It is TUESDAY and I'm STILL reading SUNDAY'S FH news!!!! With this repetition, maybe you should open a commercial radio station and play the same FH news blogs 200 times!!! LOL! Just jokin'! :-) Best, Jersey John
Hey ... I've been busy!!! (Hard to post something new every single day when you're working 12-14 hours a day and Blogger isn't cooperating ... (once again you can see this stuff is ALL over the place!!!) ... but we DID scrape together a few minutes this morning to keep the flow going.) And, don't forget, we ARE still posting our new TODAY'S FORGOTTEN HIT feature Monday - Friday! (kk)
re: THE I.R.S.:
You only have until March 31st to get your 'shoulda beens' to Hz to help build the 2011 I.R.S. Top 104.Since 2008, Hs So Good's I.R.S. (as in, "It Really Shoulda" been a top 10 hit) has ranked the songs that shoulda been Top 10 hits in the U.S., based on your filed returns. THIS I.R.S. deadlines MARCH 31st, so we may prepare the Top 104 in time for the next Hz So Good, and for the radio countdown airing during tax deadline weekend (for that other I.R.S.).
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re: ON THE RADIO:
This weekend Scott Shannon will be rolling out the VERY popular "Rock And Roll Remakes" again ... with some brand new additions courtesy of The Forgotten Hits Field Team, who regularly provide us with classic gems they've unearthed. Keep it tuned to The True Oldies Channel all weekend long to hear some great music you haven't heard in a while ... or maybe not at all! (kk)
*****Tommy Edwards is back on the air in Chicago as CBS positions WJMK to challenge WLS-fm in the “oldies” race. Under Dan Mason’s leadership, CBS virtually owns this format nationally. I’m betting Tommy will be on the winning side of this battle. (John Rook)
*****Gotta disagree with you on this one, John. Unless K-Hits revamps their entire formula (which right now sounds like oldies radio on speed ... it's virtually unlistenable!), they haven't got a chance. (They're trying WAY too hard to create the magic of the glory days of B96, which was a "Hot Hits" station ... this formula simply doesn't work with an oldies audience ... I've found it almost IMPOSSIBLE to listen to. Worse yet, the deejays don't seem to have any connection to (or affection for) this music ... seriously, unless a MAJOR overhaul is on the way, I think they're doomed. (kk)
Click here: True Oldies Channel
Hmmmm, Kent, I disagree with you on this one.
I listened this morning / afternoon (Sunday) to George McFly (He was the night jock on B96 when I did mornings in the mid 90's), and I thought he sounded GREAT! This format was perfect for George. I haven't heard Eddie and Jobo yet, Gary Spears (who's a hell-of-a jock) or Tommy Edwards, but I'm betting money that PD Todd Cavanah is RIGHT ON with the fact that the people that grew up with B96 and the old B96 jocks and will accept them AND the nostalgic music BIG TIME, in fact, I'm predicting Chicago not only will accept this station but propel it to Top 5 status. I'm sure CBS spent a buttload of $$$ doing their due diligence on this, and they wouldn't have launched it if they thought it wouldn't work. Actually, I think Todd Cavanah is a freaking GENIUS for putting this on the air. The only thing he could do better would be to hire me on weekends to do a specialty 60's Show (which I'm talking to him about as we speak, and you KNOW I have a passion for the music).
"Wild" Bill Cody
Without question, there is a whole lotta love and affection for the old B96 jocks from the kids who grew up with that station (just like OUR generations for WLS and WCFL) ... but the music they're playing on K-Hits is NOT the music that these kids grew up with. If it were (which I guess would make it an 80's / 90's station), I would tend to agree with you ... but they're reaching back a little too far for what they believe will be their built-in audience ... and it just sounds phony. (I'd be willing to bet that most of the jocks on the air weren't even BORN in the '60's and/or early '70's!!! How can they possibly relate to this music???)
If WLS-FM concentrated ONLY on '50's, 60's and early-to-mid-70's ... and K-Hits picked it up from there, playing 1976 - 1999, there'd be an EXCELLENT mix of music going on where, at least when you tuned in, you'd know EXACTLY what you'd be getting. Unfortunately, EACH station is trying to cover too wide an area and is diluting everything it plays in the process. We say "COMMIT", dammit!!!
What's wrong with radio: And, now that K-Hits has officially signed on the air, WLS-FM has taken to calling itself "Chicago's Greatest Hits Station" (as opposed to "NEW" Greatest Hits Station). Meanwhile, Y103.9 advertises that they're playing "The Greatest Hits of All-Time". Once again, NOTHING to distinguish one station from another. (And notice how they've ALL gotten away from using the word "oldies" ... even on The True Oldies Channel??? In fact, other than Scott Shannon, I don't really hear ANY of the other jocks referring to WLS-FM as "Chicago's True Oldies Channel" anymore ... now it's simply "94.7, WLS-FM".) Everyone seems much more content to jump on the same bandwagon rather than promote ANYTHING new and unique that might make your station stand apart. Seriously, if True Oldies concentrated ONLY on the music from 1955 - 1975, you'd have a WIDE variety of music to choose from as well as an opportunity to play some long-dormant songs that haven't received any radio airtime in a long, long while. Let the other guys fight over the 1976-1996 stuff! (kk)
From an email I just received:
Kent ... Have you heard the biggest song in the world “Friday” by Rebecca Black or the cover of it by BOB DYLAN?
re: GREAT CONCERT REVIEW:
Stephen Bishop delighted his fans with a rare NYC concert date Monday in
Among the celebrities at BB Kings who came out to cheer Stephen were legendary songwriter Jimmy "
New York City, NY
Thanks, Tom ... sounds like a GREAT show. I always liked Stephen Bishop ... had all of his LP's ... Garfunkel recorded a couple of his tunes before Stephen's first solo album came out ... obviously, he already had quite a following in order to get artists like Eric Clapton and Chaka Khan to make guest appearances on his rookie effort! (Funny thing is I always thought Bishop sounded a lot like Paul Simon back then ... and that if he and Garfunkel ever teamed up to do a couple of Simon and Garfunkel tunes, they'd pretty much sound spot on!) Thanks for the GREAT review and cool pics! (kk)
Frankie Valli Joins Dan Taylor In Studio Tuesday
I know you won't have time to print this ... but I thought you might want to check it out for yourself. Call in sick from work.
Please send us a full report!!! (kk)
re: JIMI HENDRIX:
The 2011 edition of the Experience Hendrix concert tour, presented by Fender guitars, launches in May with the all-star lineup of musicians that have partnered in the previous couple of tours.This year's lineup will include performances by Billy Cox, Steve Vai, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas [Los Lobos], Keb’ Mo, Eric Johnson, North Mississippi All Stars, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Corey Glover and Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Ernie Isley, drummer Chris Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble / Arc Angels) and Indigenous. Billy Cox is the last living member of Jimi's bands. He has recently released a self-produced CD Last Gypsy Standing. As always, special guests may show up at select performances. Initial 2011 Experience Hendrix tour dates include:
5/20 - Las Vegas, NV - Hilton Theater5/22 - Dana Point, CA - Doheny Festival
5/23 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Arts Center5/24 - Tucson, Arizona - TBA
5/26 - Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center for the Arts5/27 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort
5/28 - Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Blues Festival5/29 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Avila Beach Blues Festival
re: JOHNNY NASH:
Always wondered how long it would take for someone to solve it . . .
And I always thought it would make a great "Stump the Listeners" question for some DJ who'd play the song and ask: Name this singer who 14 years later would have a No. 1 hit.
Oh, wait, they are from New Jersey!! Lots of talent in that State! :)
Recorded on 10/05/1965, somewhere in California.
re: THE CRYAN' SHAMES:
I've actually been giving Y103.9 some VERY positive "props" lately ... so, if you get a chance, scroll back and catch up over the past few weeks ...