by Alan Haber
Lay out the blankets, stack the snacks and cold beverages, and slather on the SPF: It’s summertime all year long when Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave show is on the air! This fun, brand-new hour-long celebration of the catchiest sounds around will fill the airwaves with sun-drenched joy on Monday nights at 9 pm ET, right after Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing, on Pure Pop Radio. The first show airs on Monday, August 29.
The lyric line in Brian Wilson’s great song “Catch a Wave”–“Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world”–speaks to the fun in store for listeners as they soak up the sounds that make Catching a Wave so much fun to listen to. Jammin’ James is stoked to get started. He’s waxing up his summer sounds surfboard as I type these words!
“Catching a Wave is the sounds of summer, surf and good-time rock and roll,” says Jammin’ James. “It’s the only place where it’s summer all year long!” What will you hear on the show? “You’ll hear everything from classic bands like the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Dick Dale and the Ventures to newer acts such as Messer Chups from Russia, the Explorers Club, Los Straitjackets, and all in between. We’ll also have periodic exclusive interview snippets, countdowns, giveaways, games and all kinds of fun (fun, fun)!”
I’m thrilled to be bringing Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave to Pure Pop Radio beginning Monday, August 29, at 8 pm ET. Jammin’ James, also host of the Rockabilly ‘n’ Blues Radio Hour, is capturing the fun of the super summer sounds, much of which we’re already playing in rotation. James’s unique mix of songs stocked deep with strong melodies, harmony and an infectious sense of fun, fun, fun will fit in well with our other specialty shows: my interview program, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation; Brian Bringelson’s mix of pop and classic rock, played from vinyl records (Needle Meets Vinyl); the weekly Beatles roundtable discussion, Things We Said Today, and Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing.
Mark your calendars for Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave premiering Monday, August 29 at 8 pm ET. Meanwhile, just think about all the fun, fun, fun you’ll be having! It’s summertime all year long on Pure Pop Radio!