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During the 1PM hout on today's Connections with Evan Dawson, Rochester Music Hall of Famer Bat McGrath is dying. He recently learned that he has cancer, and he decided not to undergo treatment. McGrath is back in Rochester for what might be his final show in Western New York; he’ll take the stage on Saturday night. McGrath joins us in studio to discuss his life, his music, and his thoughts on dying, which he has already woven into his music.


In modern media, success usually means following up with the same thing that brought success. Music, television -- think about why the characters on Friends only became caricatures of themselves. But 25 years ago, a band went against the popular grain.

R.E.M. had found massive commercial success with their 1991 hits like "Stand" and "Shiny Happy People." Suddenly, just as popular as Madonna, the band had a chance to fire off more and similar hits. But their 1992 album, Automatic for the People, is one of the darker pop albums of the era. Songs about suicide prevention and tragedy were not exactly what the producers were hoping for, but the band stayed with their vision. Is there a lesson there? We examine with our guests:

WRUR-FM 88.5 will begin airing the daily talk show, Connections with Evan Dawson, beginning Monday, September 8th from 12-2 p.m. Connections is produced by WXXI and is also available on AM 1370(Rochester),WEOS-FM (Geneva), as well as online at WXXI.org, WRUR.org and WEOS.org.