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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Flashback: Wondermints (December 12, 1996)

Wondermints' debut, self-titled album, released on the Big Deal label in 1996, provided more than ample proof that Darian Sahanaja and Nick Walusko were a collective force to be reckoned with. Steeped in the hallowed traditions of melodic pop, but not afraid to bank slightly left or right in the service of a surprising and inventive approach, the band was in the pocket from the start.


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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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