Category Archives: radio

Teen Pop Takeover

Just a couple of weeks ago I was lamenting the difficulty of getting teen pop records on the radio, and now there are four of them in the top ten of the Mainstream Airplay chart. By no coincidence at all, … Continue reading

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Peter Rosenberg’s “Disco Sucks” Moment

There’s something about a public dustup in which everyone appears in the wrong that leads to a sense of morbid hilarity, even if the issues involved are ultimately more important than they appear. That’s the feeling I got from the … Continue reading

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Teen-pop On the Radio—Finally

I have long been frustrated by the way Disney-pop and teen-pop in general have been ignored by terrestrial radio. Though I understand why programmers have avoided the more tween and pre-tween oriented music—that is, the real kid’s stuff—ignoring big-selling artists … Continue reading

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Thank you, Masaru Ibuka

Tim Quirk’s wonderful EMP presentation on personal listening devices from the Walkman to the present (Masaru Ibuka was the Sony exec who started the ball rolling) is now available on the Rhapsody blog. It’s somewhat self-serving, personal listening being Rhapsody’s … Continue reading

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Do the Disney Dance

Despite it’s obvious popularity and impressive sales record, Disney-pop has been a non-starter on the radio. With the exception of Miley Cyrus, no Disney-associated act, including the Jonas Brothers, has been able to make much of an impression. So unless … Continue reading

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How Classic Rock Made Me What I Am

Even though I agree with most of the sentiments expressed in Justin Farrar’s open letter to classic rock radio, there’s a part of me that can’t be supportive. One reason is his suggestion that The Hold Steady be part of … Continue reading

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