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Dave the Rave Kapulsky of the "Relics & Rarities" Oldies Radio Show

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Dave the Rave, host of an oldies radio show, Relics and Rarities, says his music collection started with a single 45, A Wonderful Dream by The Majors, which he acquired by winning a dance contest. Then came his first Beatles album, Meet The Beatles, a gift from his dad. Flash forward years later, and Dave Kapulsky’s collection has grown to include approx 100,000 45s, 15,000 albums, and 15,000 CDs. Clearly Dave is not your ordinary collector. Since 12 years old, Dave aspired to be a radio DJ and worked at local stations during high school and college. He was the coffee boy and filed records at WCTC-AM in New Brunswick. Instead of a paycheck, he was allowed to take home records and magazines. WCTC had a ’60s rock and roll show and Dave was the fan club president for the Friday night DJ, Larry Harmon. Harmon was also the music director at a station that catered to a black audience, and that was Dave’s intro to soul music. That fueled his passion for collecting albums by musicians who never made it onto mainstream radio. Dave doesn’t collect just to have the biggest collection of rare records. He shares what he knows and has with his listeners. Dave calls his oldies Relics and Rarities because most of them are not big hits, but they should have been. Dave’s show features music that deserves to be heard, and he’s spent countless hours searching for these 45's that never reached the Top 40. The show features diverse music such as soul, surf, garage, British Invasion, girl groups, doowop, rockabilly, teeners, and instrumentals. These days when some musicians are searching for a great new song to record, they often seek out Dave the Rave and his massive collection of relics and rarities. After the interview, check out After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for additional info.