Tag: classic rock

Thrown for The Loop: Another classic rock station bites the dust

Where have all my classic rock stations gone? First back in November it was the pop and classic rock station 104.3 K-Hits which underwent a format change and became the new 104.3 JAMS. That wasn’t so horrible and I’ve even embraced Chicago’s new number one station for throwbacks. But this week everyone was thrown for... Read more »

Let's talk about the new 104.3 JAMS

Friday was a sort of Earth shattering day in the Chicago FM radio community. While I was shuttling my kids around after school, I turned to what I thought was 104.3 K-Hits only to discover 104.3 K-Hits was now 104.3 JAMS. Sure enough, on Friday Entercom closed on its purchase of stations from CBS Radio... Read more »

Why every parent needs to watch the Whitney Houston documentary "Can I Be Me"

If you asked me what I was doing at this moment exactly 30 years ago, chances are I would be in my parents’ family room, MTV blaring with me trying to sing – emphasis on trying – Whitney Houston’s #1 hit “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” which was on heavier than heavy... Read more »
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Last Christmas from The Edge of Heaven: Thoughts and memories on the passing of George Michael

Honestly, my Christmas was already shitty enough before hearing about the passing of George Michael at the age of 53. My daughter has a nasty case of strep throat with painful, swollen glands, my dad’s cousin is dying died today plus there are other concerns in my family that I won’t go into here. On top... Read more »

Fun facts about the first 24 hours of MTV

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vXMWNhCmLUg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>1. Most videos were played more than once. In the beginning there were so few videos that all but a few were played several times. This classic Who song was played 5 times the first day. So were "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins and a song called "Just Between You and Me" by April Wine. Do you remember THAT one?
Thirty-five years ago today MTV signed on for the first time and some, including myself, would argue August 1, 1981 marked the true start of the 1980s. I mean, could you imagine the 80s without videos and the VJs that played them? It’s pretty much common knowledge that “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The... Read more »

On Prince: Today is my son's December 9, 1980

My son’s childhood has become a little less childlike. I know this because Prince died earlier today. Prince, the superstar icon from my 1980’s childhood, the one who added the color, the florescence to the 80s. It wasn’t just the purple from Purple Rain. Remember watching the video to “Raspberry Beret”? The colors in that... Read more »
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Dad's excuse for Bruce Springsteen concert goes viral and raises the question of which school absences are not okay

By now you may have seen this note from a father in upstate New York. Earlier this week he took his daughter to see Bruce Springsteen at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. His concerts are known for running late, so she was late to school the next day. At least dad was honest. This... Read more »

How a girl from the 1980s remembers David Bowie

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CMThz7eQ6K0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br> "Ashes To Ashes".  Bowie's swan song to the 1970s, hello 1980s and the video era.
I am still in shock after waking up to the news that David Bowie passed away yesterday at the age of 69. I first came to love Bowie’s music growing up during the age of MTV in the early 1980s when his intriguing, artfully crafted videos were on heavy rotation, especially when the album “Let’s... Read more »

Will there be any more "Same Old Lang Syne"?

Today is New Year’s Day and usually by this point in the holiday season I have already heard Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne” at least once. Sadly that hasn’t been the case this year so I pulled this up today. I remember hearing it as a little girl in the back seat of my mom’s old... Read more »
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My peaceful, happy playlist for bad news days

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iCQ0vDAbF7s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>1. "Shiny Happy People" by REM. I will admit, when this song came out in 1991 it was so overplayed I started feeling nauseous when I heard it because it was a little too happy for my moody, teenage angst-ridden self. Not anymore.
With all the horrible news in the world just in the past month alone, some days we have to stretch and really reach to find and focus on something good. Music certainly helps me set the stage for peaceful, happy, calming, centering thoughts. You know it’s been bad lately because I have seen two go-arounds... Read more »