President Olson on KQALOnce again President Scott Olson serves as guest DJ for the Winona State University campus radio station KQAL this fall.

President Olson joins the team at KQAL each semester to host his official program, “Working on a Dream.” His playlist, below, features songs organized in a manner that allows them to speak to another song in an attempt to show with music and lyrics where Bruce Springsteen gets his ideas.  This curation of a musicological thesis explores how popular tunes evolve over time.

Don’t worry if you missed the original air time, you can listen anytime online.

Part One

Part Two


  1.  “Workin’ on the Chain Gang”: Sam Cooke live
  2. “Working on the Highway”: Bruce Springsteen
  3. “Jersey Girl”: Tom Waits
  4. “Quarter to Three”: Gary U.S. Bonds
  5. “Jeannie Needs a Shooter”: Warren Zevon
  6. “Because the Night”: Bruce Springsteen
  7. “Jersey Girl”: Bruce Springsteen
  8. “Quarter to Three”: Bruce Springsteen
  9. “Stand By Me”: Ben E. King
  10. “Wait for Me”: Bruce Springsteen
  11. “Only the Lonely”: Roy Orbison
  12. “Thunder Road”: Born to Run
  13. “Murder Incorporated”: Bruce Springsteen
  14. “Rolling Stone”: Bob Dylan
  15. “Blinded by the Light”: Bruce Springsteen
  16. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”: Animals
  17. “Badlands”: Bruce Springsteen
  18. “Tom Joad’s Blues”: Woody Guthrie
  19. “Ghost of Tom Joad”: Bruce Springsteen
  20. “Domino”: :Van Morrison
  21. “Rosalita”: Bruce Springsteen
  22. “People Get Ready”: Aretha Franklin
  23. “Land of Hope and Dreams”: Bruce Springsteen
  24. “Turn Turn Turn”: Pete Seeger
  25. “Eyes on the Prize”: Bruce Springsteen
  26. “Be My Baby”: Phil Spector
  27. “Girls in their Summer Clothes”: Bruce Springsteen
  28. “A Change is Gonna Come”: Sam Cooke
  29. “It’s Been a Long Time”: Southside Johnny
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Dr. Scott R. Olson was appointed the 15th president of Winona State University on May 16, 2012. He has published two books, 30 book chapters and 22 journal articles in publications in the United States, Canada, China, Korea, Poland, Russia, and India. He has delivered over 100 papers at conferences in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Poland, Taiwan and the United States. Through a $20 million gift from the Lilly Endowment he was able to create the Global Media Network (which won a national award from the American Council on Education) and the Center for Media Design.

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