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New Sirius/XM Talk Show to Talk About…Music

29 Sep

SIRIUS/XM  is launching a new channel October 17, “VOLUME” which will be the first of it’s kind talk radio channel that’s all about music. Given how many podcasts there are that also talk about music, this is a smart move.

When I think of all the hours my friend and I have spent discussing music…this is tailor made for me!  I’m especially excited for Eddie Trunk’s show “Trunk Nation” moving to VOLUME and am really excited for Scott Ian’s (Anthrax) show “Never Meet Your Heroes.”  October 17 I’ll be changing a pre-set button!


SiriusXM Launches Innovative Channel Dedicated to Talk About Music.  The satcaster is dubbing it “VOLUME” and calls it “the first-ever 24/7 talk radio channel dedicated to music — its latest news, raging controversies, and non-stop debates – as the focus of the conversation.”  The channel will consist of daily shows, artist interviews, weekly specials, a music trivia game show, album reviews, and an in-depth docuseries and more siriusxmdealing with all genres of popular music.  SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein says, “Sirius XM has millions of loyal music fans nationwide and now we are giving those fans a place where they can talk about the music they love.  VOLUME will have a deep, all-star roster of talent bringing that conversation only to SiriusXM.  It’s yet another example of SiriusXM delivering unique and exciting content to our subscribers.  Roger Coletti is the executive producer of this channel and his extensive music expertise makes him the ideal person for this ground-breaking channel.”  Some of the shows that will appear on and after the October 17 launch include: live, morning talk show “Feedback” with Nik Carter and veteran magazine editor, entertainment journalist and author Lori Majewski; “Trunk Nation” with DJ Eddie Trunk, who’ll host Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on the debut show; “Debatable” with Mark Goodman and former Spin and Vibe editor and author Alan Light; “Written in My Soul with Bill Flanagan” featuring a series of interviews with legendary musicians, including Robert Plant and Paul Simon; “Rolling Stone Music Now” hosted by Rolling Stone executive editor Nathan Brackett; “Rap Radar Report” hosted by journalist and TV producer Elliott Wilson; “Melissa’s Basement” with Melissa Etheridge (guests booked include David Crosby, Pat Benatar, and Steve Cropper); “Never Meet Your Heroes” with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian; “True Stories with Kurt Loder”; “The Album Review Show” featuring YouTube star Anthony Fantano; music trivia game “70s 80s 90s Now” with host Jim Shearer; and “The Last of The …” with Ryan Duffy, a journalist, producer and entrepreneur, who will examine the changing landscape in the world of music and tech.

Song Spotlight: Fleetwood Mac – “Hold Me”

12 Jul

BACK IN 1982, the summer of, to be precise, “Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac was my favorite song. I recall first hearing it on the local rock station, WRCN, and was immediately grabbed by it’s melody, and Christine McVie’s voice leading those wonderful, layered Mac harmonies in the chorus. It’s simply a great pop song, easily identifiable as Fleetwood Mac.

Like so many favorite songs over the last 30+ years, the song’s impact on me was in part due to a woman. That summer I had my first real, regular summer job, at the Jamesport Manor Inn. Off the books and too young to work legally, it was a hard job and the owners were tyrants, but they had a niece who waitressed there that I fast became smitten with. Call it a crush, I guess – I was 14 years old and the sight of a powerfully built, college girl with short hair and a great smile got me all crazy. I don’t even recall her name, but she was always very nice to me and I remember that it was easy to make her laugh. That any woman paid any attention to a husky, greasy kid doing dishes was fuel for a summer crush. And yes, I said powerfully built. She wasn’t overweight at all, just had a…athletic build, really. Looking back, this may further explain why I’ve always had a penchant for women with powerful thighs and thick calves. If I recall, she played a lot of softball, which really impressed me.

In any case, I had a huge crush on “Hold Me.” Besides the great melody, the lyrics made sense to me, too: “I’m just around the corner/If you got a minute to spare/I’ll be waitin’ for ya’/If you ever want to be there” – and in that restaurant, with that waitress, I literally and figuratively was!

“Hold Me” came out in June, and after hearing it on the radio I had to run out and by the singles. It’s release and airplay was perfectly timed as that summer I used to keep a notebook – a top 20 chart every week of my favorite songs.  Believe it or not, “Hold Me” was number one on my personal top songs chart from mid-June until nearly the end of August. I don’t remember who else made my weekly chart that summer, and I wish I still had that notebook, but I do remember lying on my bed, listening to my “Hold Me” 45 and duly writing down the title in the #1 spot every Sunday. What a coincidence that the song’s chart success corresponded with a stocky athletically built waitress’s tenure at that restaurant, and her always smiling at me every time she came thru the kitchen.



More on Muhammad Ali: Tony Korneheiser

7 Jun

When news of Muhammad Ali’s death broke I quickly thought that Monday’s Tony Kornheiser Podcast would be insightful and funny. Indeed, it sure was, with great takes and interviews with journalist who actually covered Ali discussing his huge impact on society and sports. Guests include David Kindred and Jeremy Schaap.

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And today, Tuesday, will be particularly fascinating as David Remnick will be a guest. Remnick writes for the New Yorker magazine and is the author of perhaps the best biography of Ali, King of the World



Standup With Pete Dominic on Sirius/XM

10 May

Possibly the best talk radio, sans sports is on Sirius/XM, specifically Stand Up With Pete Dominic. Dominic is a smart standup comedian with an engaging style and is a very good interviewer. The show covers politics, economics, cultural issues and more, but he isn’t some crazy, beat-you-over-the-head-with-his-opin on type of host. Actually when folks who disagree call in he’s can be funny and disarming at the same time.

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Mike Tyson on Pardon the Interruption

26 Jun

Did you see it? 

Iron Mike was on the awesome ESPN show Pardon the Interruption yesteday.  I actually didn’t see it, but heard it discussed today on the Tony Kornheiser podcast of his ESPN Radio show out of D.C.  As always, the great Mr. Tony had some great points to make about Mike, his career and his life.

So Mike is doing a Broadway show – which should be the subject of another post entirely – and he appeared on PTI to discuss that.  Mr. Tony and the also-great Michael Wilbon got Mike to tell a story, that ended up being about his ex-wife Robin Givens.  The story was flat-out wild – and funny in a classless way (talking about how he and Robin would still get together, he was “still hitting it” during the divorce proceedings).  Apparently, during the divorce proceedings he went to her house, in the hopes of knocking boots;  she wasn’t home and was pulling up in her car (Mike: “How did I know it was her car?  I bought it for her.”)And who was in the car with her?  BRAD PITT.  As he bluntly put it, seeing Pitt there just killed the carnal desires and he went like a “wet noodle.”

You can’t make that stuff up.

Mike has done a LOT of bad things in his life.   Yet I’ve always liked Mike and long have followed his life and career.  For a brief minute he truly was the “baddest man on the planet” and went thru the heavyweight ranks like nobody else had.  I swear, in and out of the ring, he was always, and will always be…interesting!

Daily Listening

8 Jun

I start the day with the Stephanie Miller show – she’s a progressive radio host – from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  The show is filled with snark and irreverence, sometimes its not funny, but its always topical and smart.  Her regular, weekly guests, especially Hal Sparks and John Fugelsang are funny and super smart.

From there its on to the Tony Kornheiser podcast via  Its two hours – without commercials – of his daily radio show out of D.C.  Brilliant stuff, Tony is a great writer…he’s the co-host of Pardon The Interruption on ESPN, along with another smart writer, Michael Wilbon.  Wilbon, and several other sports writers, including Bob Ryan, are regular guests.  Its not all sports, as there’s movie reviews and some political stuff with Howard Fineman a regular guest.  Great stuff.

If not for those two shows, my days would be pretty boring most of the time. 


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