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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 three 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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

MY LAST CHANCE!! (Plus: A NEW wrinkle in WHO NEEDS DANA & CARL? )



Dramatic, innit? Yes, this is my last chance to grovel for your votes in The Syracuse New TimesBest Of Syracuse '16 Readers Poll. Deadline for voting is, like, now, so please consider a vote for Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) for Best Blog. You can vote once per e-mail address, and I humbly beg you to vote for me, and for my friends:

BEST BLOGBoppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do)
BEST PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: my lovely wife Brenda's school Jowonio School
BEST AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMJowonio School
BEST RADIO PERSONALITY: Ronnie Dark
BEST ROCK GROUP: Ronnie's combo Darkroom
BEST BAND NAMEDarkroom
MOST TRUSTED LOCAL POLITICIANAl Stirpe
BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSIC: Ronnie's sponsor Music And More
BEST COMICS STOREComix Zone
BEST NOT-FOR-PROFITSpark Syracuse



Last call! I don't have a prayer, to be honest with ya, but I'm gonna go out swingin'...!

It's still far from your last chance to participate in our Who Needs Dana & Carl? fundraiser on behalf of Spark Syracuse, but let's sweeten the pot and add a little bit of soulful urgency. We already know that generous patrons o' the arts who donate $100 or more at http://sparksyracuse.org/support/ earn the opportunity to program the music for a future episode of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio. BUT THERE'S MORE! Granted, not much more--if we could afford giveaways, we wouldn't need to do a fundraiser--but still, MORE! Everyone who donates at this $100 level will also be entered into a drawing, and one lucky winner will get to program one additional, specific episode of TIRnRR.

Which episode? The winner gets to program our 850th show, in its entirety.

That's right. One of our Guest Programmers, over and above the great show he or she would slap together anyway, will also get to program our big, blowout TIRnRR # 850. Don't let us down! Every $100 donation is worth an entry in this drawing, and the winner will be selected at random next month. Everyone's who's already donated at the $100 level during this campaign will also be entered into the contest. This contest runs through October 22nd, and the winner's name will be drawn on October 23rd. Questions? Talk t'me. The original Who Needs Dana & Carl rules 'n' regs still apply...but now you get a shot at two shows for the price of one. And not just any show! You get to program 850! Let the cash flow freely!

Hey! We're about to hit a whompin', stompin', 30,000 views! Lots more to come...and it won't all be hype. I mean, look at what's developing in the near (or eventual) future on Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do):