Colin Farrell Birthday's today: Joe Namath, Wendy Smith (Prefab Sprout), Clint Eastwood, Brooke Shields, Lea Thompson, Corey Hart, Tom Berenger, Dave Roberts, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), Mick Ralphs (Bad Company), Chris Elliott, Kenny Lofton, Vicki Sue Robinson, Johnny Paycheck, Liberty Irene Kasem, Gregory Harrison, Bart van Poppel, John Bonham (Led Zeppelin R.I.P.)
All week long, it's musical themes. You may send your ideas.
Here are a couple of compilations I made from my iTunes library. Everyone loves the facination of space and science fiction. These sound great at night under the stars. (Both fit on 80-minute CD's)
I hope these give you some ideas of your own. Tomorrow: Radio songs about radio and Sluggo's Rio player fave's
Sad news from Ohio to all
WOXY-FM - X97.7 is dead. The station has flipped formats to Bob-FM
-aka the Variety Hits format that is sweeping the nation.
I am now officially unemployed. I am looking for a new radio gig in
the Cincinnati area.
I want to thank those of you that have supported the station in the
past year. I couldn't have done it without your help.
I'll leave it at that. Please, be well. Regards, Matt Sledge
This is second time in the past year that bad news has come from the call letters that was a long-time staple of the alternative format. When the Baloughs sold the station, Mike Taylor went off to continue WOXY.com, which still exists on the internet. Matt stayed and while the station hired the Waitt Radio Network to run their programming, Matt did do a live shift Monday-Friday. Sorry Matt, you are a good guy and I hope you are employed quickly and doing something that you enjoy.
May 30 Memorial Day Wynonna Judd Birthday's today: Stephen Duffy(Tin Tin/Lilac Time), Nicky "Topper" Headon (Clash), Ruta Lee, Keir Dullea, Meredith MacRae, Manny Ramirez, Michael J. Pollard, Omri Hairi Katz, Scott Eyre, Tim Burgess (Charlatans U.K.), Peter Townend, Larry Davidson (Dave Clark 5), Colm Meaney, David Ackroyd, Tammy Parks, Marie Fredriksson (Roxette), Jake "The Snake" Roberts (R.I.P.)
As we honor our country and the people that fought and died, today, it reminded me of a compilation I did a couple of years ago. Above is all about America...the land we love.
Below is something I threw together last night from my iTunes. There are many that I've missed, I'm sure. If it's a band...a member has passed. Before you bring it up...yes...I missed Janis Joplin and Hendrix.
Tomorrow: Songs about Space.
This week it is all about musical themes. Send in your ideas and lists. * I must mention that it's so cool that you can now print out your iTunes playlist. The earlier versions of iTunes, you couldn't.
May 29 La Toya Jackson Birthday's today: Melissa Etheridge, Danny Elfman, John Mayall, Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds), Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), Larry Blackmon (Cameo), Rupert Everette, Annette Benning, Danny Gerard, Adrian Paul, Karla DeVito, Robin Johnson, Mike Portaro (Toto), David Palmer
These are the last 26 songs played on my iTunes. With that in mind, next week I will come up with interesting themes with songs...and you are invited to contribute also. By the way...what's playing on your iPod?
May 28 Wendy O' Williams (Plasmatics-R.I.P.) Birthday's today: Kylie Minogue, Glen Rice, Kari Wuhrer, Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals), Arto Lindsey, Brandon Cruz, Kirk Gibson, Billy Vera, Al Unser Sr., Jerry West, Beth Howland, Rudy Giuliani, Glady's Knight, Gary Stewart, Leon Klaasse, Sondra Locke, John Fogerty
Never too late: What song best describes you?
Is a month past the question too late Jonathan? Cleaning out my box
and must of missed this one.
Different Drum by the Stone Ponies without a doubt. Realize I am
dating myself here (and I am fascinating, trust me), but it has always
been my theme song because almost every guy I have ever known who is madly
in love with me and thinks it is cool that I am in the music business...eventually goes..."Wah Wah Wah...you care more about your bands than you
Which is not true. It is just the nature of this business to be
out at night. Was married for a few years and had to put it down as my
theme song, but I am almost divorced and it is BACK! Did anyone hear
the totally lame country cover of this a few years back? Only a singer
at least almost as good as Linda should attempt it. Patsy Sermersheim
Label X Promotions Louisville KY 502.584.0399 (c)502.643.3073 www.labelx.us
Label X Artists:
May 27 Siouxsie (Susan Ballion) Sioux (The Banshees) Birthday's today: Bruce Cockburn, Cilla Black, Harlan Ellison, Peter Boyle, Jeff Bagwell, Peter Sears (Jefferson Starship), Neil Finn (Split Enz/Crowded House), Todd Hundley, Allan Carr, Eric Bischoff, Todd Bridges, Ramsey Lewis, Frank "Big Hurt" Thomas, Peri Gilpin, Jerry Mercer (April Wine), Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains), Lou Gossett Jr.
Q of THE WEEK comes to an end: What is the greatest animated film ever made?
Best looking / best use of technology: Any of the Pixar stuff. They
Funniest: South Park - Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Favorite non-comedy: The Wall JJ Fabini
Assistant Director of Programming
X102 WXTW; Z94.1 - WCKZ; The River 1250 - WGL;
MY103.9 - WYLT; WILD96.3 -WNHT; 102.9 MIKE-FM WXKESummit City Radio Group
2000 Lower Huntington Road
Ft. Wayne, IN, 46819
I usually like the last SOUTH PARK I saw. And right now it's the re-run of the Paris Hilton
episode. Now THAT is real reality TV! Howie Klein former President Reprise Records Los Angeles CA
Finding Nemo...the underwater scenes were astounding. Either that, or Who Framed RogerRabbit...for the simple fact that Jessica's nude in a frame. Paul Kriegler
WCDD / WBYS
1000 E. Linn St.
Canton, IL 61520
I don't know if it is the greatest animated film, but I would say one of the most underrated American animated films is The Iron Giant.
It didn't come from a major animation studio, so it probably got lost
in the shuffle when it came out, but it is a solid piece of
entertainment that happens to be in animated form. Uses recognizable
but not intrusive voice talents such as Jennifer Aniston, HarryConnick Jr., John Mahoney, Christopher McDonald and Vin Diesel (That's right...the original XXX is the voice of the Iron Giant) so you feel comfortable with the voices but are not sitting there going "oh, that wacky Eddie Murphy" the whole time. Directed by the same guy (Brad Bird) who did the Incredibles,
it has the same combination of drama and humor and some impressive
animation. Highly recommend giving it a shot, especially if you
remember some of the attitudes of the Cold War (the movie takes place in the 50s) at all. Kevin Jackson
WTGZ "The Tiger" 95.9/104.9
2514 S. College St. Suite 104
Auburn AL 36832
Hey Jonathan- great question! I've pondered it over the last couple of
I know that people who really know me will be shocked I don't answer G.I.
Joe, the Movie. I would have to agree with some that have been
I've always been a Wallace and Grommit fan, and can't wait for that
and even though it came out last year the Incredibles was a fantastic
Anything Pixar so far has been great.
In case you're interested, I found this list of 100 greatest animated
of all time according to the Online Film Critics Society:http://listsofbests.com/list/57/
Greggory "Adroq" Adams Houston TX
I vote for Yellow Submarine, because it doesn't get much better than The
Beatles. Finding Nemo is good too. Scott Lowe
The Black Cauldron
Joey Gusto PD WBER Rochester NY
Pound for pound, it's gotta be Spirited Away. Simply
a masterpiece. Buzz Fitzgerald
97.1 WBNS-FM Columbus, Ohio
Without researching this much, I'd have to say it was Disney'sSnow
released in 1937 or '38. Wasn't this the first animated film to use a
multiplane camera, giving a 3-dimensional look to objects?
Although my favorite (as I'm a nostalgia kinda guy) to this day would
be Ralph Bakshi'sWizards from 1977. Dean Wirmer MD KALA-FM Davenport, IA
May 26 Stevie Nicks Birthday's today: Hank Williams Jr., Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, Bob (Cat) Goldthwait, Kevin Kennedy, Dick Nasty, Pam Grier, Philip Michael Thomas, Brent Mushburger, Wayne Hussey (Mission U.K.), Jackie Liebest (Can), Benji Gregory, Mick Ronson (R.I.P.), Verden Allen (Mott The Hoople), Genie Francis, Charles Van Eman, Gary Peterson (Guess Who)
More Q of THE WEEK: What is the greatest animated film ever made?
The Lion King because
it's a wonderful storyline that relates to anyone, has contemporary
music and it beautifully animated. I love this movie and bought it when
it first came out on VHS and later on DVD.
Margaret LoCicero San Fernando Valley CA
I'd have to go with Snow White. I had such a major thing for her when I
15, err, I mean 5. Christian Unruh China Shop Music 1521 Alton Rd. #162 Miami Beach FL 33139
I'm still partial to Spike & Mike's Twisted Animation Festival shorts.
They're hit or miss but the ones that hit are perfectly disturbing,
weird, funny, creepy, & stick in your head for days. I never miss the
festivals when they come through town.
There was an uneven fantasy animated film from the 70's called Wizards. You can still rent it...It's REALLY strange but there's a
decent message. Animation is great.
Rubin Channel 93.3/KTCL-FM Denver Morning Jerk/APD
Without a doubt, I will always consider the first animated film I ever
saw my fave and/or greatest, Yellow Submarine. As an 8 year-old and
already a HUGEBeatle's fan....the music and animation was certainly a
perfect combination for entertainment. Today, it was a perfect way to
get my 4 year-old niece to "discover"The Fab Four! Everytime Melyssa
comes to the house she HAS to watch it....and she does recognize them on
the radio! Her birthday is next week.....she will have here very own
DVD of it! Jerry Rubino
CMJ / WCHR
I acknowledge and can appreciate the superior technical aspects of more
recent animated achievements, my favorites tend to bend 'old
school'...the top 3 being Fantastic Planet,YellowSubmarine and (yes) Fantasia...I'm sure due, in part, to the 'conditions' that I originally viewed them under...but still WAY ahead of their time...eventually, I spent many afternoons with my sons when they were young watching Yellow Submarine and seeing it a whole different way.
TK99/TK105 WTKW Syracuse NY Gomez & Dave in the morning...Classic Rock ALL day!!
May 25 Paul Weller (The Jam, Style Council) Birthday's today: Anne Heche, Claus Minah (Scorpions), Kendall Gill, Jessi Coulter, George Hickenlooper, Dixie Carter, Mike Meyers, Hiro Saito, Hillary Bailey Smith, Clifford Archer (Atlantic Star), Connie Selleca, Alison Stern, Sidney Greenbush, Tatsutoshi Goto, Mitch Margo (Tokens), Ian McKellen, Miles Davis (R.I.P.) Lindsey Nelson (R.I.P.), Leslie Uggams, Justin Henry
Q of THE WEEK continues: What do you think is the greatest animated film ever?
No question about it: it's Godzilla Meets Bambi. Great story, great character development, & real short, too. Barry Lyons Rent A Label Los Angeles CA 310.397.8520 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tough one. Probably The Iron Giant, but Disney'sHercules is simply wonderful. By the way, can you tell I have three daughters? Jim Kerr
Director of Talent & Creative Services
Pollack Media Group Dallas TX 1121 Beachview Street #2214
Dallas, Texas 75218 214.324.9060
Personal: HEAVY METAL! Huge influence on my life.
Pro: Cool World really turned a corner, and I felt was exciting and really entertaining at the time. Alan Ayo APD KDGE Dallas TX
Toy Story 1 and Toy Story 2: Characters, story, humor, and more poignancy at times than acted films. Dave Lombardi
Director of Promotion
Astralwerksdave.email@example.com 104 W. 29th St., 4th fl.
NY, NY 10001
that's a tough one. we're talking full-length films, not short
cartoons, right? I guess it depends on what time of my life you ask the
question........when I was a stoner in a Connecticut high school, it
was Heavy Metal, cuz I'd never seen anything like that before in my life and I knew every song in the film.
When I tripped on 'shrooms in college with my native american friends in New Mexico we went and saw Fantasia
on the big screen and I almost had a heart attack...At the
recomendation of an old professor, I tried to impress this totally fine
and totally smart english chick named Vicki Yates by taking her to see this wacked russian movie called Tale of Tales in the mid 80's in Greenwich Village that was WAY
over my head, although, over a cup of coffee afterwards, I nodded a lot
and said "Hmm, I see..." when Vicky gave me her interpretation of what
was going on.
The early Bill Plympton
short films were genius as far as entertaining and geting a social
point across was concerned...and now that I'm the father of a six-year
old, I can't deny the brilliance of Wallace and Grommit and Finding Nemo.
But I think I have to go with Animal Farm
as the greatest of all time. I read the book first, and it was good,
but the movie was killer. You cant watch it and not be moved by it. It
represents society in all its ugliness and all its beauty, and the
animal characters perfectly represent and parallel those who use social
class and status to divide mankind today. A timeless picture, whose
message is not lost or outdated, and understood only by those with a
sensitivity to the struggle and the fight of the oppressed.
Or something like that. Boy Troy
Cape Cod, Mass
I think The Lion King is the best. Beautiful animation, great story and
I get a tear on the "Circle of Life" part every time I watch it. I've
seen it a million times because I have two little boys. Marcie Robinson PD KACV Amarillo TX
May 24 Pricilla Presley Birthday's today: Heavy D, Tracy McGrady, Bob Dylan, Patti LaBelle, Tommy Chong, Sarah Dash, Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), Helen Terry, Rich Robinson (Black Crowes), Rosanne Cash, Nell Campbell, Steve Upton (Wishbone Ash), John Illsley (Dire Straits), Rob Baker (Red Rider), Tony Valentino (Standells), Derek Quinn (Freddie & The Dreamers), Thomas Alden Page
Q of THE WEEK: What is the greatest animated film ever made and why?
Toy Story...the lead characters name is 'Woody'...need I say more. Jeff Cushman
WOMX-FM MIX 105.1 1800 Pembrook Drive #400
Orlando, Fl 32810
I am an expert in the field of contemporary family films and animation
have to say the SpongeBob Movie is really funny stuff. Great humor.
other one I enjoyed a lot was the Incredibles, my kids love super
I love the whole mid-century modern look and the sounds is great on the
surround. It is really a joy to see your kids laughing out loud.
loved Star Wars this weekend of course!
Take care Jonathan. Steve Tipp
Sotheby's International Realty 5016 N. Parkway Calabasas, suite 100
Calabasas, CA 91302
My favorite animated film is the original Heavy Metal: The Movie. Besides having a kick ass soundtrack (it was one of my first cassette tapes ever purchased),
it had sex & nudity!!!! When I saw that movie I was just a young
lad, and remember it being such a great movie for a young kid. Best
regards. Eddie Gutierrez
recently the Incredibles is the best thing I have seen ever. Everything Pixar
has done in the last 10 years has been stellar. Their sound design,
they are brilliantly visual and have very clever-smart well done story
lines that hook me in. Anyone can watch a Pixar film and be entertained. BRILLIANT! Matt Foley
New Rock 96-7 KMRQ
I must say, that after watching the Incredibles this past weekend, I was so impressed with this film that maybe Finding Nemo comes close, but the Incredibles was so real, and totally funny. I think Pixar, like you said Matt are incredible. This could very well be the best Pixar film yet!-JL
May 23 Drew Carey Birthday's today: Helen Bonham Carter, "Marvelous" Marv Hagler, Joan Collins, Ann Hui, Shelly West, Karen Duffy, Adam Wylie, James Mankey (Concrete Blonde), Laurie Chapin, Charles Kimbrough, Baltimore, Lars Fredricksen, Buck Showalter, Jimmy McShane, Linda Thompson, Jonathan Pryce, Staci Greason, Linda Ashby, Judy Rodman
Over in the desert
I dropped by KDKB to see some old friends and meet a new one. When in Phoenix one must drift back into the past, and what a better way than to say hello to Paul Peterson, and have a sit down with PD Joe Bonadonna. I worked at KDKB at the same as Paul back in the mid-ninties.
I've never met Joe before, but have been quite familiar with Joe's background. We had what I would consider a very comfortable conversation with both of us recollecting memories from our Long Island backgrounds. Keep in mind, I didn't set up a meeting, I just simply dropped by with no advance notice. Joe was gracious, and spent a nice slice of time with Jeanette and me. Thanks Joe, I truly enjoyed our chat. Joe's radio history at WMMR in Philly is legendary.
While I was gone...I recieved this from Lenny
From: "Lenny LaSalandra" <firstname.lastname@example.org> View Contact Details Yahoo! DomainKeys has confirmed that this message was sent by earthlink.net. Learn more To: "Jonathan Rosen" <email@example.com> Subject: YOU CALLED IT! Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 14:54:06 -0700
HAS HELL FROZEN OVER?: We hear that Chris Williams will be named PD at Clear Channel's Active Rocker WBZY Atlanta, almost a year to the day since he was fired from 99X. (5/20P)
*I found this not very surprising. As Lenny knows, yes indeed...I called it a couple weeks ago during our lunch at Eatz. A bitter Williams could be a threat. We'll just have to see. Note to you Chris...I hope you are humbled enough to repair any damage that might be lingering from your last couple of years at 99X. Labels, it will facinating to see how you deal with the situation. Some of you are so spineless, it will be fun to watch you have to handle this situation.
So, let's take this one step further...ok? As Susquehanna Broadcasting has let it be known that all their radio properties are up for sale, how weird would it be if Clear Channel bought either all or some? Well...consider this. They buy 99X, and either flip the format, or dump WBZY as alternative/active rock and simply switch Chris Williams and his staff to 99X. Just speculating, but don't we all love shit like this?
I have a strong feeling that Leslie Fram, Jay Harren, and all others at 99X do not.
May 20-22 Busta Rhymes Birthday's today: Cher, Joe Cocker, Dave Thomas, David Wells, Warren Cann (Ultravox), Nick Heyward (Haircut 100), Jane Wiedlin, Ron Regan, Anthony Zerbe, Timothy Olyphant, John & Susan Cowsill (The Cowsills), Teddy Randazzo, Mindy Cohn, Bronson Pinchot
Gone Fishing: probably for new questions of the week-LOL
Please spend some time perusing the rest of the site till Monday. Have a great weekend!
Send in anything you want to address, photos, whatever for next week.
May 19 Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman -R.I.P.) Birthday's today: Dusty Hill (ZZ Top), Grace Jones, Phillip Rudd (AC/DC), Pete Townshend, James Fox, Bill Lambeer, Martyn Ware (Heaven 17), Turk Wendell, Yazmine (Yazz) Evans, Ian Harvie (Nothing Ever Happens), Sophia Crawford, Jeanne Basone, Kevin Garnett, Nancy Kwan, Tom Scott, Joshua Rifkind, Steve Ford, Andre The Giant (R.I.P.)
I do many creative things but my absolute favorite dysfunctional fun is making films. I've done everything from Sound Mixer and Actor to Still Photographer and Producer. Working on indie films allows/forces one to do everything. I am hoping to make another one soon. Kat Corbett
mid-days KROQ Los Angeles CA
Very nice blog you have here. Hope all is well for you! Jamey Karr 1009theeagle.com
"Public Defender" Lenny LaSalandra (Combat Rock Promotions hangin' with Indie 103 Los Angeles jock Christian B
May 18 Yun-Fat Chow (Chow Yun-Fat) Birthday's today: Tina Fey, Rick Wakeman (Yes), Brooks Robinson, Chantal Kreviazuk, Bill Wallace (Guess Who), Toyah Wilcox, Alex Rodriquez, George Strait, Denny Dillon, Mike Inez (Alice In Chains), Butch Tavares, Wreckless Eric, Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Joe Bonsall (Oak Ridge Boys), Reggie Jackson, Helen Chadwick, Michael Cretu (Enigma)
Q of THE WEEK: So what was your most creative thing or moment?
I made a shrine for Michael Halloran. The centerpiece
features a clay look-a-like doll wearing Mexican
pomade, Black Flyes, sitting on a Harley. It portrays
him riding by the studios of 91X flipping the bird.
Very life-like. Buzz Fitzgerald Nights WBNS Columbus OH
That's funny Buzzy...I could picture that.
While some may consider me creative, I consider myself more an
than innovator. I started drawing and painting at an early age,
existing photos or artwork. I've branched out in years of late, where
means restoration more than originating. I've even restored some
doing 90% of the work myself. Still being artsy, my horizons have expanded and so I'd have to say
proudest accomplishment was made a few years ago, actually in 1997.
less than $2000 on equipment and put together a 2 1/2 hour video
biography on a
drag racing legend and (if I might be so bold) friend named Arnie "The
Beswick. It told the story of his life until a fire that he had in
1971. Drag Racer Magazine even did a review on it and HATED it. They
bad editing and found countless other faults in it. Still, Arnie over
years has sold over 1000 of these by just having them available at the
and races that he attends. It's now available on DVD for drag racing
everywhere. Even if you don't necessarily like Pontiacs!
http://arniebeswick.com/arnie_vhs.htm Dean Wirmer KALA-FM, Davenport, IA
and (the sole staff of) Living Room Productions!
I did a 90 ft x 6 ft mural on a block wall along 7th St near McDowell
Rd. in Phoenix, AZ depicting lots of kids involved in various
activities and using the materials specific to the Montessori School
on the property from the counting blocks in the toddler classes to the
microscopes and telescopes in the 8th grade classes. Want pictures? Maggie Keane Phoenix AZ
Would love to run a photo Mags. I couldn't open up attachments you sent.
For myself, personally, when not employed by a radio station, I wrote a book with my best friend Kurt St Thomas. It is a history of the band, Nirvana,
that we wrote when we had no connection with the business at all. It
would've been very difficult to accomplish while trying to field calls
from Jonathan Rosen or Lev about who's supposed to be the hot record to add into heavy THIS week. ;-)
When I was employed in radio, the most creative thing I ever did also involved Nirvana. In our efforts to get the band to come by the station for an interview when Nevermind was busting out, we learned how much they hated doing radio
interviews. So we came up with the idea to do an interview CD, with
rare music tracks and interviews culled from meeting them in NYC the
night they first performed on Saturday Night Live. We thought that, then, Geffen could send the disc out to radio stations instead of trying to get the band to do something they didnt want to when visiting citites to play gigs. The disc is radio ready, meaning it is segmented and tracked so stations could still fit in commercial breaks. Afterall, it was a pair of radio programmers who made the disc in the first place. Little did we know that "Nevermind, It's an Interview"would become a much-sought after Nirvana collectible all these years later.
As a result of that disc, Kurt and I were able to create discs for Frank Black, The Breeders and PaulWeller, all of which you can get thru eBay or your favorite mom-pop record store. We still have one for Lenny Kravitz which never made it to Virgin because Kurt and I and Dawn Hood split the business before it could get approved. Maybe you'll see it put out by some italian company in the future! Troy Smith Boston MA
Troy, I still have my copy of "Nevermind, It's An Interview". It is truly a collector's item.
May 17 Enya (Eithne Ni Bhraonain) Birthday's today: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Bill Bruford (King Crimson), Bob Saget, Danny Manning, Tracey Bryn (Voice Of The Beehive), Sugar Ray Leonard, Yoko Shimada, Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden), Jordan Nathaniel M Knight (New Kids On The Block), Taj Mahal, Bill Paxton, Jim Nantz, Craig Ferguson, John Iles, George Johnson (Brothers Johnson)
Q of THE WEEK continues: What is the most creative thing you have ever done?
Early in my college life, I was something of a "Political Enthusiast". I've written 2 books. Both are Historical & Social Satires which means they don't qualify as "creative". They are currently sitting on my desk waiting for me to finish editing. Perhaps, one day, the Cold War will become relevant again, I'll finish them. Lets take a moment and pine for the good ol' days. Scott Petibone PD WKRL Syracuse NY
OK...Scotty...let's pine. Actually you and Jack DeVoss (CD101) would get along great. Jack is a huge history buff.
Easy answer...Four sons, the oldest of which fronts a band, Simplelife, who has just released his first CD...honorable mention, (on-air)...I've hosted a local music show called Soundcheck for a little more than 25 years.
(recently got turned on to your site......thanks!) Dave Frisina
WTKW-TK99 Syracuse NY TK105 Gomez & Dave in the morning... Classic Rock ALL day!!
First Dave...welcome to the site. You deserve a lot of credit, not just for doing a local show for 25 years (awesome)...but four sons is a great accomplishment.
I had kids. What a creation! Michael Halloran APD/MD KZBT 94.9 San Diego CA
Jon, I have to say lieing...and that air craft carrier I designed...the USS Lipshitz. Foley APD/MD KMRQ New Rock 96-7 Modesto CA
Huh? This is a little too deep for me. Joey Gusto PD WBER Rochester NY
Deep? Joey...serious? See Petibone above. That's deep.
May 16 Janet Jackson Birthday's today: Mare Winningham, Debra Winger, Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Richman, Bill Spooner (Tubes), Glen Gregory (Heaven 17), Hazel O' Conner, John Sally, Jack Morris, Roger Earl (Foghat), Billy Cobham, Chingmy Yau, Scott Reeves, Jock Bartley (Firfall), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Anne Parillaud, Ralph Tresvant (New Edition), Tori Spelling
Q of THE WEEK: What have you created that you are proud of? Written a book, created a baby, designed something, a painting maybe?
His name is Owen Dean Wagganer, and he just turned 7 months old! Chris Wagganer Filmaker, Los Angeles CA
In college, I wrote a three-part play, kind of like a weekly 90210-type
parody, basically so I could cast the hottest girl on campus in it,
with the motive of hooking up with her. The shows went off great, I
ended up hooking up and eventually marrying the girl. Jay Wulff MD, Afternoons, 96.1 Kiss FM, Poughkeepsie, NY
My creative outlet has always been writing. While I have not finished
book (yet) I have several that I hope to finish over the next couple to
three years. My goal is that someday I can support a family just from
writing. Here's hoping.
Greggory(AdRoq) Adams Houston TX
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May 15 Brian Eno Birthday's today: Ahmet Zappa, Prince B (PM Dawn), K.T. Oslin, Ray Lewis, Lanie Kazan, Chazz Palminteri, John Smoltz, Andrew Eldriich (Sisters Of Mercy), David Krumholtz, Trini Lopez, Holly McPeak, Emmitt Smith, Gunilla Hutton, Omar Visquel, Mike Oldfield, Dennis fredericksen (Toto), Eric DuBose, George Brett, Madelein Albright
Q of THE WEEK begins tomorrow: What is the most creative thing you have ever done? A painting, written a book, designed something, made a baby? What is it? Describe.
May 14 Cate Blanchett Birthday's today: Sophia Coppola, Ian Astbury (The Cult), Tim Roth, C.C. DeVille (Poison), Steve Hogarth (Marillion), Roy Halliday, Jace Bruce (Cream), George Lucas, Natasha Ryan, Robert Zemeckis, Tony Perez, Fab Morvan (Milli Vanilli), Derek "Lek" Leckenby (Herman's Hermits), Mark Blum, Gene Cornish (Fotomaker), Pooh Richardson, Bobby Darin (R.I.P.)
Hey Bryan Farrish...here's someone...who won't work for you
your page this morning and was amazed at the job listing for a part
time radio promoter, it made me laugh as I read on to see you had the
exact same critique as I did. 15 bucks an hour part time, that will
barely cover gas and parking in Los Angeles. What�s next part time publicist/nanny wanted in exchange for attic room + utilities? Not that far off perhaps? Christina Whitetrash Washington D.C.
*Note: Christina was one of the hardest working promotion persons. Her background includes Epitaph Records and Fat Wreck Chords. Christina knows what it's like to work for low wages. So, Bryan...this is the type of person you would want..but would never get.
May 13 (Friday The 13th) Stevie Wonder Birthday's today: Dennis Rodman, Darius Rucker (Hootie & the Blowfish), Franklyn Ajaye, Mary Wells, Harvey Keitel, Barry Zito, Zoe Wanamaker, Overend Watts (Mott The Hoople), Danny Kirwin (Fleetwood Mac), Paul Thompson (Roxy Music), Chong-ok Bae, Francis Barber, Bobby Valentine, Magic Dick (J.Geil's Band), Carolyn Franklyn, Julian Brookhouse
Would you know a record promoter in the Los Angeles area that is
looking for part-time work? We need to hire one, or two. By "record
promoter" I mean someone who calls PD's and gets records played. This person
must work from our office in Santa Monica, part time 10 to 20 hours per
week. Must currently live in the LA area (no relocations, please).
Needs at least 2 years experience promoting commercial regular rotation
(not college radio, or mixshow or specialty).
Will also help set up
talk station interviews for book authors. Pay starts at $15/hr. Blue
Shield healthcare option at 6 months. Please, we can only use someone
who has called commercial radio stations for at least two years, talking
with PDs and MDs for the purpose of getting records played; we cannot
use any other type of person even if "they would be great at it".
If you know of someone in the LA area that is looking, have them call
the info line, and if they want to apply they need to leave their
details and the records they've worked... 310.998.8305 x87
Thanks! Bryan Farrish Los Angeles CA
I debated about running this e-mail that was sent to many in the industry. This is not the first time I've recieved this. With all due respect Bryan, where are you going to find someone to "get records played" for $15 an hour? Somehow someone thought that I would be interested in working for you. You sent me a personal e-mail. When I asked you to call me to discuss the misunderstanding...you didn't. Am I to assume that you are looking for someone with all format experience, or just one? You really don't state that to who ever might be interested. By the way "getting records played" is not only a tall order these days, and also boardering on unrealistic.
Now, let''s get real. You will NOTfind many takers on your offer, especially if they live in Los Angeles. If they lived in Ohio or somewhere, I could see them being somewhat interested. But...who are you even going to find there. If a person had the experience that you are looking so desperately for...they would go into business for themselves and make much more than $15 an hour, even as the industry is nosediving. I feel for ya man. Good luck. I'm sure you will find somebody, but not exactly one with the background you desire. You'll get your $15 an hours worth, and we'll see this e-mail again soon. Jonathan
The farewell (for now) lunch and breakfast tour continues.
Yesterday, over at Fabulous Italian Restaurant on Sunset in Hollywood, had a great lunch with Doug "Sluggo" Roberts and his beautiful wife Renee, and my favorite daily DJ Kat Corbett from KROQ (R), sporting a newer darker hair and longer too!
May 12 Tony Hawk Birthday's today: Billy Squier, Steve Winwood, George Carlin, Vanessa Williams, Linda Dano, Steve Finley, Jason Biggs, Christian Brando, Lindsey Ann Crouse, Gabriel Byrne, Billy Swan, Emelio Estevez, Billy Duffy (The Cult), Ian McLagen (Faces), Burt Bacharach, Stephen Baldwin, MacKenzie Astin, Bruce Boxleitner, Beth Maitland, Jocko Marcellino (Sha Na Na), Ian Dury (R.I.P.)
Q of THE WEEK: Life after being involved with the music industry. What will you do?
DEAD John McClung
PD WYOU Virginia Beach VA
A bit drastic John...but ok.
I see myself becoming a mogul with my hand in music related ventures
along with film, TV and maybe even bottled water. You heard it here
first. In the meantime, radio is my main focus and I'm still looking for that PD gig! Scott Lowe
B104 Allentown, PA
Yeah...how about those "water cooler" commercials on HBO Scott?
Either on The Big Island or in the poor house.
John Dixon Phoenix AZ
I should hope the Big Island Johnny. I know how much you love Hawaii.
GREAT question. I know I will always be in music somehow. With the
business I'm involved in, I'm hoping within 2 years to afford someone
me to hire & do the actual radio plugging to Specialty, webradio &
radio. I would oversee & do some consulting. On the side I would
grow my other business & start investing in real estate. I'd like to be
working at 40. 35 preferably, but 40 realistically. See you on the
beach! Notorious L.I.Z.
Queens NY firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no beach in the desert Liz. At least the last I checked there wasn't. Oh...on the beach...thought you meant at the beach.
I want to keep consulting until my kids are out of high school, (6 years)
then consider moving to another country and retiring. Tom Callahan Newport Beach CA
Nice dream. Scotland would be cool. Literally.
I don't know how visionary this answer is for me, since I don't feel
like I fit
the mold of most of your radio and record people. Even though I love
career has always been a hobby - whether I've been at commercial
just been involved with college radio. I've never had to depend on it
paycheck. Consequently, I'd fall back on one of other 30-40 (so says
hobbies, some of which occasionally make me some money.
If you'll allow an opinion, I do feel however that college/volunteer
the last and only true expression of individuality left in the country
little guys. While it's only my opinion, I don't like consultant
playlists that make sure that radio is standardized whether you're
Boston, Miami, Spokane or San Diego.
Sorry for venting and I'll step off my soapbox now.
Thanks. Dean Wirmer KALA-FM Davenport, IA
Step on any time Dean.
Good question!! First off, I cannot see myself not being interested in
radio until I'm 6 feet under. The exception would be that in 50-60
so radio doesn't exist. Even if that happened, I'll follow music to my
grave. (like most d.j.'s, I've already picked some songs for my
With no radio in my life, I would try to be a opinion writer for SOME
outlet...I could never imagine keeping my opinions to myself :)
Margie Rye KLPX Tucson AZ
Retired. Joey Gusto PD WBER Rochester NY
May 11 Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) Birthday's today: Jonathan Jackson, Austin O' Brien, Carla Bley, Steve Bono, Martha Quinn, Natasha Richardson, Matthew Lawrence, Eric Young, Diana Lee-Hsu, Louis Farrakhan, Darrow Igus, Les Chadwick (Gerry and The Pacemakers), Katie Wagner, Francisco Cordero
Q of THE WEEK rolls on: So...what are you gonna do beyond the music industry? Might as well think about it now!
I see myself as a Chef in the L.A. area by the year 2006, after I graduate from Le Cordon BleuCulinary School (California School Of Culinary Arts). Long time bro! How is life? Hope all is well? peace! Sal (Danny V) Villalobos Pasadena CA
Life is good...and it's good to see you are staying in touch. Can't wait to taste that first meal you make for me!
To call what I am doing a career, is an insult to all those good
there. JL, if Girls In Hawaii doesn't do something, then I'll be able to answer
definitively very soon.
1521 Alton rd. #162 Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.490.1725
Well...then I hope the "Girls" happen
Hola amigo! It's been awhile, thought I'd chime in on this one...How long in radio? Until I stop learning or stop having fun. After radio? I'll be teaching writing courses at a University, writing a book,and breeding heavily with a wife. Holy shit--I'm a hippy. Thanks for always asking the "enlightening questions" JL. Got any tickets to Widespread?
WBYR Ft. Wayne IN
LOL-you are the first one to ask me for tickets in quite a while. Um...no.
Two words, baby, Hot Topic! Ian McCain PD "Jack" KJQN Salt Lake City UT
Making furniture! Steve Jones
Brash Music, Atlanta GA
May 10 Bono Vox (Paul Hewson) U2 Birthday's today: Dave Mason, Chris Berman, Sid Vicious (R.I.P.), Graham Gouldman (10CC), Sly Dunbar (Sly & Robbie), Jay Ferguson, Emily McEnroe, Meg Foster, Victoria Rowell, Maureen Lipman, Aynsley Dunbar, Donovan (Leitch), Ron Banks (Dramatics), Jamie Lomax, Steve Thomas (Shooting Star), Teri Copley, Emma Ridley, Pat Summerall
Q of THE WEEK continues: Life after radio, label's or simply the music industry. What to do?
Working in music
is equivalent to renting an apartment. You never know when it will turn
condo and you'll get kicked out. Therefore, I have a good time and
always keep in mind that someday it will end. No stability, but a hell
of a ride. I think I will always work in music somewhere, somehow. It
might be via Ham radio in my basement, but I'll still be talking about music. Kat Corbett
Los Angeles CA
Love the analogy Kat.
Drive through host at In & Out Burger or driver of the golf ball sweeper truck at a local muni course range...I'm not qualified to do anything else beyond radio! Curtiss Johnson KWOD 106.5 RADIO WITHOUT RULES, Sacramento CA
sent this same thought to a friend of mine who had left his big
important label chair for a new challenge in life for the same reasons
I had given up on radio: the job had zapped our quality of life. If you
are not happy when you wake up in the morning because of a job, then
your quallity of life has been effected. And you can't expect better
things to happen to you until that unhappiness is corrected. and how
one does that is intirely up to the individual.
It's funny how we see this crazy industry.
that big shiny train you can't wait to get on, you meet all these
people who are equally excited about the train, it's noisy, wild,
exciting, new. You ride it for a while, you party and create these
terrific memories then, all of a sudden, you get used to the
surroundings, keep dining with the same people in the same dining cart
going past the same towns and seeing the same sites, and then the
fabulous train just becomes ordinary, looses all its lustre.
you decide to either keep riding it or get off. And when you do decide
to get off, there, at the station, no matter where that stop is, are
the people who always stood by you, and could care less about the train
and where it is going. So you walk away from it, jump into the old
convertible you dreamt about buying when you were on the train, and
head down this new, strange road.
Sure it's scary, you don't
know where you're going. But in time, you get familiar with your new
surroundings and pretty soon, you're not even looking back at the train
as it pulls farther and farther away from you in the distance. You're
only concerned with what's ahead of you and those who sit next to you
in the old car. You never thought it possible when you were on the
train in the midst of all that mayhem, but , without reason or
explanation, it all becomes clear to you why you chose to get off the
train and into the old car.
All of a sudden, the grass is
greener, the sky is bluer and you wonder to yourself why on earth you
so desired to be on that stuffy train with all that noise in the first
It is at that moment your quality of life improves, and it is then that you will know what to do and where to go. Troy Smith Boston MA
Very deep stuff Troy...but makes a lot of sense.
I see myself in radio as long as possible. I'm open to changing
but after this who knows, so I'll hold on as long as possible. That
sad, really sad. Thinking I may be lost after radio. (insert tear here) Polychronopolis
Program Director/Afternoon Buffoon
WRN Alternative Now Waitt Radio Networks
1000 N. 90th St. Suite 105
Omaha, NE 68114
May 9 Billy Joel Birthday's today: Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode), Candice Bergen, Albert Finney, Tommy Roe, Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick), Tony Gwynn, Paul Heaton (Housemartins), Johnny Grant, Jim Reilly (Red Rockers), Doug Christie, Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield/Poco), John Corbett, Steve Katz (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Don Dannemann (Cyrkle), Glenda Jackson, Bruce Milner
Q of THE WEEK: Life after radio and labels. Where do you see yourself?
Hi Jonathan, I can answer this question cos I just got a new job out of
music biz...mostly! I have just relocated to Washington DC where I am
employed by the national Hopeline, 1-800-SUICIDE.
I am raising funds
help keep the Hopeline up and running. I am utilizing my contacts in
music industry and organizing benefit concerts, auctions, sound check
parties for local key clubs whom have donated to the Hopeline, etc...
only been here for about a week but I absolutely love DC and feel as if some
semblance of normality is returning to my life following years of the
hustling for the industry, it's actually kind nice. Thanks Jonathan! Christina Whitetrash Washington DC email@example.com
I am so happy for you Christina. I know your last gig was in London, but this sounds like you will put your passion into this as much as you have in every position you have had since I've known you. I wish you the best. Please drop us all a line by sending me an e-mail once in a while. I'll put it up on site.
Selling frozen margaritas in Cabo.
APD/MD KTBZ Houston TX
Sounds good Don...I may join you!
I see myself sitting on the street asking for quarters. Seriously,
it's a shame that we're in an industry that asks that question so
frequently, but it certainly is the reality of the business.
Unfortunately/fortunately I still have enough passion for the radio
that I don't have a solid answer.
Regional Operations Manager
Clear Channel Radio
San Jose (KCNL, KSJO, KUFX)
Salinas/Monterey/Santa Cruz (KDON, KOCN, KTOM, KABL ,KPRC) JohnAllers@clearchannel.com
John, it is a shame...but it is reality. This weeks question can go in different directions. It's for people to muse about their future. At the same time, there are many that read this site that are no longer in the industry...and I thought it might be nice to hear either what they are doing or what they would like to. So, this question is for people in or out of the biz. Keep that passion! And, trade me Andruw Jones...lol. Just kidding.
May 8 Gary Glitter Birthday's today: Don Rickles, Alex Van Halen (Van Halen), David Keith, Ronnie Lott, Chris Franz (Talking Heads), Stephen Furst, Chris Wolk, Melissa Gilbert, Keith Jarrett, Toni Tennille, Eric Brittingham (Cinderella), Cheryl Richardson, Deborah Harmon, Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire), Jim Mitchum, Phil Sawyer (Spencer Davis Group)
Q of THE WEEK begins tomorrow: Life after radio and labels. Where do you see yourself?
May 7 Traci Lords Birthday's today: Janis Ian, Tim Russert, John Heard, Prarie Prince (Tubes), Katie Danza, Peter Wingfield, Bill Danoff (Starland Vocal Band), Willard Scott, Christopher Taylor White, Bill Kreutzmann (grateful Dead), Johnny Unitas, Derek Taylor, Peter Reckell, John Irvin, Jimmy Ruffin, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Robin Strasser, Sivi Aberg
Just got back last night and wanted to say it was great seeing you
& Jeanette again, albeit the last time in LA...Barb really enjoyed
the tour of your home and finally meeting you two.
Since groups like The Clash & Green Day are being mentioned here and my homies The Discontent have been compared to both bands by our mutual bud, Sat Bisla (or using your vernacular-Bisla), I would start any rock radio (any genre) show with "Bulletproof" by The Discontent...hands
down the rockinest, rawest intro for any song I've ever heard...and
I'll admit I'm a wee bit biased but I would put those first 25 seconds
against anything ever recorded for getting the heart pumping...btw...Sat's little soiree rocked! You would have been perfect for the Radio Panel...it would have been like the WWF!
a more personal note, I think you've always been a straight shooter,
maybe at times to your own detriment, but in a business known for two
faced, double talking, back stabbing, etc., you stick out like a sore
thumb for your honesty and (dare I say it) caring nature...even for an
arrogant curmudgeon like yourself...there I said it! Best, Robert Allen Shala Music, New Jersey www.shala.com
LOL-thanks Robert, other than my fat friend Max, I've never been called a curmudgeon. I actually like it, as strange as that might seem. If you read more carefully I did mention Sat's full name, but then decided that many don't know who Sat is, and to see "Sat" over and over again, might seem confusing to some people. Anyway, he has gotten a fair amount of "pub" regardless. I'm glad you both had a great time at his shindig, and also your visit to the L House. I didn't really think about being on the panel, I would have been happy just to be in the audience. But, you are correct. If I was on the panel, it might have been the WWF...because lately I've got a lot to say...and I'll say to anyone...and to their face! Jonathan
Bonus: Thanks to my wife Jeanette, I went and fought a traffic ticket that I received in Burbank. So, yesterday we went and with the officer there, and the judge still decided in my favor. It was a speeding ticket. Cool...huh?
May 6 George Clooney Birthday's today: Willie Mays, Bob Seger, Lori Singer, Aidan Quinn, Tom Bergeron, Roma Downey, Robbie McIntosh (Average White Band), Norman Chu, Kate Collins, Dennis Cowen (Bonzo Dog band), Larry Steinbachek (Bronski Beat), Brian Knobs, Herbie Cox (Cleftones), Richard Cox, Dana Hill, Sylvia Robinson (Mickey And Sylvia)
Inside the L House yesterday
Christina Ricci and boyfriend Adam Goldberg And the weird thing is that Jeanette and I were not there.
THE PUBLIC DEFENDER
I just attended the Musexpo convention (hosted by the previously mentioned Steve Smith, Karmen Beck, and Sat Bisla), and being a small business owner myself I tried to get a free registration to it. I remember a few years ago when the R&R convention & the the VA convention were in Los Angeles they used to float free registrations to their friends on the side. Sat Bisla is my buddy for many years, so I thought I could get the "bro" deal. As it turned out, Sat & I talked about it and since it was the first year they really weren't giving "bro� deals
to anyone. They needed to make some cash and wanted everyone to kick
in. When I learned that was the case, I totally understood and was more
than happy to pay for my registration.
The convention, by the
way, was amazing. It was everything that a convention should be and I
see this becoming an annual thing which is awesome for all involved.
But back to the registration: you said you were disappointed that you
did not get an invitation. If, when you say invitation, you mean �free� badge, they weren�t really doing that so no need to feel slighted my man. Lenny LaSalandra
Combat Rock Promotion Los Angeles CA
PS- Did Howie Klein really say that the Clash�s�Complete Control� does not hold up to new songs by Green Day and the Offspring? He was kidding, right?
Lenny, I can always count on you to come to someone�s defense. I like
that about you. My post yesterday had nothing to do with getting a �bro� deal. You have been buddies with Bisla for years. So your asking him for a �bro� deal i.e.; a free badge was your business. As far as Steve Smith needing everyone to kick in cash�puleeze!
My disappointment has nothing to with not receiving a free
badge or invitation. It has more to do with respect, and how people
change and forget the people that helped them on the way up. I gave Bisla a job when no one was offering anything to him. Does he owe me? NO.
it�s more about how someone can get so wrapped up in what they are
doing and can�t remember others. I wouldn�t have expected anything from Bisla. Though, it would have been a nice gesture, or courtesy if you will�to invite me at least the panel that Tolkoff, Oedipus and JimMcGuinn were
on. I would have liked to been in the audience. It has nothing to do
with freebies. Besides, I wouldn�t have been able to hang the entire
three days anyway.
But an appearance would have been cool. I
must add that�don�t you believe for one moment everyone you saw paid
for a registration or badge.
Keep in mind I was involved with two conventions with Album Net, and participated in numerous New Music Seminars in NY and lots of Gavin
conventions. Many are given a courtesy invitation so they will be seen
at their convention. It�s a natural thing. I personally got many people
in with no problems from above.
In our conversation after you
sent the e-mail, I asked you if you knew the difference between
bitterness and arrogance. Your reply was �aren�t they the same thing�.
As I explained to you�they are not.
I walk into a roomful of people with an air of confidence, it can be
interpreted as arrogance. To be bitter would be to hang in a corner
with others and belittle and be sarcastic about others. When
confronted, a bitter person would be chicken shit. Numerous persons
have said to others that I�m a bitter guy, and of course it all gets
back to me. Would they say it to me? I don�t think so.
anyone to look me in the eyes and say I�m a bitter person. I�m the same
sincere guy that is an arrogant son of a bitch at times. Probably it�s
because I�m confident and haven�t changed over the years. But others
have my friend.
This is simply a case of Bisla
forgetting people from his not so distant past, because he is so
wrapped up in his own world. These days, regardless of how much he
travels, there are things called a cell phone, e-mail, and instant messenger. Duh.
He also lives in a �let�s get together for lunch soon"
world. When you say that to someone, you are the one initiating it.
That�s not my world. On his end he then should follow through�remember
he initiated it. Too many in our industry have that same mo.
If I initiate, I follow through. I�m still waiting for a Bisla follow through on a couple of those �let�s get together for lunch� extended to me in the recent past.
It�s all simple logic. So I will leave you this piece of logic.
When you said to me yesterday �we should have lunch next week�, I said I would love to. You initiated it. But, I know you Lenny�and you will call me on Monday, and yes, we will have lunch. See, Lenny, you are a sincere guy. That�s logical.
and Howie replys
LOL! I didn't mean the song, just the sound of the recording. There has been so much progress
in production technology since they recorded "Complete Control" that even a bubblegum type
band like Blink can release songs that TECHNICALLY sound better. (In the history of the Universe,
Blink will no doubt sell a lot more records)... and I have a whole bunch of their ditties on my iPod
from "Josie", "Man Overboard", "The Rock Show", "What's My Age Again?", "First Date" to "All
the Small Things" to "I Won't Be Home For Christmas"-- but they'll never write a
And, for the record, aside from the 7 Blink songs on my iPod, there are
over 60 Clash songs. As for Green Day, I'd say Billy Joe's song-writing is on a par with Strummer
and Jones. We'll see if winds up in the Bob Dylan/Joni Mitchell category. I wouldn't bet
against him. And as far as live shows... no one was better than The Clash. And no one is better
than Green Day. Howie Klein former President Reprise Records, Los Angeles CA
May 5 Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) Birthday's today: Kurt Loder, Ian McCullough (Echo & the Bunnymen), Tina Yothers, Michael Palin, Nicholas Guest, Rex Goth (Air Supply), John Rhys-Davies, Hiro Hase, Billy Burnette, Maggie MacNeal, Peter Erskine (Weather Report), Rapheal Spain, Angelo Kimball (Face To Face), Sage Stallone, Danielle Christine Fishel, Amy Hill
Q of THE WEEK continues. Your sign on...sign off songs for radio
If I was Canadian,
Sign On: "Hello City"Barenaked Ladies
Sign Off: "That's All, That's All" The Vanity Project
If I was from the States,
Sign On: "Hello"Poe
Sign Off: "That's All, That's All"The Vanity Project
If I was from the UK,
Sign On: "Hello" The Beloved
Sign Off: "That's All, That's All" The Vanity Project
Nice seque for a plug Marc. Really dig The Vanity Project (co-produced by Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy/Lilac Time and Steven Page) and featuring the vocals of Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies
I used to sign on my show with The Clash's"Complete Control" and I was listening to it today
while I was hiking and you know what? It doesn't hold up next to more powerfully recorded recent songs by bands like Green Day and The Offspring. But, frankly, the nature of musical culture is so
fluid that the best song of the moment is probably as powerful as the best song of the decade.
So... I might sign on with "Krafty" (Morel's Pink Noise Vox) by New Order or maybe "Pounding"
by Doves or "Jersey Girl" by Tom Waits (not Bruce) or, to really drive the point home, "Flavor
of theWeek" by American Hi-Fi.
Of course if Bush was doing something stupid in the hour I
had to sign on, I might go with "American Idiot". One classy way to sign off a station would be
the duet between Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman "Time To Say Goodbye".
A station once
invited me to help sign them off-- it was a full day affair-- and I debuted that song (having just come
back from Germany with a demo of it) and after I played it the phones kept ringing for hours
with people asking about it. It segues great into "The Rock Show" by Blink 182 or "Family Affair" by Mary J.
Howie Klein former President Reprise Records, Los Angeles CA
The Samples"Feel Us Shaking"
To start . Joey Gusto PD WBER
2596 Baird Road
Penfield, NY 14526-2333
Signing On: Classic Rock: "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Rock n' Roll" Classic Alt: "Stop!", "Freaky Styley", "Primary", "Roxanne"
Alt/Mod Rock: "Basket Case", "Head Like A Hole", "Processed Beats"
Signing Off: Classic Rock: "Rock N' Roll Aint Noise Pollution" Classic Alt: "Goodbye" (Boingo) Alt/Mod Rock: "Good Riddance (Time of your life)"
Cliche but hey- it's my
pick Rubin Channel 93.3/KTCL-FM APD/morning jerk firstname.lastname@example.org
BITS & PIECES
Robert Allen (Shala Music) and his lovely wife Barb stopped by the L house yesterday for a few hours. He's a good man, and Barb, who I've spoken with many times on the phone, was great to meet in person finally. They were in Los Angeles for some kind of thing, a convention I believe, put on by Steve Smith and Karmen Beck, my former bosses. The figurehead was a guy I gave a job to back in 1996. Took him out of Fresno. Sat Bisla.
It's called courtesy
Now, before you say I'm a bitter guy...which some of you assholes have said to people that gets back to me...believe me, if you really knew me, you would know that to the contrary...I'm still just the same sincere, sometimes arrogant, take no shit from anyone kind of guy. I read people very well, and I see how many of you have changed. In regards to Bisla...I have nothing but the best hopes he succeeds at what his goals are. Having said that...the right thing for Bisla to do was to at least extend an invitation to his shindig. Maybe I wasn't even thought of because Ms. Farber, who you all know how I feel about her and the tissue paper known as Radio & Records, was a moderator. Naw...the real reason was they would want the few hundred bucks for registration. -lol
The thing I really find quite interesting is how Smith, Beck, Bisla are in bed with R&R. Just writing this inspires me to write an editorial in the near future how many of you have changed and many of you are so freaked out about losing your jobs, which is possibly the reason you have changed. I don't know when I will do it, right now I'm busy making plans for Jeanette (not Nigel) and myself. But, I will get around to it.
I recieved a phone call from buddy Don Kelley, who is settling in as APD/MD at rocker WAQX in Syracuse. Yep...he finally got out of New Mexico. I know that many of us are quite happy for Don. You can contact him at 315.472.0200 x224 and email@example.com Don is doing afternoon drive, by the way.
May 4 Jay Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel) Birthday's today: Pia Zadora, Randy Travis, Ed Cassidy (Spirit), Julie Budd, Eddie Perez, Jackie Jackson (Jackson 5), Darryl Hunt (Pogues), George Will, Ronnie Bond (Troggs), Zal Cleminsen (Alex Harvey Band), George Wadenius (Blood, Sweat And Tears), Nickolas Ashford (Asford And Simpson), Stella Parton, Pablo Ruiz, Sybil Danning
Q of THE WEEK: Signing on..and off a radio station. What songs would you think work the best?
For a heritage alternative station destined to follow WOXY and WPLY
onto the internet, The Smiths"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out".
Dave Sanford Spectre Promotions , Oregon, California
It's never been an experience of mine but a sign-on song for me would
ultimately be a 2 minute collage. Bits and segments from the Ramones,
and Roll Radio", just a line MAYBE from Elvis Costello's, "Radio Radio"
snippets from Negativeland's"A Big10-8 Place" and "PerfectCut (48
include the line from the Star Wars movie that says, "This station is
now theultimate power in the universe..."
Other included songs that I'd like
would be Louis Armstrong's"What a Wonderful World" and some of the
and pieces from "I Told You So" from New Order's latest record,
the Siren". (I agree with you that it's a great one b.t.w.) most of
There's only one choice for a sign off song for me! That's Sid Vicious
the Sinatra classic, "MY WAY!" Dean "Wirmer" Fait
MD for (the little college station that could) KALA in Davenport IA
Now that's what I call really thinking about it. Dean, great idea's
I hate the band Styx, more than most things Satan creates to torture us on this earth, but signing on with "Welcome to the Grand Illusion"
seems so appropriate...cant stand the music, but the lyrics are right
on the money...and then, when its time to say goodbye, indie rocker Kent 25's"Democracy isHypocracy" or Henry Rollins "Liar" pretty much says it all.
Troy Smith Boston MA
Opening: "We Want The Airwaves" - Ramones.
Closing: "Straight To Hell" - The Clash or "Through Being Cool" - Devo.
Opening: "On The Air" - Peter Gabriel or "Hello There" - Cheap Trick.
Closing: "Long Live Rock" - The Who or "Darkness On The Edge OfTown" -
Opening: "Pumping On Your Stereo" - Supergrass.
Closing: "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" - Travis. Jerry Rubino CMJ Network New York
Sad News from Pennsylvania
Hello. There's no easy way to say this. I am no longer with WUBZ.
I turned my resignation in last night, effective immediately. Last
week, I was demoted as Program Director. One of the members of our new
morning show was appointed. I could've stayed on as Music Director and
APD, but I didn't feel the need. Management noted that the demotion had
nothing to do with my performance and that they just felt they needed
somebody there during the day (my shift is evenings if you didn't
know). I called it bullshit and decided it was time for me to move on.
I didn't want to work for a station like that. For those unaware, the
station got sold about 5 months ago and you know how those things go
sometimes. There are always some casualties. Thanks for everything and
I hope you understand my reasons for leaving. I hope you will hear
again from me soon, at a station that appreciates hard work and
loyalty. Please stay in touch, either by e-mail, or feel free to give
me a call at home (814.867.3934) or on my cell (717.860.1256). Happy trails until we speak again. Austin Davis
May 3 Frankie Valli (Four Seasons) Birthday's today: Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Engelbert Humperdinck, Christopher Cross, David Ball (Soft Cell), Jay Darlington (Kula Shaker), Samantha Eggar, Chris Mulkey, Ron Hextall, Bruce Hall (Reo Speedwagon), Peter Staples (Troggs), Greg Gumbel, Van McLain (Shooting Star, Ben Elton, Jeff Hornacek
Q of THE WEEK: So what songs would you sign on and off a radio station? I'm sure some of you have been there and done that.
I've been around for more than one station's signing off and on, but
I've only been the decision maker once. When my station was flipping
from modern rock to Hot AC here were my personal choices for those
Sign off from Modern Rock: "The Last Song"The All-American Rejects (how
original,but hey, it was a new tune and it hadn't been utilized to
death for that purpose)
Sign on to Hot AC: "The Promise"When In Rome (the reason being is the
very first Compact Disc I bought was When In Rome's self titled and
whenever I bought a new CD Player, I always played that one first, plus
it mentions "and if you wait around a while, I'll make you fall for me"
which is what I wanted the listeners to feel... cheesy? Maybe a little,
but YOU asked.. =)
Program Director-103.1 KCDA
Midday Personality-98.9 KKZX
Clear Channel Radio 808 E. Sprague
Spokane, WA 99202 509.242.2491
Good choice's Sam
Hmmm. When I was a kid one of the jocks on KSHE in St. Louis used to
off with Van Halen's rendition of "Happy Trails" from the Diver Down
When we signed on a new station a couple of years ago we played "Who Will Save Rock And Roll" by the Dictators immediately followed by "Eat The
by Krokus (their former manager is a concert promoter in that market).
it were up to me, there are so many good songs to choose from it would
hard to pick, and I'm sure my list would change every so often. Right
I'd probably choose "How Soon is Now" by the Smiths. It might seem
to some, but that is one of those songs than when I as a listener hear
the radio I proclaim "YES!" and turn it up as loud as I can. I would
to use a song that would make listeners do the same. Ask me the same
question next week, and I'll probably be on a different song. AdRoq Writer, Houston TX
I am going to go with signing on with the Ramones"Blitzkrieg Bob"
LET'S GO!) and then signing off with Frank Sinatra's"My Way", because,
I've done it MYYYY WAAAAYY!
Director-East Coast Promotion
Digital Musicworks International (DMI) 917.373.7985
Obviously it would depend on the station. When we re-signed on WKLL (which had become a Nostalgia station), we thought we'd have some fun with the geriatric listeners. 4 hours of RichardCheese. It took them about 1/2 hour to realize that his Sinatra-like delivery was just masking the hateful "Smack My Bitch Up"-like verses. Since 'KLL was going to be a full on RAWK station, we had stopped Mr. Cheese and started with a song that was to define the attitude of the station. Metallica's"Master of Puppets". Ahhhh. Goodtimes.
The last song I would play on a station regardless of format would be "Taps". It pretty much says it all. Scott Petibone PD WKRL Syracuse NY
Scotty...that was clever..."Taps"
May 2 Leslie Gore Birthday's today: Bianca Jagger, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Jay Osmond, Christine Baranski, Doctor Robert (Blow Monkeys), The Rock (Duane Johnson), Larry Gatlin (Gatlin Brothers), Jamaal Wilkes, Jo Ann Pflug, Bob Henrit (Kinks/Argent), Elizabeth Berridge
Q of THE WEEK: What songs would you sign on and off a radio station? Many of you haven't had the chance to. So what would they be. If you have...well, what are they?
For me, my sign off is easy. It's the song I signed off on most of my shifts from 82-95. "So Long" by Fisher Z (Zed). I'm still thinking about the perfect sign on song though. I'll get back to you later in the week on that one. By the way Candy's"The Last Radio Show" is pretty good too. Way out of print unfortunately. Jonathan L
Sign off with "Too Drunk to Fuck" by Nouvelle Vayge covering Dk's (Dead Kennedy's) Dwight Arnold KMRJ Palm Springs CA
I'll tell you a song I hated that I heard at a format change - KOPA played "Back in Time" by Huey Lewis
to herold their change from Top 40 to Classic Rock (a format that has
lasted that station nearly 20 years now!). I hated it because it meant
I was out from doing 6p-10p nightly (at about age 19)!!! And I used to
really like BACK TO THE FUTURE - the movie - but that helped ruin it for me.
Sluggo KROQ, Sirius Satellite Los Angeles CA
Sara Nunes: Interviewed by Rolling Stone last week, and her song poking fun at Simon of American Idol"Simon Can't Sing" is being added to MTV, and Much Music. Many of you have a copy already...why are you not playing it? Gonna let MTV steal your thunder once again? Check these articles out on-line: www.mtv.com and www.rollingstone.com
In regards to "good will hunting"
To your man Jim Ballard who wrote in asking what song that was on the Tim Stone show, that was "I Confess" by the Tom Tom Club off of the stellar Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom album that came out in the Summer of 1989. I saw those guys on that tour back at this club in New York called TheWorld (which was about an 800-seater if memory serves correctly). I remember Tina Weymouth
was wearing a tiny miniskirt that night, and when she put her leg up on
the monitor she gave us all in the front row a little show. Good times.
What a great band that was. So ahead of their time. If Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party etc, etc can pay homage to the sound made popular by Gang of Four, maybe someday soon we'll see a revival in the Tom Tom Club sound. Lenny Combat Rock Promotions, Los Angeles CA
Jim, if I had conferred with Lenny...I suppose I would have had an answer for you sooner. Lenny is very much into that era. He listened once and knew who it was.
May 1 Judge Marilyn Milian (People's Court) Birthday's today: Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Joanna Lumley, Tim McGraw, Bernard Butler, Johnny Colt (Black Crowes), Carlos Ward (BT Express), Steve Farris (Mr. Mister), Jerry Weiss (Blood, Sweat, Tears), Paul Smith (Haircut 100), Nick Fortune (Buckinghams), Mark Scott, Trixter), Felix Hanemann (Zebra), Byron Stewart, Charlie Schlatter, Ray Parker Jr.
Q of THE WEEK: If you had a choice of what songs to sign on a radio station...and sign off a station...what would it be, and by who? It begins tomorrow.