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Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of DEC 4th: Or What About The Time Dave Matthews Caught a Ride To His Own Show From a Fan ? B-Side Trax …

It’s true.  Emily & her boyfriend were just driving to a concert when they picked up a poor guy whose bike had a flat tire & had forgotten his cell phone.  Turns out he was the star of the show !  Their kindness netted them front-row tickets, backstage passes and an invitation to dinner.  It pays to be nice to strangers …  Sometimes …

The stories are real, each one fascinating in its own right.


B-Side Trax:

A fairly new concept: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Aside from 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 zero !!

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


Monday:                 Ants Marching – Dave Matthews Band
Tuesday:                Candy – Iggy Pop
Wednesday:          Bombs Below – Living Things
Thursday               Sell Out – Reel Big Thing 
Friday:                   What’s So Funny … ( ‘Bout … ) – Elvis Costello
  

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: 


Monday:                Children of The Sun – Billy Thorpe
Tuesday:                Once in a lifetime – Talking Heads
Wednesday:          Modern Day Cowboy – Tesla
Thursday               Just Like Me – Paul Revere & The Raiders 
Friday:                   NY Groove – Ace Frehley

B-Free,


Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of NOV 27th: Remember When Adam Duritz Went to Work as a Bartender at The Viper Room ? The B-Side does …

It’s true.  Even though he was already a star in his own right, he decided to take a gig behind the bar for, as he put it, ‘a reality check’.  And just in case you didn’t know, so did Christina Applegate.   The first band to ever perform there was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  

I do love history & the stories behind the songs, bands & albums.  Perhaps your listeners would too !


B-Side Trax:

A fairly new concept: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Aside from 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 zero !!

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


Monday:                Einstein on The Beach – Counting Crows
Tuesday:                Rain – The Cult
Wednesday:          Cut You In – Jerry Cantrell
Thursday               What It’s Like – Everlast
Friday:                   How Soon is Now ? – The Smiths
  

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: 


Monday:                Lovin’ Every Minute of It – Loverboy
Tuesday:                Pretty Noose – Soundgarden
Wednesday:          Freeway Jam – Jeff Beck
Thursday               Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James & The Shondells
Friday:                   Keep Yourself Alive – Queen

B-Friendly,


Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of NOV 20th: Our 600th Show Airs This Friday !! B-Side Trax …

This feature was a labour of love for many years before I ever produced the first show.  It was originally intended to be a 1-hour, Classic Rock show under the moniker ‘Off The Beaten Trax’.  So imagine my dismay when I went to trademark the show & found that the name had already been taken …

As the saying goes, ‘the show must go on” and so it does.  New name, new format & this Friday, my 600th show will air.  Many thanks to those who have & continue to support it.  My how time flies when you’re having fun !


B-Side Trax:

A fairly new concept: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Aside from 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 zero !!

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


Monday:                So Alive – Love & Rockets
Tuesday:                Jesus Christ Pose – Soundgarden
Wednesday:          Reptile – The Church
Thursday               Nice To Know You – Incubus 
Friday:                   Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai
  

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: 


Monday:                Whole Lotta Rosie – AC/DC
Tuesday:                Gone Away – The Offspring
Wednesday:          Ah Leah – Donny Iris
Thursday               Bend Me Shape Me – American Breed
Friday:                   YYZ – Rush

B-Cool,


Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of NOV 13th: What Was Your Very 1st Live Concert ? B-Side Trax …

My 1st shows were these two; Chicago & Grand Funk. I am so thankful for every live show I ever went to (well, most of ’em) & I wish that I’d gone to so many more !!  Music has been such a huge part of my life & I suspect that it’s been the same for many of you.

Nostalgia is good in small doses, like 6 minutes a day 🙂 and that’s just how we on the B-Side deliver it.  Give your audience a little treat every weekday with a trip down memory lane …


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: 


Monday:                Alone + Easy Target – Foo Fighters
Tuesday:                Creep – Stone Temple Pilots
Wednesday:           Can’t Get There From Here – REM
Thursday               Step it Up – Stereo MC’s 
Friday:                  Lightning Crashes – Live
  

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: 


Monday:                Ice Cream Man – Van Halen
Tuesday:                Heart-Shaped Box – Nirvana
Wednesday:           New Girl Now – Honeymoon Suite
Thursday               Walk on The Wild Side – Lou Reed
Friday:                  Whammer Jammer/Hard Drivin’ Man – J Geils Band



B-Well,


Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of NOV 6th: What is ‘The End Game’ ? B-Side Trax …

I don’t try to outsmart my audience. I know a fair amount about music, but if I play songs that they’ve never heard, I’ll have a very short-lived show indeed.  I want them to know the songs, I also NEED them to know the songs, it makes the stories that much more relevant.

Even though I don’t reveal the band/song until the end, if my audience knows it’s a song they probably know, they’re more likely to tune in again & again.  And THAT, is what we in radio call, ‘The End Game’ …

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: 


Monday:                Until The End of The World – U2
Tuesday:                Get ‘Em Outta Here – Sprung Monkey
Wednesday:          I Do The Rock – Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Thursday               Only The Lonely – The Motels
Friday:                   Hey Man, Nice Shot – Filter
  

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: 


Monday:                Not Fragile – Bachman Turner Overdrive
Tuesday:                Over Now – Alice in Chains
Wednesday:          17 – Winger
Thursday               Pushin’ Too Hard – The Seeds
Friday:                   You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away – The Beatles



B-Well,


Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of OCT 30th: I Was at Radio Summit Earlier This Year When it Occurred To Me – B-Side Trax …

I was at Radio Summit this year when it hit me, I’ve been involved with radio for over 38 years !  Now we all know that our beloved medium is under attack from all sides, but for the kids in my hood, we all listened to the radio.  It’s where we heard new music, got our news & aligned with our favorite personalities.

Radio ain’t dead yet, the key is content. Just keep it relevant & interesting.  It all starts with a good song & a good story …

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: 


Monday:                Disappear – INXS
Tuesday:                Zip Lock – Lit
Wednesday:          Drown in My Own Tears – The Smithereens
Thursday               Your Woman – White Town
Friday:                   Rescue Me – The Alarm
  

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: 


Monday:                Stealin’ – Uriah Heep
Tuesday:                Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
Wednesday:          Silent Lucidity – Queensryche
Thursday               Come and Get Your Love – Redbone
Friday:                   Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty

B-Well,

Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of OCT 23rd: What Was Your 1st Job in Radio ? B-Side Trax …

I was working on a fish farm ( yes, there really is such a thing ! ) in Miami, but I really wanted to be in radio. I knew even then that without training or an uncle in the biz, I’d never get in in a big city. So I moved to Ft Myers, got a job dj’ing in a bar & guess what ?

I started at WINK, an AM, FM, TV combo, playing 97 Rock on a TM automated format on the FM.  And ‘The Music of Your Life’ on the AM side.  Hey, it got me in !  39 years later …

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: 


Monday:                Hitchin’ a Ride – Green Day
Tuesday:                Carnival – Natalie Merchant
Wednesday:          Gone Daddy Gone – Violent Femmes
Thursday               Lump – Presidents of the USA
Friday:                   People Who Died – Jim Carroll Band
  

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: 


Monday:                Sole Survivor – Asia
Tuesday:                She’s Got Issues – The Offspring
Wednesday:          Portrait ( He Knew )
Thursday               Vehicle – Ides of March
Friday:                   
Train Kept a Rollin’ – Aerosmith



B-Well,


Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of OCT 16th: What Was The 1st Thing You Ever Won On The Radio ? B-Side Trax …

I won a ” Keep on Truckin’ ” T-shirt from WMYQ in Miami.  Early 1970-something was the year.  I was so proud, wore that thing everywhere !  MYQ was the shizz back then …

Radio is still a viable medium for connecting with locals.  Concert & event tickets, local merchant products & swag.  Giveaways are a huge reason to tune in !  We still have the ear of the local listeners and we need to do what we can to keep it ! There’s other ways too. 

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: 


Monday:                Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction
Tuesday:                Mystery Achievement – The Pretenders
Wednesday:           Private life – Oingo Boingo
Thursday               Runaway – Linkin Park
Friday:                  Driver’s Seat – Sniff & The tears
  

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: 


Monday:                Lights Out – UFO
Tuesday:                Low – Cracker
Wednesday:           Fooling Yourself – Styx
Thursday               Incense & Peppermints – The Strawberry Alarm Clock
Friday:                  Cowgirl in the Sand – Neil Young



B-Well,


Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of OCT 9th: The First Record I Ever Bought – B-Side Trax …

I do.  It was the 45 ( remember those ? ) of R Dean Taylor’s “Indiana Wants Me”.  You see, my next door neighbor girlfriend was from Indiana.  At first, I had to play it on my parent’s stereo because I didn’t have my own.  But that was soon to change and so was the music I’d be listening to.

Music has always been important in my life, and I feel that it’s important in a lot of peoples lives.  I like giving people what they like.  What was your first record ??

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: 


Monday:                Legalize it – Peter Tosh
Tuesday:                Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
Wednesday:          Bring on the Dancing Horses – Echo & The Bunnymen
Thursday               Guerilla Radio – Rage Against The Machine
Friday:                   88 Lines About 44 Women – The Nails
  

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: 


Monday:                30 Days in The Hole – Humble Pie
Tuesday:                Can’t Get There From Here – REM
Wednesday:          All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople
Thursday               California Sun – The Rivieras
Friday:                   Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue



B-Well,


Mike

www.bsidetrax.com

Episodes – B-Side Trax – Week of OCT 2nd: Can a Show Featuring Less-Popular Songs Be Successful ? B-Side Trax …

Apparently so.  Popular music is popular because it’s, well, you know… But when you stop to think about how things are today, our listeners being bombarded with the same songs by the same artists, crossing over to other formats …

That’s where programming comes into play.  I have to play songs my listeners recognize & like. The stories carry them into the song, but if the song is unfamiliar, or worse, one they don’t like, it’ll be hard to get them to tune in each weekday. So far, it’s working …

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: 

Cannonball – The Breeders / Click To Play Show

Monday:                Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters
Tuesday:                Peaches – Presidents of  the USA
Wednesday:        Cannonball – The Breeders
Thursday              Got You Where I Want You – The Flys
Friday:                  Bulls on Parade – Rage Against The Machine
  
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: 

Silver, Blue & Gold – Bad Company / Click To Play Show

Monday:                When The Whip Comes Down – Rolling Stones
Tuesday:                Creep – Stone Temple Pilots
Wednesday:           The Green Manalishi … – Judas Priest
Thursday               Summertime Blues – Blue Cheer
Friday:                  Silver, Blue & Gold – Bad Company



B-Well,

Mike