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Festive Holiday Shows Lead Up to a Holiday Popapalooza that Will Knock Your Christmas Socks Off

Pure Pop Radio's fourth annual Holiday Popapalooza, 36 straight jingle bells-ian hours of Christmas pop songs and custom IDs, jingles and songs from your favorite artists, begins in just over a week from today. The music starts rolling at noon ET on Christmas Eve and continues throughout all of Christmas day (check out our Facebook event page for more information).

pop tunes discLeading up to our Holiday Popapalooza, we've got a pair of new episodes of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show--the first with Ameripopicana kings The Taters, during which they play two songs live in the studio, and the second with Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, who joins me to talk about and play a sumptuous selection of solo Beatles and novelty holiday songs (find out all about these shows by clicking here).


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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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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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It’s Weird and Altogether Wonderful! Pop 4’s Scott McPherson Chows Down with You Beginning Next Wednesday, October 5

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Pop 4 and Tiny Volcano’s musical ringmaster, Scott McPherson, weaves a tantalizing web of hooks and harmony, punctuated by the occasional making of a mirthful aside or two, on his new Pure Pop Radio lunchtime show, The Weird and the Wonderful, debuting next Wednesday afternoon, October 5, at 1 pm ET here on Pure Pop Radio.

Lunch and catchy tunes are served! Set your midday soup and sandwich combo on your tray table (and don’t forget your cutlery, condiments, and napkin) while you listen to the most excellent, weird and wonderful first episode. You’ll virtually chow down with Scott and hear him play some truly outstanding tracks from The Major Labels, Seth Swirsky, Foxtails Brigade, and Jon Brion, among others, and you’ll dig the hipster lingo coming from special guest “Sammy Davis, Jr.,” who visits The Weird and the Wonderful from the great, swinging beyond. It’ll be a gas, maaaan!


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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.

nick piunti - trust your instincts smallTonight, though, Nick talks with Alan Haber about his fantastic new album releasing in just two days (September 9). Alan plays three songs, including the big-time pop smash, “One Hit Wonder.” You’ll hear the stories behind Nick’s new songs, and you’ll travel along the path that led a 12-year-old Michigan boy with guitar in hand to his current release on the great Jem Records label.


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Bob Lind, Jamie Hoover, and Mark Bacino In Conversation Shows Now Available for Listening and Downloading

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Recent Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation shows starring classic singer-songwriter Bob Lind, the great Jamie Hoover, and melodic popster Mark Bacino are now available for listening and downloading on In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page.

bob lind posebob lind magellanBob Lind spoke to Alan Haber on August 23 about his brand-new album, Magellan Was Wrong, just out on Big Beat/Ace. On the docket: the stories behind three of Bob’s new songs–“Blind Love,” “Magellan Was Wrong,” and “From the Road”–and a celebration of the iconic song “Elusive Butterfly,” 50 years young this year.


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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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Beatle Scribes, Vinyl Spins and Fab Sounds on this Week’s Pure Pop Radio Specialty Shows

mic-small 10Another week chock full of top-flight specialty programming is in store for listeners this week on Pure Pop Radio.

everylittlethinglogo-smallKicking off the festivities tonight at 8 pm ET is an all-new edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. The usual varied opening set, this time featuring classic songs from Wings, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, is followed by an interview with Elephants Memory’s Gary Van Scyoc, during which Ken plays a double shot of Memory tunes. The third, thematic set features songs with the words yesterday, today and tomorrow in the titles, plus an interview with the late Sir George Martin. It’s another outstanding show, number 83 in the series.


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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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