Showing posts from May, 2014

Dipping a Toe Into the Water of Commercial Radio, Short Playlists and Commercial City, or Why Supporting WXPN is an incredible Bargain

SiriusXM Radio online was having problems this morning so we switched over to local FM broadcast. WXPN is doing fundraising and since I am a sustaining member, there was no need to listen to the pitch. So it was time to take a foray into Philly commercial radio, first stop Q102. They play all the current hits but it would seem that their playlist is literally limited to the Billboard top ten. In less than three hours we heard their entire playlist twice and we were actually hearing several songs for the third time, so we switched. Jersey 101.5 actually plays some really good music. In a little over an hour we heard 8 out of 8 good songs, including "Fire" by the Pointer Sisters (their excellent cover of the Bruce Springsteen song), and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" by Steely Dan. The only problem was that Jersey 101.5 only plays about 8 records per hour, SO MANY COMMERCIALS. I didn't start out to make a pitch for XPN, but dipping a toe into the wa

The Nicest Surprise of New Release Tuesday is Jamie Lynn Spears - The Journey EP, This is a Must-Listen - It's Totally Not What You Think

Yes, it's Britney's younger sister. No, she is not a teenager anymore, she's twenty-three. Yes, she has spent way too much time in the tabloids and gossip columns. No, she has not been in the public eye for the last five years while she raised her daughter, Maddie. Yes, she has a new career as a singer-songwriter. No, it sounds nothing like Britney, Miley, or Katy. Jamie Lynn Spears is a country singer and songwriter and quite good indeed. Listen to "How Could I Want More". Jamie Lynn Spears -The Journey "How Could I Want More" is the first single, released late last year. Jamie Lynn wrote it with Nashville songwriter Rivers Rutherford. Jamie Lynn, in her official bio says that "experiences with Rivers and other Nashville writers, including Chris Tompkins, Liz Rose, Lisa Carver and Luke Laird, made for a master class in songwriting. Jamie Lynn learned about how to bring her stories to life through music and became a part of a community t