For me it’s always been “debatable” has SiriusXM provided innovative and compelling programming options? Years ago they launched subscriber based satellite radio. Howard Stern aside, I think they have struck flint from time to time with the Bob Dylan* and Tom Petty channels where these two illustrious musicians have served as disk jockeys. Those broadcasts have been enlightening as we gain insight from music subject matter authorities who have written the songs that harmonize our lives. (*Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2016)
SiriusXM has decided to create a music talk channel, Volume, Channel 106 that premieres on Monday October 17th. SXM’s first all-talk channel about music. Live shows, weekly specials, documentaries with the most respected people in music.
The channel features an interesting cross-section of distinct music aficionados, personalities and unique music characters. To my way of thinking that is novel programming and my goal is to promote what bodes to be a worthwhile experiment.
The first show on the Volume channel that has caught my attention will feature a music journalist I respect, Alan Light and one of the original MTV music video jocks (VJ) , Mark Goodman. They will be hosting a program called Debatable.
DebatableWeekdays 4-7 p.m. ET
Every true music fan has gotten into an argument with their friends discussing topics like: Who is the best lead singer of all time? Is KISS better than Mötley Crüe? Who is the best MC of the 90’s? Each afternoon, legendary MTV VJ Mark Goodman and former Spin and Vibe editor Alan Light will attempt to answer these questions on Debatable with the help of celebrity guests, listener phone calls and social media posts.
Curious to hear how this goes as a SiriusXM subscriber.
The new record label is dedicated to development of blues artists. Blue Note Records President Don Was will be handling A&R duties for Blues Brothers Records, Judy Belushi will be the creative director and Blues Brothers manager Eric Gardner will run the administrative side of the label.
I respect the thought process given to the multi-prong distribution strategy. 1) The label’s music will be distributed by Capitol Music Group’s Blue Note Records.
2) Using BluesMobile to help tell, sell and promote the artists and their music. Elwood’s BluesMobile is the syndicated radio show Aykroyd has hosted for 22 years. A radio show I was completely unaware of until today.
3) Once the roster is large enough to produce a revue-style show, the Blues Brothers Records team envisions the artists traveling as a road show to Live Nation’s House of Blues. Aykroyd was one of the founders of the venue.
According to Billboard, still performing with Jim Belushi as the Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd hopes the label can generate new audiences for blues and vintage R&B the way Briefcase Full of Blues did in 1978 when it reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 3 million copies shipped.
Donovan was an affable guest for Howard Stern and his listening audience. Each celebrity had a surprise in store for the other. Howard Stern surprised Donovan with the news that he was being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Donovan knew he had been nominated, but did not know he was actually in the hall. The full announcement is not due until next Monday.
Donovan remarked “A light is shining on all my work. What more can I ask for?”
My wife and I were listening to Cruisin’ With Cousin Brucie on Sirius XM Satellite Radio as we love to do on Sunday nights. The thought occurred to me why don’t I feature a music blog post about one of our all-time favorite broadcast personalities. Being that we are all cousins in this life ;), here are some sentiments about Cousin Brucie to share with you this evening.
One blog post alone can never do justice for a radio disk jockey who has the most infectious energy going on so watch for more posts about Brucie on this Website. Cousin Brucie has been a part of our lives for 50+ years. I recall listening to Cousin Brucie on AM 770 radio WABC where Bruce Morrow was an ABC All-American. I would hear him on my hand-held transistor radio that I bought with my paper route money. We loved the New York City Top 40 radio competition between the WMCA Good Guys (570 AM), WINS (1010 AM) with Murray the K and the WABC All Americans. Our music education grew enormously as the three stations battled for our listener loyalty.
Murray the K (WMCA) positioned himself as the “5th Beatle”. While Cousin Brucie got the exclusive honor of introducing The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965.
Cousin Brucie has entertained us with his natural charm and genuine love for people and the music ever since The British Invasion. He has hosted many live shows and featured radio broadcasts from Palisades Park on Saturday nights.
He hosted an oldies show on WCBS-FM for 23 years from 1983-2005. He has done the satellite radio show with infectious energy and wonderful warm enthusiasm since 2012.
Cousin Brucie has authored three books, all of which I want to get and read for my music book collection.
Cousin Brucie: My Life in Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio (1987)
Doo Wop: The Music, the Times, the Era (published November 1, 2007)
Rock & Roll:…And the Beat Goes On (published October 1, 2009)
Maybe one day I can get one of his very special bobble head dolls he talks about and gives away on the show 😉
I chose Alan Light as the letter L music journalist because the last several PBS fund drive music specials have featured him as “the” music commentator during the pledge breaks. This prompted me to research who is Alan Light? I’m happy to share I was knocked out to discover his competent depth of contribution to our American music legacy.
Alan Light got his start as a fact checker at Rolling Stone. He soon became Senior Editor. He next became founding music editor and editor-in-chief of Vibe. He went on from there to become editor-in-chief of Spin Magazine. He has been a contributor for The New Yorker, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Mother Jones, and the Oxford American.
Radio and Television Credentials
Alan Light once had a spot as music reviewer on radio station WFUV-FM, He presently serves as music correspondent on the NPR show Weekend America.
Today’s music blog post is about one of my favorite music journalists, Ben Fong-Torres. I grew up on rock music devouring each issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. I first found the newspaper staring up at me from under a rock on a newstand in 1968. Coincidentally that was when Ben Fong-Torres started writing for Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone lit a fuse in the music of our heart that has been burning brightly ever since.
I read many a cover story by Ben Fong-Torres. I love how he illuminated the artist, their music and the cultural time. I recall vividly the time he spent with Sir Paul McCartney and Wings on their North America tour.
I am eager to acquire more of his books. The music journalism series A-Z will double the size of my music book library by the time I am done at the end of this month. But that’s okay as music writing and reading is my favorite pastime.
I tuned the FM dial in the car to WPKN-FM 89.5 for the morning commute. I quickly discovered that tomorrow February 6th would be Bob Marley‘s 68th birthday. Steve di Constanzo the morning DJ was doing his Radio Basecamp show, playing some cool stuff.
He announced that starting at 1 p.m. WPKN would begin a Bob Marley 36 Hour Marathon. The radio celebration would be complemented by the annual Bob Marley and Mystic Bowie Birthday Bash on Stage One by the Fairfield Theatre Company. It was at that moment I said to myself this event can’t miss. Woah, Woah…. Stop the Clock! Our two favorite reggae superstars, Mystic Bowie and Bob Marley with special guest stars at this intimate venue. I purchased the tickets online pronto 😉 The concert will be broadcast live over WPKN this evening!
It has been a One Love celebration ever since. I plugged into WPKN-FM this afternoon where I have been actively engaged and entertained ever since.
We love Mystic Bowie’s energy, its so infectious! Can’t wait to dance the night away.
I am taking a sharp 90 degree turn with the music journalism A-Z series. Today’s music blog post is about Jenny Eliscu. I want to recognize Jenny Eliscu’s integrated music journalism/broadcasting skills which she exercises with natural aplomb.
2) Jenny Eliscu authored and delivered an authoritative college music career guide. The information this RS publication has is highly valuable and complementary to Rolling Stone Magazine’s publishing mission. The guide is well-researched, highly factual and concise. It is an eight year old book that could stand a refresh due to the music industry changes as we move to cloud music (Beats, Spotify, etc.). Many academic music programs are attempting to keep pace with the speed of digital sound.
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The second Santana Shape Shifter radio interview took place on Wednesday May 16, 2012 on Rockline.