Radio Junk Furnace

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





BACKSTORY  Since Radio Junk Drawer materialized in Portland, Maine in 2001, Mister Pence has offered junk-drawer perspective every Wednesday afternoon: smart sound, garage visionaries, and pop with a problem. In 2020 Mister Pence’s junky outlook shifted to the Garage, then migrated to Furnace (for winter) and Garden. Occasionally vibrations extend into the open night with shows called night junk.

LISTEN to the 5 freshest shows at the top of this page under the heading “Audio Archives.”

CONTACT?  Would you ever say hello–or send Mister your music? Scroll down to “Leave a Reply,” or use electronic mail to type a message to Moreover, it could be entertaining to follow the show and its Mister on the IN-stuh-GRAM:


. . . the questions from the far and the near . . .

01  is renewal trendy?
02  what gives?
03  by what margin did bedford corner roundabout win 2021?

04  what about painting?

05  you really gave away your garcia marquez books?
06  are we invited to enjoy german music because of your winter of german content?
07  can you confirm that your heart burst as you experienced PEN15?
08  are waves an interesting abstraction?

09  autumn of and winter of re-what?
10  is comfort relevant, mister pee?
11  where is the love?

12  how could sanford continue, never mind thrive, without mister’s regular presence?


key to images above, top to bottom: mister pence’s photograph of a sanford mill exterior ca 1985; mister chekhov; mister pence with “bottle mic” in rehearsal of master builder by the builders association, nyc 1993; mister treacy; mister pence’s search result for “transistor radio”; mister pence 2020; factory, south bend 2004.

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.

Gwensta Funny

was on the road & heard you play that Heavenly song.
haven’t heard Heavenly in, oh, heavens, I don’t know, at least a guardin’ decade?
really takes me back. thanks for the good tracks.

Mister Pence

Love that you caught the heavenly track and that you said so. you may dig the catenary wires stuff I featured earlier in the show (the very same amelia fletcher and rob pursey ca 2021). thank you for listening and for writing.

Ed Lutjens

David – Have really enjoyed your radio show, especially through out the pandemic.
I’ve always been a big fan of the Fall and the Chameleons, and love your returns to them in your show. I grew up Down East on a weird little naval outpost left over from ww2. I had two amazing musical awakenings:
One from a pair of boys from St. Thomas who’s mother had married a navy man, and moved them to Winter Harbor. I was just coming aware of the Clash, and these two shared all their cassette tapes of reggae from their islands. The overlap was timely and magic.
Then, when I was a sophomore in consolidate school, Tanya arrived from Japan, her dad taking over command of the base,. (She is now Galen’s partner, small world..). She brought with her all kinds of bootleg tapes, including the Chameleons, and I was floored!
I don’t know where you grew up, or if you listened, but, when I’m listening to your show, sometimes, I’m reminded of Robert J. Lurtsema, from WGBH. It was syndicated here, and I grew up with it. I had a friend that later ended up working with him and said he had a rep as an old letch, and smoked cigars constantly, but, he had this bird track that he used that reminds me much of your show. He was king of the pause, the space between, and it was lovely. This was an era when the programming set the tone of the day, and his quiet psalms were welcome mid morning exhales.
All to say, your show has that quality for me. Not, of course, the letch, cigar smoke, but reflective still that we/I desperately need.


Mister Pence

Ed, what a lovely gift you’ve sent to me. I’m delighted to have a listener so attuned to the music and the experience I try to convey each week. The details in your note are heartening–Fall and Chameleons, the boys from St Thomas, Tanya W, and the titanic Robert J, who had a similar effect on me in Sanford, Maine, as he had for you Downeast (is that Cutler you refer to?). When I resumed making radio in the pandemic, I changed the form of my show and allowed more space, more breath, more slow time. And in doing so I very much had RJL in mind. The birds, of course, are the most direct homage. Thank you for listening as much and as sensitively as you do, and thank you for writing. David


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