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Welcome to a very special edition, on a very special afternoon and evening, of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing! Ken’s cooked up an hour-long Whitman’s Sampler’s worth of Beatles and solo Beatles love songs, just in time for Valentine’s Day. You’ll be able to fall in love with some of the greatest songs of your life tomorrow, February 14, at noon ET on Pure Pop Radio. The show will replay at 6 pm ET.
Ken spins a loving selection of fab love songs, from the Beatles’ tender “And I Love Her” and Paul McCartney’s epic “Through Our Love” to Ringo Starr’s version of “Only You (And You Alone)” and John Lennon’s lovely “Woman.” A solid hour with 15 great songs you know and adore celebrating the most wonderful human emotion: love!
Remember: Every Little Thing’s special love hour airs tomorrow, February 14, at noon ET and 6 pm ET. Fall in love once again with songs from the soundtrack of your life on Pure Pop Radio!
We’re quite simply mad for Dave Caruso and his music–so much so that we’re giving away nine, count ’em, nine autographed copies of Cardboard VegasRoundabout, Dave’s latest CD (click here to read our glowing review). If you’d like to win one, simply fill in the form below and type “Dave!” in the Comments box. We’ve extended the deadline for entering to noon ET on Monday, October 6. Only one entry per person, please. Good luck! And enjoy the wonderful world of Dave Caruso!
See, the way it works is we’ve got this pile of CDs and every time we look at that pile, we’ve got to give one of those CDs away. And so we shall.
Up for grabs this rainy Tuesday morning is the latest album from one of Pure Pop Radio’s favorite melodic pop collectives, a group from Sweden that mixes their love for the music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra with a mastery of contemporary, hook-laden tunes. How’s Life on Earth? is the Longplayer Orchestra’s second album, released last November. You can sample a few of the songs from this spectacular album by clicking on the links below.
We would love to send a copy of How’s Life on Earth? straight to your mailbox, but you’ve got to be in it to win it. Simply fill in the form below and make sure to type “Excellent!” in the Comment field. Contest ends this coming Sunday, April 20, at midnight. Enter only once. Have fun and good luck!
We’ve got a sealed copy of one of the best melodic pop albums of 2013, and we’re fixing to give it away. And, yes, it could wind up being yours!
One of Pure Pop Radio’s favorite spins of 2013, the Tor Guides’ Lots of the Pops! Volume 1: Caught in a Sweet Refrain sports a baker’s dozen catchy songs with hooks that grab hold of you and don’t let go. From the straight-ahead bubblegum pop of “Happy” to the lovely mid-tempo ballad “If I Didn’t Love You” and the remarkable, gorgeous opening track, “Dynamo,” a dynamic pop song with one of those hooks we just mentioned, this is a fantastic, classic album that you need in your collection. (Check the album out on Spotify; we’ve provided links to a couple of songs below.)
So, it’s lucky we have a copy to give away. All you have to do to win is enter your name and email address in the fields below (type “The Tor Guides” in the Comment section). We’ll announce the winner this coming Monday, April 14. Contest ends midnight ET, Sunday, April 13. Enter only once, please.
Our latest contest has come to a close and, true to form, we have a winner. It’s Rob Wilson. Congratulations, Rob, and thanks for putting your name into the proverbial hat. Your copy of Brandon Schott and Andy Reed’s A-B EP will soon be on its way to you.
More cool contests coming your way very soon. Check back for your next chance to win!
It’s contest time again! Brandon Schott and Andy Reed’s great vinyl release, the A-B EP, was critically acclaimed right out of the gate, and for good reason. Delivering two wonderful, melodic pop songs apiece, Brandon and Andy instantly whetted the appetites of fans eager to see new albums from them.
Featuring four top-notch songs–Brandon’s “Henry” and “Verdugo Park (Part II),” and Andy’s “The Show Goes On” and “Good Girl”–the EP delivers a wonderful listening experience. And it’s on vinyl!
This EP can be yours if you throw your hat into the ring and enter our “Win the A-B EP” contest. Simply fill in the form below, and be sure to write “A-B EP” in the Comments field. We’ll choose one winner from all entries received by midnight ET on Sunday, February 23.
In conjunction with Scott McPherson’s appearance this week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, during which Scott is talking about the two CD’s he’s just released in tribute to the band Prefab Sprout, we’re giving away an autographed copy of Sproutless: Insights from Retrospect.
All you have to do to win is fill out the form below. Be sure to include your name and email address and type the word “Sprout” in the Comments window. Entries must be received by Sunday, February 2 at midnight ET. Only one entry per person, please.
Listen to Scott talk about his Sproutless project tonight and Friday by tuning in to Pure Pop Radio. Air times are tonight at 8 pm ET and Friday at 6 pm ET. Click on the links below.
The icing on the cake of Drink a Toast to Innocence Week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (January 20-25) is that we’re giving away one copy of the vinyl version and two copies of the CD version of this great compilation.
As usual, it’s easy to win. Simply fill out the form below and be sure to type “DATTI” and either “Vinyl” or “CD” in the Comment section. This information must be included in all entries. Entries must be received by Sunday, January 26 at midnight ET. Winners will be chosen on Monday, January 27.
Have you heard about the latest hot-rockin’ and poppin’ trio making the scene? It’s the New Trocaderos, kids, and they’ve just released their very cool first single. The New Trocaderos are Brad Marino and Geoff Palmer from the Connection, and pop-rocker Kurt Baker. Pretty cool, huh? “Money Talks” is a pounding, beat-driven rocker dressed in pop clothes that will turn your living room into a dance hall. Strap on your guitar and pound out the riffs along with the boys! “The Kids” takes the beat down a notch and places the esteemed Mr. Baker in front of the microphone for a trip down Elvis Costello highway, highlighted by cool, rocking guitar and a melody that only members of the Connection and Kurt Baker could deliver! These are two outstanding numbers that everyone will love!
Want to win downloads of these two great tracks? It’s easy to do! Simply plug your name and email address into the form below and type “New Trocaderos” in the Comment field. That’s it! We’ll pick five lucky winners at random on Wednesday, January 15 at 12 noon ET. Winners’ names will be posted on this site.
Remember: You’ve got to be in it to win it, so enter right away! Only one entry per person, please.
Now, get to it and get the New Trocaderos! Good luck!