Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Spongetones, the Beach Boys to the Kurt Baker Combo, Michael Carpenter, Terry Draper, Richard Barone, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star and the Weeklings, not to mention Richard X. Heyman, the Connection, Nick Piunti and the Nines, we play the hits and a whole lot more.
Pure Pop Radio began on WEBR, a Northern Virginia cable radio station in 1995, not long after I hosted two short-lived shows: Lost Treasures and Guilty Pleasures, a two-hour feast of deep cuts and rarities, and an all-Beatles program. I was searching for another radio vehicle, though, and found it one day while looking at a wall of import singles in a local record store. I noticed that the titles I was attracted to were of the melodic pop variety. Melodic pop has been my favorite kind of music since I began listening to AM radio as a kid in the 1960s.
Borrowing from the title of Nick Lowe’s Pure Pop for Now People album, I began the weekly Pure Pop Radio show, which has run fairly continuously for the past 21 years. The weekly show became a 24-hour Internet radio station in 2013. Pure Pop Radio features a continuous mix of melodic pop music from the ’60s to today, with a full slate of specialty shows airing in the afternoons and evenings. Melody and harmony are at the heart of everything we broadcast.
The Records’ John Wicks and Alan Haber