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The Weeklings and Dana Countryman Star in this Week’s Specialty Show Lineup. Plus: Weeklings Two-Fers! You Can Win the Weeklings’ New Album on CD and Cassette!

mic-small 10This week’s lineup of specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio is set to wow listeners with the premiere of the first single from Dana Countryman’s upcoming super secret album on the great Australian label, Teensville Records, the kickoff of our Eight Days a Week marathon, celebrating the imminent release of the Weeklings’ new album, Studio 2, and a whole lot more. Plus: Dig our hourly Weeklings Two-Fers, now playing through November 18. Now, looking ahead…

the-weeklings-abbey-roadNext week: A Pure Pop Radio First Airing:
A very special edition of Ken Michaels’ Beatles extravaganza Every Little Thing with the Weeklings! Details forthcoming.


This Week’s Specialty Shows: There’s a Lot of “Love” in an All-New Things We Said Today, and Needle Meets Vinyl Serves Up a Little Tenderness. Plus…A Timely Mystery Guest on In Conversation

mystery guestThis week’s specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio stress love and tenderness and bring on the happy for all to cherish. All-new editions of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, and Needle Meets Vinyl, where every note pops from vinyl records, are going to keep the good feelings flowing, as is the timely mystery guest on this Tuesday night’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (see separate story today; mystery guest’s identity unveiled tomorrow).

needle meets vinylMusician Brian Bringelson, who records solo under the name Paul Starling and powers the melodic ship known as Anchor and Bear, spins the platters this Wednesday night, July 27, at 8 pm ET on Needle Meets Vinyl. This week’s slabs of vinyl include tunes from Stephen Stills, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys, Todd Rundgren and the Beatles. And Otis Redding, who, in classic mode, tries a little tenderness.


This Week’s Specialty Shows: Pure Pop Radio Visits Things We Said Today, Plus All-New Editions of Every Little Thing and Needle Meets Vinyl

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayken michaels“Catch the latest installment of Things We Said Today as we interview Alan Haber, who programs the wonderful Pure Pop Radio music (station),” said Ken Michaels in his promotional blurb posted last week on Facebook. “Alan discusses many of the Beatlesque artists featured on the channel, which all lovers of great pop music should listen to!!!”

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!And I couldn’t have said it better myself. Indeed, I am the guest on this week’s all-new edition of Things We Said Today (TWST), the weekly Beatles roundtable hosted by Fab experts Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn (8 pm this Thursday night, July 21). During this program, I tell the esteemed panel about Pure Pop Radio and answer their questions about various aspects of its operation. Plus, as a follow-up to a TWST aired this past February, I talk about Beatlesque music played on the station.


Tricia and Dana Countyman, the Weeklings, and Author Chuck Gunderson Star in this Week’s Specialty Shows

alan-mic-zMusic makers Tricia and Dana Countryman, and author Chuck Gunderson sit behind the microphones on this week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows. You’re in for a real treat.

tricia countryman march2016Tonight at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Tricia Countryman checks in with Alan Haber to talk about her just-released solo album, Sometimes When I’m Dreaming…, produced and arranged by her husband Dana, who also sits in to add his comments.

dana-countrymanSometimes When I’m Dreaming… is a lovely musical journey built on classic song craft and Tricia’s golden voice. During this typically in-depth episode of In Conversation, you’ll hear how the album’s 16 songs (plus one bonus track) were selected, how Dana came up with the sweetly-realized arrangements, and much more. You’ll also be treated to three songs from the album, including the beautifully sung Jimmy Webb masterpiece, “Adios.”


We’re Serving Up the Cream of the Crop On This Week’s Specialty Shows

mic-small 10It’s a week of stars on Pure Pop Radio’s specialty shows: Cream, Denny Laine and Muddy Waters are on the turntable during an all-new Needle Meets Vinyl; Paul McCartney’s golden voice is discussed on an all-new Things We Said Today, and Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche talk about their latest album on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

lucy wainwright roche and suzzy roches mud and appleslucy and suzzy rocheTonight at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Suzzy Roche and her daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche, talk with Alan Haber about Mud and Apples, a sparkling duo collection that features warm harmonies, clever original songwriting and the inclusion of beautifully-sung covers such as Paul Simon’s “Bleecker Street” and the Cascades’ “Rhythm of the Rain.” Mud and Apples is one of this year’s top expressions of musical joy.


Classic Servings of Vintage Tunes and Vintage Video Star in this Week’s Specialty Shows

alan-mic-zClassic servings of vintage tunes, and vintage video coming in September, are the hot buttons in the spotlight on this week’s specialty shows being broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

needle meets vinylThis Wednesday night, June 29, at 8 pm ET, musician Brian Bringelson delivers what is arguably his best Needle Meets Vinyl episode yet; 16 songs from 15 spectacular artists make the grade, all spun from vinyl and curated by the Anchor and Bear singer-songwriter.

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Songs from Iron & Wine, Steely Dan, Dusty Springfield, Jackie Wilson, the Doors, Paul and Linda McCartney and the Beach Boys will fill your ears with joy, and Brian’s expert commentary will raise the proceedings to the highest of highs. It’s a program you won’t want to miss.


Coke Belda and Pure McCartney in the Spotlight on this Week’s In Conversation and Things We Said Today

coke belda 2Musician Coke Belda and another lively discussion of the merits of the just-released Pure McCartney compilation are in the spotlight on this week’s episodes of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today.

coke belda nummer zweiTomorrow night, Tuesday, June 14, at 8 pm ET, musician Coke Belda checks in on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about the spirited cover he recorded of the Cowsills’ “Poor Baby,” his latest long player release, Nummer Zwei, and his love for the music of Jeff Lynne. You’ll hear Coke’s rendition of “Poor Baby,” two songs from Nummer Zwei, and Coke’s favorite Jeff Lynne song, which just happens to be Alan Haber’s. Plus: a special bonus number that sits lovingly alongside that song.


Another Fun Week of Brand-New Specialty Shows Begins Tonight

alan-mic-zIt’s all new this week on Pure Pop Radio: we’ve got another Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofer, a brand-new Every Little Thing (at a special time), a new Needle Meets Vinyl, and a new Things We Said Today. Make a date to have some fun with us!

DavidTonight, June 6, at 8 pm ET, longtime pop music critic and the man behind the International Pop Overthrow festivals, David Bash, checks in to talk with Alan on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. This must rank as David’s most in-depth interview ever. David will take you from his early days listening to and collecting music through to his presenting the work of artists worldwide at IPO. You’ll hear four songs that have appeared on the annual IPO CD collections–songs that David feels epitomize what the festival is all about. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of pop music’s top observers; you won’t want to miss it.



Big Week Ahead for Pure Pop Radio’s Specialty Shows

alan-mic-zPure Pop Radio’s got you covered this week; our specialty shows are sizzling with melodic pop power! What’s in store? We’ve got two major Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation shows, a classic spin of treasured vinyl on Brian Bringelson’s Needle Meets Vinyl, and a hot-button edition of the Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today.

kenny herbert forever and beyondkenny herbert 2Tonight at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Scottish popster Kenny Herbert stops by to talk about his phenomenal concept album, Forever and Beyond, a gorgeous, romantic song cycle inspired by Caroline, the love of Kenny’s life. The 14 songs on offer, encompassing 1950s, 1930s and modern melodic pop vibes, are tremendously affecting, beautifully drawn snapshots of a happy existence.


Big Names! Big Stars! Another Fab Week of Specialty Shows on Pure Pop Radio!

alan-mic-zWe’re pulling out all the stops with this week’s specialty shows! Big names! Big stars! Top tunes! And so much more. Pure Pop Radio is your one-stop-melodic-pop-shop this week!

everylittlethinglogo-smallOn tonight’s all-new edition of radio’s premiere Beatles extravaganza Every Little Thing, kicking off at 8 pm ET, Ken Michaels talks to Denny Laine, whose work with Wings and the original Moody Blues before that is legendary. Denny’s got a number of cool concerts coming up, during which he’ll be playing the entire Band on the Run album; check out Ken’s website for dates and details.