Radio Junk Garden

On Wed from 03:00 pm EST to 05:00 pm EST






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Since Radio Junk Drawer materialized in Portland, Maine, in April 2001, Mister Pence has offered junk-drawer perspective every Wednesday . . . smart sound, garage visionaries, and pop with a problem.

In June 2020 Mister Pence’s junky outlook shifted to The Garage.  Last November it migrated to The Furnace.  Since late April 2021 it frequents The Garden.  Moreover, the vibrations extend into the open night occasionally via shows called night junk.

Linx to the five freshest shows appear (far) below under the heading Audio Archive.

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. . . a dozen examples of engagement that echo the mysteries embodied in the so-called audience for radio . . .

01  what can ye tell us about john hose?
02  is or why is mark bolan superior to nikki sudden?
03  will ye ever resist reprising fat city extro soundtrack for our spiritual well being?
04  why did ye fail to celebrate the show’s twentieth anniversary?

05  wait, is taste the least sung of the five senses?
06  is yer AM transistor back in yer life despite yer supposed indifference to the sox?
07  does each week’s show have a twee title now?
08  did anyone care one way or ‘other about the so-called room-tone show?

09  wait again, yer not taking The First Opportunity to return to bedford street on-air studio?
10  is comfort underrated or overrated mister pee?
11  wouldn’t it be nifty if number ten turns out to be the most hilarious and prescient query of them all?

12  does sanford continue to exist when ye don’t go there?


key to images above, top to bottom: mister pence in avanti by the builders association, south bend 04; mister chekhov; mister pence with “bottle mic” in rehearsal of master builder by the builder’s association, nyc 93; mister pence’s photographs of a sanford mill exterior ca 85; mister treacy; mister pence’s search result for “transistor radio”; mister pence 20; factory, south bend 04.

key to image below: aspirations.


The playlists:



Jeff Bell art teacher, Windham High School

Listening to Archive Apr. 5th with my AP Studio art class and they’re loving it!
I’ll send you a shot of them at work if I can. Anyways, regarding Tomorrow Never Knows, a quirky phrase taken from Ringo during an interview, John found it hilarious. The replacement is from loops they each went home and experimented with. Paul along with a bunch of random other songs recorded seagulls. That’s what is most prominent.

David Pence

Jeff Bell, thank you SO much for listening and for writing. Thrilled that your AP Studio art class loved the show along with you! Viva la radio! Perhaps one or more of your students may be interested in listening to–or even joining–the Blunt Youth Radio program on Monday evenings.
All the best to you and your students at WHS!
David Pence

Paul Randall

Mr. Pence;
With great pleasure
I listened to your program on March 13th. Keep up the great work.
I’m thinking you’re the Dave Pence who has (had?) a father of the same name that sold insurance.
If you are, my mom, Ruth Randall
(deceased), used to take care of you and Wesley Littlefield
(still doing well) during the day.
I just thought I’d say hello. I’m not a Facebook, or Twitter user.

David Pence

Paul, thank you for listening and thank you for taking the time to write. I am that David Pence, indeed, and I remember the time spent in and around your family’s house so long ago very fondly. Bless your late mom. Best, David.


RDJ is ALWAYS good but it was REALLY good yesterday (7/12/17). Sent that ep to a couple people in hopes of getting them to start listening. You’re amazing! 🙂

Sarah Woodard

I was Music Director and a DJ at MPG back around 1987. (“Coffee and Cigarettes.”) Radio Junk Drawer sends me back to the days of spending every last cent buying vinyl and seeing bands. RJD is the freshest show in Maine. Never ever stop, Dave.

David Pence

Sarah, thank you so much for listening to RJD and for your generous comments! Thrilling to know there are listeners out there like you.


Hey Dave, On today’s show you played a great song by Kendra Smith but you didn’t know where it came from. The EP is called Kendra smith presents the guild of temporal adventurers. Just discovering ur show and loving it. Keep it up, brother!

mr pence

How did I never to reply to your wonderful comment! Thank you for listening, thank you for writing, and thanks for detail about that Kendra release. Yes, every time I flip through stacks in a “vintage” shop, it’s THAT release and a handful of others that are like gold in the riverbed. I love the journey to try to find them. Best, David

Biff Sanchez (syeudonym)

hey David, I’ve been listening to Radio Junk Drawer for some years now when I can catch it. Ive always liked your show because of the obscure 60’s 70’s stuff you play . Really cool stuff. I;m a few years older than you (62) so I’m a huge Beatles guy. I play guitar (unrelated) a ton of Beatle material. Anyway, I streamed my first Radio Junk Drawer today and was super pleased about George’s Album. I never thought I would be able to connect with someone about the impact that had on me. I was thinking the whole time that you should play “be here now’ and sho nuff, you played it last. I cannot articulate my feeling for this album except it was extremely memorable for me..
PS. I have the guitar tablature book as well as the album of course. Great job man, hope to meet you some day maybe as we have very similar interest….

David Pence

Thanks for listening–and thanks for writing! So happy the show landed for you, and I love the kismet of be here now. Rock on…


First-time streamer in 2019 from Appalachian Ohio. Great show. So impressed. Would love to see Leo Kottke and Meat Puppets on the same bill!

David Pence

So glad you found Radio Junk Drawer. Thanks for the kind words. dp


really digged your road trip of sound this afternoon. so good to hear atmospheric new order-joy division-steve reich-and those “German weirdos” mixed in with cut copy-hot chip. heck, the whole show was spot on perfezionare.

David Pence

So glad it landed so nicely for you, JP–thanks for listening and thanks for writing!
David Pence

Steven Manning

Man, your hitting my sweet spot with these Byrds songs. I was at the Cambridge Rolling Thunder review show (second row center) and remember McGuinn being all over the stage.


02032021’s (lush & shimmer)… quite special, Mister Pence, quite.

dream syndicate rematerialized!! meraviglioso. loved them in the wayback time. crystal canyon, ana roxanne, gretchen grimm … yes, goregous friday night music on a winter wednesday afternoon. Grazie.Grazie.


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