Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cobra Kings


You can hate me for what I'm about to say because, frankly, I don't care.

I like Limp Bizkit.

I know...sometimes I wonder what I'm thinking too. What it comes down to, though, is that Limp Bizkit is a guilty pleasure. A novelty, if you will, left over from my childhood. As a matter of fact, Chocolate Starfish was one of the first albums I ever owned. So sue me, but I really do like Limp Bizkit.

All that being said, I was pretty excited to hear that the entire originally line-up (Wes Borland and all) had reunited and were going out on a world tour as well as working on a brand new studio album. You can read all about that happy reunion in other places on the Internet that I don't have time to link right now. Basically, Fred and Wes put their differences aside and found common ground in the form of their desire to write and produce music that they enjoy.

That reunion happened months ago, and Limp Bizkit has been on tour in Europe and other places overseas for the better part of this year. They plan on rollin' (no pun intended) through the ol' USA at the end of the tour for a big finale.

Now on to the album, which Fred Durst has claimed is "[Limp Bizkit's] most addictive album yet- instrumentally." That's enough to get my sorry ass excited. Now, through a recent interview with Kerrang!, Durst has revealed the album title and also a general time for release:

"The name of the new Limp Bizkit album is Gold Cobra. We will slowly be revealing the meaning of the title over the next few weeks. Cobras are quite venomous. I wish it were a much longer, more ridiculous title, but Gold Cobra is as ridiculous as we're going to get right now."

Fred-o went on to tell Kerrang! that the new album should hit stores "Early next year." Depending on how early Fred's version of early really is, we could have a single within the next few weeks, or even days.

I'm excited and, what the hell, you should be excited too. If your not excited, then it's probably because you are smarter than I am.

I'll keep you updated on further details as soon as they make their way to my desk.

As always, keep it here for updates on this and other New Rock announcements.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Breaking the Silence: Shannon Larkin


Ever since we first heard earlier this year that Godsmack was busy working on a brand new album, we have been itching for details. After all, this new CD will be the band's first since 2006's IV. For a while, Godsmack played it close to the chest with only releasing sporadic and obscure details. All that we knew was that they intended to have the new record out sometime during the First-Quarter of 2010. Then, finally, just as Godsmack was preparing to head out on tour for Crüe Fest 2, they released a brand new single.

The new song "Whiskey Hangover" was quickly proven to be a chart-topping hit, and was played all across the country while the band was out on tour. Having seen Godsmack live this summer, I can attest to the fact that Godsmack is still rocking as hard as ever. Of course, during their performance they went on to tease us with even more talk of the new album and once again reaffirmed their intentions to have it out early next year. Since then, though, was have heard little or noting about it. No release date, no album title, no producer, zip, zero, nata.

But no more...

Finally, after all of the endless pandering and countless questions, Godsmack's drummer, Shannon Larkin, has come forward and given up some small details about the new album in a recent interview. It isn't much, mind you, but it's more than we had before so be happy with it.

You can read the full interview here, but I'll give you the basics of what was said.

According to Shannon, the band is hoping to have the new album all finished by December 15th with the intention of having it hit stores sometime around March of 2010. Also revealed was that Sully Erna was co-producing the new album with Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Mudvayne). Larkin also said the the new album was going to be "a monster" and that it was very reminiscent of their first album, but "much heavier, with simple, catchy guitar-driven riffs." He did not reveal anything else.

If March is, indeed, when the album will be released, we should be able to expect a new radio single any day now. If anything, this news is little more than a tease. Still, it's enough fuel to feed the fire until we actually get our hands on this thing. I, myself, cannot wait. It's been nearly four years since we got anything new from Godsmack, but it looks like the wait is almost over.

As always, keep it here for updates on this and other New Rock announcements.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Puddle of Mudd's 4th Volume


It seems like just about every week there is some kind of new rock announcement to be made. Well, as it turns out this week is no different.

I have actually been the bearer of this information for quite some time now, but I have been reluctant to reveal it to you, the listener, since I could not verify how true it was. However, as of today, the information has (for the most part) been confirmed, so it is time that I gave you guys the low down.

In the world of rock, the band Puddle of Mudd has gotten to be a well known name. Ever since their album Come Clean, Puddle of Mudd has enjoyed a steadily increasing popularity with each new record release. And rightfully so, since with each album Puddle of Mudd has continued to improve with their songwriting.

However, I personally think that their last album failed to meet expectations. Granted, Famous had a few good singles that came out of it like "Psycho", which became a #1 Hit, but I think that overall it wasn't Puddle of Mudd's best effort.

Perhaps the band agrees with me, though, because their upcoming new album titled Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate will be much tighter and more focused. According to bassist Doug Ardito, the new record will contain only nine songs to avoid what he called "filler material". The new CD is also expected to contain more edgy, punk rock similar to that which can be found on earlier releases according to interviews with Puddle of Mudd frontman and vocalist Wes Scantlin.

Since Puddle of Mudd has produced some great hits in the past (some of which I am very fond of), I am excited for this new record which is scheduled to hit stores on December 8th. And if their first single off of the new album, "Spaceship" (now playing on 97.9X), is any indication, then Vol. 4 is going to rock!

As always, keep it here for updates on this and other New Rock announcements.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

WHOOP!

Another funny YouTube video I thought was worth sharing. It amazes me at what qualifies as newsworthy anymore.

Again, you need to keep in mind while watching this that it is a 100% REAL news story. Someone actually thought it would be a perfectly good idea to air this on television. Idiots.

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mudvayne Ends the Game


Since their beginnings, Mudvayne had been known for their technical styles of music, incorporating elements from nearly a dozen genres of metal. However, Mudvayne's most recent album The New Game had a distinct rock and roll sound to it that was unheard of in their previous music. Said album produced the hit single "Do What You Do" on 97.9X which was very popular among you listeners.

Although the The New Game wasn't Mudvayne as I knew them, I still sincerely enjoyed it. The album truly showcased Mudvayne's range and skill in versatility, and it left me eager for the next effort from the band.

The original plan was to release The New Game, followed six months later by yet another album release. However, this plan fell by the wayside and the second release (fifth studio album by the band) never came. From the information I was able to gather in the time between, I learned that Mudvayne had completely finished, mixed, and mastered the unreleased new album, but they had no release date planned, opting instead to finish up the Music As A Weapon Tour before they put the new CD on shelves.

But finally, just yesterday, Mudvayne revealed the album title, the release date, and a whole slew of other information about the new album on MySpace. Here is what they had to say:

MUDVAYNE TO RELEASE NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM on DECEMBER 22, 2009

NEW SONG ‘BEAUTIFUL AND STRANGE’ STREAMING TODAY

MUDVAYNE are back with a self-titled release that will hit stores on December 22, 2009 and leave fans blown away by its eclectic complexity and brutality. MUDVAYNE’S last record “The New Game”, produced two hit singles; the #1 ‘Do What You Do’ and ‘Scarlet Letters’ are continuing to receive massive radio airplay and video rotation on MTV2 and Fuse. One could say that this new album is the hardest, but yet most melodic record, MUDVAYNE has ever created.....
Alongside the blistering new tunes. MUDVAYNE have outdone themselves once again with the mind-blowing packaging for the new album. The new album is revolutionizing album artwork design, as this is the first album to ever use black light reactive ink. Every bit of art and text in the packaging of the record will be printed on ink that can only be seen with a black light. Fans receiving this record as a gift during the holiday season, could truly have a “White Christmas” courtesy of MUDVAYNE.

Matt McDonough MUDVAYNE’S drummer had the following to say about the new album, “I feel that this album is the best that the band has recorded since our second album, The End of All Things to Come.
The album will be available in three formats. Those include, the standard jewel case edition, a deluxe edition that comes with a black light, and the super deluxe edition that includes a larger black light, a special edition black light reactive poster, and more.

Check out the brand new MUDVAYNE song “Beautiful and Strange” today at www.mudvayne.com and www.myspace.com/mudvayne for a taste of what is to come on December 22nd..

Some very exciting news to be sure. I am eager to see how the black light reactive ink will work with the album's artwork. In theory, it sounds like a pretty sweet idea. I can't wait to see it in practice.

Also, I would advise that you check out the new song "Beautiful and Strange" that Mudvayne is streaming on their website and their MySpace, because it ROCKS! Having listened to it myself, I feel confident that this new album will kick all kinds of ass. I cannot wait!

*UPDATE (11/30/09) - The new album is now scheduled for release on December 21st, 2009.

As always, keep it here for updates on this and other New Rock announcements.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Holy Sh*t! This is hysterical!

I just happened to come across this video on YouTube a few days ago and I figured it would be worth sharing it with all of you.

Keep in mind that this is a 100% REAL news story!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Breaking In At Midnight

Being in radio means that I can get brand new albums for free, usually close to five days before they are released. However, the release of Breaking Benjamin's brand new record, Dear Agony, was a special occasion, and I decided that this time I would, instead, wait like everyone else until the day of sale. I even took it upon myself to stand out in the cold at the Gallery of Sound in Kingston/Edwardsville with a few hundred other Benheads and await the Midnight Release of the highly anticipated new album.


We had a freakin' blast! Also, huge minion points are to be awarded to the two dudes at the front of the line that waited outside the store since 3:00pm, nine whole hours before the release. Now THAT is dedication (and proof of having no job and nothing better to do)!

The big draw to the Midnight Release not only had to do with the desire for an album that has been two years in the making, but also because the Gallery of Sound was raffling off wristbands that would get you into our 97.9X Top Secret Show with Breaking Benjamin the following evening. Everyone that bought the new album that evening was given the opportunity to win.

Excitement was building, and tensions were high. Finally, the doors to the store opened up at Midnight and the crowed rolled in.

Oh, and by the way, look who happened to take the time to stop by the Gallery of Sound in the Gateway Shopping Center and sign stuff...


...None other than NEPA's own, Chad Szeliga, the drummer for Breaking Ben! I think I can speak for all of the people there that evening when I say "thank you" to Chad for stopping by.

The folks who came out had a great time and everyone was thrilled to have the new album. After the line for purchases had ended at roughly 1:30am, it was time to raffle off the passes into the Secret Show, and yours truly was put in charge of picking the winning tickets out of the bucket.

Let me tell you that there are not many things in this world that stress me the hell out, but this was definitely one of those things. While it was simply luck of the draw as to whose number I pulled out, it sucked having to watch people's hearts be broken when they didn't win. So to all of those people whose number(s) I did not pick, I am sorry that I let you down and ask that you please do not hate me forever and ever. To all those people whose number(s) I DID pick, I shall expect gifts and favors as a sign of your gratitude to be forthcoming.

So with the midnight release complete and Dear Agony officially in stores, it was time for part two of the festivities: the Secret Show with Breaking Benjamin!

And what a show it was.


I was pleasantly surprised at how well the River Street Jazz Cafe helped us out by supplying the venue, and I hope we can do more things with them in the future, because it was a great time! Breaking Benjamin blew the crowd away with acoustic performances of "The Diary of Jane", "I Will Not Bow", "Until the End", and finished things off with "Breath". Of course, the crowd goes crazy when the band left the stage, and of course the boys came back out and played an encore which featured a song off of the brand new album.

It was an awesome night, and the band even came out afterward to hang out with their loyal NEPA fanbase, take pictures, and sign autographs.

And so, after two straight days of busy-work and very little sleep, the frenzy surrounding the release of Dear Agony has finally begun to settle down. If you have yet to buy the album, I suggest that you stop reading this blog, get off of your ass, and go get it! Trust me, it rocks. And if you couldn't get into the Secret Show, you have my sympathy, and I hope that you can join us for one in the future.

I'm going to catch up on some sleep. Until next time, greasers, KEEP ROCKIN'!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Check Out My Face!

Due to popular demand (i.e. because I wanted to), I am now on Facebook!

After arguing headlong with the Facebook developers and moderators over the fact that they didn't believe my name was Crisco, I have finally got it up and running. There is hardly anything on it yet and I have next to no friends.

All that being said, make sure to send me a request and some suggestions for friends and help me expand my network a bit. And tell your friends.

You can head over to my Facebook page by clicking here.

Check it out. Rock on.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Three Days Grace "Break" Music Video

Hot off the film reel, here is the music video for the brand new single "Break" by Three Days Grace.

The new album from Three Days Grace is called Life Starts Now and it will be on store shelves on September 22nd.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Double Shot of New Music Goodness

Most of the time when I am on-air (and on this blog) I try to keep you all up-to-date on any new music announcements that may come around concerning the many bands played on 97.9X. I do this under the assumption that, much like myself, you listeners get excited when you hear that one of you favorite bands has some new music headed your way.

As long as I have been doing this, I have gotten more than a few e-mails from listeners who were grateful for my trying to keep them so in the loop. Though I can't keep up with EVERY piece of news about a band or new music, I try and make you aware of the important stuff. Still, every now and then, some New Rock news will slip through the cracks. There is no excuse, however, for me not covering the two bands included in this blog. Being that I haven't covered this news in the manner that it deserves, I have decided to give you guys a dual report on everything I know about these two new albums, and I hope you will forgive my slacking off.


Spinning In Circles



The first band I want to make a point of reporting on is Creed. The announcement that Creed had reunited was huge news for the world of rock. When a band with three multi-platinum albums that has been apart for half a decade decides to get back together, go on tour, and record a new album, people tend to pick up their heads and listen. But somehow, I feel like this was sort of ignored and pushed aside. For crying out loud, they had a tour date in both Hershey, PA and in Camden, NJ and we never even mentioned either at great length! They are still touring even as you are reading this, but no stops on the remainder of the tour are going to be anywhere near NEPA. Still, if you wanted to check out the remaining tour dates, just head over to Creed.com and check them out.

As far as new music goes, Creed is planning on releasing a brand new album called Full Circle on October 27th of this year. The first track off of the new album is called "Overcome" and is going through regular rotation on 97.9X, so tune in to take a listen. I have included the artwork for the new album in the picture above.

This CD will definitely be one to look forward to.


A Congregation of Musical Styles



The next band I wanted to mention is Atreyu. Most of you will be familiar with their singles "Becoming the Bull", "Falling Down", and "Slow Burn" which received a lot of airplay on 97.9X and came off of their last album Lead Sails Paper Anchor. Some others, like myself, have been long familiar with Atreyu from back when they were signed to Victory Records. I think those people will agree that Lead Sails was not Atreyu's best work. Some might even argue that the band "sold out" and made themselves more commercially acceptable. All may have varying degrees of truth, but that is why we should be excited for their new CD release.

The new album, called Congregation of the Damned, is set to hit stores on October 27th (ironically, the same days as Creed's new album). In various interviews with the band, frontman Alex Varkatzas admits that the last album was a let-down and has promised that Atreyu will make up for it with the new record. Varkatzas says we can expect a mix between the band's primal energy from their earlier records with the dynamic hooks and enhanced craftsmanship of their newer work. The band has promised that the new album will not disappoint.

I know one thing: I am definitely excited to listen to it when it comes out.


As always, keep it here for updates on this and other New Rock announcements.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Smacked by the Gods!

A difficult task comes with writing a blog about a concert. This is especially true for a concert that rocked as hard as Crüe Fest 2 did this past Friday at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain. The difficulty comes with the desire to adequately encapsulate the sheer badassedness of the event. The problem is it is difficult to know where to begin. Regardless, I am going to give it a shot.

Having attended the first Crüe Fest that went down last year, I walked into the show on Friday thinking I knew what to expect. Was I ever wrong! The tour was twice as big this year, both literally and figuratively. The first thing I noticed when I entered through the gate at the VIP lot was the crowds rocking out at the Monster Energy stage set up just before the wooden bridge. The news that Crüe Fest 2 had added the second stage came late last spring, and I was very excited. The second stage definitely added something to the show. Not only did it keep the throngs of concert-goers occupied while the bands on the main stage set up their equipment, they also kept a large amount of people running back and forth between the stages, which maintained a very high-energy atmosphere, something that the somewhat lesser-known Monster Energy bands captured and built upon.

Our hometown boys in Destination West kicked things off on the Monster Energy stage, performing a great set for the crowds as they piled into the venue. The always entertaining Destination West did not fail to disappoint. I can't wait to see where these guys go from here.

The Charm City Devils then kicked off festivities on the main stage within the Pavilion. For a band that I hadn't heard of up until a few months ago, the Charm City Devils did a great job. Although they are still a bit unrefined when it comes to live shows, they managed to get the crowd excited nonetheless. With a little polish, I think this band can become very very entertaining in live performances. I'm going to have to pick up their new studio album, Let's Rock-N-Roll, and give it a solid listen.

Up next on the main stage was Drowning Pool, who never fail to thrash our asses off. They played right into the rowdy crowd, opening things up with "Sinner". It is worth mentioning that their new lead vocalist, Ryan McCombs, carries himself quite easily through the vocals of Drowning Pool's older singles, which were recorded with original singer Dave Williams. McCombs does great justice for all of Drowning Pool's singles, and the band rocked the hell out of the Pavilion with a set-closing performance of "Bodies" that had the whole crowd on their feet.

After Drowning Pool left the stage, it was Theory of a Deadman's turn to rock. At a point in just about every festival when the crowd is a bit worn from the first few performances and are eagerly awaiting the main acts, Theory of a Deadman pulled everyone to attention and kept things alive in pro-fashion. Theory kept things light-hearted and entertaining, often pandering to the crowd. Still, they delivered when it came time to rock out. After ripping through a few older singles and some new ones, their moment came when it was time for their hit "Hate My Life", which had the whole Pavilion singing along. They closed out with "Bad Girlfriend", which had the place (especially the bad girlfriends) jumping.

A quick trip down the hill and it was time for Rev Theory to take the Monster Energy stage. This was the first time I had seen Rev Theory perform plugged-in for an entire set, but it was worth the wait. Rev Theory has a very energetic stage presence and they dominated with a performance that should have been in the main line-up. They cleaned up with "Hell Yeah", and put a wrap on the Monster Energy stage.

Then it was time for the huge acts to begin. Rev Theory had only just finished when Godsmack took the stage, tearing it open with "Awake". Godsmack continued into the set with hit after hit, even throwing in a brief cover of Pantera's "Walk" in the middle of "Speak". Then, we were treated to a haunting and mellowing performance of "Voodoo" which brought out the lighters. About halfway through their set, Sully Erna disappeared off stage, only to re-emerge inside of a second drum kit. The drum battle was on as Erna and Shannon Larkin erupted into a 15-minute dual-drum solo featuring more brief covers of AC/DC and Black Sabbath.

I also need to commend Sully for slowing things down during "Keep Away" and calming the crowd after things got out of hand and a few fights broke out in the pit. It was very professional of him, and he managed to pull it off in a way that kept the crowd's energy up. After things had been broken up, the band brought the song back to the whole venue jumping and moving. They finished up their set even stronger than they started it, and left us hungry for more. In my personal opinion, I felt that Godsmack stole the show, even outshining the Crüe themselves. It was definitely the best performance I have seen in a long time.

Last, and certainly not least, was the Festival's titular band: Mötley Crüe! As was advertised, Crüe ripped their way through their album Dr. Feelgood from front to back in the grand fashion that we have come to expect from their shows. Truthfully, I wasn't so sure how to take the whole "playing one album" thing, but Crüe didn't disappoint. After they had cleared the album, they continued to rock with their other famous hits, ending on a high note, but also bringing the night to a satisfying conclusion.

It was most definitely a show that should not have been missed, especially considering that Mötley Crüe has already said that there will be no Crüe Fest next year since the band plans to take time off to write and record a new record. I feel pity for those of you that couldn't be there, and strongly suggest that you attend when it comes back (hopefully) in 2011.

On a side (and amusing) note, I was able to get backstage for a while to hang out with a few of the bands. I wasn't back there for very long, but it was enough time to answer the call of nature in Mötley Crüe's dressing room. Not in a bathroom, just in their dressing room. Good times!

So ends another concert season at the Toyota Pavilion. It is upsetting to see the summer already over, but it only makes me even more greedy for next year. As far as Crüe Fest goes, I seriously hope that it comes back, and I'm sure you will all be joining me as we eagerly await the next run.

Friday, September 4, 2009

New Breaking Ben Album Artwork

There it is, you greedy listeners! The picture above, snagged from shallowbay.com, is the official album artwork for Breaking Benjamin's new album Dear Agony which is set to hit stores on September 29th.

I know you have probably labeled me as a filthy bastard by now for all the teasing I do for this album. Well, deal with it! I'm stuck waiting for it the same as you!

The anticipation continues to build...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Mystery That Is Cave

Some of you may recall the World Premier New Rock debut of the band Cave at the 97.9X Roof-A-Thon this year.

Needless to say, it occurred under unusual circumstances. What happened was I found an unmarked envelope with a CD in it and a note that said only "We are Cave!"

There was a brief intro to the song on the CD, where this mysterious new band recited the name of the band and the name of the song.

The band's name is pronounced "C-ah-v" apparently, and the name of the song was "I'm On A Roof". Essentially, the song is a parody of "I'm On A Boat" by Andy Samberg's The Lonely Island, and it tells all about Roof-A-Thon with 97.9X (even mentioning the radio station in the lyrics).

We were all confused, to say the least, but now Cave has come out with a YouTube video which features the song played over a picture of this past Roof-A-Thon.

We don't know anything more about this mysterious band, but we promise to try to find out. In the meantime, here is the YouTube video:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CAPTCHA say what?!

Ok, so I was trying to make a facebook earlier this evening when one of those CAPTCHA things came up. You know, the image with the warped text that you are supposed to type out as some kind of security measure.

Usually these CAPTCHAs are just random letters. Sometimes, though, the letters will actually form words. But just take a look at what the CAPTCHA that came up on my screen read out to me:



Yeah.

Talk about a holy s**t moment.

I honestly don't know what to make of this. Is it a mere coincidence? Is it a shameless ploy by the far left? Is it Gawd speaking to me through the interweb? Or is it a sentient Artificial Intelligence like Skynet slowly taking over the world?

This is scary as hell...but I think I am definitely going to take the CAPTCHA's advice before an evil facebook robot sneaks into my cereal and kills me during breakfast tomorrow.

Breaking Benjamin "I Will Not Bow" Music Video

JUST IN CASE you haven't seen it yet, I felt I should provide for you.

Below, is the Official music video for Breaking Benjamin's brand new single "I Will Not Bow" which you will be able to find on their upcoming new album Dear Agony. The new album is set to hit stores on September 29th.

Enjoy!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Life Starts Now for Three Days Grace


Merely days after I discovered the news regarding the brand new album from Breaking Benjamin, I discover yet another huge piece of news that has to do with the band Three Days Grace.

Arguably one of the most popular bands around today, Three Days Grace has earned every bit of the recognition they receive. Their last album, One-X, was easily one of the best albums of 2006. However, we haven't received anything new from TDG since that time.

But finally, after almost four years of waiting, we have a confirmed release date and a title for the third studio effort from Three Days Grace! The new album, which will be titled Life Starts Now, will hit shelves on September 22nd. Here is what Three Days grace had to say in a recent blog entry on threedaysgrace.com:

We are stoked to tell you that our new album Life Starts Now will be released on September 22, 2009. Although it has been a long road (from pre-production in January to the start of recording in Vancouver i March, to mixing which literally is just finishing up this week) September is just around the corner. While we are still finalizing the track listing, we can tell you that the first single is called "Break". We can also finally reveal that the ever-popular "KC's Caribbean Takeout" is actually a broken-down version of a song called "World So Cold".

This is some great news. And might I add, September is turning out to be a really kick-ass month for the world of rock! I can't wait for this one!

As always, keep it here for updates on this and other new rock announcements.

And don't forget, you heard it FIRST from 97.9X!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Breaking Benjamin Writes a Letter to Agony


Alright, pay attention! This is big news. As I was on-the-air for Dan tonight, I had some kick-ass news come down the line. We all know Breaking Benjamin has been working on a new album for quite some time. Well, the album is finished and the wait is over.

Both the album title AND the release date were confirmed by Breaking Benjamin on their MySpace. Here is what they had to say:

Breaking Benjamin's new album titled Dear Agony, will be hitting stores on September 29th. The first single "I Will Not Bow" to be featured in the movie "Surrogates" starring Bruce Willis will be at radio on on August 17th.
Stay tuned for news related to a live webcast with the band later in August, as wells photos from the video shoot taken at Word Trade Center 7 last week.

Let the rejoicing begin! After nearly three years of waiting, we are finally poised to receive some brand new rock courtesy of the hometown boys, Breaking Benjamin! I am pumped, am I'm sure you are too!

Keep your ears tuned to 97.9X for further details, including the first taste of the album. And don't forget...you heard it FIRST from 97.9X!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I'm Still Trying to Dry My Shoes


I know this is arriving a few days late, but it is definitely worth talking about. I am referring to the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 2009 at the Toyota Pavilion this past week. And what a show it was.

For most of the first half of the day, the rain held off. A drizzle here and there was all we heard from mother nature while the Jägermeister and Hot Topic bands opened things up and gave us a good preemptive thrashing before the main acts took the stage.

It should be mentioned that those responsible for running Mayhem Festival this year had the show perfectly structured, with various acts alternating play between the Jägermeister and Hot Topic stages, ensuring that each band could be seen individually.

WhiteChapel opened things up on the hot Topic Stage, waking everyone up by blasting out a set to the masses in a light drizzle. Then, newcomers XFactor1 did a good job of keeping the head-banging going with a great set. The Black Dahlia Murder kept things going and kept the crowd involved, and then the bigger acts took the stage. GodForbid took to the stage and thrashed us apart with a great set featuring both new and old songs that really had the mosh pits going nuts! After that, Job for a Cowboy kicked us in the teeth with the heaviest metalcore they could throw at us.

After JFAC got of stage, the rain really started to come down. As the torrents whipped the crowds, All That Remains got to the stage, where lead singer Philip Labonte addressed the crowd by saying: "Do you care that it's f***ing raining?!" Needless to say, the crowds responded by creating a massive mosh pit while ATR tore it up.

Behemoth was more than a little frightening and overly entertaining as the monsoon continued to drench the concert patrons. Trivium then came out and put on one hell of a set, and Cannibal Corpse finished up the opening acts with an awesome performance, but by this time most of the concert-goers had made their way up the hill to the cover of the Pavilion, since it was like a Hurricane out in the open.

Bullet for My Valentine opened things up on the main stage within the Pavilion which had everyone going crazy. Then, on came Killswitch Engage who, in my opinion, stole the show. Mosh pits where everywhere (including a wall of death) and there were more people crowd-surfing than there were standing on the ground.

At last, Slayer come on-stage, and put on one of the best performances I have ever seen. They gave a sneak peak of their upcoming album, and finished things off with "Raining Blood". It was the loudest thing I had ever heard in all my life, and Slayer thrashed the crowds so hard that my back hurt afterward. They actually caused physical injury simply by playing. Awesome!

At the end of the night, Marilyn Manson finished things off with a performance that vaguely resembled Cirque de Soleil...on acid.

Overall, the show was unbelievable in its scope. And although it poured on us, the rain definitely added something to the intensity of the day. Rain or shine, it will be well worth it to be there next year!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Catch You On The Sunny Side!

Well, greasers, I am on vacation in California until next Wednesday. Hope you guys have a great weekend. I know I will! Hahaha!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A 2nd Stage for the 2nd Crüe Fest!


Yes, you heard correctly. I broke this news On-the-Air yesterday, but I couldn't write a blog about it until now. In a recent MySpace blog, Mötley Crüe have revealed that a SECOND stage has been added to this year's Crüe Fest(ivities) in a collaboration with Monster Energy!

Here is what Mötley Crüe had to say in their blog:

Crüe Fest 2 announced a partnership with Monster Energy to add an additional stage at most dates on this year’s festival. The new Monster Energy Stage doubles the entertainment value at Crüe Fest 2 with five additional bands - Rev Theory, Cavo, Shram and 16 Second Stare plus one band chosen locally in select markets, showcasing the next generation of rock. With no change in ticket prices, rock fans will now see ten great rock bands for the price of one. For the cost of a Mötley Crüe concert, fans will see a day long rock festival with Mötley as the headliners. Crüe Fest 2 kicks off in Camden, NJ on July 19th with tickets available now at www.LiveNation.com.....

We here at 97.9X have been talking about Crüe Fest 2 all year long. Crüe Fest 2 features the Charm City Devils, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool, Godsmack, and Mötley Crüe headlining. This show was already HUGE this year, but it just got even HUGER with the addition of this new stage and expanded acts! If you have yet to get yourself tickets to the Crüe Fest 2 show on September 4th at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, then I suggest you do so now!

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And if all of this isn't incentive enough, here is a little video showcasing the Monster Energy Stage at Crüe Fest...enjoy!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

How Was Your 4th?

Mine was great! Barring a few minor mishaps, of course...


Honestly, I think Gabe could have been more of a man after what happened. I would have told him to lighten up...but he already did that! HAHA! Get it? No? Oh well...

In the end, it was a great night. But I should mention that my friends and I would like to sincerely apologize to the cities of Edwardsville and Kingston. To be fair, though, I don't think even YOU could have predicted that fire could spread that quickly.


Accidents happen, right?

Anyway, I hope all you greasers had a great (and safe) 4th of July.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Crisco's Rock Manual: Chapter 3 - Moshing

I know, it has been a while. But, finally, I am back with yet another installment of my Rock Manual for you greasers to reference. With Mayhem Festival fast approaching, I felt it was very important to make Chapter 3 all about our favorite concert activity: Moshing!


As has been previously stated, Rock music (Metal in particular) is all about violence. While grabbing someone by the throat and hurling them across an expanse is frowned upon in normal society, at a Rock concert it is completely acceptable and even encouraged. By calling this in-concert activity "moshing", we have managed to create an acceptable excuse to beat the crap out of one another. Picking a fight is no longer a crime so long as there is some kick-ass Rock music within earshot. Take that, society! We don't play by your rules here!

Before we discuss how to mosh, I will first give a brief history of moshing.

It is believed that moshing began in Orange Country, California. During a show, somebody in the crowd decided to beat the hell out of another concert-goer and the onlookers thought that it looked like fun and decided to do the same. Soon the whole crowd was fighting each other, and the band, thinking that it was awesome, told them to "keep mashing". However, since most of the people in the crowd were bleeding from the ears by that point, what they thought they heard the band say was "keep moshing". The people who were involved with the first mosh then went home and bragged to their friends about how much it ruled, and so then their friends wanted to be cool too and tried it themselves at the next show. Eventually, the practice spread and there you have it...the birth of moshing.

Now that you know how moshing got started, we can talk about moshing itself, such as how it is properly executed.

Moshing normally takes place in an area of the concert floor commonly known as the "mosh pit". Keep in mind that the mosh pit has no pre-designated location. The pit can appear anywhere and there can potentially be multiple pits occurring at once.

There are three types of mosh pits: the Circle Pit, the Box Pit, and the Wall of Death.

Circle Pit: A circle pit forms when a group of concert patrons simultaneously go crazy and begin shoving each other around. Once this happens, the crowd around the moshers will open up in the form of a circle and surround them. After the circle has formed, the patrons inside will engage each other and start pounding on one another. You may then chose to observe from outside of the circle or you may want to jump in. Be aware, though, that anyone who may wander inside the perimeter of the circle is fair game.

Box Pit: According to the Alphabet of Manliness, the other type of mosh pit is the box pit, sometimes called the "Blood Box". The box pit usually forms at the area directly in front of the stage, spans from wall-to-wall, and is separated from the rest of the crowd by a wall of frightened onlookers. Fights within the box pit tend to be more intense and will typically last longer than those in the circle pit.

Wall of Death:

Speaks for itself.

Now that you have created a mosh pit, a mosh pit has been created around you, or you have fought your way through the crowd to reach the mosh pit, there are a few patented moshing techniques which I learned from the Alphabet of Manliness that you may consider using.

1) The Human Javelin - This one only works for the big, strong guys. What you do is find a short, skinny guy, pick him up, and throw him head-first toward a group of patrons like a javelin. If you should end up being the short, skinny guy...enjoy the flight and remember to tuck your chin. Easy enough and self explanatory.

2) Breakneck Bowling - Pack yourself into a ball and have a strong buddy of yours roll you toward a large pack of patrons in an attempt to knock them over. Don't forget to extend your arms and legs upon impact to increase the effect. If you are feeling especially hardcore, stuff yourself into a garbage can and do it that way.

3) The Battering Ram - As if you can't figure this one out already, you have a group of guys pick you up horizontally and charge through the crowd. If you are feeling exceptionally confident, you can use your dome. If you happen to be fearful of cracking open your skull and letting the yolk get out, then extend you hands forward. But, seriously, which method rules harder?

Now that you have a few good moshing techniques at your disposal, we have to remember to address the issue of moshing etiquette.

An important thing to remember is that moshing is all about fun and we aren't actually trying to hurt each other. It is generally understood that you help people up after they fall down so they don't get trampled and avoid intentionally causing serious injury. Bumps and bruises are going to happen though. This isn't badminton. Man up.


Well that about does it for this entry. If I remember to add something else, I will. Keep it here for Chapter 4.

Until next time...KEEP ROCKIN'!

Some of the material in this blog is not original and was referenced from or inspired by the "Alphabet of Manliness" by Maddox.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Crisco, Take Me Away!

This one is for the ladies. A friend of mine forwarded this link to me earlier today. I found it hilarious in an educational way. Turns out, I am good for the old complexion, and apparently it is healthy and beneficial to put me on your body.

Now that you feel substantially uncomfortable, read on.

So, the question is: BS or Super BS?

Let me know what you think, greasers!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Run Run As Fast As You Can!

Alright, greasers...here, finally, are the results of the 2009 Wilkes-Barre Duathlon which took place this past Sunday, June 21st 2009.

We finished!

What? You were expecting some sort of grand spectacle of endurance and fortitude from ME and LAZY E? Are you crazy?! I mean, don't get me wrong or anything, we are in pretty decent shape. But a Duathlon and all similar events require that you be inhuman in order to actually do well. Take the guy that won, Chris Garges, for instance. The man looked like a cross between Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. No doubt he was either some sort of experiment in genetics created by our government, or an alien from another planet. Either way, he was made of Volcanic Fire, Titanium, and Tornadoes. Lazy E and myself are made of Goo and Perogies. That is why he won and we came in 121st place.

Regardless, Lazy E and I are proud of our performance, especially considering that we had never done anything even remotely like it before. That, and we were up against professionals. These guys had multi-thousand dollar Olympic bikes and were adorned with sponsorships from Nike, Adidas, and Frosted Flakes. Lazy E and I had T-shirts and a mountain bike. So, comparatively, we did a damn good job.

As I said, we finished 121 of 145 Overall, and 22 of 25 in the Relay. That's right...WE DIDN'T FINISH LAST! We also completed the race in under 2 hours, which was a huge goal for us. In case you don't believe me or you are just curious, you can get the full results here.

In the end, Lazy E and I were thrilled with how we did, as is evidenced from the picture at the top of the blog, taken immediately after the end of the Duathlon. 97.9X is happy to have sponsored and participated in this year's Wilkes-Barre Duathlon to help raise money for the YMCA and the JCC. We had a great time, and maybe with a little bit of practice (and some better equipment) we can do even better next year.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Boys Are Back!

After a very long period of not hearing anything new at all, I have finally gotten my hands on the first piece of solid information regarding a new album from our hometown boys in Breaking Benjamin.

Although the legitimacy of this information is entirely disputable, I felt it necessary to share with you, the listener, everything that I have found out.

The first bit of information comes directly from David Bendeth, the producer of Breaking Ben's new album. On June 20th 2009, Bendeth himself posted this in the NEWS section on his website:

BREAKING BENJAMIN IN DA HOUSE.....OF LOUD. SURPRISE!

This is a big deal, as it implies that our boys have hit the studio to begin recording. And since this was posted on Bendeth's own website, it is probably legit.

The other bit of info I have come across carries with it a veil of uncertainty since it is little more than chatter amongst fans. At any rate, the chatter claims that on June 17th, the creator and founder of Breaking Benjamin's official website, Shallow Bay, revealed that a new song from the band would be out in August of 2009. But again, I cannot locate any source for this information, so the truth behind it is up in the air.

Still, the fact the David Bendeth mentioned that Breaking Ben is now in his studio offers a lot of hope for us getting our hands on this album before the end of 2009. I refuse to uncross my fingers.

As always, keep it here for updates on this and other new rock announcements.

And don't forget, you heard it FIRST from 97.9X!

Wilkes-Barre Duathlon Results

I know you are just DYING to find out how Lazy E and I did in the Wilkes-Barre Duathlon. Well, this blog is just to alert you to the fact that neither of us went belly-up during the ordeal. I will have pictures, results, and a more detailed recap as soon as the W-B Duathlon website is updated with official results.

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We can't be serious! Turns out, yeah we are...



Well, it looks like myself and Lazy E will be teaming up to take on the Wilkes-Barre Duathlon on June 21st. I must be out of my freaking gourd. My mind too.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Five Finger Death Punch declares War

In 2007, a brand new heavy metal band by the name of Five Finger Death Punch thrashed their way into the music industry. Their debut album Way of the Fist was, in my most un-humble opinion, one of the best albums of the past three years.

5FDP released three singles off of Way of the Fist, including "The Bleeding", "Never Enough", and "Stranger Than Fiction". The later two songs made their way to 97.9X, where they are still two of the most requested songs among our listening audience.

Since 2007, I have eagerly awaited a follow-up album. Finally, word came down for my sources in the early spring that 5FDP was back in the studio. I was so excited that I ran outside and headbutted my neighbor.

For months, 5FDP worked on their brand new album without releasing many details. But just today, my sources at Metal Hammer magazine have informed me that the album is near the end of completion. 5FDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory has confirmed that the album will be titled War is the Answer. The tentative release date for the new record is currently set for August 25, 2009.

I cannot wait!

As always, keep it here for updates on this and other new rock announcements.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

12 Stones goes 4

Just bringing all you greasers some more new rock updates. The latest bit of info I have come across is in regard to the band 12 Stones.

Their last record, Anthem for the Underdog, was an incredible album that gave us a menagerie of singles such as "Lie to Me", "Anthem for the Underdog", "Adrenaline", and "Broken Road". If song requests are any indication, Anthem for the Underdog was very popular amongst our listeners.

According to blog entries and various news reports, 12 Stones is currently in the studio working on their 4th commercial album, which has yet to be named. The plan in place is to have the album in stores sometime in the Fall of this year (2009). Although information on the new album is limited, the record will feature 12 Stones covering the song "Addict" by K's Choice.

If it is anywhere near as good as Anthem for the Underdog, I am definitely excited for this one. Make sure to check back here regularly for up-to-date info on this and other new rock albums.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

"What the hell is a Compact Disc?"

I wonder how many of you reading this can actually recall vividly the last time you actually got up off of your ass, drove your car to the record (music) store, and bought a physically-bound, carbon-based copy of an actual Compact Disc (CD)? I'm willing to bet that the majority of you can't remember when that was since, even as I speak, you are too busy staring hypnotically at the glow of your computer screen reading this blog while you sink ever so slowly into your chair illegally (or legally) downloading your favorite songs and/or albums whilst you Twitter with yourself and slowly fade away from the collective as your social skills revert back to caveman-like grunts.

Of course, all of this is only a personal opinion. I, myself, never really got into the music downloading craze. I would much rather buy the actual CD. It's nothing against anyone that doesn't like to buy from the record store, but I think that there is a special kind of satisfaction and gratification that comes from buying the CD itself. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that when you buy a CD, it is a corporeal object. You can actually hold it in your hands and feel its weight. You have that little book inside the jewel case that has pictures and lyrics that you can look through while you enjoy your purchase. When you download music, you don't get any of that. If you think about it, a downloaded song doesn't even really exist other than as an array of 1s and 0s, and I just can't find any pleasure at staring at a little file icon on a computer screen. And besides, when you DO get bored with your CDs, they make kick-ass ninja throwing stars that you can use against people you don't like. You could try to throw your computer at them, but it might be a little too heavy for your feeble, underused muscles to handle after all the time you've spent slumped over at a computer desk.

I don't know, maybe I'm just crazy. But apparently, I am not alone in these thoughts. Just yesterday (April 18th), a menagerie of record stores across the country celebrated the second annual Record Store Day in an attempt to garner some attention back from the digital music industry. You didn't even know that it was yesterday, did you? Many artists showed their support for the holiday by performing gigs at local record stores to draw larger crowds. Metallica performed last year at San Francisco's Rasputin Music. This year, Chris Cornell, Disturbed, Ra Ra Riot and the Breeders are just a few of the bands who performed. As a matter of fact (albeit a day late), Hollywood Undead is going to be stopping by the Gallery of Sound in the Gateway Shopping Center in Kingston at 1pm this afternoon.

THAT, my greasers, is what music is all about. You can't get an mp3 file autographed. You might be able to see artists on iTunes streams, but you can't reach out and shake their hand or have a conversation with them. We all need to try to remember that there is a reality to come back to after all of the digital stuff turns off. There are things in the real world that stimulate all five senses, as opposed to only that mushy spot at the top of your brain that tingles every time you post a "Tweet".

Bottom line, stop by your local record store and buy a CD every once in a while. At absolute least, you will be helping the economy by supporting small businesses. Silver lining, people...silver lining.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Lazy E screws up...again!

Well, if Lazy E is going to stoop so low so as to begin posting embarrassing news stories regarding my off-air activities, I can do the same for him.

BOULDER CREEK, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol said a 25-year-old man driving an expensive Ferrari owned by his boss flipped it after taking a curve too fast, causing an estimated $125,000 in damage.

CHP Officer Elizabeth Addy said the man escaped the crash Saturday without injury, but his boss was irate.

The unidentified man apparently lost control after taking a curve at too high a speed, hit an embankment and flipped.

Addy said the man was driving the car with the owner's consent.

The CHP said alcohol was not a factor.

Although this doesn't say much for our boss as far as who he trusts with his Ferrari, it says even less for Lazy E's driving skills. I guess a Ferrari is just a little too much car for our All Mixed Up host to handle. Maybe he should be the one wearing the helmet. Next time, Lazy E, stick with your Vespa Scooter.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lazy E: Not as Lazy as he would have you Believe!

It has come to my attention that my so-called fellow Weekender, Lazy E, has made an "attack" on my public image in his most recent blog entry.

In a foolhardy attempt at making me look bad, Lazy E has made some sort of vague reference to a photobucket picture that I had posted in my blog which had exceeded its bandwidth. He has then tried to label me as being some sort of "corporate investor" with photobucket, due to their company's logo appearing on my blog.

Shockingly enough, it appears as though Lazy E (who would call in his Saturday night show from the comfort of his bed with his security blanket wrapped around his head if he had the option of doing so) is not quite as lazy as his name would suggest. I, personally, am astounded that E has any initiative whatsoever.

However, I cannot stand idly by and be accused of being a deal-maker with big companies, especially with this whole economy thing I keep hearing about. Therefore, while we are on the subject of smoke and mirrors, I would like to reveal to you the TRUTH about Lazy E.

Lazy E's corporate product placement makes any accidental product placement of mine look like child's play. Are you wondering where his subliminally placed message lies?

Try his name: Lazy E.

That's right folks. Lazy E, the perpetrator of lies and deceit, has been doing advertising for his Horse Ranch all along! A quick glance at the Lazy E Ranch's description provides chilling detail of "Breeding, Rehabilitation, and Cooled Semen."

What is REALLY going on at the Lazy E Ranch? Nothing legitimate, I can assure you. I insist that you enquire to Lazy E's accreditation before you fall for any more of his tricks!

Monday, March 30, 2009

An Early Look - Mayhem Festival '09

As the Summer Concert Season gears up in NEPA, many await with eager anticipation for news on whether their favorite bands and/or shows will be returning. We have already had numerous confirmations on shows coming to or near our beloved hole in the Appalachians, but some have yet to be announced, while still others remain stagnant in a limbo-like state. While it may yet be too early to mention it, I am personally jacked for a particular show to return to NEPA: The ROCKSTAR Engery Drink Mayhem Festival!

Mayhem Fest '08 brought sickness and carnage to the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in grand fashion last summer with headliners Slipknot and Disturbed. Of course, who can forget Five Finger Death Punch, Dragonforce, Walls of Jericho, and the many other bands on the Jagermeister Stage? In short, the show kicked ass. Is it too much to assume that there are a multitude of others who are as excited as I am for this show's return?

My impulses only increased when I recieved confirmation for this year's Mayhem Fest headliners. Needless to say, the heavy metal gods have smiled upon us this year by granting us Marilyn Manson and Slayer as the lead acts! Co-headlining are Bullet for my Vallentine, while Killswitch Engage is rumored to be co-headlining as well. Other bands in attendance include Cannibal Corpse, Trivium, All That Remains, Behemoth, God Forbid, The Black Daliah Murder, and a copius number of other Jagermeister bands.

Unlike last year where we had Disturbed providing a sort-of "middle-ground" for the average rock fan, this year is all about thrash. Certainly, this year will include more violence and agression, but we can at least be guaranteed that it will keep the posers out of the show.

Granted, no tour dates have been confirmed as of yet, at least not here in NEPA. However, TicketsNow.com and the MySpace Page for Mayhem Festival have listed the Toyota Pavilion as a stop for Mayhem Fest '09. The current, tentative date for the show is July 29th, but time will tell for sure. In the meantime, get to practicing your mosh-pit endurance...you are going to need it!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Crisco's Rock Manual: Chapter 2 - Knowing Your Radio Station

Welcome back. I hope that you found the previous installment useful. Today we move on to Chapter 2, which delves into what you should know about your radio station.


First of all, GOOD Rock Radio stations are few and far between. With this knowledge, it would be wise for a true rocker to not screw up simple, elementary facts regarding the very station that plays music that you claim is your favorite type. These truths are especially relevant to any person who has made the claim that they listen to a station "all the time." Before you blurt this out in the future, make sure you have your s**t together so you can avoid rambling onward into incoherency.

Now, for the sake of this blog, I will hereby be using our very own 97.9X as the primary example for establishing my point. Keep in mind, though, that the following applies to any rock radio station.

1) Know the NAME of your Rock Radio station

Too often, I hear listeners refer to our radio station as being named "97.9X Rocks."

Wrong!

Take a close look at the station logo at the top of the blog. THAT is our station's name. It is pronounced "Ninety-Seven Nine X". Period. Nothing more, nothing less.

Another thing you should figure out is how to disassociate the station's name from the station's slogan."97.9X Rocks" is our station's slogan. It implies that the radio station (97.9X) takes part in the act of rocking. We do rock at 97.9X, so it is safe to say that 97.9X rocks.

Name = "97.9X"
Slogan = "97.9X Rocks!"

Let me reiterate... the name of our station is NOT "97.9X Rocks". The name of our station IS "97.9X".

The following are a breakdown of correct and incorrect grammar using the station's name:

"I won tickets from 97.9X!" - GOOD
"I won tickets today! 97.9X Rocks!" - GOOD
"I won tickets from 97.9X Rocks!" - BAD

"Crisco is a weekend DJ on 97.9X." - GOOD
"97.9X Rocks on the weekend with Crisco." - GOOD
"Crisco is a weekend DJ on 97.9X Rocks." - BAD

"Today, we saw a Top Secret Show in the 97.9X Rock Lounge." - GOOD
"Today, we saw a Top Secret Show in the Rock Lounge. 97.9X Rocks!" - GOOD
"Today, we saw a Top Secret Show in the 97.9X Rocks Rock Lounge." - BAD

"97.9X Rocks!" - GOOD
"97.9X Rocks Rocks!" - JUST PLAIN STUPID

It should also be noted that WBSX is the call-sign for 97.9X. While it is acceptable to refer to our radio station as WBSX, you may come off sounding like an uptight tool.

2) Know the Music of your Rock Radio station

We are a Rock Station. We play Rock Music. Repeat that a few times in your head.

DO NOT call your Rock Station and request garbage like Pink, Rihanna, Usher, T.I., or Miley Cyrus. We will not play it and you will be ridiculed as being a loser, not to mention a moron.

I really am confused as to how this happens. Is it because you dial the wrong number? Seriously, how can you call yourself a true listener if you don't even know what your station's phone number is? You really should try to discover fire before you attempt to fiddle with telephone communication, you simpleton.

3) Know your Rock DJs

While struggling to maintain consciousness, put forth an effort to listen for the name of the DJ on-the-air.

Calling a DJ by another name or not knowing who he/she is at all can really hurt our feelings. We are people too, you know.

4) Involve yourself

Attend station events, take part in station activities, and show your support. Don't just sit there with your mouth open like a mutilated cow and expect us to go out of our way to accommodate you with periodic doses of kickassedness. It doesn't work that way.

In actuality, we are here for you. Just don't be a douche about it. Show some love.

Be awesome for your station, and they will be awesome for you.


That is all for now. I'll probably add more as I remember to.

Until next time...KEEP ROCKIN'!