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An Explosion of Great Talk and Tunes on In Conversation? We’ve Got that and a Whole Lot More!

mic-small 10We’re preparing for tomorrow’s start of our exciting New Music Bowl event (hundreds of new songs and artists added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist), but we’d be remiss if we didn’t deliver to you the rundown of this week’s lineup of specialty shows.

So: Don’t miss this week’s triple play of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation episodes, and all-new editions of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today. It’s another great lineup of the best specialty shows on pop music radio.

waveTo get things off and running, Jammin’ James Riley checks in tonight at 8 pm ET with another new mix of summer sun-drenched tunes on Catching a Wave. You’ll hear Duane Eddy talk about how he gets his “twang” sound, and Mike Love will focus in on the Beach Boys’ harmony sound. Plus: dig songs from the Sabres, Atomic Mosquitos, the Hondells, the Bangles, Carole King, Dick Dale and much, much more. Surf’s up!

tiny-tims-americaTomorrow night, Tuesday, September 13, at a special time–9 pm ET–musician Richard Barone and author Justin Martell sit in with Alan Haber for the first of this week’s two-part In Conversation Tiny Tim spectacular. Richard and Justin talk about the new vinyl release, Tiny Tim’s America, a wonderful recording Mr. Tim made back in 1974.

tiny-time-complete-singlesOn Wednesday night, September 14, at 8 pm ET, part two of In Conversation’s Tiny Tim spectacular finds Now Sounds Records’ Steve Stanley and musician Kristian Hoffman talking about Now Sounds’ comprehensive and entertaining release, The Complete Singles Collection (1966-1970). Steve covers the release from a producer’s and record company standpoint; Kristian, a lifelong Mr. Tim devotee, talks about his passionate liner notes for this release, and offers some words of wisdom from Mr. Tim himself.

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Also on Wednesday night, Bubble Gum Orchestra’s Michael Laine Hildebrandt joins Alan for a very special conversation at 7 pm ET. BGO’s new album, Sticky Love Songs, will be released on September 20; Michael talks about recording this 20-song collection, and we premiere, North America-style, the group’s new single, “You Gave Up on Love,” which features vocals from Pure Pop Radio favorite Lannie Flowers.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todaybeatles-hollywood-bowlWinding up this week’s run of specialty shows, the regular gang of Beatles experts–Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman, and Allan Kozinn–puts the new Live at the Hollywood Bowl CD under their critical microscope on Things We Said Today. How does this new release compare to the 1977 vinyl album? How does it compare to the various bootleg versions that have been issued over the years? Is it worth a purchase? Ken, Steve, Al and Allan tell you all you need to know to make an informed decision on Thursday, September 15 at 8 pm ET.

It’s another great week of specialty shows right here on your number one source for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe from the ’60s to today…Pure Pop Radio.

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