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What Do We Do If The Radio Station Breaks? jon | Mid Day
07/10/2014 | Filed In: Jon Smith | KXRK | X96 | Smashing Pumpkins | Salt Lake City | Radio

What Do We Do If The Radio Station Breaks?

What do you do if the radio station breaks?

Radio stations are one of those things that never stop running. We never close, and there is always someone working to keep this sumbitch on the air day and night. Which means at any given time there are about 50 things that could go wrong and knock us in to the dark. Our team of Ninjaneers or the DJ in the studio can fix most things fairly quickly. But every so often something gets messed up and you're neck deep in suck. Which I guess is why I'm often asked "What happens when the radio station breaks?"

Here at the X96, and pretty much every radio station in the country we have all of our music loaded on to a computer. It makes it much easier for the DJ's to find the music they want to play during their show, and it opens up a little bit of time during the day for me to fart around on the internet and look at cat videos and yojoe.com. (or write a blog). But computers suck, and at some point they all break. That's what happened yesterday at 10:14am. Our computer froze and Nuke Em and I were making this face for about 30 seconds.

 

 

"MOTHERF#&@ER!" 

 

The obvious solution would be to throw in a CD and reboot! Except we're moving into a new studio this weekend and all of our CD's were boxed up. Not to mention that we stopped using CD's about 12 years ago. The only CD's we HAD in the studio were either for an X-Sets weekend, or for the 90's At Noon, and those had been taken out about a week ago. Luckily the Lorde song we were playing was not cut short by the frozen compy, so we had about 40 seconds to figure out what to do. Nuke Em sprang into action and found one of the half dozen or so boxes containing our woefully outdated music collection and we started partying like it was 1999.

   I don't get it...  

 

I'm a little ashamed at how spoiled I've become with the computers. When I first started in radio we didn't even have a computer in the studio. Let alone have one for music. When we did finally put one in, my Program Director at the time, Biff Raff gave us very specific instructions NOT to use it. We didn’t listen of course. But now, we have 4. Only one of which actually controls the music, and it has no back up. Which meant for the next 90 minutes we were flying old school.

   

Look! We’re DJ’s!   

Eventually the system came back, and all was well with the world. It was actually kinda fun, Hopefully the listeners enjoyed the Jon Smith and Todd Nuke ‘Em 90’s party machine while we were making a huge mess and trying not to panic.

           

This is why we can’t have nice things.           

 At the same time it was a little sad knowing that since the CD wont be coming with us to our new studio, I may very well have just played the last CD that X96 will have on the air. So for future reference, it was Smashing Pumpkins “Today”

XOXOX JONSMITH

 

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Richie T interview with Reggie Watts Richie T |
07/07/2014 | Filed In: Reggie Watts | Comedy Bang Bang | Richie T | X96 | Radio From Hell

Richie T interview with Reggie Watts

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE

Reggie Watts

How did you get involved with the Oddball Comedy Festival?

I’ve had a good relationship with Funny or Die and when they were formulating this tour they started grabbing people that they know and people that they like. That was pretty much it. It was pretty mellow. It was just like, “Hey do you want to do this thing?”

Did you start in comedy?

No, I had actually started in music and was very serious about it for a very long time, but I had done some comedy, drama, and improv in grade school and high school. It was definitely part of my upbringing; I just didn’t make it more formal until I moved to New York in 2003.

How did you get involved with Comedy Bang Bang?

I was involved from the beginning. I had done Scott’s LIVE show and Podcast, as well as written the Comedy Bang Bang Theme song when it was a podcast, so it was a natural evolution from there.

You were part of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ last year as a fake director and nobody knew who you were. What was that like?

It was a surprise to me too. It was really, really fun wearing a stupid disguise which I improvised before getting on camera since they didn’t have a wardrobe for me. I just told them to grab me these few things, so I grabbed a woman’s sweater to wear.  

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE

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Eddie Vedder Drinks Wine From Fan's Shoe In Sweden jon | Mid Day
07/01/2014 | Filed In: eddie vedder | sweden | jon smith | x96 | kxrk | salt lake city | utah | peal jam | shoe drinking | kiss sucks

Eddie Vedder Drinks Wine From Fan's Shoe In Sweden

Eddie Vedder is a nutty cat. I mean as far as rockstars go, I suppose he's pretty tame, but as a human being? Come on. Just this past weekend he took time out of his on stage performance to drink wine out of a audience member's shoe. Nutty! Since I don't want to get sued for using copyrighted photos of Senor Vedder. I've put my award winning* MSPAINT skillz to work.

In addition to that, recent Pearl Jam concerts have featured everything from a fan getting a haircut onstage to an impromptu cover of "Let It Go" from the hit Disney movie "Frozen." WHY? What the Hell happend to rock concerts man. You wanna drop 50 bucks to see Pearl Jam cut a dude's hair? How about last week when Channel 2 News' Sterling Poulsen introduced KISS on stage? Don't get me wrong. I love Sterling, but I do NOT want to live in a world where KISS is introduced by a weatherman.

 

"Kiss sucks."

KISS is supposed to be evil! Our news anchors and meteorologists should be warning parents about the dangers of KISS, and how Pearl Jam is sticking it to the man! But no, Pearl Jam is giving away free hair cuts and guessing your weight like the guy at Lagoon. Sigh. I digress.  As I mentioned already, the latest from Pearl Jam's road tour of wackiness comes from their show on Saturday in Sweden. Vedder took a swig of wine from a shoe that a fan had thrown on stage. Vedder told the lucky fan he would "do you one better" and then poured the wine, gulped it down, and threw the shoe back as the crowd roared its approval. Im not saying that he should have taken a dump in the shoe, but c'mon!

 

    

I'll duece in the shoe once I finish this WICKED SOLO    

 

 

Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron can be seen shaking his head during Vedder's beverage break, but he can't help cracking a smile by the end of it.

Here. You watch and tell me what you think.

 

XOXOXO JONSMITH 

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Two Marilyn Manson Concerts Cancelled In Russia ! jon | Mid Day
06/30/2014 | Filed In: kxrk | jon smith | marilyn manson | russia | x96 | salt lake city

Two Marilyn Manson Concerts Cancelled In Russia !

It must be really HARD to upset Marilyn Manson. I mean, the guy is ALWAYS sad about something. I'm sure most of it is an act, but when you ACT sad and pissed off all the time, I'm sure it starts to stick. Even so, I bet ol' Mr. Manson was plenty sad this weekend when TWO of his shows were cancelled in Russia. Marilyn "Brain Warner" Manson threw out a tweet saying that Friday's concert in Moscow, which was part of the Park Live Festival, was axed just as the band was about to go onstage because of a bomb threat.

 

Plus it's not very easy to dance to

On top of that, protests allegedly forced authorities to deny Manson permission to put on a concert in central Russia on Sunday. The protesters were supposedly accusing Manson of promoting sadomasochism. Really? People in Russia are STILL protesting outside rock shows? It was one thing when people protested outside the Delta Center when Nine Inch Nails came to SLC in the 90's. I mean, it was still scary back then. Manson was supposed to open that show and for one reason or another was told he couldn't. But that was 1995! I guess Russia is a little behind on their pop culture.

 

 

   

What is it now that you are talking about, Willis??   

 

Despite the recent setbacks, Manson is set to continue his European tour later this summer. The next leg starts with a show in the Netherlands on August 6th.

XoXOX JONSMITH 

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Have you seen this on the World Cup? XAmbassadors interview with Richie T Richie T |
06/25/2014 | Filed In: XAmbassadors | World Cup | Jungle | Richie T | X96 | Meet the Bands

Have you seen this on the World Cup? XAmbassadors interview with Richie T

Hey it's Richie T here! If you've been watching the World Cup non-stop like I have, you've been hearing XAmbassadors song, 'Jungle'. I talked with XAmbassadors on Monday about their new hit song. Here is a sneak peek of my interview with them:

“Jungle” Collaboration with Jamie N Commons

I had the track prior to ever working with Jamie. Alex sent me this incredible beat that he had produced with this guy, Mike Del Rio, and I sat down, I wrote this hook to it. I wrote it and recorded it right in my girlfriend’s kitchen actually. Those are the vocals that you hear on the track – those are recorded in a kitchen apartment…I sent it to Alex [Da Kid], and Alex was like,”You know what, I’m going in to the studio with Jamie tomorrow. I’m going to show it to him, see what he thinks of it.” Jamie wrote these verses pretty quickly, and there it was. It’s done.

Check out more with XAmbassadors and the full interview on the Meet the Bands website HERE

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