Two Als Talking Tunes Premieres Exclusively This Thursday on purepopradio.com

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alan2 twoal sussmanBuilding on previous duo shows broadcast under the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation banner, Beatlefan Magazine Executive Editor Al Sussman (pictured at left) and yours truly have joined forces for a brand-new series of programs to be broadcast exclusively here on purepopradio.com, the first of which premieres this Thursday, October 26.

Our show, Two Als Talking Tunes, brings together hundreds of years (at least!) of pop music facts, figures and opinion logged by the show’s hosts, who’ve never met a catchy, memorable song they couldn’t chat about. Each show will have a theme, or not; the first episode concerns itself with songs that make spin sense in and around Halloween, which just happens to be poised to appear next Tuesday. According to the calendar, that is.

o.c. smith the son of hickory holler's trampOn the docket are six songs; Al and I have each chosen three. We talk about them and you listen to them by clicking on the supplied links in the official Two Als Talking Tunes playlist. You’ll thrill to tunes from Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Dickey Lee, Tiny Tim, and O.C. Smith, who essays the sad story of “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp.”

Al and I invite you to join us roughly once a month exclusively here on purepopradio.com for get-togethers that are sure to please one and all. Join us for the first go-round this Thursday, October 26, when we talk about songs that are pleasingly perfect for playing on or near Halloween. Spooky? Yes. Entertaining? You bet! It’s Two Als Talking Tunes, exclusively here on purepopradio.com.

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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:

 

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Scott Gagner (Airdate: October 4, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Pins_and_Needles_Cover_Art_Scott_GagnerSinger-songwriter Scott Gagner, whose 2014 album Rise and Shine was a big Pure Pop Radio favorite, has made a welcome return to the melodic pop landscape with Pins and Needles, another top-flight collection of songs peering into the effects of the human condition, always with a melody in its heart.

Scott returned to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on October 4 to speak with me about his new release. Along the way, he related deeply felt stories regarding the creation of his wonderful new songs. We played three during this program–“Heart Attack,” “You Don’t Know,” and “America the Beautiful”; listen to them by clicking here.

pprListen to my interview with Scott Gagner from the October 4 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

Purchase Scott Gagner’s Pins and Needles (the album, not Scott’s actual pins and needles!) by clicking on the following link: Bandcamp.

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews, coming soon.

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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:

 

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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Two Music Geeks. Show Number Two: Bang Zoom! We’re a Hit, We Are!

The Two Music Geeks Say: It's Chic to be a Geek!

The Two Music Geeks Say: It’s Chic to be a Geek!

It’s official: Two Music Geeks is a bona fide kind of appointment type radio show! Show number two, which focused on songs about all types of girls, built on the promise of show number one and sends a clear message to radio land: These two music geeks, Alan Haber and Scott W. McKinney, fresh from their geeky man caves where band bumper stickers and posters are strewn all over the place, are here to stay. They’ve got a combined 200 years of music knowledge in those noggins of theirs and they’re ready to keep drawing on it for future programs.

There are two, in fact, just about ready to go. The first, a special get-together that pays tribute to our fallen pop stars, airs on Memorial Day evening, May 26, at 9 pm ET. It was hard for these two music geeks to choose who to honor in talk and song, but they arrived at a group of wonderful artists that you’re sure to enjoy, including Buddy Holly, Hurricane Smith, the Everly Brothers (for Phil Everly), the Free Design (for Chris Dedrick, Gerry Rafferty, Phil Seymour, the Dave Clark Five (for Mike Smith), and many more. It’s two hours of paying tribute to those that have gone–an equally somber and uplifting show that we think you’ll enjoy and remember always.

Scott W. McKinney: From live and local radio to the world over. Welcome, Scott, to Pure Pop Radio!

Scott W. McKinney: From live and local radio to the world over. Welcome, Scott, to Pure Pop Radio!

Also coming up is a show that puts the geeky spotlight on horn bands and records that feature horns prominently. We’re going to keep the list of artists being given the geeky treatment in this particular show quiet for now, but you can bet that it won’t be long before we spill. Watch this space for all of the details, coming soon!

Pure Pop Radio's Alan Haber: A hundred years of music knowledge put to good use!

Pure Pop Radio’s Alan Haber: A hundred years of music knowledge put to good use!

Thanks again for all of the love, folks. Alan and Scott appreciate all of the hugs and kisses and geeky poems and bottles of Yoo-hoo that have come and continue to come their way. Keep ’em coming, and be there, next to your Internet radios for the Memorial Day program. Until then!

 

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