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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.

Monday, August 15, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 836: The Meghan & Carl Show

In just one week, my daughter Meghan will leave Syracuse to begin her senior year at Ithaca College. I don't understand how this time stuff works. It really doesn't seem so long ago that she was this little, little girl, barely a toddler, riding in a friend's van and calling it a school bus (or, really, "'cool bus!"). I've enjoyed every stage along the way, even the most difficult parts, because nothing I've ever done has filled me with more pride and joy than just looking at Meghan, and knowing I'm her Dad.

She generally kind of tolerates me, too.

For the fourth year in a row, Meghan has spent the final Sunday night of her summer break at Westcott Radio, co-hosting a special edition of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio dubbed The Meghan & Carl Show. Meghan co-hosts with Dana a few times during the year, but we save this one Sunday each August for father and daughter to create a radio show. Dana's still there to facilitate (and referee if necessary), but the music is picked by Meghan and me. Even though our tastes differ, it has always been a pleasure to share music with Meghan, and I hope that never changes.

For this year's Meghan & Carl Show, Meghan was set to play a bunch of her recent favorites, while I planned to rummage through my Virtual Ticket Stub Gallery to play a few tracks from bands I've seen live over the years. But Westcott Radio's ever-fragile webcast has been outta commission since mid-July, and the technical issues remain unresolved. I had been looking forward to this show for months, and I was so, so disappointed by its cancellation.

So we figured we'd just go ahead and do the show anyway.

Even though we couldn't do a live webcast, nothing really prevented us from going into the studio and recording a show for podcast. It's not our preferred method--it's really so much more enjoyable to do a show live, with real-time audience response--but it was infinitely superior to a mere nuthin'. We kept our Facebook chat group https://www.facebook.com/groups/135175896551553/ open, and posted videos of the songs we were playing; a few of our regular TIRnRR Faithful helped us simulate the live radio experience. It was a night of sharing music with my daughter. Ya can't beat that.

Wanna hear how it went? Download, my friends: http://westcottradio.org/archive/rock_n_roll_radio_2016-08-14.mp3  And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a seemingly silent Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

TIRnRR # 836:  The Meghan & Carl Show 8/14/16

THE RAMONES:  Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
DISTURBED: Ten Thousand Fists (Reprise, Ten Thousand Fists)
JOAN JETT: Bad Reputation (Blackheart, Bad Reputation)
HALESTORM: Mayhem (Atlantic, Into The Wild Life)
RAY CHARLES: What'd I Say (Atlantic, single)
CAROLE KING: It's Too Late (Columbia, Tapestry)
MELANIE MARTINEZ: Dollhouse (Atlantic, Cry Baby)
JOHNNY THUNDERS: M.I.A. (Jungle, Que Sera Sera)
RISE AGAINST: Help Is On The Way (DCG, Endgame)
LYRES: Help You Ann (Matador, On Fyre)
PANIC! AT THE DISCO: Emperor's New Clothes (Fueled By Ramen, Death Of A Bachelor)
PRINCE: When Doves Cry (Warner Brothers, The Hits/The B-sides)
HALSEY: New Americana (Astralwerks, Badlands)
IAN HUNTER: Cleveland Rocks (Chrsalis, Shades Of Ian Hunter)
SEETHER: Words As Weapons (The Bicycle Music Company, Isolate And Medicate)
DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars? (Virgin, Best Of Bowie)
BREAKING BENJAMIN: The Diary Of Jane (Hollywood, Phobia)
THE KINKS: Waterloo Sunset (Essential, Something Else)
DEVICE [featuring LZZY HALE]: Close My Eyes Forever (Warner Brothers, Device)
THE dB's: Amplifier (Rhino, Like This)
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE: Welcome To The Black Parade (Reprise, The Black Parade)
THE ANIMALS: We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (Abkco, Retrospective)
DISTURBED: The Sound Of Silence (Reprise, Immortalized)
FREAKY AGE: Every Morning Breaks Out (n/a, Every Morning Breaks Out)
BABYMETAL: Doki Doki Morning (Sony, BabyMetal)
A*TEENS: Halfway Around The World (MCA, Teen Spirit)
BRITNEY SPEARS: Lucky (Jive, Oops! ...I Did It Again)
NRBQ: It's A Wild Weekend (Virgin, Wild Weekend)
BOWLING FOR SOUP: Shut-Up And Smile (Silvertone, A Hangover You Don't Deserve)
TALKING HEADS: Once In A Lifetime (Rhino, The Very Best Of Talking Heads)
STARSET: My Demons (Razor & Tie, Transmissions)
GENE PITNEY: It Hurts To Be In Love (One Way, Ultimate Anthology)
THE SMITHEREENS: Only A Memory (Capitol, Blown To Smithereens)
EURYTHMICS: Would I Lie to You? (Arista, Greatest Hits)
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Gone, Gone, Gone (Warner Brothers, Walk Right Back)
MELANIE MARTINEZ: Alphabet Boy (Atlantic, Cry Baby)
THE MONKEES: What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? (Rhino, Music Box)
EMILY C. SMITH: 1234 (n/a, Marina's Laughing)
THE RAMONES: Rockaway Beach (Sire, It's Alive!)
ROBIN DAGGERS: P.S. I Love You (20th Century Fox, VA: How I Met Your Mother)
CHEAP TRICK: I Want You To Want Me (Epic, At Budokan)
ADELE: River Lea (Columbia, 25)
THE BEACH BOYS: God Only Knows (Capitol, Pet Sounds)
KARMIN: Acapella (Epic, Pulses)
THE FLASHCUBES: Do Anything You Wanna Do (Northside, Brilliant)
LINDSEY STIRLING: Swag (Lindseystomp, Shatter Me)