Local Vinyl Expert = OPWC Sound Man

NWA Media interviewed Orlis Glen Wheeler in a business article published Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. The piece — “Turning the Tables: Record Sales on the Rise: Vinyl Bucking Downward Trend in Album Industry” — glances at the world of CDs and downloads while still being produced are good ol’ LPs.

Orlis, as his many friends know, has a huge record collection. The article, by Christie Swanson, states more than 50,000 albums.

And once a month, the last Tuesday of each month, Orlis sets up the mike and amplifier at Nightbird Books on Fayetteville’s Dickson Street for the meeting of the Ozark Poets & Writers collective.

We who attend the readings always have a clue: the tunes Orlis plays (not on a turntable but an audiocassette deck) before and after the program — rock and roll classics, some on the obscure sides, or rare takes of known standards.

He knows his stuff.

Here is the article link: nwaonline.com/news/2011/dec/25/record-sales-rise-20111225/. NWA Media pays its staff and pays for bandwidth and thus charges to be read online. Sorry about that. If you’re a subscriber to any of its papers — Northwest Arkansas Times, Springdale Morning News, Bentonville Daily Record, Rogers Morning News and/or the Northwest Arkansas edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette — you have full free access to its website.

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