One of the many great things about co-hosting This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl has been the opportunity for Dana and me to assemble the three This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio compilation CDs. Putting together a weekly three-hour radio show is a blast in itself, but we don't put an awful lot of planning into the shows; on the other hand, a commercial compilation CD is planned meticulously, but it's just as much fun, and somehow feels like a more tangible accomplishment.
Our first CD, Dana & Carl Present THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO, Volume 1, was released in 2004 by Jeremy Morris on his JAM Recordings label. It's long since out of print, though there are copies flittin' about on your Amazon and your eBay, I'd guess. It is still available as an authorized digital download from Futureman Records, so get thee hence: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 1.
This really shouldn't be all that radical a concept: you take DJs who are rabidly enthusiastic rock `n' roll fans, both knowledgeable and passionate about the music, you put `em on the air and let `em play what they want. If a programming consultant comes near, you throw rocks at him; if someone mentions "market research," you turn the radio up to drown that moron out. It's that simple. We're Dana & Carl, and we're about as simple as you can get. And we host a weekly radio show called THIS IS ROCK `N' ROLL RADIO, a mutant hybrid of the adventurous spirit of underground radio and the giddy rush of classic AM Top 40. We say it's THE BEST THREE HOURS OF RADIO ON THE WHOLE FRIGGIN' PLANET, and it's on Sunday nights from 9 to midnight Eastern time in Syracuse, NY, on www.westcottradio.org. The weekend stops HERE!
THIS IS ROCK `N' ROLL RADIO shows what rock `n' roll radio would sound like if it were...well, y'know, COOL! Fueled by an unwise diet of caffeine, white sugar and beer, THIS IS ROCK `N' ROLL RADIO is a rockin' pop/punk/soul/bubblegum Shangri La, where Toots & the Maytals play poker with The Ramones, Little Richard arm-wrestles Liz Phair, Big Star is a household name, and a song by some group you've never even heard of before can change your life, or at least send you on an interstate dancing spree.