When Radio Played Records

I went down stairs to the archives tonight in search of my old David Bowie albums. While I have access to everything via Spotify, I wanted to hold in my hands the actual records that I had loved and played many times and put one or two on the turntable for a spin.

Among the LP’s are a couple that I  liberated from a local radio station where I was working in 1982. WRHY at 92.7FM started life as a Free form progressive rock station around 1972 and had morphed into a tighter but still rocking station in the late 70’s and then… they fired all the DJ’s and went to the syndicated “Music of Your Life” Big Band Nostalgia format.

Clearly there was no further use for the David Bowie albums here, so I gave them and a few others a new home…

These albums are artifacts from the era when Album Rock Radio actually played the album on the air. Sometimes they would skip. That was always fun… Anyway, Here is the cover of Station to Station, released 40 years ago this month. If you remember hearing “Golden Years” or  “TVC 15” on Starview back in 1976, this is the actual physical album you heard.

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This sticker was to tell the DJ’s which cuts were suggested for airplay. My favorite note on this album is in regard to track 1 which could be played “When Time Allows”  That track,  “Station to Station” clocks in at over 10 minutes and that, my friends, is what free form radio was all about…



Turning to the back side, we have more DJ notes regarding the tempo of the songs, if the end faded or ended cold and in this case someone took the time to make sure we knew where the words began and ended…



We also see on the lower left some DJ Graffiti. A back and forth between 2 or 3 different DJs. Starting with “Criswell predicts next single” pointing to the song “Stay”.  I’ll let you read the follow on comments.

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By the way, the record is in remarkably good shape and plays perfectly. The music, of course, is timeless.

O’Malley Ditches Presidential Bid, Plans Return to Musical Career

Omalleys March

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced today that despite persistant rumors to the contrary he will not seek the Democratic nomination for President of United States. O’Malley, 51, who has been considered one of the rising stars of the Democratic Party said that he plans to concentrate on his music career with his band O’Malley’s March.


“I just got off of the phone with Bono and we are on the shortlist for the opening slot on the upcoming U2 world tour. Now I ask you, which shortlist would you rather be on?” O’Malley continued, “I’m tired of fund-raising, I’m ready for some fun-raising!”

O’Malley’s friendship with the band dates back to 1981 when he was a freshman at Catholic University in Washington DC and the band was playing at the Bayou.   Their van broke down and   O’Malley rebuilt the alternator while the band slept on his dorm room floor.

“I still have the set list from that show!” O’Malley shrieked, “That was the beginning of a tremendous friendship and Bono and the boys told me that if there was ever anything they could do for me, they would do it. I’ve been keeping that one in my “favor bank” a long time.”

According to political strategist Ned Dunkleberger, O’Malley’s chances of winning the Democratic nomination are precisely 147:1, while the odds of opening for U2 are a solid 2:1.

“Think about it”‘ said Dunkelberger, ” Would you rather be in New Hampshire in February shaking hands at some crappy diner or onstage at the Koala Music Festival in Australia?”

“As one of the few governors in America who actually likes U2’s recent albums and can rebuild an alternator, I’m uniquely qualified for this role.” O’Malley proclaimed. “However, as a precaution, I’m making sure that Mumford and Sons has some visa problems.”

When asked to comment on the Governor’s plans, O’Malley’s wife Katie said, “Thank God they will finally be out of the basement and I’ll have my sewing room back”.


Baltimore Singer/Songwriter Shelby Blondell Releases Debut EP

Summer 2013 kicks off with the upbeat and soulful sounds of Baltimore’s Shelby Blondell. Just off the heels of opening for 90’s pop sensation Aaron Carter at the Baltimore Soundstage, Shelby’s studio debut is finally out for the masses to enjoy. “Fly” features 5 songs, each in a unique style. Elements of folk, country, and pop, combined with Shelby’s standout voice create a fresh, yet familiar compilation of genres.

This release has been a long time coming. Shelby has been writing and performing for over 3 years, and in a world of abundant trivial radio-pop, “Fly” is a breath of fresh air.

“I Write my music not only because I absolutely love doing it, but I write songs with a background to them.” – Shelby Blondell

Hear samples on the EP’s album page on iTunes, and then download them into your Summertime playlist. You won’t regret it.

“Fly” on iTunes



Trombone Shorty at Virgin Mobile FreeDest

Dad reporting agin. Somewhere in the middle of all those waving arms is Trombone Shorty leading a New Orleans style Second Line March thru the field in front if the west stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion. What a great show! Horns, beats, ripping guitar abd gear songs all capped off by the frenzy pictured here.

So we are 2 for 2, but Damn, it’s hot.

It was 20 years ago today – the First HFS-tival

20 years ago.


It wasn't called the HFS-tival that year, in fact it wasn't even our idea. The Fairfax County Department of Parks and Recreation called and said "Hey, we're having a family friendly fun Fourth of July festival, would you like to help promote it and bring some bands?"

So we did. The Tragically Hip, The Pursuit of Happiness, Concrete Blonde, Neal Cody, Winter Hours and a couple others I can't recall.

It was $5 a carload. It was fun. We decided to do it again.

The next year there were bigger bands and a much bigger crowd.

It was more fun. We decided to do it again.

It wasn't until year four, when the
Painful decision to move to RFK Stadium was made that the name HFS-tival was created. There was a lot of of arguing for and against the big stadium. After all stadium shows suck.

So we had to be bigger than the venue. We promoted it "We're taking over RFK for the HFS-tival 20 bands for 20 bucks." Sold out in 53 minutes. It didn't matter
Who the bands were, the audience wanted to be there for the scene, the
Party, the event of the summer.

But the bands were great. INXS, The Posies, Iggy Pop, Stereo MCs, Belly, Matthew Sweet and X. And More.

2 stages, inside and out, rides, beer, games and Gak! We had a Gak pit – remember that stuff? Nickelodeon sent us cases of it and we filled a bath tub – and people reached deep down in looking for prizes.

We provided free booth space to about 50 progressive non Profit organizations to hand out info and talk to the people. It was awesome.
So we decided to do it again.

And again and again. It was imitated dupilcated and made  a LOT of money for the station.

Until the Year there was no HFS.

But this year there is another HFS-tival. Sometime in September. At Merriweather, promoted by WHFS2 which can be heard online or via the HD2 Channel of 94.7 fm in DC.

Tickets have been on sale for a while now, great seats still available.

No rides, no games, No Gak.

It was 20 years ago today - the First HfS-rival

Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton died yesterday and took another piece of Rock and Roll with him. Lead singer of the Box Tops, he scored a huge hit at age 16 with “The Letter”. That song blasted out of the AM radios and jukeboxes of my youth and grabbed me by the ears. “Give me a ticket for an aeroplane, ain’t got time to take a fast train”. This guy was on a mission! His baby had written him a letter!

But the real brilliance came later in the music of Big Star. I’ll admit that, like most, I missed these albums for many years, but somewhere in the late 80’s I heard “Seotember Gurls” for the first time.

Wow. What a perfect record. And every single time I have heard it since I have felt the same way, sometimes being moved to tears by it’s beauty. Like today.

OK Go – “This Too Shall Pass”

I may be the last one to the OK Go Party. Not sure how I missed them and their 50 million You Tube views… In any case here is their latest video featuring the Notre Dame University Marching Band. Gotta smile when you watch this one.

You can help them make the next one – there's a cool contest here.

OK Go – This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo.

Exclusive: An interview with NeverShoutNever

On December 16th I was fortunate enough to be able to sit down and talk with Christofer and Hayden of NeverShoutNever and The Shout about the upcoming album and the tour, which kicked off last night. The tour is completely stripped down and acoustic and the opening acts are acoustic as well. All venues on this tour are small and intimate, I was literally against the stage because at the venue last night there were no guard rails but speakers and boxes in the way. These small venues create an amazing sound and make the experience that much better.

After an amazing show and cooling down I was able to meet up with Chris and Hayden and have a chat. Dad was there handy with the camera and there to chime in with a few questions. What made the interview exceptionally special for us was that they were kind enough to perform a song off the new album. Pick up NeverShoutNever's album, "What is Love?" on January 26th wherever music is sold. Or preorder it at http://www.nevershoutnever.com/whatislove/

Full Interview With Song:

Exclusive Acoustic Performance of 'Can't Stand It':

Be Kind To Your Opening Acts

I know I know, I'm talking over the blog with all of these posts. But I'm a teenage girl with a lot on her mind and have a whole lot more to say.

I was just thinking for a bit as I watched some videos I had taken from recent concerts. I was taking a look at a video of a opening act at a show and unlike the video of the headliner, no one was really singing along with the lyrics. I wasn't singing even though I knew the words because I really didn't want to tarnish the video with my voice but I felt bad hearing no one else sing. And it made me realize that I always look up the opening acts on shows because I feel so much guilt standing there in the crowd and never having heard the song that was playing. Plus it makes the wait time go so much faster if you are enjoying and are farmiliar with the music playing. One last thing about checking out small bands before you see the show. There are a few things that I have experienced that have made me feel really great about myself. And I can honestly admit that one of them is being able to see the look on the bands face when they spot you singing in the crowd to their songs. 

That's all for now


PS-it's way easier to get a guitar pic from a band member if they see you singing along or if you know their name.

KDFC San Francisco

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Nearly 25 years ago I began a career in Broadcast Advertising sales at a company that represented Classical Radio Stations exclusively. We had a fine roster of major market stations, many that had been in the format since the dawn of FM radio.
Shortly after I joined the company we added a new client station, KDFC San Francisco. The station owner was Ed Davis. After returning home from serving in World War II, Ed boarded a train a train and arrived in San Francisco. In 1948 he obtained the license for 102.1 FM and launched KDFC as San Francisco's Radio Concert Hall.
By the time I met Ed in 1984 He was a wealthy man, but not from selling radio ads. He had made much more in Real Estate, including acreage atop the Mountain in Sausalito across the bay from San Francisco where he built a tower for his station and was later able to rent tower space to numerous other broadcasters. For those of you who are not broadcast engineers, FM radio relies on height to get the optimum coverage and Ed bought the highest ground before most people even owned an FM receiver.
He saw the future before others. He was in the right place at the right time and more importantly knew he was in the right place at the right time.
KDFC was the first station to broadcast in stereo. The first to have unattended overnight automation and in many more cases Ed was quick to innovate.
Ed would have loved Flycast. To be able to listen to his great station as I am now, on an iPhone on a train between Philadelphia and Baltinore would brought him great joy.
So Ed , thanks for your vision and passion for great music and quality broadcasting. By the way, 60 years later, that Mozart guy is still a star and I am thrilled to have KDFC on the Flycast.fm network.