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The World is A Ghetto

by on Mar.20, 2014, under Station Update, The Musings

The World Is A Ghetto ~

Or so it would seem with all of the drama going on all over the place lately…

English: Vladimir Putin at school age

Young VladimirL Some kids grow up to do the craziest things…

Disappearing planes, Putin putting the moves on the Ukraine (w0nder what he was like as a kid huh?). Politicians demonizing those less fortunate. Crazy. (Why is The Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion playing in the back of my mind?)

So, in order to get the rest of us in the mood to do something positive for those around us, I’m going to release this set on you a few weeks early.

What say you? Early you ask? Yes. Early.

I was saving it to be used as part of WBPM NEtRADIO’s upcoming celebration of a decade streaming music to ears in over 40 countries.

Streaming to people (I might add) that seem intent on shooting each other over something we all share (Hint: its something round and real pretty when seen from space. Another hint: It’s the only one we got.)

So tune in tomorrow from 12Noon Eastern on and check out some of the new goodness I have put together for you. I think that it will be uplifting as well as grounding and maybe even provide some foods for thoughts.

Not gonna bore you with the names of the artists who will be heard during the 5 hour long mix set. But, I will tell you that this particular set is best heard as a VIP (Those commercials are a royal pain and I know it).

That’s right, listen as a VIP (there’s a free trial I read recently). Which brings me to another idea my head bubbled up. I’m considering going all VIP starting next month.

That means if you try to tune in and you have not signed up as a VIP member you will not be able to hear what else I got planned… just sayin’.

What do you think about that?

Would you be willing to listen as a VIP if it meant no commercial interruptions and guaranteed that WBPM NetRADIO would be around for another decade?  Let me know… visit the stream by clicking on the player on the right hand side of the page and click the link to send DJ a message.

I’d appreciate hearing back from you… yeah you I see you out there… acting all shy and sneaky and whatnot…

Get involved …

Peace,

DJ

Okay okay…the set contains some brand new cuts from some new and not so new people and its ALL good.

 

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Cuts in the Key of “A”

by on May.27, 2013, under Station Update, The Music

Cuts in the Key of “A”

I-Luv-House-Music

That’s what’s happening this week.

Let’s see if you can tell. It will not be easy! You have a set that includes Jazz music, some old school Hip Hop, House music, Slow Jams and more all in the Key of A (major, minor…). Even thought they are of different genres and contain different messages its all about the same key. Different grooves, different moods but all good. So good in fact, you’re just going to have to tune in. Note I did not mention who was part of the set. That’s all I’m saying for now!

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The System is Up & Running!

by on Feb.18, 2013, under Station Update, The Music

FYI Kiddies…

Don't Disturb This Groove (album)

From Mic Murphy

Oh wait… You say you don’t know who this is? Let me jog your memories… Remember Eddie Murphy‘s “Coming To America” & “Beverly Hills Cop”? You heard their music. Remember “You’re In My System”? “Don’t Disturb This Groove?” Coming back now huh? Okay, Jeff Lorber fans, listen to his “Step by Step” album. Guess who’s on there? They’ve lent their talents to the likes of Phil Collins (remember “Sussidio”?), Chaka Khan (“I Feel For You”) and Mtume‘s “Juicy Fruit

That helped? Okay here’s a little bit of news for your ears…

“The 2013 System Album “System Overload” album has finally been released. It’s been many years since “Don’t Disturb The Groove” topped the airwaves and the music charts. Many things have changed but so many things have remained the same. Our passion for music is still the engine that drives our hearts and drives our music. We still endeavor to create music that quickens the pulse and lyrics that tell the story of our time. Yes we still believe in the magic chords and the truth, hell we still write bridges!

“We now have our own very small label “Science Lab Records” created with the sole intent and purpose of releasing the music of the System. Sort of a mental crutch to answer that age old question “what label you guy’s on? “Science Lab” (said with an intense deep reverby and powerful voice). “

Now, all you System fans, tune in and get a peek and go check out their site! (What you waiting for?)

Pssst…. Next, Chris Jasper (Isly Brothers)  has new music out too! (More to come!)

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Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

by on Oct.20, 2012, under The Musings

When you hear “Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing”

you know what that implies right?

Peek a Boo...

Peek a Boo…

So how come so many young artists fall for the game where someone claims to be a “manager” only to turn out to be about exploiting the individual seeking to make their way into the music business?

And, why do those naive individuals fail to listen to those who’d try to warn them to be aware of the pitfalls of listening to only the good things people say about their performances?

You know the story. It’s been played out over and over in movies about young starry eyed music star wannabees time and time again.

In case you missed the flicks it goes something like this. A young one discovers they have a great voice (or a not so great voice) and they ignore the advice to not put all their eggs in one basket or better yet take the time to learn more about their craft and the business.

Instead our young one listens to the platitudes offered up by some  wolf in sheep’s clothing, seeking to make a lot of dimes off of the young one’s talents while never really offering anything to help the person along. Happens everyday.

Kids, remember this. It’s great you can create great beats. But, realize so can a million others just like you. If you wanted to be a pilot would you not need to learn to fly first?

What makes you think that because your beats are banging that your beats will be loved worldwide automatically?

Do your homework.

Learn all you can about The BUSINESS.

A woodcut of "The wolf in sheep's clothin...

A woodcut of “The wolf in sheep’s clothing” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Doing so will serve you greatly when all is said and done. You may also find yourself with less parasites attached to your life.

Listen to this station and hear what other artists (who are a bit further along their paths) have been able to achieve. It might help you get an idea of how far along your path you’ve gone.

Better yet, I hope what you hear inspires you to keep on doing what you love to do.

To all of you soon to be superstars, check out Kashif’s “All You Better Know About The Music Business”. Search for it online. It’s been out a while but is still pertinent to today’s business of Music.

It will help you to see that a wolf in sheep’s clothing is nothing more than a naked pup.

Just a thought.

Peace,

DJ

P.S.: VOTE fool! Your LIFE does depend on it.

P.P.S: Oh yeah… yet another brand new set is streaming. Put an ear on it. It’s good.

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Just wanted to go to the movies…

by on Jul.24, 2012, under The Musings

“We just wanted to go to the movies!!”

Police Car Lights

Is what the lady said as the news hounds interviewed her and the other survivors of that midnight madness at the movie theater over in Aurora. Surely someone will be asking at some point “What were you doing when…”. I know what I was doing….

Sitting up in the middle of the night thinking random thoughts about the life and times (for starters…)

Maggot Brain had come on and the tv was tuned to some news channel with the sound muted. My eyes kept getting drawn the blue and red flashing lights on the screen. My brain was not processing what they were sending though. My ears had preempted all programming as Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” faded in building in volume.

The version I was listening to was not the familiar one most people have heard. This was a 14 minute version from another album where they played it live. (Funkadelic Live Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan 12th September 1971). Not a bad sounding recording my ears were saying – but my eyes kept cutting in…

At some point I I turned on the closed captioning on the TV to discover hell had revisited earth yet again…and the music played building to a crescendo of guitars as I read the news…

Wildly estimated body counts started coming in as the drummer got some…

Somehow the music added the perfect context to the event. Hard to explain. and I was thinking to myself, they only wanted to see a movie…crazy. And the music fit perfectly. Check this out…

Willard really? In a movie theater?

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Check Out Slow Jam Set Tonight @ 10p EST

by on Nov.01, 2011, under Station Update

Check Out Slow Jam Set Tonight @ 10p EST

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Hope all is well or better yet improving….

Got a request for a slower set so here ya go! click the player widget (to the right there) and listen in and let me know if this should be a regular event at WBPM NetRADIO. To give you an idea if what’s coming, here’s a peek at what you’ll be hearing:

Khara sings the classic Rose Royce cut “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” in Italian. Nice job too! Diana Ross is heard in a rare remix of “My World Is Empty”, The Isleys take a “Voyage To Atlantis”, Heatwave’s “Always and Forever” – You’ll also hear from Tony Toni Tone, S.O.S Band and plenty of others taking it down a notch while heating it up. Enjoy!

 

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Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy…

by on Sep.25, 2011, under Station Update

Vesta Williams

R.I.P. Vesta Williams

Seemed kinda like the right thing to say

considering the state of politcs lately…

“Ahm jus sayin'”

Okay, so a new set is up and running and you are probably wondering whats in it.

Here’s a clue:

I’ve added three Vesta Williams cuts to the latest set. It just  started streaming earlier today. “Don’t You Blow A Good Thing” b/w Morris Day‘s instrumental version of “Fishnet” b/w Vesta’s “Once Bitten”. Later I added “Congratulations” to the end of the set.

I’ve also added in a few classic R&B and club hits cuts like Steve Arrington‘s “Nobody Can Be You’, “Tramp” by Carla Thomas and Otis Redding, Keith Sweat‘s”I Want Her”, “Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll” by Vaughn Mason & Crew and others.

I might as well not be stingy and let you know I finally got “Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy” cleaned up and sounding great and it is in the set as well.

Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy

This is the uncut original out of print album version.

Yeah the 15 minute version…. heheheh… sounds good too! No turntable rumble or pops and clicks at all. You get to hear the song as it was intended. The solo that blew minds years ago now can blow yours. (For free no less!)

For you musicians… this is a cut you could do well to listen to. You will hear good production, arrangement and writing in this cut from end to end.

For the vocalists… If you can harmonize with others like these sisters do then YOU ARE ON POINT.

I Want This CD for Christmas!!

This is one of those cuts where even the backup singers put in work. Everything is firing on all cylinders.

What’s really important is that you get a chance to hear another awesome example of great female vocals working together. The Brides vocal work on this cut is something you just don’t hear often enough. (Too much auto-tuning going on the radio lately folks if ya asked me.) And it’s funky to boot.

Later you will hear cuts from all over including Art of Noise, Donald Byrd, Duke, Empress, Ralph Falcon, Aly-Us, Sister Sledge, Red X’s “House is the Message” (think “M.F.S.B.’s “Love Is The Message” with even bigger teeth), Louie Vega, The Muthafunkaz (still feeling “Whoa!”), Divas of Color, King Kooba and many more.

Okay enough reading .

Click the station widget on the right and get to listening!

Drop me a note after listening to the Brides. I’d like to get your responses..

Peace,

DJ

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What are you doing?

by on Sep.02, 2011, under The Musings

Traffic congestion, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Now THIS is traffic!

That’s what bounced around the inside of my skull earlier today.

“What are you doing?”

Huh? I’m driving around in the crazy Tampa traffic. That’s what I was doing when the question floated up. The thought came right after the notion that there is absolutely no reason on this earth that a town this small should have such traffic congestion. It’s not like I’m on the BQE in NYC or stuck on 495 circling D.C. or sitting debating whether I should’ve taken 90 instead of 94 out of Chicago or which is quicker from Kearny Mesa during afternoon “rush” 805 or 15 to hit I-8 and head east…..

Then the question came…again:

“What are you doing?

Huh?

I’m sitting here blowing dollars out the quad exhaust of this car at the moment getting damn near zero miles per gallon (more like getting gallons per mile).

As traffic eased and I started to move the question kept repeating…”What are you doing?”

Whaat?!?

I’m moving, that’s what I’m doing. I’m motivating down the street!! Jeez….

I get in the drive way, I park the car, I head inside and I sit down and stare at the mixer and yet again…

“What are you doing?”

Rolling my eyes…I heaved out a sigh and thought… “I’m going to go ahead and upload the latest set right now…satisfied? Jeeez….Come to think of it, I gotta do that internet radio station clean-up routine too!”

I see that we have some new listeners out there. Cool!

So you’ve heard some of the recent sets. I hope you enjoy them and hang around because I have plans (rubbin’ hands together)… The songs of the latest set have been picked with some of everyone in mind …Guess who if you dare….Or there might be a song that kinda fits your day if you know what I mean….

In any case…

“What are you doing?”

Did you know you can now listen to WBPM NetRADIO with your Android based phone from anywhere?

 

 

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Rest in Peace Nick Ashford

by on Sep.01, 2011, under The Music

Nick Ashford

Nick Ashford (1941-2011)

Dear Valerie,

To you and the family our deepest regrets. Words can’t even begin to express…

Thanks to you both,

the lessons of your music made me aware of some of the things I deserve in life….

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson are definitely a pair of the “unsung” who’ve crafted hits for a number of R&B, soul music artists over the past decades. The body of work created by these two reads better than Billboards charts anytime. The roster of artists who’ve been influenced and or propelled by their creations reads like a Who’s Who in Music. Check it out. You’ll see.

Rest in Peace Nick Ashford

Peace,

DJ

 

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“New music added today”

by on Jun.12, 2011, under Station Update

Dennis Ferrer

Cover of Dennis Ferrer

New sets added today. Check them out!

New sets start right after Wa ‘D’s Jazz set today at 4:30Pm Eastern US time and continue through the week with new sets added much more often!

You will hear cuts by:

Angela Johnson, Ursula Rucker, Kim English, DJ Spinna,Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Sagat, Barbara Tucker, Joyce Sims, The Temptations, Keith Thompson, Beenie Man, Masters at Work, Voices, Ed The Red, DJ Andre Allen, Ital Foods, Blu Mar Ten, Marques Wyatt, Sister Sledge, Sole Fusion, Roland Clark, Flowriders, Johnny Corporate, Dennis Ferrer, Kerri Chandler, Mark Farina, Deep Bros., Bassmental, Lawnchair Generals, DJ Spettro, Vibezelect, Lady Bug Mecca, Jay Tripwire, Omega, Charles Moui, Club Artists United, Urban Soul, Harmony Funk, Marshall Jefferson, Chucky Sly, Orange Muse, Alexander East, Moodswings, Versus, The Ananda Project, Galaxy People and many more (tired of typing!)

So tune in and hear what you won’t hear on the radio in a way they can’t play it on the radio!

Don’t forget WBPM NetRADIO is now available to VIP listeners on their iPods, Android devices and in your properly equipped rides!

Peace,

DJ

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New Show Added To WBPM NetRADIO

by on Jun.12, 2011, under Station Update

Behringer dj mixer

Image via Wikipedia

New show added to WBPM NetRADIO programming.

For The Jazz In You…

As promised starting today new DJs are coming online starting with one of the most impressive musicologists you will meet anywhere…

Who is he? His sound will speak for him. This DJ has one of the most extensive collections of music anywhere and his taste in sound is simply breathtaking as is his devotion to music for a people.

Astute and inciteful in his knowledge of the music, Wa ‘D – “Str8 Outta Jersey” will be bringing a truly eclectic blends of Jazz flavors to WBPM NetRADIO for our listening pleasure starting with this first set created just for the global WBPM NetRADIO listening audience.

You will hear artists as varied as Azymuth to Grover Washington performing songs that will be familiar to many though never heard quite “that” way.

The set starts today at Noon Eastern US time and will play throughout the week. Check the schedule for show times for the rest of the week.

Tune in and let’s check out Wa ‘D’s set and as always we love your feedback.

I think you’re gonna like this. I know I did!

Peace,

DJ

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This is what happened…

by on Jun.11, 2011, under Station Update

Books in the Douglasville, Georgia Borders store.

Image via Wikipedia

Gonna tell ya a little story…

Starts with car got totaled.

Picked up with no broken bones and station blocked to non-vips…

Continued pissed offedness over Borders closing…grr

Ended with you can now connect…

And new DJs coming real soon!

See it was little right?

 

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The 2011 Listener Survey

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Station Update

Okay folks I’m turning the tables and making a request….

I need you to take 3 or 4 minutes and fill out the listener survey at the bottom of the page.

If you listen I want your opinion.

I know most of you listen for FREE online, especially when you travel or play video games or work from home running your home business from your computer!

The last time a survey was taken, the data indicated that most of you were female between the ages of 25 and 65, listened to WBPM NetRADIO at work and at home in the bed.

Now that you can listen on your smart phone, ipads and in some cases in your cars I want to know what has changed since then. Please fill out the poll and help me get a clue!

It’s pain free, quick and simple and by filing out the survey you will helping me to continue to promote the music we all love!

It would be huge and I (among a number of other folks who may or may not help me really do some great things) would love to know what you think about the station. Fill out this short survey. After 7 years on the air I think some of you 1200+ listeners has an opinion or two so why not share them with me.

Would you like news on various topics, or how to make money online, things about travel or hotel specials,  health and fitness, more Music or general entertainment news? Or..maybe you want news about electronics or photography. How about access to ebooks or articles on how to do minor things to take care of your car? Whatever …it helps to know what people want… I know, I know..there’s a saying “Give the people what they want and they want it all the time..” that’s cool.

What I get out of all of this..

First, the information you provide would help me to make the station even better from a listener’s point of view. I have additional DJs standing by ready to come online and need to know what they need to know to play for you.

Second, this project costs a pretty penny. Not to mention the music costs, there are licensing costs, equipment costs (the next mixer upgrade is already at the $2,000 mark!) and in order to take this station to where I want it to be this site has to make  “moolah” – “ducats” – “dinero” – ” cheese” – “bus fare” – “eggs and bacon” … (scratch that…that was breakfast). So, with the information you provide “I” (or) “We” (but really) “Me” will be able to know which way to flow…

Or it could convince me to hang it up.

So…What do you say?

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Heads Up!

by on Apr.09, 2011, under The Music

3 + 3

The Isley Brothers

HEY!

You’re familiar with the Isley Brothers right? (Of course you are!). If you’ve ever listened to an Isley Brothers cut then you’ve heard Chris Jasper!

Music lovers know the Isley sound. Chris is an integral part of that having written and performed on many of their biggest hits. For those of you not in the know…

CLICK HERE!

Well, coming soon I will be adding cuts from Chris Jasper’s latest CD!

Also his son the very very talented  Michael Jasper also has a CD out and I’ll also be adding cuts from his work as well! So all you Isley fans will be able to hear what’s been going on on the Jasper front!

You can hear both Chris and Michael telling you to keep listening to WBPM NetRADIO where you hear the best of the best music on the internet between sets,  commercial breaks and when you tune in!

More to come….  😉

DJ

 

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New tracks on now…

by on Mar.16, 2011, under Station Update, The Music, The Other Stuff

Stress

Image by Dave-F via Flickr

Well it seems to be a consistantly crazy week down here…

So I thought I’d mix things up a little. Added two new sets..theres like 50hrs of music waiting for you!. The sets are something a little more laid back with some Jazz and chilled grooves reggae and also one with a lot of juicy Old School cuts, afro beat and more. Hope you enjoy them and I hope they destress you as needed (as I do!)

I’ve added artists like Passport, The Temptations, Herbie Hancock, Funkadelic, the Isley Brothers, Forss, Khara, Ziggy Marley, Earth, Wind & Fire, Joy Denalane, Kmotiv, Levert, Erykah Badu, Christian McBride, Talvin Singh, Visit Venus, Eighty Mile Beach, Carlinhos Brown, Square One, Ursula Rucker, Jazzanova, Echobox, DJ Scissorkicks, Waiwan, Platinum Pied Pipers, J Boogie, Soulstice, Los Orishas, Taana Gardner, Empress, Mad Scientist, Raw Silk, Stevie Wonder and many many more artists! So enjoy the flow okay?

Peace,

DJ

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This Just In…

by on Mar.09, 2011, under The Other Stuff

This Thursday…

 

Jacnique

 

Jacnique will be singing at The Warehouse in Marina del Rey at 8PM. We will be celebrating my recent awards nominations for 2011 Los Angeles Music Awards “Jazz Artist of The Year” and 2011 Black Music Awards “Neo-Soul Artist of The Year”. Here is the address:

Thursday, March 10th 8:00PM

The Warehouse

4499 Admiralty Way

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

310-823-5451

http://www.mdrwarehouse.com

Tickets are $10.00

Also…

The Los Angeles Music Awards Nomination Ceremony & Performance next Thursday,

March 24th at Whiskey a Go Go in West Hollywood at 7:00PM. Here is the address:

Thursday, March 24th 7:00PM

Whiskey a GoGo

8901 Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

310-652-4202

http://www.whiskeyagogo.com

Tickets are $15.00

For tickets to either show, please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible by replying to this email at jacniquetickets@jacnique.net or call 323-580-8382 and put your ticket request in because tickets are going fast!!! Tickets must be purchased in advance via Paypal in order to be held at the door.

And…

The Black Music Awards will be held in Los Angeles on May 7th. Save the date!

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Oh. So noow you want a T-Shirt….

by on Mar.06, 2011, under Station Update, The Music, The Other Stuff

Geek & Graphic T-Shirts

Too late the store is gone!

Maybe I will license the designs to some clothing creation bunch…we shall see.

In the meantime, enjoy the music.

It has been a long day. Hopefully these cuts will chill out the night….

 

Oh yeah….By the way…. For you funkateers…March 15th Amazon.com will be releasing a  Funkadelic compilation CD packed with some serious goodies….

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Your Last Chance…

by on Feb.28, 2011, under Station Update, The Musings, The Other Stuff

store closing

Image by Kilgub via Flickr

This is it.

The last day.

The end of an era.

Only hours left …

To catch a piece of internet history

A chance to collect wearables totally unique in all of your wardrobes.

That’s right.

You have mere hours to grab some rare and unique artforms, clothing and more at the WBPM NetRADIO store. After this day there will be no more.

(sniff!!) I’m gonna miss ya store! And so will you.

I want to again thank those of you who’ve purchased shirts, t-shirts, undergoodies, artwork, cups, thermos and more from the store over the years. Wow its been open since 2004! (Okay so its not like been open since the inception of Woolworth’s but you get the idea).

If you have not seen what you are about to miss…look NOW because when I wake up the WBPM NetRADIO Store will be history. The store is located at http://www.cafepress.com/wbpm Those of you who decide to make a last minute purchase WILL receive your orders!!

 

Think I’ll spill some funk for those who’ve missed out.

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Takes me back (again) …

by on Feb.22, 2011, under Station Update, The Musings

Takes me back to then…

“All these goings on over in Africa…”

Well…

just do what you do but do it right…(isn’t that a song from somewhere?)

“Huh?”

northern-africa

It’s like Deja vu all over again…

…you say? Here’s a clue. Check your maps …. Don’t forget Sudan..both of them… (okay shoot the map guy!)

#Libya #Tunisia #Egypt … Imagine that…(Good luck people)

(Still feelin’ woozy? Here is why I feel it’s like deja vu all over again. Come back when you’re finished.)

So remember kiddies…let these times be a lesson. All it takes is to remove the pebble out from under the boulder to get it to start  rolling downhill. Oh, and never buy Texas from a Cowboy (remember that cut?).

Can you draw a line between those places on the map and Wisconsin or more recently Texas and relate? Can you see how one group  is fighting to hold on while others are trying to get a hold? Do you understand the machinations behind the opposition to those movements is about power while the protagonists are fighting for the right?

Well the Isley’s said it first. “You’ve got to fight the powers that be.”

While the Temps shook their heads muttering It’s all a “Ball of Confusion…”

While you contemplate what in the world I am talking about ..know this…

I’ve added more tracks into the rotation so if you tune in you will hear additional amazing sets created from deep within the catacombs of WBPM NetRADIO. There’s House, Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, World Beat, Deep House Grooves, Chill Beats, Reggae and much more from across the planet. Get it while it’s hot!

Later!

DJ

P.S.: 2nd Chance part 1. This mess is playing out like a Billy Preston record. What you’ve read is a post from about two years ago. Now step back into real time and ask yourself “that on the radio again?” Click and see why I say what I say when I said it today.

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76 More Tracks Added!

by on Feb.10, 2011, under Station Update, The Music

Sugar Hill Gang: Rapper's Delight

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Interesting set here…tune in anytime during the day.

I’ve added an additional 6 hours of some of the best music you’re going to hear these days to the station’s master play schedule! This new set runs the gamut from downtempo to chill beats to Neo and Soul Classics.

As always, you’ll also get plenty of mixes only heard here on WBPM NetRADIO. Worldbeat and Reggae from around the world is included and some classic dance hits from back in the day. No one is going to be mad at you if you start tapping your feet and humming along!

Remember, if you are hearing commercials you are not hearing the music as it was intended to be heard here on WBPM NetRADIO.

Click on the ad over on the right hand side and try out the FREE VIP Trial. Then you will hear the flow as it was intended to be heard. Commercial Free and Non-Stop.

Have a Sane Day okay?

Get Well #Herc… (Learn something y’all … if ya don’t know..click below)

Keep Standing Tahrir Square, #Cairo

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Maintenance Window Feb. 5th Starting 9pm Eastern!

by on Feb.02, 2011, under Station Update

Tube Maintenance Workers

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Upcoming Stream Maintenance Period…

On February 5, 2011, between 9pm and February 6th 3am EST (2-8 GMT/UTC), our carrier network will be performing a major production database upgrade. During the extended maintenance period, the WBPM NetRADIO website will remain up but the station stream may not be available for periods during that time. If you are connected and listening to the stream when the maintenance begins you will not be dropped immediately. If your connection drops during the maintenance period you may find it hard to re-connect to the the station. Just so ya know!

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Rate The Tracks You Hear

by on Jan.26, 2011, under Station Update

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Hmmm some of you have been clicking while listening…

Clicking to show which songs you like the best that is. There are over 300 tracks in play for you to vote on. And some of you have been doing that. Thank you much! It’s real cool seeing how you feel about the music and helps us (yeah….’nother DJ coming on-board real soon) see what you’re feeling so keep clicking!

How to vote? Become a VIP and download the VIP player. What does it get you? Well…

Non-Stop Music

No Commercials

Plus you get an easy way to:

Click to Buy The Track

Click to Order The CD

Add The Track to your Wish List

And of course Rate the Track!

See The Playlist

Highest rated songs so far this month:

5 Stars:

House Is Da Message (Original Mix) – Red X Presents When Worlds Collide

The Realms of Music – Roy Mclaren

Crazy – Black Coffee featuring Thiwe

4 Stars:

Don’t Stop – Thor

Take The D Train – Pete Rock

Tis Your Kind of Music – Graham Central Station

Star of the Story – Yam Who

Tiny Forces – Only Freak

Dusted – DJ Scissorkicks

Underground Is My Home (Main Mix) – Dennis Ferrer

School of Acid – Chris Carrier

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Numbers Game…

by on Jan.20, 2011, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

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More from the

“Things That Make You Go Hmmm…” Department.”

This year we will have 4 special dates.

1/1/11 New Year’s Day

1/11/11 January 11th, 2011

11/1/11  November 1st, 2011

11.11/11  November 11th, 2011

Try this on everyone and see if it bears out.Drop a comment here. I want to see what happens…

So far it works for everyone I know except those born in 2010 (11)

What you do is add the year you were born to the age you will be this year
Did the number add up to 111?

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Huh? What is it? (House Music)

by on Jan.14, 2011, under The Music, The Musings

Huh? What is it? (House Music)

Dennis Ferrer mixing house music

I was talking to a good friend of mine today…

(He’s like a musicologist. Always ready with some info I would’ve never even had a clue about. He’s the “who played with who when before we even heard of them back when they were like 15” kinda deep.)

about music in general and house in particular.

The conversation started of with a hint of how we “lacked an appreciation” for those chipmunk sounding chics coming with noise and having nothing to say yadda-yadda-yadda….

We eventually talked about music from back in the day.

The early days of hip hop music, vocalists like Chaka, Aretha, Luther, Melle Mel and his fellow furious ones, Patryce Banks, the funk and nothing but the funk, bands and on and on. We talked about famous radio people that broke the hottest music like Crocker, O’jay, Byrd, Higginson, Renee and others. We talked about their influence they and what other influences had on House Music. We talked tossed names like Levan and others. We talked about “traditional” R&B music acts that had tried to cross over via disco and our impressions of the results. Some successful and some spectacular flame outs. We even talked about the disappearance of “The Bands”…

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1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Western Bronx. Kool Herc, generally credited as the originator of hip-hop music, lived and threw his first parties in this building. Photo from July 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I told about how I saw Earth, Wind and Fire disappear off the stage in front of everyone at the concert in such a way that made people put out their joints. We talked about our impressions of the Isleys in concert and of course how many times we experienced P-Funk Live….

Then we got quiet… (Thinking…being introspective…hmmmm)

After a few minutes …

we looked at each other and at the same time asked…

“What happened to all the clubs?!??”

We practically heard crickets in response.

My thoughts drifted to the famous NY clubs from back in “my” day. Nels, The Down Under, The Shelter, Garage and others. Spot sin Brooklyn I’ve passed through and totally enjoyed yet now sadly can’t even remember the names to. We started talking about the artists who would come through and do club dates (too many lip synch‘d but I understand totally).

After few puffs on the minted cigar and Mojito I’d come to enjoy, the question came out…

“So..uhh what is House Music anyway?”

We both cracked up as we fumbled for an explanation. There were so many terms and definitions used to describe, define or confine it. Most have been recited and retold. Just in case, we mumbled through half of them. (Even the infamous..”Music in the house” one.)

After a good laugh and a few sips we just looked at each other I said “#House Music is….”

“…The Shit.” He finished the sentence.

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Is That You?

by on Jan.04, 2011, under Station Update, The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

Happy new Year and all that …

I was going through the stats for the last month while doing end of year stuff and thought I’d share this and also my thanks to you for making this a truly global experience.

This is a list of cities that have had people visit this site and then listen to the station in the last 30 days. Right now -as of this moment- there are a total of 1,199 people who have set up their players or web browsers to directly listen to the station. Who will be 1200? What the data shows is that usually people hit the site first then click the widget over on the right hand side to listen. Interestingly there is another large group of people who connect directly to the station and then click to visit the site! Cool!! Two way traffic!

By the way.

Get $20 off! Become a V.I.P. (click the link)

Or get a FREE 5 Day Trial –>

What do you get? As a VIP you get to hear WBPM NetRADIO as it should be heard. That is without ANY interruptions. Just non-stop music. Imagine what the station sounds like without breaks. Ask a VIP who listens and see what they say. Oh much as I hate to admit it…you also get to tune into literally thousands of other commercial free stations as well. But I suspect that you may wander but you will always come back. Why because NO ONE else is streaming quite like this.

The first person who becomes  1200th person to save WBPM NetRADIO as a preset and becomes a VIP by clicking the banner below gets to pick something valued up to $25 from the WBPM Store.

I had a conversation recently with someone who claims I have a nice radio voice and wanted to know why no live shows recently. In short, I’m looking for the right equipment. One of my mixers died and it was absolutely perfect for doing live shows. The remaining ones are more an exercise in frustration more than anything else and I don’t think you want to hear me cussin’ in the background HAHAHA!!!

What does all these listeners mean to me? Well…hmmm….It means that maybe I am on the right track (?); Music is truly a universal language (?); Good Beats move feets (?). Maybe it means that we might have a lot more in common than some might want us to believe. I suspect that it might be a good thing that I keep my mouth shut and let the music pass the word instead. That make sense?

So, what does the coming year bring? I have not the slightest idea. Maybe people will start buying that WBPM NetRADIO gear I have on sale. That would keep the station on the air

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for another year. Or, maybe some hurting terrestrial radio station will discover what I am doing and PAY ME to come and play  program director helping them to dominate their market (yeahhh riiiiiiiiiiiiight!!).

Would be cool to get on Sirius. Anyone know anyone? I’d yap it up for that!!

It was pointed out that if each one of those 1,199 kind folks signed up as a VIP we could go live 24/7, upgrade the gear in here, do much more on the site with artists, upgrade the gear in here, and possibly stream video from special events at locations like New York and Miami (Did I mention upgrade the gear in here?). That would be cool since the Winter Music Conference is coming in about two months. Imagine getting live feeds from the events down there during that week (See photo at right heheheh!). (Looking around for a hat to pass right now!) Well, whatever happens in 2011 I wish us ALL the best and less headaches….

Here’s the list of the top listening cities in the past 30 days:

1. New York New York United States

2. Somewhere in France….

3. Scottsdale Arizona United States

4. Bedzin Slaskie Poland

5. Jersey City New Jersey United States

6. Brooklyn New York United States

7. Atlanta Georgia United States

8. Arlington Virginia United States

9. Oshawa Ontario Canada

10. Ipswich Suffolk United Kingdom

11. Valencia Comunidad Valenciana Spain

12. Bangkok Krung Thep Thailand

13. East Elmhurst New York United States

14. Manchester Manchester United Kingdom

15. Czestochowa Slaskie Poland

16. Cheltenham Gloucestershire United Kingdom

17. Lombard Illinois United States

18. Charlotte North Carolina United States

19. Montego Bay Saint James Jamaica

20. Chicago Illinois United States

21. Caldas Da Rainha Leiria Portugal

22. Rio Rancho New Mexico United States

23. Newton Iowa United States

24. Thessaloníki Thessaloniki Greece

25. Toronto Ontario Canada

26. Ratisbon Bayern Germany

27. Rome Lazio Italy

28. Superior Wisconsin United States

29. Concord California United States

30. Ljubljana Bohinj Slovenia

31. Madrid Madrid Spain

32. Miami Florida United States

33. Cabot Arkansas United States

34. Melbourne Florida United States

35. Zapopan Jalisco Mexico

36. Tokyo Tokyo Japan

37. Round Rock Texas United States

38. San Francisco California United States

39. Queensbury New York United States (Where?)

40. Towson Maryland United States

41. Auburn Pennsylvania United States

42. Nuremberg Bayern Germany

43. Brisbane Queensland Australia

44. Kissimmee Florida United States

45. Richmond Virginia United States

46. Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand

47. Longmont Colorado United States

48. Muntinlupa City Rizal Philippines

49. Bloomington Illinois United States

50. Tallahassee Florida United States

51. Basildon Essex United Kingdom

52. Metz Lorraine France

53. Fredericksburg Virginia United States

54. Green Cove Spr. Florida United States

55. San Isidro Lima Peru

56. Garches Ile-de-france France

57. Cumming Georgia United States

58. Szászberek Jasz-nagykun-szolnok Hungary

59. Targovishte Turgovishte Bulgaria

60. Harcourt New Brunswick Canada

61. Stockton California United States

62. Ussana Sardegna Italy

63 New Castle Delaware United States

64. Asheboro North Carolina United States

65. Santiago Region Metropolitana Chile

66. Köping Vastmanlands Lan Sweden

67. Elmhurst New York United States

68. Quincy Illinois United States

69. Yamanashi Shizuoka Japan

70. Chiba Chiba Japan

71. Mechelen Antwerpen Belgium

72. Guangzhou Guangdong China

73. Konstanz Baden-wurttemberg Germany

74. Manassas Virginia United States

75. New Paltz New York United States

76. Sarajevo Federation Of Bosnia And Herzegovina

77. Fort Worth Texas United States

78. Kingsport Tennessee United States

79. New Haven Connecticut United States

80. Montgomery New York United States

81. Laval Quebec Canada

82. Reda Pomorskie Poland

83. Nice Provence-alpes-cote D’azur France

84. Wappingers Falls New York United States

85. Puyallup Washington United States

86. Pomigliano D’arco Campania Italy

87. Lyon Rhone-alpes France

88. Seoul Seoul-t’ukpyolsi Republic Of Korea

89. Suzano Sao Paulo Brazil

90. Bridgewater New Jersey United States

91. Rosedale New York United States

92. Istanbul Istanbul Turkey

93. Svätý Jur Bratislava Slovakia

94. Bath Bath And North East Somerset United Kingdom

95. Elmwood Park Illinois United States

96. Bellevue Washington United States

97. Stefania Emilia-romagna Italy

98. Graz Steiermark Austria

99. Cranbury New Jersey United States

100. Benson North Carolina United States

101. Mezohegyes Bekes Hungary

102. Portoroz Bohinj Slovenia

103. West Harrison New York United States

104. La Baie Quebec Canada

105 Alamosa Colorado United States

106. Waukesha Wisconsin United States

107. Trnava Trnava Slovakia

108. Odolena Voda Hlavni Mesto Praha Czech Republic

109. Selkirk New York United States

110. Ningbo Zhejiang China

111. Forest Hills New York United States

112. Apple Valley California United States

113. Newark California United States

114. Leiden Zuid-holland Netherlands

115. Wingdale New York United States

116. Budapest Budapest Hungary

117. Calgary Alberta Canada

118. Santa Clara California United States

119. São Paulo Sao Paulo Brazil

120. Bronx New York United States

121. Burnaby British Columbia Canada

122. Carrollton Texas United States

123. Upper Marlboro Maryland United States

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The Latest Set Starts Streaming Today!

by on Nov.22, 2010, under Station Update, The Music

Cover of "Nuyorican Soul"
Cover of Nuyorican Soul

This latest set turned out interesting.

Once again, I didn’t plan what I would play. Actually I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I started messing around. Next thing I know its daylight and I have over five hours of music blended. I listened to the mixes.

I have to say I think I need to wake up in the middle of the night more often! Somehow I get the feeling that the groove of the entire set expresses where I’d rather be versus where I am. It’s more of a driving beat kind of thing with some interesting interludes.

About an hour and a half in you’ll hit Marques Wyatt’s “For Those Who Like To Get Down“. I think you’ll find the blend that flows  into “Love & Happiness” (River Ocean feat. India) and then into Sumo’s “Santiago Boys” off of the Bargrooves Cosmopolitan compilation very interesting. Keep an ear on the keyboards is all I’m saying. There are other triple mixes in the set too.

You will also hear Brother Jack McDuff and cuts by Angelique Kidjo, Miguel Migs, Cameo, US Collective, Jon Cutler, Limelife, Kim English, Jay Tripwire, Kludo, Angela Johnson, George Kranz (Din Daa Daa…remember that?), Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Ike “Black Liquid” Ngwaba, Fredrik Stark, Lisa Shaw, Kenny Dope and Chuck Diesel to name just a few.

Now I suspect a few of you might not know who some of these artists are. That’s cool. I didn’t either until I listened.

Stay You & Enjoy the Music! Gotta go!

“DJ ?”

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Okay I lied…kinda….

by on Nov.11, 2010, under Station Update, The Music, The Musings

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Yesterday I mentioned in a post that I would be adding 100 tracks for today. I was off by a little..its like 204.

The first set started at 1pm Eastern (US) and was prompted by me staring at my 3 basses thinking “I really need to play more”. I started thinking of the songs I used to play and that’s how I wound up with 200+ songs!

These sets add up to 25 hours of music. A little of this and that. From Afrobeat to Fusion with a liberal sprinklin of House all over. There’s R&B classics, Fusion favorites, some indie cuts and of course plenty of remixes in there. (Hurry! tune in NOW!)

The list of artists reads like a Who’s Who in the recording world. I have also included a cut where Stanley Clarke and Stuart Copeland (The Police) joined up. That’s part of a set where I feature songs with great bass lines. Some well known and some maybe not so well known. There is a rare Passport cut off of the Infinity Machine LP in there as well as classic Lil Louis and more.

Tune in, Turn it up and go do something fun (or let the groove help you get through the day).

I hope you enjoy it!

P.S.: That picture over there of the bass is not one of my basses. Mine are nicer looking! Hmmm maybe I’ll post a shot of them sometime….

Oh yeah one more thing. I’m trying to figure out what some of your are using to hear the music. Do me a HUGE favor and drop me a note. I want to see who listens at work or home or where ever and what are you using to tune in with (cell phone, Ipad, laptop, PC) . Thanks in advance, I really appreciate your help!

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How I Feel…

by on Aug.30, 2010, under Station Update, The Music

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Sometimes we listen to certain songs because we want to hear things that reflect how we’re doing at the moment.

This set is not that. It’s about going back and forward. It’s been coming for a minute. I’m going back. “To Mah Roots” so to speak. I heard a song on the radio and thought about how I really liked it and then wondered why I have not played it and others in quite a while.  The playlist is about where I am at and where I am going in these times. No great philisophical statement here. Just what I am hearing in my head and seeing with my eyes. A very eclectic set. Very rhythmic. Weather Report, Marvin Gaye, Funkdadelic, J-Boogie, Funk, Rap, Jazz, Ballads all kinds of music is packed into this set. Some lyrics may apply but don’t assume the obvious. You will hear music from across genres maybe you will wonder how come your local stations don’t play these kinds of songs more often if at all too!  Simple as that.

Enjoy.

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Another Goodbye…

by on Aug.14, 2010, under The Musings

Even though its inevitable…

Still seems unacceptable.

Abbey Lincoln has passed on today in New York. She turned 80 barely a week ago. It’s reported that she was in failing health and was in a nursing home. Many will say that Jazz lost a legend. I think its bigger than that. We lost a root. But she planted seeds along the way and there have been blooms. Just as there should be.

Singer, Songwriter, Actress (Nothing But A Man, Mo’ Better Blues)and Activist.

Ms. Lincoln worked with the greats of Jazz including Sonny RollinsEric DolphyColeman HawkinsJackie McLeanClark TerryStanley TurrentineWynton KellyCedar WaltonJoe LovanoPat MethenyRon CarterMiles Davis. Her discography extends from the mid 1950s into 2007.

WBPM NetRADIO extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, fans and all of those who’ve had the fortune to have been touched by her voice.

Thank You Ms. Lincoln

Peace…



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History of House Video Pts. 1-4

by on Aug.14, 2010, under The Music, The Other Stuff

The first four installments..

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More…

by on Aug.09, 2010, under Station Update

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Everyone wants some…

More.

Me too! Shoot I remember when I was a kid the bag was never big enough and I would try to stretch the supply by only eating a few M&M’s…..still wanted more.

Chocolate cake…I wanted all of it. Fried Fish..loved it give me MORE!! Grape Kool-Aid? I wanted gallons. Ribs? Don’t even go there….I’m thinking side of Cow.

While I was listening to the station today I workied on another site adding of all things…

More.

More video, more audio files…even more ways to sell …more.

And I got to thinking…I could use more…

So I added more music to the server. 15 hours

More in fact.

Also added a new preview player…see that blue thing on the right hand side of the page?

If you don’t hear the music playing drag the volume thingy…you will hear (what else)

More.

By the way…

More of you are listening than ever before (thanks so much!!)

…And guess what? I want…

More!!!!

That really helps WBPM NetRADIO stay on the air. So tell anyone with two ears and a brain. Tell them what you heard that took you back or moved you or simply felt good. Tell them how unexpected the mixes can be. Like that time that Rick James cut popped up in the middle of “Body” or that version of Papa Was A Rolling Stone by the Temptations played and how you realized you never heard it like that before. Or, it seems you never really know when that last song came on…like it just was just…on!! Tell them how it seems you hear more voices and instruments on the songs unlike when you heard it on the radio or your iPod (yuck!). Show your eclectic nature by citing thw wide variety of genres you listen to on this station. Or better yet buy a t-shirt from the store (that was supposed to close but I got talked out of doing that…this time). It wouldn’t hurt to sell…

MORE!!

What would really help would be…

More Donations… I ain’t gonna lie…electricity ain’t cheap HAHAHA!!!

More Subscribers (heheheh you shoulda known that was coming right?). I see you out there! You might as well take the plunge. Become a subscriber and guess what? LESS interruptions!! Subscribers get a NON-STOP stream of music.

Hey do me a favor, help a dude out… check out JSO and tell me what you think? Been workin’ hard for the money!

Oh did I remember to mention there’s a new set up today?

On a slightly more serious note..

Fellow humans..

We need to think MORE & stop letting talking heads convince us to act against our own interests. End of Editorial!

Later!

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Oldies & Goodies

by on Jul.26, 2010, under Station Update

coffee Waves
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Hi peeps!

Greeting ect., ect., just a quick note…

Added two new sets…
Playing now on the station.
Stuff like Knee Deep, a cut by Man Parrish, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5, A version of Janet jackson’s “Nasty” that rarely if ever gets airplay, “Son of Reach For It” (How many of you “vintage appreciators” remember that cut) and many others.
That set is over 4 hrs long.

Also added a 6hr set of … well you’ll just have to listen to find out!
(trust me..its a good one!!)

That’s 10hrs of non-stop music for those of you have have signed up as VIP Members of the station.
Don’t forget to check out the links at the bottom of the page. Something REAL TASTY for you coffee lovers awaits you.

I know there are a number of you who follow “current events”. Seems sometimes like all hell is breaking loose. Makes me wanna both holla and chill.  All I can say is… “Don’t let ’em change you” (that’s one of the oldies playing too!!)

Remember … this tech is supposed to foster interaction so DROP ME A NOTE! LET ME KNOW WHAT’S UP ON YOUR END!

Peace,

DJ

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C-c-c-c-c-changes (Pt. 2)

by on Jun.20, 2010, under Station Update, The Musings, The Other Stuff

Earth
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It’s been a real busy kind of month so far. Here’s where things stand as of now.

Seems some automaton in the Live365 infrastructure took the money needed to renew the package I had before I could stop them. I was hoping to get a different package that was less costly. Naturally when it happened I felt a “sting”. Well, I got busy trying to make up the loss. Not quite there yet. But here’s the plan. I am still working to move to a new package. In preparation for the change, new playlists are being uploaded (right now actually). The old playlists were 64K MP3PRO formatted files. The files being uploaded right now are 96K Mp3PRO files. What’s the difference? Basically better sound quality (Imagine that …right?).

New tracks are also in the pipeline. They are liable to turn up here very soon. So keep listening.

Thanks to new listeners in (in no particular order!):

Houston & Luftkin, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Anaheim, South Gate, Beverly Hills & Glendale, California; Alamoosa, Colorado; Edmund, Oklahoma; Evansville, Indiana; Bloomington & Chicago Illinois; Pittsburgh & Philadelphia PA.; Atlanta, Marietta & Lawrenceville, Georgia; Rock Hill SC; Charlotte; Washington,DC; S. Plainfield, NJ; New York City (Hi You Guys!); Albany, New Hartford & White Plains, NY; Brocton, Mass; Oromocto, Canada; Cusco, Peru; La Paz, Bolivia; Bogota & Cucuta, Columbia; Cancun Mexico (I could really use a trip there about now..how about you?); Basildon & London UK; Hoorn, Netherlands; Prague; Zurich, Vienna, Madrid, Ljubljana & Radovljica, Slovenia; Budapest; Warsaw & Rzeszow, Poland; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Moscow; Istanbul; Athens; Bangalore; Bangkok; Cebu City, Phillipines, Perth, AU and last but in no way least Sapporo Japan.

I am deeply thankful to all of you for listening. Please listen often…now…

GO BUY A T-SHIRT (or something) Here !!!

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Your Vote Counts!!

by on Apr.16, 2010, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

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I was digging through the Live365 newsletter and this gem popped up:

“Your Vote Counts
Nominate your favorite stations!

Nominate some feature-worthy stations you think deserves some time in the spotlight. Email liveeditor@live365.com with your top 3 stations.

Top nominees will be listed in next month’s newsletter”

And then the sound of rusty gears started turning….(painful I tellya…). I figured, I would let you know and if you were so kind you could drop a line to the editor ( liveeditor@live365.com )of the newletter letting them know how you love the music and how it flows non-stop and is soooo very office friendly and how even your dog wags its tail to the beat and how the neighbors love you since now you blast WBPM NetRADIO while you work out and how the world seems better when you play WBPM NetRADIO and it creates the perfect ambience to chill out to and how birds have stopped poopin on your car roof since you’ve started listening.

That last paragraph was subtle right? 😉

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The Saturday Night Set

by on Apr.04, 2010, under The Music

I’ve been meaning to do this for ages….

I just hated all the typing involved..okay I can be lazy…I have to admit, I suck at typin’ so this typing up a list of (have to be over) 100 songs is an act of pure dedication to the cause….

(Feelin sympathetic yet?)

Here’s a partial listing of the set that is playing now … The entire set is 14hrs of non-stop mixe. What’s the big fuss about the songs? pay attention to what happens between them. That is my favorite part. that other place in time that passes while one song ends and the next begins.  This is where I do most of my work. I specialize in transitions to some degree. I look to make the songs – no matter how disparate- sound as if they belong together. As though they were recorded to be played in that order … Listen for a while..you will, I suspect, note the eclectic nature of the set? No?

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