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Thank You.

by on Jun.20, 2015, under Station Update, The Events, The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

By the time most of you have read this, the music will have stopped.

So I’d like to make an attempt to thank A Tribe Called Quest, Al Green, Alicia Myers, Ana Caram, Andre Castano, Angela Johnson, Aurra, Bab Rolando 808, Bali Lounge, Barbara Tucker, Barrington Levy, Barry White, Bassmental, Bassnectar, Bear Who, Beenie Man, Billy Cobham, B.B. King, Black Science Orchestra, Black Uhuru, Blue Asia, Bob Marley, Bobby Womack, Booker T & The M.G.’s, Bootsy, Boozoo Bajou, Brass Construction, Brother Jack McDuff, Buju Banton, Byron Stingily, C Scott, Cameo, CeCe Peniston, Change, Charles Moui, Charles Webster, Chris Jasper, Chucky Sly, Cindy Mizelle, Circulation, Club Artists United, Coffee Kids, Crystal Waters, Daddy Funk 45, Darien Bailey, David Bowie, Deep Brothers, Deep Wide, Deniece Williams, Disko Knights, Dissidenten, DJ Andre Harris, DJ Aphreme, DJ Fudge, DJ Language, DJ Mbuso Sboniso Dlada, DJ Nermin, DJ Spen, DJ Spettro, DJ Spinna, Dobet Gnahore, DunnEASY, E-Man, Earth, East River Rituals, Ed the Red, Eddie Kendricks, Edit Van Halen, Elements of Life, Entertainment, Ernest Raglin, Erro, Erykah Badu, Esther Philips, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Fernanda Abrue, Fila Brazillia, First Class, Florian, Foremost Poets, Fred Everything, Funk, Funkadelic, Galaxy People, Ganeesh, Geoffrey Gordon, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, George Duke, Goapele, Grace Jones, Graham Central Station, Groove Theory, Guy, Hardstone, Herbie Hancock, House Music, Housin’ Funk Parliament, Howard Johnson, Husky Matt Meler, Hustle & Flow, Ike “Black Liquid” Ngwaba, India, IndySoul, Innervision, Intik, Ital Foods, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, J.C. Lodge, Jacob London, Jamal, James Brown, Jay Tripwire, Jazz, Jazzanova, Jill Scott, Jimpster, Jimmy Hendrix, John “Julius” Knight, Johnny Hammond, Jon Cutler, Joyce Sims, Julius Papp, Jungle Brothers, Kan Sano, Keith Hudson, Keith Sweat, Keith Thompson, Ken ECB, Kenny Dope, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, Kim English, King Kooba, Kink, Kool & The Gang, Kurtis Blow, La Veda Simpson, Ladybug Mecca, Lawnchair Generals, Lee, Lil Louis, Lisa Fischer, Littlemen, Loose Ends, Louie Vega, Lovelea, Lucky Dube, LuRob, Mad Scientist, Magik Johnson, Mandrill, Marcus Miller, Mark Farina, Marlon D, Marques Wyatt, Martin Venetjoki, Marvin Gaye, Masters at Work, Mati, Michael Henderson, Miguel Migs, Monsieur Dodo, Mood Swing, Moon Rock, Moss, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mtume, Music, Nathan Adams, No Assembly Required, Non-Stop Mixes, Norman Conners, Nuyorican Soul, Omega, One Way, Only Freak, Oscar P, Ovasoul 7, Paul Johnson, Peter Tosh, Platinum Pied Pipers, Prince Dubb I, Quant, Ralph Falcon, Ramsey Lewis, Rayko, Recloose, Red X, Reggae, Rene & Angela, Rhonda Smith, Richard Samuels, Rick James, Rob Mirage, Robin Duhe, Roland Clark, Ron E. Jones, Rose Royce, Roy Ayers, Roy Davis Jr., S.O.S. Band, Sabrina Johnson, Sagat, Santana, Scuba, Shalamar, Sharon Redd, Shirley Marshall, Side Effect, Sister Sledge, Skyy, Slave, Slope, Sly & The Family Stone, Smokey Robinson, Soul-Ty, Souldynamic, Steel Pulse, Steve Miggedy Maestro, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Stolen Identity, Strafe, Subercabana, Sumo, Sweetback, T. J. Rhemi, Terence Trent D’Arby, The Brothers Johnson, The Bucketheads, The Crusaders, The Dells, The Demetrios Project, The Family Stand, The G.A.P. Band, The Isleys, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, The Moments, The Muthafunkaz, The O’Jays, The Ohio Players, The Pocket Dwellers, The System, The Temptations, The Stylistics, Third World, Thor, Tom Browne, Tom Tom Club, Tony Toni Tone, Treologic, Unforscene, Unlimited Touch, Urban Soul, Ursula Rucker, Vibezelect, Victor Wooten, Viola, Vision, Waldemar Bastos, War, Wayman Tisdale, Weather Report, Wind & Fire, Wish feat. Fonda Rae, Wyclef Jean, Yam Who, Yarbrough & Peoples, Zapp, Ziggy Marley…this isn’t even most of them…there are so many many more.

I know I left someone out… it always happens… know that I thank you too!

There are years of articles and posts within this site. Feel free to check them out. Some topical and some not.

I want to thank all of the artists who took the time out of their busy lives to respond to my attempts to reach out to them. I want to thank in particular Joyce Sims and Chris Jasper for allowing me the opportunity of playing their new releases when they came out. I’m proud that we’ve even had the opportunity to create artwork for their projects too!

I want to thank Shawn, one of the best ears in the business, for helping me track down some of the best music I’ve ever heard. I want to thank Wardell for opening up his world of music to me and then spending time putting together sets so I can share that world with you. Not everyone can hear what you feel. I want to thank Daizee her enthusiasm for the sound. It helped when I needed it most.

I certainly want to thank the thousands of humans across this planet spending tens of thousands of hours checking out the music and the mixes I was able to create with the help of these many artists. I want to thank whomever that is wearing the Official WBPM NetRADIO shirt over in Japan. I’m still amazed that there’ve been times when people of opposing factions, religions and groups were listening to the same music at the same time while others in their groups were blowing each other up. Go figure.

I’ve always felt that if we do not support our musicians then we are willfully allowing ourselves to die a silent death.

Please continue to support those who are in support of you and your sounds.

I will always do the same.

Thanks to all of you who’ve supported what I was trying to do.

So there ya have it… 11 years and some odd months of non-stop music streaming from WBPM NetRADIO. What’s next? Ohhhh… I gots plans. We ain’t finished yet!

 

Peace,

“DJ Whatshisname?”

LastShot

Kinda dramatic huh? LOL!!

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3 Days to go…

by on Jun.17, 2015, under Station Update

English: A typical Deutsche Bahn railway stati...

3 Days to go

And then we’ll see…

There will be some changes but I’m not at liberty to tell.

You’ll just have to check back often…

I’m just sayin’…

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I’m thinking about ending it…

by on May.03, 2015, under Uncategorized

DJ-n-Turntables

The station that is…

(don’t panic)

After 11 years with all of the costs and time involved …

I’m really debating whether or not I should continue this internet station…

It’s been one hell of a blast DJ’ing the live sets and programming the shows…

WBPM NetRADIO has allowed me the opportunity to work with and communicate with some amazing humans from across the planet. I’m blessed to have met some who’ve opened my eyes and ears to new worlds. I truly and deeply thank you. Maybe one day Mars…

It’s just that now with things as they are…

I need more time to focus…

So in the mean time while I make up my mind…

I will present some of my favorite sets from the past…

Who knows… maybe even mix up one last one for the road….

IF it comes to that.

 

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Valentines Day

by on Feb.13, 2015, under Station Update, The Music

So, once again its “Valentine’s Day

Ever wonder who was this Valentine dude and was this person really all that “mushy”?

Did a little digging and it seems that the Catholic Church recognizes about three different saints named either Valentinus or Valentine. One line goes that Roman emperor Claudius II decreed single dudes made better soldiers than those with wives (hmmm Spartans had wives…). So, he outlawed marriage for the soldiers. Valentine, a priest, defied the emperor so he was put to death (no sense of humor that dude).

Another line is that Valentine was a priest who helped Christians escape Roman prisons.

Then there is one about Valentine being the first to send a “valentine” to his jailor’s daughter who visited him while he was in the slammer prior to his death.

So this priest reputation as a heroic, sympathetic but mainly romantic type is what really seemed to fire his popularity in the following centuries.

Another idea is that the holiday was created in order to Christianize a pagan holiday named Lupercalia. Originally the Pagan holiday survived the rise of Christiandom only later to be deemed un-Christian.

But enough of the historical possibilities. Ever wonder when all the commercialization began? How about during the 1800s. That’s right we’ve been getting bombarded to give people money to say what we should be able to say in the first place for over 200 years!

It has gone from simple cards to elaborate underwear. And while the commercialization has continued, music has been employed to further push the movement of momentos and gifts.

Interestingly enough it seems musicians, songwriters and others don’t seem to need a special day to create music where love is the main theme. In that groove I present to you a set of songs where you can catch the drift any time of year any time of day. The Valentine set is in the rotation and will be heard during the weekend. It features the likes of Bootsy, Atlantic Starr, Al Green, Zapp, L.T.D., Roy Ayers, Norman Conners, Floetry, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Stylistics, The Jones Girls and more singing about a range of heartfelt emotions.

Check out the set.

Stay Sane (and warm “Northerners”), Peace,

DJ

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If You Could…

by on Jun.02, 2014, under The Musings

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Internet radio music lovers, if you could control the “Wayback Machine”, who’s music would you bring back?

Minnie? Luther? James? Vesta? Who?

I got to thinking about that as I was hunting down new music for upcoming sets. I started thinking back to what got me listening to certain artists even at the young age that I did.

Did the lyrics make sense? Did I really understand what they were talking about on those songs? I’ll admit it, many times..No!!!

More often than not, the beat snatched me by the ‘fro and shook me loose only when done. It seems sometimes that today after years of using my ears, more often than not something seems missing. I’m sure part of that feeling is fueled by a sense of nostalgia. I do miss the tight arrangements of a full blown Cameo or Ohio Players.

I definitely miss the wordsmithing that went on in a number of George Duke‘s cuts. I miss the urgency of Max Roach’s “Right Now”, Eric B & Rakim, Odetta, Grand Master Flash & The Furious 5, The KayGees, Jackie Wilson, Charlie Mingus (shoot, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” still stops me in my tracks…). Curtis Mayfield‘s writing is some of the best ever heard. Marley, Coletrane and Miles all too good to be true but were.

Blakey, Blige & Berry too. Let me stop because I could go on and on. I think you get the drift.

Even some of the so called “mechanical” beats of the 1980s pops into my thoughts from time to time. Now, that is never to say that today’s musical landscape is barren and nothing more than a wasteland. Far from it. I hear some good stuff out there and try as often as one can to get my grubby fingers on those tracks. Still, there are times when I scan the airwaves just to see what corporate minds are trying to dump into ours and I hear nothing.

Used to be you got it off the air because that was where it was. Now, after all of the mergers and buyouts involving local stations this past decade or so, things have become, well, bland. I remember a time when I looked forward to road trips down south from New York because it meant that I would get to hear what everyone down the East Coast was getting to hear.

I also learned over time that what plays in Georgia may not necessarily make it “up North”. So, there’s a lot of music Northerners missed out on too.

Recent past drives “up North” found me lugging stacks of DVDs to listen to in the car.

I remember learning how in the past, stations were concerned about listener “satisfaction”. It would seem that now you get what you get. Less variety and more B.S. They know if they play something enough times – literally beat a song into your brain – they can influence your tastes. They do that instead of presenting something for your consumption and letting you decide if you like it or not.

As a result fewer people have a clue what their musical heritage really is. If people know more about the recording careers of an Aretha or a Johnnie Taylor, I believe there would even be the possibility of less strife between people. If you have NetFlix, check out some of the music documentaries streamed there. There’s quite a few. I recently checked out one about Muscle Shoals. Very interesting. shed light on a lot of things I suspected.

So I’m wondering today. If you had control of a Wayback Machine’s joy sticks, what would you do with them. Would variety play a factor? I know what I would do.

P.S.: We have another dedication coming this week at noon. Those in the know who it is dedicated to and why. Again this week’s cut is dedicated to those who’ve managed to get you thoroughly ticked off. Made you wanna holla not so nice things at the top of your lungs. Scream at the fool in the left lane tying up traffic or cutting people off or tapping on their brakes for no reason or driving with their lips loving a cell phone. It’s short and too the point. But it gets the message across. This Friday 12 Noon. Remember tender eardums may need to turn it down or wait until 12:10! This cut may not be suitable for all environments!

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So…

by on May.28, 2014, under The Music

 

 

So…

Spring has sprung and summer is knocking on our doors…

The summer mix set is coming. Working hard on it.

Those of us who love spoken words lost a voice this morning.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou passed on today as she continues her journey.

May we all listen to the message of her words and learn from her experiences.

Here’s an example of what I mean. Something that made me go “Hmmmm…” when it bounced against my skull…(Read the pic!)

Maya Angelou If you are always trying to be no...
Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 (Photo credit: symphony of love)

That’s what I’m talking about.

Been really busy lately. Looking for more VIP listeners to help support this station (cost of music is crazy man!!!)

There are nearly 1500 of you out there that have saved this station as a preset. So, I’m wondering if you really dig the commercials.

I’ve been listening as a non-VIP and I have to say, I hate how they get dropped in on the music. (I have no control over how and when the commercials get dropped in but would if more people would go VIP). How can you listen to the same commercial back to back over and over again? Amazes me. But anyway, I’ll just monitor the VIP stream and hope you enjoy the commercials. I know I can’t deal with them — breaks the groove up yanno?

BTW: Was watching the TV the other day and saw “Mr. Bloviated” himself (Rush Limbaugh or “Jabba the Rush” as I call him) spew in a video clip disrespecting the First Lady, Michelle Obama (frankly I’m sure she doesn’t pay him any mind). She was doing her part to raise awareness about the girls who were recently kidnapped in Nigeria. Immediately one song came to mind soon as he opened his “orifice”.

I will play it at the top of the Friday Mix at Noon eastern time. If you have tender ears or are listening in a place where saltier language is not appreciated, you might want to either turn down the volume for a few minutes or wear headphones. Also you might want to try to contain yourself. Try not to bust out laughing too loud okay? Remember This Friday at Noon Eastern!

Actually if there is anyone on your planet you mentally flip the bird to, This is the song you should dedicate to them.

Peace,

DJ

Sign up and listen as a VIP!!

 

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10 years Later! A Decade of Streaming Music on Internet Radio

by on Apr.03, 2014, under The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

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Frankie Knuckles Way (Photo credit: Like A Final Boss)

Wow.. its been an entire decade streaming music via the internet…amazing…

First off I would like to pass along my deepest condolences to the Family, Friends and Fans of Mr. Francis Nicholls

Known to the most of us as Frankie Knuckles one of the originators of a music that permeates what we hear to this day. His accomplishments are legend and he is respected throughout the music industry working with some of the brightest stars in the Galaxy of music. (See the video the real story of house music here.)

I would be remiss to also celebrate the life and times of Ms. Joyce Beachum.

Most of you don’t know her like you are familiar with Mr. Knuckles but to those who do, she’s right up there with those you know as one of the most positive caring humans to have ever walked this planet. So, much respect sister. I miss you.

All this comes wrapped up in the realization that WBPM NetRADIO is celebrating a decade of streaming music to the planet. It started with me getting tired of lugging a stack of CDs to work and ended up as this. Along the way I have been in contact with some amazing people and have been encouraged by people like Joyce while inspired by the likes of Frankie (Knuckles and Crocker to name a few).

I want to thank all of the indie artists who decided to allow me the honor of presenting their music. I want to thank those like Joyce Sims, Mic Murphy (The System) and Chris Jasper for especially reaching out to me and allowing me the opportunity to pass the goodness to you.

Imagine the shock of realizing that the stream set up to allow me to listen to what I wanted to hear at work was being listened to by someone somewhere else! Dag, now I have to do it “right”! Or, the day I received an email stating that the station was Voted the Best in R&B & Jazz about a year after it went live and also topping the Garage Music genre @ Live365.com last year! The nerves that frayed when a live show went dead because my feed to the internet temporarily failed..that was fugly. The joy when someone in Japan brought an official WBPM NetRADIO T-Shirt or seeing that there were people on the planet listening in places where I didn’t even realize they had internent access! Like island out in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

We talked about Jazz and Funk and Hip Hop and of course House and some of its “sonic temples“. We talked about R&B and the stars of Soul. We talked about how its all connected and gave examples.

Here you saw responses to world events from NY to Arizona the other side of the world. Even here in the “Sunshine State” (Let me go on record now: SCOTT HAS GOT TO GO. There I did it again.)  Had some small fun with a wannabe  and  You’ve even been warned…

Seems like this site has almost become a chronicle of sorts as well, honoring those who’ve gone on the next stage in their journey. Never forget the George Dukes (see his last video), Vesta Williams, the Nick Ashfords (video) , Clarence Clemmons‘, Phoebe Snows ,  Gary Shider and of course the Whitneys of our worlds (to name a few). They are legion and their contributions to simply existing made the process that more bearable…

So, enough of that, I could go on and on and on…

In celebration there will be new mix sets streaming all this month featuring the cuts that have played and you’ve voted for as your favorites.  Starting this afternoon (like about now!), you’ll hear cuts from the 70’s, 80’s, 90s right up to the latest cuts released these past few days.

Here’s a clue as to the diversity of artists that have been heard on this stream

Here’s another clue with pictures!

So, as this is also an invite, click the player on the right hand side of the page and see what you’ve been missing if you’ve never tuned in before and cruise the site to see what’s been bubbling through here too!

If you have listened but have not been here since a live broadcast, you too should stick an ear in!

And to those of you who’ve listened all along I say thanks so much for making this worth the while!

Peace,

DJ

 

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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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HUGE SET Playing on WBPM NetRADIO

by on Aug.21, 2013, under Station Update

There’s a HUGE SET streaming today on WBPM listen to wbpm netradioNetRADIO.

“What?” Say you? I say “There is a HUGE Set playing today on WBPM NetRADIO”

It started at Midnight and will run through Midnight Thursday and within it is musical bliss for those who miss

These are the beats that made you groove (OO0!!)

You know the cuts I am talking about too. The kind you don’t hear on most internet radio or “regular” radio for that matter!

The ones that had you humming, moving without seeing

Dreaming of those what if’s and more.

The variety of these tracks stretch from Alpha Blondy (WorldBeat AfroPop) to Zapp (Straight up Funk)

You will hear music that reminds you of the good things and the times of “if you coulda, you woulda”.

They are placed in an order to make you go “Hmmm” and “MMMmmm”

“This is not your regular internet radio station okay?”

This is the biggest, longest conglomeration of sets ever streamed on this station to date.

Nearly 400 different cuts are lined up for you so don’t sleep on this one.

That’s 400 classic Jazz, Funk, Reggae, R&B, Soul, Brazilian, Fusion, African, WorldBeat, Chillout, Downtempo, House, Old School Hip Hop and indie artist tracks mixed for you Non-stop enjoyment.

Don’t be stingy either. Tell a friend about this internet radio station you’ve been listening to called WBPM NetRADIO…we could all use more of them right?

Okay go click on the widget over there to the right and get to listening. You missing the good stuff.

Don’t forget to vote for the station too!! That really helps around here!

Peace,

DJ

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Music Radio…

by on Aug.01, 2013, under Station Update

Music Radio…

VIP

You should be a VIP.

Seems to be so commercialized. You get a few good songs mixed in with a stretch of music that you hear over and over and over again peppered with the same commercials. That was how I felt when I first started this station years back. Adding to that was the fact that I was unable to listen to what I wanted to hear at work. The reception was terrible inside the building and the hours I spent at that job was during a time when radio basically went to a infomercial format during the early hours of the morning. Nothing to groove to.

I started lugging CDs to play while at my desk to help pass the time faster. They started piling up.

One night while up late at home I cruised the ‘net and came across an internet radio station from Sweden and they were literally jamming. They were blowing out some of the cuts I would’ve loved to hear at work but have not heard since “back in the day”. But something was missing. Hmmm…

I dug a little deeper and learned how they were able to legally do what they were doing without being sued by the labels and the rights organizations. I decided to start my own station so that I could tune in and listen while at work and no no longer have to lug all those doggone CDs.

I started WBPM NetRADIO in earnest. See, I had played around with doing an internet based radio station years earlier while in NY but was unfamiliar with all of the rules and regulations that went along with doing such a project so it kind of went into a sort of stasis mode.

But at this point after cruising the ‘net I was seeing that with the higher availability of faster internet access starting a station was now feasible yet still kind of pricey. I plunged ahead anyway.

Nearly a decade later here we are. WBPM NetRADIO is heard globally and has been listened to in places I wouldn’t have imagined.

Who would’ve thought that beyond listeners in the U.S. that this station would be picked up in such countries as the UK, Costa Rica, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Turkey, Nigeria, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil, Denmark, Korea, Russia, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia, Isreal, Cyprus, Italy, Taiwan, Argentina, The Phillippines, Ethiopia, Chile, Colombia, Sweden, Venezuela, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Namibia, Qatar, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Poland, Thailand, Iraq, Hungary, Malta, Ireland, Martinique, Egypt and the People’s Republic of China. And, that’s in the past month alone! I was honestly surprised when all those years ago to find someone else listening to a stream I put together so that I could listen at work. (I find it ever interesting how people in countries that “oppose” each other have no problem listening to the same kinds of music. Just something that makes me go “Hmm…”)

Thank you.

This month (assuming no further catastrophic equipment flameouts) you will hear the works of some new independent artists and artists you may be familiar with. Including in the latest play lists are Red X, Quentin Harris, DJ SPen, Maurice Joshua, Lem Springsteen, Black Coffee, Roy Ayers, Joey Negro,Sunkids, Charice, Mimistry of Funk, Jacob London, Martin Venetjoki, Kerri Chandler, DJ Dove, Joyce Sims (new cut coming out and it is TIGHT!), Laura Vane, Ken ECB, Jon Cutler, Chris Carrier, Funk La Planet All Stars, Dennis Ferrer, Lil Louis, Teena Marie, Only Freak, DJ Mike Cruz,Byron Stinglily, Jay Tripwire, Erykah Badu, Unforscene, J. Boogie, Bassnectar, King Kooba, Uman, Platinum Pied Pipers, Stevie Wonder, Pleasure, Mark Farina, Jocelyn Brown, Rebirth, Loose Ends, Jazzanova, Parliament, Lisa Shaw, Inner City, Kings of Tomorrow, Capitol A, Mercury, Praxis, Black Box, Raze, Elements of Life, Nuyorican Soul, Delano Smith, Roland Clark, Marxman, Steel Pulse, Eva Be, Groove Theory, Praful, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Mad Lion, Barry White, Soul II Soul, Howard Johnson, War, Marques Wyatt, Miguel Migs, David Bowie, Martin Luther, Grace Jones, Nice & Smooth, East Side Movement, Andy Caldwell and dozens of other artists from a wide variety of genres.

But here’s the rub.

In order to be able to stream all of this music and keep getting my paws on more takes people signing up as a VIP listener. Doing so benefits WBPM NetRADIO as well as those who do. When you sign up as a VIP you get to listen to the music without any interruptions. WBPM NetRADIO earns a small (make that damn near tiny) fee for every hour you tune in as a VIP. Remember VIP status means NO COMMERCIALS at all. Just non-stop music that is mixed so that it is a well blended stream of R&B, House music, Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Reggae, Down Tempo grooves and Chilled Beats. One song mixed into the next.

I tried listening to the free stream and I have to admit listening to three or four songs in a row only to hear the some commercial I just heard not too long ago killed me. I know some of them by heart now! I don’t know why many would rather listen to the commercials!

Try the VIP trial and let me know if you agree that this station sounds totally different and entirely better commercial free.

Stay sane (’cause it is nuts out there lately)

Peace,

DJ

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Jazz…This Feels Good

by on Jun.19, 2013, under Station Update, The Music, The Musings

Jazz…This Feels Good

I’ve been cruising the ‘net the past week doing of all things using Google satellite maps to see how places I’ve been have changed over time. These were some special places where I heard some amazing music for the first time and met some people that to this day I have yet to forget.

There was a lot of shock as (as expected) some things never stay the same. In one case, I had the hardest time finding one spot in Orlando. Jeez! Where is it?!? I heard Johnny “Guitar” Watson there for the first time! How could it be gone?  I just could not seem to pick it out from the images but I could still hear Dexter Wanzel in the back of my mind. I eventually discovered the reason I couldn’t find the spot was because it had been entirely wiped off the face of the planet. Boo Hiss.

But the good news is that recently a copy of Dexter Wanzel’s “What The World Is Coming To” landed into my grubby hands (you know what I did with it right?)

Next I spun the globe a bit further south – landed on Puerto Rico (Mi corazon) – and was

Rodney Franklin

Rodney Franklin

immediately reminded of a few more people who I learned a lot from. Some through conversation and some through observation. This is where Jazz really smacked my up side my head HARD. So hard in fact I dragged a now raggedy taped copy of Rodney Franklin‘s “Felix Leo” (from his “You’ll Never Know” LP) around with me for decades ever since. Thanks “Bing” (the person not the search engine), “Reesie”, Steph, Melvin, Larry, Cully, “NightTrain”, Jessie (bet you wish you kept your Challenger … Or did you?), Jemma and the rest of the gang… After searching FOREVER for a newer copy, a CD arrived in the box this week too! (Yay!)

Sometimes you hear or learn things that stick with you through life. It’s like that thing has been tattooed to your brain.

You don’t even have to try and remember it. It is just there. One fine summer day, I was listening to WBLS in NY and this song came on. Dripping with synths and a bass line that kept up and sometimes led. Stopped me dead in my tracks. This was Return to Forever but different. “Who IS that?”. Naturally the song went off without even a mention of the title.

Damn…

I must’ve spent the better part of the following month trying to tape it off of the radio (its that old). Finally I got it! George Duke‘s “Dawn” from the out of print “The Aura Will Prevail” LP burned into my brain like oil on concrete as I learned to play every note of “Dawn” on my bass. George Duke’s “Dawn” aimed me at Weather Report, Return to Forever, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham and more… You know what happened right? (Hint: Tune in to hear this week’s Jazz Set)

Continuing on my little tour through time, I looked out “Left” to the west coast and found where I first heard of Steely Dan.

“Steely Who?”

San Diego was an interesting place musically to say the least. I’ve been luck to have met some real people out there too. And, it was the right place to hear Steely Dan’s “Aja” LP. Chuck Rainey‘s work on “Peg” snapped my neck while driving a monster Satellite Sebring Road Runner 4  speed down the 805 (Yeah… I’m kickin’ my own butt for not buying that one…) . “Deacon Blues” played while Balboa Park’s Globe Theater burned (they ever rebuild that?). Anyhoo… you know the drill right? (For the slower pedestrians… CHECK OUT THE JAZZ SET)

Putting together these sets reminded me how good Jazz makes me feel as it reminds me of all the good people and times that thankfully came my way. I hope it does that to you too.

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WBPM NetRADIO features Your Favorite R&B Music Hits

by on Aug.08, 2012, under Station Update, The Musings

 

WBPM NetRADIO features Your Favorite R&B Music Hits

Hear Classic R&B on WBPM NetRADIO

BT Express was heard on R&B radio constantly.

R&B Music Hits refers to more than just the great songs of The Godfather of Soul or Gladys Knight & The Pips…

The latest sets on WBPM NetRADIO provides examples of other classic R&B artists who have produced massive hits. For those of you who are fans of Side Effect, after literally years of hunting, I had added “Take A Chance” to the stream. This is a classic dance cut from back in the day. Has that driving bass line with a serious rhythm guitar track in addition to the stellar vocals.

The set is a tad more eclectic than usual. You will get a sampling of some classic guitar cuts including Funkadelic doing a live version of Maggot Brain featuring the originator Eddie Hazel and Micheal Hampton playing it together. Listen carefully to see how they did it.

Also Living Colour makes a first appearance here with a favorite of mine “Type”. Never heard of Living Colour? Do a search on YouTube.

Speaking of  “The Tube”, do a search for Maggot Brain, Eddie Hazel and check out the clip where they perform in Germany in 1985. That’s all I’m saying.

BT Express also comes through with a classic house party cut “I like It” in addition to Billy Ocean‘s “One of Those Nights”.

So… in ending I just want to wish everying some peace and sanity…because we could all use some!

Later!

DJ

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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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WBPM NetRADIO Update…

by on Apr.26, 2012, under Station Update

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(Yeah…yeah I know…been crazy busy) Here’s a WBPM NetRADIO update:

I’ve been looking at the demographic data for the station. Very interesting. And Ironic. WBPM NetRADIO has had people who are portrayed in the news as mortal blood enemies listening to the same music on here at the same time. Go figure.

So I have to ask:

If you all can agree on the beats why can’t you folks agree not to beat shoot, stab and basically blow each other the f*ck up? Just sayin’. Don’t get mad at me if you realize you’ve been played.

And to all you beautifully talented artists out there who’ve sent music or questions about/for submissions…

If you have music to submit please please please look up at the top of the page to get info on how to submit your music. It really is important. I have one buckethead (not the group) send me a file that was infected. Nope not doing that no more. Send the CD with theMP3 or WAVE on board and some kinda bio information.

Oh, and here’s a little experiment…

If you go to the beach. Walk out on the sand and look closely if you see little specks of color, look closely and see if it is plastic or not. Then do me a favor and let me know where you spotted it at. Heard something real interesting on the radio earlier about pollution and plastic. Dude says its on every beach everywhere. I’m curious. So, humor me okay?

Okay now to the really important stuff:

This week features a set that starts off kinda relaxed then at some point (I ain’t warning ya) takes it up a few notches. It will be playing Friday and over the Weekend at various times so check the schedule. I want to see what happens (it’s about that demographic thing I mentioned earlier). The set has a variety of cuts. Genres include Reggae, House Music, R&B, Jazz, Chill Grooves, World Beat and a few surprises. A more “mature” set? Depends on how well you listen.

Been thinking about this a lot lately. End of this month the license for the station needs to be renewed. Debating going VIP only (yeah..the demographic business again), It would help to cover the cost of the music etc. But I note that there are a few of you who listen non-stop for hours each day (even through those horrid commercials – I dunno how you stand it) who are not VIPs and I’m wondering if you realize that you are really missing the real flow of the sets because of the previously mentioned commercial interruptions. I’m still juggling this mess around in my big head so if you have a thought ..now would be nice to let it be known.

Stay sane, I have to go make some money.

Peace,

DJ

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Shouldn’t have to wear a Hoodie to make a point…

by on Mar.26, 2012, under The Musings

That’s some of what I thought as I considered the Trayvon

Martin case…

My new Hoodie

as I heard of all the folks wearing a Hoodie to rep Solidarity. Here in the land of the assumed to be “free”-  the home of the not so”brave”. Obviously we are not as free as too many would like to assume and there too many who think its brave to go around taking out women and kids. And it’s not just Sanford or Syria either…and please forgive me for digressing but can someone please answer this…how is it a country can get all outraged over the doings of a mad or crazy man but yet accept the disfiguring of girls who simply want to go to school? Just asking…I mean I would think they would stay pissed…A lot of this indignation I’m seeing around me is hitting me a less than genuine … these things we have been seeing has been happening for a minute so why the outcry now? Where was the fuss way back when…and mathematically speaking…how many isolated incidents make a pattern?

Okay I’m not going to rehash all that you’ve already heard except to add…

If you have to go to the store (for example), remain vigilant. Ask Amadou’s mom about that…

Spring has sprung and its breaking loose all over the place…

Rest in Peace Trayvon and my deepest to the family.

It’s a damn shame we can’t even get skittles without some crap jumping off. That goes for a Three Muskateers bar too..Right Queen, NY?

And what the hell is going on in San Diego? Some schizoparanoidignorantass murdered an Iraqi woman and left a note calling her a “terrorist”? WTF man?!? Really? People need to watch what they say because as Gabby’s experience has shown, there are those who have less than shit for brains running around loose.

Makes me wanna holla…

And I can relate to the scenario (on foot and behind the wheel)…

The only refuge sometimes is music and I’ve been digging through a lot lately.

Take a listen and see what I put together to soothe your moods the right way…

The latest set features a 10 minute House’d version of Parliament/Funkadelc doing “Mothership Connection” titled “Mothership Reconnection” and it is very, very tasty. Also you will notice a similar the bass line sounding like Chic’s “I Want Your Love” on another track (“Selected Works” by Uncle Sam) with nice ivory work mixed in… And yet another version of MFSB’s “Love Is The Message” A very smooth Kim English cut (“I Know A Place”), Terisa Griffin’s “Yes”,  Sick feat. K8 doing “What A Gig” and a number of other new cuts I’ve been able to track down…

So be aware, keep dealing and don’t let them change your tune.

Peace (to Syria, Sudan, San Diego and of course Sanford FL)

DJ

 

 

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The Recipe… Part 1

by on Mar.14, 2012, under The Other Stuff

Sennheiser HD555 Headphones
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Everyone loves chocolate cake but can’t everyone make one from scratch. Same with listening to music. If you don’t have the right ingredients its not going to sound right at all. So here’s a few things to consider when firing up the sound cannons or just tuning in to WBPM NetRADIO.

Computers are rapidly becoming the platform of choice when listening to music.

Just think, not to far back (for some of you…I know who you are too!!) the only way you could take your music somewhere and hear it was to lug around bulky boom boxes (shoot, some of them were off the hook!!) or crates of records and tapes. I remember barely over decade ago I was tickled at the idea of rollerblading with my portable mini-disc player and not having to carry around a bunch of cassettes (CDs were out of the question).

Since then things have improved totally.

Today you can carry a tiny iPOD stuff with days of sound weighing less than the batteries used in the old cassette Walkmans. They sound a lot better too!

One problem though…today we are faced with a huge choice of headgear and not a lot of information as to which ones are best for our needs.Here’s a little information for those who care to know…

The word used for headphones by Djs and Recording folks and the like is “cans”.

There are basically four types of headphones.

Circumaural are the kind of headphones that completely fit over and around the ears. Check out the ones at the top of the page. These are sometimes called “full sized” headphones. They tend to be the largest and often the heaviest kinds of “cans”. They offer the most isolation from outside or external noise.

Supra-aural headphones sit on the ear. These were the headphones you got when you brought a Walkman back in the day. They don’t do a very good job of blocking external sounds from the listener. But are less expensive that the Circumaural type.

Ear Buds fit into your ear but not into your ear canal. Most personal sound gear comes with these now. The sound quality can vary greatly between manufacturers. When buying replacements compare the specifications on the backs of the packages.

Note: The higher the Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) the better. healthy younger people generally can hear sounds between the range of 20Hz and 20,000Hz (or 20KHz) better than older folks. A person’s hearing gets worse with age.

IEM‘s or In Ear Monitors fit directly into your ear canal. They act like earplugs and headphones at the same time. There are two types universal fit and custom fit. To have a set of customs, a cast would have to be made of your ear canal. See the money burning yet?

There are all manner of engineering designs for headphones resulting in various methods of getting sounds from them into your head. But I want to keep this simple for practical purposes…

Headphones are generally “Dynamic” or “Electrostatic”.

Dynamic headphones work using the same principles are your regular speakers. Magnetic fields are generated to cause the voice coil to move the diaphram pushing air in order to create sound.

Electrostatic headsets have no voice coil. They have a diaphragm suspended between two perforated metal plates. Depending on the charge being applied to the plates at any given moment, the diaphragm is either drawn towards or away from the plates. This causes the diaphragm to move the air through the holes in the metal plates to create sound.

It can take a lot more voltage (like up to one thousand volts!) to make this method work as compared to the voltage needed for dynamic headphones.

So Electrostatic headphones are more likely to be less common and more expensive.

One of the benefits of Electrostatic headphone is that it tends not to have the problems dealing with distortion and higher frequencies that regular dynamic headphones have.

Electrostatic types tend to have much better sound quality. Unless you are mad serious about squeezing every iota of sound into your head at the utmost quality, go with the dynamics and save your beans.

WARNING: Turn them things DOWN! Listening to headphones with the volume turned up will ultimately result in hearing loss. It may be temporary (you’d better hope so) or permanent. So why take a chance.

I have permanent damage in my right ear after using (unknown to me) a faulty headset while in the military. I powered up the receiver and it made a loud cracking noise when and let’s just say things have not been the same since.

“Huh? What’s that?”

Here’s a few tips:

Don’t go for “cute”. Cute don’t stay cute for long if you discover you brought something that sounds like crap.

Consider how long you will be wearing the head gear. Look for comfort.

Consider what you will be doing while wearing the cans.

If your head is going to be moving about – say turning your head quickly – you really have to consider how secure the headgear sits on your head.

A very long time ago, (we are talking near dinosaur times) I was sitting in my basement jamming on some Rufus I was listening to the music through these niiiice Telephonic headphones. I had them cranking and Chaka screaming “Tell Me something goooood!!!” I had them headphones moving around on my head they were so loud.

My father was calling me and didn’t hear a thing. Dude stood right behind me calling my name and I never had a clue. So he walked up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder – scared the crap outta me. I spun my head so fast that I ended up looking into one of the “cans” (the part of the headphone that has the speaker and covers one of your ears) while the headphone remained on my head.

I looked so stoopid my Dad cracked up and said nevermind. But I digress…

Consider what kind of music you will be listening to.

Take into account where you will be using them. Will you be using them some place loud  like say a… Subway? Would it be wise to be ignorant of your surroundings? Or somwhere quiet like maybe an office or library?

Very few things can be as annoying as hearing what you don’t want to hear while trying to listen to your headphones or earbuds. So…if you can, try the listening gear out in the store and compare how much background noise you hear with the volume down low and with it at a comfortable level.

The more you don’t hear, the better the headphones or buds block out the outside sound. Bear in mind that you don’t want them to totally block out the sound. Imagine being told to look out and you don’t hear the warning…nuff said.

If they are wired consider cable length, thickness and the quality of the plug/connector on the end. Nothing irks me more than discovering the wire insulation is breaking away from connector because I know soon the wire itself will break from bending and flexing. Also take a look at where the wires actually connect to the headphone. Say you get up and walk somewhere farther than the cord can reach. Does the cord look like it can take an accidental pull without ripping out of the headphones or away from the plug?

Check and see if there are adapters included with the headphones. Most headphones come with a tiny 1/8″ stereo plug on the end of the cable (see picture above). A lot of gear uses larger jacks for connecting headphones. Look to see if there is an adapter that converts your teeny 1/8″ stereo plug into a 1/4″ standard stereo plug. If not you can usually find them at electronics parts stores (Radio Shack) or you might find them in places like Best Buy. You can also check musical instrument stores Like Sam Ash or Guitar Center which by the way are good places to check out some of the nicer headphones!

Okay I could’ve turned this “novella” into a serial. There are tons of specs one can consider when buyin anything. I’m not into getting absolutely “scientifically ridiculous” about this. That’s why I didn’t get crazy about the specifications. The main point is get what is good for you and the music.

Next time, speakers….

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Where you hear…

by on Dec.20, 2011, under Station Update, The Music

You New Yorkers out there remember back in the day when WBLS used to have Frankie Crocker do the station call letters in that booming echoing voice?

“WBLS…The Total Black Experience In Sound Where You Hear…” Then in full blown stereo he’d rattle off like 400

Kraftwerk: Computer World (1981), first popula...

WBLS credited with first popularizing Kraftwerk in the U.S.

artists names for what seemed like 20 minutes listing all who were heard on the station (sounding good while doing it mind you … Remember that? One of these days I’m going to do that (yeahhhh rrrrrrrrrrrright!!) But until then…

Where you’ll hear…

Cheb Mami     Santana     Shalamar

Deep Forest     Dennis Ferrer     Flowriders

Ronnie Laws     Praful    Zap Mama

Miles Davis     Roland Clarke     Goapele

Susu Bobien     Loose Ends     Big Moses

Barbara Tucker     Rick Garcia     The Brothers Johnson

Kludo     Eric Carlton     E-Man

Lisa Shaw     Mr. Fingers     Talking Book

Rose Royce     Angelique Kidjo     Roger Smith

Jacob London     Femi Kuti     Teena Marie

(Shoot…tired of typing)

And a ton of others!

All Happening Now-now-now…

(stereo effect..like that huh?)

On WBPM NetRADIO

in

Stereo-ee-oe-ee-oe-ee-oe-oo-ooo-oooo

 

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Wow…check this out…

by on Dec.03, 2011, under The Musings

Wow…check this out…

Using a Android based device?

Read this...

What do you think?

Peace,

DJ

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So…here’s the latest playing on WBPM NetRADIO

by on Nov.29, 2011, under Station Update

Sooo…

Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent

Dem bellies full eh? Now what? Back to the grind right?

How to get back into the swing of things?

Here’s a hint: Image online music with so much goodness.

Okay you twisted my arm!

1 of a kind Non-stop remixes featuring Stevie Wonder, EW&F, The Brides of Funkenstein, Moss, Change, Loose Ends, Gwen Guthrie, Bobby Lyle, Slave, Fatback Band, GAP Band, Jazzanova, KC & The Sunshine Band, Art of Noise, Dubmatix, SNAP, Buju Banton , Black Uhuru, Emo, Moonrock, Soulstice, B.T. Express, Joey Youngman, MC Solaar, Ron Carter, War,  A Tribe Called Quest, The Temptations, Con Funk Shun, Aretha Franklin, Funkdadelic, Levert, The Isley Brothers, Freddie Jackson, Diana Ross, Kim Hill, Dorothy Moore, Walt, Bobby Womack, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, L.T.D., Barry White, Atlantic Starr, Midnight Star and quite a few others. And that’s only some of the latest music playing on WBPM NetRADIO. Some of the sets have a decidedly Old School feel to them. I guess that’s from going through my library of 12″ singles the other day. Ran up on a cut by Kwame & The New Beginning. I forgot I had that song! So I dropped it into “Set It Off” by Strafe, did something to “That’s the Way (I like It)” by KC & the Band. But you’ll have to listen to hear what it was that I did. The Slow Jam set is rocking too if I say so myself. Hearing Freddie Jackson again reminds me of the time I saw him performing in Eisenhower Pk out on Long Island years back. Crazy day. That’s all I’m saying.

But enough of that. You should be listening now. No telling what you’re missing if you’re not. Whatever is on I know it’s better than what’s on that other radio station. (Trust me. I know these things.)

Stay Sane,

DJ

P.S. Check out the advertisers. Might be something there that would make a nice gift for someone or yourself! 😉

P.P.S. Scroll down on the latest on Buju Banton’s Benefit Concert

One more thing: Was cool that Heavy D and Nick Ashford got props during Soul Train Awards…Great seeing The Ti- oops! I mean the Original 7even perform. It’s about time! Shoot! I heard what Gladys said. Did you?

But why no mention of Vesta? I’m jus’ sayin’.

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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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Tha’ Jazzzz….

by on Oct.12, 2011, under Station Update

Tha’ Jazzz…

Omar Hakim

Hey!

Talking about 5 hrs of Wa’ D’s goodies. Tha’ Jazz… Some interesting stuff in the latest set. A good set to check out if you like hearing songs with some serious Bass lines or are an aspiring drummer looking to check out some deep drum cuts. Or maybe if you are into  Jazz music made by some of the legends but never played enough if at all. Actually there are performances on a number of instruments in this set that will catch your ears and tap your foot.Want to hear what you don’t hear on local radio? As usual, this is the place to be!

Too many artists to list here but I did want to note Jamaica Queens’ own Omar Hakim and Miles, Marcus (Miller & Johnson), Robin Duhe, Joyce Cooling, Gemini Soul, Gail Jhonson, Urban Jazz Coalition, James Vargas, Lonnie Liston Smith, Wilton Felder (of Crusaders fame), Althea Rene, The New Jersey Kings, Grover Washington Jr., Cabo Frio, Michael “Patches” Stewart, Normal Brown, Dee Brown, Michael White, and a lot of others you need to hear from are in there. Tune in tonight until midnight eastern for the first run. If you like music, you need to check this set out and yes it has “the flow”. Over 60 cuts here so if you miss “that” song you’ll just have to wait until Saturday when it plays again okay? (hint: 7am Eastern to 12 Noon)

 

Sylvia

Now I know you’ve heard about the moving on of Sylvia Robinson a true Hip hop Pioneer. We’re working on a little graphic to show just how prolific her career was and how she’s placed in the world of music. Some might be surprised to learn what this sister was able to accomplish while here. Obviously those who knew her wouldn’t. So in that direction we will be presenting a nice little graphic for you to download and reflect upon.

(You know I’m sick of writing about people catching the bus ride to the sky right?)

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Kool Dj Red Alert

 

Here’s a site I ran across you should check out. One of the baddest brothers from my neck of the woods DJ Red Alert has a web site. You need to check it out “historians”. Here’s the link: http://www.kooldjredalert.com/ Check him out and drop some appreciation when you visit while he’s around to enjoy it yanno?

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Connections & Disconnections

by on Sep.19, 2011, under The Music

Roger Troutman

Roger Troutman

You know that saying “Small World”?

It’s all about connections and disconnections. For example, consider a band like Zapp. Started by Lester and Roger Troutman, the group grew into the powerhouse most of us know as Zapp. But, before that it was Roger and the Human Body. Through a childhood friendship with Bootsy Collins that Zapp got major exposure through theMotor Booty Affair tour of ’79. A record deal, “More Bounce to the Ounce”  and opening performances for acts like Prince, the Commodores, Ashford and Simpson, Cameo, Kool and the Gang and the rest, they say, is history.

Wait a minute. I said connections and disconnections…

Go back a step.

Parliament-funkadelic (say that fast twenty times) was a mother lode of funk. Onboard the mothership was a cast of talent including Bootsy’s Rubber Band, The Horny Horns and The Brides of Funkenstein.

Dawn silva, Lynn Mabry, Jeanette Washington, Debbie Wright

 

Ahhh.. The Brides…. Did you know that original members Dawn Silva and Lynn Mabry backed up to Sly & The Family Stone? Later the Brides consisted of Silva, Sheila Horne and Jeanette McGruder. Did you also know that their album “Never Buy Texas from a

Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy

Cowboy” containing hits “Never Buy Texas from a Cowboy” and “Mother May I” features some of the best guitar solos you will ever hear? Later you could hear Dawn Silva on tour with The Gap Band during 1982.

 

Oh dag did it again..

Go back two steps!

1977

Reach for it by George Duke . All ‘N All by E.W.&F. Menagerie by Bill Withers. Angel by the Ohio Players. The Pride by the Isley Brothers. Ask Rufus by Rufus. Secrets by Con Funk Shun. The Force by Kool & The Gang.

George Duke hit us upside the head with “Reach For it” making heads snap around. Did you know it was an accidental hit? Came out of a set they were performing at The Cellar Door in D.C. (Thank You Ndugu!) Deep head nod to Byron Miller for the bass solo that won me bets  left and right (a lot of people thought it was Stanley Clarke due to Duke’s association with him). Hehehehehe…sorry guys! Not!

So you have Duke, Ndugu, Miller and company cutting up in D.C., the Mothership slittin’ about zappng the sonic doo-doo out of our minds and … come to think of it.. I think The George Duke Band is due in Detroit on the 24th of this month at the Opera House. (Next month you can may catch them on the Capitol Jazz Supercruise)… But I digress…

The above mentioned LPs share something in common something real simple and quite obvious…they are sounds of their time. They reflect where we’ve been and where we think we’re going as is all music when you think about it… Santana’s Abraxas reflects more than excellent guitar performances and it wasn’t all about Carlos either….

Connections and Disconnections…

 

 

 

 

 

Look into the the family trees of the bands and you will see many many familiar names down in there. Like James Brown, Fred Wesley, Bernie Worrell, Bootsey Collins, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Stanley Clarke, Frank Zappa, Airto, Flora Purim, Billy Cobham, Santana, Al Johnson, Weather Report, Dianne Reeves, Earth, Wind & Fire (who included in its roster Ronnie Laws and Roland Bautistsa who also played with George Duke), Herbie Hancock (who played with everybody!), Shiela E , Ramsey Lewis (remember Sun Goddess? That was done with E,W&F)…

The roots run deep no matter which branch you follow. Something to consider when the media foists upon you the” latest new never heard before new to the planet genius” of some sort.Whether it is music related or about politics, everyone is connected somehow some way. There’s no escaping it.

Connections and disconnections.

It’s all in the mix. Without some there’d be none. It’s not about who came first its about when. Just like it is about what plays when not who. Because in the end it’s all about what.

Listen carefully and you will hear what I mean.

I’d like to also note with regret the passing of a local institution here in Tampa. WTMP 96.1 FM 1150AM is no longer broadcasting R&B and community related programming to Tampa’s Black community. It’s reported in local papers the owners lost control of the stations to a New York based hedge fund through a financing deal gone sour. Visits to their web site shows the format will focus on the latin community. I hope that the sound of ‘TMP will rise again. The community needs it. Read more here.

Peace,

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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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So, about the music playing now…

by on Jul.11, 2011, under Station Update

Dexter Wansel

So, about the music playing now… yeah the heat continues down here… as does the rain…

I like rain – up to a point. And, we are past that! I was standing out in the yard the other day and I could’ve sworn I could see the grass growing! But, I have to admit it looks a lot better green. So as the clouds rolled back in pregnant with mega gallons of wetness poised to plunge down upon my dreads I headed back in. Okay the lightening convinced me to go inside. But I digress…

I put on my “sound cannons” and decided to create a few new sets. I was feeling a bit of nostalgic for the old school groove with a touch of brazilian style drumming mixed in so this week you will hear both! Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Powerhouse 3, Domu, Mann Parrish, N.Y.C. Peech Boys (where the heck is my “Life is Something Special 12”?!?!?), Dazz Band, War (check out the remix! It features their cut “Southern Part of Texas”, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Billy Preston (sw a repeat of Blues Brothers 2000 a while back and he’s been on my head ever since…), Mr. Fingers, The Time, Sister Sledge are all included in the latest set. The mix of Salz’ “Honey Be Good and Jazzanova’s “Glow and Glare is nice if I say so myself! So, I think this set will prove quite interesting for those of you who like to listen to what is happening in the music as you hear it….

And just ’cause I was asked, yes you can catch replay’s of Wa’D’s sets not to forget his Wednesday set at 7:30Pm Eastern US time. His sets includes a number of artists that those with multi-genre tastes will definitely appreciate including Kleeer, Shiela E. Madhouse, Dennis Springer, Marcus Johnson 7 Maysa, Crown Heights Affair, Dexter Wansel, First Light and many more. You should definitely do yourselves a big favor and try to catch those sets!

Other artists that will also be heard if you tune in with a quickness…

Bohannon, Ovasoul 7,Elements of Life, Fredrik Stark, Victor Rosado (very rare version of Johnny Hammond’s cut “Los Conquistadores Chocolate”),Naked Rhythm, Chevel, Bobbi Humphrey, The Blackbyrds, Weekender, Brothers Johnson, The Crusaders, Georges Benson & Duke, Ronnie Laws, Johnny Hammond, Kenny Dope, DJ Tonk, Midnight Express, Mark Farina, Black Magic, Jay  Tripwire, Sheila E., Quant, Lee, Lisa Shaw and many  more….

Now to answer a few questions….

  1. No you won’t find that version of “Skin I’m In” anywhere else. Sorry!
  2. Nope, that Tony Toni Tone remix if “Feels Good” will only be played here.
  3. I dunno why I mixed Parliament’s “Night of the Thumpasaurus Peoples” with the Masters At Work  mix of Rain/Give It Up (A Lil Louis Painting). It just felt right.
  4. Yes that mix of Raze’s “Break For Love” into DJ Languages “Close To You” does seem very visual in an aural sense. Hahaha!! Uhuh! That’s what I saw in my mind’s eye as it played too!
  5. I dunno. Let me know…in the meantime sign up as a VIP and lose the commercial breaks.
  6. No you are not missing anything. The music picks up right where it left off at. The mixes are designed so that VIPs get a nonstop flow. (See the above answer for solution *wink*)
  7. Yes I’m also a musician and I think that is sometimes a blessing and a curse when listening to other mixes or some DJs in certain clubs. (Dudes’ need to stop singing over the mike yanno?)
  8. Well, your mission “Mr. Phelps” is to put an ear on this and see what comes to mind. Then get back at me.

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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This is what happened…

by on Jun.11, 2011, under Station Update

Books in the Douglasville, Georgia Borders store.

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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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Patio Play Tomorrow!!

by on Apr.08, 2011, under The Events

Uncle Darrows Creole Cajun Eatery

Uncle Darrows Creole Cajun Eatery

Jacnique & Flight 2da Light

will be playing two exciting 45 minute sets of fabulous Smooth Jazz and R&B music

at

Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Creole Eatery

TOMMOROW SATURDAY, April 9th from 4PM to 6PM in Venice, CA!

 

Here’s the location info:

Saturday, April 9th 4PM to 6PM

Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Creole Eatery

2560 S. Lincoln Blvd.

Venice, CA 90291

310-306-4862

http://www.uncledarrows.com

Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking!

View The Flyer HERE!

 

Please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible HERE!

 

Also:

The Black Music Awards will be held in Los Angeles on May 7th. Jacnique has been nominated for “Neo-Soul Artist of The Year” and will play Deena in a very special “Dreamgirls” tribute. Save the date! Tickets are $50.00, however, her guests will receive a special discount.

Her album “Trial By Fire” is available at iTunes. Here’s the link to purchase:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=261980030

 

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Lost My Touch?

by on Apr.03, 2011, under Station Update, The Music

A DJ (disk jockey or dee jay) turntable scalab...

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A young relative says that I lost my touch!

 

Just in case, I added another 20 hours of new mixes….

A very global yet funky set sprinkled with some old school and deep chill goodies..reggae, house and more!

Enjoy!

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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To My Listeners In Japan…

by on Mar.12, 2011, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

Earthquake and Tsunami damage-Sendai Port, Japan

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Wow

I saw the news with anguish, shock and horror and your homeland suffered some of the worst earth events imagineable. I just wanted to say that I am wishing the best to you and yours and hoping for a speedy recovery for those of your so terribly affected by the recent events in your homeland.

May all that is good fall upon you.

Hang in there…

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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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

Image by djwudi via Flickr

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

Numark Total Control / VDJ
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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

dream.numbers
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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”…

English: Photo of the front of 1520 Sedgwick A...

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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Huh? Recent Wall Post I Found Pending…

by on Nov.22, 2010, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

FORTYEIGHT | threesixtyfive "Hackers"
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If Yahoo Babel Fish is wrong I owe this person
(not the dude in the photo, the guy or gal who wrote on my wall!) a real apology so I hope he or she has a sense of humor. Even though I have never kicked that person out and for other reasons their claim is suspect at best. I swear I’m not making this up. Read on…

Привет. Странаня ситуация, пытаюсь зайти на блог, меня постоянно выкидывает. Сейчас зашел через прокси и все нормально. Можно попросить разблокировать ип адрес 192.48.250.80
Так уже с недели две не могу попасть со своего ип в блог.

Translation:

Regards. [Strananya] situation, I attempt to visit to [blog], it constantly throws out me. Now it visited through proxy and everything normally. It is possible to ask to unblock IP (Internet protocol) address 192.48.250.80 So already from week two I cannot fall from my IP into [blog].

The Response:

Привет. Странаня ситуация, пытаюсь зайти на блог, меня постоянно выкидывает. Сейчас зашел через прокси и все нормально. Можно попросить разблокировать ип адрес 192.48.250.80
Так уже с недели две не могу попасть со своего ип в блог.

Translation:

“I think (don’t speak Russian) your message says you keep getting kicked off of the blog and you want me to unblock your IP address. If you were having problem reaching the blog how are you posting on the wall? In order to figure this out I will need you to buy 6 items from the official store. (cafepress.com/wbpm) okay? When I get the money I will think about it.(The money).”

Just buy a Custom T-shirt or a 16 oz. Original design Coffee Cup (or something!) for some deserving soul instead of spamming regular folk. Here, go to my store at www.cafepress.com/wbpm and be the first on your continent to have some official WBPM NetRADIO swag. Then you can sit around doing crossword puzzles and listen to all this good music I mix up for you!

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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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All Jazzed Up

by on Sep.13, 2010, under Station Update, The Music, The Musings

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Okay,

Seems that some of you really like some of the Jazz cuts I’ve dropped in. The set that is playing now includes Jazz for generations. For some of you a few of the songs might even go back as far as your great-grandparents. Not really that hard to imagine for some of the teen listeners out there right? That set will repeat and it includes Roy Ayers, Kool & The Gang, Urban Knights, Soulive, Bobby Hutcherson, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, George Duke, The Crusaders and Dominoes and  UFO (nice vocals). I also dropped in a cut that I heard as the soundtrack to a movie from back in the 70s. Cult Classic Heavy Traffic from 1973 combined Live and animated action and takes place in New York City. If you get the chance sit and check it out. (It was rated X when it came out…now that would probably get you an maybe “R” hahahah!!) Anyway the song stuck in my head. (Sidenote: It seems the song is about “The Plague” as in Black Plague that whacked the living doo-doo out of Middle Aged Europe so long ago … go figure…).

Right behind that set (which will be ending within the hour actually), I’ve added another set of remixes that includes the likes of Matthew Bandy, Marques Wyatt, Vision, Dennis Ferrer, Home & Garden (Lisa Shaw makes an appearance on this cut), Kathy Brown, Miguel Migs, Royal House (okay that mix is nice!!!), Kim English (wish her a happy birthday), Jay Tripwire (2012 is tight man!!), I did some playing around with The Nervous Track (can’t get that cut out of my head). There’s 42 cuts and they are all mixed into each other…Then I took it down just a knotch…the next two hours of the set includes The Isleys, Melaaz, Yellowman, Bobby Lyle, Smokey Robinson, Carlinhos Brown, Moss, Sweetback, Praful ultimately rolling into Pete Rock’s “Take the D Train” (Used to do that often! from The Bronx to Coney Island!)

So I want you to stay sane and enjoy the flow of the music.

Peace,

DJ

(That’s Pete Rock in the picture….)

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You’ve been warned…

by on Sep.07, 2010, under The Music, The Musings

As the City Rushes By
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Okay, so now the summer is over for all practical purposes (unless you live down around Florida’s latitude…probably be hot down here ’til March!). Most of you folks in the USA are, by now, getting bombarded by the media outlets’ talk of politics and elections and voter dissatisfaction. 

I ask one thing of you all. Think about what people are telling you. Especially when they speak of those “polls” where the talking heads say “Most people…blah..blah..blah…”. Stop and ask yourself…how can they say “most” people? Did they really ask most people? Do you know a few people who’ve been asked? Really? Recently? About this? 

Ask yourself this…who did the asking, what was asked and how did they go about deciding who to ask. I’m just saying…because everytime I hear one of those heads blabbering about some poll I always think…

“Sh*t, no one asked me..hmmph!”

So please fellow citizens, don’t let them play you. Free your minds then use it. Vote intelligently. Check this out. Earlier today (labor day) on CNN the host reported that some poll showed that most Americans are unhappy with the economy and mad at the President for how he’s handled it so far. Personally I feel if it took nearly a decade for it to tank, why should people expect it to get better in a fraction of the time? I mean the economy has been wobbly since 2001 (remember “Go Shopping”?)

Then the reporter stated that on top of that, most (here we go) Americans blamed Republicans for the problems the country is facing. The icing on the cake was applied when he stated that when “most” people were asked who would they be likely to vote for during this election season they replied (get this) Republican.

Okay maybe its me…but the math don’t seem to add up so to speak.

Am I to believe that the voting public is that “slow” that they would turn around and vote in the exact political party they blame for creating this economic mess?

Let me ask any of you this:

Let’s say you are walking along some city sidewalk. It’s a beautiful day. Springlike. Birds are chirping…lots of hustle and bustle all about. Now, if someone came along and suddenly just knocked the living doodoo out of you and you were suddenly transported back in time say 10 minutes prior to the event with your memory intact. Would you blindly walk right back into that fist or would you look real hard at the next person coming down the street?

Like I said, you’ve been warned. The money smells funny to me. So think about what’s going on. Who’s been doing what and how. Then do what you do. I know what I’m doing. I’m not hearing the twisty talkers on TV. I for one will not be hopping over the fence into a pit bull’s yard with a pork chop tied to my butt.

Oh yeah…I added a new set too. Music to get your head together with yanno? Very eclectic set..thought I’d make it easy for those of you cubicle residents.  Let’s see… Kool & The Gang, Nasrat Fateh Ali-Khan, Deep Forest, Jazzanova, Table 4 5ive. Kmotiv, DJ Spinna, Mark Ledford, Pete Rock, Eva Navrot, Buju Banton, Quant, George Benson, Weather Report, DJ Scissorkicks, Jill Scott, The Gap Band, A Tribe Called Quest, Rhonda Smith, Waiwan, Platinum Pied Pipers, Gotan Project, Anita Baker, Liquid Spirits, Tease, Bob Marley, Wayne Fire, Trakheadz, Marques Wyatt, Ad Finem, Tony Bonilla, Roland Clark, Spettro and many more…

Remember…(to paraphrase a classic funkadelic cut)

Free Your Mind so you know Who’s Ass Not To Follow!

Peace,

DJ

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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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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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Pssssst….

by on Jun.28, 2010, under The Musings

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Here’s something for the chocolate lovers out there…

Check This Out

Let me know what you think okay?

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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

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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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