See you, 2014, and 2015…A Big Ol’ Welcome to You!

2014 into 2015As we prepare to close the books on 2014 and 2015, with its promise of good things on the horizon ready to light our lives, waits in the wings to makes its debut, we pause to reflect on the bounty of great music and gobs of joy that made our days brighter these past 12 months.

As is our year-end tradition here at Pure Pop Radio, we leave you in the capable hands of two of our most learned philosophers, Calvin and Hobbes. As you accompany them on their journey across the empty canvas that leads to their coming adventures, join us in a chorus of an early, beloved song from the Beatles–one of the classic creations that set us off on our musical path all of those so very precious years ago.

See you next week with a look back at the year past and the promise of new music, reviews and other such statements of purpose as we take off from the starting gate and greet the new year with outstretched arms, and a big old smile on our faces. For 2015 is our blank canvas, and we’re ready to set off for new adventures!

Happy New Year!

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Pure Pop Radio’s Holiday Popapalooza Begins in 24 Hours! Merry Happy!

christmas wreath 2014The tree is trimmed, the wreath is hung, festive feelings are in the air and snow is in our memories (because there is no snow in the forecast). Magic is all around us as we prepare to dive into our second annual Holiday Popapalooza, which begins tomorrow, December 24, at noon ET and continues through all of Christmas day. We’ve added six extra hours of fun this year for a total of 36 straight hours of very cool Christmas pop music to help you celebrate the season in style.

santaWe’ve got you covered while you trim your tree, wrap presents, drink eggnog, and cuddle under the covers in front of the fireplace while you wait for Santa to arrive. We’ve got your official seasonal soundtrack from your favorite melodic pop artists and crooners throughout the years. We’ve got jangle and a whole lot of jingle. And, we’ve got a ton of specially-recorded holiday IDs and jingles from the singers and songwriters that electrify the melodic pop universe year round. In all, we’ve added nearly 200 new songs and IDs and jingles this year for the most variety of any holiday radio broadcasts around the world.

We hope you will tune your ears to this very special, 36-hour-long broadcast. Remember that you can listen on the go by downloading our apps for listening with Android and iOS devices (see below for link). Our Holiday Popapalooza has been a long time in the making. Our elves and other helpers have been working hard to bring an avalanche of cheer to you, our faithful listeners. We hope you have a great time and we wish you all the best for the holidays. Happy Christmas to you, one and all!radio-listening

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Every Little Thing Takes a Well-Deserved Holiday Break, Chart Toppers

beatles christmas 2014The syndicated edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing is taking a well-deserved holiday break on Pure Pop Radio. The next show will air on Monday, January 5 at 9 pm ET.

Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing...For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing…For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

‘Til then, chart toppers!

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Ken Spins the Standards on Tonight’s Every Little Thing

Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing...For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing…For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

In a lovingly curated “Songs Your Grandmother Should Know” theme set on tonight’s edition of Every Little Thing, Ken Michaels spins three songs each from Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney’s standards albums, Sentimental Journey and Kisses on the Bottom.

The memories get in fab gear starting at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio. But before the standards start to spin, Ken opens up the show with a quartet of classics from the Beatles, George Harrison, Roberta Flack and Eric Clapton. The Fabs’ “The Ballad of John and Yoko” gets the proceedings off to a great, rockin’ start.

In tonight’s second segment, Ken gets into an Anthologies mood, with tracks from the Beatles’ and John Lennon’s collections. You’ll hear the Beatles run through “I am the Walrus,” and Lennon take a stab at “One Day at a Time.” The Mop Tops close out the set with “P.S. I Love You.”

It’s all for you tonight at 9 pm ET on Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. The place? Your home for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe, Pure Pop Radio.

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Curry Cuts Path to the ’80s for Retro-riffic British Invasion Compilation

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Producer Andrew Curry, who released his first compilation, Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Lite Rock, in April of 2013, follows up in relatively short order with Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion. While he’s billed as executive producer of Reign, Curry is better dubbed master curator, or perhaps more appropriately, caretaker of decades gone by.

Dipping this time into the musical waters flowing through the ’80s, Curry has assembled a sterling group of contemporary artists to pay tribute to and/or apply a new coat of paint on songs that were first released more than three decades ago. It is a testament to these songs–and, if Curry knows anything, he knows that the song is job one–that they retain their fortitude so long after first being heard.

To that end, Fountains of Wayne frontman Chris Collingwood turns in a spirited, lovingly rendered version of the Dream Academy’s “Life in a Northern Town,” supported by luscious background vocals from Phillip Price and Flora Reed from Winterpills; The Corner Laughers soup up the beat as they apply their particular magic to Madness’ “Our House”; and Big-Box Store takes a wholly different approach to Kim Wilde’s frenetic “Kids in America,” slowing it down and infusing it with a heartfelt dose of passion.

Jim Boggia and Pete Donnelly turn Adam Ant’s cheeky “Goody Two Shoes” inside out, applying a faux-military drum part and making every note count for a kind of jazzy workout. Similarly, the Davenports dress Wham’s “Freedom” up in power pop overalls, thereby upping the song’s catchy quotient. And Linus of Hollywood puts every ounce of emotion at his disposal into his take on Daryl Hall’s classic “Everytime You Go Away,” originally waxed by Paul Young.

The first lesson one learns listening to compilations such as this is that some aspect of everything you hear today can be traced back to something that came before. The spirit of these songs, denizens of radio first tuned into so long ago, lives on in these new versions of favored classics. The second lesson? Good songs never die, and as chosen and curated by master compilation craftsman Curry, they still rock and roll and fill your body and soul. And in the form of this Reign, they make a great, collective stocking stuffer. – Alan Haber

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Pure Pop Radio’s Holiday Popapalooza Returns for a Second Year, Serving Up a Delicious Soundtrack of Jingle and Jangle on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

christmas bellsEveryone’s excited about Pure Pop Radio’s Holiday Popapalooza–even Santa and his reindeer can’t wait until the sounds of cheery jingle and jangle hit the airwaves at noon ET on Christmas Eve day!

Come Dasher, come Dancer, come Donner and Blitzen and Brian Wilson and Christian Phillips and the Beatles and Bill Lloyd and Cliff Hillis and the Grip Weeds and the JAC and the Ramones, the Spongetones and the Butties and hundreds of other artists and songs of the season! Come one and all to your Internet radios and computers for 36 straight hours of holiday joy punctuated by a snow-covered mountain’s worth of melody and harmony! Come for the music and don’t forget to bring the mistletoe!

Pure Pop Radio’s Holiday Popapalooza kicks off at noon ET on December 24 and continues straight through to 11:59 pm on Christmas Day. New this year: Custom IDs and jingles from many of your favorite melodic pop artists. Assembled by our team of music-minded elves, our merry mix of classic Christmas favorites and contemporary holiday song craft will provide the soundtrack for the happiest time of the year. And rejoice in the knowledge that this year, you can take our Holiday Popapalooza with you wherever you go by downloading our handy apps for listening on Android and iOS devices. See the link below to take the music with you!

Why not ride your sleigh to our Facebook event page and join your fellow melodic pop music fans in the happiest holiday event of the season? Click here to be magically transported. And keep a lookout for updates and pictures and all sorts of goodies leading up to the big event: Pure Pop Radio’s Holiday Popapalooza.

Grab a glass of egg nog, wear your favorite Christmas sweater proudly, and join us on December 24 for a good time that will be had by all. Music, memories, and Pure Pop Radio make the holiday season bright!

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Take the Time to Stop and Smell the Roses on Tonight’s Every Little Thing

Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing...For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing…For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Join Ken Michaels tonight at 9 pm ET for a very special edition of Every Little Thing. Ken rolls out a joyous salute to Harry Nilsson, amongst other fab happenings.

Show number 42 kicks off with another varied set of Beatles and solo Beatles tunes. The fun begins with “Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive” from Paul McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom album and continues with such great tracks as George Harrison’s “Piggies,” as waxed by the Beatles.

Segment two presents a cool two-fer from McCartney and Ringo Starr. Ken dips into a pool of tracks from 1977: Wings’ hard rockin’ “Girls’ School” and Ringo’s “Can She Do It Like She Dances.”

Stay tuned for Ken’s third, themed segment which pays tribute to Harry Nilsson with tracks from John Lennnon, Mary Hopkin, Ringo, and Nilsson himself. Dig the warm vibes of Mary Hopkin’s version of “Puppy Song” and Lennon’s version of his and Harry’s “Old Dirt Road.” It’s a spectacular treat, as only Ken can deliver.

It’s all on Pure Pop Radio tonight. The Beatle bell rings at 9 pm ET. See you then!

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