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The Anti-Headache Machine Turns 40

Harwood's Saturday night program celebrates four decades on the air

Tune in to WLUR from 8:00 p.m. until midnight on Saturday evenings, and you're in for a musical treat.

That treat turns 40 on Saturday, October 8.

Since October 1971, Doug Harwood '74 has hosted "The Anti-Headache Machine" on WLUR, producing a 4-hour show that features myriad genres and styles of music, with the occasional bit of radio drama or other spoken-word piece thrown in. The October 8 edition will officially mark the program's 40th anniversary.

To celebrate this milestone, WLUR will honor Harwood with a reception in the Elrod Commons living room on Wednesday, October 12, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Harwood began "The Anti-Headache Machine" during his sophomore year at Washington and Lee, where he studied journalism. The show features a wide range of music, from big-band jazz to traditional folk, modern alternative to classic blues, international music to classical, and everything in between. In short, it's where Beethoven, Emmylou Harris, The Beatles, Fela Kuti, Arcade Fire, Alan Lomax, John Coltrane and Steve Reich all peacefully coexist.

Since graduating from W&L in 1974, Harwood has served in a variety of journalistic posts in the area. He started the news department of the local commercial station, WREL, in 1975 and edited the Buena Vista News from 1980-1992.

Harwood founded The Rockbridge Advocate in 1992, and he's since worked as the editor and publisher of that monthly newspaper.

Tune in to "The Anti-Headache Machine" every Saturday from 8:00 p.m.-midnight on WLUR. Wednesday's reception is open to the public.