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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.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Today is your last chance to participate in our WHO NEEDS DANA & CARL? 850th Show fundraising gimmick. Each generous soul who donates $100 or more to http://sparksyracuse.org/support/ by October 22nd, 2016 (aka, today) will earn the right to program the music for a future episode of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, and will ALSO be entered into our October 23rd drawing; the winner of that drawing will earn the additional right to program the music for our blockbuster 850th show next month.

We appreciate all donations, great and small, but only donations of $100 or more qualify for the Guest Programmer option and the 850th show drawing. And once again, here are the basic guidelines governing our Guest Programmer promotion:

DETAILS:  Each qualifying Guest Programmer will have the opportunity to program all of the songs for a future installment of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl.  If you will be in the Syracuse area and would like to join us and physically co-host your show in person, we'd love to have ya!  Otherwise, you can send us the list of songs you want us to play, and we'll play 'em for you. 

THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT RESTRICTIONS AND CONDITIONS THAT APPLY.  We presume anyone interested in doing this thing would also want to stay within TIRnRR's vague, broadly-defined power pop format, but this is not a requirement; if you win and you wanna play polka, disco, prog, or opera, we'll think you've got the wrong show, but we'll gladly take your money and play your songs anyway.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GUEST PROGRAMMERS:  All song selections must be FCC-friendly, so no cussing or hate speech. Absolutely NO politics. In order to play a song, we have to actually have it; you are responsible for either bringing your selections to our studio in person, or for supplying your tracks to Dana & Carl in advance.  Your show MUST include at least TWO different artists, and cannot include any albums in their entirety.  We have (perhaps unwisely) removed our previous edict excluding Bob Seger songs, but come on--do you really want to play Bob Seger songs on TIRnRR? Really? Sigh...it's your dime. We reserve the right to reject any programming we deem inappropriate, but we're gonna work with you to resolve any potential issues. Trust us. We're DJs.

TIRnRR's format calls for sets consisting of six songs each, usually with a longer set at the end of the show, followed by a closing instrumental. You are welcome to choose specific sequencing, or you can leave that up to us, whichever you prefer. Your show must fit within our approximate three-hour time slot, including between-set banter; that's usually about two hours and 35 minutes, give or take, plus the instrumental.  Choose wisely!

There may be other common-sense or outta-left-field conditions to be named later, but that oughtta cover it for now.  Got a question?  Don't be shy!

The Guest Programmer gimmick is ongoing, so that part doesn't have any specific deadline. But the drawing to program the 850th show? That drawing's tomorrow, so your qualifying donation is due today.  Um, if you're interested, of course....