Dial into a Weird and Wonderful Week of Specialty Shows on Pure Pop Radio

mic-small 10This first full week of October brings to you a full slate of weird and wonderful specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio. What’s in store?

ww-logo-longThis week’s big event is the premiere of the new show hosted by Pop 4 and Tiny Volcano’s melody maker, Scott McPherson. Scott’s The Weird and the Wonderful debuts this Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm ET. Yes, we’re filling your mid-week lunchtime slot with sounds spun by a master of melodic wonder, including, during this first go-around, songs from The Major Labels, Seth Swirsky, Roswell, and Jon Brion. Plus, Scott converses celestially with one of the top hep cats ever to tread the show business boards, Sammy Davis, Jr. (Scott has, you know, connections.)

everylittlethinglogo-smallBefore we turn the calendar pages to this Wednesday, we look to tonight’s specialty show fare. At 8 pm ET, Ken Michaels is back with an all-new edition of Every Little Thing. This week, Ken talks to famed Beach Boys lyricist and poet Stephen Kalinich, and spins an acoustic set featuring both Beatles and solo Beatles tracks.

waveJammin’ James Riley follows tonight in the 9 o’clock slot with his latest survey of cool summer sounds on Catching a Wave, where The Explorers Club, Donna Loren, The Beach Boys, The Sabres and Danny Amis and the Twin Tones negotiate the sun-soaked vibes rocking our host’s virtual beach.

needle meets vinylAfter Scott McPherson’s The Weird and the Wonderful kicks off its run this Wednesday at 1 pm ET, musician Brian Bringelson lowers the tone arm onto a bevy of records on the latest edition of Needle Meets Vinyl. Tune in at 8 pm ET on Wednesday for a triple-play of Beatles tunes, and equally fantastic sides from across the decades from such artists as The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Michael Nesmith and the First National Band, and Emitt Rhodes. It’s all vinyl, all the time for a festive celebration of 33 1/3 and 45 rpm spins.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayWe close the book on this first week of October’s run of specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio with another very special edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today. This Thursday at 8 pm ET, our esteemed panel of Fab experts speaks with Nigel Sinclair, the producer, and Paul Crowder, the editor of Ron Howard’s Beatles film, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years. This is your chance to go deep inside the making of this popular film, now playing on Hulu and in specialty theaters.

Don’t miss the debut of Scott McPherson’s lunchtime show, The Weird and the Wonderful, and all-new editions of Every Little Thing, Catching a Wave, Needle Meets Vinyl and Things We Said Today. Pure Pop Radio has your nighttime listening covered!

We’ve Got Something Special for You this Week!

specialWe’re back, and we’ve got something special for you. Actually, we’ve got a bunch of something specials for your ears. We’re practically bursting with all you need to know about this week’s nighttime broadcasts. Plus, and this is a big plus, we’ve got a new show debuting next week that is like nothing we’ve ever broadcast before. Details coming this Wednesday.

Meanwhile, let’s get down to specialty show business. Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave, Brian Bringelson’s Needle Meets Vinyl, and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, are all new this week. Get ready for some must-listen-to programming right here on your number one, 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today.

jammin james rileywaveFirst up, tonight at 8 pm ET, is an all-new episode of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave. Jammin’ James spins an hour’s worth of summery tunes from such diverse artists as King Curtis and the Noble Men, the Fantastic Baggys, the Surfaris, Bruce Johnston, and Los Straitjackets. Wax up your surfboard, get the barbeque going, and tune in for a fun time under the virtual sun.

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needle meets vinylWednesday night at 8 pm ET, Anchor and Bear’s Brian Bringelson switches on the Vinyl Only sign to bring you the latest entry in his Needle Meets Vinyl series. Gather round your Internet radio receptacle for a triple-play of Monkees sides and classic numbers from the Beatles, the Both, Bob Dylan, ELO, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, the Rolling Stones, and a whole lot more.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayKen Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman, and Allan Kozinn gather round the microphones on Thursday night at 8 pm ET for a timely edition of Things We Said Today. The Beatles’ Eight Days a Week film, now showing in limited release in specialty theaters and spooling daily on Hulu, is the number one topic of conversation for Fab Four fans. Our esteemed panel covers the plusses and minuses of Ron Howard’s look at the Beatles’ touring years in a show you won’t want to miss.

It’s another week’s worth of top-flight specialty shows, right here on Pure Pop Radio. And don’t miss news of a brand new show coming to our airwaves next week; we’ll have all the details for you this Wednesday.

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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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Just in the “Nick” of Time: Great Talk, Tunes, and Beatles too on This Week’s Specialty Shows

mic-small 10In other words, it’s another week of spectacular specialty shows coming up right here on Pure Pop Radio.

everylittlethinglogo-smallchuck gundersonWhat’s on tap? We kick off the cool proceedings on Monday, September 5 at 8 pm ET, with an all-new edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing, which this time around features an interview with Beatles author Chuck Gunderson and a pair of tracks from the Fab new Live at the Hollywood Bowl album, releasing on September 9.

waveFollowing Every Little Thing on Monday night, it’s the second show from Jammin’ James Riley in our new series, Catching a Wave, at 9 pm ET. Groove along with tracks from the Surfaris, the Chantays, Jan and Dean, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, and many more.

philip priceTune in Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6 and 7, for a rousing Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofer. On Tuesday, September 6 at 8 pm ET, Winterpills’ Philip Price sits down with Alan Haber for a two-hour marathon session detailing the many, varied stops through his musical career. Listen for tracks from the Maggies, Philip’s solo releases (including an unreleased tune), and Winterpills, whose latest album, Love Songs, is a big airplay item on Pure Pop Radio.

nick piunti - trust your instincts smallnick-piuntiThe next evening, Wednesday, September 7, also at 8 pm ET, we’ve got popster-of-the-hour Nick Piunti dropping in to speak with Alan about his smashing new album, Trust Your Instincts, releasing on Friday, September 9 through Jem Records. You’ll hear three songs from the album and Nick’s comments on them. Plus who knows what else?

needle meets vinylThe specialty show excitement continues on Wednesday night with this week’s all-new Needle Meets Vinyl at a special time. Tune in right after the Nick Piunti interview, at approximately 9 pm ET, for another great all-vinyl mix from host Brian Bringelson, featuring songs from George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra, Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band, Big Star, and many more of your favorite artists from across the decades. Sweet.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todaykit o'tooleWe finish this exciting week of specialty shows with the latest back-and-forth from our panel of Beatles experts on Things We Said Today on Thursday, September 8 at 8 pm ET. This time around, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman, and Allan Kozinn discuss Paul McCartney’s album Press to Play with returning guest Dr. Kit O’Toole, author of the Deep Beatles column and the book Songs We Were Singing. Also up for discussion is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles final concert, held at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, and a concert appearance by the Claypool Lennon Delirium; Ken was there and he has an on-the-spot report.

So, looking to the week ahead in specialty shows: Don’t miss a second of Alan’s interviews with Winterpills’ Philip Price and Nick Piunti on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, all-new editions of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, as well as the second Catching a Wave show from Jammin’ James Riley and the latest all-vinyl mix from Brian Bringelson on Needle Meets Vinyl. Pure Pop Radio has the goods this week…and every week!

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Break Out the Sunscreen and Your Beach Blanket: Catching a Wave Debuts Tonight on Pure Pop Radio

waveJammin’ James Riley’s weekly celebration of the sounds of summer, Catching a Wave, hits your virtual beach tonight at 9 pm ET right here on Pure Pop Radio.

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 spins the coolest sounds of the warmest season. There’s a whole lot of summertime fun in store for you on this fun (fun, fun) show. “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!”

jammin james rileyOn tonight’s debut show, Jammin’ James spins the Monkees’ “You Bring the Summer,” the Beach Boys’ “California Girls,” “the Rip Chords’ “Hey Little Cobra,” Jim Messina and His Jesters’ “Honky Tonk,” and the Explorers Club’s “California’s Callin’ Ya,” among many others. It’s the sweet sounds of the summer packed tightly into an hour-long celebration, tonight at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

Catching a Wave airs every Monday night at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio, right after Ken Michael’s Beatles extravaganza, Every Little Thing. Join Jammin’ James Riley, the summer sun, a comfy beach blanket, and a whole lot of SPF as you soak up the coolest sounds around.

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Bob Lind, Jamie Hoover, the Beatles, and Classic Pop and Rock Star in this Week’s Specialty Show Lineup

mic-small 10Gather ’round your Internet radio receptacles this week for some top-flight specialty shows starring classic singer-songwriters Bob Lind and Jamie Hoover, the Beatles, and some of the greatest classic rock and pop artists of all time. It’s another cool week of fun specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio. (And don’t forget: The debut of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave makes a big splash next Monday night, August 28, at 8 pm ET!)

bob lind posebob lind magellanTomorrow night, Tuesday, August 23, classic singer-songwriter Bob Lind talks with Alan Haber about his new album, Magellan Was Wrong, on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation at 8 pm ET. Bob goes in-depth on three of the album’s songs, talking about what he was trying to get across, his writing process, and his views on a number of informative topics. He also talks at length about his iconic song “Elusive Butterfly,” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. You’ll hear “Elusive Butterly,” as well as “Blind Love,” “From the Road,” and the title song from Magellan Was Wrong.

jamie hover photo smallA few minutes after Bob’s interview concludes, frequent In Conversation guest Jamie Hoover speaks about his role as producer of many of the songs on Magellan Was Wrong. He talks about what it’s like to produce Bob Lind, how he goes about arranging Bob’s tunes, and how Bob’s music has affected his own work. As a bonus, you’ll hear Jamie’s version of “Elusive Butterly,” which appeared on his great Lind Me Four EP in 2008.

needle meets vinylOn Wednesday night at 8 pm ET, Brian Bringelson works the turntables for show number 40 of his Needle Meets Vinyl series, spinning a Beatles three-fer and songs from the Shins, the B-52s, Stephen Stills, Harry Nilsson, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, America, and David Crosby & Graham Nash, among other great artists. Don’t miss this episode, quite possibly Brian’s best set yet.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayWinding up this week’s run of specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio is the latest episode of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today. This time around, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn preview the Beatles’ Live at the Hollywood Bowl CD, releasing on September 9. In addition, Al reports on the just-concluded Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans, where Klaus Voorman, Peter Asher, Billy J. Kramer, Joey Molland, Mark Hudson and author Bruce Spizer were among the guests. Also, recent interviews with Paul McCartney, appearing in Rolling Stone and The New York Times, are discussed.

jammin james rileywaveIt’s another week of can’t-miss listening on Pure Pop Radio. Gather round your Internet radio receptacles for the best specialty programming around. And get ready for the debut of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave next Monday night, August 29, at 9 pm ET!

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Pure Pop Radio’s State of the Union: Everything’s Jake

70000Or fine, you know. Whichever word suits you, Pure Pop Radio’s website is a gangbusters kind of operation. We’ve just logged our 69,989th view of our 553 posts made over a period of two years and eight months, which is pretty jake, as we are wont to opine. And in case you were wondering, 33,793 lovers of melodic pop have visited our humble home.

In other words, and we are all about the words, we couldn’t be happier and wanted to share the news with you, our faithful readers and fans of the melodic pop that we all love.

server farmThis past weekend was quite the bear for us; an all-night, Friday-into-Saturday morning session mending quite the dustup our broadcast software was having with the server it sat on occupied our time, which necessitated our having to put another server into service and our having to install new (actually older) software to keep things on the jake side of the equation. In any case, things are fine now–in fact, they’re better than they’ve ever been, if truth be told. The pop is making its way out to the masses and the airwaves are that much happier.

We’re that much happier, too; we’ve got some exciting, upcoming programming to tell you about in detail when the time is right. For now, though, here are the broad strokes: Monday, August 29, finds Jammin’ James Riley’s brand-new Beach Boys-and-associated-sounds show, Catching a Wave, debuting on our air. We’ve got no less than seven all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation episodes coming your way. And…well, that would be telling, so stay tuned for the latest information on that there stuff.

jack chinatownStay tuned, indeed. We’re on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and, here comes the truth again, 365 days a year. That’s a whole lot of marvelous melodies, harmonious harmonies, and hooks to enjoy. And remember, we’re adding new songs all the time; we’re currently rotating more than 9,000 of those babies for your listening, romancing and dancing pleasure. Everything is jammin’ and jake around here.

But enough about us: This is all about you, our faithful fans. Why not click on one of the listen links below and sing along if you know the words. Meanwhile, we’re getting back to work. There is so much to do!

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