Where Is The Music

When I first started listening to music it was my big sister’s favorite records and radio station. Since they were a decade older than me I might as well been listening to my parents’ music. Not that there was anything wrong with that. I liked it, sang along to it, got mushy over girls because of it, even danced around my bedroom and pretended to sing into a hairbrush microphone. Then I discovered Top 40 radio. It changed my lifeRead more

What’s a Bitchin’ Oldie?

B100.fm is redefining Oldies one song at a time © I asked a young-end millennial about  his favorite kind of music. I was excited when he replied, “I really like the oldies.” So, I asked him to name some, “Oh you know like Flo Rida, LMFAO, Ne-Yo, Snoop, and early Bieber.” Obviously, an Oldie is not a new song. But it IS beloved. We all have our own definition for an Oldie…  Most say it’s depends on when they first heardRead more

Your Own Radio Station & Linda Ronstadt

About a gazillion people think they could create a radio station that “everybody will love” because they would only play songs they personally like. Sadly that scenario often ends with a very small handful of listeners and even the creator gets tired of it and folds the tent within months. It takes a lot of care and feeding to keep it fresh and technically on the air. Also, nobody has enough money to properly promote it and must rely onRead more

When MTV Still Played Music (1983)

The first Video Programming chart appeared in the Billboard issue dated January 29, 1983. Consisting solely of self-reported information on the frequency of airings of music videos from MTV, the chart listed Weekend Events (upcoming concerts and specials) as well as four levels of airplay, all dated January 19, 1983: New Videos Added Heavy Rotation (3-4 plays a day) Medium Rotation (2-3 plays a day) Light Rotation (1-2 plays a day) Bobby’s B100.fm plays some of those songs listed in the four categories nearly thirty-five years down the line, including two of the NewRead more

It’s the People, Stupid

An advanced broadcasting class at UCLA asked if I would come to Westwood (West Los Angeles campus) to be their Guest Lecturer. (‡1)  I was warmly received by a class of students ranging in age from 19 to late 50’s. And they were hungry for any small bits of knowledge (‡2) that I might share. I was impressed with the eagerness and interest apparent in this group. [**SEE Footnotes below marked with ‡] I spoke about my years of experience asRead more

HERC’s Hidden Hits, Heard on B100.fm

“You think it’s easy finding new oldies? B100.FM does it every day!” Among the untold number of rediscovered blasts from the past that Dr. Boogie has unearthed, dusted off and shared with B100.fm listeners are these “mid-chart stiffs” I heard recently.  In my experience, you are unlikely to hear these three juicy choices on any radio station anywhere on the planet. Or in the universe, for that matter. Third Rail’s “Run, Run, Run” features future bubblegum pop star Joey Levine recounting the monotonyRead more