November 12, 2013 - 7:37 AM
By Alan Pergament
Santa Claus may be coming to town on local radio a little too early for some local listeners, but it is music to the ears of local stations 96.1 FM (WJYE) and Star 102.5 FM (WTSS).
That's because "Jingle Bells" clearly helps jingle the stations' bottom lines during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.
Inquiring minds wanted to know if there was any evidence that the early holiday music helps the stations.
I know I'm not the only one who heads for the new alternative format at 107.7 FM or some other station as soon as I hear the lyrics of "Frosty the Snow Man," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" or some other Christmas or holiday classic.
I also know that my musical taste is not everyone's taste and not everyone is protesting.
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November 1, 2013 - 12:05 PM
By Alan Pergament
Entercom Buffalo has gone down through the Thruway to hire a new program director to "chart the course" for its new alternative radio station format, 107.7 FM.
Nik Rivers, who has been the program director and midday host at WZNE, 94.1, The Zone in Rochester, will join ALtBuffalo in mid-November as program director and brand manager.
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By Alan Pergament
If you are a regular reader, you probably know I am a big Broadway fan.
My late father turned me into one by playing show tunes on Sunday mornings.
I'm also a big basketball fan.
Which means I have a decision to make tonight when Miami meets San Antonio in game two of the NBA finals on Channel 7 at 8 tonight, the same time as the Tony Awards air on Channel 4.
I'll be rooting for LeBron James to help Miami tie the NBA series with San Antonio and Tony Parker because I want the series to last seven games.
And I'll be rooting for "Kinky Boots" to win the Tony for best musical.
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February 1, 2010 - 12:59 PM
The Grammies weren't just bad on Sunday night, they were thrillingly bad. It's been years since I've been so exhilirated by a TV show so awful and in such an exemplary way. Three entirely miscellaneous thoughts on the grandeur of the Grammy awfulness.
1. Phil Spector may be suffering behind bars in the joint for murdering Lana Clarkson but his triumph over televised American popular music in the year 2010 has been total. The personal "wall of sound" he concocted out of the sounds in his head has now become a corporate battlement keeping out almost everything individually virtuosic. Almost everything we heard was over-produced visually and sonically to the point of absurdity. Except for Pink's hilariously wackoTrapeze show, it was the ultimate in corporate music --busy, busy, busy eclecticism by armies of singers, musicians, dancers and technicians laboring to create musical brands without "authors," not even producers, songwriters or singers.
2. The show was the most useful demagogic tool I've seen in years for those of a spiritual bent. Here's why: Any Sunday school teacher or member of the clergy or even simple schoolteacher is going to run up against an insurmountable problem trying to prove the existence of the human soul. It's an abstraction infinitely useful as metaphor but utterly without concrete illustration.
Unless, that is, you watched the Grammies. Anyone watching all three and a half hours had a perfect, concrete marathon illustration of what total soullessness looks like. Ergo, the human soul would be everything that was the opposite of what we saw on Sunday night.
3. What my learned colleague Jeff Miers termed the "mashups" in the evening's musical presentation would make a terrific parlor game i.e. think of the most surreally inane numbers to be announced at future Grammy shows.
For instance: "And now Paris Hilton and Yo-Yo Ma perform 'You'll Never Walk Alone.'
"Here's Regis Philbin to sing 'Mr. Tambourine Man' with Jack DeJohnette playing tambourine."
It's a game, so help me, anyone can play. Enjoy.