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Behind Enemy Lines with The Midnight Dread

Behind Enemy Lines with The Midnight Dread

Playing tracks by

Rappa Robert, Jimi Hendrix, The Wailers, Bunny Wailer, Toots & The Maytals and more.

Chart positions

This show was 15th in the global roots reggae chart, 21st in the global dub chart and 61st in the global reggae chart.

Starting in 1974, Doug Wendt (AKA The Midnight Dread) took reggae music "behind enemy lines" on American rock radio through his programs Reggae Explosion and The Midnight Dread. Along the way, he connected with Mikey Dread, interviewed Lee "Scratch" Perry in the ruins of the Black Ark, and became a champion of reggae and world music. This episode contains some great radio history and crucial tunes, along with a 2008 interview with Doug that was lost in space until now.

Doug is still at the controls and has dozens of his Midnight Dread radio programs on Mixcloud - here's a good place to start:


Greenwood Hi-Fi

Fantastic show, reminded me of my own journey in reggae, hearing it for the first time on Sunday mornings on WBRU (Providence, RI) on Reggae Bloodlines program with host, Peter Simon (brother of Carly). That was my only exposure until college (beginning in 1980) when i met a guy who was from just outside NYC who Mikey Dread, Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer records. And then he played me LKJ in Dub and my mind was officially blown. We became fast friends and hosted a reggae show together on our college station. And we also met Mikey Dread at a Sunday afternoon matinee show. Invited him to be on our Sunday night show that very night but he never made it.