Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Show Coming: Shortwave America Special Focus - Kids, Incorporated

The 1980s brought the world a cultural revolution in an era of difficult international relations, Reaganomics and the Laffer Curve, Mohawks and Jean Jackets, Cyndi Lauper, Olivia Newton-John, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, and Belinda Carlisle. We all wanted our MTV, and Twisted Sister spoke for all of us when they said "We Not Gonna Take It".

Europe had us all dreaming of living in another planet, and Kids Incorporated was one of the few shows parents would let their kids watch.

Full cast and crew credits are here. Above, you see the original first season cast of Kids, Inc. Just WHY did Shortwave America choose to do a special show on THIS show? Because the legacy of the show, the memories, and the fact that this was the only truly respectable children's show of a key decade of time that never had any public controversy attached to it. In the end, it also boiled down to the fact that many countless hundreds of thousands of fans have such great personal memories of this 80s and early 90s production, that it holds real merit.

Kids, Inc. was a high quality production for its time and tackled some of that era's most important issues in the pre-teen and teenage demographic. Overall, the 80s has a nostalgia all its own attached to it for all of us that lived in that decade and have our own valued memories, so this specific Shortwave America show will be one to treasure for several generations of people across every walk of life!

The songs performed on Kids, Inc. were all number 1 radio hits in the 80s, or otherwise enjoyed heavy rotation play at major stations everywhere. Until this show is ready to be unveiled, enjoy THIS video as a preview of what you'll enjoy!


New Show Coming: WLUP AM-1000 Celebrity Documentary

Rick Kaempfer (pictured above), has signed on to be part of a historic Shortwave America documentary involving a celebrity voice from what is considered the golden era of what was once the historic WLUP - AM1000! Rick is what can only be called a "Producer's Producer" and also owns his own publishing company, Eckhartz Press. Prior to forming Eckhartz Press, not only was Rick a skilled and well respected radio Producer, he also owned and operated Chicago Radio Spotlight, along with a list of other blogs that earned praise.

The celebrity voice from the old WLUP - AM1000 will remain a surprise for now, but here are a few hints:

He was known to walk into the studio with a backpack and a water bottle

He was always able to be emotionally provoking and even controversial while rarely ever crossing the line.

He had his own sense of style, and always brought his own brand of talk to the air

Though known for his unique show over the decades, he is also very versatile

WLUP AM-1000 was a sister station to WLUP 97.9FM, Chicago's premiere rock station. The story is best told in brief by the very voice of WLUP in the video below. Please note that the effort that made this video relevant at the time has since been discontinued, and the website affiliated with it is now gone.

There are hours of material to go through for this documentary, people to interview, and lots of work to be done. In the end, this will be the most dynamic show ever written and produced here at Shortwave America, and it's sure to make major media headlines! Keep visiting for progress updates, because you WANT to hear this show! 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

BIG News From PCJ Radio

 January 26th, 2013 will mark a milestone for the PCJ Media Network Plus program. As of the given date, PCJ will have aired 100 episodes of this focused specialty international media show. PCJ Radio also wants all of you to know that: This March there will be 3 celebrations for PCJ!! The first one will be the 4th anniversary of Happy Station Show returning to the air. The second celebration will be Keith Perron's 4th anniversary as host. (Eddy Startz over 40 years, Tom Meijer over 20 years, Keith Perron 4 years. That's longer than Pete Myers and Jonathan Groubert) It's also the 4th anniversary of the founding of PCJ Radio/Media. For this celebration, there will be a special edition of Happy Station in March. One lucky person will have a chance to win a package of Happy Station Show promotional items. These are all new and include a 45rpm record of Tom Meijer. Stay tuned for details!!

The next piece of news out of PCJ Radio will bring everyone back to the good old days of shortwave listening. PCJ says: "In the next few weeks PCJ Radio will be releasing a package ring tones of 100 different interval signals from 100 stations. Some of them were recorded directly off shortwave, satellite and include ones that are studio copies. They are all recorded between 1930 and 2012. There will be a charge of 10$ for the full package. Payment will be done through PAYPAL. Once we receive payment we will send you an ID and PASSWORD to access the PCJ FTP to download the ZIP file."

See the official PCJ link here