A night in front of the TV: REO Speedwagon, “Roll With the Changes” (1978)

(The famous Los Angeles Times photo of the Bronco chase.) "So - what are we going to do about the O.J. thing?" This was the topic of conversation after my morning show finished on Monday, June 20, 1994. I was working as the lead character of the show on Oldies WQQL-FM in Springfield, Illinois. The … Continue reading A night in front of the TV: REO Speedwagon, “Roll With the Changes” (1978)

Hitting the big time: The Isley Brothers, “Shout (Parts 1 and 2)” (1959)

(Above: Rock, brother.) "Dude - you made it!" The first phone call I got on my first shift at WJMK in Chicago - 21 years ago today - was shortly after the start of the first song that I played on the station. It was from my friend Dave. Dave had been there since the … Continue reading Hitting the big time: The Isley Brothers, “Shout (Parts 1 and 2)” (1959)

12+ Blogs of Christmas: We Need a Little… Edge

(Above: The Edge of Christmas, Oglio Records. Another one from my collection.) I don't want to give the wrong impression: I don't dislike Christmas music. In the last piece I talked about how some of the music of the season isn't helping those who are having emotional issues.  (Fun fact: in each of the last … Continue reading 12+ Blogs of Christmas: We Need a Little… Edge

You can’t have one without the other: The Kings, “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide” (1980)

(Above: The Kings debut LP.  I'll take a hundred or two for it.) I actually got to thinking about this topic in the car this morning on the way to campus.  One of the Sirius XM classic rock channels (and I have all of them on the same bank in the memory) played Elton John's … Continue reading You can’t have one without the other: The Kings, “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide” (1980)