I put the show together in a rush. Not, the preparation. That was done properly. The part that was rushed was putting it in the system.
To pull back the curtain or to show you how we make the sausage, we don’t do live shows here at Camel City Radio. We either prerecord our voicetracks using the system we use for the playout, or, like me, I record my stuff ahead of time in my VO studio, putting the music beds in and such.
Then I put it in our system along with the correlating songs that I am talking about or that go with the theme.
When I put the songs in, I usually double check to make sure everything is in order before I leave the station. I did that for the first hour. It went off without a hitch. I must have missed that the second hour. Now, the whole tracklist happened like it should have, just not exactly in the order that it should have. There were two spots where what I was talking about was not in correlation to the correct song. I’ll note those below. Also, I apologize and hope to do better moving forward. I beg your forgiveness.
The theme for this week was “relatives.” Parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins. It had to be blood relatives. So, no step-parents/children, no married couples unless it correlated with something else. Here is the tracklist:
Beach Boys – I Get Around
The Mamas and the Papas – Go Where You Wanna Go
Wilson Phillips – Hold On
Rick(y) Nelson – Poor Little Fool
Nelson – (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection
Dionne Warwick – Alfie
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls of Fire
Mickey Gilley – Here Comes the Hurt Again
Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire
Marni Nixon – I Could Have Danced All Night
Andrew Gold – Thank You for Being a Friend
The Judds – Mama He’s Crazy
Seals & Crofts – Summer Breeze
England Dan and John Ford Coley – I’d Really Love to See You Tonight
The Corrs – Breathless (this was a cushion song and I didn’t mention it; it did play)
Norah Jones – Come Away With Me (Ravi Shankar’s daughter)
Toto – Hold the Line
Van Halen – Top Jimmy (was supposed to play AFTER Star Wars)
John Williams – Star Wars (Joseph Williams of Toto is John’s son)
Mammoth WVH – Don’t Back Down (Wolfgang Van Halen)
Jackson 5 – Never Can Say Goodbye
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Hank Williams – Kaw-Liga (was supposed to play AFTER Janet Jackson)
Janet Jackson – Nasty
Hank Williams, Jr. – Family Tradition
The Brothers Johnson – Stomp!
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
The Black Crowes – Twice As Hard
Oasis – Songbird (announced but did not play)
Pantera – Cowboys From Hell (started the 10p hour)
So, what I mean by cushion or “announced but did not play” (and this is more sausage making), the system works in hour intervals. When I put the playlist in – including my voice tracks or VT from now on – I have to work a puzzle to make the songs fit.
The system is fickle. If you don’t take it up to 60 minutes, you run the risk of it starting the hour over again. That doesn’t happen for regular rotation things, just the specialty shows. If you go too long it throws the following hours off and things may get cut off. The Corrs song was used as cushion so in case the previous hour ran oddly, it didn’t mess up my hour.
The song was played but caught it close enough to the top of the 9p hour that it caused the 9p hour to run behind. I had accounted for this, which is why I only say, it’s coming up. But, timing being what it was, the bottom of the hour was too long to play. I hope that makes sense. I hope you don’t mind me pulling back the curtain.
So what is your musical family connection? Did I leave any out? I know I did, it was a two hour show, we would have needed a lot more hours. But, next week will be “part 2” of the theme.
Do you have ideas for show topics? I’d really love to hear your ideas because eventually (any day now), I’m going to run out of things to talk about out of my feeble brain.
Also, you don’t have to be “local” to listen. We are an internet-based radio station and are licensed to broadcast anywhere in the US, Canada, and the UK. We broadcast out of the Omniverus Studios at Liberty Plaza.
Your next question may be: well, how do we listen? We have you covered on that. The Camel City Radio app is available on both the Apple Play and Google Play stores, so we are compatible with any iOS or Android device. Also, we now have our Alexa Skill. All you have to do is say, “Alexa, play Camel City” and Bob’s your uncle. You don’t even have to say “radio” (because she takes me to some weird Pandora channel). Just “Camel City.”
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“Jimmy on the television, famous people on there with him, Jimmy on the news at five. Jimmy on the radio and even on the video, the baddest cat alive. Driving all the women crazy, all they want is Jimmy baby. Love it when he rolls his eyes.” – “Top Jimmy” (Van Halen, Roth, Van Halen)