Pure Pop Radio In Conversation

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Dana Countryman’s Girlville! (January 17, 2017)

Frequent Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation guest Dana Countryman returned to the program on January 17 to talk about his wonderful new album, Dana Countryman’s Girlville! New Songs in the Style of Yesterday’s Hits! This loving tribute to the girl group sounds of the early 1960s, which features, among other guests, Klaatu's Dee Long, is Dana's passion project, fully realized with the help of many fantastic singers who bring to life the emotions of a 16-year-old girl living during the period that brought to light so much terrific music.


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Life is a Minestrone. Soup to Nuts, This Week’s Specialty Shows are the Food of Life

Get ready to chow down on some tasty tunes playing during this week's run of specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio.


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Win Dana Countryman’s Girlville! CD! And Listen to Dana on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Next Tuesday

Yay! Here comes another fun weekend! Why not kick it off by winning one of two sealed Girlville! New Songs in the Style of Yesterday's Hits! CDs and making a date to listen to Dana Countryman and special guests on this coming Tuesday night's edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation?


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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Flashback: Ron Dante (October 23, 1999)

Veteran recording artist and producer Ron Dante's place in melodic pop music history was secured forever the very second he stepped up to a microphone and brought life to the music of the Archies. Of course, Ron's career encompasses much more than the Archies; surely the Cuff Links and Barry Manilow, for whom Ron produced many classic albums, ring a bell.


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Al Sussman on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation The Podcast

(Note: Podcast versions of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation shows will now exclusively be available for listening here on the Pure Pop Radio website, under the In Conversation Podcasts tab. Podcast versions now listed on our PodOMatic podcast page will no longer be available as of tomorrow, Saturday, December 10. The following interview with Al Sussman is our first offering here. Enjoy.)

al-sussman-fans-on-the-run-buttonAl Sussman, Beatlefan executive editor and co-host of the weekly Beatles roundtable Things We Said Today, heard on Pure Pop Radio, recently joined me for another of In Conversation's "just for fun" shows.


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We’ve Got All the Trimmings! Jammin’ James Riley and Al Sussman Serve Up Tasty Thanksgiving-Week Specialty Shows

twoThis being a short week, what with Thanksgiving looming large in our legend (your obligatory George Harrison reference for today), we’ve got just two, tasty specialty shows for you, sure to spice up any festive holiday spread (and let us not forget, our music library is 9,100-plus tunes strong).

waveTonight’s all-new episode of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave (8 pm ET) serves up a potpourri of summertime sounds from such artists as Dick Dale, Kylie Hughes, the Monkees, Papa Doo Run Run, the Explorers Club, and Dion. Wax up your surfboards and tune in to feel the warmth of the musical summer sun.


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Al Sussman Considers Top Chart Hits (and Near Hits) on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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al sussmanAl Sussman, Beatlefan executive editor and co-host of the weekly Beatles roundtable Things We Said Today, heard here on Pure Pop Radio, returns to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday, November 22 at 8 pm ET to talk about classic chart hits and near hits.

During our wide-ranging discussion, Al and I focus on the years 1964-1969, Fab years all. The longtime fan of great music and observer of chart trends chose two songs from each year to talk about–one a number one hit and the other a song that should have been a hit.


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The Legal Matters and the Nines’ Steve Eggers Make Beautiful Music this Week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

mic-small 10Two of the hottest releases of the year are discussed by two of the most beloved melodic pop groups working today on this week’s sparkling pair of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation episodes.

the-legal-matters-conradthe legal matters photoTomorrow night, Tuesday, November 15 at 8 pm ET, the Legal Matters converge on our In Conversation microphones to talk to Alan Haber about their brand-new, hall-of-fame album, Conrad. Andy Reed, Chris Richards, and Keith Klingensmith provide the in-depth background on an album that sets a new standard for vocal harmonies. You’ll hear three songs and the stories behind them, including the remarkable “Lull and Bye.”


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A Specialty Show Bonanza? An Exclusive First Airing of Every Little Thing, Starring the Weeklings? You Bet, Hoss!

mic-small 10This week’s lineup of Pure Pop Radio specialty shows is nothing less than a bonanza, a rich run of programs designed to entertain and delight.

the-weeklings-studio-2-smallAnd now, to get our week’s worth of programming off and running, we’re pleased as punch to announce that Pure Pop Radio is the first affiliate to air tonight’s all-new edition of Ken Michaels’ Beatles get-together, Every Little Thing, starring the Weeklings. Ken talks to the Weeklings themselves and plays two sparkling tracks from the group’s new album, Studio 2, which comes out this Friday via Jem Records. Also on tap tonight, beginning at 8 pm ET: the usual top-flight group of songs from the Beatles, from their group and solo years.


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Don’t Miss Tonight’s In Conversation Double Shot: Dana Countryman Tells All, and Lefty and Zeek Weekling are in Studio 2 Heaven

Tonight’s double shot of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is a can’t-miss night of all kinds of fun.

the-weeklings-abbey-roadthe-weeklings-studio-2-smallLefty and Zeek Weekling’s recent appearance on In Conversation rolls again at 8 pm ET. Find out all about the group’s historic sessions in the House that the Beatles Built: Abbey Road, London, England’s Fab mecca, where Lefty, Zeek, Rocky and Smokestack recorded their smashing new album, Studio 2, which will be released on November 18 by the House that Builds the Hits, Jem Records.


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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…


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Pure Pop Radio’s Eight Days a Weekling Marathon Starts Keeping the Beat this Monday, November 7 at 6 am ET!

Keep in touch with fellow Weeklings fans by joining our Facebook event page by clicking here!

the-weeklings-studio-2-smallIt’s the biggest promotion Pure Pop Radio has ever done because, well, The Weeklings!

The Weeklings, New Jersey’s Beatlesque big-beat combo playing original songs that echo the sweet sounds of the Fab Four’s recordings and rare Lennon and McCartney compositions, take over the Pure Pop Radio airwaves beginning this Monday, November 7 at 6 am ET.  The Eight Days a Weekling marathon continues through Friday, November 18, the day that The Weeklings’ smashing new album, Studio 2, will be released. (Please join our Facebook event page by clicking here.)


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Terry Draper Opens a Window to His 1980s World on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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terry-draper-wotw-coverTerry Draper’s sparkling new collection, the wonderfully expansive Window on the World: The Lost 80’s Tapes, will be released this Friday, October 28; Terry will be speaking with me about it on a special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday, November 1 at 8 pm ET.

The use of the word world in the title of this fine collection is as apt as apt can be. The world that Terry is inviting listeners into is uniquely Draperesque, and not only contains the 10 previously unheard songs from the 1980s that make up the album proper (presented in no less than three formats), but also a pair of songs crafted in the Europop style, five of Terry’s songs sung by female vocalists, five completed songs designated by Terry as “not yet finished,” two videos, and a digital booklet containing photos and both technical and personal annotation. Also included is a letter from Terry that draws on his musical history, from his first band to the release of this album.


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Lefty and Zeek Weekling’s Beatlesque Backbeat Powers this Week’s Lineup of Pure Pop Radio Specialty Shows

mic-small 10This week’s lineup of Pure Pop Radio specialty shows provides the swinging backbeat for your evening entertainment.

What’s shaking? Lefty and Zeek Weekling provide the Beatlesque backbeat for this week’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Scott McPherson spins some underappreciated sides on the latest edition of his lunchtime smash, The Weird and the Wonderful, Jammin’ James Riley talks to Pure Pop Radio favorite Randell Kirsch on a first-run Catching a Wave, and our regular panel of Beatles experts, along with Dr. Kit O’Toole, looks at the reinvention of George Harrison in the 1980s on the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today.


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The Weeklings’ Second Album Spins Gold on Next Week’s All-New Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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the-weeklings-studio-2-smallRoll over, Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news: The world’s most popular Beatlesque foursome, slinging their guitars over their Merseybeat shoulders and bringing the swinging backbeat to the front lines of today’s melodic pop universe, will be spinning and talking about tracks from their forthcoming new album, Studio 2, next Tuesday night, October 18, at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

the weeklings at abbey roadLefty and Zeek Weekling (aka Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger, respectively), the collective heartbeat of The Weeklings, will be in conversation with me to talk about this amazing long player, presented in glorious monophonic sound, to be released by Jem Records on November 18. Studio 2 is a rocking collection of electrifying big-beat recordings from New Jersey’s fabulous foursome, which also features the pumping performances of Rocky (John Merjave) and Smokestack Weekling (Joe Bellia). Twelve vibrant tracks–seven Lefty and Zeek originals, one Rocky and Zeek co-write, and four rare Lennon-McCartney songs never released by the Beatles–take center stage on this classic platter, one of the very best releases of the year.


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All Sorts of Stuff on the Horizon, You Betcha!

mystery guestAnd real soon, too. Like a week from this coming Tuesday. Tuesday, October 18 to be exact, at 8 pm ET. An all-new episode of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation that’s going to knock your socks off–the ones with guitars and drumsticks and slabs of vinyl free-falling. The ones you like to wear because it’s cool. Who’s the guest that night? Or, who are the guests? Oh, wouldn’t you like to know! And you will, in just a few days from now.


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An Explosion of Great Talk and Tunes on In Conversation? We’ve Got that and a Whole Lot More!

mic-small 10We’re preparing for tomorrow’s start of our exciting New Music Bowl event (hundreds of new songs and artists added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist), but we’d be remiss if we didn’t deliver to you the rundown of this week’s lineup of specialty shows.

So: Don’t miss this week’s triple play of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation episodes, and all-new editions of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today. It’s another great lineup of the best specialty shows on pop music radio.


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Tip-toe through Tiny Tim’s America Next Week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

tiny-tim-1Join us next Tuesday and Wednesday nights on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation for a festive and wide-ranging celebration of one of the most passionate pop culture performers ever to grace the world stage. Come along with Alan Haber and his guests as they tip-toe through Tiny Tim’s America and discover a world defined by some of the great songs of the early 20th century.

tiny-tim-tiptoeHerbert Khaury, better known as Tiny Tim, may best be remembered by people of a certain age for two milestones: He married Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on December 17, 1969–in front of an audience of somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 million viewers–and hit big with his top 20 recording of “Tip-toe Thru’ the Tulips with Me” in 1968.


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Pop’s Hot Artist of the Moment is on In Conversation Tonight at 8 pm ET

nick-piunti-2Nick Piunti, pop music’s hot artist of the moment, is on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation tonight at 8 pm ET. No surprise really–he’s top of the pops here at Pure Pop Radio; tracks from his new album, Trust Your Instincts, are playing in hot rotation. And no surprise number two: Nick is blazing a hooky trail on the satellite airwaves at Sirius/XM’s channel 30, with tracks playing during Mike Marrone’s noontime show, In Spite of All the Danger.


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Winterpills’ Philip Price Guests on Tonight’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

philip-price-telephoneWinterpills’ Philip Price sits down with Alan Haber for a two-hour marathon session tonight on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. The typically in-depth discussion begins at 8 pm ET.

winterpills-love-songsDuring the show, Philip and Alan take a detailed look at the many stops along Philip’s musical career. You’ll find out about the events and influences that helped to inform Philip’s artistic path, which includes stints in many bands including the Maggies and his current outfit, the mighty Winterpills, whose latest album, Love Songs, is a big spinner here on Pure Pop Radio. You’ll hear great tracks from the Maggies, Philip’s solo releases (including an unreleased tune), and Winterpills. Don’t miss this exciting show.


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Just in the “Nick” of Time: Great Talk, Tunes, and Beatles too on This Week’s Specialty Shows

mic-small 10In other words, it’s another week of spectacular specialty shows coming up right here on Pure Pop Radio.

everylittlethinglogo-smallchuck gundersonWhat’s on tap? We kick off the cool proceedings on Monday, September 5 at 8 pm ET, with an all-new edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing, which this time around features an interview with Beatles author Chuck Gunderson and a pair of tracks from the Fab new Live at the Hollywood Bowl album, releasing on September 9.


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Seth Swirsky Talks Shapes of All Sizes on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

seth swirsky keyboardHe starts off charting a course around circles and squares and, along the way, tackles the intricacies of negotiating the other shapes that define his life on next week’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

seth swirsky new album coverSeth Swirsky sits behind the microphone next Tuesday night, August 30, at 8 pm ET and speaks with Alan Haber about his career-best long player, Circles and Squares, an ingenious song cycle about life’s twists and turns. The album’s melodically-charged songs reveal the truth about all of our lives, right from the first track, “Shine,” his statement of purpose, the one that sets the stage for what comes next.


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Bob Lind, Jamie Hoover, the Beatles, and Classic Pop and Rock Star in this Week’s Specialty Show Lineup

mic-small 10Gather ’round your Internet radio receptacles this week for some top-flight specialty shows starring classic singer-songwriters Bob Lind and Jamie Hoover, the Beatles, and some of the greatest classic rock and pop artists of all time. It’s another cool week of fun specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio. (And don’t forget: The debut of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave makes a big splash next Monday night, August 28, at 8 pm ET!)


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Bob Lind and Jamie Hoover Guest on Next Week’s Double-Play Edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

mic-small 10Bob Lind, one of music’s most iconic writers and performers, guests on next week’s brand-new, double-play edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation along with Jamie Hoover, who produced many of the songs on Lind’s latest album, Magellan Was Wrong. Alan Haber speaks to both musicians next Tuesday night, August 23, right here on Pure Pop Radio.

bob lind magellanLind and Hoover appear in lively, information-packed, separate interviews. Lind, whose interview airs first at 8 pm ET, goes in-depth on three of the songs on Magellan Was Wrong, talking about what he was trying to get across, his writing process, and his views on a number of informative topics.


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Pure Pop Radio’s State of the Union: Everything’s Jake

70000Or fine, you know. Whichever word suits you, Pure Pop Radio’s website is a gangbusters kind of operation. We’ve just logged our 69,989th view of our 553 posts made over a period of two years and eight months, which is pretty jake, as we are wont to opine. And in case you were wondering, 33,793 lovers of melodic pop have visited our humble home.

In other words, and we are all about the words, we couldn’t be happier and wanted to share the news with you, our faithful readers and fans of the melodic pop that we all love.


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Our Mystery Guest Unmasked: Mark Bacino Stars in Tonight’s All-New Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

mark bacinoWe’ve unmasked our timely mystery guest appearing on tonight’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation: It’s Mark Bacino, longtime Pure Pop Radio favorite, whose smashing, poppy, hey-everybody’s-saying-it’s-jaunty new song “Not that Guy” is being greeted with hugs throughout the melodic pop universe. The show airs tonight at 8 pm ET.

mark bacino not that guyJust released, “Not that Guy” charts the course of someone who wants to be invested in his relationship but finds himself relegated to persona non grata status. Mark sums up the feeling thusly: “Bad guys finish first/They always run in packs of lies/Nice guys bear the curse/Forever at the starting gate, holding your purse…” Who wants to be “that guy” instead of the viable other half in a relationship?


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Timely Mystery Guest Pops Tomorrow Night on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

mystery guestPure Pop Radio: In Conversation is well-known for featuring the top pop performers talking about and playing the soundtrack of your lives; tomorrow night, July 26 at 8 pm ET, Alan Haber will be speaking to just such a luminary–an esteemed mystery guest whose just-released, top-flight earworm is putting the spotlight on the ever-so-catchy number that compels you to sing along the first time it plays.

spill the beansTelling you any more will spill all of the beans, so let’s leave you in guessing mode until tomorrow at somewhere in the neighborhood of 11:45 am ET when all of the beans will topple toward you along with the identity of tomorrow night’s In Conversation guest.


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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.”


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The Weeklings Speak: Album #2 Update and a Fly-on-the-Wall Account of their Fab Abbey Road Recording Sessions

They shook with delight and didn’t want to leave! The story behind the Weeklings recording their second album at Abbey Road Studios airs three times on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation this Wednesday, July 13 at noon, 4 pm and 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio. Read on for all the details…

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If you’re the Weeklings, what do you do after album number one proves itself a big hit? You start thinking about album number two. You gather the boys and their suitcases and axes and such and fly across the pond and through the proverbial woods and check into your accommodations and then you walk up to the front door of Abbey Road Studios, make your way to the famed Studio Two and set up your gear and your wherewithals and plug in and belt out two or sixteen songs, the cream of the crop of which will make it to album number two, which will follow up album number one in a big way, and look out kids, here they come, walking down the street…no wait, that’s that other band.


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Tricia and Dana Countryman Speak Sweetly on Next Week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

tricia countryman march2016Tricia Countryman’s just-released, wonderful solo album, Sometimes When I’m Dreaming…, produced and arranged by her husband Dana, is a lovely musical journey built on classic song craft and Tricia’s golden voice.

Next Tuesday night, July 12, at 8 pm ET, Tricia and Dana visit with Alan Haber on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about Sometimes When I’m Dreaming…. You’ll hear how the 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.”


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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.


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Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche Guest on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Next Tuesday

lucy and suzzy rocheIt is my great pleasure to speak with Suzzy Roche and her daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche, on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday night, July 5, at 8 pm ET.

Listeners will likely be familiar with Suzzy Roche from her many years singing with her sisters Maggie and Terre in the Roches, New Jersey’s first family of musical wit and harmonic sophistication. If Lucy Wainwright Roche is familiar to you, then you’ll be ahead of the game. If not, you’re in for a treat.


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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.


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Coke Belda Guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Next Tuesday, June 14

coke belda 2Master musician and songwriter Coke Belda guests on next week’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. The wide-ranging back-and-forth begins at 8 pm ET on Tuesday, June 14.

coke belda nummer zweiTopics on the table during this fun interview include Coke’s latest album, Nummer Zwei, for which Alan Haber contributed a lively introduction and liner notes; the spirited version of the Cowsills’ “Poor Baby” that Coke placed on Rock Indiana’s Pop Parade Vol. 7 compilation; and Coke’s love for Jeff Lynne’s music (it turns out that both Coke and Alan consider “Wild West Hero” their favorite song by the ELO head honcho).


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John Woloschuk and Kenny Herbert In Conversation Interviews Now Available for Listening and Downloading

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Last week’s interviews with Klaatu’s John Woloschuk and singer-songwriter Kenny Herbert on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation are now available for listening and downloading on our PodOmatic podcast page.

kenny herbert 2kenny herbert forever and beyondKenny Herbert, one of our most favorite singer-songwriters, spoke to Alan Haber last Monday night about his phenomenal concept album, Forever and Beyond, a gorgeous, romantic song cycle inspired by Caroline, the love of his life. The Edinburgh, Scotland native talks about Forever and Beyond’s origins, the involvement of Pilot’s David Paton, and offers up a tour of his musical life. You won’t be surprised to find that the Beatles figure rather prominently in his thinking.


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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.


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David Bash and Michael Oliver Star in Next Week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Twofer

alan-mic-zDavid Bash, lifelong popster, music scholar and head honcho at International Pop Overthrow, and master musician and songwriter Michael Oliver star in next week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofer, airing Monday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 7.

DavidOn Monday June 6, meet David Bash like you’ve never known him before, in the most in-depth interview he’s likely ever given. David has been presenting International Pop Overthrow, the premiere pop music festival, in various cities and countries for nearly two decades, all the while giving bands from across the pop spectrum a forum in which to play their music for people who more than appreciate a good hook. His love for pop music, from the Raspberries to the Beatles and beyond, his ability to express that love through passionate reviews he’s written for various music publications, his ever-burgeoning music collection, and his tireless dedication to the cause have served him well.


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Listen to and Download Scott McPherson’s Appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

scott mcpherson 10Scott McPherson’s May 10 appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is now available for listening and downloading on our PodOmatic podcast page.

partridge familyOne-fourth of Pop 4, one-half of McPherson Grant and all of Tiny Volcano, Scott sat virtually across from Alan Haber and talked about some of his favorite pop songs from the ’60s and ’70s. First up: The Partridge Family’s “I Think I Love You.” The closer? Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets.” How much fun can you have talking about music? This much fun!


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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.


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Scotland Meets Canada Next Week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

alan-mic-zThe first of two weeks of brand-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofers pairs a melodic pop master from Scotland with a classic popster from Canada for a fun ride full of great talk and wonderful music. It all begins next Monday night at 8 pm ET with an hour-long talk with Pure Pop Radio favorite Kenny Herbert.

kenny herbert forever and beyondKenny’s new album, Forever and Beyond, is 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. The Edinburgh, Scotland native talks to Alan Haber about the album’s origins, the involvement of Pilot’s David Paton, and offers up a tour of his musical life. You won’t be surprised to find that the Beatles figure rather prominently in his thinking.


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Pop 4’s Scott McPherson Plays and Talks About His Favorite Pop Songs on this Week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

scott mcpherson 10Master musician and pop stylist Scott McPherson, one-fourth of Pop 4 and one-half of McPherson Grant and all of Tiny Volcano, sits virtually across from Alan Haber on this week’s all-new edition of the premiere melodic pop music talk show, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. The fun begins tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 10, at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

During this two-hour just-for-fun episode, Alan asks Scott to pick some of his favorite pop songs from the ’60s and ’70s. Scott talks about them, Alan joins in the conversation, and we spin the tunes. We’ve done shows like this before, and we’ve got another really special one coming up soon, and we’ll keep doing them because we all want to know about the songs that speak to and put a smile on the faces of our favorite melodic pop artists.


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Pure Pop Radio Rolls Further Into May Next Week with a New In Conversation, and a Whole Lot More

alan-mic-zWhat we’ve got in store for you next week here on the Pure Pop Radio website and on Pure Pop Radio, the 24-hour station, well, you just strap yourself in and let the magic flow!

We’re gearing up for more new music reviews and adds to our playlist. Because stuff happens and it happened yesterday, by gum, we’ve had to move the fourth day of our Four-Day New Music Songfest to next week, and oh baby what we have in store for you! So that’s coming in just a few days. If you missed any of this week’s postings, or you just want to relive the excitement, click here and, you know…catch up. And…


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Yeh Man! Listen to and Download Richard X. Heyman’s Appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

richard x heyman yeh man 2016Richard X. Heyman’s appearance last week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is now available for listening and downloading from the show’s PodOmatic podcast page.

On this typically in-depth show, Richard  spoke to Alan Haber about his re-realization of his classic Hey Man! album, released in 1991 and now celebrating its 25th anniversary. The new versions of these great songs exhibit deeper bass and a wider stereo sound field. Many of the instrumental parts are new. It’s a fantastic listening experience (we’re playing all of the new versions of these songs in rotation on Pure Pop Radio).


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Next Week: Super. Spectacular. Off-the-Charts Fantabulous.

alan-mic-zsurpriseWe’ve had big weeks before, but next week promises to be perhaps our biggest of all time: We’re rolling out four days of new songs and artists just added to our playlist, three brand-new specialty shows, and maybe a few surprises. You never know what surprises are up our sleeves (even Lucy looks surprised)!

mayThe big event next week is our Four-Day New Music Songfest (join our Facebook event page by clicking here (thank you!)), during which hundreds of new songs and artists are being added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist, just as May enters our musical lives. It may well be our biggest playlist add ever! We’re excited for you to hear what we’ll be spinning for the very first time on our airwaves. The fun starts next Tuesday morning, May 3, at 6 am ET and goes through to Friday night, May 6, at 11 pm ET, but, of course, all of these new songs and the more than 8,600 others already playing in rotation will continue to be heard any time you click on one of our handy listen links.


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Listen to and Download the Dowling Poole’s Appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

dowling pool one hyde park largeThe members of the Dowling Poole visited with Alan Haber last Tuesday evening on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about their smashing new album, One Hyde Park. You can now listen to and download the program by making your way over to our PodOmatic podcast page.

TDP 1HP - CD Booklet Pages 16 & 1It’s always fun to converse with Willie Dowling, Jon Poole and Givvi Flynn; it’s a recipe for a wildly entertaining (if we do say so ourselves) hour of conversation and music. During this fun hour, you’ll hear all about the making of One Hyde Park, the stories behind the atmospheric lyrics, and other wonderful musical topics.


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X Marks the Spot: Richard X. Heyman Tops the Bill as This Week’s Specialty Shows Make Magic

alan-mic-zRichard X. Heyman stars in an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation tomorrow night, April 26, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). In fact, all of our specialty shows are new this week.

richard x heyman yeh man 2016Richard X. Heyman joins Alan Haber on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his re-realization of his classic Hey Man! album, released in 1991 and celebrating its 25th anniversary. The new versions of these great songs exhibit deeper bass and a wider stereo sound field. Many of the instrumental parts are new. It’s a fantastic listening experience (we’re playing all of the new versions of these songs in rotation on Pure Pop Radio).


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Richard X. Heyman Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Hey Man! on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

Preview by Alan Haber

richard x heyman yeh man 2016In 1991, the Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral; the very first website, info.cern.ch, was created; and Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the number one movie of the year. But the biggest event, for pop music fans, at least, was the release of Richard X. Heyman’s classic album, Hey Man!

Richard celebrates the 25 year anniversary of this seminal album on next week’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Mark your calendars for next Tuesday, April 26, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).


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Jump Into the Poole With This Week’s Specialty Shows Lineup

alan-mic-small-websiteIt’s another spectacular week of spectacular specialty programming here on Pure Pop Radio. Jump into the Poole with us, folks (see below)…it’s going to be a wild ride!

everylittlethinglogo-smallFirst up, tonight’s repeat edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing hits the Beatles sweet spot with a 1966 twofer and a salute to John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band album. We’ve got a feeling you’re going to love this episode, airing tonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).


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Jump Into the Dowling Poole Next Tuesday on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

TDP 1HP - CD Booklet Pages 16 & 1givvi flynnWillie Dowling, Jon Poole and Givvi Flynn, collectively known as the Dowling Poole, sit down with Alan Haber and the ghost of Level 42 (well, sort of) next Tuesday night, April 19, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

The occasion is the release of the new Dowling Poole album, One Hyde Park, a typically engaging, varied and well-crafted collection of pop and roll that everyone all over the world will want to spin over and over again.


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It’s a Whimsical Week of Specialty Shows on Pure Pop Radio

new pure pop radio logo medium sizeIt’s another Fab week of specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio. Gather round the radio, kids, for a quartet of fabulous programming.

everylittlethinglogo-smallFirst up, tonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), is a classic, repeat performance of show 50 of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing, during which the longtime Fab personality rolls through a set of Beatles and solo Beatles dance numbers. Think “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You” and “Wilbury Twist,” among other top-shelf tracks.


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Whimsical Ray Paul Guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

ray paul promo shotThe first in a series of new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation episodes rolls this coming Monday, April 11, at a special time: 9 pm ET (6 pm PT). And the message is clear: Ray Paul, record maker, is back.

Sixteen years after releasing his ace compilation CD, The Charles Beat, and 36 years after the album Go Time, from Ray Paul and RPM, made its way into the world, one of pop music’s biggest supporters is once again a recording artist: Ray Paul’s smashing album of new material, Whimsicality, is set to release on July 8 on the reactivated Permanent Press label.


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Harpers Bizarre Special: Interviews with Harpers’ Dick Scoppettone and Now Sounds Records’ Steve Stanley Now Available on In Conversation’s PodOmatic Podcast Page

harpers bizarre complete singles collectionLast week’s in-depth interviews on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, comprising our festive salute to Harpers Bizarre, one of the great soft-pop groups of all time, are now available for listening and downloading on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation‘s PodOmatic podcast page.

These interviews present the fascinating history of Harpers Bizarre and the pre-Harpers band, the Tikis. Best known for their top 15 ’60s smash, “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” Harpers Bizarre recorded four wonderful albums of delicious soft pop that featured brilliant originals and early songs from such future songwriting and performing stars as Randy Newman and Van Dyke Parks.


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Beatles, Solo Beatles, Association, Oh My! Our Specialty Shows Dazzle This Week!

alan-micHot on the heels of last week’s triumphant salute to the great soft-pop group Harpers Bizarre (now available for listening and downloading from Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation‘s PodOmatic podcast page), our regular specialty shows ring the bell for Beatles, solo Beatles, and Association magic.

everylittlethinglogo-smallTonight’s repeat edition of Ken Michaels’ Beatles spectacular, Every Little Thing, magically rolls at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). On tap: the usual, wonderful, varied opening set with guest star Gary U.S. Bonds, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon; an interview with famed Beatles author Mark Lewisohn; and a fun, themed set featuring songs from the Beatles and solo Beatles that start with the letter “A.”


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Join Us for Our Three-Night Harpers Bizarre Salute, Beginning Tonight at 8 pm ET

harpers bizarre complete singles collectionPure Pop Radio’s festive three-night salute to Harpers Bizarre, one of the great soft-pop groups of all time, begins tonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) with the first of an exclusive two-part interview with Harpers’ Dick Scoppettone.

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Dick Scoppettone

Tonight on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, you will hear all about the history of Harpers Bizarre and the pre-Harpers band, the Tikis. Best known for their top 15 ’60s smash, “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” Harpers Bizarre recorded four wonderful albums of delicious soft pop that featured brilliant originals and early songs from such future songwriting and performing stars as Randy Newman and Van Dyke Parks.


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Brett Harris In Conversation Interview Posted on PodOmatic Podcast Page… Plus, Brett Live!

brett harris 2My in-depth interview with singer-songwriter Brett Harris is now available for listening and downloading from Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page.

PrintBrett’s new album, Up in the Air, is a fantastic collection of wonderfully realized pop songs. We’ve been playing Brett on Pure Pop Radio for awhile; I’m happy to have him in the interviewee’s seat.

Up in the Air is an album you’ll want to be playing in your home and on the go. This is nothing less than a terrific collection of 10 wonderful pop songs delivered with skill and heart.


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Harpers Bizarre’s Dick Scoppettone and Now Sounds’ Steve Stanley Star in Pure Pop Radio’s Three-Night Soft-Pop Spectacular

steve stanleydick scoppettone 1I am proud to announce that Harpers Bizarre’s Dick Scoppettone (pictured at left) and Now Sounds’ Steve Stanley (pictured at right) star in Pure Pop Radio’s three-night-long salute to Harpers Bizarre next Tuesday, March 1, Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3. A wonderful array of soft soundin’ music and talk awaits you.

(Join our Facebook event page by clicking here. You won’t want to miss a minute of this exciting event!)


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In Conversation Interview with Emitt Rhodes Producer Chris Price is Now Posted on Our PodOmatic Podcast Page

chris priceAlan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Alan Haber’s in-depth interview with Emitt Rhodes producer Chris Price, first broadcast on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on February 16, is now posted on the show’s PodOmatic podcast page for listening and downloading.

emitt rhodes rainbows endDuring the interview, Chris takes listeners on a tour of his magical time with Emitt, from the friends’ initial meeting in 2006 to Chris’s production of what may well wind up ranking as fans’ favorite Rhodes recording. The album, Rainbow Ends, releases this Friday, February 26, on CD and vinyl from Omnivore.


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Brett Harris Visits Alan On In Conversation; This Week’s Specialty Shows Pop!

Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio

Before we get rolling today, make a note to visit these pages this coming Wednesday, February 24, when we’ll be making a special announcement about next week’s three-night broadcast celebrating one of our favorite major melodic pop groups. Meanwhile…

Our specialty shows are overflowing with riches this week. Well, that’s the case every week, if we’re being honest…and we are! Plan to be sitting in front of your Internet radio receptacles at 8 pm ET all this week for some great programming.


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Listen to and Download Terry Draper’s February 9 Appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

terry draper photoTerry Draper’s February 9 appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is now available for listening and downloading from the show’s PodOmatic podcast page.

terry draperDuring the program, Terry takes listeners on a tour of his latest release, Searching. The album’s clever songwriting and three-dimensional arrangements, not to mention top-flight performances from Terry and guests such as Jamie Hoover and Ray Paul, and the usual vivid artwork created by Ted Jones, whose mark was indelibly left on the many Klaatu albums he illustrated, sit center stage. It’s another rousing hour with one of melodic pop music’s greatest artists.


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Emitt Rhodes’ Rainbow Ends: Go Inside the Album with Producer Chris Price Tomorrow Night on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

emitt rhodes rainbows endOnly 11 days to go until the release of Emitt Rhodes’ first album in 43 years: Rainbow Ends joins the pop craftsman’s peerless catalog on February 26, courtesy of Omnivore Records, in both CD and vinyl formats.

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To get you ready for the February 26 release of Rainbow Ends, producer Chris Price joins Alan Haber tomorrow night, February 16, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation for an extensive, in-depth look at the album. (Alan was among the first critics to review Rainbow Ends. If you missed the review, click here to read it.) During the interview, Chris takes listeners on a tour of his magical time with Emitt, from the friends’ initial meeting in 2006 to Chris’s production of what may well rank as fans’ favorite Rhodes recording.


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Specialty Shows Dazzle This Week on Pure Pop Radio

Alan Haber's Pure Pop RadioThe hosts of our regularly scheduled specialty shows are ready to go with brand-new episodes crafted for you, our loyal listeners. This week on Pure Pop Radio, every little thing is ready to roll!

everylittlethinglogo-smallSpeaking of Every Little Thing, host Ken Michaels is rolling out a tribute to the Everly Brothers tonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). What’s more, he’s speaking to author Chip Madinger, whose book Lennonology charts the day-to-day lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and playing through an opening, varied set featuring a pair of Paul McCartney classics, a choice Ringo Starr cut, and a couple of Beatles numbers that are sure to please: “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” and “Good Day Sunshine.”


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This Week’s Specialty Shows on Pure Pop Radio are Full of Pop Goodness

Alan Haber's Pure Pop RadioOur regularly-scheduled specialty shows, scheduled regularly and brimming with pop goodness, are poised to knock your musically-inclined socks off this week. We’re excited to bring the latest episodes of Ken Michael’s Every Little Thing, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Brian Bringelson’s Needle Meets Vinyl, and the weekly Beatles roundtable Things We Said Today to your ears. Our collective index finger is about to hit play on what promises to be another run of outstanding melodic pop programs.


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Go Inside Emitt Rhodes’ New Album With Producer Chris Price and Visit with Terry Draper on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

Alan Haber's Pure Pop RadioPure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Internet radio’s premiere melodic pop talk show, returns on Tuesday, February 9th, for the first of two brand-new installments. First up: Terry Draper, whose new album, Searching, Alan reviewed on January 21st, calling it the “first great album of 2016.” On February 16th, producer Chris Price will take listeners through every step along the way to the completion of Emitt Rhodes’ Rainbow Ends, the first album from the pop master in 43 years.


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John Woloschuk and Maxi Dunn Interviews Now Posted to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic Podcast Page

maxi dunn operation bubblejohn woloschuk with bassAlan Haber’s in-depth interviews with Klaatu’s John Woloschuk and Liverpool-based singer/songwriter Maxi Dunn are now available for downloading and listening on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page.

John Woloschuk wrote many classic and creative songs that Klaatu brought to three-dimensional life on their five studio albums. During this special program, John spoke in-depth to Alan Haber about songwriting in general and about four of his most treasured creations, in particular: “Sub-Rosa Subway,” “A Routine Day,” “All Good Things,” and “Hope.” Along the way, John offered tremendous insight into his creative process. Klaatu fans and fans of melodic pop music will delight in this one-of-a-kind chance to hear from one of the great writers and performers of melodic pop music.


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Klaatu’s John Woloschuk Guests Tonight on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

john woloschuk with bassKlaatu’s John Woloschuk talks to Alan Haber on tonight’s exclusive, all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Make a note: This very special program airs tonight, Wednesday, November 18 at a very special time: 9 pm ET (6 pm PT), after Brian Bringelson’s Needle Meets Vinyl, which will also air at a special time: 7:30 pm ET (4:30 pm PT).

John Woloschuk, one of the great writers and performers of melodic pop music, is making the first of what we hope will be many appearances on the showklaatu klaatuJohn wrote many classic and creative songs that Klaatu brought to three-dimensional life on their five studio albums. During this special program, he will go in-depth about songwriting in general and about four of his most treasured creations, in particular: “Sub-Rosa Subway,” “A Routine Day,” “All Good Things,” and “Hope.”Along the way, John will offer tremendous insight. Klaatu fans and fans of melodic pop music will delight in this one-of-a-kind chance to hear from one of the great writers and performers of melodic pop music.


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EXCLUSIVE: Klaatu’s John Woloschuk Talks to Alan Haber on this Week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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Klaatu’s John Woloschuk

Klaatu’s John Woloschuk talks to Alan Haber on this week’s exclusive, all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Make a note: This very special program airs this coming Wednesday, November 18 at a very special time: 9 pm ET (6 pm PT), after Brian Bringelson’s Needle Meets Vinyl, which will also air at a special time: 7:30 pm ET (4:30 pm PT).

Last week we hinted, ever so puzzlingly, at the identity of this week’s In Conversation guest; now we can reveal that John Woloschuk, one of the great writers and performers of melodic pop music, is making the first of what we hope will be many appearances on the show.


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Next Wednesday’s Mystery Musician Guesting on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is…

mystery bass player…well, that would be telling! On Monday, November 16, we’re announcing the name of the mega-cool, mystery musician who’s appearing on next Wednesday night’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Mark you calendars and set your alarm clocks. Tell your significant other to remind you. Jot down a reminder in your electronic thingamajig. Don’t forget!

So this mega-cool mystery musician is going to talk about the art of songwriting. What goes into crafting a song? Where do the ideas come from? What is that special something that makes a song great? Our guest will have the answers.


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Extremely Mega-Cool Mystery Musician Guests on Next Wednesday’s All-New Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Who Can It Be, Now?

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Which extremely mega-cool musician will be interviewed by Alan Haber on next week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation? Who can it be, now?

Who can it be, now? Who, oh who can it be…behind the microphone next Wednesday night (a very special night) on an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation?

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!

Your host, Alan Haber, who you already know!

Next Wednesday night (a very special night) at a very special time, 9 pm ET (6 pm PT), a very special mystery musician, whose wonderful, imaginative, melodic, classic songs are beloved by pop fans worldwide will be speaking to Alan Haber about the art of songwriting. This one-of-a-kind, very special musician will be talking about songwriting in general and about four of his greatest songs specifically. And, what’s more, you’ll hear these songs in all their popping glory.


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Our Specialty Shows are Taking a Breather This Week…and More

Alan Haber's Pure Pop RadioEven as work continues behind the scenes on various projects, our specialty shows–Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing, the weekly Beatles roundtable Things We Said Today, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Brian Bringelson’s Needle Meets Vinyl, and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show— are taking a well-deserved rest this week. We hope to have new episodes of each of these shows for your entertainment soon.

Meanwhile, Pure Pop Radio, the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today, is streaming to your radio receptacles even as we type these words. We’ve added hundreds of new songs and artists to our playlist in the past few weeks. The total number of tracks on our books now totals nearly 8,000, so you know you’re always hearing the most extensive variety of music available anywhere. We will begin reporting on the new songs added to our playlist very soon.


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Author Candy Leonard Talks Beatleness on Tonight’s Repeat Airing of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

beatlenessAuthor Candy Leonard puts a name to the feeling that Beatles fans have always had about their favorite group. Candy’s wonderful book, Beatleness, is a fascinating trip through Fab Four history with a decidedly different perspective–rather than simply recount the group’s history, she spoke to hundreds of Beatles fans who told her how they felt about the group’s music at different points in their career. Did fans react more favorably to early songs? How did they feel when the group broke up and went their separate ways?


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Maxi Dunn Guests Tomorrow Night on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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Maxi Dunn

maxi dunn operation bubbleLiverpool-based singer-songwriter Maxi Dunn, whose new album, Operation Bubble, is being readied for release, hopefully this year, is Alan Haber’s very special guest on tomorrow night’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. 

The program airs at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio.

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!

Alan Haber

vwr above the blueDuring this charming interview, Maxi talks to Alan about her forthcoming album’s title song, which you will hear. The happy, poppy music is matched against some more serious lyrics for a wonderful listening experience. Not only will you be treated to this song, you’ll hear Maxi’s delightful duet with Vegas With Randolph, “A Lesser Fool,” which was included on the group’s 2011 album, Above the Blue. Maxi talks about how she came to record this classic track. Additionally, you’ll hear about the first songs Maxi wrote!


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Dana Countryman Interview Posted on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic Podcast Page

dana pop 3Alan Haber’s extensive interview with pop craftsman Dana Countryman, first broadcast on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on September 22, is now posted to the show’s PodOmatic podcast page. Listen and download to your heart’s content.

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Dana Countryman

In this typically wide-ranging program, Dana goes behind-the-scenes about his smashing new album, Pop 3! Welcome to My Time Warp! What goes into making such a wonderful record? How does Dana approach songwriting? How does he record? All of these questions and more are answered.


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New Interview with Vanilla’s Jayson Jarmon Posted on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic Podcast Page

vanilla 2.0jayson jarmonAlan Haber’s marathon interview with Vanilla’s Jayson Jarmon is now available for listening and downloading from Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page.

Jayson goes behind-the-scenes for a detailed tour through his musical life that includes an ongoing membership in Liar’s Club and his current band, Vanilla. Three songs from Vanilla’s new album, 2.0, were played during this program, including a straight-ahead pop number, what sounds like a centuries-old traditional, and one of our favorite songs of this year, “Monkeypox!,” which deals with…well, you know. (In case you were wondering, and we know that you were, Alan discusses Jayson’s fixation with monkeys, which also make an appearance in 2.0’s “South Tacoma Way.”)


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Dana Countryman Delivers the Pop on Tomorrow Night’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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Dana Countryman

dana pop 3Tomorrow night’s first-run edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation presents Mr. Pop, or as he’s more commonly known, Dana Countryman, in another in-depth discussion that melodic pop fans all over the world will treasure. The show begins tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 22, at a special time: 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio.

In this typically wide-ranging program, Dana goes behind-the-scenes about his smashing, new album, Pop 3! Welcome to My Time Warp! What goes into making such a wonderful record? How does Dana approach songwriting? How does he record? All of these questions and more will be answered. And you will hear three songs from Pop 3!


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Pop 4 Interviews are Now Posted on the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation PodOmatic Podcast Page

pop 4If you missed last week’s conversations with the members of supergroup Pop 4, you can now listen to and/or download them from Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page. Find out all about the members’ musical histories and discover the secrets of the making of the group’s smashing debut album, Summer.

Both of last week’s shows, dedicated to spreading the word on Pop 4’s phenomenal, debut album, are now ready for waiting ears. Hear about Summer from group members Scott McPherson, Andrea Perry, Kirk Adams, and KC Bowman. Don’t miss these shows!


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Jayson Jarmon Guests Tomorrow Night on a Tasty Edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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Jayson Jarmon

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!

Alan Haber, your host

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is back tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 15, at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) with the first part of another, all-new conversation with one of melodic pop music’s top talents. Jayson Jarmon from Vanilla sits behind the microphones to talk with Alan Haber about his musical history and the band’s sparkling new album, 2.0. It’s the second two-part program in a row, following last week’s talks with the members of Pop 4.


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Go Behind the Scenes Tonight With the Members of Supergroup Pop 4 on Part One of a Very Special Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

pop 4Pop 4’s Summer, just released and putting big smiles on faces all around the world, is the subject of this week’s special two-part edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Part one, featuring the group’s Scott McPherson, airs tonight at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio.

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Scott McPherson

In tonight’s show, Scott takes listeners behind the scenes for an intimate look at one of this year’s top melodic pop releases. During the hour, you’ll hear three songs from Summer, and, at the end of the show, a special acoustic piano version of the five-star song, “Tour for the Brokenhearted,” prepared especially for Pure Pop Radio by Scott. It’s mesmerizing and you won’t soon forget it.


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Pop 4 Sing (and Talk) Some Beautiful Tunes on a Two-Part Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Beginning Tomorrow Night!

pop 4All four members of the melodic pop supergroup Pop 4 gather around the microphones for some in-depth chat with Alan Haber on a brand-new, very special, two-part edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

Scott McPherson

Scott McPherson

Part one, airing tomorrow night, September 8, at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT), features Scott McPherson, who sets the stage for the two-night look at Pop 4’s terrific, hall-of-fame album Summer as he talks about how the band came together. And there are the songs: three of them, in fact, from the album, and a  never-before-heard acoustic piano version of the heartbreaking (in a good way) ballad, “Tour for the Brokenhearted,” prepared exclusively for Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by Scott.


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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Interview with Bill Lloyd Now Available for Listening and/or Downloading on Our PodOmatic Podcast Page

bill lloydAlan Haber’s interview with Bill Lloyd, first broadcast last Tuesday on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, is now available for listening and/or downloading on the show’s PodOmatic podcast page.

bill lloyd ep 2015 2Bill talks extensively about his new single, which pairs two great pop songs, “Yesterday” and “Miracle Mile.” The single, available for download on iTunes, also appears on an extended CD-EP, along with three additional, never-before-heard numbers from the artist’s archives. The CD-EP is available from Bill’s website.


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Author John Borack Talks Elvis Costello on a Rebroadcast of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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Author John Borack

purepoplogoTonight’s rebroadcast of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation takes listeners back to the end of April of this year, for a program during which author and Goldmine magazine columnist John Borack talks about the tribute to Elvis Costello he co-produced with his friend Olivia Frain. Tune in at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) tonight.

beyond-beliefWhen this show first aired this past April 29th, we wrote, “Beyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello presents 50 artists paying homage to the writer and performer of such classic songs as ‘Alison,’ ‘Pump It Up,’ ‘Everyday I Write the Book,’ ‘Welcome to the Working Week,’ and ‘Radio Sweetheart,’ among so many others. Artists appearing on Beyond Belief, such as the Rubinoos, Matthew Sweet, David Myhr, Chris Richards and the Subtractions, and Bill Lloyd deliver classic performances that put the spotlight on an artist who has been setting the bar higher and higher since he exploded on the music scene nearly four decades ago.


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Bill Lloyd Guests on Tonight’s New Edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

bill lloydpurepoplogoVeteran music maker Bill Lloyd sits down with Alan Haber to talk about his new single on tonight’s brand-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. It’s another great hour of talk and tunes that you won’t want to miss. The fun begins at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT).

bill lloyd ep 2015 2Bill’s new single, pairing two terrific tracks, “Yesterday” and “Miracle Mile,” the former written with Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson and the latter with singer-songwriter Pat Buchanan, is available as a digital download from iTunes. The CD-EP version, available from Bill’s website, adds three additional tracks recorded in the artist’s home studio: “Frank,” “It’s Happening Now,” and the clever stitching-together of homegrown instrumentals, “Today’s Soundtrack.”


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Circle Sunday Afternoon for Repeat Broadcasts of Pop Tunes and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

purepoplogoPut a big red circle around your afternoon hours for this Sunday: Repeat broadcasts of the second Pop Tunes deejay show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with the Weeklings are coming your way.

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On Sunday at 3 pm ET (noon PT), a repeat of the second Pop Tunes deejay show fills your ears with a 90 minute melodic pop music soundtrack, featuring two sets of new music from such artists as Pop 4, the Corner Laughers, and the Ravines; a set that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that pop music is alive; a long, extended set featuring a half-dozen songs revolving around the word “yesterday”; and much more.


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The Weeklings Keep the Beat on Tonight’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

the-weeklingsThe Weeklings roll into a conversation with Alan Haber on tonight’s repeat edition of the premiere melodic pop music talk show, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. The fun begins at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT).

The-Weeklings-buttonWith the band having just taken the Windy City by storm at the Fest for Beatles Fans, it’s a great time to listen again to the band’s Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger talk to Alan about  their popular self-titled, debut album, recorded in glorious monophonic sound. Glen and Bob talk about how the band got together and other fun topics, including the challenge of recording in mono and covering some of the choice tunes that John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave away.


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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Returns Tonight With XTC’s Andy Partridge

purepoplogoThe triumphant return of our signature melodic pop talk show, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, is happening tonight, Tuesday, August 11, at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT). We’re looking back to May 3, 2005 when our wide-ranging interview with XTC’s Andy Partridge first aired. Andy talks with Alan Haber about his career with the band and his mammoth collection of demos and orphaned tracks contained within the Fuzzy Warbles series, plus a whole lot more.


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Pure Pop Radio’s Premiere Week Kicks Off Next Monday, August 10! Set Your Alarm Clocks!

The excitement is only a week away! Pure Pop Radio’s exciting Premiere Week explodes on the airwaves beginning next Monday, August 10. What’s in store? A brand-new deejay show hosted by our own Alan Haber, and the return of one of our most popular shows, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. And your favorite Beatles programs will be settling into new time slots. We’re making things happen at your original 24-hour-a-day home for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe!


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Pure Pop Radio’s Premiere Week Starts Monday, August 10! New DJ Show! New Time Slots! Lots of Pure Pop!

purepoplogoWe’re stepping it up a notch here at Pure Pop Radio! In just two weeks, we’re kicking off our exciting Premiere Week with a brand-new deejay show hosted by our own Alan Haber. And we’re bringing back one of our most popular shows, and slotting our signature Beatles shows into new time slots. We’re making things happen at your original 24-hour-a-day home for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe!

pop tunesAlan Haber’s Pop Tunes Debuts Monday, August 10 at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT)


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John Borack Interview About Beyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello Now Posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic Podcast Page

john-borackJohn Borack’s in-depth conversation with Alan Haber, covering the creation, production and release of Beyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello, is now available for listening online and/or downloading on the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page.

beyond-beliefBeyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello, which collects the work of 50 artists paying homage to the writer and performer of such classic songs as “Alison” and “Pump It Up,” is a standout example of the art of compilation. During this edition of In Conversation, John goes in-depth with Alan, detailing every step from the spark of the idea to this tribute’s release. Musicians, Elvis Costello fans, and lovers of great music alike will be fascinated by what John has to say.


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John Borack Guests Tonight on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

john-borackEsteemed pop music journalist John Borack guests on tonight’s edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, discussing the momentous tribute to Elvis Costello that he produced with Olivia Frain. The program begins at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio. (Click on one of the links below to listen.)

beyond-beliefBeyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello presents 50 artists paying homage to the writer and performer of such classic songs as “Alison,” “Pump It Up,” “Everyday I Write the Book,” “Welcome to the Working Week,” and “Radio Sweetheart,” among so many others. Artists appearing on Beyond Belief, such as the Rubinoos, Matthew Sweet, David Myhr, Chris Richards and the Subtractions, and Bill Lloyd deliver classic performances that put the spotlight on an artist who has been setting the bar higher and higher since he exploded on the music scene nearly four decades ago.


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David Myhr Interview Posted on the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation PodOmatic Podcast Page

david-myhrDavid Myhr’s recent talk with Alan Haber on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is now available for listening online and downloading on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page.

david-myhr-veronicaDavid talks about his recently-released digital single, a classic double a-side that features a poppy cover of Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney’s “Veronica.” This track originally appeared on Costello’s 1989 album, Spike, and features on the recently released compilation, Beyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello. A poppy update of Secret Service’s 1979 hit, “Oh Susie,” also spins on this great release. David talks about why he chose to record both songs and much more.


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The Grip Weeds’ Kurt Reil Is On Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Tonight!

grip-weeds-cover-largeThe mighty Grip Weeds’ How I Won the War, a great musical statement from one of pop and rock’s top bands, releases tomorrow. Tonight, Monday, April 6 at 8 pm ET, Kurt Reil goes behind-the-scenes on the record, nothing less than the band’s  career-high, top sonic achievement.

grip-weeds-2This show takes the soup-to-nuts approach that In Conversation is famous for. Kurt takes listeners through the recording of the album, telling behind-the-scenes stories about the Grip Weeds’ new songs. He even talks about the creation of the package art. You’ll hear what went into the writing and recording of three numbers–“Force of Nature,” with its Who-like intensity; “Life Saver,” a driving power pop tune; and the sweetly-realized number sung by Kristen Pinell, “Over and Over.”


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The Grip Weeds Have Won the War! Kurt Reil Talks About the Band’s Great New Album on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation This Coming Monday Night at 8 pm ET

the-grip-weeds-how-I-won-the-war-coverThe time has come for the release of the brand-new album from the mighty Grip Weeds: How I Won the War, a great musical statement from one of pop and rock’s top bands, releases this coming Tuesday. The night before, on Monday, April 6 at 8 pm ET, Kurt Reil guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation for a wide-ranging talk about this career-high, top sonic achievement.

the-grip-weedsThis show takes the soup-to-nuts approach that In Conversation is famous for. Kurt takes listeners through the recording of the album, telling behind-the-scenes stories about the Grip Weeds’ new songs. He even talks about the creation of the package art. You’ll hear what went into the creation of three  numbers–“Force of Nature,” with its Who-like intensity; “Life Saver,” a driving power pop tune; and the sweetly-realized number sung by Kristen Pinell, “Over and Over.”


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Interview With Author Candy Leonard (Beatleness) Is Posted On the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcast Page

beatlenesscandy-leonardOur Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interview with author Candy Leonard, whose wonderful book, Beatleness, is being enjoyed by Beatle people all around the world, is now posted on our PodOmatic podcast page. Click here to listen. (The show was first broadcast on March 26.) Enjoy!

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is Internet radio’s premiere melodic pop talk show. In Conversation puts the spotlight on artists, writers, music critics and record company executives who talk candidly with Alan Haber about their work. Archived, podcast versions of more than 60 interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to a wide variety of shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.


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David Myhr Talks About His New Digital Single and More this Wednesday on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

david-myhrDavid Myhr makes a return visit to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Wednesday night, April 1, at 8 pm ET on the occasion of the release of his new digital single which pairs two songs he recorded for compilations. Of course, other interesting topics are on tap.

david-myhr-veronicaDavid’s digital single, a classic double a-side, features a poppy cover of Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney’s “Veronica,” which originally appeared on Costello’s 1989 album, Spike, and features on the recently released compilation, Beyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello. A poppy update of Secret Service’s 1979 hit, “Oh Susie,” also spins on this great release. David talks about why he chose to record both songs and much more, and we play both tunes.


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Author Candy Leonard Talks About Beatleness on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

beatlenessAuthor Candy Leonard puts a name to the feeling that Beatles fans have always had about their favorite group. Candy’s wonderful book, Beatleness, is a fascinating trip through Fab Four history with a decidedly different perspective–rather than simply recount the group’s history, she spoke to hundreds of Beatles fans who told her how they felt about the group’s music at different points in their career. Did fans react more favorably to early songs? How did they feel when the group broke up and went their separate ways?


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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the Internet’s Premiere Melodic Pop Music Talk Show Podcast Returns to PodOmatic With Five New Shows!

Tell all your friends, wake up your neighbors and let the melodic pop music conversation flow freely from sea to shining sea: Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation has returned to PodOmatic with five brand-new shows featuring your favorite melodic pop artists and personalities.

Now posted and available for online listening and/or download on In Conversation’s PodOmatic page: five new shows featuring the Weeklings’ Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger, Kyle Vincent, Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Terry Draper (Klaatu), and the Dowling Poole’s Willie Dowling and Jon Poole. Each show delivers in-depth, behind-the-scenes talk that you need to hear about each artist’s music and topics of importance. Plus, Spotify and YouTube direct song links are provided for each show, where available.


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Beatlefan Magazine Veteran Al Sussman Takes Center Stage on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

al-sussmanThis coming Thursday night, March 12, at 8 pm ET, we welcome Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman to our Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation microphones.

Al’s first book, Changin’ Times, November 22, 1963 – March 1, 1964: 101 Days that Shaped a Generation, is a fascinating and informative journey through the dramatic historical events that took place in the period leading up to the Beatles arrival in the United States and the group’s historic appearances on the Ed Sullivan show.


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Meet the Weeklings Again on Tonight’s Special Rebroadcast of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

the-weeklingsFor those of you who missed the Weeklings’ Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger on this past Thursday night’s premiere of their appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, we have great news: The show will be airing again tonight at 6 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio (listening links below).

the-weeklings-drum-headThis is a fun hour with Lefty (Glen) and Zeke (Bob) Weekling, who talk with Alan Haber about their smashing, self-titled debut album, being released tomorrow, March 10. The album was recorded in glorious monophonic sound…naturally! Glen and Bob talk about the music, how the band got together, and other fun topics, including the challenge of recording in mono and covering some of the choice tunes that John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave away. A splendid time…well, you know!


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The Weeklings and Kyle Vincent Make Pure Pop Magic this Week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation!

microphone-5Last week, Pure Pop Radio’s signature melodic pop music talk show, In Conversation, electrified the airwaves by airing first-time-broadcast interviews with Terry Draper and the Dowling Poole. We’re still fired up; this week, the Weeklings, with Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger, and Kyle Vincent step in front of our microphones and speak with Alan Haber for a couple of fun, in-depth talks that feature tracks from their latest, stellar recordings.


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Let them All Talk! Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Returns with Terry Draper, the Dowling Poole and More!

Attention, fans of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop music talk show on the Internet: Your favorite program is back! In Conversation returns next Tuesday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 25 with brand-new, never-before-heard shows. And that’s not all: More new episodes, featuring the best and brightest in conversation with Alan Haber, talking about their careers and much, much more, will follow very soon.

when-the-world-was-youngComing up next Tuesday, February 24 at 8 pm ET, Terry Draper, groovy solo artist and former member of Klaatu, will be behind the microphone to talk about his most recent album, When the World was Young. Terry will also chat with Alan about his studio, Swamp Manor; black and white movies; and how he writes songs, among other topics. Plus, you’ll hear three tunes from When the World was Young. It’s a very cool hour you won’t want to miss.


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Scott Brookman In Conversation Show Now on Our PodOMatic Podcast Page. Listen and/or Download!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

Virginia popster Scott Brookman has been in the thick of it–“it” being the making-cool-music biz–since the mid-1980’s. He penned songs for the Virginia band Apes of Wrath. He discovered the wonders of the four-track Portastudio and began making cool home demos. He made his way within the confines of the home tapers movement and started sharing his music with a whole lot of listeners. Fast forward to today and you have Scott’s latest collection of quirky, melodic pop songs, the wonderfully-named Smellicopter.


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