Great American Myth

Stories and sounds told live from the deck of the 1940’s Steam Tugboat Capt. Bob


Constructing and deconstructing figures from the American pantheon

true stories
Music and scores
slam fiction
found sound

Frankie and Johnny! – Radio Spot

Tune into KBOO 90.7 on February 16th from 7-8pm to hear the Steam Radio Syndicate broadcasting live from the UV746 tugboat on the Willamette River. Frankie and Johnny, songs and stories inspired by the classic folk murder ballad.

The Ballad of John Henry – Broadcasting Live 7pm

Tune into KBOO at 90.7 or on the web at tonight to hear a live broadcast from the cast and crew of the Steam Radio Syndicate. The Ballad of John Henry features songs and stories inspired by the classic folk story. Hammers, steam drills and shakers told from across the engine rooms, catwalks and passageways of the 1940's steamship UV746 Live on the air from 7-8pm EST. Check ...

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Video: Big Rock Candy Mountain

The UV746 Tugboat hosts the first of the Steam Folk series, live broadcasts the focus on the stories of classic folk songs. In his broadcast from September 8th, the cast and crew of the steam warship get together to sing/talk/chant/howl from the engine room to the sterndeck and port scuppers. Telling stories and singing songs inspired by The Big Rock Candy Mountain. A tale of hobo utopia ...

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Winter on the UV746

We’ve been putting together the schedule for live events and broadcasts on the tugboat over the winter. * We have some excellent things planned. Stay tuned for it all!* Click to edit the image

Steamship dreaming

Even as we're getting mixing boards hooked up, there's structural work to do throughout the boat to make it ready for the broadcast. Soundproofing, insulation and lights were the order of the day today, but each work party has its own agenda.

The ramp is here!

The new ramp is complete! no longer must we use the Syndicate's frequently out-of-order trebuchet to launch guests aboard. Thanks to Kevin Dermond