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A fun mix of sun, sand, weird and wonderful, and big-beat blasts power this week’s lineup of Pure Pop Radio specialty shows.
We kick off the excitement tonight at 8 pm ET with an all-new episode of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. On this week’s show, Ken talks to Jude Kessler, author of a series of books, written as historical narratives, covering the life of John Lennon. In addition, a theme set of songs with the word road in the title, a variety of top Beatles and solo Beatles tracks, and a cover of “You’ve Got to Hide your Love Away” by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder are played.
Tonight at 9 pm ET, Jammin’ James Riley negotiates the sun-drenched waves for another set of fabulous summer sounds on Catching a Wave. You’ll dig a set of Beach Boys numbers, a pair of classic tracks from Glen Campbell, and tunes from the Rivingtons, Santo and Johnny, Surfer Joe, Duane Eddy, and many more of your favorites.
Scott McPherson’s got your midweek lunchtime festival of pure pop sounds to go along with your soup and sandwich combo on the latest get-together known as The Weird and the Wonderful. This Wednesday, October 26 at 1 pm ET, heritage sounds from Florapop and Klaatu mix with tracks from Eric Barao, Prefab Sprout, Frank Bango, Nilsson, Pop 4 and lots more. Plus: Scott remembers back to his first show, on which “Sammy Davis, Jr.” made a memorable visit…
Coming up this Thursday at 8 pm ET on Things We Said Today, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman, and Allan Kozinn gather around the Beatles roundtable for a fun discussion with Lefty and Zeek Weekling, aka Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger, respectively, from the fabulous Weeklings. Lefty and Zeek speak with our panel about the Weeklings’ new album, Studio 2, which is full of big-beat fun and releases on November 18. (We’re all about the Weeklings here at Pure Pop Radio; this is the second interview with Lefty and Zeek that we’ve aired; Alan Haber’s chat with the boys on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation ran on October 18.)
Gather ’round your Internet radio receptacle for this week’s specialty shows. Pure Pop Radio is the place to be this week!
Jammin’ 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!”
On 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.
As we look forward to running part two of our two-night Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation special celebrating supergroup Pop 4’s top-flight, debut album, Summer, we thought it would be timely, and nifty to boot, to give away a couple of copies. (Part two airs tonight at 7 pm ET, 4 pm PT, here on Pure Pop Radio.)
How do you win? Simply fill in the form below and send it our way; deadline for receiving entries is this Sunday, September 13 at noon ET (9 am PT). Only one CD per winner. Simple as that, simply put. (Make sure to fill in your email address, so we know how to get hold of you if you’re a winner. And please type “Pop 4” in the Comments box. Thanks!)
We’ve got two sealed copies of the Summer CD. Come and get ’em, courtesy of the band and your original, 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today, Pure Pop Radio.
All four members of the melodic pop supergroup Pop 4 gather around the microphones for some in-depth chat with Alan Haber on a brand-new, very special, two-part edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.
Part one, airing tomorrow night, September 8, at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT), features Scott McPherson, who sets the stage for the two-night look at Pop 4’s terrific, hall-of-fame album Summer as he talks about how the band came together. And there are the songs: three of them, in fact, from the album, and a never-before-heard acoustic piano version of the heartbreaking (in a good way) ballad, “Tour for the Brokenhearted,” prepared exclusively for Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by Scott.
On Wednesday night, September 9, also at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT), Andrea Perry, Kirk Adams and KC Bowman talk about how they came to be a part of Pop 4. You’ll also find out about each member’s road to the group with a tour of their musical history. And, of course, you’ll hear songs from the group’s outstanding album.
Tune in for part one of the two-part Pop 4 special with Alan’s talk with Scott McPherson tomorrow night at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT). Part two rolls on Wednesday night with chats with Andrea Perry, Kirk Adams and KC Bowman, also at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT). It’s a special two-part presentation of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. You won’t want to miss it!
Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) and repeats on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.
Pure Pop Radio is proud to present the exclusive, worldwide radio premiere of Pop 4’s “Don’t You Be Like That” tonight, Tuesday, July 14, at 8 pm ET. (The band has created a snazzy Facebook event page about this, on which the above, equally snazzy banner appears; check out the event page by clicking here).
Featuring the considerable talents of Liar’s Club’s Scott McPherson; the great singer and songwriter Andrea Perry; the Corner Laughers’ not-so-secret weapon KC Bowman; and Vanilla’s Kirk Adams, Pop 4 is the melodic pop supergroup of 2015. Their hall-of-fame-worthy album, Summer, releasing soon, is destined to appear on many best-of lists this year.
“Don’t You Be Like That” is a luscious mid-tempo ballad painted with a harmony-soaked brush and the sweetest, most seductive melody we’ve heard in a very long time. The combination of enticing lead vocals from Andrea, Kirk and Scott; a middle-eight sent from nowhere less than heaven, and a subtle, George Harrison-esque electric guitar run come together to produce a song that will stay with you long after you’ve heard it. And, trust us–you’ll want to hear it again, and again, and again still.
“Don’t You Be Like That” is one of the catchiest songs we’ve heard in ages. Don’t miss the album from which it comes when it drops later this summer which, by the way, is now officially our favorite season of this year.
Don’t miss the exclusive worldwide radio premiere of Pop 4’s “Don’t You Be Like That” tonight, July 14, at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio! And stay tuned after the Pop 4 premiere for more of the greatest melodic pop music in the universe, streaming to you 24-hours-a-day. We thank you!
Pure Pop Radio’s exciting Big Week of Summer Fun is now in gear, with new songs added to the playlist; a Pure Pop Radio exclusive airing of the world premiere of a great new song by this year’s premiere supergroup, Pop 4; and electric airings of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, and Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. Plus, we’ve added a new coat of summery paint to our website. We hope you like it!
Click here to see what’s been added to the playlist today, and be here this coming Thursday, July 16, for another list of new songs and artists now spinning in rotation. Tune in tomorrow night for the exclusive-to-Pure-Pop-Radio world premiere of a great song from the upcoming hall-of-fame-worthy album by this year’s top supergroup, Pop 4. And this coming Friday, July 17, be here for our look at this week’s Song of the Week from the great Timmy Sean.
Here is your official Pure Pop Radio Big Week of Summer Fun rundown:
1. A Pure Pop Radio Exclusive! Tomorrow Night, Tuesday July 14: The World Premiere of Pop 4’s Song, “Don’t You Be Like That.” We’re honored to be able to bring to you, at 8:00 pm ET tomorrow night, an exclusive-to-Pure-Pop-Radio song from the upcoming album by Pop 4, this year’s top supergroup. Comprised of Liar’s Club’s Scott McPherson, Andrea Perry, K.C. Bowman, and Kirk Adams, the group’s debut album is fittingly called Summer; we predict this collection will be an instant favorite of pop fans around the world.
“Don’t You Be Like That” is a mid-tempo, melodic charmer with satiny lead vocals from Andrea, Kirk and Scott. The lovely melody combines with joyous harmonies and deft George Harrison-esque electric guitar for a melodic pop experience that you won’t forget. Tune in tomorrow tonight at 8:00 pm ET for the exclusive world premiere of this great song. We’re proud to be spinning it for you!
2. New Songs and Artists Added to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist!We’ve added a bumper crop of new songs and artists to our playlist. New songs! New artists! New melodic pop sounds that will form part of the soundtrack to your summer! Click here to see today’s list of new nuggets, and don’t forget to check out another list coming this Thursday, July 16.
3. Brand-New Editions of Every Little Thing and Things We Said Today.Every Little Thing airs tonight, Monday, July 13 at 9 pm ET;Things We Said Today hits the airwaves tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 14, also at 9 pm ET. Both shows air on your 24-hour-a-day home for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe, Pure Pop Radio.
On this week’s fresh-from-the-fabified-oven edition of Every Little Thing, Ken gets the proceedings rolling with a pair of Beatles classics, including “Because,” and solo tracks from Paul McCartney (a live version of “Can’t Buy Me Love”) and George Harrison (“Mystical One”). Tonight’s second segment comprises a tribute to the great bluesman, B.B. King, which includes a track recorded for the recent McCartney tribute album, The Art of McCartney. It’s a spectacular, bluesy version of McCartney II’s “On the Way.”
Tonight’s third, themed segment presents reggae and ska sounds featured in various Beatles and solo Beatles tracks. You’ll hear McCartney’s “How Many People,” John Lennon’s “Borrowed Time,” and Wings’ “C Moon,” among other songs. It’s another terrific Beatleriffic set, curated by Ken.
Every Little Thing is the premiere, syndicated program playing Beatles group and solo recordings. Hosted by longtime radio personality Ken Michaels, the show airs periodically on Monday nights at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.
Tomorrow night’s edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, takes a look at Paul McCartney’s recent live shows and covers an extraordinary event in the life of Rick Glover, who joins Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn to talk about his appearance on stage at McCartney’s recent concert in Columbia, South Carolina.
Glover has seen McCartney so many times–135!–he should have an entry in the book of Guinness World Records. One of the self-proclaimed Fans on the Run, a group of dedicated folks who travel around the world to see McCartney and his band, Glover talks to the panel about his run of shows seen since 1976, joking that he started going “before any of you guys were alive, I guess.”
Glover’s tale is, at heart, a story of love for McCartney’s music. It’s a wonderful story, and Glover tells it well. You won’t want to miss this show.
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.
4. The Latest Song of the Week from Timmy Sean. We’ve been writing about the great songs being released weekly as part of Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project. This week is no exception; be here this coming Friday, July 17, for our look at the latest entry.
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Whew! Our Big Week of Summer Fun promises to be our most exciting event of the year. Stick with us all week–enjoy the new songs and artists added to our playlist; the new editions of Every Little Thing and Things We Said Today; our exclusive, world premiere airing of Pop 4’s “Don’t You Be Like That”; and the latest Song of the Week from Timmy Sean.
We’ve got five exciting days of top-flight programming for you–don’t miss a minute! Jump in the pool with us–the melodic pop is fine! Click on the links below to listen to Pure Pop Radio, and take us on the go by downloading our mobile app for Android and iOS.