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Initial post: Apr 2, 2008 7:34:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2008 8:42:54 AM PDT
Andy B says:
I am not sure how this post will go but here goes - When it comes to old school or back-in-the-day jams we generally tend to hear the same songs over and over. You know - Good Times, And the Beat Goes On, Brick House etc. However sometimes we hear a jam (could be a ballad as well) that we have not heard in a long time.

Could you post here anytime you hear any rare great jams on the radio? For example, locally we have a DJ that prides himself on playing songs from back in the day that no-one else knows or has. As he always says "if you don't know it you can't play it". Today he played "Let's Get Cracking" by, I believe, Shock. He also played "We Got the Juice" - by Attitude (heavily influenced by The System) You don't hear those songs often.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2008 8:03:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2008 8:04:03 AM PDT
Lade says:
Andy: You're generally right. I'm not sure what happens where you live but speaking (a little bit) for the DC Metropolitan area - unless you have XM, Sirius or internet radio, most stations are constricted by the politics of formats and playlists. They always have to take into consideration, advertising, royalties and other business issues not purely musically motivated. These decisions are frequently out of the direct control of the music presenters (DJ's to us "old" folks). And that is why you get comments from many that they "don't listen to music on radio anymore" - not wanting to hear the same songs (Alicia Keys' No One) three or four times within the same hour. This applies even to "classic" Soul, R&B, Jazz, "Smooth Jazz", Blues stations ... whatever.

So if you're like me - and still opposed to the idea of PAYING for radio! - There's not very much good old stuff out on the commercial airwaves - or not enough people brave enough to play em.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2008 8:21:56 AM PDT
Andy B
What city are you in or what station you listen to. If it is ok with the peeps can that be included as well, I notice different regions "jams" maybe a little different and it'll just help get a feel of the locale too (I hope it's ok).

Lade
I felt deceived when I learned the DJ did not select the music on the radio and it was a Program Director (PD) or Music Director (typically the mid-day personality/DJ) sometimes influenced by payola/record labels.

Back on topic in Miami we have Michael Baisden for the evening drive and he is pretty flexible from the standard format, so I will update post he always pull something for me out of the dusty grooves.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2008 8:42:18 AM PDT
Andy B says:
I have no objection to including the station - in fact with many stations being on the Internet nowadays maybe we could tune in when the really good DJs are on.

I live in Barbados and the station I referred is a local station. The DJ calls himself "The Admiral" (he actually has the same name as a famous British Admiral - Admiral Nelson). It is FM 94.7 and can be heard on the Internet. He is on every weekday morning from 6-10. He has the freedom to play his own selections, from his personal collection (which is HUGE).

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2008 9:43:53 AM PDT
MzWriter4u says:
MHECA,

Micheal Basiden usually plays whatever the heck he wants too. I'm in Jersey and he is locally on 98.7 Kiss FM. Not only does he play dusty oldies, he'll throw out new neo-soul that other stations haven't even played yet. He's given many artist a boost in their careers since he's been syndicated in almost 53 or 58 cities.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2008 10:13:54 AM PDT
Andy,
This is the main reason why I don't listen to radio. Out of the thousands (damn near million) songs to play from the past, the same tired ones keep showing up on the playlists. I remember when I was listening to WHUR in D.C. back in the mid 90s and one day they played "You Get The Best From Me (Say Say Say) by Alicia Myers and I was floored. Then again, WHUR back then was very good about playing the non-traditional oldie or even new song. People like Sue Ann Carwell, who got zero promotion on other stations was in regular rotation on that station at the time.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2008 11:54:20 AM PDT
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mediaagent says:
Hey Andy B, how ya been?

Honestly, I have given up on radio. Unless I'm in someone else's car or changing the channel, or someone's child is playing something I hear and like, I cannot tell you what mainstream radio plays these days.

I get my info on music through these forums...then I go online to listen to cut.

I also read various music blogs and internet stations for suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2008 1:43:31 PM PDT
Andy B,

Does your guy play mostly 80s songs such as those you mentioned? I've noticed even the so-called "Classic Soul" radio stations are now playing a lot of 80s stuff. These days you have to find a speciality program to hear the forgotten 50s & 60s greats.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2008 2:30:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2008 8:01:36 PM PDT
Andy B says:
He plays mostly 70s - some 60s and 80s not much 50s. As I said he prides himself on having a very large collection - he doesn't play the usual Disco/R&B. Like I heard "Peanut Butter" sometime ago - I think it was by a group called Twennynine. He also plays some really nice mid-tempo and slow jams. For example yesterday he played "Reaching Out for Your Love" by Tamiko Jones and last week "Words (Are Impossible)" by Margie Joseph.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2008 3:40:55 PM PDT
Anita says:
All,

I don't care for radio, either. Plus, I get tired of listing to 15 minutes of those damn advertisements, and another 5 minutes of news every single hour. Thank God for CD's and the Internet!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2008 8:14:01 AM PDT
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Tonè says:
Recent radio surprises: -

Wed, Apr 2: "Scientific Love" - Midnight Star (had forgotten it)
Last week: "Ladies Choice" - Stone City Band

On the ultra-rare tip, some time during the last week of last month (March), hear the following song, this time I waited in my car until the song ended and DJ announced it's name & singer: -

"Love Can Make It Better" - Ellis Hall

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2008 9:18:24 AM PDT
Vannessa says:
If any of you are looking for great oldies to listen, then you need to listen to Walter Wade on the Sunday classic R&B show Fillet of Soul (on Sundays, 7:00PM-10:00PM).
http://www.wbgo.org/ontheair/hosts/wwade.php

He is great!! he is also a regular at Williams store TT.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2008 9:35:17 AM PDT
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MzWriter4u says:
I'd also like to add to Vanessa's suggestion, to listen to Feliz Hernandez on WBGO.Org on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and he is also on 98.7 Kiss Fm on Sundays from 12pm to 4pm. Like Walter whom I met also at William's store, Feliz is great for playing the dusty oldies. Matter fact, you can get the listings of what he plays on the song log.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2008 12:18:24 PM PDT
ToneLoc
What city or station did you get your surprises on?

For the record I still do radio, when I travel to other cities and have my classic boombox I even tape a local radio station to capture the city's vibe. The only radio/music I pay for is internet: Rhapsody and Launchcast.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2008 7:48:20 PM PDT
I heard Ralph Tresvant's "Do what I gotta do" from his debut yesterday on 98.7 Kiss and hadn't heard that one in about 15 years.

The problem with Michael Baisden is he plays 2 songs per hour. Most radio stations took his syndicated show because the are all conglomerates and most are owned by Clear Channel. Secondly, these conglomerates were afraid some other station would pick his show up in the same venue. Then there would be conflict of interest if two stations in the same city wanted his show. Overall, radio stinks!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2008 5:53:56 AM PDT
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Andy B says:
Heard "Magic Man" by Rochelle today as part of a commercial-free mix. That was the jam! I still have that 12" vinyl.

I also heard on the same station "Situation" by Yaz - that brought back some memories - no party in the early 80s was without that one.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2008 8:17:50 AM PDT
mediaagent says:
Eddie,

I loved that album by Ralph T. I was estatic when I found it on Amazon. That's a beautiful song.

I agree with you about Michael Baisden. Quite frankly, I don't understand his appeal. Half of his topics are same stuff people were talking about on Phil Donahue and Oprah 20 years ago. I don't care how many freaks are in the world, do I have to hear about their escapades on the radio?

*sigh* I'm with you, radio stinks!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2008 8:23:53 AM PDT
MONTGOMERY says:
I listen to a lot of online radio. I hardly bother to listen to music on regular radio, with the exception of WPFW-FM on Thursday nights and weekends. The music fare that's now offered by most of the FM radio stations I find either insipid or boring. For that reason, I tend to listen more to my CDs and to online radio. Some of my favorite music I listen to on BBC-Radio 2 and the BBC Asian Network.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2008 9:26:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 7, 2008 9:44:43 AM PDT
Lade says:
W.Montgomery: I frequently check out BBC Radio online also - Radio 1 is my favorite. First off, the BBC (Radio and TV) have a tradition of ZERO advertising. They also do a great job of separating news, sports and music stations from each other. The presenters tend to be specialists - well informed about their genres and conduct inspired artist interviews. They also appear be unrestrained by "playlists" so you tend to get the best music from any era, regardless of sales or popularity - heck, even the current chart shows are fun to listen to. Most my original knowledge of soul and reggae came via the BBC on shortwave radio - listening to Robbie Vincent, David Rodigan, John Peel - more recently Trevor Nelson, Hellen Mayhew, Tim Westwood (in small doses) ...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2008 10:45:29 AM PDT
Reggie says:
I get a chance to listen to Rudy V the Nightime Dog here in Dallas. He prides himself on 70's and 80's music and he knows his stuff. I recently found Imeem.com and have been listening to oldies at work for a solid week. I seldom listen to radio anymore. My ipod is my lifeline LOL.

Reggie

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2008 10:55:29 AM PDT
Anita says:
I heard "Blackberry Molasses" by Mista. Haven't heard that for years and years. I believe this is the group that Bobby Valentino came from.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2008 11:04:46 AM PDT
MzWriter4u says:
Nita,

Your right! That is the group Bobby Valentino came from. I like that song.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2008 7:13:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 7, 2008 7:13:48 PM PDT
Lade says:
I heard "He's So Fine" while listening to sports radio today! - apparently Patricia Bennett - of "girl group" The Chiffons turned 61 today. He's So Fine (1963) - their song was so obviously "stolen" by George Harrison when he "unintentionally" repackaged it as "My Sweet Lord".

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2008 6:01:53 AM PDT
Andy B says:
Heard today on 94.7 FM - "You Used to Hold Me So Tight" - Thelma Houston (produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) and "I Just Wanna Make You Feel Good" - The System. Two excellent examples of how electronic music can be very good and not boring and repetitive. Man I got to get me some System on CD - I had everything they did on vinyl and cassette but their albums seem to be hard to come by on CD. I don't want a Greatest Hits - I want the original albums.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2008 9:03:07 AM PDT
Andy B says:
Heard today - "Your Love Takes Me Out" - Cameo - what a jam! Also heard "I Do Love You" - Candi Staton - ah the memories!
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