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Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of JUL 31st: Have You Seen The Future ? I see it From The Past – B-Side Trax …

There’s an old saying ” Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it”.  Well, there’s a lot of truth there, but also, there’s a lot of music from the past that still deserves to be played.  We can’t really make a living at it in large doses, but as ‘spice’, you can really liven up a day-part with an interesting featurette …

Enter B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Besides digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is next to zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:

Joey – Concrete Blonde / Click To Play Show

Monday:                Joey – Concrete Blonde
Tuesday:                Duality – Slipknot
Wednesday:          Mystify – INXS
Thursday               Water’s Edge – 7 Mary 3
Friday:                   Love Cats – The Cure
  
Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link:

Hash Pipe – Weezer / Click To Play Show

Monday:                Telegram Sam – T-Rex
Tuesday:                Hash Pipe – Weezer
Wednesday:          Stone Cold Crazy –  Queen
Thursday               Midnight Maniac – Krokus
Friday:                   Seek & Destroy – Metallica

B-Safe,

Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of JUL 24th: Every. Single. Show – B-Side Trax …

Every.  Single.  Show.   I try to pick songs & artists that my audience will find interesting, that’s it.  I don’t try to show them how smart I am by using songs they’ve never heard, I want them to recognize the songs & say, “wow, I haven’t heard that song in years” !  Then, I look for the most interesting facts to present. Every.  Single.  Show.

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:

Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Jones / Click To Play Show

Monday:                Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Jones
Tuesday:                Da Funk – Daft Punk
Wednesday:          The World at Large – Modest Mouse
Thursday               Genocide – The Offspring
Friday:                   Blasphemous Rumours – Depeche Mode
  
Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link:

Run Runaway – Slade / Click To Play Show

Monday:                Run Runaway – Slade
Tuesday:                Black Diamond – KISS
Wednesday:          Blue Sky Mine – Midnight Oil
Thursday               Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
Friday:                   Welcome To The Machine – Pink Floyd

B-Safe,

Mike

Episodes – Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of JULY 24th – What if I Told You That There’s a Way To Keep an Audiences’ Attention – B-Side Trax …

Every.  Single.  Show.   I try to pick songs & artists that my audience will find interesting, that’s it.  I don’t try to show them how smart I am by using songs they’ve never heard, I want them to recognize the songs & say, “wow, I haven’t heard that song in years” !  Then, I look for the most interesting facts to present. Every.  Single.  Show.

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:

Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Jones / Click To Play Show

Monday:                Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Jones
Tuesday:                Da Funk – Daft Punk
Wednesday:          The World at Large – Modest Mouse
Thursday               Genocide – The Offspring
Friday:                   Blasphemous Rumours – Depeche Mode
  
Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link:

Run Runaway – Slade / Click To Play Show

Monday:                Run Runaway – Slade
Tuesday:                Black Diamond – KISS
Wednesday:          Blue Sky Mine – Midnight Oil
Thursday               Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
Friday:                   Welcome To The Machine – Pink Floyd

B-Safe,

Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of JULY 17th – What if I Told You That There’s a Way To Keep an Audiences’ Attention – B-Side Trax …

Everybody’s looking for it.  They all want it.  In some ways it’s hard to find, in others, not so much.  “CONTENT”. Look at the major outlets today, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, they’re changing the way we consume it, but the fact is, they’re all driving their audiences to create it for them.

Radio needs content too.  In the 40’s people would sit rapt in front of their radios to listen to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater or Boris Karloff.  Today it’s too much to expect to hold their attention for that long, but, you can hold it for 6 minutes …

Welcome to B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Besides digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is next to zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:

Leaving Las Vegas – Sheryl Crow / Click To Play Show

Monday:                Every Day is Halloween – Ministry
Tuesday:                Dare – Gorrillaz
Wednesday:          Leaving Las Vegas – Sheryl Crow
Thursday               Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
Friday:                   Dancing With Myself – Generation X
  
Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link:

Once Bitten, Twice Shy – Great White / Click To Play Show

Monday:                Time Machine – Grand Funk Railroad
Tuesday:                Once Bitten, Twice Shy – Great White
Wednesday:          Over Now – Alice in Chains
Thursday               Live Wire – AC/DC
Friday:                   Out On The Tiles – Led Zeppelin

B-Safe,

Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of JUL 10th: Imagine These Songs ( er, stories ) Being Played On Your Stations !! B-Side Trax …

We all know that the most popular stations play the most popular music.  So what happens when all of the stations are playing the same songs ?  You can tighten up your format & streamline your quarter hours etc, but in the end, aren’t you really just rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic ?

Nowadays, talent & content are King ( or Queen if you will ).  You need to have something the other stations don’t to stand apart, and I think I have just the answer for you …

Welcome to B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Besides digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is next to zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:

Long Way Down – Goo Goo Dolls / Click To Play Show

Monday:                Long Way Down – Goo Goo Dolls
Tuesday:                Fire in The Twilight – Wang Chung
Wednesday:          Miss World – Hole
Thursday               Bleed it Out – Linkin Park
Friday:                   Hell – Squirrel Nut Zippers
  
Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link:

Hell is For Children – Pat Benatar / Click To Play Show

Monday:                 Hell is For Children – Pat Benatar
Tuesday:                 ETI – Blue Oyster Cult
Wednesday:           Love is All Around – The Troggs
Thursday               Watching The Detectives – Elvis Costello
Friday:                   Diary of a Madman – Ozzy

B-Safe,

Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Imagine These Songs ( er, stories ) Being Played On Your Stations !! B-Side Trax …

We all know that the most popular stations play the most popular music.  So what happens when all of the stations are playing the same songs ?  You can tighten up your format & streamline your quarter hours etc, but in the end, aren’t you really just rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic ?

Nowadays, talent & content are King ( or Queen if you will ).  You need to have something the other stations don’t to stand apart, and I think I have just the answer for you …

Welcome to B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Besides digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is next to zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:

Long Way Down – Goo Goo Dolls / Click To Play Show

Monday:                 Long Way Down – Goo Goo Dolls
Tuesday:                Fire in The Twilight – Wang Chung
Wednesday:          Miss World – Hole
Thursday               Bleed it Out – Linkin Park
Friday:                   Hell – Squirrel Nut Zippers
  
Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link:

Hell is For Children – Pat Benatar / Click To Play Show

Monday:                 Hell is For Children – Pat Benatar
Tuesday:                ETI – Blue Oyster Cult
Wednesday:          Love is All Around – The Troggs
Thursday               Watching The Detectives – Elvis Costello
Friday:                   Diary of a Madman – Ozzy

B-Safe,

Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of JUL 3rd: Is It Possible To Be Everything To Everyone ? B-Side Trax …

Those who try to be everything to everyone will ultimately become nothing to no one.  You have to stand for something.  That doesn’t mean you can’t do what you do well, but the listener won’t be fooled if you water things down too much.

This is a retro-alternative show, plain & simple. 80’s & 90’s centric, we leak back into the 70’s & cross into this century every so often.  Each song is at least 10 years old and did I mention that every one of these retro songs comes with its own really fascinating story ??

Welcome to B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Besides digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is next to zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:

52 Girls – The B-52’s / Click To Play Show

Monday:                52 Girls – The B-52’s
Tuesday:                Liar – Henry Rollins Band
Wednesday:          If You Could Only See – Tonic
Thursday               Keep Away – Godsmack
Friday:                   Memphis – Joe Jackson
  
Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link:

Turn Up The Radio – Autograph / Click To Play Show

Monday:                The Warrior – Thin Lizzy
Tuesday:                Let Me Roll It – Paul McCartney
Wednesday:          Catch My Fall – Billy Idol
Thursday               John Barleycorn – Traffic
Friday:                   Turn Up The Radio – Autograph

B-Safe,

Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of JUN 25th: I Don’t Play ‘Stump The Chump’ … B-Side Trax !

My goal is not to be the smartest guy in the room & play songs that nobody has ever heard ( well, once in a while maybe … ).  The goal here is to come out of an interesting story & have the listener say, “wow, I haven’t heard that song since college !”

We can’t make a living playing obscure tunes as an ongoing format, but, when you take those lesser-played songs that people remember & combine them with a fascinating story, you have a mini-feature.  A feature that will hold the interest of the audience.  A feature that your station’s sales dept can sell as a feature.

Welcome to B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Besides digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is next to zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:

Drops of Jupiter – Train / Click To Play Show

Monday:                 Bitchin’ Camaro – Dead Milkmen
Tuesday:                Connected – Stereo MC’s
Wednesday:          Drops of Jupiter – Train
Thursday               Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
Friday:                   Again – Alice in Chains
  
Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link:

We Gotta Get Out of This Place – The Animals / Click To Play Show

Monday:                Mystify Me – INXS
Tuesday:               What’s On My Mind – Kansas
Wednesday:          Living in The USA – Steve Miller Band
Thursday               Slick Black Cadillac – Quiet Riot
Friday:                  We Gotta Get Out of This Place – The Animals

B-Well …

Mike

Episodes – Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of JUN 18th: Play the ‘Non-Hits’ & They Will Come … B-Side Trax !

We in the radio biz know why stations play the hits.  In the real business world, it’s all about the numbers and the numbers must add up in the bottom line.  It would be extremely tough for a station to survive say, just playing (gulp) B-Sides …

However, when we turn those lesser-played tunes into their own feature and add to that, fascinating stories behind the music, all of a sudden they take on a whole new life. They even allow stations to add 23 or so “Deep Cuts” to their format without touching their playlists. If you think about it, it also gives stations a program that their sales departments can sell to their local clients as a feature !

B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Besides digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is next to zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:

Black Coffee in Bed – Squeeze / Click To Play Show

Monday:                 Black Coffee in Bed – Squeeze
Tuesday:                Pain – Jimmy Eat World
Wednesday:          How Do You Tell Someone ? – Cowboy Mouth
Thursday               Nice Guys Finish Last – Green Day
Friday:                   Holidays in The Sun – Sex Pistols
  
Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link:

Last Night – Traveling Wilburys / Click To Play Show

Monday:                 Zombie Zoo – Tom Petty
Tuesday:                Last Night – Traveling Wilburys
Wednesday:          Somebody Get Me a Doctor – Van Halen
Thursday               Ride The Wind – Poison
Friday:                   Space Truckin’ – Deep Purple

B-Well,

Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of JUN 12th: It’s The Stories … B-Side Trax !

As the old saying goes “Every Picture Tells a Story”.  Think of every band as having a thousand pictures.  There are so many great songs that didn’t get burned up on our beloved radio and with them, so many great stories.

With the eyes & ears of love, I tell the stories behind these great bands, albums & songs.  I also do my best to keep it short, after all, I just want the listener to stay plugged in to hear if they’ve figured out what the song/band is …

B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Besides digging up songs unburnt, there’s also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the ‘Short Attention-Span Theater’ we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is next to zero !!

Here’s what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show:

Daughter – Pearl Jam / Click To Play Show

Monday:                 Naked – Sprung Monkey
Tuesday:                Daughter – Pearl Jam
Wednesday:          Holiday in Cambodia – Dead Kennedys
Thursday               Black & White – INXS
Friday:                   Cherry Bomb – Runaways

Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week’s shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here’s a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link:

‘Round Here – Counting Crows / Click To Play Show

Monday:                 Fixing a Hole – The Beatles
Tuesday:                Magic Power – Triumph
Wednesday:          Wasted Words – Allman Brothers
Thursday               ‘Round Here – Counting Crows
Friday:                   Uncle Salty – Aerosmith

B-Well,

Mike

www.bsidetrax.com