July 28, 2004

Whassup, y'all??

Well, I told 'em it was a mistake, but you KNOW no one listens to me around here, so here I am, your new Program Director. I'm extremely honored to have been offered this position, and I'm going to work exceptionally hard to do justice to it. I really do love this station, and everyone I've met here.

OK, enough of the sappy, sentimental crap...here's what you can expect from this newsletter from this point on:

First off, I apologize in advance for the crudeness of this particular newsletter; I have not had much time to put this first one together. The first couple will probably be a little crude. Consider the newsletter a work in progress. ;)

I've thought long and hard about the Top 10 list. I want to be sure that I'm introducing you to more than just what's on the top of the Billboard mainstream charts (*COUGHS* sellout *COUGHS*). So, I initially thought I would include a pop chart, and a rock/metal chart, just to kind of cover the spectrum. But the truth of the matter is, all you need to do is turn on MTv for 20 minutes, and you'll get enough of the pop charts regurgitated at you that you won't be able to get them out of your head for a month. With that in mind, I made the decision to look for a decent alternative/rock chart (which I found), and to also add in a separate metal chart (which I already had access to). Unfortunately, I got into this position just a little bit late, and have not yet been able to assemble a really good Top 10 metal chart. So, for this issue, we will only have one chart to peruse. Now, keep in mind: I do not necessarily recommend any of the songs on either of these charts. I simply feel that it's important for all of us to be aware of what people want to hear.

I will also be including a short list (2-5 songs) of new or lesser-known bands and songs that you might want to check out. These are all songs that I think have a lot of potential, so again I think it would be beneficial for all of us to know about them.

And, of course, I will include the songs for the BATTLE OF THE BANDS in each issue.

That's about it, other than adding the occasional bit of news or information regarding the station or the music world in general. Of course, if anyone has a band/song that they would like to recommend, or has any ideas on how to improve the newsletter, let me know! Just email me at mickeyblake@earthlink.net. I'll be happy to consider anything submitted to me. Now, on to the actual newsletter itself...

First, the alternative/rock chart. Straight from Billboard's rock charts:

1) Velvet Revolver - Slither. If you haven't checked out this band yet, GET WITH IT!! These guys are every bit as good as STP was...better, in fact, in my humble opinion. This is a great song; it should at least be on your mp3 player, if not in your show.

2) Three Days Grace - Just Like You. Again, a great song by a great band. These guys seem to just keep getting better and better with each single.

3) Crossfade - Cold. I can't say enough about Crossfade. I've made three copies of their self-titled album; I keep one at home, one in my truck, and one at work. They're THAT good.

4) Nickelback - Feelin' Way Too Damn Good. Nickelback just keeps plugging away with strong, solid rock music. These guys have a passion for what they do, and it shows.

5) Slipknot - Duality. Some people didn't like Slipknot's new album, but I personally think it's their best. Not only did they show a tremendous amount of versatility, they also don't drop a single s- or f- bomb in the whole album (significant for us, since we're a PG-13 station)!

6) Breaking Benjamin - So Cold. OK, I've gotta admit, there are gonna be a few of these here and there that I've never heard of. This is one of 'em. lol Like I said, I don't necessarily recommend the songs on this list; I just provide the information.

7) Saliva - Survival of the Sickest. I'm not a huge Saliva fan, to be honest. But a lotta people think I'm crazy for feelin that way. If you've liked their other stuff, you'll probably love this one.

8) Jet - Cold Hard Bitch. If there is any justice in the world, this one will drop off the top 10 very soon. Don't get me wrong; this is a damn good song. But it's been EXTREMELY overplayed by most rock stations, and in my mind, is starting to get a little old. It's truly tragic when radio ruins a perfectly good song by cramming it down our collective throats.

9) Seether feat. Amy Lee - Broken. Great song, made even better by the addition of Amy Lee to the vocal mix. Definitely one to check out.

10) Alter Bridge - Open Your Eyes. A pretty different sound; not like everything else you hear out there today. Look for this one to make a lotta noise.

As for up-and-coming tracks, you might want to look into a couple, such as:

Sunset Black, "The Wait." I've been tellin everyone within earshot about these guys ever since I first got to the station. Great sound, powerful lyrics, and a damn cool group of guys, too. They're tough to find, so if you need this (or any) song by Sunset Black, let me know; I'll be glad to send 'em your way.

Down And Above, "Lost." This song will blow you away. Powerful lyrics...beautifully written...and it has a pretty deep personal meaning for me as well. This one will be on the Battle of the Bands this week, so make sure you get a copy of it from me, Jay, or Jadee ASAP.

Avril Lavigne, "My Happy Ending." OK, I know she's not TRULY rock or alternative, but let's face it; Avril's pretty damn good. While this CD, and this track, have been out for awhile, it's just starting to gain popularity, and is actually a pretty kickass song, in my humble opinion. Avril just keeps puttin out one great tune after another; she's TOTALLY bitter, and I LOVE it! I'm always looking forward to her next single.

Battle of the Bands!!!

The Battle of the Bands is back, and in FULL FORCE!! We are returning to the original format: Two bands enter, ONE band leaves! We will be pitting two songs against each other each week, and giving our listeners the opportunity to vote for their favorite on our website. This will pretty much be the ONLY part of your show in which I will be telling you what to play; remember, the Battle of the Bands must be played at LEAST once during EVERY show! Keep in mind, your listeners will only get into this if YOU are into it...so be sure to promote this section of your show HARDCORE! This is one of those things that will set RT apart from the other stations out there; have fun with it! This week's bands are:

"Lost," by Down and Above.

"Recognize," by Flaw.

Both of these songs are pretty powerful, and both are by bands that not everyone will be familiar with. This is the whole point of the BOTB; to help introduce our listeners to new music, and find out what they like and don't like. If you need either of these songs, you can find them on our downloads page; or you can get them from Jay or myself. Be sure to get them ASAP if you don't already have them!

I am hoping to get a new liner or two to help promote the BOTB; of course, I will need to track down some help in order to do this, as I am not nearly technically inclined enough to create them myself. lol Any volunteers?

Well, I think that's more than enough for now. lol Remember, if you have ANY suggestions on how to improve things, just let me know; I want to hear from you!

Keep on kickin ass, RT...I'm out!
-JT, The Moody Bastard

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