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I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org).  As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia!  Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton.  I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times.  I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me?  My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored.  Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.

Sunday, June 5, 2016


First things first!  This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio congratulates our pals at The Wax Museum With Ronnie Dark over on WVOA on the occasion of their Seventh Anniversary show tonight,  Awright! Ronnie Dark, John "The Commander" Walsh, and Mike "The Night Owl" Adams are the real deal, true believers who believe in playing records, and who further believe that playing great records results in great radio.  If you listen to their show, you'll believe, too.  The Wax Museum airs Sunday nights from 7 to 10 pm Eastern on 87.7 WVOA, and on-line at

Radio is feast or famine.  I spin the dial all week long, looking for radio I can believe in; I always wind up giving up, and switching to guaranteed cool music on my iPod.  But Sunday nights in Syracuse present an embarrassment of  radio riches:  Everyone's Invited with Mark Hughson, from 7 to 9 pm on www.westcottradio.org; The Wax Museum with Ronnie Dark from 7 to 10 pm on WVOA; the local music showcase Soundcheck with the legendary Dave Frisina from 9 to 10 pm on 105.9 The Rebel; and our own never-humble mutant shindig This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio from 9 to Midnight on Westcott Radio.  Four great radio shows, overlapping and competing, all at the same time.  Crazy.  Just crazy,  You folks are gonna need three radios, blastin' simultaneously.  Believe it.

For TIRnRR's part tonight, howzabout a Featured Act?  In fact, we'll feature one of the biggest acts in power pop history, an act you'll be stunned to learn has never before been a Featured Act on TIRnRR.  Time to surrender, and stop this game.  An inexpensive subterfuge?  A bargain-priced misdirection?  No.  CHEAP TRICK! I want you to want us, Sunday night 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org