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All-new episodes of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave, Scott McPherson’s The Weird and the Wonderful, and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, will delight your senses this week on Pure Pop Radio.
You’d better wax your surfboard in anticipation of tonight’s hour in the surf and sun with Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave. Jammin’ James talks to legendary Los Straitjackets guitarist Eddie Angel, and spins sumptuous sides from Dick Dale, The Martin Denny Orchestra, The Neanderthals, The Chantays, Glen Campbell, and many more of your favorites. Tune in at 8 pm ET. Surf’s up!
This Wednesday afternoon, October 12 at 1 pm ET, Pop 4 and Tiny Volcano’s master of melody Scott McPherson brings you another pop-filled episode of The Weird and the Wonderful. Scott gets nostalgic from the sounds of not-too-long-ago as he plays songs from Colorworks, The Corner Laughers, Sondre Lerche, and The Blood Sugars. Plus, you’ll find out how to sing like the great Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, baby!
Wrapping up this week’s slate of specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman, and Allan Kozinn look back on some of their favorite moments from past Things We Said Today shows. Celebrating 200 information-filled roundtables, Allan remembers the panel’s conversation with Wings guitarist Laurence Juber; Steve remembers a conversation with Paul McCartney guitar player Rusty Anderson; Ken revisits Allan’s look at the progression of “Strawberry Fields Forever” from a show that concerned itself with The Beatles’ greatest studio miracles, and Al fondly talks about Beatlefan senior editor Rick Glover, whose Fans on the Run designation refers to the many, many Paul McCartney shows he has been to. It’s a show you won’t want to miss.
That’s this week’s specialty show rundown. Keep listening to Pure Pop Radio, all day and all of the night. We play the best melodic pop in the universe!
Tonight’s all-new edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, is another can’t-miss get-together.
Beginning at 8 pm ET, our panel of Beatles experts–Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman, and Allan Kozinn–are joined by author Kit O’Toole (the popular Deep Beatles column on the Something Else website, and the book Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours through the Beatles’ Lesser-Known Tracks) to talk about the 30th anniversary of the release of Paul McCartney’s album Press to Play on September 1, 1986.
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.
Tune in at 8 pm ET tonight for show 198 of the premiere Beatles talk show, Things We Said Today. Pure Pop Radio has your Beatles interests covered.
Pure Pop Radio’s got you covered this week; our specialty shows are sizzling with melodic pop power! What’s in store? We’ve got two major Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation shows, a classic spin of treasured vinyl on Brian Bringelson’s Needle Meets Vinyl, and a hot-button edition of the Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today.
Tonight at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Scottish popster Kenny Herbert stops by to talk about his phenomenal concept album, Forever and Beyond, a gorgeous, romantic song cycle inspired by Caroline, the love of Kenny’s life. The 14 songs on offer, encompassing 1950s, 1930s and modern melodic pop vibes, are tremendously affecting, beautifully drawn snapshots of a happy existence.
The Edinburgh, Scotland native talks to Alan Haber about Forever and Beyond’s origins, the involvement of Pilot’s David Paton, and offers up a tour of his musical life. You won’t be surprised to find that the Beatles figure rather prominently in his thinking. Tune in at 8 p ET tonight, and prepare to be charmed.
Tomorrow night at 8 pm ET, round two of this week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofer rolls out with a return appearance by Klaatu’s John Woloschuk, who sits behind the Pure Pop Radio microphones to talk about and play some of his favorite pop songs from years gone by. This is a rare chance to hear what one of pop music’s greatest songwriters and performers thinks about such songs as the Hollies’ “Bus Stop,” the Kinks’ “A Well Respected Man,” Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” and a pair of Beatles classics. John spins 14 songs in all; you won’t want to miss a revolution!
Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET. Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.
Brian Bringelson mans the turntables on this week’s classic edition of Needle Meets Vinyl, during which all of the music is played from 12-inch slabs of wax. You’ll hear sumptuous musical specimens from Harry Nilsson, Ricky Nelson, Lindsey Buckingham, Joan Baez, the Beach Boys and, of course, the Beatles. This is a Christmas show, recorded last December; we think it’s a perfect aural antidote to the increasingly warm temperatures we’ve been enduring rather gamely these past few weeks! Tune in this Wednesday night at 8 pm ET and dig the sounds.
Needle Meets Vinylis the weekly show during which all songs are played from vinyl records. The music spans the decades during which popular music has flourished. Curated and presented by Brian Bringelson, a member of the band Anchor and Bear and a solo artist under the name Paul Starling, the show airs every Wednesday night at 8 pm ET.
Wrapping up this week’s run of Pure Pop Radio specialty shows, our panel of Beatles experts–Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn–juggles a trio of timely topics on an all-new Things We Said Today this Thursday night at 8 pm ET. The learned quartet discusses the interplay of influences between the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Bob Dylan; the in-depth discussion, available online, about all things Fab with author Mark Lewisohn and TV personality and talk show host Conan O’Brien; and Philip Norman’s book Paul McCartney: The Life. The book is viewed by Ken and his cohorts as a mixed bag as far as quality is concerned; this is sure to be a controversial program.
Things We Said Today is the weekly survey of all things Beatles that’s hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Things We Said Today airs every Thursday night at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.
Set your alarm clocks and digital date books for 8 pm ET tonight through Thursday so you don’t miss a moment of this week’s spate of specialty programming. Pure Pop Radio has your evenings covered!
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We’re pulling out all the stops with this week’s specialty shows! Big names! Big stars! Top tunes! And so much more. Pure Pop Radio is your one-stop-melodic-pop-shop this week!
On tonight’s all-new edition of radio’s premiere Beatles extravaganza Every Little Thing, kicking off at 8 pm ET, Ken Michaels talks to Denny Laine, whose work with Wings and the original Moody Blues before that is legendary. Denny’s got a number of cool concerts coming up, during which he’ll be playing the entire Band on the Run album; check out Ken’s website for dates and details.
Brian Bringelson spins the coolest vinyl from across the decades on this Wednesday night’s all-new special twofer edition of Needle Meets Vinyl (8 pm ET). Save for the opening one-two punch of the Beatles’ “I Me Mine” and George Harrison’s rocking “The Art of Dying,” which is kinda sorta a twofer, Brian’s turntable sounds off with mini-sets from Bob Dylan, the Shins, Big Star, the Doors, Squeeze and a whole lot more. It’s show 32 from the man from Anchor and Bear, now recording their second album.
Did we say big stars? We did! There’s a big literary, Beatles-centric star behind the guest microphone on this week’s Things We Said Today, the authoritative Fabs roundtable. None other than Philip Norman, famed author of the Beatles bio Shout!, speaks with our learned panelists about his new book Paul McCartney: The Life. This exhaustive work is discussed in detail after a look back at the life of Tony Barrow, the Beatles’ press officer from 1962 to 1968, who recently passed.
Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation returns next week with the first of two double-decker combo shows anchored by, you guessed it, big names. Big stars! We’ll announce the first round of guests tomorrow, right here.
Meanwhile, enjoy this week’s run of specialty shows. Pure Pop Radio is pulling out all the stops, and it’s all for you!