Archive for the ‘Pop Music’ Category

Phonies

27Jan19

Why aren’t presenters on music radio stations putting callers on the air? I read a tweet this week from @Aircheck, the social networking site for radio. They were asking if a person who calls in with traffic information should be referred to on the air as a “listener” or a “caller”. I replied with, “Why […]


Kim Wilde

28Mar18

I had a chat with Kim Wilde in Hertfordshire. She talked about her close encounter that was the inspiration for the title of her new album, “Here Come The Aliens”, how singing songs drunk on a train turned her into a Youtube sensation, how she used gardening to beat the mid-life crisis she suffered aged […]


Creeps

10Jan18

Radiohead are suing Lana Del Rey.  They say, her song “Get Free”, sounds like their song from 1993, “Creep”. Here’s Lana Delray… And here’s Radiohead… The thing is, ‘Creep’, was actually a rip-off of “The Air That I Breathe”, which was a hit for The Hollies in 1974… Here’s The Moon Loungers showing how close […]


London Calling

12Apr17

In Episode 28 of London Calling; Chris White from The Zombies talks about the current US tour and how the band got started.  I also talk about Brexit Britain at war with Spain, how the UK condones gender apartheid in Saudi Arabia, delivery Disasters, cat pee scented candles, a caught on camera story and why […]


Junior Choice

18Jun16

When Whitney Houston sang, “I believe that children are our future”, she wasn’t talking about radio. Young people aren’t listening to the radio. They’re too busy doing other things, mostly online. They get their music from Spotify or download it for free from elsewhere. Radio One’s average listening age is 32. Kids haven’t been habitually […]


Air Heads

10Feb16

Today I heard something unusual, a great radio demo.  In all the years I’ve been a radio station Program Director, I can’t remember the last time I heard something this good on a demo. Where are all the real entertainers? Do they stay away from commercial music radio because it’s restrictive and boring? Is blandness being […]


Radio Ga Ga!

23Nov15

In radio you’re supposed to keep people listening by teasing ahead, giving the listener a reason to stay, something to look forward to. So why do so many music radio DJs keep saying on the air, what time they’re on till? Often they give you this information at the beginning of their shift. The first […]


If you listen to Beatles singles, you’ll notice how clever their producer, George Martin, was at grabbing the listener’s attention at the very beginning. ‘The Beatles 1’, is getting the deluxe reissue treatment this autumn. It contains all 27 number one hit singles. All of the songs start with something designed to grab your attention. […]