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Attention Radio DJs!

Today, over one thousand morning jocks will be playing drop-ins of dialogue from the movie Groundhog Day. Five hundred of them will play the same piece of dialog over and over after every song or commercial. We get it. The movie was about a guy forced to live the same day over and over. It’s […]

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Radio Ga-Ga

As much as I enjoy oldies music, there’s a very big flaw in the way it’s been presented on the radio: there’s nothing new! Once a playlist for an oldies radio station has been set, there seems to be an Iron Curtain around it that prevents any songs from being added or removed. Each Memorial […]

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Jake & Elwood Do a Quarter

This week, the Chicago Sun-Times is running a special report on the 25th anniversary of the release of The Blues Brothers. Click here to go there now! Read it now? Okay. In 1980 I was DJ’ing a novelty record show at Iowa State University called "The Mutant Patrol." John Candy got scheduled to do a […]

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Ready to feel even older?

So, which pop song’s use in a commercial represents the greatest sell-out of a generation’s attitudes? Led Zeppelin’s "Rock ‘n Roll" for Cadillac? The Clash’s "Should I Stay or Should I Go" for Pontiac’s G6 "Oprahmobile?" The entire Who catalog for everything from the Hummer to cholesterol drugs? Jefferson Airplane’s "Volunteers" for E*Trade? I was […]

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Feeding the Boobage Beast

I realize that I’m just adding to the frenzy by commenting on Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl, but as an allegedly cultural observer, I must! I MUST!!! I actually did not see the incident in question; I looked away from the screen for that instant or two. What I did see was the amazing […]

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Sheb Wooley

Gosh, darn it, I’ve been wanting to tell this one for weeks, and it slipped my mind. After going on for some length on my previous posts about the "proper" way to memorialize the passing of a well-liked entertainer, I think Sheb merited the one I had in the back of my mind. No speeches, […]

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Remembering the Good Old Days

I was “Googling” to see if my hometown newspaper, the Schaller Herald had any online presence yet (it didn’t), and stumbled across a web page citing the Herald’s editor as one among many who were dumbfounded by an 1898 tour by the pride of Marion, Iowa: the Cherry Sisters. Click the link here to read. […]

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All Killer, No Filler?

Was just reading some news squibs about the fact that some bands, specifically Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers have refused to have their music sold online via Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Their rationale was that they were unhappy with the service for allowing customers to download individual tracks, with the rationale that “Our artists […]