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.

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, Nick Piunti, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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This Week’s Specialty Shows: There’s a Lot of “Love” in an All-New Things We Said Today, and Needle Meets Vinyl Serves Up a Little Tenderness. Plus…A Timely Mystery Guest on In Conversation

mystery guestThis week’s specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio stress love and tenderness and bring on the happy for all to cherish. All-new editions of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, and Needle Meets Vinyl, where every note pops from vinyl records, are going to keep the good feelings flowing, as is the timely mystery guest on this Tuesday night’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (see separate story today; mystery guest’s identity unveiled tomorrow).

needle meets vinylMusician Brian Bringelson, who records solo under the name Paul Starling and powers the melodic ship known as Anchor and Bear, spins the platters this Wednesday night, July 27, at 8 pm ET on Needle Meets Vinyl. This week’s slabs of vinyl include tunes from Stephen Stills, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys, Todd Rundgren and the Beatles. And Otis Redding, who, in classic mode, tries a little tenderness.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayOur regular panel of Beatles experts–Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn– gather around the microphones this Thursday night, July 28, at 8 pm ET on Things We Said Today for a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Beatles’ Love show in Las Vegas. Steve and Allan, fresh from attending said anniversary performance, report on the goings-on in every detail imaginable, from the sketchy performance of the air conditioning unit in the car to the 100-degree temperatures they had to endure. Oh, and they talk about the persons of note that attended the show–Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Giles Martin, and Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years Director Ron Howard.

Also on the agenda: the exciting pre-show audio program, comments from Paul and Ringo and Giles Martin post-show, and a whole lot more. Plus: Ken talks about seeing Paul in Boston at Fenway Park on July 16. It’s another great program from the Beatles community’s most-knowing commentators.

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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Things We Said Today Panel Talks Beatles 1 and Andy White Tonight

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayTonight’s all-new edition of the Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, finds our esteemed panel talking about drummer Andy White, who recently passed away, and the recently-released Beatles 1 and Beatles 1+ video and audio packages. The panel gets in gear at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) tonight on Pure Pop Radio.

Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn note the passing of drummer Andy White, who famously supplied the backbeat for versions of “Love Me Do,” “P.S. I Love You,” and “Please Please Me.” Interestingly, White, a session drummer, also played drums on Herman’s Hermits’ “I’m Henry VIII, I Am.”

beatles 1 blu-rayThe conversation then turns to arguably the most important Beatles-related release in many years, or should that be releases? The panel discusses nearly every conceivable point related to the Beatles 1 and Beatles 1+ packages. Casual fans, core fans and Beatles scholars alike will be fascinated by the views offered by the panel.

Things We Said Today is a 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. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today airs every Thursday night at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

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You’ll be Shouting “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” During This Week’s Beatles Shows!

purepoplogoThis week’s editions of our signature Beatles shows, Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, are must-listens for all Fab Four fans. Every Little Thing airs tonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT); Things We Said Today airs this Thursday night at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

everylittlethinglogo-smallWe go back to December 8, 2014 for tonight’s repeat broadcast of one of Ken’s classic shows. Tonight’s hour presents a top-notch 1977 twofer that pairs Wings’ pounding “Girls’ School” with Ringo Starr’s “Can She Do It Like She Dances.” And, in a loving tribute to the late, great Harry Nilsson, Ken spins six classic numbers, starting with the singer’s version of the Beatles’ “You Can’t Do That” and ending with Ringo’s “Stop and Take the Time to Smell the Roses,” which he co-wrote with Nilsson.

All this plus Ken’s Beatles trivia question–get your thinking caps on!–on tonight’s rebroadcast of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing.

Every Little Thing is the premiere, syndicated program playing Beatles group and solo recordings. Hosted by longtime radio personality Ken Michaels, the show airs a mix of new and archived shows on Monday nights at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

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the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThe regular panel of experts assembles around the virtual roundtable for this Thursday’s edition of Things We Said Today. On the docket are multiple topics of interest, including news that footage exists from the rehearsals for the first appearance by the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. The news of this footage was originally announced on Chris Carter’s Breakfast With the Beatles program on Los Angeles radio station KLOS-FM.

Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn also discuss the existence of stereo versions of songs that were included in the television film about the Beatles’ Shea Stadium concert. Also discussed is the idea of the group releasing material from the vaults that fans would want to own. Does it hurt the Beatles that so much of this material remains unreleased?

All this and more makes this Thursday night’s edition of Things We Said Today another program that Beatles fans simply can not miss.

Things We Said Today is a 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, which airs Monday nights at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group.

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Tonight’s Special Friday Night Edition of Things We Said Today Pays Tribute to Cilla Black

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayTonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), during a very special Friday edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, the life of singer and British TV personality Cilla Black is celebrated by the show’s regular panel of experts.

cilla blackAs most Beatles fans will remember, Cilla Black, who passed away on August 1 at her home in Spain, spent more than 50 years as a singer and television star in Britain. She famously recorded songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, including “Love of the Loved” and “Step Inside Love,” and was the only female member of the Brian Epstein stable of artists. The Beatles first knew her as the cloak room girl at the Cavern., where, of course, the group rocked the house.

Tributes from McCartney, Ringo Starr and others, including Julian Lennon, have been seen in the days following Black’s passing. During the first half of tonight’s show, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn talk about Cilla’s Beatles connections and where people can go to hear her music. The extended segment is a general, loving celebration of the life of one of the great singers of the sixties and beyond.

beatles photoDuring the second half of tonight’s show, the panel riffs on whether or not there could possibly be a group such as the Beatles in today’s world. Would the Beatles have the same impact in today’s marketplace as they did in the ’60s? Ken, Steve, Al and Allan tell all. This is yet another in a long line of fascinating discussions to be heard on this show.

Things We Said Today is a 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. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Remember that Things We Said Today is changing its time slot next week–listen in for the latest episodes on Thursday nights at 8 pm ET, beginning August 13.

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The Fest for Beatles Fans’ Mark Lapidos Guests on This Week’s Edition of Things We Said Today

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Mark Lapidos

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThe legendary host and organizer of the Fest for Beatles Fans, Mark Lapidos, talks about the upcoming Fest in Chicago on this week’s lively edition of Things We Said Today, the weekly, premiere Beatles roundtable. The conversation starts flowing tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 4, at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

fest for beatles fansThis year’s Chicago Fest takes place Friday, August 14; Saturday, August 15; and Sunday, August 16 just outside of Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. During tomorrow night’s program, Mark takes Ken, Steve, Al and Allan on a tour of the Chicago Fest’s scheduled happenings that guarantee a splendid time for all.

fest 2This looks to be a particularly exciting Fest with some spectacular, marquee guests. In the spotlight this year are Bob Eubanks, famous as the original host of the Newlywed Game, but also famous for producing the Beatles concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 1964 and 1965. One of the very cool events at this year’s Fest will be a feature called The Beatleywed Game (an idea that was suggested by a frequent guest on Things We Said Today, Tom Frangione).

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Al Sussman

Also appearing at this year’s Chicago Fest is none other than one of the legendary personality deejays from the golden age of music radio, Dick Biondi, who ruled the roost at WLS in Chicago. Biondi was the first deejay to play the Beatles in the United States. That’s not all: More special guests abound: The Hollies’ Terry Sylvester, who also played with the Swinging Blue Jeans; Jack Oliver, former president of Apple; super musician and producer, Mark Hudson; and Things We Said Today’s own Al Sussman. All this, plus the great Beatles tribute band Liverpool, featuring Glen Burtnik, and Burtnik’s current group, the Weeklings, whose debut, Beatles-centric album is exploding all over the airwaves, and especially here at Pure Pop Radio.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about all of the exciting events planned for this year’s Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans, being held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, just outside of Chicago, in just under two weeks from now. Tomorrow night’s edition of Things We Said Today is another great show that Beatles fans will not want to miss.

things we said today bannerThings We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that is 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. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today is changing its time slot next week–listen in for the latest episodes on Thursday nights at 8 pm ET, beginning August 13.

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Guitarist Laurence Juber Talks About Wings and His New Album with Ken, Steve, Al and Allan on Tonight’s Things We Said Today

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayDon’t miss tonight’s edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today: Wings guitarist Laurence Juber, whose latest solo album, Fingerboard Road, was released this past January, joins Ken, Steve, Al and Allan for a wide-ranging discussion covering the record and, of course, his time in Wings, during which he played lead guitar. Tune in to Pure Pop Radio at 9 pm ET.

laurence-juber-fingerboard-road-coverLJ, as Juber is known to his fans, goes in-depth about his time with Wings and touches on his thoughts regarding whether Paul McCartney’s Wings period is different than his post-Wings efforts. In speaking about Linda McCartney, LJ says that “Wings was not Paul’s band. It was Paul and Linda’s band.” He also says that “Linda kept things rocking…” and talks about the blend of Paul, Linda and Denny Laine’s vocals being integral to the sound of Wings. It’s a fascinating discussion that you won’t want to miss.

paul-mccartney-temporary-secretaryFollowing the interview with LJ, the panel talks about McCartney’s first-ever live performance of McCartney II’s “Temporary Secretary.” We here at Pure Pop Radio were quite interested in this discussion, as we consider the song to be one of our favorite Paul numbers. What do the panelists think about this song being performed? Tune in and find out!

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that is 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. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today airs every Tuesday night at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

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