Pure Pop Radio’s Feast for Your Ears Week Commences Tomorrow Night

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As we count down the days until Christmas (29 to be exact), we search for some melodic joy to play us through. Pure Pop Radio comes to your rescue this week with two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and a classic Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation show from the archives, featuring Jeffrey Foskett.

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Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio

We kick off Feast for Your Ears week with tomorrow night’s first of two premiere Pop Tunes Deejay Show get-togethers (8 pm ET). First up in the show is the world radio premiere of Vanilla’s new song, “Let’s Call It a Day.” Part of the Mystik Knights of Takoma album, being assembled one track at a time, this is a beautiful, orchestrated song with lovely vocals from Pop 4’s Kirk Adams. Also spinning on the show: New tracks from Bill Lloyd, Caddy, The Weeklings, Tony Valentino from the Standells, Kyle Vincent, Mike Daly and the Planets, and Daniel McGeever. We also pay tribute to two recently fallen pop giants: David Cassidy and Tommy Keene.

Thursday night at 8 pm ET, this week’s second all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show rolls with a tribute to the great radio personality Wolfman Jack (with a sidestep to Cousin Brucie Boulevard); another new song from Bill Lloyd; new tracks from Scott Brookman, Dave Caruso, Pat Walsh, , The Nines, and Squeeze; and a twin-spin from the Scaffold. Plus, we get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday season with some warm holiday melodies.

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Wednesday nights at 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio

Wednesday night at 9 pm ET, we revisit an interview with current Beach Boy Jeffrey Foskett. My talk with Jeffrey from January 19, 1997, the first of many that were aired on the weekly Pure Pop Radio Show back in the 1990s, came after Jeffrey’s first two solo CDs were released. We talk about and play a few tracks from them, and touch on meeting Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the first time, his first money-paying gig at age 14, his love of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album, and the greatness of sleigh bells. Don’t miss this one.

Two all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Shows and an interview with Jeffrey Foskett from 1997 on In Conversation? Why, that sounds like a pretty great Feast for Your Ears week! Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio and enjoy!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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The Weeklings Decked Out for the Holidays, a Simon and Garfunkel Triple Play, Jeffrey Dean Foster, Orbis Max, and Dana Countryman’s Joy of Pop Star in this Week’s Pure Pop Specialty Shows

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pure pop radio radioIt’s a week of explosive broadcasts that will knock your popping and rocking socks off, what with the latest top side from Orbis Max, the Weeklings’ ode to the upcoming holiday season, and Dana Countryman’s appearance on an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation leading the charge. If ever there were a don’t-miss-a-minute week of Pure Pop Radio shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, this is it.

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night’s Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) kicks off with a Simon and Garfunkel triple play from the duo’s smash 1970 album, Bridge over Troubled Water: “Keep the Customer Satisfied,” “Baby Driver,” and “Why Don’t You Write Me.” A set devoted to songs about someone named “Jesse,” and the Weeklings’ ode to the upcoming holiday season, a mash-up of the perennial Christmas classic “Winter Wonderland” and the Beatles’ “Revolution,” are top of the pops, alongside a plethora of melodic pop jewels, including some top-notch holiday classics like Ringo Starr’s “Christmas Time is Here Again” and Dana Countryman’s “Amazon.com Kind of Christmas,” from Dana’s new album, The Joy of Pop (hey it is only 49 days until Christmas!). Plus: The Reed Brothers, the JAC, and Orbis Max!

in conversation new graphic blueSpeaking of Dana, he’s in the spotlight this Wednesday night on the latest all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, talking about The Joy of Pop in the kind of detail listeners have come to expect from the Internet’s premiere melodic pop talk show (9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio).

pop tunes disc smallAnother all-new group spin of new and new-to-you tunes, and classics from across the decades, awaits you Thursday night at 8 pm ET on this week’s second Pop Tunes Deejay Show. You’ll hear numbers from Gilbert O’Sullivan, Badfinger, John Holk and the Sequins (from the just-released Hit the Hay Vol. 9), two tips-of-the-melodic-pop-hat to the Bee Gees, an Association-centric set, and a whole lot more. More melodic fun you cannot possibly have.

Don’t miss a minute of this week’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows and Dana Countryman on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. This is a broadcast week to remember!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop on the Air This Week: Top Tracks Sizzle on Two All-New Pop Tunes Deejay Shows, and a Classic 1996 Interview with Wondermints’ Darian and Nick Rolls on In Conversation. Plus the Debut of a New Website Series!

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pure pop radio radioNew and new-to-you tracks currently top of mind for melodic pop fans team up with favorite songs from across the decades on two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, airing tomorrow and Thursday night at 8 pm ET. And that’s not all: A classic 1996 interview with Wondermints’ Darian Sahanaja and Nick Walusko on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation rolls this Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. It’s a broadcast week to remember. All shows air, as always, on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) features an extended set of much-loved songs from pop icon Emitt Rhodes, and new spins from the Seven and Six, featuring Lisa Mychols, the Tomboys, Dave Caruso, and Dana Countryman. Add in top-flight tracks from Richard X. Heyman, Chris Von Sneidern, Klaatu and more and you’ve got an hour-long show you won’t want to miss.

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wondermintsWednesday night’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (9 pm ET) takes you back to December 12, 1996, when Wondermints’ Darian Sahanaja and Nick Walusko guested on the weekly Pure Pop Radio Show on WEBR. Wondermints’ current album was Wonderful World of Wondermints, a sparkling collection of covers that still delights today. The band had just played a gig with none other than Brian Wilson, which led to the guys joining Wilson’s touring band. It was a fortuitous time to be speaking to Darian and Nick; the interview was lively and informative, and lots of fun.

pop tunesCapping off a week of melodic pop joy, a second, all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET) features a great track from Tommy Lorente from the new Twelve String High, Vol. 2; a new single from Richard Snow; a terrific spin from Ed Ryan’s Furious Mind album, and some tracks not heard on Pure Pop shows for quite awhile. A real crowd pleaser, I must say.

This Thursday, I’ll be debuting a brand-new series featuring two life-long music fans (who can they be, now?),  talking about tunes and such, exclusively here on the Pure Pop Radio website; look for all of the details tomorrow. You won’t want to miss it.

See you on the radio!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop’s Shows Pop Large This Week: Classic Ben Folds Interview from 1996 on In Conversation; Songs About Radio and a World Premiere Spin from Dave Caruso on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show

Such a week ahead! Let’s get right to the details…

A Classic Ben Folds Interview from 1996 on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation
ben folds five debut coverThis week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) rolls back 21 years to March 26, 1996–just one year after the weekly Pure Pop Radio show began–for a classic interview on the run with the great Ben Folds. I caught up with Ben after his high-energy Ben Folds Five show at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The self-titled, first Five album had been released only seven months prior, but you would never have known it by the roaring reaction from the packed crowd.

My power-packed chat with Ben began just outside his dressing room and continued down the stroll to the stage where he and his band took to breaking down his setup and packing their instruments and equipment into a waiting U-Haul truck. This included Ben’s 1972 well-worn Baldwin piano, a well-used specimen if ever there was one. Ben and I talked about his approach to playing the keys, being compared to Elton John and Billy Joel, and his love of “Video Killed the Radio Star,” which the band played that night and subsequently covered on record. And lots more.

You’ll hear three songs that lit up the grooves on that first Ben Folds Five album: “Alice Childress,” “Jackson Cannery,” and “Boxing.” Plus: the aforementioned “Video Killed the Radio Star.” This is one of my favorite interviews that I’ve done over the years. I hope you enjoy it.

A World Premiere Spin from Dave Caruso and Radio is in the Spotlight on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show
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This week’s Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows are all-new and popping with the best melodic pop from across the decades. Tonight’s show, airing at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, tells the story of music radio through songs about our favorite medium from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Merrymakers, Joe Sullivan, Hilly Michaels, Harry Nilsson and lots more, along with a smattering of classic radio station jingles. So as not to disturb the flow of this hour-long entertainment, I have kept mum, so no snappy deejay patter from me. Just lots of radio, and lots of fun!

front coverdave caruso studio shotOn Thursday night at 8 pm ET, you’ll hear an hour’s worth of new and new-to-you melodic pop songs, including a world premiere tune from Dave Caruso’s about-to-be-released (on October 30) album, the cleverly-titled Buddha Pesto Manifesto, the hotly anticipated followup to Dave’s 2014 release, Cardboard Vegas Roundabout. “Boomer, Jenna and Lennie” is a classic, ever-so-catchy Eric Carmen-styled number about negotiating life’s path and the ups and downs that are presented along the way. Light, percussive piano, electric guitar stabs and a sumptuous melody propel this song to the top of the pops, and I’m thrilled to be able to present it to you as a world premiere spin.

You Couldn’t Possibly Have More Fun on the Radio!
Don’t miss this week’s signature Pure Pop Shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio: tonight’s radio-centric episode of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET), tomorrow night’s classic 1996 interview with Ben Folds on In Conversation (9 pm ET), and Thursday night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET), featuring the world premiere of “Boomer, Jenna and Lennie” from Dave Caruso’s Buddha Pesto Manifesto, to be released on October 30. It’s all on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Pure Pop’s Retro Week Looks Back at an Iconic In Conversation Chat with the Knack’s Doug Fieger, and the Origins of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show. And…

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Next week, we celebrate the origins of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and look back at an iconic on-air interview with The Knack’s late leader Doug Fieger during Pure Pop’s Retro Week.

Flashback to 1998 with The Knack’s Doug Fieger
the knack zoom coverOn Wednesday, October 11 at 9 pm ET we turn the broadcast dial back to November 28, 1998, when The Knack’s Doug Fieger joined me on my weekly Pure Pop Radio show on WEBR. This was a big interview for me; I was a big fan of The Knack and always longed to find out more about their records and how they were made. I found out about that and a whole lot more, as Doug took me on a pop and roll journey, the effects of which have stayed with me to this very day.

The Knack’s then-current album Zoom had been released just five months prior to the interview, and was an on-air and personal favorite of mine. The pulsating opener, “Pop is Dead,” was a familiar spin during the weekly Pure Pop Radio shows. Doug and I spoke about the album, Doug’s writing process, the kinds of music he liked–he had an affinity for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack–and his early ambitions: he had wanted to become an artist, and was an actor in his youth, performing in plays in Detroit at the Vanguard Playhouse. He even performed Shakespeare.

During the interview, I played many Knack classics, four of which you will hear: the aforementioned “Pop is Dead”; “We are Waiting” from Round Trip; “Terry and Julie Step Out” from Zoom; and a cover of Badfinger’s “No Matter What,” which the Knack recorded for Copper Records’ 1996 release, Come and Get It: A Tribute to Badfinger.

Spend an hour next Wednesday night at 9 pm ET with me and The Knack’s Doug Fieger in an interview first broadcast on the weekly Pure Pop Radio show on WEBR on November 28, 1998. It’s a good one.

The Pop Tunes Deejay Show’s Origins
pop tunes disc smallNext Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 pm ET, I’m running the very first Pop Tunes Deejay Shows, originally broadcast in August and November of 2015. The Pop Tunes Deejay Show was a bit different during this first run of episodes, but basically the same show you’ve come to know and love.

On Tuesday, October 10 at 8 pm ET, you will hear show number one, featuring sets devoted to ELO Pop, Fab Sounds, and much more. Show number two rolls next Thursday night at 8 pm ET with sets spinning songs with the word “hello” in the title, and a survey of new tunes added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist, including tracks from Sports Fan, Michael Carpenter, The Cherry Drops, The Nines, and many more.

And then…
…I am taking next week off to smell the roses, patch cracks in the ceiling, and to focus on other things that need tending to, so make a date to take a look through our pages at the many hundreds of reviews, articles and information about Pure Pop’s various activities through the years.

When I get back on Monday, October 16, I’ll dive right back in to business, preparing a brand-new show airing exclusively right here on this site and scribing plenty of reviews and articles about the melodic pop music that you love. And working up all-new editions of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

Enjoy next week’s retro shows, and I’ll see you back here with bells on (not literally, of course) on Monday, October 16. Have fun!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Kurt Baker, Terry Draper, Bill DeMain, The Timewhys, The Rubinoos, Bill Lloyd, Fountains of Wayne, Jeff Larson and Scott Gagner Star in this Week’s Pure Pop Shows

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

Two sparkling brand-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and an all-new, typically in-depth Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation ride the melodic pop airwaves this week.

pop tunes disc smallTonight’s Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) is a merry mix of new and new-to-you spins and classic cuts from across the decades. The Searchers, Kurt Baker, The Wilson Hospital, Terry Draper and Bill DeMain sing sweetly alongside Anton Barbeau, Carpenter Caswell, Sagittarius, Donovan and an early, spooky salute to Halloween with The Connection, whose new single is a lively take on Buck Owens’ “(It’s a) Monsters’ Holiday” (The Taters roll with their version of the tune, too).

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Pins_and_Needles_Cover_Art_Scott_GagnerTomorrow night at 9 pm ET, singer-songwriter Scott Gagner sits in with me on an all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his new album, Pins and Needles, a way-more-than-worthy followup to 2014’s Rise and Shine. You’ll hear the stories behind the songs, and much more. And all about a certain…deer (yes, you read that right).

pop tunes disc smallThursday night at 8 pm ET, the Pop Tunes Deejay Show returns with another first-run mix of melodic pop songs from across the decades, featuring Bonaroo, The Lilac Time, XTC, Peter and the Penguins, Hep Stars, The Left Banke, Bill Lloyd, Jeff Larson, and Gilbert O’Sullivan. A more fun hour of melodic pop simply can’t be found anywhere.

Before I go, I invite you to view Scott Gagner’s wonderfully creative, and quite entertaining, video for Pins and Needles’ lead single, a catchy slice of melodic pop entitled “The Ghost of Me and You.” Directed by Scott and co-starring a lovely, expressive yet inanimate deer head (yes, you read that right…again), it’s a joy.

Two new Pop Tunes Deejay Shows and an all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with Scott Gagner? Yes, that’s this week’s nighttime listening sorted. Enjoy!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Pop Tunes’ Lucky Show 13 and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s Spotlight on The Corner Laughers’ Karla Kane and Fun of the Pier: This Week’s Shows Dazzle!

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fun of the pier 1442karla kane king's daughters home for incurables coverThis week, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show rolls out lucky show 13, and Karla Kane and The Fun of the Pier’s Mark and Helen Luker star on a sparkling international edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. And that’s not all!

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night at 8 pm ET, The Pop Tunes Deejay Show is stocked full of some of the strongest new melodic pop releases now making waves across the musical landscape. Two new tracks in progress from Daisy House, and the latest from Carpenter Caswell, The Successful Failures and Strangely Alright play alongside tracks from Randy Newman, Coke Belda (a bonus track from the forthcoming Spanish edition of his new Bee Gees tribute), Fallon Cush and a whole lot more. Plus: my snappy deejay patter! And fear not: The Pop Tunes Deejay Show returns for another round of catchy melodic pop from across the decades this Thursday night at 8 pm ET.

in conversation new graphic blueWednesday night at 9 pm ET, The Corner Laughers’ Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh and The Fun of the Pier’s Mark and Helen Luker sit in on Pure Pop Radio: Conversation to talk about their triumphant All Aboard tour, bristling with international flavor, and their latest, top-flight releases: Karla’s first solo album, King’s Daughters Home for Incurables, and The Fun of the Pier’s 14:42.

That’s this week’s Pure Pop shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button: