Ten Albums: Too Much Joy, Cereal Killers (1991)

(Above: You don't have this one?) There's been this thing going around on Facebook where people are posting up their ten favorite albums, or ten albums that meant something to them, or so on. You've probably seen this: you get tagged, you make the post, you tag someone else. I got tagged in one last … Continue reading Ten Albums: Too Much Joy, Cereal Killers (1991)

Saw the ghost of Elvis: Mark Cohn, “Walking in Memphis” (1991)

(Above: Elvis' house.) Every year a phenomenon called "Elvis Week" takes place in mid-August.  It centers on the anniversary of the date that Elvis Aaron Presley died at the too-young age of 42 in 1977. I'm always disappointed that we don't do Elvis Week in January, around the anniversary of his birth. It's the tragic … Continue reading Saw the ghost of Elvis: Mark Cohn, “Walking in Memphis” (1991)

Greatest misses: Roger McGuinn, “King Of The Hill” (1991)

The Byrds were great. Tom Petty was and is great.  Put those singers on the same record, and it's bound to be a hit, right? Not so fast. This is one of the reasons the pop charts fascinate me. (Well, one of the reasons is my belief that they are contrived, but that makes for … Continue reading Greatest misses: Roger McGuinn, “King Of The Hill” (1991)

Radio Memories: 97X… Bam! The Future of Rock and Roll (Part 2)

Above: Mixtape, Summer 1991. 25 years ago today - 9/20/1991 - I did my last radio show on 97X in the Quad Cities. The summer of 1991 was a magical time at that station.  We were a solid #1 in every demo and every daypart.  The Birch ratings for the spring book had the night … Continue reading Radio Memories: 97X… Bam! The Future of Rock and Roll (Part 2)

Radio memories: 97X…Bam! The Future of Rock and Roll, Part 1 (1991)

(Above: Top, Raymond Babbit giving the station ID. Bottom, commemorating the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley in 1991. L-R: PD Guy Perry, production director Ray Sherman, Len as Elvis, and News Director Katie Cole.) Twenty-five years ago this week I left my job at 97X in the Quad Cities.  In a career that … Continue reading Radio memories: 97X…Bam! The Future of Rock and Roll, Part 1 (1991)