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ROCKOLLECTIONS: SALUTE TO RADIO- RADIO SELLS OUT

Well this is as close as I can come to my October 20th 15th Anniversary without shooting past it.
I said this Series would be emotional, so what better way to Celebrate than with the emotions Disappointment and Anger, lol?
Why not, what with the long ago Death Of Progressive FM and the Current State Of Radio?
Like Cable TV when it started, Satellite Radio promised clarity and no commercials.
Like Cable TV, many stations on Satellite Radio now have commercials.
If you buy the box and pay the monthly fee, you are paying for what you used to get for FREE!
There's more...the regular over-the-air Music Stations now have up to 21 minutes per hour for advertising, and a handful of conglomerates have for years been buying up stations across the country and duplicating formats, resulting in homogenized airwaves with no local flavor.
It's McRadio!
I don't know about you, but that makes ME angry!
So that's what we'll deal with in this Chapter.
You didn’t think I would just blow kisses to Radio did you, lol?
And I am not done with those Suits & Beancounters yet!
Finally, you meet a lot of people in 15 years. I'll mention some.
And honestly, I don't listen to much Radio anymore. 
But those Radio Folks I do tune in, on both Terrestrial and Internet Stations, I admire and can be inspired by.
One glaring omission I forgot to mention is my man DJ Sweetlou, who amazingly does a LIVE BlogTV show on Fridays & Saturdays.
Please forgive me Lou!
However for me, it all goes back to my having heard those Free-Form FM Musicologists in the late 60's at such an impressionable age.
Because of them, with their smart, creative presentation, it rubbed off and I could not play Music any other way.
For these past 15 years, I have always been humbly grateful to those who take the time to listen to my little Rock & Roll Show.
That will never change either.
Simply and sincerely, I Thank You!
To be continued next week.
 
Here are the links to listen- it's thoughtful, fun, and it's free- at Mike Pell Rockollections:
 
At Podomatic:
 
 

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Comment by Mike Pell on October 21, 2013 at 11:01pm

Jon,

Very good Live-Aid version.

But I preferred the regular video.

I was sitting here thinking they took a lot from Fritz Lang's classic silent film "Metropolis", and at the end they mentioned the movie.

Thanks for both, they are interesting to me who would not have seen them otherwise,

Mike

Comment by Jon on October 20, 2013 at 9:07am

And here's the Live Aid version:

Comment by Jon on October 20, 2013 at 9:01am

Comment by Mike Pell on October 20, 2013 at 2:16am
Jon,
Sorry for the delay, I had to go to the dentist, plus I got swamped with work.
The only "regular" radio I listen to now is non-commercial, public radio, so I guess it ain't "regular" radio.
Not NPR, they annoy me, but others.
So you listen to internet radio, and have found some good ones without commercials- well hell man, you found MINE, LOL!
And I can be almost as annoying as that British guy!
Nice guesses on Elvis and Rush, I love it when people anticipate what I might play and hit it.
Funny, we all thought that Queen song sucked initially.
But something made us change our minds- for me it was having the lyrics finally waft into my head.
Of course you realize I have never seen the video, lol!
Bruce was decent, that's big coming from you!
That last song was by Bob Lind, and I go way back with & without it and cannot think anything that sounds similar.
I can't even think of another person covering it!
I have played it before here, maybe that's what you heard.
As always, thanks for the listen and writing,
Mike
Comment by Mike Pell on October 20, 2013 at 2:00am

Ok, I see it.

And I just voted!

Comment by Jon on October 17, 2013 at 9:15am

I have not listened to "regular" radio for many, many years now and it's because you hear the same stuff over and over, plus the commercials. We have satellite, but there's no commercials on the stations I listen to? 

While working I listen to internet radio, and have found some good ones without commercials. There was one where some British guy talked on and on about buying something so the station would still be free to the listeners and I swear it went on for about 20 min before I found something else. Quite annoying. 

Hey, I guesses on Elvis and Rush! Elvis (either one) I could care less about, but Rush is different. As for that Queen song, when I first heard it, I thought it kinda sucked. But then I saw them perform it at Live Aid and that performance changed my mind. Since then I have admired that song, plus the video is cool to boot. 

Bruce was a decent song, still doesn't make me a fan though. Van Morrison is always good, and that last song I swear I have heard before, but not by Bob Lynn or it reminds me of a different song. Not bad, but familiar?

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on October 17, 2013 at 7:22am

I listened to Rush and Queen's debut albums right after I listened to this show.  As a matter of fact, the Question Of The Week on the main page deals with those two albums.

Comment by Mike Pell on October 17, 2013 at 12:09am
RJ,
Hahahahahaha...McMike!
I've always liked that Van Morrison tune.
That's cool, yiu thought of that Rush song right before I played it, means we are back on the same wavelength.
And what makes me feel terrific is that probably because of its context in the show, that Queen song took on a new meaning for you.
I felt the same way about it, silly titile and refrain, until one day the lyrics jumped out at me and I realized how serious it was.
Another one of the things that makes Music so much fun.
Go forth and listen to a Rush album and a Queen album, lol!
ALRIGHT...somebody here likes a Bruce song!
Although Jon hasn't said anything yet, he'll probably disagree, lol!
It's in the used cd store already? Only came out in 2007.
Seems you go for the Elvis Costello songs, maybe it's time to get some of his albums.
But at the buzzer the Golden Pell was snatched by Bob Lind!
No kidding, Scott Muni for a couple of years when they started playing Rock worked on WNEW-FM live seven days a week (they ALL did!) for FIVE hours a day, 2 to 7 PM!
After a few years of that, he and the others taped one day's show, so he was on for 6 days with one off, Saturday.
I remember that so well because I had no watch as a kid, but every day I could tell when it was about 3 minutes to 7- I'd hear that Elusive Butterfly!
Funny the things you look back on with such warm affection.
By the way, I've always preferred the John Hartford version of Gentle On My Mind- he wrote it.
Nothing against Glen Campbell's version.
And guess who used to play Hartford's record?
Why, Scott Muni of course, lol!
Thanks for listening & writing,
Mike
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on October 16, 2013 at 3:03pm

Nice show McMike.  

Van Morrison for openers.  It's okay, but probably my least favorite song on this show.  It seemed like it was 20 minutes long.  That being said, it was still okay.

Some big names.  I was thinking of that Rush song right before you played it, but couldn't think of the name of it to save my life.  And the Queen song was never one of my favorites.  Actually, I disliked it.  But, now it sounds so much better.  I think that's the first time I really listened to it.  Now I wanna listen to a Rush album and a Queen album.

I like that Bruce song.  He get's no love from the regulars around here, but that's a good song, I don't care what Jon says.  It's fairly heavy for a Bruce track.  I've seen that cd in the used cd store, might pick it up next time I'm in there.

And Elvis Costello all but had this Golden Pell in his hand, then you played that last song.  Bob Lynn I think you said.  That's gorgeous.  Very reminiscent of Gentle On My Mind by Glen Campbell.  Bonus points for that. And the Golden Pell to Mr. Lynn.

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