For those of you who remember the 70’s and 80’s, and were around back then as a young adult (someone old enough to buy their own beer – legally), you probably will enjoy hearing some of the best music from that era. Thanks to the wonders of today’s modern technology, we have internet radio. It functions just like the radio in your car, or the one in the corner of your kitchen counter, but you will need access to the internet to take advantage.
Any way, on All Noise Radio there’s a DeeJay who spins tunes and talks about the ‘good old days’. He’s based in the New York Area, and he’ll take you back to the days of the club scene in places like Studio 54 and CBGB, back to the time of films like Grease and Saturday Night Fever, and back to the days of bands like Motley Crue and The Rolling Stones.
He does a two hour broadcast on Monday nights with each show repeated at two other times. You should give him a try. You’ll really like his work. He call himself – The Ghost. The Ghost and I got together for a mini-interview which follows immediately.
JMM: What is the name of the show?
JMM: Where can the listeners find it on the web?
JMM: When is the show available for people to listen to?
Monday evening 8PM to 10PM
Tuesday Morning 8AM to 10AM
Saturday afternoon 1PM to 3PM
all times EST
JMM: Tell us about the show – what kind of music do you play?
It’s based on a classic rock premise, but not hand-cuffed to it. As you can hear by the latest show I gave you, I have the freedom to play anything I want from Classic Rock, Punk, Funk, Soul as well as contemporary music. I haunt the listener with music and stories of the past.
JMM: Who is your target audience?
Those who came of age in the 70’s primarily, but we’re not limited to just that as I do try and play songs of today.
JMM: How did the show come about?
I’ve always had a love for radio. I attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and learned pretty much what I needed to. I thought this would be a cool premise.
JMM: Did you have to audition?
Yes, I had to submit a demo to All Noise Radio and it was accepted.
JMM: Do you make any money from the show?
JMM: What kind of music do you play most often?
Rock music from the 70’s and 80’s.
JMM: What can a listener expect to get out of listening to the show?
Hear deeper cuts, songs that they just don’t play on the radio. Stories about how the music affected me and my upbringing. Nostalgia regarding Brooklyn and New York in the 70’s and 80’s. Learn about the music, not instrumentally, but how songs came to be and the lyrical content. I’m big on the lyrics and their message. Also stories that are light, comical and real.
JMM: Last Question: What kind of themes or topics will be coming up on the show in the near future?
Songs we love to hate. Summer songs. My collection of 45’s. Anonymous dedications and why listeners picked them without revealing who they are.
JMM: Thank you Ghost. Last words of this interview will be up to you. Here’s an opportunity to have the last word and say whatever you like about your show, the experience, and why you like doing it.
My goal is to have the listener say, “wow, I haven’t heard that song in a long time. They never play that on the radio.” If I can make them relive a time or an experience because it was marked by a song and they relay that to me via the blog or email, then that’s the fun in it. If I can whisk them back to yesteryear for a brief time to a place they used to haunt or a memory that’s been long dormant like a forgotten wraith, then that’s the enjoyment in it for me.
It’s fun and it allows me to be creative with something I love, music.
I have a lot of fun doing it because I can be creative with themes and reminisce about my glory days. I could not do this on radio now as there are very little free-form DJs today. I like to tell stories and this is the vehicle.
Thanks, JMM. I’m looking forward to reading it and seeing it up on the web. Very cool.
Mr. Ghost. I won’t be calling you Casper any time soon. Best wishes with your show, and thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.