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.
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 Nuke Em sprang into action and found one of the half dozen or so boxes containing our woefully outdated music collection and we started partying like it was 1999.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”
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 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.
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.
The Foo Fighters will be going to Africa this year! South Africa that is. I don't know a TON about South Africa other than I can trace some family back there in the 1800's and that's where the bad guys from Lethal Weapon 2 were from. OH, and my parents just went there on vacation. They brough me back some stuff.
Have some stuff from South Africa wich was all made in China
But after dropping a couple hints over the weekend, the Foo's have officially announced plans to play two shows -- one in Cape Town on December 10th and another in Johannesburg on December 13th. The stadium gigs will also feature the Kaiser Chiefs and BLK JKS as well. But Dave Grohl says they haven't forgotten about their Stateside fans. They've also confirmed an appearance at the Life Is Beautiful Festival, which takes place October 24th through the 26th in Las Vegas.
I want to hear "Big Me" on a Vevuzela
The Foo Fighters are set to release a new album in November and will also be the subject of a new HBO docuseries. That should be cool. I'm guessing a US Tour will follow. I hope so anyway
Every so often you find a story that totally blows your mind. Today I found the Instagram belonging to Medal Of Honor recipient, Kyle Carpenter. Which shows meeting Dave Grohl at the White House.
There’s a staggering amount of awesome going on here. Think about it, A guy wins gets the MEDAL OF HONOR for jumping on a grenade in Afghanistan. The youngest guy to ever get said medal by the way, and he lost an eye doing it. Then, while at the White House he just happens to run into Dave Grohl. I like to think of myself as being a badass, but there are several parts about that story where I would literally piss my pants.
Sorry Mr President.
Sure, I get to meet rockstars all the time, and I met Dave Grohl during the Olympics. But in the White House? I’d be all “Oh sure Barack, I’ll be with you in a sec”. I'm also trying to make heads or tails of why Dave Grohl is just wandering around The West Wing. Is that how it works? When you're a world famous rockstar you can just hang out wherever you want? I should really apply myself. Now that I think about it, the most ambitious thing I'VE today was use spellcheck to make sure I was spelling ambitious right for this blog.
Then I peed my pants again.
Anyway, Dave and his Foo Fighters are leading the lineup at the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience. Headlining this year's edition of the New Orleans event along with OutKast, Skrillex, and Arctic Monkeys. The full Voodoo lineup is available at WorshipTheMusic.com, where fans can also get tickets starting June 27th.
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