put me straight on who was singing and playing? It sure sounded like Bags on
the vibes, too.
May you have all the success you deserve.
Thank you, and Happiness in your Holidays, be they Billie's or not.
Yours,
The Bard of Bop
PS Marvelous presentation on your web site, too.

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LISE;
HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR HOLIDAYS. LISE, I HEARD SOME GREAT MUSIC OVER THE
RADIO, CHRISTMAS WEEK. I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP. I AM SURE YOU CAN PULL
THIS RABBIT OUT OF THE HAT. I HEARD A CUT FROM A X-MAS ALBUM BY THE
SINGER ERNIE ANDREWS. IT IS THE OLD SONG "I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS".
THE NAME OF THE ALBUM IS CALLED "CHRISTMAS IN HOLLYWOOD", IT IS DONE
WITH A SMALL GROUP CONSISTING OF SAX, GUITAR, DRUMS, AND A HAMMOND B-3,
AND OF COURSE ERNIE ANDREWS. IT IS A REAL GRITS AND GRAVY VERSION. THE
GROUP IS GREAT. I AM GOING CRAZY TRYING TO LOCATE THIS CD. THEY CLAIM IT
IS A NEW CD, BUT I AM HAVING NO LUCK TRYING TO LOCATE THIS CD TO BUY. IF
YOU CAN COME UP WITH THE LABEL AND NUMBER, I WOULD BE SO GRATEFUL.

I RECEIVED THE CD FROM SHARON MOORE AND THE ARTICLES WRITTEN ABOUT HER
IN SEVERAL MUSIC MAGAZINES, AND WOULD LIKE TO SEND THESE TO YOU. IF YOU
CAN GIVE ME AN ADDRESS, WHERE I CAN MAIL THEM TO YOU, I WILL SEND THESE
OUT TO YOU ASAP. POSSIBLY THE ADDRESS OF FDU WHERE YOU WILL SURELY
RECEIVE THEM.

ARE YOU GOING TO BE ON THE AIR 1/1/01? I AM LOOKING FORWARD IN HEARING
YOU, ESPECIALLY YOUR 12:00 TO 1:00 SWING SESSION. AS FAR AS WHAT TYPE
OF SWING I PREFER, JUST KEEP PLAYING WHAT YOU ARE PLAYING, AND KEEP
KNOCKING ME OFF MY CHAIR WITH YOUR SELECTIONS BY SOME ARTIST'S I NEVER
HEARD OF. WHAT REALLY KILLS ME IS THAT I THOUGHT I WELL VERSED IN JAZZ
AND MODERN MUSIC, AND EVEN SOME OF MY BLACK FRIENDS WHO ARE DEEP INTO
JAZZ, GO CRAZY WHEN I MENTION MUSICIANS THEY NEVER HEARD OF, AND STORIES
ABOUT THEM.

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, AND YOUR WEB PAGE IS REALLY SUPER, YOU ARE
REALLY A TALENTED ARTIST. HOPEFULLY WHEN SHARON COMES UP, WE CAN CATCH
YOU DOING A GIG.

SINCERELY,

DOUG PERCOCO
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So (as usual) I get home from work on Wednesday night around 2am, set my
alarm clock, get up at 7am, hit the 'record' button on my stereo & go
back to sleep. I finally get to hear your program as I'm driving on
the West Side Highway yesterday afternoon going back to work and sure
enough you
mention me and play one of my favorite songs ('Hey There') Neat! By
the way, I think that it's really cool that you decided not to play the
typical hit version. I'd never heard this one and I really liked it.
Thanks!

I don't know if you know this album but a few years back Alice Ripley
and Emily Skinner (the sisters from 'Side Show') made a wonderful album
of female Broadway duets. The album is called "Duets" (how original) and
is a lot of fun. There might be a cut or two from that which would fit
your eclectic format.

Again, thanks for the mention. I'll keep trying to catch the program,
but I really need some sleep (or get a day job!)

Stan Garelik

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Hi. I heard a great song on your show this morning, but I didn't get a
chance to hear
who the artist was or what album it's from. It played at around 9:15 today,
April 29,
2002, and the chorus goes..."Cause I've got spurs that jingle, jingle,
jingle..." My
singing voice is even worse in person. I really dig your show and thanks
for doing
it. Take care.

Don

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Hi!
I just wanted to say hello and that I love your show.You play an awesome mix of music I never hear anywhere else.Thank you for producing such a great program.By the way your cats are beautiful.Really cute.Keep up the good work!

Take care,

Vince

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Dear Lise,

Could you please send me the e-mail for Stan Sherman. Was
something interesting about dumb laws in Ohio in regards to catching whales.
Also would like to mention that there is a radio show on WRTN which you are
also on, with a husband and wife. I think that they come out of St Louis.
Anyway there was an old song before my time that was called "Three Sheets To
The Wind" , They were interviewing somebody and they thought it was meaning
that someone was tipsy from too much liquor. Well On the Danny Styles show a
while back he mentioned that it referred to a sailboat. Just thought you
might find it interesting. Three sails to the wind. A very faithful listerner
to you every week.

Sincerly,
Joe Haeussler

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Hello Ms. Avery,

My name is Scott Boyd and I live in Huntsville, Texas. I am a state of Texas
employee and today while eating lunch, I heard your program for the first
time on KSHSU 90.5. I enjoyed it very much and laughed out loud during the 2
guys in the doctors office (can't remember the name).

I am an avid autograph collector and would like to request an autographed
photo of you for my collection. You are a very beautiful lady, you would
make a great addition of it. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Scott Boyd
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Lise,
Cruising down the Garden State Parkway on a Monday, searching for something reasonable on the radio, I was amazed to hear a show that I thought must be out of a time warp. Forty years ago I lived in Chappaqua, NY and we used to listen to WPAT, a station in Paterson, NJ. It's format was strikingly similar to yours, although they got a lot more time to do it. Relying on a wide range of musicals and classic popular songs, they would often play two or three versions of the same song, and included such off-beat performers as Lotte Lenya singing Weil (I remember only the American songs, but they may have done the German as well). One entertaining gambit they used a lot, which you might consider if you're not doing it already, was to pick numbers from the foreign casts of popular musicals; thus you might hear several songs from "My Fair Lady" in English, Spanish and Russian right next to each other.
Unfortunately I no longer live in the area, and your web times don't work well either. Never-the-less it's great to hear this kind of programming again, and I hope you continue to do well.

Jim Granger
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I just discovered your radio station and I am delighted to find a radio station that plays the songs I love. I would love to hear a session on Al Jolson (my first idol) and Glen Miller. In my teens when everyone else was listen to Alan Freed and Rock and Roll I was a closet Big Band fan. You have a new fan.
Evelyn
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I'd like to hear Irma Thomas and Nina Simone one of these days on your Monday "Anything Goes" .
Thanks for extending your grand personality over the airwaves and playing such divine music and fabulous comedy.

While I'm at it, more of Bill Cosby would be good, even more of the same. What a wonderful way to start the week!

Rachel Lawrence