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Lee Arnold - 10.12.2018
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Lee Arnold - 9.21.2018
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Lee Arnold - 9.21.2018
Over 6000 Songs are in the WORJ Library. They are then hand picked for your listening pleasure, every day. Tube into WORJ RADIO at https://live365.com/station/a06101
Lee Arnold - 4.27.2018
FIFTEEN Years Ago, on April 23, 2003, we launched this website as a tribute to WORJ Radio. We're still here. Since then, we launched our WORJ Streaming Radio Station and, of course, the WORJ Facebook Page where we post a Feature Album Every Day. Drop by any of our WORJ places. It's so cool that y'all remember.
Lee Arnold - 4.27.2018
Hey Steve and everyone else. The CRAZY messages are gone. The WORJ STREAM should be available by hitting the "Listen Live" button on this page, or the "Listen" button on the Main Page, really soon. Hopefully today. Fingers crossed.
Steve Mack - 3.1.2018
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Howard BatesB - 5.22.2017
I just Want to say how glad I am that you (Lee Arnold) are back on the air on Live365!! I messaged you back in November of 2014 and told you that I remembered you and Steve Mack on WTAI and then you on WKPE and WORJ!! I was 16 when I first started listening to you on WTAI!! Great Memories! The Music you play makes me feel like I'm 16 again!! So much better than the music of today! So lucky to have grown up in those years exposed to that great Progressive Rock! Still living in Titusville!! Thanks Again!! Rick
Lee Arnold - 5.17.2017
It appears that my Internet Radio Station of the last 10 years is BACK. Tune In to WORJ. I used LIVE 365 as my host all that time. A little over a year ago they closed down. They just FINALLY re-launched. WORJ Internet radio is BACK. Gonna have to do some upgrades, but happy that it has returned. It was / is my little baby. :-) https://live365.com/station/a06101
Lee Arnold - 5.3.2017
Thank you, one and all, that supported the Mike Lyons memorial scholarship, "The Mike," to be presented at Edgewater High School in Orlando (Mike's Alma Mater) on May 10th. We hit our goal with your generous help. WORJ mate Doug Van Allen (Laby) will be at Edgewater High School to make this years presentation to the next generation of Broadcaster/Journalist. Mike will be there in spirit.
Lee Arnold - 4.26.2017
We're down to the LAST FIVE DAYS for Fund Raising. Sending out an alert to all the old pals of Mike Lyons, WORJ's Music Director, Air Talent and Producer of "Flash News", (Mike also was an award winning Morning Show Talent at WDIZ, WHTQ and WINZ in Miami as well as working as Vice President of Triple A Promotion at Lee Arnold Marketing and Triple A Radio Dot Com). In order for his memorial scholarship, "The Mike," to be presented at Edgewater High School in Orlando (Mike's Alma Mater) on May 10th, it needs to be funded (by no later than May 1st) The Mike Lyons $500 Memorial Scholarship, called The Mike, is awarded to a student planning to major in communications or journalism. It requires an essay, and the selection process is supervised by the Guidance Department. May I gently suggest the link below. It will take you directly to the MIKE LYONS choice on the Foundation website. Once there, you can enter a dollar amount. It's really a wonderful thing to do, if you can. Thanking You in advance from the bottom of my heart. http://www.edgewaterfoundation.com/product/the-mike-lyons-500-memorial-scholarship-the-mike/
Rob Rutledge - 12.30.2016
Ahhh the memories. This station and its cohorts provided the soundtrack for my formative years living in Eustis FL. The KBFH, playing whole albums, broadcasting live concerts, the Infinate Mushroom comercials, the bootleg recordings that I know you were playing and every other thing that made "ORJ" a rare treasure and oh so sadly one of a kind. I wish I could kiss each and every one of you. I'll be listening to the Live365 broadcast where Lees' programing is still very pleasing. Long Live ye all. With deep affection, Rob
Lee Arnold - 12.7.2016
It is with the heaviest of hearts, that I have to report the passing of my friend and the genius behind the iconic WORJ logo and artwork, Al Carroll. He passed away yesterday after his battle with lung cancer. If you have a WORJ License Plate or TSHIRT, wear it proudly, and think of our old pal, Al. R.I.P. Al Carroll.
Leslie Smith - 9.9.2016
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Lee Arnold - 5.30.2016
Thank you one and all. We made our goal. Mike would be so happy.
Lee Arnold - 5.4.2016
The last 6 days to make a contribution. (The Deadline is Next Tuesday, May 10th) Sending out an alert to all the old pals of WORJ's Music Director, Air Talent and Producer of "Flash News", Mike Lyons. (Mike also was an award winning Morning Show Talent at WDIZ, WHTQ and WINZ in Miami as well as working as Vice President of Triple A Promotion at Lee Arnold Marketing and Triple A Radio Dot Com) In order for his memorial scholarship, "The Mike," to be presented at Edgewater High School here in Orlando (Mike's Alma Mater) on May 18th, it needs to be funded (by no later than May 10th) The Mike Lyons $500 Memorial Scholarship, called The Mike, is awarded to a student planning to major in communications or journalism. It requires an essay, and the selection process is supervised by the Guidance Department. May I gently suggest the link below. Here's the LINK to the MIKE LYONS choice on the Foundation website. Simply click and enter a dollar amount. Thanking You in advance from the bottom of my heart. http://www.edgewaterfoundation.com/product/the-mike-lyons-500-memorial-scholarship-the-mike/Lee Arnold
CVDQW - 4.29.2016
So, when is WORJ going back on-line? Bubbles, Ricky, Julian, Cory, Trevor.
Lee Arnold - 2.1.2016
We are currently working on switching to a new server for the WORJ internet stream. Sorry for the inconvenience. PROMISE, after all these years, we will be back soon.
zusha - 1.31.2016
how do i listen to WORJ now that Live365 is down ??
Leigh Morgan - 1.25.2016
Nice to read that Hugh Garry remembers the line-up from 1971. It was great fun at the studio/transmitter site on Avalon Road. It's gone now, but I think fondly of it when I pass on my way out to Clermont.
Tommy Yoko - 1.9.2016
I happened to stumble across this, when I was trying to find my old Zeta7 tag, to put on my truck. I remember after the station shut down, people would turn their tags upside down in honor of. I did find my Zeta7 card, which was good for discounts at special events and such. I did still have an old WDIZ tag. It's just not the same.
Tommy Yoko - 1.9.2016
Finally, some good old rock & roll. I can remember listening to Mick and the gang back in the day. I used to go down to the station on Mercy all the time and pick up free t-shirts, concert tickets and albums. I still have an old Klaatu album that everybody thought could've been some lost Beatles recordings or something. I remember getting a few gift packages, like Fleetwood Mac's Rumors album, a shirt and 2 tickets to all day concerts at the T-bowl. Back then Cellar Door would promote events down at the T-bowl that would have 4 great bands for about $12.00. Those were the days!
Lee Arnold - 1.5.2016
So it appears that our WORJ Internet Radio Station will be functional until the end of January on LIVE365. A reprieve, to give us more time to find a new host. HOORAY!!!
Lee Arnold - 12.31.2015
While I'm stuck in Florida and can do nothing about this until I return home in January, it appears that my 8 year old Internet radio station, WORJ, will stop broadcasting tomorrow, January 1st, as our provider LIVE365 is throwing in the towel due to untenable rate increases. I will find another service provider upon my return. In the meantime, I suggest all our loyal listeners should tune to thegoatwxyg.com for your music fix. DAMN, DAMN, DAMN.
Lee Arnold - 12.24.2015
"And in the end, The love you take is equal to the love you make." MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
Lee Arnold - 12.21.2015
Hey Anthony. So nice to see you again. Thanks for giving a shit. :-)
Sam Creecy - 12.10.2015
I had gotten out of the Air Force and returned to Fort Myers with my family and a pile of stereo gear I'd purchased overseas and a Radio Shack external FM antenna. The antenna and it's pole were the first things installed after the furniture. Soon I found WORJ and it's late night programming. Most evenings, I would calibrate the Dolby unit, load a reel of Blackwatch tape on the tape deck and get ready to record. Thanks for the entertainment. It gave me something to listen to while I studied my college courses. I found nothing like WORJ in all the years since. Thanks again. 73s Sam Creecy/KK4VTC
Jerry Thompson - 12.5.2015
Judging from the sincere and appreciative tone of all these posts says WORJ is big in the hearts of many people. I am genuinely saddened by the ultimate fate of WORJ. It is odd and tragic that such is the fate of lots of highly revered organizations. Mike Lyons. I remember him well. Mike both personally and professionally radiated such enthusiasm he seemed almost electric with some kind of energy. As old as I am, I can get away with naming my prime feeling for Mike Lyons: He was a sweet individual, lacking completely any sort of anger or malice. He was totally committed to his work, and the sort of person I would love to have as a brother. I also feel a certain warm enthusiasm and professional ardor from the WORJ staff. I really mean it. I think WORJ functioned a long time solely on the dedication of the staff and its listeners and supporters. No, not for an instant do I harbor anything but respect and admiration for your station and its staff. I sincerely hope some day you will have a chance to "do it again." I'll be listening. - Jerry "Pat O'Day" Thompson
Lee Arnold - 11.10.2015
Did some house cleaning. Removed some flotsam and Jetsam. Mollie
Lee Arnold - 10.18.2015
Mark, thank you for your kind words. To those of us at WORJ in those halcyon days, it was a total labor of love and it changed each of us forever.
Mark Tillery - 10.16.2015
Sorry, I was unable to attend the Roundtable Discussion live; however, I did watch the video and very much enjoyed the stories and memories of WORJ. I first discovered quite by accident FM 107 as a young teen. After listening for teh first time, I was hooked. By far WORJ was the best progressive radio station, ever.
Lee Arnold - 8.29.2015
For all our WORJ friends that couldn't make it to the WORJ Round Table at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando on Thursday, August 20th, due to that monsoon (or missed the live stream) here it is, in it's entirety, for your viewing pleasure. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=taujWM9Lihc
Lee Arnold - 8.24.2015
One of the greatest evenings of my life. To be reunited with my dear friends and amazing WORJ listeners was the treat of treats. For those who fought the MONSOON to come out and to those who watched online, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Steve Mack - 8.23.2015
HA! I see all the guys (and gal) still havent come out into the sunlight after sitting for the Thursday night WORJ roundtable discussion at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando. So Ill say it for Lee, Doug, Neal, Hanna and Randy (and me): It was GREAT! In my opinion (and selfishly said), the best part of the night was realizing that after all this time we are all still a band of brothers. That led us to discussions of the future. No doubt, more on that from Lee Arnold. And thanks to all of you who came to harass uh be with us for the fun. It was great seeing old friends and meeting some of you for the first time after all these years.
Hanna EastWest - 8.19.2015
i can't WAIT to see you all tomorrow at the Orange County Regional History Center for the WORJ roundtable...any way you cut it, VISIONARY Lee Arnold brought passionate PROGRESSIVE music to this market with balls, bravado...& HEART...SO much heart...
Greg - 8.18.2015
Lee, would love to be there and chat about the old days but I am at my ranch in Madison Valley, Montana, 30 miles West of Yellowstone National Park. I still have a home in Central Florida but I need a heat escape at my old age. Yes, I know, Im going to get blown up by the super volcano but I want to be cremated anyway. It she blows my ashes will be blown all over the countrys Mid-West and I can contribute to future corn crops. Hope you all have a great time. Be sure to go to Beefy King on Bumby Ave., near Hwy 50, for a beef sandwich and potato spuds. Its still there, family owned and doing business since 1968. Tastes like Arbys USE to.
Lee Arnold - 8.18.2015
BTW Hugh. Michael went to Edgewater High. I had the honor last Spring of presenting the yearly Mike Lyons Scholarhip at Edgewater this year. I posted it here on this board. Scroll down this board and read what was said.
Lee Arnold - 8.17.2015
Greg, your mention of Orlando's Winterfest reminded me of Florida's PRE-Woodstock Festivals, the two Miami Pop Festivals in Hallandale. The first one was in May of 1968 and was produced by Michael Lang, who the following year did Woodstock with my old pal Artie Kornfeld. The second one was in December, 1968. I remember that one well, as I had the honor of being it's Emcee. Florida had a pivotal role in America's Counter Culture.
Lee Arnold - 8.17.2015
Greg and Hugh. I wish you both were coming to the Round Table. We all would love to hear your stories of those early days of WORJ. We were all inventing the format as we were going along. Amazing times to have been alive.
Lee Arnold - 8.17.2015
Ah yes Steve. The Chicago Seven Tapes. Not just Abbie, but all of the Seven on trial. 10 hours of interviews, and we played them all on the radio at WTAI, Tthe South's FIRST Progressive Rock Station. Those were heady days my old, dear friend. Can't wait to see you on Thursday at the Round Table.
Steve Mack - 8.17.2015
I hope people realize our part in this discussion is not about animosity or a pissing contest, just getting facts straight. All of us in the "Lee Arnold era" certainly recognize that there were those that preceeded us. Their's was a noble experiment. Look back a few messages here and I point out that Lee and I had our trials and tribulations as well. But we WERE the voice of the hip community on the beaches of Brevard. We felt we had a responsibility that went beyond the music. Wewere a lifestyle. It was there we played the exclusive Abbie Hoffman tapes that were smuggled out of the jail during the trials spurred by the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. We all tried to make it happen in those early days. To be sure just like those who tried to prove man could fly, there were many crashes. But finally man prevailed an soared with the birds and later, to The Stars. Yes, you were part of that.
HUGH GARRY - 8.17.2015
I think it's great that after all this time people are still talking about WORJ. Just discovered this, so I'm sort of catching up. Strange the animosity on some of these posts. Don't get that. I wasn't on the air very long, 1970-1971 and moved to the mountains near Asheville in Jan 72. I can say I have a lot of great (albeit foggy) memories of the times we had there. When I was there we had to drive to Oakland (no, not California) past Winter Garden and drive down a lonesome road to a little shack (the transmitter) in an orange grove. If I remember correctly, Steve Fleisher(?) aka Steve Hammer did mornings. I came on from noon-6pm and Lee Morgan did evenings. As Doug Laby pointed out, it was loose to say the least. I thought of it as Free-Form. You basically played what you wanted. It was the most fun I ever had on the air. Music was great...new groups like the Allman Brothers Band, Elton John, way too many to remember. Concerts were a major part of life and the Orlando Sports Stadium was the place. EVERYBODY came there. When I think of all the groups we saw there it doesn't seem real. Neal Young, Canned Heat, Santana, Beach Boys with Buffalo Springfield and Strawberry Alarm Clock, 3 Dog Night, Led Zeppelin, Steve Miller Band and Bob Seger every 6 months it seemed. Mike Lyons was I think still in Winter Park High and he used to come over to our house and hang out. He had a little news paper that was the only thing like it in Central Florida. I remember he started to come into the station and getting involved. 2 great Mike Lyons Stories. The cops had announced "no hippie types" would be permitted in Rock Springs. This was customized stuff for us. So we cut a promo encouraging listeners to come out that Saturday and show our numbers. I was getting a little carried away in the promo and Mike started making horn sounds like he was sticking up the band. Too funny. When we showed up at Rock Springs, it was packed. The listeners really came through. They had no choice but to let us "long-hairs" in. The other one was a Steve Miller concert. The Show had been moved from the Sports Stadium to a small venue near Orange and Magnolia. I think it was a roller rink or something. Cool old building, but no ac and Steve was not happy. So Mike and I go back to do an interview during a break and Steve is grouchy. I try small talk and say I saw him back Chuck Berry in San Francisco in 67, and he's like, yeah, that was a long time ago. We are supposed to be in the Sports Stadium. So Mike, realizing the interview was not happening, says, "how does it feel to have Boz Scaggs be bigger than you right now? Interview over. So, we all have really good memories of those days. I don't see that it makes any difference who was first, second, or third. One final thought. I needed an air name and Mike came up with it. Two big names of the day were Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, so Mike says, you can be Garry Hoffman. Have a great time Thursday night. hg
Neal Mirsky - 8.17.2015
At least I never ripped a phone out of the wall and threw it through a window, though I do remember throwing a cart into a production room wall where it created a hole in the wall and stayed there. (I was an angry young man). I remember Lee deducted the cost of repairing that wall from my next meager paycheck. But seriously, I am very excited to see my old band of brothers (and sisters, Hanna) on Thursday to celebrate one of the greatest periods of my life and one of the happiest entries on my long resume (I obviously can't hold a job) :-) I am especially looking forward to seeing the guy who followed me on-air each day, Steve Mack, whom I haven't seen in over 40 years, and discussing that "gravel truck problem" that we had to deal with on a daily basis on West Colonial.
Lee Arnold - 8.17.2015
Join us this Thursday night at the History Center as we re-live our memories of the "Golden Age" that was FM-107 : WORJ. It should be a hoot. Oh, the stories. Since the "statute of limitations" has expired, we will be telling all. See you Thursday. I can't wait to sit at that Round Table with the Greatest Staff of Friends ever assembled.
Doug Laby a/k/a Doug Van Allen - 8.17.2015
Steve Flesher hired me to do mornings at WORJ in 1972, upon my return from a short stint in St. Louis. Having come from a Top 40 background, the freedom that the station gave me was enjoyable, but the station lacked firm direction. It certainly lacked what could be called an audience of any size. It was quaint, and not much else. Soon after my start at WORJ, Pat O'Day/Jerry Thompson, freshly-fired from WLOF, was brought in as Program Director. He quickly turned what had been a novelty into a bona fide joke. An existing jingle package was resurrected and put on the air, and the music turned more pop. The outcry from WORJ's meager yet loyal (and vocal) audience was immediate. The on-air and off-air antics for which he was widely known soon began to surface, and his brief tenure at WORJ quickly ended shortly after he ripped a telephone from the wall at the 1 North Orange Building, where we had our offices, and threw it out the window. It fell four stories and landed in the street on Orange Avenue. His replacement, Lee Arnold, assumed the title of Program Director shortly afterward. Lee realized the station's true potential, and carefully guided it from being a somewhat-appreciated anomaly into the nationally-recognized powerhouse that it ultimately became. Without Lee Arnold, WORJ probably would have been nothing more than a footnote in the history of broadcasting. The fact that the History Center chose to center their exhibit around this portion of Orlando's rock history seems totally appropriate, and it was their decision to do so.
Steve Mack - 8.17.2015
The light has to go on at some point. Having an FM did not mean all FM was listenable. Not-So-Good is better than nothing. But Not-So-Good can, and should, be improved. I imagine not too many FM sales were generated because of your underground format. Remember, I heard it. I our era generated many sales from day one, either. But as we improved, so did sales. Dramatically. Our improvements were based on our own common sense AND (most importantly) listening to what our listeners wanted. As much as we loved our personal friends, we (sorry to admit this, guys) did not listen to them as closely as our listeners. We KNEW our personal friends supported us, but, being good friends, they seldom ever told us what they DIDNT like. A good programmer always welcomes criticism, good or bad, but it is only welcome when it is constructive.
Gay Arnold - 8.16.2015
Congratulations to the amazing people who made WORJ happen. Before Lee, Michael, Neal, Steve, Doug, Hanna, Chal, Bill, Randy, Michael Z, Tom, Marian, Rob, and the behind the scenes people - Paul, Toy, Jack, Emil, Ziggy, and a host of others, there was no WORJ as we celebrate it today. Not before, certainly not after. As a fan, I fell in love with all of you, but as it turns out, I could only marry one of you, and so the rest is history.....
Gaby Arnold - 8.16.2015
So the purpose of this exhibit is to celebrate the contribution that progressive radio/rock made at a pivotal time in our history and to remind us all of the power of unity and the power of music, heart and soul. It is on one hand, a retrospective and on the other encouragement for the future. For those of us who were "there" at "that time" (1972), WORJ was "home". It was our voice, our music, our heart. It was progress at a time when Orlando was no more than a closed shop. Lee,and a group of talented, "like-minded" revolutionaries came together, did what they loved and changed the landscape of Orlando, and thus the world. For those of us who were there at the "time", we found home - we were on the radio! The Universe was swirling and whoa....! To those who, for whatever reason, want to diminish the contributions of so many TO so many, I have to say you just don't get it. It's a clear case of "Ya had to have been there.....". It was a moment in time, and that is what is being recognized and celebrated by the Orange County Regional History Center. Not a person, not an individual, but a "moment in time", and the promise of that moment.
Steve Mack - 8.16.2015
I need to clear something up here, so bear with me as I trip merrily into the past: Lee Arnold and I first met prior to 1968 when I came to WTAI from a country music station. WTAI played country in the morning and Lee played progressive music in the afternoon. Crazy mix. Big question was whether I was to recommend the station go all country OR all progressive. Little did anyone know that THIS so-called country boy was thinking, "Country music? Aw, HELL no!" No one had picked up on the fact that as music director of that country music station I was taking it down the road to progressive country. Progressive music as Lee was playing it was, in my opinion THE wave of the future. We became a team. Lee knew more about the music than I did and I learned a lot from him and mutual friends in the business. We still had to fight the powers that be protect progressive, even though we were proving time and time again its worth. But we DID know that we were the First and Only progressive music station in the south. Even so, we lost to the redneck, anti-"hippie" dollar and the station went country. We went to WKKO, a top-forty and gave Cocoa Beach the hippest top-forty they ever heard. Along about that time Lee and I both heard this station in Orlando that was playing what they called "underground". We both winced at that. If you are broadcasting on a legitimate Federally-licensed operation, how the hell can you be "underground." Progressive music had a right to be out in the sunshine just like any other format, and by-god we were going to fight for it. I heard some good things on WORJ and some not-so-good. The programming elements left much to be desired, but these were things that could be worked out under the right guidance. Mostly, I found it hard to listen to because the jocks all sounded like they were trying too hard to be something they were not. That was and is my own personal opinion, but apparently it was shared by WORJ's then-listeners.. their market share sucked big time. Jack (in his own correct way) said "Screw this! Take the damn thing top forty. We're losing our asses." Jack always had a way with words. When opportunity knocked, Jack brought Lee over and I was one of those called in by Lee to "do my thing." We already understood professional radio, but we also knew there would be a lot of things we'd be doing that had never been done before. And while we finally just let it pass when people referred to us as "Progressive Rock", the fact was that we were NEVER progressive rock: We were "Progressive MUSIC", but rock was definitely a big part of that. We also played Jazz, Waylon and Willie, Folk... just about anything that was for-real PROGRESSIVE! Lee never took anything away from WORJ's history, but stop and think: Why in HELL would he or anyone else want to claim a period BEFORE his time that was anything but memorable? We never looked to the past.. always to the future. We were cutting edge and it was blowing US away as much as it was anyone else. OUR problem was to try to keep our heads on straight, avoid living in an ivory tower, and letting it go to our heads. After all, without the listeners who made us what we were, we were nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada. Personally, I was so busy saying "FM-107" on the air, I seldom mentioned by OWN name. (Lee pointed that out more than once.) But it was about the team and making things the best we could. And Lee Arnold was putting "the band" together and we were making it work. Later, after Lee left, there were too many egos beginning to get out of control, too many people telling us "studies show" ("WHAT fucking studies," I kept asking, and got no answers.) ZETA-7 only meant a tighter format. In top-forty, that is good, but not in progressive. In progressive you have to always remember and respect your core audience. EXPAND, if you will, but NEVER lose sight of that audience. If you do, that core crumbles and all you have is a listenership that is not cohesive. I should also point out that while not a fan of top-forty, I think all of us at WORJ were very aware that WLOF had a magic and professionalism about it that was rare. Every jock sounded like there was nowhere else in the world they'd rather be at that moment than on the air. Bill Vermillion, the Wierd Beard; Doug Van Allen, Johnny Sutton, etc. were a riot. I didn't give a hoot about the music, the jocks were great! To work with these people later was an honor. In closing (and climbing off my soapbox), I join with Lee in saying I personally would love to meet the people who laid groundwork for our kind of music in Central Florida, whether you want to call it Progressive or Underground. (Pant-pant) I think I've said enough.
Lee Arnold - 8.16.2015
To all our friends that grew up with WORJ as the "Radio Station of Your Life", ALL the WORJ DeeJays that will be on the Round Table this Thursday Night at the Orange County Regional Historical Center, can't wait to see you. Old friends. All of us. We sure did have fun back in the day and look forward to reliving some of those memories with you.
Gaby Arnold - 8.16.2015
So proud of my darling man! This work was his heart and soul, the time was right and "we" needed this voice. WORJ, in those years, was OUR voice. The Universe was swirling and something amazing happened. The right people, at the right time, came together to change a city, and ultimately, the world. Hats off to the WORJ warriors - long may you run.......
Lee Arnold - 8.6.2015
HISTORY MUSEUM HOSTS PIONEERS OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK RADIO Orange County Regional History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, Presents On-Air Personalities from Orlandos WORJ on August 20 ORLANDO, Fla. The Orange County Regional History Center announces WORJ: Town Hall for the Counterculture, an August 20 panel discussion featuring radio personalities who made history with Orlandos FM 107 WORJ. The program accompanies the reopening of the exhibit Long Way to the Top: Hard Rock in Orlando, 1972-1985. Between 1972 and 1977, radio station FM 107 WORJ made local and national history by pioneering the then-new broadcast format known as Progressive Rock Radio. Rather than hewing to the existing commercial models associated with Top 40, the staff and DJs of WORJ played new and challenging musicians, deep tracks from obscure albums, and commercial-free concerts. This rejection of prefabricated radio culture bucked the conventional wisdom of the radio industry and resonated instantly with listeners, catapulting WORJ to huge successes in market share. The stations DJs became influential musical and cultural tastemakers who set a standard for rock radio that continues to this day. Beyond the broadcast booth, WORJ became a tangible force in the lives of Orlando music fans. By organizing community events and inspiring listeners to get involved locally, WORJ became not just a radio success story but a marker of identity that united Central Floridians from all walks of life. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, the Orange County Regional History Center Central Floridas premiere history museum will host a conversation with some of the personalities who together made an enduring impact on Central Florida music and culture. WORJs Lee Arnold, Doug Van Allen, Neal Mirsky, Steve Mack, Hanna East West and Randy Molnar will be on hand to reminisce about making radio history, and to answer questions from the audience. Tickets are $8.00 advance, $10 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., and refreshments will be available prior to the events 7PM start. Following the discussion, the History Centers exhibit Long Way to the Top: Hard Rock in Orlando, 1972-1985, will reopen. About the Orange County Regional History Center The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 county courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. The museum features four floors of permanent exhibitions and also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions. The museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information, visit www.thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500. The Orange County Regional History Center is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Family Services Department under Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners, The Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. is supported by United Arts of Central Florida and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Mike - 6.2.2015
Hi. I went to Edgewater HS in 72 & 73 and listened to ZETA 7....I am now in Philadelphia, PA. Anyone know where to get a ZETA 7 license plate (that is anyone wanting to part with one)? cooganm@gmail.com
Lee Arnold - 5.28.2015
GOOD NEWS. : History Center Exhibit Gets Extended Stay. The Featured Exhibition, at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, "Long Way to the Top: Hard Rock in Orlando, 1977-1985" originally scheduled to close May 31, will continue until June 14.
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2015
On Thursday night, I had the honor of presenting the Mike Lyons Scholarship, "The Mike" to a graduate at Mike's alma mater, Edgewater High School in Orlando. Here was my introduction : "Hi, my name is Lee Arnold. I am a lifelong friend of Mike Lyons, whos Scholarship were awarding tonight. Since this is the only scholarship being awarded tonight in name of an actual Edgewater graduate, I thought the winner and those of you here tonight, should know a little bit more about Class of 1970 Edgewater Alumnus, Mike Lyons. After Mike graduated from Edgewater, he immediately started out in his Journalistic endeavors. First, Like Founding Father Thomas Paine, Mike was a Pamphleteer and published a weekly Fanzine. He covered Music, the Counter Culture and Politics. That, of course was the 70s. Today, he would have be doing all this on his BLOG or on Facebook. He then was a contributor to the Orlando Alternative Press newspaper, The Watcher. All this while still a Teen Ager. When I moved to Orlando to be the Program Director of Orlandos Progressive Rock Station, WORJ in 1972, Mike was the first person I hired. He was my night radio announcer, my Music Director and Produced a daily Music News Feature called Flash News. We spent 4 great years together at WORJ where it became the most successful Progressive Rock Radio Station in America. Mike joined me as my Music Director, once again, When I moved to Tampa to launch Radio station 98ROCK. Mike went on to combine his broadcasting skills with his Journalism skills, by becoming a highly rated and extremely topical Morning Show Host. In Orlando, at WDIZ and WHTQ, Then on to Miami at WINZ, where he was named by the Miami Herald, RADIO MAN OF THE YEAR, for FIVE Years in a Row. I was fortunate in the mid 1990s to hire Mike away from radio to spend five years together in Milwaukee, where he was Vice President of Promotion at my Radio Consulting and Promotion company. Mike returned to Orlando when his Dad became very ill and returned to his journalistic first love as associate editor of the Major Trade Magazine, TRIPLE A RADIO. He also wrote a Weekly column that was a Must Read for everybody in the Radio and Record Business. It was a weekly mix of Music, Radio and Commentary. Kind of a full circle from his early days as a pamphleteer but with a much BIGGER audience. A little over 5 years ago Michael lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. As a practicing Buddhist, I know that Mike would be so proud, that here at his alma mater, Edgewater High School, that he can still contribute to that which he loved so much, his school, journalism, broadcasting and the next generation of future thinkers. I am honored to present, in his name, the award named THE MIKE to that next generation of Journalists, This years winner of The Mike Lyons Scholarship Jahmiah Cyrus. Jahmiah plans to get a Mass Communications Degree and work in Public Relations. He would like to put a more positive spin in media productions and news stories."
Lee Arnold - 5.1.2015
THANK YOU : THANK YOU : THANK YOU Due to your generosity, The Mike Lyons Scholarship Lives on. Your contributions yesterday put us over the top. As you know, after Mike's death, here in Orlando, his High School, Edgewater High, established a scholarship in Mike's name. They called it the MIKE. "The Mike", is a $500.00 award in Mike Lyon's name to be given to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a degree in communications or journalism. So happy that it will, once again, be awarded this year, thanks to the contributions from you, Mike's friends, coworkers, radio folk, record folk and musicians. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Lee Arnold - 4.29.2015
Please help. The deadline for contributions is TOMORROW, April 30th. Sending out an alert to all the old pals of WORJ's Music Director, Air Talent and Producer of "Flash News", Mike Lyons. In order for his memorial scholarship, "The Mike," to be presented at Edgewater High School in April, it needs to be funded. May I gently suggest the link below. Choose the customizable contribution tab on the Foundation website, enter a dollar amount, and then write "For the Mike Lyons Scholarship" in the Special Instructions box. If you prefer, send a check with the same clearly written on the Memo line to: The Edgewater High School Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 540266 Orlando, Fl 32854. Here's the link: http://www.edgewaterfoundation.com/collections/ehs-annual-giving-campaign/products/you-choose-the-donation
Greg - 4.13.2015
If you live near or are coming to Orlando check out this event. Its all about our rock history. http://cflradio.net/
Greg - 4.13.2015
Pictures from Mike Lyons High School Disney Boardwalk Inn Edgewater High School Prom April 11, 2015 Keeping Mike in our thoughts. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/os-pictures-2015-edgewater-prom-20150409-photogallery.html
Lee Arnold - 3.20.2015
Don, so good to hear from you. With all the craziness in your area of the world, I think of you often and wonder how you are doing. As much as Facebook has taken over, I truly miss the intimacy of this board and the friendships here.
Don Gilliland - 3.18.2015
Hello to Lee and all the other WORJ folks out there. Yeah, this board is very quiet lately. I suppose more people are on on Facebook and other "social" media. Sigh. Not for me. In any case, there isn't a week that goes by that I don't have a WORJ flashback ... or three. Popping into my head lately: Nektar, Heartsfield, Leo Kottke, Emmylou Harris, Lon & Derek Van Eaton, Splinter, Leon Russell ... and so much more. Great music will never die ... and neither will the WORJ spirit. Thanks to Lee for keeping this alive!
Lee Arnold - 1.29.2015
To the old "message board" crew. I miss all you guys and the great conversations we had here. Scroll back down and re-visit. It was wonderful. I hope everyone is healthy and doing fine. Please check in from time to time. At the end of February, WORJ IRadio celebrates EIGHT years of being. It started right here on this "message board", it's all you guys' legacy.
Lee Arnold - 1.29.2015
Wayne Mereck. Are you still in W.P.?
Lee Arnold - 1.28.2015
This past Monday, WORJ Alumnus and Orlando concert promoter from the late 60's/early 70's, Rick Namey, passed away from a heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Lee Arnold - 12.20.2014
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Howard Bates - 11.12.2014
I moved to Florida in 1969 from New York City. I lived in Titusville. I was !6 years old. I had discovered Underground Rock in New York listening to WNEW FM and WPLJ FM! When I moved to Florida at first I couldn't find any Radio Stations playing Progressive Rock! I was going Crazy! Then one afternoon by sheer accident I happened upon1560 WTAI AM out of Melbourne FL. I was in Heaven. The 2 Dee Jays I remember from that station were Lee Arnold and Steve Mack! Then I followed You (Lee Arnold) over to WKPE FM 104.1 Cocoa Beach FL in 1970! Actually It was on WKPE FM 104.1 where I 1st heard You Open your Show with "Long Time Gone" and Close it with "49 Bye Byes" To this Day every Time I hear those 2 Songs I think about Your Show back in 1970! I then followed you over to WORJ FM 107.7 out of Mt. Dora Fl. Thanks for the Great Memories! I wish you were still doing a Live Show! I sure would listen to it!! Thanks Again Howard Bates. Still living in Titusville!
Doug Clifford - 11.8.2014
While most of us think of rock when we think of WORJ, I also remember playing Judy Collins' "Send In The Clowns", which I still love. Those were the days my friend (we thought they'd never end) when an FM radio station could play a WHOLE range of great music.
SB - 11.5.2014
Old song a remake of Caribbean queen that bj 105 played about OBT
Kelly Mclendon - 10.16.2014
Hello everyone I just found this site searching for WORJ and Mike Lyons. I was a constant listener to the best terrestrial radio station ever. I'm in Titusville. These days I listen to XM Deep Tracks my own and my vinyl. I've got a ORJ license plate on the wall of my office loved it. I look forward to hearing the internet stream. BTW I think I was at the Atlanta Rhythm Section concert you have a picture of if I remember it was FTU homecoming at the twin towers on a Kirkman Rd. I might have that wrong but I don't think so.
Morrie - 10.10.2014
Hi Everybody...this is Morrie yes I am still alive and living near the beach in Carlsbad, CA. My favorite memory is the night we had FleetWood Mac and Savoy Brown at the Orlando Sports Stadium. Mick Fleetwood picked me up and put me on his shoulders to announce the band.....do you remember this night? Does anyone have this picture? Please tell me someone has this picture. Than
Don Gilliland - 10.1.2014
Earlier this week I was thinking of another great band that I discovered on WORJ back in the day: Heartsfield. I remember that live broadcast they did one year with WORJ. Ah, the 1970s were pretty fun, weren't they? As far as their studio albums, "The Wonder of It All" seemed to get the most praise, but I always thought that "Foolish Pleasures" was their real gem. Great music that transcended the "southern rock" label that they got stuck with. I've re-bought most of their albums on CD over the past decade and listen to them frequently. Thanks again to WORJ for turning me on to wonderful music!
Don Gilliland - 9.13.2014
Silver and Doug; thank you both! And thanks to Lee for keeping this site, and the WORJ spirit alive. Even if you ain't singing or listening to music, keep a song in your heart!
Silver Michaels - 7.27.2014
Don, I'll get a link for those to you later this week, good Sir!
Doug Clifford - 7.25.2014
Don-If the water leak from my last residence didn't destroy them, I have/had two or maybe 3 Brian Protheroe lp's !
Don Gilliland - 7.19.2014
In answer to Doug Clifford's post about the most obscure song or band heard on WORJ, I can think of a couple right off the bat; "Pinball" by Brian Protheroe (had to check online for the proper spelling of his last name!) and Lon & Derrek Van Eaton's "The Harder You Pull, the Tighter You Get." By the way, I'd LOVE to hear those old David Werner albums again. Great stuff!
Greg - 7.17.2014
Johnny Winter dead at age 70. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/07/17/blues-guitar-legend-johnny-winters-dies/
Doug Clifford - 6.27.2014
Silver, Lee sent me a youtube so that will suffice but I appreciate the offer.
Silver Michaels - 6.24.2014
Doug, I have MP3 versions of two David Werner albums ("Whizz Kid" and "Imagination Quota"), both way out of print, regrettably. Neither have the song on them, but they're both good records... would be happy to find a way to scoot the files to you if you wish!
Doug Clifford - 6.14.2014
Thanks Lee. Maybe someday I will stumble across that LP someday. Isn't it amazing how you can almost remember a song you haven't heard in 40 years ?!
Lee Arnold - 6.11.2014
Foy you Doug : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak5EPbSCq-c
Doug Clifford - 6.9.2014
What's the most obscure group or singer you remember playing or listening to on WORJ ? I am listening to Hookfoot on youtube right now after hearing the now deceased Charlie Scales playing the album last year at a Gainesville record/cd store (remember those?). I also remember a song I used to play called "It's A Little Bit Sad" by David Werner which I have not been able to locate again. AHHH WORJ...where you could play everything from David Ackles to Betty Davis !
jo - 6.4.2014
you are the man!!!!
jo - 6.4.2014
we are renovating...the windows are open and worj is blasting!! thanks for the finest music in the land!!! rock our walls up will you!?
jo - 4.27.2014
j geils?
Lee Arnold - 4.23.2014
Mike Lyons was not only one of those handful of people in your life that you can call your "true" friend, but his was an outstanding Radio Broadcaster, Music Director, Program Director and Mentor to so many in our Industry. His passing almost 5 years ago left a giant hole in my heart. I was reminiscing the other day with my wife Gaby about our good fortune to have had Michael with us in Milwaukee in the late 1990's, when he worked with me at Lee Arnold Marketing. Not only did I spend time with him daily, but my thoughts of that time immediately jumped to 1996. Every Sunday, we would gather at my house in front of the wide screen TV and cheer on the Packers together on their way to their Jan 26, 1997 Super Bowl victory. It was so much fun and it is a Golden memory for me and Gaby. We Miss Mike EVERY DAY, but we still have those sweet memories. In Orlando, his High School alma mater has bestowed a scholarship in his name each year since his passing called the "The Mike". It is a $500.00 award in Mike Lyon's name to be given to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a degree in communications or journalism. There are scholarships which are being allowed to fade away, including (to my dismay) The Mike, named in honor of our dear friend. I know money is tight for everyone right now, but if you can spare any to help keep Mike's memory alive and help start the next generation of broadcasters and journalists, your support would be truly appreciated. Right now donations will have to be by "snail mail" to: Edgewater High School Foundation P.O. Box 540226 Orlando, FL 32854 with a BIG note that says "MIKE LYONS SCHOLARSHIP." And, I might respectfully add, the sooner the better. April is flying by. Thanks!
Lee Arnold - 4.20.2014
Shooting for next weekend, but I brought back "golden" copies (from the masters) of ALL the Florida/Southern Progressive Network Broadcasts. Have to do some down loading and a bit of tightening up. Gonna play all 13. Stay Tuned. (Thank you to Doug Van Allen and Bill Vermillion for all your hard work putting these together. You guys RULE)
Zaida Zoller - 4.16.2014
WISHBONE ASH - LIVE TONIGHT - April 16 @ The Plaza LIVE - Orlando Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, kicks off the North American leg of their 2014 tour on April 15. The group returns to these shores to celebrate the release of their 24th studio recording, Blue Horizon, and perform their popular Live Dates album in its entirety. Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash pioneered a melodic twin-lead guitar style that has influenced bands from Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden to Lynyrd Skynyrd and, more recently, heavyweights like Opeth. The group coalesces around strong songwriting and serious chops. Founding member Andy Powell handles lead vocals and trades licks with Finland�s guitar wizard Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, a 17-year veteran of the band and in-demand studio musician, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain�s new breed of drummers, having played with Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson. Visit www.wishboneash.com to learn more.
Lee Arnold - 3.26.2014
I see the "Listen Live" Button needs to be reconfigured. In the meantime, go to http://www.live365.com/stations/worjradio to listen to WORJ IRadio.
Lee Arnold - 3.26.2014
This month (March) marks the SEVENTH Year of the launch of WORJ IRadio station. Hit the "Listen Live" button to the Left to listen. I've been on an extended trip dealing with some personal matters, but will be returning soon and when I do, HAVE I GOT A BIG SURPRISE for all our loyal listeners. Watch this space and the WORJ Facebook page for the announcement. In the meantime, Any and All Donations for the upkeep of this website and the WORJ.com IRadio Project would be truly appreciated. I'm finding that the expenses of both things are starting to really tax me personally. As the expenses for both continue to increase, my own discretionary income, seems to be going down. I seldom ask for help on these projects, but if anyone can help, now would be the perfect time. I know everyone is facing economic issues, so I understand if you can't help at this time. The DONATE BUTTON to the right accepts PAYPAL, Visa, Mastercard etc. THANK YOU.
Zaida Zoller - 2.15.2014
SAVOY BROWN is tonight ... a somewhat baffling lack of response from the ORJ crowd about this show .... wow!
Zaida Zoller - 2.7.2014
ZSHOWZ has 4 upcoming nostalgic shows coming to Orlando I wanted to let you know about. Saturday, February 15: KIM SIMMONDS & SAVOY BROWN - Live on the George Linson Stage @ the new Friendly Confines (formerly McWells) - 4757 S. Orange Avenue in Orlando. Tix on sale at www.zshowz.com - $25 adv - $30/DOS Saturday, March 15: JIMMY HALL of Wet Willie will be fronting Atlanta band Freddy's Finest - belting out his soulful R&B Blues - also on the George Linson Stage, Friendly Confines - $20/DOS Thursday, March 20: COMMANDER CODY returns to the George Linson Stage - A Benefit for Autism - $20/DOS Wednesday, April 16: WISHBONE ASH w/Andy Powell - Live at Plaza Live, Orlando - Tix go on sale soon at www.plazaliveorlando.com Hope to see you supporting alive entertainment. Thanks.
Lee Arnold - 2.5.2014
Thank you David. You made my day. Hope all is well.
David sousa - 2.4.2014
It was an honor to pd your station. Wish we could do it again.those were the best years of progressive rock. I used to listen to ya'll when I was in Lakeland doing top 40.lee you are a true legend and trust me there aren't many!
Ed perry - 1.27.2014
I hadn't thought about ORJ in years. But, today while driving my youngest daughter to high school( man am I old). WORJ popped into my head. I couldn't remember any of the DJ's names. But, what I do remember was the music and what a great radio station it was. It may sound corny- but, Thank you to everyone who worked for or was affiliated with WORJ. Thanks for being a good friend and added such great music to my life. Ed "We are WORJ. Mt. Dora-Orlando 107.7"
Lee Arnold - 1.17.2014
Love you guys.
jo - 1.5.2014
: )
jo - 1.5.2014
bob dylan rainy day women #12 & 35....
Mike Zarek - 12.20.2013
Your MP3 of Dialogue Pt I & II is only Pt I .... kills me every time!
jo - 11.9.2013
more j geils! : )
Zaida Zoller - 11.5.2013
I worked at Bee Jay Recording Studio for Eric Schabacker and loved my time there. Bill Vermillion was engineer and we had lots of great shows. I looked the bands. Loved it! Great memories.
Mike Zarek - 11.4.2013
AAAAUUUUGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!! Really? Cut off right in the middle of Dialogue Pt 1 & 2??????
Lee Arnold - 10.11.2013
Yes. It was BeeJay Recording Studios on Silver Star Road. Those broadcasts originated from there, because WORJ invented the Southern Progressive Radio Network.
Silver Michaels - 10.7.2013
I think that was Bee Jay Recording Studios... Lee, is that right?
Doug Clifford - 10.7.2013
Lee, What was the name of the recording studio where there were concerts that other Florida statons carried, in addition to WORJ and who performed aside from Randy Newman and Hudson-Ford? I'm pretty sure Tim Weisberg peformed too. I heard a 2005 version of "Dion Blue", a song I always loved, that still made me reflective. I was ousted from radio in Jan in favor of someone from Nashville recording Gainesville/Ocala news-oh well !
Silver Michaels - 10.3.2013
Well, after a few freakin' MONTHS of internet problems, I think I have them behind me. Lots of catching up to do (Don, I owe you an email!)... Right now, I'm working on sort of re-launching my Dinosaur blog. Two post so far this week, a new one every other day for another week or so just to get back on track. Today's post deals with the huge change that the internet has brought to radio stations and records stores; did we win or lose? Earlier in the week, I did a dual "retro review" of two albums that were absolute masterpieces of sixties studio wizardry - Love's "Forever Changes" and Family's "Music In A Doll's House." Take a peek if you'd be so kind! http://silvermichaels.weebly.com/dinosaur.html
Lee Arnold - 9.26.2013
My pleasure, Kim.
Kim - 9.24.2013
Lee, Thanks for Keeping WORJ alive.
Don Gilliland - 8.10.2013
Yes, very sad to hear about the passing of J.J. Cale. He was such a sneaky good guitar player, and obviously beloved his fellow guitar slingers and bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd. He had such a smooth style with a slinky groove. Great stuff! Another guy who I consider to be a legend passed away a few months ago; George Jackson. Who, you ask? Not surprising. Most people have never heard of the guy, and even I had never heard his music until a couple of years ago. Jackson was basically a songwriter who wrote hundreds of songs, from soul to rock to pop. Bob Seger had a hit with Jackson's "Old Time Rock & Roll" and even the Osmonds scored with Jackson's "One Bad Apple." He also wrote hits for Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, and more. But what is REALLY impressive are the songs Jackson recorded himself. He recorded most of his stuff as high quality demos in Memphis (the legendary Fame Studios) and in recent years some UK label have finally released these songs on CD. Great, great stuff if you like 60s & 70s soul music. George Jackson is a MUST listening experience. I'll stop here. Best wishes to everyone out there in WORJ land --- including Lee, of course. Keep the music and spirit alive!
Silver Michaels - 7.27.2013
Don, oddly, I've been listening to a lot of John Cale recently as well. Stumbled across a copy of "Shifty Adventures In Nooky Wood;" I had no idea he was still making music. It's another great album! Got me to pull out a ton of his music right back to "Paris 1919" or even "Church of Anthrax" from his early solo days... and of course a lot of the Island era stuff. His cover of "Heartbreak Hotel" is pretty powerful! Today, of course, I'm doing the "sad fan" thing, listening to a lot of JJ Cale in his memory. Weird, there's a very distant connection between the two Cales. "JJ" was so christened by the owner of the Sunset Strip club in Los Angeles so that he wouldn't be confused with John Cale, at the time with the Velvet Underground.
Don Gilliland - 7.27.2013
Craig: I just saw your note and will fire off an e-mail to you. Great to hear from you again. I also miss board posts from Hanna, John, Jim, and many other old WORJ and Central Florida folks. What have you been listening to lately? I picked up the Outlaws "reunion" CD with Henry Paul (sadly, Hughie passed away a few years ago), "It's About Pride." Very good album with that distinctive guitar sound. Also playing a recent John Cale CD, "Black Acetate" that I think is quite great. And the new Jason Isbell (who used to be in Drive-By Truckers; a GREAT band!) has a fanstastic new album out called "Southeastern." And, believe it or not, the latest Rod Stewart album, "Time" is also quite good. Rod rocks again! And his recent autobiography is very interesting ... and very funny,
Silver Michaels - 7.26.2013
Well... I used to be Craig, but now I'm Silver! (laughing) I've started a blog that I think will be of interest to those on this board... Writing about classic and old hippie rock. I'll be incorporating many of my experiences during my 40 years as a music journalist as well as some personal memories and observations. It only recently got going, but so far I've written about King Crimson, It's A Beautiful Day and a recent act, Southern Hospitality, that I feel fits well into a "classic rock" state of mind. Got lots of goodies planned... and I'd love it if you'd take a look! My blog (Dinosaur) is at http://silvermichaels.weebly.com/dinosaur.html - and there are links if you wanna hook up as Facebook friends or if you wanna get tweeted (and hey, who doesn't like a good tweet now and then?) when there's a new post. Ride the Dinosaur!
Craig Michaels - 7.20.2013
@Don Gilliland... Would you be so kind to drop me an email? silver.michaels(at)yahoo(dot)com - I have a huge favor to ask of you...
Dreed - 7.10.2013
Does anyone know where I can get a WDIZ license plate from the 70's era??
Derm - 6.28.2013
I went to the studio back in 1973. Lee Arnold gave me a t-shirt with the WORJ logo on the front. I gave it to my friend Cyndi Hansen He also told me that he earned $17,000 per year; $17,000.00 in 1973 had the same buying power as $91,840.40 in 2013. Righteous bucks.
Lee Arnold - 6.12.2013
Critical Mass time again. If you enjoy WORJ IRadio and have a little extra money laying around, please push the "donate" button to the left and help underwrite our effort. Thank you so much.
William Bee - 5.20.2013
To anybody on the business end of radio... I have a business that caters in part to music people, and I'm being solicited by an internet radio station to advertise. When I ask for justification of the ad costs, they give me figures about average hits and the like. When I spent money on old radio advertising, I was shown Arbitron numbers, something which is verifiable. Is there any way to verify the numbers I'm being told by the sales rep in regards to internet radio hits? Thanks to anyone in advance!
Mike Zarek - 5.20.2013
Dave Grohl should be the permanent inductor for the RRHOF....
Lee Arnold - 5.12.2013
ricky will - 4.14.2013
where did you go? I have an original zeta 7 plate from a bolt on...gonna put it on e-bay and see if it's as popular as I think!!
Lee Arnold - 4.13.2013
Little of both, Mike.
Mike Zarek - 4.11.2013
Early onset, or late flashback?
Lee Arnold - 4.8.2013
Thinking "MIKE", typed John. Wow, early onset something going on.
Lee Arnold - 4.8.2013
I bet it was John. Steve and Chris are remarkable musicians.
Mike Zarek - 4.5.2013
Saw the Yes 3 Album Tour the other night (Close to the Edge, Going For The One, The Yes Album).... It was fantastic.
jo - 3.31.2013
happy easter. roll away the stone? this emmylou sure is great! have a wonderful day! ; )
Lee Arnold - 3.31.2013
Mike Zarek - 3.29.2013
Well, having just been listening to WORJ, I'm definitely feeling better! (Santana reference.. if you have to ask, shame on you!)
Zaida Zoller - 3.20.2013
KIM SIMMONDS and SAVOY BROWN make a rare Orlando appearance Thursday, April 4, Live on the George Linson Stage, McWells. As one of the architects of the British Blues movement of the 60's and longest standing bands to continually tour and record, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown have brought inspiration to millions of fans around the world. Eric Clapton once said at Cream's first London gig with Savoy Brown supporting, "How am I going to follow that?" With a continually evolving lineup of musicians who went on to form Foghat and work with other notables including Robert Cray, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, UFO, Ten Years after and Fleetwood Mac, Kim Simmonds challenges himself and his band to constantly reach for greatness and musicality as only a true artist can. Simmonds has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Ontario Blues Hall of Fame and just this past February into the New York Blues Hall of Fame. But the proof is in the performance, and Simmonds is always up for the challenge. "My motivation is to reach for that spirit I had as a young boy. I think that's always good to hold onto. Constantly practicing, writing and playing live�raw, naked in a sense�brings creativity and perspective, as well as inspiration." Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown bring their blues/rock nostalgia to Central Florida Thursday, April 4, with special guests local favorites Paul Stott and Rick Plate to kick it off in true Blues style. Show starts 8 p.m., Doors at 7 p.m, $30�seating is first come/first serve. Advanced tickets can be purchased through Paypal at www.ZShowz.com for $25. McWells, located at 4757 S. Orange Avenue in the Fort Gatlin Center [407.855.4006], features a full menu and bar, ample parking, is non-smoking and is always open to all ages. A special thanks goes out to all the co-sponsors who are helping make this show happen: Greens Energy Services, Attorney David Sigalow & the Law Firm of Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath, & Gilchrist, the Orange Blossom Blues Society, and of course McWells. If you would like to co-sponsor this event and help keep The Blues alive, please contact Zaida@ZShowz.com. Thanks for your consideration. www.savoybrown.com ZShowz�Supporting ALIVE Entertainment www.ZShowz.com
Lee Arnold - 3.18.2013
Don. Great to see your post. Hope all is well. Thanks for the kind words. WORJ.com IRadio has gone from hobby to mission for me. Can you believe it's been six years?
jo - 3.16.2013
my my hey hey
Don Gilliland - 3.15.2013
Great to hear that Commander Cody is still playing shows. They are a great live band, and in the studio. By coincidence, I let a friend here in Bangkok (who also happens to come from Central Florida and saw tons of shows in the 1970s) a couple of my Commander Cody live CDs. Great albums! I almost wish I was back in Florida this month and could see them again. Thanks also to Lee for keeping WORJ online and the music spirit alive. Hello and Howdy to all the WORJ folks out there. Rust never sleeps!
Zaida Zoller - 3.15.2013
COMMANDER CODY returns to Orlando for a special concert to benefit the Owen Clarke Foundation for autism awareness, Thursday, March 21 at 8 p.m. on the George Linson Stage at McWells. Artist, musician and pioneering band leader Commander Cody was instrumental in creating a whole new style of music during the early 1970s, a period regarded as the height of rock innovation. Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen were one of the original groups to fuse divergent strains of American Roots music�stripped-down basic rock and roll, rhythm & blues, jazz, bop, country, western swing, and rockabilly�and create an innovative, yet familiar and convincing sound. Along with retro-revisionist bands like the Byrds, Eagles and Poco, for whom the Airmen laid the groundwork, Cody and his crew played country-rock. Cody will be riding his �Hot Rod Lincoln� into Orlando, arriving at McWells next Thursday and delivering a big ole blast from the past. Buster Cousins opens for Cody and features Orlando guitarist Timmy Helliher as well as the incredible Mark Emerick, also joining Cody on the stage later in the evening. This is a very special Autism Awareness concert with proceeds to benefit the Owen James Herlihy Clarke Memorial Scholarship Fund for Pioneer Valley Regional High School Students. Doors at 7 p.m, show at 8 p.m., $15�seating is first come/first serve. Orlando is fortunate to have an artist of this caliber performing locally in a McWells is a small, non-smoking, up-close-and-personal venue located at 4757 S. Orange Avenue in the Fort Gatlin Center (407.855.4006), featuring a full menu and bar, ample parking, and always open to all ages. http://owenclarke.com/about http://www.commandercody.com/thecover.cfm ZShowz�Supporting ALIVE Entertainment www.ZShowz.com
Zaida Zoller - 3.5.2013
Kim Simmonds SAVOY BROWN LIVE IN Concert Thursday, April 4 on the George Linson Stage special guests: Paul Stott & Rick Plate show starts 8p Tickets $25 in advance @ www.ZShowz.com $30 at the door McWells - 4757 S. Orange Avenue - Orlando - 407.855.4006 More info: Zaida@ZShowz.com 407.340.2318
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2013
As part of WORJ.com IRadio's 6th Birthday Celebration, we will be featuring many of our LIVE Broadcasts from BeeJay Recording Studio, The Orlando Sports Stadium and our Quad Simulcast with Channel 35. Starting at 1:00 PM (eastern), we'll be featuring Randy Newman, Hudson-Ford, Gary Wright, Emmy Lou Harris, Michael Stanley Band, Heartsfield and Poco. Enjoy!!!
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2013
You say it's our birthday? Gonna have a good time. Enjoy.
Lee Arnold - 2.26.2013
This Thursday, February 28th, marks the SIXTH year of our IRadio experiment of WORJ.com Radio. Thank you for your support, both by your listenership and the financial contributions that have allowed it to exist and grow. Listener Supported : WORJ.com : The Rare Medium that's Well Done
Lee Arnold - 2.2.2013
LISTENER SUPPORTED. A special thank you to all who financially contributed to our Progressive Rock time warp. Because of you, we are quickly approaching our Sixth Anniversary. (February 28, 2007) If you would like to help underwrite WORJ's sreaming radio station, look bo he left on his website and simply hit the DONATE button. Thank you in advance for your support.
Zaida Zoller - 1.19.2013
COMMANDER CODY RETURNS - Thursday, March 21 - McWells/Orlando
Zaida Zoller - 1.18.2013
SAVOY BROWN live in Orlando - stay tuned!
jo - 1.1.2013
Happy New year Everyone!!! Maestro, any unpacking and moving in music like hard rocking j geils and so on..... to keep me from falling over!!!!
Wayne Mereck - 1.1.2013
Hey Jim, Happy New Year to all "let's hope its good one" Cheers
Lee Arnold - 12.24.2012
Merry Christmas.
Jim Mcpherson - 12.16.2012
Hey Wayne, good to hear you finally made it back to town ! We'll have to get together one day soon. Did you happen to make it to the SOMF City reunion last night ?
Wayne Mereck - 11.25.2012
It's nice listening to 'ORJ from the proper environs!
Lee Arnold - 11.24.2012
Welcome home Wayne. Thank you my friend. Have a wonderful holidays.
Wayne Mereck - 11.24.2012
Howdy to all in the "Big O" area. Well after close to 30 years, I'm residing permanently in WP. Cheers!
Lee Arnold - 10.30.2012
Last minute reprieve. Good for November.
Lee Arnold - 10.26.2012
Lee Arnold - 10.24.2012
Anyone want to fund November?
Greg - 10.4.2012
In memory of Kathi McDonald http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccCnL8hArW8&feature=plcp
Lee Arnold - 10.4.2012
Just heard that Kathi McDonald passed away unexpectedly last night in Seattle. She possessed one of the great voices in Rock. WORJers will remember Kathi did Our kick off broadcast on the Southern Progressive Radio Network. Truly sad to hear this. R.I.P. Kathi.
Lee Arnold - 10.2.2012
An "Angel" stepped up at the last moment and funded the month of October's expences for WORJ.com Internet Radio broadcasts. Tune in and enjoy. Thanks Artie. Your donation kept the "Golden Age of Progressive Rock" available. Much appreciated.
Lee Arnold - 9.6.2012
BTW : After 5 years of broadcasting 24/7, this does make me very sad.
Lee Arnold - 9.6.2012
Afraid, I may have to shut down WORJ Internet radio station at the end of the month. The expense is just more than I can handle on my own. I'll keep you updated if there is any change in the situation. Thanks for all your support in the past. Enjoy it please for the rest of September.
Lee Arnold - 8.31.2012
I try not to be a noodge, but I am seriously in need of help on the funding for our WORJ internet radio service. I try to self fund this thing and for the most part have been able to do that for the last 5 years, but I am in a real financial bind at this moment. If anyone can afford to help, it will really help. Thank you. I wouldn't so blatantly be asking if it wasn't needed. I'm extremely embarrassed to be asking for help. Sorry.
Lee Arnold - 8.30.2012
Hey Everyone : Donations are still needed to help underwrite the WORJ.com Internet Radio Station. Please help if you can. Thank You!!
Lee Arnold - 8.30.2012
Hanna!!! So love it when you stop by.
Donald F White - 8.27.2012
It would be great if someone had some memorabilia from The Outlaws free concert at Orlando Sports Stadium. WORJ gave away free tickets to callers that called in when an Outlaws song was played. I believe a band called Fat Chance opened up for them. RIP Hughie, Billy and Frank.
hanna east-west - 8.22.2012
just wanted to say 'HI'...seeing posts from old friends made me nostalgic...& a special THANK YOU to Lee for keeping this beautiful station...& the amazing music...going...
Lee Arnold - 8.9.2012
Thank you to all who have financially supported WORJ's Internet Radio re-creation. Your support is not only appreciated, but critical in this ongoing endeavor. I have tried to self fund it, but that has become harder to do based on the economy. Anyone else who would like to help, simply "click" on the DONATE button to the left. It will take you to our PayPal site. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL.
Lee Arnold - 8.7.2012
Hey Jerry, if you are on Facebook, you might want to put your plate request up on the WORJ Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/WORJRadio?ref=hl
Jerry Dye - 8.5.2012
LIKE TO GET HOLD OF A WORJ TAG FOR MY CLASSIC RIDE...CAN YOU HELP? Email me at jdye269@cfl.rr.com Thanks! P.S. "Best rock station ever."
Lee Arnold - 7.24.2012
Yes Jeff, we do. --- Sheila, Thank you.
Sheila - 7.17.2012
I still have a cassette tape with the Piano Man album taped from ORJ, such great music that was played.
Jeff Cooper - 7.14.2012
The internet is great. Great stations can live on. My older brothers Gary and Mike really liked your station. I remember it too. I'm wondering if you are programing ORJ like it never left and how it might sound in 2012, does that mean you will play the NEW releases from the CLASSIC artists if the songs fit the sound. For instance one of my fav's Uriah Heep latest release INTO THE WILD 2011 (The full album is on youtube) The classic artists new releases don't get airplay, the classic stations only want to play the classics and the new stations well........ either way keep up the good work.
Lee Arnold - 7.1.2012
Happy, Happy Birthday!!!
Wayne Mereck - 6.29.2012
a.k.a MNZDA, somehow?
MNZDA - 6.29.2012
To the WORJ family, I will be traveling for the holidays and celebrating my second 28th birthday with family on the 4th. You all have a great holiday and raise whatever for my birthday. Cheers!
Wayne Mereck - 6.20.2012
Mick, My Bad!
Mick Fleetwood - 6.20.2012
Just for the record (yuk yuk), Bob Welch was not yet a member of Fleetwood Mac when "Then Play On," (the album that includes the song "Oh Well") was recorded. That was still Peter Green.
Wayne Mereck - 6.17.2012
God bless everyone of us!
Lee Arnold - 6.17.2012
Wayne Mereck - 6.17.2012
Don, my favorites by FM with Bob are "Bermuda Triangle" and "Oh Well". I guess the latter sums it up. Peace
Lee Arnold - 6.14.2012
Don, it is so good to hear from you. I'm so glad your life in Thailand continues to be full, fun and musical. Check back more often.
Don Gilliland - 6.13.2012
Wayne; I agree with you about the loss of Bob Welch. As a member of Fleetwood Mac in the early 70s, his contributions remain woefully underrated. "Heroes Are Hard to Find" is perhaps my favorite album by that band, and "Bare Trees" is pretty darn good too. I wasn't as crazy about his solo stuff (sorry, Keith G.!), but the stuff with Fleetwood Mac was very high quality. Good songwriter.
Wayne Mereck - 6.8.2012
R.I.P. Bob Welch. My favorite member of Fleetwood Mac. Peace
Don Gilliland - 6.6.2012
Lee, thanks for the post about the Mike Lyons scholarship at Edgewater High, which was my old alma mater. In fact, when I was writing for the school newspaper, I asked Mike Lyons if I could interview him at WORJ, and he politely agreed to put up with me and my questions. Very nice man, and missed by all his friends. As for me, still alive and well here in Thailand, running my bookshop and listening to more music than ever! Seriously, I've got CDs spinning at home and at work, and listening an MP3 player loaded with albums when I'm out and about. What can I say, I'm a music addict, and have nobody to blame but WORJ. I recently discovered a great old band from the past: The Move. Man, why weren't they bigger in the US? Great stuff. Also listening to Terry Reid, the new Springsteen, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, Gil Scott-Heron, and whole loads of other great tunes. Hello to Jim M. back in Florida. Thanks for thinking of me. Keep rocking everybody! Also, a big howdy to Mike Cooper, Hanna at East-West, Jeff Cohen, Keith in Minnesota, Ronn, and all the rest of the crew!
Wayne Mereck - 5.29.2012
My pleasure, I was just acting on authority of the Texas Unemployment Bureau. They wanted 'ORJ should have it. Cheers!
Lee Arnold - 5.29.2012
Wayne : DAMN!!! : Thank you so much for the Donation. It sure comes at the perfect time. You ROCK!!!
Wayne Mereck - 5.28.2012
It is sad that in the day there were many who shunned those coming back from Vietnam. The draft didn't give us many choices. I will always have a soft spot for Nixon for ending the war a year before I had to go to the draft board. In my career, I am proud to say all the defense system I have designed were made to bring our boys home. I appreciate and respect our War-fighters for going to places like Vietnam without getting the real answer, Why? Cheers
Eric - 5.21.2012
Lee, are the t-shirts available again? I'm in Orlando for a bit and would love to show off some of it's history!
Lee Arnold - 5.21.2012
And a big hello and thanks to you Wayne.
Wayne Mereck - 5.19.2012
I haven't posted in awhile and just wanted to say hello to my WORJ pals, you know who you are. Cheers
Lee Arnold - 5.18.2012
From Susan Moore : For those of you who knew Mike Lyons: it was again my pleasure & privilege to attend--with Bob Carr who gets most of the credit for keeping track of "The Mike" literally; and Stanley Hallock & family (congrats on your daughter's NICE Full Sail scholarship)--the Edgewater Senior Awards Ceremony on T 5/8/12. The 3rd $500 "Mike" award was presented (and remember, the recipient student doesn't know until their name is announced & it's at the very end of the ceremony) to Ms. Jonel Emanuel. She was definitely surprised & is well deserving. Once again, thanks to all who contributed to the fund & who remember Michael.
Lee Arnold - 5.13.2012
Jim McPherson - 5.11.2012
Don't know if this has been posted before but definitely worth a second listen if so ... Tight Shoes circa 1978 @ The Joint In The Woods ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0eXdUxxZTQ&feature=relmfu
jo - 5.6.2012
chris d - you may, if you are on facebook, look up mick dolan, or look up wdiz on fb, then message him from there. that is the best line i could give you to try. best of luck.
chris d. - 4.27.2012
looking for a wdiz license plate. if anyone has one for sale or knows where to get one please let me know. i am restoring an old jeep and this is the crown jewel that will make it shine. i can be reached at captainchris007@hotmail.com.. thank you for your help.
Lee Arnold - 4.26.2012
Hey Cindy : Sorry for the delay : Your TShirt should be there Monday. Let me know when you get it. : Mike : Your WORJ Plate went bout today. You should recieve it on Monday. Let me know when you get it.
Lee Arnold - 4.24.2012
XOXOXO to you jo.
jo - 4.24.2012
lee, thanks so much for playing songs like "sometimes i feel so uninspired". bless you and yours. best to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lee Arnold - 4.19.2012
Thank you Mike for your Donation. Your WORJ Plate will go out soon.
Mike Zarek - 4.19.2012
Eric: The only thing I can think of is to use the bags to get donations to worj.com ... What I can't figure out is a non-PITA mechanism to do that.
buckets - 4.17.2012
can anyone help me find the Lyrics to be good and be kind?
Lee Arnold - 4.16.2012
The First $100 Donation gets my "LAST" Original WORJ License Plate.
Lee Arnold - 4.16.2012
Thanks Jim for the Feedback and your support. Much appreciated.
Jim McPherson - 4.16.2012
Hey Lee, listened to WORJ.com on my trip to Atlanta and back this weekend, sounded great! Excellent playlist yesterday. Had to get an FM transmitter for my smartphone since my car stereo didn't have an auxilary plug in jack ... reminded me of the old days of having to buy an FM converter haha! Works pretty good, although some dropped signal problems when traveling around. Will try and get you a donation here soon, last couple of years have been a real rollercoaster! Shout out to Wayne, Mike Z., Don G., Tommy , Jo, Zaida and all you other WORJ fans ... hope all is well with everybody! Thanks again Lee for your labor of love!
Lee Arnold - 4.16.2012
I would LOVE some feedback on the RE-LAUNCHED WORJ.Com IRadio station. 5000+ Songs deep. Lots of work, but I'm feeling pretty good about it so far. How's it sound to everyone else? If anyone was thinking about making a DONATION for the expences involved in keeping this IRadio station going, this would be a really, good time for it. Finances are pretty strained and I could use the aid. I know that's true for everyone, so if you can't, I totally understand. Thanks for all your support in the last 5 years. It's truly appreciated.
Lee Arnold - 4.16.2012
Sam, Mike, Eric and Jeff, A BIG HELLO to you guys. Hope you're having a great Monday.
jeff (walrus) VanSant - 4.15.2012
I have'nt thought about WORJ for many a year, but today my brother called and asked me to send him his ZETA tag. I went to the trunk in the attic, and lo and behold, there it was, in all it's glory. Sure, you can barely see the logo after years and years of love bugs, but here it is, inyact and filled with memories. I'm conteplating not sending it because, truthfully, I think it's mine. His was (if my memory serves me) scratched down the center and bent on the corner.Mine had no such scratch. Nor does this one.Besides, he still has his club card in mint condition, after I'm sure that he lost mine.It's hard to remember such details because all of this transpired in Florida in the eighties if you get my drift. Anyway. it's pretty f*****g cool that this site is here, and more than likely I know some of you cats.ZETA7 had abig part in making me the person I am today. And that's not so bad.
Eric - 4.12.2012
I haven't had a chance to think about what to do with the goodie bags yet, and am open to suggestions!
Mike Zarek - 4.11.2012
Eric, what did you decide to do with the Zeta bags? Please let me know.
Eric - 4.9.2012
Hello Lee and everyone in radioland! Life seems to be stuck on FF lately, but I do like to stick my head in here every now and then... seems to be a bit quiet lately. I haven't been able to get Live365 to play on any of my computers for awhile. Everything looks normal but whenever I hit play, a message appears stating that the station will begin playing momentarily, but no music. I'll look into my setup when I get a chance. Did I miss out on shirts? I still want one! Thanks for the Facebook heads up!
Lee Arnold - 3.30.2012
Hi Sam. Where did everyone else go? Facebook? Miss you guys.
sam - 3.24.2012
Lee Arnold - 3.23.2012
Miss you guys.
Lee Arnold - 3.21.2012
Cindy, that TShirt will go out tomorrow. ENJOY!!
Lee Arnold - 3.21.2012
WORJ is sounding pretty darn good. Still tweaking the processing. Let me know what you think.
Lee Arnold - 3.16.2012
We are celebrating 5 years since the WORJ IRadio station launched. I have been busy reloading over 5000 songs into the computer. Working now on the processing for it to sound great. If you want to check it out, remember that over the next couple days the sound will IMPROVE 200%. This is my mission. I have put in hundreds of hours on this re-launch. Soon WORJ.COM will be the BEST Internet based station that there is. STAY TUNED and thanks for your support, both morally and financially. It is way appreciated.
Hi All - 3.1.2012
I am a May 1971 to Sept. 1971er at the Transmitter site on Avalon Road. Worked nights on the weekend. Anybody ever get something to eat at the Maryland Fried Chicken on HWY 50? The transmitter site was perfect for visiting girls.
Chuck - 2.27.2012
Marcia who posted on 8.18.2011, I also worked at Nuthin Butt. But, out of the warehouse. Those were some great times. Are you tracking this?
Greg - 2.2.2012
This labor camp was just down the road a click (south) from WORJ FM studio and tower in Winter Garden when I worked there and was still in operation. It was like going back to the dark ages everytime I drove by it. Anyone remember it that worked at WORJ? ------http://www.orlandosentinel.com/os-skulls-bones-human-remains-20120201,0,5163594.story
Don Gilliland - 2.2.2012
... and a Happy Ground Hog Day to everyone out there in WORJ land. There isn't a week that goes by that I don't listen to something and remember: I first heart that on WORJ back in the mid 70s! Great music never fails.
Richard - 1.30.2012
Sorry if one is found please email rickyv496@yahoo.com
Richard - 1.30.2012
Hey loooking for a Zeta7 tag can any one help?
Steve Mack - 1.27.2012
THOM ROBINSON?!! Damn, I HAVE been away from this board too long! Saw the note from you, Thom (9/15/2011). If you venture this way again, email me at ssmcmahan@embarqmail.com.
Steve Mack - 1.27.2012
I have to say one of my all-time favorite moments at WORJ was Chal Martina's statement: "We got your horsie.." as delivered during a media day event at Disney World's River Country. A Very PROUD Moment, indeed.
matt mangione - 1.19.2012
I have a zeta7 tag. How much would it sell for in mild condition?
Wayne Mereck - 1.7.2012
Thanks Tommy! Happy New Year. This is still a great place to return to, even if it was long ago. Peace
TWilliams - 1.2.2012
Happy New Year & Happy (belated) Birthday to Wayne! Hope it was a good one Bro!
Mike Zarek - 1.2.2012
Eric, my condolences on your recent loss.
Eric - 1.1.2012
(damned thieving post office) ;-)
Eric - 1.1.2012
... my ZETA card is still in the carved wood box where I first put it, tucked into the clear vinyl sleeve of a pocket postal scale I acquired at about the same time.
Eric - 1.1.2012
I hope everyone here had a happy holiday, or at least survived another changing of the calendar without too much angst. I apologize for not following up with my earlier proposal regarding the (empty) ZETA goody bags, but the last few months have not been kind; my older sister (who still lives in the Orlando area) was diagnosed with lung cancer, followed shortly by the unexpected death of my wife, my sweetheart of the last 14 years. Life is a highway, and I'm going to be driving on a donut for a few miles yet, but would still like to use those goodie bags for the benefit of this site. There are about 20 of them and they measure approximately 9" x 22 1/2" in size. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!
Lee Arnold - 12.31.2011
Happy, Happy New Year!!
Lee Arnold - 12.24.2011
Mike Zarek - 12.22.2011
I was at my parents house last weekend and found a couple of the old Zeta7 discount cards. Now they can sit for years in a box at my house! And so it goes.... lol
William - 12.20.2011
Howdy! I'm new to this forum but I just wanted to know if anyone knows where I can get a Zeta 7 license plate? I've scoured the internet, eBay, Craigslist, etc. I'm willing to pay handsomely. Please email me! PFC2022@AOL.com
Lee Arnold - 12.19.2011
Rick deserves the space to respond to Jeff's lengthy retort about what is obviously remembered differently by each of them. After Rick's reply, that's it. No More. This is the WORJ Board. This is meant as a place to share pleasant memories and share good times. Thank you.
Casual Observer - 12.17.2011
While I know it's not generally Lee's policy to edit this board (I assume it's Lee who has control of the content), I'd have to say I was glad to see the last posting from Rick removed. I have no idea what "the truth" between Rick and Jeff is... I doubt I'll ever know, and (I bet like most who frequent this board), I don't care. However, at ,east Jeff's posts were humorous and entertaining. Just judging from quite some time of lurking, my guess is that vitriol was NOT the reason Lee began all this...
kenaero - 12.11.2011
I remember working with Neal at WUCF in 1980, loved the open feel, before the UCF takeover. Jocks had a certain freedom same as Zeta7, afterwards I left. No Big band for me.
J - 12.10.2011
Sorry long ago, but you're wrong. Maybe things didn't work out for you in Orlando, but for many of us it was the whistle stop that changed our lives - made all the difference. I left, but I took all that I learned about myself and about so many other things, an applied them in a life that has been good and rich. Don't paint us all with the same brush, we are what we made of ourselves - if what you constructed didn't wear well, blame the builder, not the place where the construction took place.
jo - 12.10.2011
long ago, if that was true than i would not still to this day be turning folks who drive around with zeta tags upside down, on to the station online, followed by the appreciative smile from that person with a thumbs up included. this happened to me again, just yesterday. hope it gets better for you bro!
Lee Arnold - 12.2.2011
Long ago sounds like someone who Failed in Orlando.
LongAGO - 11.26.2011
Once one leaves O-Town all that is written here is meaningless and the players are, for the most part, unknown. The petty disagreements are the work of talentless zeros who remain bound to a small backward burg.
Wayne Mereck - 11.20.2011
Eric, I'll buy two also. Let us know what you figure out.
Mike Zarek - 11.19.2011
Count me in for two.....
Eric - 11.16.2011
I think it's a great idea to sell them off to benefit the site! When I get back home this weekend I'll take a closer look at them and we'll see what can be set up.
Mike Zarek - 11.15.2011
I recall them always being put to good use, but they never got me any discounts from the "merchants" whose products they were used with ... ;-)
Wayne Mereck - 11.15.2011
Greg,Mike, I looked back in my eBay history and saw that I purchased a couple of ZETA7 discount cards or what ever they got used for from Z-rail. I tuned brother Jim on to one when I was in the Big "O" in 07. Unfortunately he couldn't give me a discount at Freddy's.
Mike Zarek - 11.14.2011
Wayne/Greg: I would like that contact info also. Thx!!
wayne Mereck - 11.14.2011
Greg-Thanks for the tip. I actually just put in the bid amount that when added to the shipping cost was what I was willing to pay. I have fun on eBay. Win some lose some. If you have contact info on the guy you could email me, that would be great. Cheers
Greg - 11.14.2011
Jeff Cohen - 11.10.2011 And I thought the Defense opening in the Casey trial was over-the-top. You give Neckcheese more credit than is do. Sorry you lost the ZETA Bags Wayne, I guess I sould have just sent you an e-mail and not posted it here. There is an art to bidding though, put in a last second bid or just pre-bid your highest bid in the beginning. The guy that is selling that stuff is an Orlando local that use to hang out at WLOF back in the old days. He collected lots of radio stuff over the years. I'm sure if you contact him he may have more WORJ stuff he will sell you direct. He is an honest guy and is into railroad items also. I'm into collecting and eating anything with sugar in it especially baked goods.
Mike Zarek - 11.14.2011
I'll buy one/some of 'em ... let me know ....
Wayne Mereck - 11.13.2011
Eric, you did good on the bags. You beat me by $0.25. Let us know what you decide to do with them. Cheers
Wayne Mereck - 11.13.2011
I put a bid on the Zeta 7 bags. I was thinking of selling them to get some money to help out WORJ.com. Its a good cause. I'd be willing to give $5 a bag and pay S/H. My $0.02 Cheers
Casual Observer - 11.12.2011
Exhaustive search, tons of google hours under my belt... and I have come to the conclusion that NOBODY in Peoria rubs cheese on anything...
Jeff Cohen - 11.12.2011
Hi, nice to see you again. You look great, have you lost weight? Working out? Wonderful. re: international usage of cheese: Inquiring minds with obviously not a helluva lot to do with their spare time want to know why there are so many audio stores using the old Sounds Unlimited slogan, "we don't rub cheese on your neck." Your virtual reporter decided to investigate. As exciting as it might be to learn that the marriage between non-sequatorial phrases co-mingling cheese, rubbing, necks and audio gear has been a long and happy one, the truth is this: I could only find 2 stores, both in Tennessee, using the phrase. Store #1. Robert Wallace of Bob's Heating & Air in Decatur, Ga. was once an Orlando resident who thought the commercials were "hilarious." When he finally put his business online, (Bob’s a “Heating & Air” kinda fella) he "figured, why the hell not," and added a paraphrased version of the cheese phrase. The fact that he sat on this bombshell of an idea for close to 40 years, furtively waiting for just the right time to strike with his marketing magic makes Bob, if not the whole sordid story, a bit curious. Store #2: In 1993, Rik's Music, a small guitar shop, opens in Knoxville. Perhaps armed with inside information that Knoxville was America’s # 1 City in the category of “Overly Cautious People Plagued with an Irrational fear of being Gouged in the Goiter with Gorgonzola,” Rik moved swiftly to allay their fears by including in each of their radio and newspaper ads, “We Won't Rub Cheese On Your Neck.” In appreciation of Rik’s stated practice of keeping cheese and necks separate but equal, Knoxville residents make Rik’s a big success. Fast forward 4 years: Rik’s is the largest store of its kind in Knoxville. Perhaps it was the gratitude of the residents of Knoxvillve that the practice of keeping cheese and necks separate but equal would be respected at Rik's. Knoxville breathed a sigh of relief and in a gesture of gratitude for not rubbing cheese on their necks for over 4 one-hundredths of a century, Rik's thrived and quickly grew to be the largest store in Knoxville. In 1997, Rik's went online taking "we don't rub cheese on your neck" into the virtual ether. You can probably guess the rest of the story. Rik marries a malamute named Delrhonda, they have a litter of cute puppies with speakers embedded in their - only kidding - that was just a little bit of kidding # 1. and now back to our story, already in progress.... the internet exploded, and right away there are those blaming Israel, but this is a good thing. And that's the end of the story, everyone lived happily ever after except for the little old lady who lived down the lane who swallowed a fly - I don't know why she swallowed that fly, but her prognosis is grim. Little bit of kidding # 2. Actually, the little old lady gagged on the fly - passed away painfully and alone. Apparently she had a very narrow blow-hole. Okay, back to our story. In 2005 Rik's goes all fancy-shancy and changes their name to Sir Vivian Francis Hilary Smythe-Salmanowitz the 3rd. A little bit of kidding # 3 They call themselves RMC Audio. 3 years later they went all full-e-commerce on your face with a website so fancy you'll plotz (which was the ad slogan I had in my back pocket, should the Sounds Unlimited people discover their good sense and reject the cheese thing. Think of it, "Sounds Unlimited, Prices So Low, You'll Plotz! " And so we have a happy ending. Rik’s Guitar Shop, a.k.a., RMC AUDIO has had remarkable success, and not a nibble of cheese in sight But what about me, the guy who coined the cheese phrase that got America dancing again once again when he coined the phrase, “We Won’t Rub Cheese On Your Neck.” Rik’s now a member of the 1 Per Cent and me, I’m “Mr. 99 and a half won’t do, baby” – so broke that I am forced to buy generic non-individually wrapped "cheese food," by the slice? No worries for this boy. The past is just so much Brie under the bridge. I’m working something new involving cheese and rubbing. Of course this time we do the rubbing in a far more interesting place. I’ll give you a sneak preview of my new X-rated concept: FROMAGE FROTTAGE.
Eric - 11.12.2011
Well, I couldn't help myself and ended up winning the goodie bags auction. Now I need to figure out what to do with them. I do have a couple of friends in O'town that may appreciate them, but am at a loss as to what to do with those remaining. Any suggestions?
Casual Observer - 11.12.2011
Interesting... try googling "We won't rub cheese on your neck" (won't instead of don't) - it comes up several times for ad campaigns (always for stereo shops, I think) across the country. Any reason for that?
Rudi - 11.12.2011
Bravo! Finally someone has said what we've all known forever. The emperor is naked and it's not a pretty sight. Bravo Jeff Cohen, for putting into words what I've been waiting to witness for almost all of my adult life and for doing it with abundant wit and clarity. This may be the most entertaining piece of literature I've read in a very long time. I can't wait to show this to my husband. Rick....... Liar, Liar, Pants on fire.
Lee Arnold - 11.11.2011
Jeff Cohen - 11.10.2011
Holy Cow! That book-length screed that I just posted will give anyone with a head a headache if they attempt to read it. Obviously, short, concise posts are what is called for here, not what looks like a novel made out of one long run-on sentence. If interested, my suggestion is cut and paste the whole damn thing and pasting it onto an empty word file, and making a space every now and then. Later.
Jeff Cohen - 11.10.2011
Dear Rick, I don’t know if I ever had the opportunity to thank you for changing my life. You took a chance on me, a complete stranger with a slim resume and hired me to work at WORJ. At that point I was fighting what felt like a losing battle to make a living in radio in Boston and after my beloved friend, Joe Lambusta approached you, perhaps to ask you, as a favor, to give me a job, you consented. I lived in Orlando for a dozen years. I consider them to be the very best years of my life. It was in Orlando that I met people who, as I look back at my life, are my most cherished friends, Bill Cross, Neil Mirsky and my cherished buddy, Hanna. Orlando is also where I met the girl who became my wife and has been at my side since the night we met at the Funny Farm, in the back room at Park Avenue. So thanks for all that. Bill Cross told me about this very bizarre battle raging here, and suggested I check it out. Rick, I’ve had absolutely no interest in Sounds Unlimited or who did what or when since the day I was able to leave that part of my life behind and move forward. There’s no money at stake here and I can’t imagine how this could possibly matter to anyone – it’s been, what – 35 years or so since then? The weather in Richmond, Virginia (where I live) tomorrow will have more of an impact on my life than this could ever have and yet, because of your response to Bill’s post, and the claims you made in a prior post, I feel as if I have to respond. Your initial post in regard to this Sounds Unlimited/Cheese On Your Neck controversy was in response to a woman named Suzanne. I can’t say for sure, but I certainly recall an absolute stunner of a female receptionist that you had the foresight to place in the lobby of the ad agency in which I worked for you after you have the insight to hire me after we both we booted from WORJ on the same day. Her name was Sue. I know it’s of no consequence 35 years after the fact, but I sure wish I knew then that she thought I was cute. Damn. If all that existed on this board was your response to her – that “they don’t rub cheese on your neck” was your idea, I wouldn’t be taking the time to write this now. I’d think that it was Rick being Rick or perhaps be charitable and think that the years had clouded your memory of the facts, and go on living my life – a life that has nothing to do with 4 decade old creative copy. But, Rick, you made the mistake of accusing me of being dishonest, and let’s face facts here: you’re the one with that reputation, not me. I’d venture to say that if asked, “Based on your experience with the man, has it ever occurred to you that Rick Namey is less than a truthful person? Or even more to the point: “Based on your experience with the man, using things he has said to you or events that you have witnessed, would you say that you know him to have been less than truthful – even, dare I say it, a bald-faced liar, who was willing to cheat, swindle or slander anyone at any time for any reason?” My advice to anyone in the area would be to step back because I’m certain a raging tsunami of responses to the affirmative would be sure to follow. On the other hand, I’d be happily willing to have anyone I have ever worked with be asked similar questions, but even more to the point, I’d be thrilled to have anyone I’ve ever worked with be told that I had to take credit for an idea that wasn’t my own. Rick, since the day you gave me a job working for you at your agency I’ve made a very good living, and an impeccable reputation as a creative talent with unique ideas that have always been an extension of my own point of view. Let’s take a look at what you’ve stated here in your two posts and break your statements down, point by point. This should be relatively easy since in this case, I guess you Rick, and me, Jeff are the only two people who really know the truth, and I know, based on your last post, that since last I left your specious company, you and the truth are only barely acquainted. With the shoddiest of debating tactics – tactics of one not armed with either the facts or a defensible position – you’ve used half truth after half truth to attempt to disingenuously accuse me of doing what, in fact, is exactly what you, in truth are doing. Rick, you accused me of something that I have never done. Am I that pure, that honest that I would never take – in this case – an idea from someone else and claim it as my own? No. Fact is, I haven’t had the need. Again, I urge you to ask anyone who has ever worked closely with me and seen how I work. The one thing I have always been able to do is count on my own creativity to reach whatever my objective might be. So, let’s see what you claim: Jeff was a great usurper, taking credit for everything while doing nothing. And this is so because you say so? Anybody out there ever experience that I took credit for anything when that credit should have gone to somebody else? Actually, Rick, this tactic is part of your pathological makeup: you’re doing the very thing that you say I did. Clever? Only if you can prove it. I’ve got an unimpeachable repository of evidence that supports the fact that I have lived an endlessly creative life. As a morning radio host for more than 3 decades, I’ve had to write constantly – daily filling up to 4 hours a day with creative, comedic content. Here in Virginia my show was named “Best Morning Show in Virginia” 4 times by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and was inducted into the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In Orlando with Bill Cross, our show went from last place to first and was considered one of the great morning shows in Orlando radio history. When I left WHLY my show was still ranked # 1 12 plus. I’ve distinguished myself everywhere I’ve been. Anyone I’ve worked closely with will speak for me in regard to my integrity and my creativity. I don’t say these things to be boastful, it’s just that the pattern of my life reveals why what you say is an outright lie. Let’s continue with your claims, Rick: “The original reference to "Cheese on your neck" was in a spot for Twenty First Century Electronics, way before I ever knew Jeff and before the founding of Sounds Unlimited. It still exists. The character was named "Joe Average Freak" if you hear the spot, which still exists, you will recognize that the sense of humor is mine. The spot is one voice by a very nasal, very stoned character, doing a monologue about something totally off the wall, which is not an ad. At the end of the spot, there's a one line plug for the advertiser which follows the line, "Which has absolutely nothing to do with..." It was a very funny series that ran in "The King Biscuit Flower Hour."” Oh really? Rick do you know what the odds are that two different people, separated by thousands of miles would have come up with the words, “They Don’t Rub Cheese On Your Neck,” and used that phrase as an advertising slogan? That phrase is so distinctly bizarre and incongruous to, well to anything, that the likelihood of that sort of enlightening striking twice is an impossibility. And yet you claim that you came up with those words. How utterly bizarre! Because I know without chance of error, that, in fact, those words were conceived by yours truly. I also know that, again, using half truths and the fuzzy haze of multiple decades to obscure facts and circumstance to cloud the issue and hope for the best. No soap, Rick, old man. I’d bet the ranch that there was, in fact, a Twenty First Century Electronics and I’ll raise that bet that they may have sponsored the King Biscuit Flower Hour, and I’ve push all of my chips to the center of the table and bet that there was a character named “Joe Average Freak,” and that he mumbled stoned inanities etc. That is also a common debating technique – fog the issue with half truths hoping that some might recall that there was a sponsor named this on this show and this character was in their spots and maybe someone will say, “I remember that show – I remember that character...” But in no way does that prove a damned thing about what it is that I created, no you. Finally, you say, “I have lived with Jeff Cohen taking credit for my work for several decades. I don't care how many people he fooled, he and I know the truth. “ You’re right, Rick, I do know the truth. Here it is: you are a psychopath. Consider these character traits of a psychopath suffering from APD, or Antisocial Personality Disorder: “The main characteristic of it is a complete and utter disregard for the rights of others and the rules of society. They seldom show anxiety and don't feel guilt. There's really no effective treatment for them other than locking them up in a secure facility with such rigid rules that they cannot talk their way out.” Here are just some of APD traits: sense of entitlement; Unremorseful; Apathetic to others; Unconscionable behavior; Blameful of others; Manipulative and conning; affectively cold; Disparate understanding; socially irresponsible; Disregardful of obligations....” I’ve left out several that have bearing on this discussion. Anybody out there care to corroborate these claims? Finally I’d like to address what we might call, The Smoking Tape. You say that your commercial with Joe Average Freak “still exists.” That it says, “They don’t rub cheese on your neck”that“it’s still out there.” I’d love to hear it and be shown proof of when it ran. Because I still have the original commercial. And my notes. And all of the subsequent commercials. And the original improvised rant that spawned “they don’t rub cheese on your neck,” which was lifted from a creative session with my friend, Dr. Bernard Davidson, who in the years since became a respected psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatrist Studies in a state University system that I’m sure can be googled. I grew up with Buddy, he was my best friend and living with me in Orlando when during a crazy late night improve session, I came up with those words. The cassette tape was running. I’ve still got it and it was used in our first commercial and in a subsequent spot during the campaign in which Bill Cross and I won a best campaign addy in Orlando. The campaign asked customers to vote to Cut the Cheese or Save the Cheese, i.e., get rid of the Cheese phrase and advertising or retain in. In other words, I have all the audio evidence, all written evidence (meaning written and typed notes that are obviously products of an ancient culture where typewriters were used or in the case of the written notes, there can be little to no doubt of their age as well.) I have the dates the commercials ran – in fact, I have them in little boxes in which they were cradled and sent to radio stations who complained about the awful quality of my production. They were right, thank god I met Bill Cross, with whom I created an endless number of highly creative, wonderfully funny commercials that I’d be happy to send to Lee to post here at WORJ.COM. I challenge you to post your spots, Rick. Let’s see who needs to borrow from others. I’m 100% confident that the commercials I wrote before I met Bill and the spots that we created will be so superior to anything that you can submit that I’d be willing to allow visitors to this site vote – except that I can recall several incidents where you rigged contests and promotions – Gamble Rodgers anyone, and so I’d prefer that people simply decide for themselves and we’ll leave it at that. Rick, if my ideas and creative work came to an end after I worked for you, perhaps you’d at least get someone to believe you, but it hasn’t abated – it continued to be exhibited publicly regardless of where I’ve been and with whom I’ve worked – the one constant has been me. Again, this has meant zippo to me since the day I left it in my past and moved ahead to the next challenge. Apparently you’ve “lived with Jeff Cohen talking credit for my work for several decades...” with whom, Rick? Who the hell do you think I mentioned any of this to? Who do you think would care? People in Jacksonville, Raleigh, Richmond? That’s where I’ve been and I promise you, the subject has no come up. Rick, I wouldn’t touch anything that you had anything to do with. To claim that “I have lived with Jeff Cohen taking credit for my work for several decades, I don't care how many people he fooled, he and I know the truth,” is so sick that, frankly, you scare me. You always did. I couldn’t wait to get as far away from you as possible. You gave me the creeps then, and after reading what you wrote, I got them again. I have wasted more time on this than I can believe. Lee, I apologize for taking this much space on such a personal issue, but since my honesty was challenged here, this is where it had to be addressed. As such, I hope you’ll allow this to remain, because now that I’ve been publically called out, there’s a need for my response. I’ve enjoyed reading back as far as I could here and it’s a wonderful place. So many memories. I’m coming back to continue reading everyone’s posts about my favorite place, my favorite time and what was my favorite radio station. Thanks again, Bill, for coming to my defense, I’ve always felt that the Sounds Unlimited Commercials that we did were some of the best work of my life and I’m quite proud of them. That’s why I’ve kept every single one of them. And the notes. And the dates. Rick, your best move here is either a public apology, a long vacation at the bottom of Lake Eola, or better, yet, keep your lying mouth shut when my name is mentioned and, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, why don’t you “pretend that we never have met.”
Rick - 11.9.2011
Hi Bill, long time. I consider you a friend regardless. You forgot to mention that you worked for me for a while. I am not surprised that you remember the campaign from Jeff's standpoint. I'm sorry, but you do have it wrong. Jeff was a great usurper, taking credit for everything while doing nothing. The original reference to "Cheese on your neck" was in a spot for Twenty First Century Electronics, way before I ever knew Jeff and before the founding of Sounds Unlimited. It still exists. The character was named "Joe Average Freak" if you hear the spot, which still exists, you will recognize that the sense of humor is mine. The spot is one voice by a very nasal, very stoned character, doing a monologue about something totally off the wall, which is not an ad. At the end of the spot, there's a one line plug for the advertiser which follows the line, "Which has absolutely nothing to do with..." It was a very funny series that ran in "The King Biscuit Flower Hour." I have lived with Jeff Cohen taking credit for my work for several decades. I don't care how many people he fooled, he and I know the truth. It's obviously not what you think.
Wayne Mereck - 11.4.2011
Would anyone have a usable WORJ sticker. I am in the process of adorning my Yellow Submarine 3 (Fiat 500) and would love to put one on it. Texas is a 2 plate state, so I can't put my license tag on it sano.
Wayne Mereck - 11.3.2011
Greg, I wonder what they were used for? ;0)
Greg - 11.3.2011
Wayne, here are some ZETA bags I saw on on E Bay to go with your WORJ dirt. ------http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380382225007&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:1123
Lee Arnold - 11.2.2011
Wayne. Thank you sooo much for your Donation to the WORJ cause. You are the Best and your kindness will not be forgotten.
Wayne Mereck - 11.2.2011
Just stepping up for a good cause. I am glad I can help. Cheers
Lee Arnold - 11.2.2011
Any and All Donations for the upkeep of this website and the WORJ.com IRadio Project would be truly appreciated. I'm finding that the expenses of both things are starting to really tax me personally. As the expenses for both continue to increase, my own discretionary income, seems to be going down. I seldom ask for help on these projects, but if anyone can help, now would be the perfect time. I know everyone is facing economic issues, so I understand if you can't help at this time. The DONATE BUTTON to the right accepts PAYPAL, Visa, Mastercard etc. THANK YOU.
BillC - 11.1.2011
Hi, Suzanne I think I can shed a little light on the great "Sounds Unltd./We don't rub cheese on your neck" controversy. I was Allen Ury's roommate during the time he worked for Rick Namey's agency. Later I also worked with Jeff Cohen both on the Sounds Unlimited account and on a morning show at Y-106. I still am in frequent contact with them both. I used to have a copy of the very first Sounds Unltd. radio spot. whether I got it from WORJ's archives or Sounds archives, I can't remember. But I do remember the actual spot quite well as we reused that actual audio in another commercial. It featured two characters. Both of those characters were unmistakeably voiced by Jeff Cohen. The writing was also in that loose improvisational style Jeff favored until I started working with him. I would bet my last dollar that Jeff was the copywriter on that spot. The style of humor was much more like his than Rick's. The spot opens with Jeff saying: "Right now at Sounds Unlimited, they do not rub cheese on your neck." So again, I would give more credence to your version of the tale. Jeff left Namey's employ, but Rick retained the Sounds account. That was when Allen Ury went to work for him. That was also when Rick & Allen won a national award for a Sounds Unltd. TV spot they collaborated on. It was a Star Wars take-off that featured a gigantic wedge of cheese outfitted like a space ship. That prop was built in the living room of our apartment. It was great spot and deserved the award it won, but the style of humor is nothing like Jeff's. IIRC Rick closed his agency at some point and Sounds went back to Jeff asking him to take over their advertising. That was when Jeff contacted me to collaborate with him. We continued to handle their account for a number of years and were also fortunate to win several local Addys for our radio spots. As I said, we actually re-used the first Sounds Unltd. radio spot in another commercial we created. I still have a copy of that second commercial so the original spot has stayed fresh in my memory.
Lee Arnold - 11.1.2011
November 30th is my new self imposed deadline for the re-launch of WORJ.com IRadio station.
Lee Arnold - 10.28.2011
Still working on the re-launch of WORJ.com IRadio station. Going slower then I'd hoped. May be November 30th instead of October 31st. Just not enough hours in the day for all this data entry. It will be worth it when it's done. Paying for lots of band width. It will be really cool.
Joshua "Ray Jay" Johnson - 10.27.2011
Greetings! If anyone can put me on the trail to a ZETA7 license plate, I'd surely appreciate it. It has to be in pretty good condition. I've scoured my FL hometown and a few junkyards looking for a some of the relics of my childhood and the ZETA7 tags are really scarce. Help?! Please shoot me an email to: DEARJOSH@AOL.com.
Rick - 10.20.2011
Jo, Don't remember any xray tech named Ted 0 doesn't mean it wasn't mine, memory being what it is. Had a character named "Joe Average Freak" who was pretty well received. Joe promoted the King Biskit Flour Hour where we gave away free pizza every week. In one such promo, he uttered the phrase "Please don't rub cheese on my neck," speaking about the pizza. This was well before I ever heard of Jeff Cohen. I believe he was still in his native New York at the time, going to school.
jo - 10.19.2011
correction: subject matter of commercial was not a store at that time. it was before the store...
jo - 10.19.2011
to rick n. - so, i always wanted to ask you if you were responsible for the commercials that described a certain x-ray tech named ted as well. i will go no further with the descriptions, if indeed they were your commercials, you would know what store they were for. kind of a lol.
Wayne Mereck - 10.14.2011
Tommy, will do. I have started a commitee "Texas Sucks, But They Love It!" We carry on. Cheers
TWilliams - 10.14.2011
Hey Wayne~YES,please do send pics as you can my friend!Hope all is well in Tejas
Rick - 10.11.2011
Nancy, I just read your post. I'm on Facebook as Rick Namey. My son is Ricky Namey - he's on there too with his band Biteboy. He looks just like I did back then and rocks out! But that's another story. I have a lot of the old Cheese Campaign, including the award winning TV spots. BTW, Suzanne, Jeff Cohen was not working at the agency when we won the National Addy Award. The creative director was a kid name Alan Uri. I wrote the spots and Alan produced many of them. I produced several myself. Anyway, Nancy, If you friend me on Facebook, I'll try to arrange to get you dubs of some of the old tapes.
Rick - 10.11.2011
Obviously, the last post was mine. Sorry about the error.
Suzanne - 10.11.2011
Suzzanne, I have no idea who you are but I wish I had some of what you've been smoking. Jeff Cohen did work for me, but he did NOT come up with the ad campaign that I won the National Addy Award for, nor was there any meeting like you described. I met with Sounds Unlimited, signed them and launched their ad campaign well before I ever hired Jeff.
Lee Arnold - 10.10.2011
Hey Mike : How are you? Where are you? What are you doing? : how's your Dad? Got any more pix to add? My email is lee@leearnold.com : give me a holler. Regards Lee
Mike Z - 10.8.2011
hey Lee and all. I just stumbled upon this site and it looks like I have hours to spend reading. I got my start in broadcasting during the "Golden Era" of 'ORj under the tutelage of Lee and Mike L. Doug, Steve. We had some cool co-workers from the ORL side like Randy M and Bob C. Formative years indeed for me. Im honored to see my pic on here and to see some of my snapshots, I was a photo-bug in that day!
Wayne Mereck - 10.7.2011
Oh yah and Glenridge Junior High also
Wayne Mereck - 10.7.2011
If anybody out there can get in touch with Mike Logan's sister Michelle, tell her I say Hi, long time. We started at St. Margaret Mary 1-4 grade. We ended up graduating from Winter Park. I won't say the year for her sake. Peace
Lee Arnold - 10.2.2011
I meant October 31st for the Re-Launch of WORJ IRadio Station. Sorry.
Wayne - 10.2.2011
Tommy, thank you very much brother for the ZETA7 tag. I will send a pic of my growing WORJ/zeta7 museum. I hope to see you 12/12 when I head home for Christmas with the family. Cheers and many thanks
Lee Arnold - 9.28.2011
Hey jo : XOXOXO : You are the Best.
jo - 9.28.2011
there is no doubt in my mind that you will have the market cornered on "FIDELIC". thanks for all that you do lee!!!
Lee Arnold - 9.27.2011
Thanks jo. I've been putting in lots of hours for the last couple months getting ready to re-launch WORJ.COM Radio. After a complete computer melt, I scraped together the money for the COMPUTER that will really allow the station to be BIG, WIDE and FIDELIC. Converting over 5000 songs, loading them in and entering them into the OS has been a chore, but by October 1st, WORJ.COM should be big and bad. Thank you one and all for your support, both as Listeners and Financial Supporters. It is much appreciated as you know there is NO Revenue In, Only Expenses Out. Get Ready. It's gonna Kick Ass.
Greg - 9.27.2011
Jo, I saw the same guy here in Bozeman, Montana. I took his picture, here is the link. http://www.freakingnews.com/pictures/23500/Old-Hippie-23668.jpg
jo - 9.27.2011
i was driving down the altamonte/longwood side of town today and spotted what looked at first impression to be "an old hippie in a nice pick up" with an upside down zeta 7 tag. now before i went all arms out the car window on the guy, i did check to make certain that it was an upside down 7 and not a 4 after the zeta; then i went all arms out the window of the car on the guy. we finally cought up with each other at a red light and i explained to him that i wasn't crazy, just had noticed the tag, he said thanks and then i turned him on to this site explaining lee and his labor of love. he thanked me again and the light went green. it was pretty refreshing. hope he finds the site.
Wayne Mereck - 9.24.2011
Well WORJ>COM may be back on the air. I am looking into getting a license for a community low power FM (LPFM) station. I plan to broadcast WORJ.COM to SW Fort Worth. I will keep you ya'll updated. Cheers
Wayne Mereck - 9.15.2011
Greg, yeah times have changed. I remember seeing those towers near Dubstread. I also remember the TV tower, to long ago to remember WESH maybe, by Winter Park drive in and watching the light blink during boring moments in the movie. Cheers
Greg - 9.15.2011
Wayne Mereck - 9.13.2011 -----You are welcome buddy. When I got the soil, a long time ago, it was where the tower stood, the small building was still there with weeds grown up from the road and the entire area. The orange groves were still there but not for long. Now the groves are all gone and a bankrupt housing development took their place, not a tree of any kind in sight. There are about two dozen homes finished with some sold and the others in all states of being finished, some just a concrete pad and others about 3/4 done. They all are surrounded with tall weeds and it's been that way since the government caused crash of 2008. I doubt the people who bought the few homes will remain, many choosing the foreclosure route. I may make another trip out there, it's been awhile since I drove out and got depressed with the stupidity of it all. BTW, the original orange WORJ sticker read.---- "WORJ is everywhere underground 107.7. " The O in WORJ was like an orange. I still have one stuck on my dresser mirror. When we first went on the air with the FM WORJ, we called it "underground rock." We were trying to be different than everyone else and were. Soon after we started Woodstock happened and we were at the right place at the right time, WLOF 95 AM was soon to be toast. Even the teenyboppers abandoned them. Just as the late 50's and early 60's ushered in rock & roll, we were part of the new rock and all things hippie. I didn't know a damn soul who had a party going on at their apartment or home who didn't have WORJ FM pouring out of the speakers of their "quad" system. I worked at WKIS 740 AM, the towers and building are all gone, same as WHOO 990 AM where the towers remain but the studio is gone. The first station I worked at, when I was 16 years old and a junior at Boone High School, is still there on Hazard Street near Dubstread golf course, WABR 1440 AM, now Hispanic talk radio. The towes can still be seen from I-4 near Princeton Ave. WORJ FM 107.7, the Winter Garden station that gave listeners a Mt Dora address.
Thom Robinson - 9.15.2011
Well when David Sousa took over as PD at WORJ, I was still doing mornings at WDIZ. I remember actually saying on the air at DIZ that "We're w-d-i-z: the station that has a Z in our name." Anyway, Neil Mursky fired me for saying "booger" on the air, I think the GM was pss'd-off because Smugglers at Altamonte wouldn't play the Rolling Stones during our ratings party there and I zinged them on the air a little. So, Mursky used it to get me canned and hire his bud from Tampa. Anyway, Sousa gives me a break and an overnight gig for a while, then I end up doing mornings there until the end. It was fun and crazy and cool. I got along okay with Sousa. I didn't always agree with him but I always knew he was the P.D. and not me. Still, it stung when I resigned at the format change to JOY and some of those guys stayed...although unlike me, they did continue to get a paycheck. ZETA was a great time and perhaps a fitting way to end the era of progressive radio that we all knew and loved. Radio nowadays sucks. I did almost 30 years of knocking around in it & then I got a real job in communications. But, I do miss the good ol' days, free records, girls, toot, concert tickets. How do the fools survive, my friends. Keep on rockin' in the free world. -Thom Robinson in Washingon DC
Wayne Mereck - 9.13.2011
Greg, I got the soil and it wouldn't make me happier if it were from the moon. I know it is from a grove, because I grew up by the Genius Groves in Winter Park and we used to play there as kids. It now resides prominently in front of my WORJ tag on the shelf. Cheers!
Mike Cooper - 9.13.2011
I'd agree with Lee and say that the pre-1975 years were my favorite as a WORJ listener. It was exciting from the very beginning when WORJ first started, evenings only. I'll certainly agree with Lee that 1972-75 was WORJ in its prime. (Just as WGVL hit its prime just after 1975, thanks to Lee's arrival.)
Lee Arnold - 9.12.2011
Hey Eric. Currently out of Tshirts. Waiting for some more.
eric - 9.11.2011
Lee, Just wanted to join in with favorite periods; mine was '72-'78, after that it just wasn't the same, and I missed the early years :-( Are there still any shirts available? I tried to procure one awhile back, but no luck. Keep up the great work!
Wayne Mereck - 9.10.2011
Kevin, that's like asking is that still all your hair or a topee? ;o) Cheers!
Kevin - 9.9.2011
If that's you, Suzanne P. please get in touch, Kevin R - from across the street. Still there. I remember you going on and on about that crazy place you worked forever ago. o = Ho[pe you're stil as hot as you were when we were kisds .
Sky Blue - 9.9.2011
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Suzanne - 9.8.2011
Hi, it's been a blast reading the entries on this site. Regarding the They Don't Rub Cheese on Your Neck question, I can answer that question with absolute certainty. One of first jobs was as a receptionist, etc. at an ad agency where I actually witnessed it happening. The store was Sounds Unlimited Hi Fi Centers. One day a bunch of kids showed up for a meeting with the owner of the agency, who was indeed, Rick Namey. Rick apparently forgot about the appointment and the creative director, the person who actually came up with the most of the ideas used in their commercials, Jeff Cohen, came out to meet him. He was a tall, cute guy with lots of hair - very sweet, funny - I probably had a crush on him. He had been working on a head shop commercial - they told him that they were promised a demo commercial so they could see what kind of commercial our company might do for them. Jeff asked the name of their company and said he was working on it and would be right there. A few minutes later he invited them into the studio. When they left they were laughing and beaming from ear to ear. When they left I asked him what he had done. He hadn't been told about them and hadn't prepared anything for them. What he had done was to remove the name of the head shop company, I don't remember what it was called, and put in their name. The commercial had some crazy guy raving about not getting cheese rubbed on his name at Sounds Unlimited. They told him that they loved it and that they'd bring their parents in a few days to work out a deal. When they left, Jeff told me, "those are the dumbest people I've ever met." Maybe not, as they did quite well, as I remember. Jeff told me that he had written the commercial years before in college, as a joke and couldn't believe that people took it seriously. From what I recall, he left a few months later to work in radio, which is where I listened to him for years. I always listened for his commercials for years after that, they got wilder and were always very, very funny and also seemed to sell the product, which he told me was how he would make sure to keep them as clients - it's been decades and decades since then, but I remember those days clearly. I recognized his voice doing the commercials or years, ever remember them on some sort of TV show he did. Then one day, he disappeared. My cousin Mapes comes here quite regularly and she asked me to look this up. I'm glad I did, I loved those days. We got lots of free tickets to all of the shows that came to town. Mapes, thank you sweets. Jeff if you ever come here, hi, please look for me, my old last name will work.
Lee Arnold - 9.8.2011
Post 1979 : The ZETA Years. :-)
Lee Arnold - 9.8.2011
OK Mike. 4 Phases. . PRE 1972 : 1972-1975 : 1975-1978 The Tom Yates years : Post 1978 (the ZETA Years). Obviously for me, the "1972-1975" phase is my favorite. :-)
Wayne Mereck - 9.8.2011
Lee, keep an eye open for some Costa Rica's finest. Cheers
Wayne Mreck - 9.7.2011
Hey Greg, if you email me at ad5qg@yahoo.com, I will send you my address where to send the hallowed soil. Cheers!
Mike Cooper - 9.4.2011
Lee: It's not accurate to call 1975 onwards the Zeta years as the Zeta change didn't occur until 1979. Don: Nice to see you here. The Import Hour was fun to do, at an exciting time music-wise. I've heard others mention it as a highlight of WORJ in the "Zeta-era."
Greg - 9.4.2011
Lee Arnold - 9.3.2011 I guess that makes me part of the Alan Sheppard, John Glenn era, I can live with that. Mercury====Apollo====Shuttle
Lee Arnold - 9.3.2011
WORJ's History can be broken down into 3 phases. PRE 1972 : 1972-1975 : Post 1975 (the ZETA Years). Each comes with it's own stories, triumphs and defeats. I am proud to have been a part of the "1972-1975" phase. I like to think of that as WORJ's GOLDEN ERA.
TWilliams - 9.3.2011
Wayne, your name is on a Zeta plate ! I'll be in touch Bro. Peace
Greg - 9.1.2011
People come and go in the radio business. I love this story that involves Tom Doyle who was the second manager I worked for at WORJ and later the manager at WHOO when I worked there. No, even the managers don't last long. Anyway, to the story-----FROM CFR (Central Florida Radio History)-------------------- Wayne Trout Biography WDBO WORJ WLOF WKIS WWNZ We asked Wayne for his biography for the site. He provided a very entertaining insight. "Well, here's the short version. I've worked in Central Fl radio for over 30 years. Started as a news trainee with WDBO-AM 580 in 1968. Hired by WORJ-FM 107.7 as announcer/news director 1969. Employed there until a co-employee broke me up and I laughed my way thru an entire newscast. Manager Tom Doyle stopped me in front of the station, and as he caught his finger in the heavy glass door, told me if I ever did it again, I'd be fired. Well, (I love Tom and have worked with him since) I don't remember exactly what I told him, however I do know my employment ended at that time..... ----------Wayne goes on to give the rest of his radio history. He was big in Orlando's radio history. Radio, not where you go for a secure future with retirement benefits but it was a joy during my youth.
Wayne Mereck - 9.1.2011
Greg, Mike and Rick, thanks for expanding on the true history. Cheers
Don Gilliland - 8.31.2011
Great post from the mighty Mike Cooper. His import hour was a joy to listen to late at night. That's where I first heard OMD: Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark. Not your standard FM radio fare at the time, but that's what made it so delicious.
Wayne Mereck - 8.30.2011
I started at FTU in 1974 and finally graduated in 1984 from UCF.
Wayne Mereck - 8.30.2011
BTW, I a fellow alumni of FTU/UCF class of '84. Cheers
Wayne Mereck - 8.30.2011
Greg, now that's an offer. I will eventually ask that the soil be placed in my urn before it all goes in the Atlantic off Cocoa Beach. Much grass. ad5qg@yahoo.com
Greg - 8.30.2011
Wayne Mereck, I went to the trouble to go to the old WORJ-FM 107.7 site in Winter Garden and collected 5 lbs of dirt. I will send you 1 ounce to go with your ZETA tag. I think they would make a good match for your display. There may be some old dog poop mixed in from Ralphs Great Danes he kept at the station back in 1970. Ralph worked the 6am to noon shift, I came in and did the noon to 6. It was a long drive from UCF to the station, no Expressway then but the gas was cheap, 25.9.
Greg - 8.30.2011
1 hour of WBJW BJ105 Orlando from 11-23-73 This is more for the spots than the music.--- http://www.futurecast.com/radiostations/wbjw.htm
Wayne Mereck - 8.30.2011
Tommy, and jo thanks for jogging my memory. I would like a Zeta 7 tag for my museum. Hope you are well and in the new abode. Take care.
Greg - 8.30.2011
Scott Harris died from kidney cancer yesterday at the age of 64. He once worked at WORJ FM 107.7 before going into the TV news business. Here is a video of him at work.---- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FBWv_1ds7c
Greg - 8.29.2011
Mike Cooper - 8.26.2011 ----------Great post Mike. Most people don't know the reason the FM station went full time. When I first started working at WORJ AM FM my shift was at the AM station at #1 North Orange Av. My shift was 10AM to 2PM Mon-Sat. We took the transmitter readings from the FM station via remote, (nobody was out there in Winter Garden). One day the FCC shows up and says the readings were wrong. At first the management put someone out at the FM transmitter just to take readings. Soon the management figures out it would be smart to just let the FM go full time "Underground rock." I also made the switch to the FM station at the same time and so it was born, the rest is history. BTW, Pete Forgione is my brother-in law. His last job in radio was in Palm Springs, Ca. He now lives near his son and grandkids in Pittsburg. Pa.. BTW, those Orange WORJ stickers, I have one posted on my bedroom mirror. I use to keep a roll of them and post them all over message boards at FTU (UCF).---Greg
Greg - 8.29.2011
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/obituaries/os-scott-harris-obit-20110828,0,40353.story Worked at WORJ FM
Greg - 8.29.2011
ott Harris Loses His Battle With Kidney Cancer 8-29-11 Scott Harris has died from kidney cancer this morning. He was born Vincent McGough. Scott was a graduate of Edgewater High School and the University of Central Florida. Survivors include a son, Emery McGough, and three siblings: Jane McGough of New York City, Sue McGough of Central Florida and Tom McGough of Tallahassee. Details of a memorial service have not yet been announced. Scott Harris Enters Hospice 8-28-11 Hal Bodecker from the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that veteran TV and radio broadcaster Scott Harris has entered Orlando’s Hospice of the Comforter. Scott is battling kidney cancer. His friends and family are asking people to send their thoughts and prayers to him via his Facebook page. Scott worked on a few stations in Central Florida before leaving radio for TV. Scott worked at WNFI-FM 99.9/WFKS-FM 99.9, WORJ-FM 107.7 and WDBO-AM 580. We send along positive thoughts and heartfelt prayers to Scott and his family.-----From CFL Radio History--- Me and Scott went to UCF (then FTU) at the same time and he worked at WORJ FM after I left the station.---Greg
TWilliams - 8.29.2011
jo is right, it was Sounds Unlimited not rubbing cheese on your neck. Wayne, I still have several Zeta plates;traded a dark blue background plate for original WMMS bumperstickers.I didnt like that the plate said Dixie Redding ScreenPriniting on it...
jo - 8.29.2011
nancy, it was sounds unlimited hi fi and stereo.
Lee Arnold - 8.28.2011
Thanks Mike.
Mike Cooper - 8.26.2011
It is true that Zeta 7 was not the WORJ we knew and loved. I thought it ridiculous to use "Zeta" for a set of call letters that did not include a "Z" (unlike WINZ/Zeta-4, from which the idea was copied). I worked at WORJ at the time of the "Zeta" change. We were saddled with a clueless Program Director, but I think it would be accurate to say that everyone who worked on air for Zeta 7 during this period fully appreciated WORJ's long tradition and history. We did our best to maintain that style and approach as long as we could, in the face of a "Superstars"-formatted WDIZ. (I was fired from WDIZ, likely as the result of the Lee Abrams memo saying "if your music director knows and loves music, get rid of him." Mercifully, WORJ hired me less than a week later.) Just before and during the Zeta 7 period, we still had some flexibility in what we played, especially late at night. We tried to carry on the WORJ spirit in our on-air approach, our choice of music and even our segues. And WORJ was still leading the pack when it came to exposing new music. Its influence was well known. I can't count the number of times record promo guys would, when I was at WDIZ, tell me that WORJ got the record first, got the promotion first, got the interview that WDIZ would never be offered. (And, as a longtime fan myself, I inwardly cheered for WORJ and was happy that they got the scoop.) Zeta 7 was the beginning of the end for WORJ. Even then, I wondered how it could survive. I knew it was the end of the era for freeform-progressive radio, not just in Orlando, but around the country. It seemed unlikely that WORJ/Zeta could survive in the face of a tightly playlisted competitor. And, sure enough, after I (and at least one other) left, the station had three downwards ratings books and then changed to automated beautiful music. Zeta 7 was not the early WORJ, with Mike Lyons giving us news and Lee Arnold charming us. It had been a long time since the first WORJ "status symbols" -- a very small white button with "Underground 107.7" written in even smaller print and the subsequent bright-orange flower-shaped stickers (handy for posting in public places). We were on Mercy Drive, no longer in the 1 N. Orange building. But we still had that great transmitter studio, where there were as many albums inside as there were oranges in the groves outside. I grew up on WORJ from the very beginning, from the days when WORJ-AM was broadcast during the day when the FM signal first went on the air (when it was still bizarre to hear contemporary music on FM in stereo). I remember WORJ started off just being on in the evenings after 6pm, after a day of AM simulcasting (with Pete Forgione in the mornings). There was so much music I heard because of WORJ (for some reason, the memory of hearing a lengthy Savoy Brown boogie track one night in the dark has always stuck in my mind). And so many feature albums and BBC concerts that I taped and treasured. WORJ played great music, but also talked about it, and made us feel part of the scene. It was a special station at a special time. So, yeah, those of us who were there when it became Zeta 7 would agree that it wasn't the same. But anyone who says this should realize we did what we could to carry on the tradition. It was a bit like bailing water from a sinking boat, but bail we did. I have always felt lucky that, after a decade of holding WORJ in awe as a listener, I was able to be on the air there. Nobody liked the Zeta 7 moniker when the change was made, but, speaking for myself, everything I did at Zeta 7 was done with great respect for WORJ's long history -- from the very beginning to the very end.
Lee Arnold - 8.25.2011
Dear Tommy and Wayne : Thank you so much for your support. Truly appreciated!!!
Wayne Mereck - 8.25.2011
Rick, BTW, I understand, believe me. I now have more brown hair gone gray and more gray matter gone brown. We can save the world, so I've heard, and close the door to the bedroom. Cheers
Wayne Mereck - 8.25.2011
or was it Stereo Discount Warehouse?
Wayne Mereck - 8.25.2011
Nancy, Rick Namey was responsible for that madness. It was Stereo Warehouse commercials. Rick, can you help?
Nancy Garvin - 8.25.2011
This will be real quick and probably sound really dumb. Years and years and years ago there was a business that ran the funniest radio commercials in the history of the world. My husband and I were talking the other day and all we can remember is that they said that they didn't rub cheese on your neck. It was a hi fi store (remember them?) We both recall that the commercials ran on WORJ and that we actually would look forward to new ones each week. We lived in Orlando - Winter Park and Longwood, and didn't know each other at the time. We recall that we had to be in junior high and then in high, so it had to be from the mid seventies to the mid eighties? My husband actually had tears in his eyes remembering them. Here's my question, is there any chance in he** that anybody knows what I'm talking about and if there's any chance that those commercials can be found. I think my husband would p** his pants if I gave him a cd filled with those things. He told me that they were so good that there was no way they were destroyed. I have no idea and only found you when I went to google. I'll visit again and again now that I found you. I'd pay a small fortune for those things. Thank you. Nan G
Wayne Mereck - 8.23.2011
Were else would we have heard the full version of Mechanical World, but on 'ORJ in the day!
Greg (Anderson) - 8.22.2011
As one of the second or third DJ's hired when WORJ FM went on the air, I never did like the whole "ZETA" thing that came along years later. It made the whole concept into a corporation sell-out. I was at WORJ FM 107.7 and WORJ AM 1270 1968-1970. My shift at the FM was Noon to 6 M-F and 6PM to Midnight Saturday. I was at WORJ when Woodstock happened and there was this whole free spirit us against the establishment thing going on. The management let us run things and it was sweet. There has never been anything even close to it since. God, how lucky was I to be a part of it even if I did it for chump change. The best job I ever had in radio. A tiny studio out in the middle of nowhere, now a bankrupt housing development, but my memories will always be with me.
Rick - 8.21.2011
Wayne, Itz kool! I know some do. Some don't. I'm a moody old curmudgeon. Some dayz I feel like straightening out the world, when I really oughta just straighten my bedroom!
Wayne Mereck - 8.21.2011
Rick, We all know that ZETA 7 was not the original experience we were so lucky to have with WORJ. But it was the follow on that helped ease the jones and is part of a lot of our history. We all know who the original crew was and are greatful for you all. Cheers
Marcia - 8.18.2011
I just spent hours today flashing back to those far out days of my youth spent listening to WORJ from the beanbag chair in my bedroom. I went to Bishop Moore (hi Jim Boylston!) and was one of about oh, 5 or less people there who listened to WORJ. I went to most of the concerts mentioned, Pacific Gas & Electric (with Savoy Brown? somebody else played with them? no, Savoy Brown was opened by Chicken Shack) was my first concert, and I saw the Allman Bros, Steve Miller, all those bands you all talk about below. Went to WPYC and was there the night the A&W was busted. Went to OYC too. Worked at the Danish Bakery on Edgewater Drive at the Publix, so yes I shopped at Adolph's Aardvark. Went to Gimme Shelter like everybody else. Does anyone remember Sean (from the Youth Center crowd), who drove that blue station wagon with the wood paneling and wore tons of love beads and rings? What about Bob "Satan" Seely, the biker? And I saw only one mention of the graveyard shift DJ at WORJ, Brother Dave Carter--what became of him? He had brown hair just past his shoulders, had a beard, wore a leather hat a lot, and wore a belt that was two hands for the buckle. Wore wire frame glasses. Anyways, later I worked at Nuthin Butt the Levi Shop at Colonial Mall, across the parking lot from Infinite Mushroom. Remember they gave away a genuine quadrophonic stereo in some contest? OMG. Saw Pink Floyd in Tampa with those quad speakers someone else posted about. I swear, the music references on this site would make one heck of an iPod list! Mott the Hoople, I miss ya. T Rex, ditto. Birnman Wood, saw you at a dance at Bishop Moore, along with those YC gigs. Tin House was the best. Saw the Eagles at that big concert in Tampa, then went to airport for an (underage) drink at the revolving lounge, and they had finished their set and were at the next table over, so I got to meet them. Lots of memories for me, and just recently I posted something on my FB page about being an "old hippie" and here you all prove it! Thanks for sharing your memories. WORJ was a huge part of my teenage years and now that I'm revisiting these memories, I realize that a corner of my heart has always been filled with my WORJ and Orlando memories. I moved to the Atlanta area in 1976 and visit family couple times a year. Never got over how bad the music was FOR DECADES after WORJ was no more. Now have killer stereo in my car, satellite radio, and my demo song is Mr. Brightside by Killers, like someone below mentioned. I am so far behind on my day due to reading these posts. Thank you so much though for the memories. Maybe one day I can come to a reunion. In the meantime, you all are far out, man.
Rick - 8.14.2011
Fred, Zeta was not WORJ! None of us were there! None of us! Lee, Doug, Chal, Steve, Bill, Mike and myself - plus most of the names on the board on this site were NOT there. That was a different company that bought out our successful station and fired everybody, then went out of the business. You do WORJ no honor with a Zeta Tag!
Wayne Mereck - 8.12.2011
Fred, I would like a couple
Fred Zepplin - 8.11.2011
I'm thinking about printing 125 Zeta7 tags to sell at my print shop. The reaction on this board will influence my decision.
Wayne Mereck - 8.11.2011
Not funny Liesel.
Liesel - 8.10.2011
Casey Anthony's favorite station is WORJ!
Bobby Wickham - 8.8.2011
Greetings Lee, I grew up in St. Cloud listening to WORJ as did everyone back in the 70s. There was just a huge Facebook group gathering of people that grew up in SC, and WORJ was brought up more than a few times. I let some of the folks know that you were still cranking it out. I'll post your site again on there today. I still have the WORJ shirt you sent me about a year ago, it's time I order another one soon. Take care brother and thanks for the tunes!
Sage Viehe - 8.8.2011
I am a fan of Lee Arnold from 1971..WKPE in Cocoa, FL. I have a reel to reel tape converted to CD of this show and would like to contact him about this. Please email to sageviehe@att.net. I have good memories of WORJ too!!! Sage Viehe Anderson, SC
jo - 8.6.2011
surfs up.
Lee Arnold - 7.27.2011
Hope everyone is well. Miss you guys. Working on some things to make Our IRadio station, WORJ, sound Bigger and Better. Money has been and is an issue. Stay Tuned. How is everyone?
Robert Harper - 7.21.2011
This is fun.... It's the blimp Frank, It's the blimp!
Robert Harper - 7.21.2011
I got one foot on the platform, and the other on the train."
Greg - 7.14.2011
On the lighter side, WLOQ FM, Winter Park, has been sold for over 8 million $$$$. For many DJ's, starting in the radio business in Orlando, it was one of those places they got their start in the BIZ, thank God I wasn't one of them. If you forgot, it played the kind of music the elite in the area would listen to at Sunday Brunch. It operated out of the Landford Hotel in Winter Park, which, like most of Orlando's past, is long GONE. The Orlando Youth Center is still standing, for now.
Greg - 7.14.2011
Member of Grass Roots dies in MT Dora. He was a guest of mine at WORJ a few times. ---Greg http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-07-12/news/os-rob-grill-rock-star-dies-20110712_1_rob-grill-degenerative-bone-disorder-rock-band
Chris - 7.13.2011
TWilliams - 7.9.2011
Hey Wayne,good to see you here! Hope you are doing good man!
Wayne Mereck - 7.8.2011
It has been awhile since I last posted. I hope all are well. Sad news about Bobby C.Take care all!
Greg - 6.18.2011
Bob Church Passes 6-15-11 From Mick Dolan's blog "...Bobby passed quietly at Florida Hospital Tuesday night June 14th, 2011. Thanks to Susie Martin-Rott, author of the forthcoming book Playin’ The Peninsula: Garage and Teen Center Bands of the I-4 Corridor for more about Bob. Bob Church was born in Owensboro, Kentucky. When he was two, he contracted polio, which affected his legs. At age 2-1/2 he was fitted with his first set of braces, and over the course of his youth had multiple surgeries, alternating from walking with braces and crutches to having to use a wheelchair to get around. He never let it stop him from pursuing his music. After he quit playing in bands like Central Florida favorites, The Undertakers, he worked at several Orlando area radio stations (WLOQ, WDBO, WORJ, Y106 and WDIZ) as an on-air personality. I knew Bobby as my program director (he hired me at WDIZ in 1980) and later as part of the Bob and Bob morning show on WLOQ in the 90s. Like most people I know in radio, Bobby was crazy and we loved him!! There is a benefit for Bob tentatively planned for Sat July 9th at McWells in Orlando on South Orange Ave–more details soon."
Eric - 6.9.2011
Lee, I can't seem to get an e-mail message to you. I was checking in to see if you had received my order and check for $25 for a t-shirt (keep the change) which I mailed out late April/early May. If you haven't received it, please let me know so I can stop payment on the check. If you have but are out of shirts, go ahead and keep it. Either way, please let me know. I hope everything is cool man, and thanks again for this wonderful work of love that you are giving us.
jjf - 6.6.2011
ok, so i do not think the link above will work, so you can try eventful.com or go to king center for performing arts schedule.
jumping jack flash - 6.6.2011
there is a hippie fest in melbourne fl, aug 25th; rick derringer, MARK FARNER, dave mason, rascals. i hope this link will get you there for info:http://eventful.com/melbourne_fl/events/hippiefest-2011-starrin-/E0-001-039263046-2@2011082519
Greg - 5.30.2011
Link to Orlando Sentinel story, Orlando before Disney. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-05-28/news/os-orlando-before-disney-reunion-20110528_1_theme-park-suntrust-building-ice-cream-shop
Greg - 5.29.2011
Link to Orlando before Disney, via Facebook. Orlando Youth Center ETC. http://www.facebook.com/board.php?uid=45184879503
Dave B - 5.26.2011
I was in high school in the 70's and took my WORJ 107 t-shirt with me when dad took a job in IRAN. I wore that shirt until it was threadbare around the streets of Tehran. To the staff: Thanks for making a great station and many memories.
jo - 5.19.2011
acoustic jorma and jack (hot tuna) at the plaza august 4th $25-$35 for tickets.with g.e. smith sitting in.
TWilliams - 5.11.2011
lee Arnold - 5.10.2011
Thanks Tommy. Fixed it.
TWilliams - 5.9.2011
FYI Lee,I tried to come to the WORJ homepage via the icon at the top of your Live365 page,and I am sent instead to a homepage for audiorealm.com
Lee Arnold - 5.8.2011
Happy Mothers Day to one and all.
Doug Clifford - 5.6.2011
Lee-FINALLY listened on line at work for a little while yesterday (I'm one of the five people in the world without a computer at home) and especially enjoyed the Love cut from De Capo and "I'm Not In Love " by 10 CC-unbelievably appropriate to what's going on in my life. If you have how about some David Ackles or Betty Davis like I used to play there? "Mama Hated Diesels So Bad" by Commander Cody for Mother's Day ?
Greg - 5.6.2011
Mike Lyons Tribute ---From CFR The Florida Record & Radio Reunion Group, represented by one of the country's leading music promotion people, Tom Mazzetta, announces an open reunion event on May 7th in Orlando, Florida. The party will be held at McWells Restaurant & Bar, 4757 South Orange Avenue, Orlando. Proceeds from the reunion will benefit "The Mike Award", honoring longtime radio veteran, Mike Lyons. This honor is presented to the most deserving local high school student in the fields of Communication & Journalism. The reunion celebration is open to veterans of the Florida Record & Radio industries, no matter where you currently reside or when you were involved involved in the Florida music scene. Admission to the event is a non-refundable $20.00. PLEASE respond with your RSVP and payment ASAP!! Checks & Money Orders Only Please to: MAZZETTA PROMOTION/SBMP, INC. 7332 ERIN COURT NIWOT, CO 80503 (O) 303 652 0326 (C) 720 318 8796 Tom@MusicPromotion.com ***McWells 407 855 4006
Talbert Gray - 5.6.2011
Lee: I am sorry that I can not be there with you. I know that the reunion will be more than awesome and all of you great history making people will have a fantastic time. Hold one up for me for I will be there in spirit. Talbert
TWilliams - 5.3.2011
very interesting. Thanks Greg. I wonder if they will have WORJ license plates.
Greg - 5.2.2011
WTF========== WORJ History The LPFM station is licensed to Weirsdale, a community located to the southeast of Ocala. The Marconi Broadcasting Foundation purchased the station from Weirsdale Women in Broadcasting Association for $10,000 in 2011. Plans are to air programs in foreign languages, classic radio programming and even some syndicated fare. Marconi said they will attempt to serve a “demographic of the population that is not commonly serviced by broadcasters or educational institutions on a full-time basis because neither schools or broadcasters consider this an attractive demographic.” Marconi was referring to those aged 55 and up. English programming will be supplemented by offerings in other languages commonly used in the area. It will include old-time radio soap operas, religious programming, and “programs that deal with the specifics of marriage, alcohol abuse, senior finance, and aging in general…” Seniors will also be able to take classes in broadcasting and learn to produce their own programs. There will also be news and public affairs programming, some of which will seek to teach younger demographics about “all aspects of senior life.” Among the syndicated programs coming in are offerings from Dave Ramsey and "Focus on the Family".
Greg - 5.2.2011
From CFN==== WORJ Calls Return To Florida 4-29-11 The Marconi Broadcasting Foundation is paying $10K for WORJ-FM 104.5, licensed to Weirsdale, southeast of Ocala. The seller, of the LPFM, is Weirsdale Women in Broadcasting Association. ==================================== What was old is now new again.
TWilliams - 5.2.2011
they have good hair
Greg - 5.1.2011
This group never got enough credit for being really good. =================================== http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-HQisG2Lv8&feature=related
jo - 5.1.2011
kris kristofferson will be at the plaza on may 18.
Eric - 4.30.2011
Hey Lee! I tried to send you an email, but it wouldn't go through. It was just a heads-up to be expecting a t-shirt order, with a little more attached. Hope things are going well, and, as always, thanks and keep up the excellent work!
Rick - 4.28.2011
Oops. That last post was addressed to Lee.
Rick - 4.28.2011
Sorry you can't make it to the McWells old farts radio and record reunion on May 7th. Ironic, you're the one who invited me. Would you be able to donate a WORJ T-Shirt to be raffled of? I promise to take a picture for the board. BTW - everybody on this board is invited. It's a benefit for the MIKE fund, a scholarship for young radio students in honor of the late, great Michael Lyons. No cover, lots of entertainment, reasonable drink prices and old friends flying in from the hinterlands. I'll even be there, as if anybody cares about that!
Rick - 4.28.2011
Talbert, you A hole! I think I may have had something to do with that! There's a radio and record reunion - fans invited too! Next week May 7th at McWells in Orlando - you better be there!
Lee Arnold - 4.26.2011
Hey Talbert. how are you my old colleague and friend? We did make some history together, didn't we? Hope all is well for you.
Talbert Gray - 4.25.2011
Do you remember that you made me the first Black radio station manager in Central Florida on WORL. I learned so much from you. Thank you Lee.
Lee Arnold - 4.24.2011
Happy Easter!!
David - 4.6.2011
Wow. What a loss. He will be missed and remembered. He was instrumental in getting Larry the Cable Guy started too. Sad news!
Jim McPherson - 4.5.2011
Yeah, I was a little shocked to hear of Mark Samansky's passing. The Baxter & Mark show was a part of my daily radio diet back then. I've still got the charity CD he recorded under the guise of Sammy Demo with " Keep On Rockin' In Orlando " and the classic " The Deer Tapes ". Does anyone recall the incident that got them fired ?Funny stuff. R.I.P. Mark !
TWilliams - 4.5.2011
Baxter&Mark=the absolute funniest shit that I ever heard on a radio.No one,icluding public officials were exempt from their pranks via their Hideous Wakeup calls. R.I.P. Mark
Greg - 4.4.2011
Well known Orlando DJ passes, link. =================================== http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_music_blog/2011/04/former-orlando-radio-icon-mark-samansky-is-gone.html
Steve Rutledge - 3.29.2011
Hi Lee....great site. I am sitting here in my office looking at an original WORJ license plate. I wonder how many of them are left???????? Steve
Mike Zarek - 3.26.2011
Been a while since I checked in here...
JC - 3.25.2011
Lee, How you been brother? Been I while since I been by here. Hope Milwaukee is treating you OK.
jo - 3.25.2011
: )
Lee Arnold - 3.22.2011
Thank you Brian for the kind words. Keep Rockin'.
Brian McElroy - 3.22.2011
I just visited your Blog and had to come back and post a shout out to the memory of the "JOINT IN THE WOODS". Ther were a lot of great bars/clubs in Orlando back then,{everything from ABCs,The Back Door,Nickel's Alley etc...} But The Joint In The Woods was a very special bar.{Know what I mean Vern?} I went to many great shows there over the years. Any band from The Outlaws,Johnny and Edgar Winter to George Thorogood and many, many others might play there!!! Thanks again for the trip back in time."The Joint In The Woods and WORJ-FM 107.7 present"......................EASY
Brian McElroy - 3.22.2011
I'm glad that I typed WORJ into my search window today.I grew up and lived in O-Town from mid 60s to mid 90s and before WORJ, I listened to WLOF AM95.{Never could STAND "B-J"105.I thank you for those years of "progressive" FM radio.I remember going to a lot of live broadcasts and concerts with you guys. I liked Mother Earth and the News Blimp. {Its the blimp frank, its the blimp.} Everytime I hear other people talking about their favorite radio stations, I allways speak up for WORJ.{flew my ZETA7 tag upside down too.}Anyway thanks for all of those memories and the great music and programming!"WORJ,FM107.7,Mount Dora,Orlando." The best damn radio station PERIOD!!! EASY
Lee Arnold - 3.5.2011
Thanks Tommy and Eric.
Kristi - 3.1.2011
i remember in 1986 listening to BJ105, John Summers, and he had a guy named marcus jones answering his phones for a call in dedication line.. anyone know where this guy would have gone??
Eric - 3.1.2011
Happy belated b'day WORJ!!! On a sadder note, Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore has passed on at age 58. A reminder to treasure those great talents while they are still with us. On a brighter note, it seems a very good possibility that the Cars (with Ric) may be regrouping.
TWilliams - 2.28.2011
Happy Anniversary Lee!
lee Arnold - 2.28.2011
The Birthday for WORJ.com IRadio is actually Today. :-)
Lee Arnold - 2.27.2011
Hey Ellen, I'm glad you like our IRadio Station. Thank you for your support. It is truly appreciated.
Lee Arnold - 2.27.2011
Today is WORJ RADIO's 4th Birthday as an IRadio outlet. Thank you everyone for your kind words and support.
Ellen - 2.27.2011
oh, man, I listened to ORJ until I left Orlando (quite some time ago) and have been desperate to find something similar to what it once was even in the Los Angeles area. This is GREAT! Thank you!
Wayne Mereck - 2.26.2011
Lee, thanks for providing an oasis. To many more, Cheers
Lee Arnold - 2.25.2011
Four Years on Monday. WOW!!
TWilliams - 2.7.2011
As a kid I wrote letters to Coach Lombardi and Bart Starr . I received back an 8 x 10 b&w of each player from SBII and Bart Starr mailed me one of him separately. That made me a fan for life. Was good to see the game Sunday.
Wayne Mereck - 2.6.2011
Since Lee is in Milwakee and my junior high (Glenridge) changed its colors, a few years after I graduated, from red/green to yellow/green to take advantage of Green Bay uniforms, I guess they're my pick for the Super Bowl. Seems the media was upset with DFW for getting the worst weather in the area in the last 15 years. Oh well then there's Rock and Roll via 'ORJ! Cheers
Lee Arnold - 2.1.2011
Eric, thank you so much for the kind words. WORJ remains a labor of love for me. I'm so glad you like it.
eric - 1.31.2011
Just wanted to touch base, wishin' we could go back to where it all started. The world has become such a different place, and Lee is dong such a wonderful job keeping the spirit alive. I recently heard "Always Cook With Honey" here recently, and that was a huge blast; another gem I hadn't heard (or thought of) in over 30 years that deserves an audience. Thanks again Lee for keeping it alive. I promise to send something your way as soon as I re-establish employment. You deserve it man!
Lee Arnold - 1.23.2011
Wayne Mereck - 1.22.2011
Lee, it was either the National Republican Congressional Committee or my favorite radio station. Guess who won? The left ones say I'm right and the right ones say I'm wrong. They can't stop the signal ;o) Peace
Lee Arnold - 1.21.2011
Wayne, Thank you so much for your donation. As usual, you are too generous. So appreciated. Let love rule!!
Wayne Mereck - 1.21.2011
Lee, lets keep the dream alive! Cheers
Susan Martin - 1.20.2011
I seem to have damaged a cd I cannot replace--please tell me someone has a copy of the 1978 Zeta7 live remote broadcast of TIGHT SHOES from Joint In The Woods. We made a number of copies and passed it around when Dave Fiester passed away in 2005 and alas, mine now skips...ANYONE??
Lee Arnold - 1.20.2011
February will mark the 4 year anniversary of WORJ Internet radio. Lots of work. Lots of fun. I hope everyone is still enjoying my labor of love.
jo - 1.18.2011
don kirshner, passed on monday. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/don-kirshner-bubblegum-music-promoter-dies-at-77/
Wayne Mereck - 1.13.2011
Greg, Ha Ha Ha are you nucking futs? They would need the Coast Guard to get me down, even if I made it up. Cheers
Greg - 1.13.2011
Hello everyone, I am looking for someone to do the following job. It's a TV and radio position. Please watch the video link and let me know if you are interested. Link below, Thanks Greg ==================================== http://www.liveleak.com/mp53/player.swf?config=http://www.liveleak.com/mp53/player_config.php?token=07b_1284580365%26embed=1
Wayne mereck - 1.9.2011
Hanna, we're just glad it wasn't any worse. Heal mentally and physically quickly. Cheers
hanna - 1.7.2011
thank you, dear old friends, for your concern and emails. bruises on the outside are healing nicely, not so much the psyche-bruises on the INSIDE. i'll feel 100% healed when they catch this dungheap tweeker wreaking havoc in my part of town. we plan on having a MUCH better year, and sincerely wish the same for you and yours. PEACE! and don't forget to support your local indie music store, wherever you are.
Wayne Mereck - 1.7.2011
I wrote Hanna a note and she said she was getting over the assault. Tommy, thanks for keeping us updated. The video was expired but the written report was still there. Peace
TWilliams - 1.6.2011
Local news did a story about the robber and robberies today,along with an interview w/Hanna .http://www.wftv.com/news/26385414/detail.html
Don Gilliland - 1.5.2011
Tommy, thanks for letting us know about Hanna. I wrote her and got a reply today. Happy to hear that she wasn't hurt too badly, but it's still a damn shame to hear about things like that. Reminds me of the time in my own record shop when I had to pick up my baseball bat and use it to subdue one cretin. Not a good feeling. But you're right about Ms. H: she remains tough and beautiful. A true inspiration after all these years!
Lee Arnold - 1.3.2011
Thanks Tommy. DAMN!!! Please send my Concern and prayers to her.
Wayne Mereck - 1.3.2011
Tommy, thanks for the update. I am glad to hear it was not much worse. Next time you see her tell her we are all thinking of her and hope she heals quickly. Cheers
TWilliams - 1.3.2011
Went n saw Hanna today - She was punched twice by the thief before he left.Hung out n talked a bit;she is as always tough as nails and beautiful at the same time
Lee Arnold - 1.3.2011
Yes Tommy, please do update. I hope everyone had a Hippy New Year.
Wayne Mereck - 1.2.2011
Happy New Year All, lets hope its a good one. Tommy, really disturbing news. Please update as you can. I pray it all are well at East West and only material things need to be replaced. Peace
TWilliams - 12.31.2010
A little bad news to close this year on:Driving past East-West this afternoon I saw the Edgewood Police and Orange County Deputies there. At Gatlin Ave there were more Deputies with bloodhounds, and K-9 units positioned in the parking lot of McWell's while the Sheriff's helicopter buzzed overhead . I tried to go back and get into East-West's lot but was shooed away by the Edgewood cops .Hanna n Roman's cars were both there & I saw Roman in the doorway;looked like he was on the phone.I did not see any ambulance ,EMTs etc as I hung out for a good while . Of course my thoughts and prayers are with them,and each of you also for the best always in the coming year and beyond . Happy New Year to all .
TWilliams - 12.25.2010
Thanks Wayne ! I hope everybody has enjoyed a wonderful Christmas 2010
Jim McPherson - 12.25.2010
Merry Christmas ( or whatever you choose to observe ) to all my WORJ friends ! Hope everyone is surrounded by peace, happiness and family today !
Lee Arnold - 12.24.2010
I pray for peace throughout the world and the happiness of all humanity. Have a wonderful Holiday.
jo - 12.24.2010
same to you wayne, thanks for the thoughts. best to all!
Wayne Mereck - 12.23.2010
Lee, Tommy, Jim, Jo and all my WORJ friends, Happy Holidays! Cheers
Lee Arnold - 12.23.2010
Happy Festivus.
Wayne Mereck - 12.19.2010
Captain, sorry I had a bad remembery and confused you with Root Boy.
Wayne Mereck - 12.19.2010
R.I.P. Captain B. they gave you every "zine" you could think of!
bird - 12.15.2010
SOMF CITY Band annual Christmas reunion show and spectacle this Friday night, December 17th at Cheers (the old Pitcher House) in Maitland. Bring your children (over 18) and show them how it got done in the good ol' days!
Lee Arnold - 12.13.2010
Thanks Jim. That is really cool.
Jim McPherson - 12.12.2010
Very cool site I stumbled across ... http://www.oldrockphoto.com ... by longtime Palm Beach area photographer Ken Davidoff. Lotsa cool pics from the late 60's - early 70's S. Fla. rock scene, many of them never before seen. Among these are pics & video of the Palm Beach Pop Festival in '69, also known as the " Southern Woodstock ", where the first Republican Fla. governor in 100 years showed up to " meet a hippie ". Great stuff ! :)
Lee Arnold - 12.8.2010
Lee Arnold - 12.5.2010
Lee Arnold IT'S ON. Florida Radio / Record / Concert Promotor / Record Shop Owner / REUNION May 7, 2011 to take place in Orlando. 1970-1985 Era. If you were any where in Radio or Records in Florida during that time, Please email tom@music promotion.com to be put on the info list.
Terry - 12.4.2010
I fist heard 'spill the wine' in 1970 on WORJ.I was 10yrs.Had loved eric burden and the animals since i was 6yrs,living in S.F.,CA.he made me into a WAR fan the rest of my life!
Lee Arnold - 12.4.2010
My Dear WORJ Friends, thank you for the kind words. / Don and Steve-So good to hear from you both. / Terry-Thank you so much for the donation. It's really appreciated. / Wayne-Your generosity continues to blow me away. / Shout out to Janis - Eric - JC - Thanks again for the kind word. / Greg-Thank you for your thoughts and cheer leading. The overhead to Stream WORJ runs about $500 a month. For almost 4 years I have been paying that with the help of some loyal fans. If anyone has the ability to contribute during these crazy economic times, your help will be appreciated. I love doinf WORJ.com and I Love that so many of you listen and are fans. Have a WONDERFUL Holiday, one and all.
Greg - 12.3.2010
"Altered State" love it, thanks for posting. Hey folks, lets get more posts here and support the great job Lee is doing in keeping our memories ALIVE. Lee, tell us what you need in $$$ support so we can supply. Don't be shy, just tell us so we can respond. --------Greg
terry - 12.3.2010
i first started listening in '69',i was nine living in Mt.Dora
Janis Johnson - 12.3.2010
So many good times listening....the funniest though was when I came home early from partying (I had to work in the morning) and some album by Frank Zappa was being featured on the Album Hour....I don't remember anything about it except it was very funny. I remember laughing myself to sleep.....It was GREAT!!! I had a friend that was in the "Get Your Hands On A Toyota" contest y'all were sponsoring....One of my girlfriends and I were in an "altered" state and we decided we needed to go to Orlando to support our friend...neither one of us had a car so we hitched over there from Webster of all places...THAT was a trip!! lol We made it! Don't know how though... Thanx for so many good years of the best music and limited commercials.....You guys Rocked our socks off in Sumter County.....
Lee Arnold - 11.30.2010
Talking about a Florida Radio / Record / Concert Promotor / Record Shop Owner / Reunion Late Spring 2011 to take place in Orlando. 1970-1985 Era. If you were any where in Radio or Records in Florida during that time, let me know and we'll add you to the info list.
Lee Arnold - 11.25.2010
Happy Thanksgiving, my dear WORJ friends.
eric - 11.24.2010
Thanks for hangin' in there, Lee! It's been a couple of months since I've last lurked, over a year since my last post, but WORJ has never been far from my heart - and YOU are the man keeping the flame alive. I'm sorry about the problems and losses so many have gone through. As for getting scoped, I recently had to have pictures taken from both ends. While the doc commented that I liked the sedative quite a bit, the effect was gone by the time I got home. Didn't have to take time off for the procedure, as I had been laid off a couple of weeks beforehand. Still looking and living cheap until I find gainful employment again. Maybe luck out and find something good in CA or CO, as life there seem somehow more agreeable in some ways;-). You mentioned the New Pornographers. I've been a fan of theirs since I first heard Mutiny I Promise You a couple of years ago. Keep on smilin!
Greg - 11.22.2010
OK, I'm ole school music wise but I like a lot ot the new music, whatever form, I pick and choose, still open minded after all of these years. I really like this song. I was in Miami a few days ago and my Niece took me to a club in South Beach where I heard it. Yes, I had a few shots of Jack but even sober I like it. Music is art, we all have different tastes. ======================================= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xhg27f4siw&feature=related
Lee Arnold - 11.18.2010
So glad to hear from you guys. Take care and visit more often, ya'll.
JC - 11.16.2010
Hope everyone is doing well. Lee sorry to hear of the all the technical snags but it seems like you have a handle on it. Lot of crazy shit has happened since I was here last. My Mom Died and I had to put my best friend of 15 years down recently, a Basset Hound named Gus. Really sad to hear about Mike Lyons, PanCan is serious lost two friends. Glad to see he was stron in spirit to the end. Kind of irks me all the pink ribbon stuff for Breast cancer when Pan Can and Prostate Cancer kill more people each year. Enough of my rant, take care.
Don Gilliland - 11.16.2010
Just checking in to say "howdy" to the WORJ folks out there ... all the way from wet and rainy Thailand. Listening to a lot of good music lately: the new Elton John & Leon Russell album, plus the latest CDs from Neil Young, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mavis Staples, Dangermouse & Sparkleyhorse, Tired Pony, Nada Surf, Arcade Fire ... plus some great oldies: Tommy Bolin, J. Geils Band, Percy Sledge, and John Prine. Thanks to Lee and WORJ for turning me on to so much great music. I know that it's very easy to download music nowadays, but please support musicians by BUYING the real product, and support indie music shops like East-West Records that sell the good stuff. That's all today. Peace, Love and Understanding to y'all!
Steve Mack - 11.15.2010
...So there I sat, watching Michael Smerconish sitting in for Chris Matthews Monday night (11/15/10), when he began to talk about attending a Roger Waters concert.. hearing for the second time in 30 years "The Wall" being played live and true. I couldn't help myself; I had to go to the attic and pull out my two favorite Floyd T-shirts.. just to look at them.. given to me at on different occasions by a youngster I mentored in broadcasting many years ago. I found back then he was just discovering Dark Side of the Moon. I knew then the boy had what it took and I guided him all the way back to the beginnings of Floyd and soaked it all in. I still think to this day he would have made a great addition to our wacked-out staff at ORJ, but he was not of that generation. He was a great kid then, a good friend now, happily married to a great lady, and just celebrated another birthday.. he's in his mid-40's and still rocking his ass off. Happy birthday, AG.
Lee Arnold - 11.15.2010
Wayne, It's good to hear from you. The activity on this board has really fallen off. I miss the reparte.
Wayne Mereck - 11.12.2010
I haven't been to any concerts lately so no reports there. I have been listening to Porcupine Tree quite a bit lately. Seems the board activity has dropped to a trickle, I hope all are still listening to 'ORJ.com. Work is crazy lately so I have been missing my morning fix. Keep it up Lee, I am recovering from my son's school expenses and hope to send a donation soon. Take care all, Cheers!
Lee Arnold - 11.9.2010
Lee Arnold - 11.4.2010
Still involved in restoring WORJ IRadio after the computer melt down. Hours of re-entering all the 1000s of song info into the system. Mostly live now. Hope everyone is enjoying it.Coming up on the 4 year anniversary.
Lee Arnold - 10.29.2010
Featuring Bridge School Live Today. Tune on in.
Lee Arnold - 10.24.2010
More to come Tommy.
TWilliams - 10.24.2010
LIVE WORJ was a welcome treat y/day . Glad to hear it !
Susie Martin-Rott - 10.16.2010
Not the way I want to see the old Orlando folks but in Aug I was hospitalized with acute ulcerative colitus which could not be treated with medications. I have had the first of three surgeries (2 major one minor) to reconstruct my digestive system and since I have no insurance some folks have put together a benefit to be held Sun Oct 24 at McWells on Orange Ave at Gatlin from 3-mid. For more info go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121404907912586#!/event.php?eid=121404907912586 10 musical acts including some of your 60s faves, plus huge raffle including two guitars beatles goodies and more. Pls come out $10 at door Thanx
Roger Brown - 10.11.2010
Finally back. Computer had a nasty bug that fried the RAM chip. I could still get facebook on my work laptop, but WORJ was restricted. How's everybody doin'?
Jim McPherson - 10.9.2010
Here's a cool video of Sir Paul McCartney performing the song " Here Today ", his tribute to John Lennon .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY09Wa7z_38 .... Happy Birthday John !
Lee Arnold - 10.9.2010
jo - 10.9.2010
Lee Arnold - 10.8.2010
A year ago today, my dear friend Mike Lyons passed away. I think of him everyday. Carry him in your hearts today, please.
TWilliams - 10.5.2010
Went to a community yard sale in Celebration Saturday . If you've ever been there,you know it's like Mayberry on steroids ; very scary sanitary . Anyway , came upon one house with a lot of rNr memorabilia and turns out the guy selling stuff was a former record producer for Hot Tuna, among others .You too can acquire treasures from this cat by checking out his auctions on eBay : DEADRELIX
Greg - 9.28.2010
Long Ago And Nearby - 9.27.2010 Anybody remember Ralp Martin's dogs guarding the transmitter/studio site? ====================================== I remember having to feed them when he was in the hospital and then recovery from an operation to his poop shute. I also had to take his 6AM to Noon shift. There were two Great Danes, one male, one female and about 4 puppies. I would stop on the way to work sometimes and get donuts for them as a treat.-------Greg
Long Ago And Nearby - 9.27.2010
Anybody remember Ralp Martin's dogs guarding the transmitter/studio site?
TWilliams - 9.27.2010
ooops-try THIS one instead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O_1WgEHBCo yeah,too much something here lmao
TWilliams - 9.27.2010
while you're youtubing,try this one too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i19DrZUr7u0
Greg - 9.25.2010
When you have had a few beers and some good pot, here is a nice tune to share with you neighbors---turn it up and let them enjoy. ================================== http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i19DrZUr7u0
Greg - 9.25.2010
LM - 9.14.2010 My first radio job was at WORJ-FM from May to Sept 1971. Sat & Sun nights 6PM to 1AM at $2.00/hr. The studio was at the transmitter site in Winter Garden on Avalon Rd. ======================================= LM --I was the second DJ hired at WORJ FM and started in 1968-1970. You were screwed, I got $3.50 per hour. I was a student at UCF (FTU) at the time. My shift was 12 noon to 6PM M-F and 6PM to Midnight Sat. I was there when "Woodstock" took place. I was one lucky SOB. Nobody can ever take that wonderful part of life away from me. Greg Galloway. My air name was (Greg Anderson)
Jim McPherson - 9.25.2010
It was 30 years ago today that Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham passed away. R.I.P. Bonzo !
Don Gilliland - 9.25.2010
Wayne; I haven't seen Trombone Shorty in concert but his new album is very, very good. Very cool mix of styles. I also like the new Derek Trucks Band live album (a 2-CD set). Great guitarist, great band, and great songs, including covers of songs by Clapton and Bob Marley. Dig it!
Jim McPherson - 9.24.2010
Kinda ironic that Leonard Skinner outlived most of the original band members ...
TWilliams - 9.22.2010
Leonard Skinner dies at 77 Monday morning ... http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-09-20/story/leonard-skinner-lynyrd-skynyrd-namesake-dies-77-0
Lee Arnold - 9.21.2010
Steve-o, email me a phone number for you. Send to lee@leearnold.com
Steve Mack - 9.20.2010
WHAT?? Jimi Hendrix?? DEAD??? When the hell did THAT happen?? LEE!!! You never TOLD me!!! SHIT, man!! (Say, when You DO get down to Florida, we need to get together, face-to-face. It's been WAAAY too long...
Steve Baione - 9.18.2010
R.I.P. Jimi Hendrix (11/27/42)-(9/18/70) It's hard to believe Jimi has been gone 40 years.
LM - 9.14.2010
My first radio job was at WORJ-FM from May to Sept 1971. Sat & Sun nights 6PM to 1AM at $2.00/hr. The studio was at the transmitter site in Winter Garden on Avalon Rd.
Wayne Mereck - 9.11.2010
Saw Trombone Shorty last night. What a wall of sound and a great stage presence. I would highly recommend catching him and his band if you get a chance. Cheers
TWilliams - 9.9.2010
BOB DYLAN 10/10/10 @ New UCF Arena
jo - 9.2.2010
dr john coming to the plaza on oct 9 tickets $65 & $45
Wayne Mereck - 9.1.2010
Happy Birthday Lee. Cheers!
jo - 8.31.2010
jim - the west is the best. i was born in south dakota : )
Lee Arnold - 8.31.2010
Thank you, guys.
James McPherson - 8.31.2010
Thanx Jo, the blues fest sounds like a plan ! Probably pass on the Eagles, I'm sure it's out of my budget at this point haha ! I did get to stand on the corner in Winslow ( Windsblow ! ), AZ when I was out west. They even had a cool, restored flatbed Ford sittin; out there. About the only thing that town's got going for it unfortunately ...
James McPherson - 8.31.2010
Happy Birthday to Rudolph Schenker of the Scorpions ... oh yeah, and to one MR.LEE ARNOLD ! Hope your day totally rocks the way you rock us every day ! :)
jo - 8.31.2010
jim - there is a blues fest coming to daytona, look up daytona blues fest, also the eagles are playing the arena soon, for like ten thousand dollars a ticket. not really that high, but high!
jo - 8.31.2010
James McPherson - 8.30.2010
Bumper sticker of the week ... I MAY BE OLD BUT I GOT TO SEE ALL THE COOL BANDS !
James McPherson - 8.30.2010
Hey Lee and everyone in WORJ-land, been awhile since I checked in ! Hope everyone is doing well ! I just got back to Orlando after a 5 month oddessy across the Southwest and the Pacific NW, feels good to be back home. There was a lot of great music and concerts going on out there but I didn't get to see too much of it ... seemed like I was always a week too early or too late ! Plus my laptop got stolen in Oregon so I haven't had a WORJ fix for awhile, got some catching up to do ! Any good shows coming up soon ? Lee, I remember you'd mentioned something about moving back to Fla. at some point, any new developments there ? Be cool to have WORJ back in Fla. where it belongs ! :)
jo - 8.28.2010
hey lee, thanks for the thoughts. good luck on the move tom. too bad wayne cant get some of those tropical breezes heading in our direction. best to everyone. freebird!
Lee Arnold - 8.22.2010
Don, jo, Doug, Mike, Greg, Roger, James, Steve, John, Craig, Bird, wassup?
Wayne Mereck - 8.21.2010
Lee, all well here in Ft. Worth. Nothing really to write home about. We've had a boat load of 100+ degree days for awhile now. "ORJ still sounding great in the mornings. Cheers!
TWilliams - 8.20.2010
Hey Lee - in the process of buying a property here in OTown . Very nice . 5 garages for my cars . There's probably room for a radio station in the separate 2 story bldg on the property...hint hint...hope you received your package last week...kinda like a early birthday present I was thinkin...do send us an update on the event when it happens ! Peace
Lee Arnold - 8.20.2010
Thinking about all you guys. How is everyone? Check in. Let me know how you are doing. Please.
jo - 8.13.2010
Little Feat From Shauna's Care Page: Hello everyone x The long journey to finding out the why and the what, became clear to us all yesterday. Richie had Adult respiratory fibrosis, for many many years. ...Left untreated, this disease compromises the lung tissue. He then got pneumonia last week. Which with his history of lung damage, made him unable to successfully overcome it. His body, as a response to the pneumonia, developed ARDS, Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which means for most who get it, automatic life support systems. This would be one condition, he was looking at never being without.He fought a long battle with liver, and all that comes with that.....and quite successfully managed to get it in pretty good shape, with his name going on the list as he was now ready and able as of Sept 1st. His additional battle with lung disease however.....he did not manage to win.He passed away in my arms, at 11:45 am this morning. There could never be more love between two people x As I was helping him to continue on his journey, I asked him to let me know every day of my life, that I am not alone...and he is still with me. I told him to be the wind that blows my dress up at the corner,...or be the wave that splashes me when I don't want to get wet....just be with me, and let me know he is there, and I am not going to be without him. I told him that our love is stronger than these bodies,...and this life xo And we will be together forever x I want to thank you all, for your love and rainbows x It meant the world to us both, on this beautiful journey Richie and I were so blessed to have shared xoxo Richie Hayward.....you are my champion xoxo I miss you already xoxo
Wayne Mereck - 8.13.2010
Geez, got the flu and a bad handwroter, RIP Richie!
Wayne Mereck - 8.13.2010
Very sad news, RIP Ritchey!
jo - lean - - 8.13.2010
from little feat facebook page last night: Little Feat We are deeply saddened to announce that our dear friend, drummer extraordinare and founding member of Little Feat, Richie Hayward, lost his courageous battle with liver cancer today. He was loved by so so many and will be missed dearly. Not only the music world, but the entire ... world, lost a truly great one today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shauna, all his family and his brothers in the band. RIP Richie
Tommy - 8.9.2010
I have some great memories of WORJ. I remember going out to the orange grove and hanging with Brother Dave Carter, Sharing acid with him and throwing records at the bats that were in the groves. It was such a tiny building. This is what got me interested in radio and I spent 25 year on the air. It all started in that studio. The Ears of the World are Upon Us....Glad I found this site. Rock and Roll will never die. Peace
Lee Arnold - 8.6.2010
Cool Tommy.
TWilliams - 8.5.2010
Ok Lee , watch your snail mail in the coming days for a package... :-)
Wayne Mereck - 8.2.2010
Lee, my pleasure. I do so enjoy having WORJ to start my days with. A day without ORJ juice is like a day without sunshine. Cheers!
TWilliams - 8.2.2010
One thing I've encountered since the Live 365 'improvements' : if you initiate the player from the ORJ.com page,more often than not it will load w/no advertisements and play for hours ...not complainin' !
Lee Arnold - 8.2.2010
Wayne, thank you so much. Your patronage, as always, is so appreciated. You are the best. Tommy, bring it on. Always room for more.
TWilliams - 8.1.2010
7000 songs ! care for a few more Maestro ?
Lee Arnold - 7.29.2010
Thanks guys. I'll get this figured out. AARRGGHHH!!!!
Wayne Mereck - 7.28.2010
I'm waiting on some pay for some side work. When I get it I will pass on a few pesos to the cause, mainly cause I like it. A conductor can only do so much and the rest of the patrons will help out. We Love You Man!
Wayne Mereck - 7.28.2010
Lee, I concur with Dr. Tom. It appears to be occurring on WORJ only. All things must pass. I checked a couple other sources even my Media Player. Sorry to have to break you in with problems when you are starting to go live again. But, I guess it is like a transmitted signal, a few tweaks and wammer jammmer it all sounds good. Sorry to pour salt in a paper cut.
Lee Arnold - 7.28.2010
OY!! Been having Major Computer problems lately causing me to not be live for the last 3 weeks or so. Now that that is "cleared itself up", I need to figure out this volume thing. It may be that I must buy a new computer. At least they're reasonably priced. ($400-$500). Then re-entering 7000 songs of info into the damn thing. AAARRGGHH!!!. Thanks for hanging in with me on the grand, little radio experiment, everyone. I am a one man band who still loves doing it. Time (and sometimes money) are my enemies.
TWilliams - 7.28.2010
Wayne,same thing here...Lee,tried a couple of other stations and volume is steady . Glad youre LIVE again tho :-)
Lee Arnold - 7.28.2010
Wayne. Is this a problem you are experiancing ONLY on the WORJ stream? Check and see for me if it's happening on "other" Live365 streams or if it's JUST the WORJ stream. Thanks.
Wayne Mereck - 7.28.2010
Has anyone else experienced the Live 365 volume goes up and down on its own? It is intermittent but occurs often lately.
Wayne mereck - 7.20.2010
Tommy tell Hanna that she is still spotting the good ones! And thanks for passing it on. Cheers
TWilliams - 7.19.2010
ahh,very good Wayne ! It was a must have according to that little rocker Hanna .
Wayne Mereck - 7.18.2010
T, got Consolers of the Lonely, excellent music. I am really ejoying it on the road to work and back. Much Grass
Wayne Mereck - 7.17.2010
Saw Ted Nugent last night, long time listener, first concert; f**king amazing what his Trio did. They pulled off Soul Man without horns and it still sounded just as full. Of course he did all his best. Stranglehold, my happy place song, could not have been better. After all this time I saw how he got all the sounds in it out of one guitar. The man has boundless energy and all three make the place come alive. If you get a chance to see him, do it! Cheers
TWilliams - 7.15.2010
...actually the entire record is good;certainly ORJ worthy.
TWilliams - 7.15.2010
Wayne,try The Raconteurs "Consolers of The Lonely" . The last track,"Carolina Drama" is a powerful one,imo...
Wayne Mereck - 7.12.2010
Love it and have it, title track really does it for me. Hamoa Beach helped me break-up with Cali. We're still friends just don't co-habitate. It is for the best.
TWilliams - 7.12.2010
Another good one is Gomez "How We Operate"
Wayne Mereck - 7.11.2010
Tommy, I have not but, I will check them out. I heard another good band on Letterman last week The New Pornagraphers, I downloaded their latest Album and was not let down.
TWilliams - 7.11.2010
Wayne,have you heard any of The Raconteurs ?
Wayne Mereck - 7.10.2010
Lee, you need to get some Umphrey's McGee in the playlist. They sound like a modern version of Brian Auger's Oblivion Express with a little brass thrown in. And you know if it aint got brass it aint got class. Let me know if you would like me to donate some tracks. It would be my pleasure. I'll do everything I can to expand the WORJ experience. And you're doing such a fine job of it now. It just gets a little better with a little help from your friends. Cheers
Zaida Zoller - 7.7.2010
As you may have heard, Steve Bove passed away and we will miss him dearly. The benefit at Dubsdread Country Club Sunday, July 11 has now become a MEMORIAL benefit. It starts at 3 and goes to around 8p. The music will be the best and the memories will be tearful and plenty. Door: $20. All money goes to Steve's family to help w/expenses. HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT AND SUPPORT THIS URGENT EVENT.
Wayne Mereck - 7.5.2010
Thanks Bro! I don't feel much over a day over 53. I was in Tucson with a dear friend who has had a very simular life as I have since we met at Martin Marietta 25 years ago. He and his new wife gave me a birthday party which started out with plinking cans; coke cans, pepsi cans and mexi cans. Just kidding on the last one. I target shoot and am not into hunting since super markets are so much easier to get a good cut of meat at. I hope the whole WORJ family had a great celebration. Peace!
TWilliams - 7.4.2010
Happy Birthday Wayne ! Heres to 54 more !
Lee Arnold - 7.3.2010
A Happy and Safe 4th of July Weekend to All my WORJ Friends.
Wayne Mereck - 7.2.2010
This IS and Always will be MY Favrite Radio Station. I just can't start my days without it. It is a good addiction. Lee may it take us to park to see the pigeons, righteous, righteous and I think it will still be fun after they legalize it. Cheers
wayne Mereck - 7.1.2010
Much Grass, I mean it! Happy birthday USA. Do they still have the Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, MI?
Lee Arnold - 7.1.2010
...and HAPPY, HAPPY 54!!!
Lee Arnold - 7.1.2010
Wayne. You are the BEST!!! Have a Great Holiday.
Wayne Mereck - 7.1.2010
54 on 7/4, some folks woudn't have taken that bet. But still rockin and lovin it! Cheers
doug clifford - 7.1.2010
Hey Lee (and everyone) Check out Michael Burks' 'Iron Man' cd on Alligator Records. He's been compared to Stevie Ray and Albert and Freddie King. I saw him headline the Springing The Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach in 2008 and 2010-and he even let my daughter take a picture of us together.
Wayne Mereck - 6.29.2010
Hey Lee, check out "Backatown" album by Trombone Shorty. There are a few notable tracks. Cheers
Lee Arnold - 6.26.2010
Hey Lisa, should be back "Live" by the end of the day. Engineering problem in the audio chain caused me to put it on auto pilot from the server. That's the reason for the repeats. Back and wide soon.
LISA FLOWERS - 6.25.2010
What's up, guys?? That's the second time "Ride my See Saw" has played this morning...is someone back in sick bay? Alot of repeat play the last 2-3 days, sure hope everyone's okay.
Wayne Mereck - 6.21.2010
I'm so proud of my son. He gave me a ticket to see Uncle Ted. I wonder if here in the DFW area he will start with an "Ol West Show" and demonstrate his archery and firearms artestry? Oh, and I have so many other reasons to be proud of my son. But this one was from out of nowhere. Off to journey to the center of my mind. Cheers
Wayne Mereck - 6.20.2010
Happy Father's Day to all us Fathers out there. Cheers
Lee Arnold - 6.20.2010
http://stevebovebenefit.com/ You can make a donation via PayPal at this website if you can't make it to the show.
Zaida Zoller - 6.19.2010
Hey WORJ-ers: There's a musical benefit at Dubsdread Country Club Sunday, July 11 from 3 to 8p to help long time Central Florida resident, musician and friend Steve Bove and family with medical expenses due to a severely debilitating illness. Many musicians will be taking the stage--including Beth McKee, Juan Perez, Bobby Caldwell, Tommy Talton, Tony Battagglia, Mike Logan, Floyd Radford, Tim Kelliher and many others. It will be one huge delicious musical menu and all for a great cause. Door: $20. All money goes to Steve. HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT AND SUPPORT THIS URGENT EVENT.
Mike Zarek - 6.17.2010
Legendary P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider dies at 56 By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI (AP) – 53 minutes ago TRENTON, N.J. — Garry Shider, the longtime musical director of Parliament-Funkadelic whose funky guitar work, songwriting skills and musical arrangements thrilled fans around the globe and earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died. He was 56. Shider, who died Wednesday at his home in Upper Marlboro, Md., was known to millions of fans as "Starchild" or "Diaperman," the latter because of the loincloth he often wore onstage. Shider's son, Garrett, said Thursday that his father had been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in late March. He then briefly went out on tour one last time but had to stop because of his failing health. "He was a beautiful man who had a beautiful heart, who loved his fans just as much as they loved him," Garrett Shider said. "I'm sure if he had the choice, he would have passed on a tour bus, because he loved playing music, playing for the fans."
TWilliams - 6.17.2010
yeah,and no lawn mowing either Lee... :-)
Wayne Mereck - 6.16.2010
Lee, I hpoe you are mencing quickly and have not required massive amounts of pain killers to believe it was worth it. Wait at least another couple of weeks before headind to the gym to dry lift 500 lbs at a pull, ha ha. Cheers
Wayne Mereck - 6.12.2010
Once again victory is snatched from the slimy jaws of defeat! It's a family affair. Cheers
Lisa Flowers - 6.12.2010
Backatcha, Wayne...I found the blasted song on youtube...by a completely obscure UK group called "Edwards Hand". How did we ever survive without search engines?? Thanks for the songwriter info, I have been searching for it since the glory days!! Far out! Peace and Love, Lisa
Wayne Mereck - 6.12.2010
Lisa, BTW nice to make your acquaintance. I hope our thread will help one of us 'ORJers have some brown matter turn back to gray and recall the version you are seeking. Peace
Wayne Mereck - 6.12.2010
Lisa, John Cameron is listed as having written the song. There were a couple of artist that show up on Napster having performed the song. I listened to the teasers (30sec) but didn't hear what you are describing. Happy hunting. As for the Milk of Amnesia. I have a high tolerance and generally fear that the stuff won't put me out but, it did for all of 30 minutes. Now I know I am in Heaven when St. Pete hands me a bag of some "sumpin sumpin" that I got back in '73 that made my face feel like feces, if you know what I mean. Just trying to be PC. Cheers
Lisa Flowers - 6.12.2010
Sorry Wayne...I thought it was Lee getting "scoped"! So sorry you didn't enjoy that expensive buzz, it lasts about 24 hours post procedure! The song is correct, but not the singer (or group)..it was a male singer,not female, with a very Greg Lake type of voice. Any clue? Maybe the songwriter? Thanks for your help!! Lisa
Wayne Mereck - 6.11.2010
I don't remember the high and when I woke up there were no lingering effects. I had a migraine from all the sodium in the stuff I had to drink in preperation for the procedure and it came back about 5 minutes after I was awake. I was totally bummed.
Wayne Mereck - 6.11.2010
Lisa, Cilla Black did an earlier version produced by George Martin in 1969. I hope this helps you out.
Wayne Mereck - 6.11.2010
I believe you are refering to Agnetha Faltskog "if i thought you'd ever change your mind" Cheers
Lisa Flowers - 6.11.2010
Hey, Lee, glad you are okay...isn't Diprovan wonderful?? Not a cheap high, though! I need your help finding this song from 'ORJ 1970.... "I will bring you flowers in the morning, Wild roses when the sun begins to shine, Sweet perfume in tiny jewelled caskets, If I thought you'd ever change your mind..." ( I think that line is the title). Very Prog-rock song, much like ELP. Minor keys and acoustically beautiful. Can you help me remember?? A VERY devoted fan!! Keep rockin on! Thanks, Lisa
Wayne Mereck - 6.9.2010
Yah I laughed when I saw it in wikipedia while I was looking up propofol actions. It's a sedative and a amnesiac. It was one of the drugs they say did in Michael Jackson when he wasn't monitored while he was administered it by his doctor.
TWilliams - 6.9.2010
LMAO@'milk of amnesia'...sounds like a Fu Manchu potion.
Wayne Mereck - 6.9.2010
I did find out in reading the report that I was given "milk of amnesia", which didn't work out for poor Michael. Oh yah, the doctor listed me as "competent", no drooling and diapers for a while yet.
Wayne Mereck - 6.9.2010
T, everything went well. But no hang over buzz, WTF am I paying for. I had a ride home, took the day off and was wide awake when I walked to the car, not even a little wobble. Now, since they found a diminutive, I don't make this stuff up, polyp the charge goes from $0 to god knows what. Just a couple more BMWs I get to make the payments on. ;0(
TWilliams - 6.9.2010
Hey Wayne !Good to hear from ya bro .Hope all is well w/ya . Me n the P are alive n kickin . References are available upon request .
Wayne Mereck - 6.9.2010
I love Alan Kalter's commercial on CBS: "I'm having one right now" ;o)
Wayne Mereck - 6.9.2010
Hey Tommy, how are you doing? Has the prostate been acting up lately? I am going in for a "woo hoo" test this morning and I geuss they will check mine while their in the neighborhood. LOL Cheers
TWilliams - 6.8.2010
Lee , I hope you're doing well !
Mike Zarek - 6.8.2010
June 6, 2010 A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT... This weekend, the Dr. Demento Show will have its final broadcast on KIYU, KLOO, WLVQ (QFM96), WRKH (The Rocket) and KOZT (The Coast). This was a very painful decision for the Doctor...he really hates to let it go after almost 40 years...but he has come to agree with his manager and his family that it's necessary. The broadcast has been losing money for some time. THE GOOD NEWS -- Dr. Demento intends to continue producing new shows every week for www.drdemento.com for the foreseeable future. A new one will be available Saturday morning, June 12, and more new shows will be posted every Saturday thereafter. Also...if you live in or around Amarillo, TX, you're in luck...by special agreement and due to contractual considerations, a version of the internet show will be heard weekly on KACV-FM there, at least through the summer. The Doctor wishes to express his grateful appreciation to everyone who's been listening in Alaska, Oregon, Ohio, Alabama and California, and hopes all of you will give the www.drdemento.com broadcast a try. Stay deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemented!
Wayne Mereck - 6.5.2010
Lee, here's wishing you a fast and minimal pain recovery. Cheers Bro!
jo - 6.4.2010
Wayne Mereck - 5.31.2010
We owe them so much. I didn't have to serve. I will always be grateful to Richard Nixon for getting us out of Vietnam. When I went down to the draft board in 1974, I got classified 1H. I am now working to develop systems that protect our brave Warfighters(aka soldiers) and I am glad that I get a chance to help in some way. Here's to the way of life we have become accustomed to. God Bless America
jo - 5.31.2010
ok, so, yeah, everyone have a wonderful what is left of the holiday weekend. : )
Lee Arnold - 5.31.2010
Wayne Mereck - 5.29.2010
You do the same!
Lee Arnold - 5.28.2010
Have A Happy and Safe Holiday!!
Greg - 5.28.2010
T, I'm glad you could get off on the BJ. I guess your prostate has not grown that large yet. ---Greg
TWilliams - 5.28.2010
Greg,the youtube piece was cool . Don't know that 105 ever was,because I did not listen to them . Thanks for the opportunity to use fuckin bj105 in a sentence once again . Almost euphoric recall ! Gotta love history .
Greg - 5.28.2010
As promised, here is more. WLOF AM Channel 95. Here is a You Tube memory of the station. My brother-in-law was the first "Peter Jay" there, having been the Peter Jay from WHOO AM 990 when it was rock back in the 50's and 60's. He was also known as Pete Forgione and work at WLOF TV Channel 9, now WFTV. He was a booth announcer and did the "Dialing for Dollars Movie" in the morning. Link to WLOF below. ================================ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDON8NbwZpg
Greg - 5.28.2010
Actually, the point of the BJ105 post was for listening to the old spots (commercials). Sorry if Orlando's radio HISTORY is such a sore subject for some. More to follow. ---Greg
Wayne Mereck - 5.28.2010
Sorry but, I have to show some bias and remember the same disdain for BJ as I did in the day. I don't know any of my buddies that had it on one of the push buttons (no digital programmable radios back then). Thank God for synthesized tuning. Now if there were only enough stations that I liked to fill the 12 presets on my radio today. We move on, Cheers
Lee Arnold - 5.27.2010
TWilliams - 5.27.2010
a fkn bj 105 promo !
Greg - 5.27.2010
BTW, WBJW FM was located at the same building I worked at in 1968 when the station was WABR 1440 AM. I left there and was one of the first DJ's at WORJ FM 107.7 and WORJ AM 1270. -------------------------Greg (Anderson)
Greg - 5.27.2010
Here is a link to Orlando's WBJW BJ105 FM. About 60 minutes of music and commercials from Nov. 1973. Enjoy!!! -------------------------------------- http://www.futurecast.com/radiostations/wbjw.htm
Lee Arnold - 5.27.2010
Wayne, Thank you for the kind words and enormous support ( beyond the call, I might add ). Have a Great Holiday Weekend.
Wayne Mereck - 5.27.2010
Lee, it is great to relive old times and discuss issues relevant to today. It is nice still having the family atmosphere that was fostered by WORJ in the day. And I don't know what I would do if I didn't get my inspirational every morning to meet the challenges of the day. Rock on and thanks for making it available.
Lee Arnold - 5.26.2010
Glad to have you, jo.
jo - 5.26.2010
glad to be a board!
Lee Arnold - 5.26.2010
Celebrating over 7 years of WORJ Friends sharing : The WORJ "Message Board". Thanks everyone. Long May You Run!!
TWilliams - 5.25.2010
David Byrne of the Talking Heads has filed a Federal lawsuit against Florida's talking head Governor Charlie Crist . Thank you David ! Hope you make him piss a lot of money away trying to defend his stupidity .
Lee Arnold - 5.24.2010
Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan.
Lee Arnold - 5.20.2010
J.C.Pierson : Thank You.
Lee Arnold - 5.20.2010
Auntie Waverly. Welcome!! Hope you enjoy our internet Station. I Think you will. To My Old Friend Tony. Damn I wish I was in Florida and could take you up on that. I'm still living up in Wisconsin and that might be a pretty long drive.:=) I plan on moving back to the home of Thunderstorms and beach oil soon though. Rain Check!!
Tony Seran - 5.18.2010
Lee, We are going to be in the St. Pete area on the 26th., 27th. and 28th. of this month. Let's get together and have lunch or dinner. Tony
Auntie Waverly - 5.17.2010
Cool cool site. Where have I been to have only stumbled across this place? I've been reading all of the posts I could for about an hour and I'm kind of spacey right now. Wonderful job, Lee, can't wait to listen to the station. Congrats to Hanna for keeping a great thing going, I used to buy all of my vinyl at East-West. I also think I know the answer to someone's (sorry forgot your name and I'll be damned if I'm going to go searching for your post)question about a great station where Hanna surfaced for a sweet, short time. It was Y10-something. It's been awhile, and I know that later the station was a pretty successful top 40 station but much earlier, Hanna was on this format when the sun was shining and the music was terrific. WORJ was sadly history and I remember hearing Hanna's beautiful voice and couldn't believe how amazing the music was. My husband and I listened to her at work and then, at night, we'd sit on our balcony and watch the lake upon which we lived, and listened to her station. The guy at night also played amazing, amazing music and he was a wonderful jock, lots about the tunes. I was going to say Y105 but wasn't BJ at that spot? It couldn't be them. Anyway, I remember Lee and Neal and Doug and Steve and the Orj air staff - local radio made living in Orlando so much more of a rich feeling. Baby, now that I found you... sing along, you know the words
Lee Arnold - 5.17.2010
Thank you for your Support Of The Mike Lyons Scholarship. Here's a Message from Mike's fiance, Susan Moore : Hooray--am happy to report that as of Fri afternoon, $435 in Mike Lyons' scholarship & I matched with another $500 (ever the optimist on last minute pledges)! Bob & EHS have done a super job--it means so much! We have a good start on next year's award. I will be attending tonite & sendout report & hopefully, pictures later this week.
jo - 5.14.2010
thank you lee for all you do!!
Lee Arnold - 5.14.2010
jo, Thank you sooo much. So appreciated.
Lee Arnold - 5.14.2010
Hey Mike, Glad You Found Us. WORJ.com is my labor of love. Enjoy.
jo - 5.14.2010
happy juan valdez's birthday!
Mike - 5.14.2010
WOW!!! I stumbled on this station tonight and couldn't believe my eyes. I lived in Melbourne,FL in the late 60's and listened to WORJ when ever I could. I use to record the albums at 11pm on my reel to reel and still have them to this day. I am so glad I found this station and have made it one of my favorites on Live 365. Thank you for keeping this station alive.
Lee Arnold - 5.14.2010
Rick. The Dinner Key Show was March 1, 1969. This pre-Dates L & S, HBS, and Together Promotions. I was still in Cocoa Beach. I drove down to that show.
Rick Namey - 5.12.2010
Wasn't the famous Doors' Dinner Key show an L&S Production? Anybody remember?
jo - 5.12.2010
still time to make check out the way lee described, and drop it by the office at edgewater high to miss lopez.
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2010
Happy Mothers Day.
Roger Brown - 5.7.2010
Here's a great source for live classic rock music. I particularly enjoy the Grateful Dead 1974 Dijon, France show, when they were using the "Wall of Sound". http://www.tauthal.com/Archive%20Broadcasts.html
Greg - 5.7.2010
"Stevenja - 5.2.2010 I wish that I had all my old 8-Track tapes!! =================================== If you have DirecTV, they have a "8-Track" channel that is really good. Another good one is "Rock Classics." Just for the heck of it, I downloaded a few days worth of the channels I like the most. As for what I do with Netflix, I'm not talking.
TWilliams - 5.7.2010
Anyone else heard the new Neil Young offering "Fork In The Road" ?
Lee Arnold - 5.4.2010
It pains me to mention this, but the Edgewater HS Foundation reports that only $125 has been donated to the fund for the Mike Lyons scholarship. It will take at least $375 more for them to be able to award "The Mike" to a deserving student. PLEASE mark your check with the notation "for Mike Lyons Award" and mail it ASAP to The Edgewater High School Foundation, Inc., PO Box 540886, Orlando, FL 32854. See More
Bill Peacock - 5.2.2010
Listening to Humble Pie. Took me back God bless all of you for the great music and the great memories. Best part of my young life. bpeacock1@comcast.net
Stevenja - 5.2.2010
I wish that I had all my old 8-Track tapes!!
Stevenja - 5.2.2010
Wow...ticket pictured here on this site, Blue Oyster Cult at the Jai Lai in 1974. Was the second concert that I ever attended. Opening act was a previously unheard of band named KISS. Nazareth also played, and a all women band named ICSIS. amazing to remember some of the bands that played the Jai Lai back then !
Greg - 5.2.2010
Sorry for the Florida typo. I'm on my first cup of coffee this AM and my eye sight really sucks.
Greg - 5.2.2010
And now a moment of silence for the Gulf Coast. It seems that our addiction to oil is making us look like the face of a 45 year old crack whore. In a few weeks it could be covering Flordia east coast beaches.------- Greg (Anderson) WORJ FM second or third, first DJ. (69-71)
Wayne Mereck - 4.29.2010
And the sound that I'm hearing is only the sound of the low spark of..........
TWilliams - 4.29.2010
Behr's "We Can Fit Any Human" Shoes. You high heeled boys know what I'm talking about .
jo - 4.29.2010
great clip!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8optOhhetso
Roger Brown - 4.28.2010
jo - do you suppose Weird Al heard the Just Pants ad on WORJ that inspired his "King of Suede"? There's a sale on my double knit slacks today...
TWilliams - 4.28.2010
yeah Wayne-10 bucks of hi test would make the rounds,then back to the southside where was either Frontage Rd @ McCoy AFB or Chase Rd thru the country . Orange Blossoms and girls that liked same ...ahhhh . Did I mention secluded swimming spots on Chase Rd ? . no,that was Lee talking about surfing ...ok ,driving your car up onto Canaveral Pier so that you'd have BETTER music than what they had in the pool hall there ...back in Otown,one more : going skating at The Coliseum
Lee Arnold - 4.28.2010
Ivey's and Rutlands( The only place that you could buy your Pendleton Shirt for those cold mornings Surfing ).
jo - 4.28.2010
...two "hippie" dudes that ran the "pants USA" store in the colonial mall; and i still have the telephone number to belks in my address book. the pants usa theme song was a play on rainy day women/dylan, that sang "everybody must get pants" in a dylan voice.
Larry G - 4.27.2010
How about the Other Door on Bumby? Gabriel's subs on Edgewater are my best still today when I'm back in town.
Wayne Mereck - 4.26.2010
And Tommy I will never forget the runs from CP to S&S on Colonial to S&S on 17-92. That was the foreplay to the finale at Dump Road. And always with WORJ blairing out of the stereo.
Wayne Mereck - 4.26.2010
I miss Roper's Ice Cream shop at Minnesota and Orange in WP, best damn chocolate malts, Sir Pizza and Tom's Pizza and Miener's BBQ on OBT in Fairvilla. It was the first place I ever had restaurant made Ribs and still my best memories of them. They also made the best Chef's salad with smoked meats and when I worked at Repco that was our Friday lunch place. And last but not least QP Subs on Edgewater. Thanks guys for the culinary memories, I want a Time Machine Hot Tub. ;o)
TWilliams - 4.25.2010
LOL-"circuit" dumbass. yeah,proofread
TWilliams - 4.25.2010
ahh yes Lee - Morrison's and Malcolm's Hungry Bear along w/Ronnie's = goood eats . Ronnie's was a good place to stop the weekend cruise thru Colonial Plaza and plan your next moves - which meant going to the Steak n Shakes on the "cicuit" as well as JM Fields lot later in the eve . 'Course Chastain's was alwats part of said cruising circuit .Infinite Mushroom & the Obliviation stores . Carnaby Shop , H.I.S. store for men and the popular S.E.X cologne that I swear to God was the same scent as Play Doh ... I miss homework and the Lee Arnold jazz selections that would make same easier .Orange Ave Drive In(before Zayre's " Fabulous Department Store " took half the land); and Pine Hills Drive In -the "Anything Goes" Woodstock event where people were swatting the bong next to the concession stand... How bout YOU ?
Lee Arnold - 4.25.2010
I Miss Morrisons, Hungry Bear, Ronnies, Lord Chumbley's Pub, East India Trading Company, Mr. Threads, Wolfman Mason's, Pine Hills Drive-In, WPYC, OYC, The Back Door, Tom Webb, Mike Lyons, Paul Yeskel.
Lee Arnold - 4.23.2010
Wayne, the Polls in California show overwhelming support.
Wayne Mereck - 4.20.2010
Ah 4:20, do you think CA will pull it off in November? Biggest opponents are the growers.
Lee Arnold - 4.20.2010
At 4:20 CDT : Tune In For A 4:20 Special. Sorry for the late notice. Computer issues.
Lee Arnold - 4.20.2010
Wayne. I will. BTW: Happy Four Twenty Day to everyone.
Wayne Mereck - 4.20.2010
Lee, I am enjoying the tstes of Porcupine Tree and Widespread Panic. Keep 'em comin!
James McPherson - 4.9.2010
R.I.P. to former Sex Pistols / Bow Wow Wow manager Malcom McLaren who passed away from cancer at age 64 yesterday. The Sex Pistols definitely shook rock n' roll out of it's bloated 70's malaise and the music world was forever altered ... thanks Malcolm !
Lee Arnold - 4.9.2010
Love Is All You Need.
Wayne Mereck - 4.9.2010
Listening this morning I'm so full of love. And passing out a stck of WORJ plates in the day would surely make someone popular. Cheers
David Holloway - 4.6.2010
I had an "Ear & Radio" plate on the front of my old Chevelle. Some dirt bag stole it right off the car. Fortunately I still have the "Winged Rainbow" WORJ and also have a ZETA 7 plate. I remember stopping at the studio (near Silver Star and Mercy Drive?) to pick up something and two of the DJs gave me about 10 of the Ear and Radio plates to pass along to my friends. I was popular at Edgewater High School the next day!
Wayne Mereck - 4.4.2010
My doctor told me he saw Leon in Austin about a year ago. He said he was walking with a cane but, when he sat at the piano and the show stated he was full of energy. I wish I could have seen him. I remember him in the movie "Mad Dogs and Englishmen". He cracked me up because when he was playing guitar, wherever the camera was pointed he eventually strolls into the scene.
jo - 4.3.2010
great warm weekend to all. mr leon russell at the plaza tonight. 9 pm
Lee Arnold - 4.2.2010
Have A Great Weekend.
Bird - 4.1.2010
SOMF City Band Friday April 2nd at CHEERS (the old Pitcher House). Come get your face blown off by old classic 70's rock and roll.
TWilliams - 4.1.2010
Guys,thanks so much for the birthday wishes . I assure you it was celebrated thoroughly ! Spent some of it in what was the parking lot of the Mouse Trap in Cocoa Beach at the Reggae Festival featuring Ali Campbell of UB40 ,Julian Marley, Maxi Priest and The Supervillains . Then,back to OTown to complete the festivities .It was fun ... Caught DVA's Bart Swindle here earlier . Classic ! Good stuff,Lee ! Thanx 4 sharing
Lee Arnold - 4.1.2010
Tune in today for that April Fools Day Flash Back.
Lee Arnold - 4.1.2010
Happy April First!!
Lee Arnold - 3.31.2010
Tommy. HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday!!!!
Wayne Mereck - 3.31.2010
Tommy, Happy birthday Bro. Rock On and many more, Cheers!
Don Gilliland - 3.31.2010
Very sad to hear about Alex Chilton's passing. I saw him play a few solo shows in Orlando in the late 80s. I can't remember having heard him on WORJ but somehow I discovered those first two albums in the late 70s as a 2-fer package at Record Mart. Absolutely great stuff, as was the 3rd album. Those songs just grew and grew on you until they became part of your soul. Chilton himself often dismissed those albums as flawed but I think the legion of fans that revered the records prove that they are indeed classics. His solo stuff was a mixed bag but he could still entertain a crowd. I saw him play a show in Orlando in the early 90s. He first gained fame at the age of 16 with "The Letter" as a member of the Box Tops, so it seems like he's been around forever, yet he was only 59 when he died. Another one gone too young.
TWilliams - 3.31.2010
awww-thanx jo !
jo - 3.30.2010
thank goodnees for longer days!! it gives me some extra day to wish tommy and clapton a happy birthday! happy birthday tommy! and clapton!
Mike Zarek - 3.28.2010
Glad I could help. Thank you for you dedication to something we all love.
Lee Arnold - 3.28.2010
Mike, Thank you so much for the donation. Much needed and appreciated.
Steve Baione - 3.27.2010
I read last week that photographer Jim Marshall had died. What a great job to have and what a great job he did. You can find a gallery of his work online at Wolfgangs Vault.
Lee Arnold - 3.26.2010
"This Just In" Via: Robert S. Carr Now we can honor our late friend Mike Lyons in a way that will make a lasting difference. The Edgewater High School Foundation has officially adopted "The Mike", a $500.00 award in Mike's name to be given to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a degree in communications or journali...sm. To support this award in Mike'...s memory, send a check (with "Mike Lyons Award" written on the memo line or with a note attached) to the address below. Donations to the EHS Foundation are tax-deductible. And please: Share this with others who knew Mike. The Edgewater High School Foundation, Inc. PO Box 540886 • Orlando, FL 32854 https://www.ocps.net/lc/north/hed/parents/Documents/EHS%20Foundation%20Brochure%202009-10.pdf
Wayne Mereck - 3.26.2010
Lee, my pleasure. All is well here in the DFW area. May WORJ.com go on and on. Thank you for keeping it alive. Cheers
Lee Arnold - 3.26.2010
Wayne, Thank you so much for the donation. Much needed and appreciated. I hope all is well with you, my friend.
Lee Arnold - 3.26.2010
Thanks Tommy.
Wayne Mereck - 3.26.2010
Been kind of slow on the board lately. But, we always come home. I hope all is well everyone. Cheers!
TWilliams - 3.26.2010
back at ya Lee ! sounding real good so far in 2010 .
Lee Arnold - 3.25.2010
Love you guys.
Lee Arnold - 3.18.2010
Thank You Alex. R.I.P.
Calvin Seiler - 3.18.2010
One night in '74, I heard the most amazing song on WORJ. It was Big Star's "September Gurls". The next day, I picked up both BS albums, '#1 Record' and 'Radio City' and was hooked. Those, along with '3rd/Sister Lovers' are among my all-time favs. Thanks, Alex, for the music. You will be missed. http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/mar/17/memphis-musician-alex-chilton-dies/
Rick - 3.8.2010
Listening to "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are" by Al Kooper. Listening to the lyrics. Hmmmm
DAVID CONOVER - 3.8.2010
Roger Brown - 3.8.2010
David, I know you are new here, so it's not your fault to not know. Mike Lyons left this physical world last October, after several months of battling pancreatic cancer. There is not a day we don't miss him or have fond memories of how he touched our lives. you can search back about 8-9 months and find out more. The rest of us are still here and welcome you to the asylem.
DAVID CONOVER - 3.7.2010
TWilliams - 3.7.2010
Kerry , nevermind the cobwebs , we AARP eligible all get by w/a little help from our friends . Welcome aboard and stay tuned !
Kerry - 3.6.2010
T, many of my memories are foggy these days. The details of things and why I think I remember something are often completely gone. Maybe its the kind of music that I feel certain I do remember that make me think that Hanna had moved on to another station. I remember jazz, which I've always loved, and r&b and other kinds of low key stuff that makes me think that it couldn't have been WORJ. Regardless, I guess the point is that I also remember her and yes, she was a wonderful radio professional. Thanks for helping me clear away a cobweb or two - the attic is still covered with them, but any help if welcomed.
TWilliams - 3.6.2010
Never one to argue w/a lady , if you got here after Feb 1981 , youre right . After that date that lives in infamy , frequency 107.7 did not play any more rNr . But hey , I'm from the southside , things are maybe a little foggier here . If youre here now,stop by East West on Orange Ave n see Hanna !
Kerry Rhomberg - 3.6.2010
T, thanks for your quick response. Sadly, that can't be the answer. I don't know much, but I do know that by the time Ariel, (my husband) and I got to Orlando WORJ was gone. We actually came to town to be with my two sisters who got to town in 1972, just after college (they're twins). They had all of the WORJ gear, a license plate that Sharry had upside down on the front of her car, etc. Believe me, we're the daughter of musicians, music was and is important to us. WORJ was sorely missed and I never heard the end of it. That's how I know that Hanna was on a different station - they told me about her and I was so excited when I found her somewhere else - she had been assumed long gone. I am digging the online WORJ, and lament that I was not here for it before it left the air. Not a biggie, just found the site and figured I'd ask.
TWilliams - 3.6.2010
Kerry , the catnip didnt damage your memory too much , it seems . You must have arrived right after the heyday of Lee's original No. 1 ranked powerhouse WORJ . Hanna was indeed on after the morning show ,(thanks to Lee ) and the name of her lunchtime show was "The Blue Plate Special" . I was personally fond of that daily delight , and discussed same w/Hanna not too long ago . If you're in Hanna's East West store to this day , above the front door is a Zeta 7 license plate prominently displayed upside down , as was the practice after further corporate music meddling brought an end to what once was the dominant FM frequency in these parts . For more Orlando radio history , try www.cflradio.net .
Kerry Rhomberg - 3.6.2010
I may be wrong, but I don't think so. I got to Orlando just in time to hear about a great radio station that was no longer there. Of course, that station was WORJ. Although there were other rock stations in town, I soon became bored with them. However, I do recall a station, and I'd swear that Hannah, or at least a woman named Hannah - how many djs in one town named Hannah are there going to be, that's why I think they're one and the same - anyway, there was a really cool station that played quite a wide variety of music, including songs I hadn't heard on the radio before or since. If I'm not mistaken she was on in the slot after the morning show that ran at least until sometime after noon. I remember listening to her at work, and I left work by 1 in the afternoon. I remember really digging the station and Hannah's show, it kept me sane and I really looked forward to getting turned on to new stuff and great older stuff that I might have missed. Sorry to ramble, but I hadn't thought about this in years and I'm blanking on the station but I know I'm not making it up. My husband and I also used to listen after dinner, sometimes we'd leave the radio on until like 10 or 11, until we crashed. Who does that these days. I remember the guy who was on at that time really knew his stuff and was a great dj too. Maybe another alumni? Do I eat too much catnip, back in the day or does anyone know what I'm talking about?
Lee Arnold - 3.5.2010
Tried Some EQ Tweaking. Hope it helped.
TWilliams - 3.5.2010
I hope that wasnt too graphic for this time slot
TWilliams - 3.5.2010
I think youre right Wayne . There is a difference . Kinda like Duncan Sheik means the same thing as Mountain Dew ,only totally different...
Wayne Mereck - 3.5.2010
Tommy, I am noticing that the sound is a bit more "fuzzy" than usual from Live365. Not so much reverb action. I don't get an increase when I open more windows. Since other audio I get from the Internet sounds crisper my guess Live365 is the culprit.
TWilliams - 3.4.2010
Stream is fine IF I dont open another window , or do anything else 'cept listen..like,just coming to this page 'chops up' the tune playing.Did notice yesterday a difference in the way the player starts . Just a guess , I'm thinkin LIVE 365 hired an ex govt employee to 'improve' things...kinda like Zeta 7 was the new,improved ...NOT !!!
Lee Arnold - 3.4.2010
Stream Fine at my house. Any better today?
TWilliams - 3.3.2010
Anyone else having trouble w/the stream ? I'm getting pieces of tunes here w/a reverb type effect that was certainly cool in 74 when you didnt have a quadrophonic receiver...not cool now
Wayne Mereck - 3.1.2010
I unfortunately was not able to catch much of the Anniversary Celebration but, I did catch Randy Newman. I learned a bit a trivia. I never knew that Central Florida beat out New York City to get him for a live broadcast. Thanks Lee and may we rock on. Cheers
Roger Brown - 3.1.2010
A Stellar day in the annals of internet broadcasts, Lee! Kudo's and thanks for all the effort you took to make it happen.
Lee Arnold - 3.1.2010
Thanks Tommy. Glad you enjoyed it.
TWilliams - 3.1.2010
Great Birthday broadcast Lee ! It was not only good to hear you interacting via intros ,It seemed the mix was special . Then again , the capcha required to post did just pop up as 'DJ LEY'...which of course did'nt surprise me one bit ! Good to catch Mike n Doug late last eve also . Doug sounds exactly the same to this day .
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2010
I Hope Everyone Enjoyed This Sunday As Much as I Did.
susan moore - 2.28.2010
keep getting error w. connection...darn
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2010
This is an actual unscoped air check of Doug Van Allen and Mike Lyons from 1973. Not bad quality from a 37 year old reel to reel tape.
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2010
Time Warp going On Right now.
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2010
Coming up in a few minutes we have a taste of the Doug Van Allen and Mike Lyons Shows from 1973.
jo - 2.28.2010
what a freaking awesome day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
susan moore - 2.28.2010
Lee: thanxks so much for remembering Mike--hard to express in words, how much it means to have him back where he always wanted to be.Leslie tells me she caught one of his shorts (Lounge Lizard, perhaps?)this AM.I missed it.
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2010
Hudson/Ford On Now.
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2010
Right Now : Randy Newman Is On.
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2010
Gary Wright LIVE on now.
Lee arnold - 2.28.2010
If anyone had trouble getting in, I just Just Doubled my capacity. Try again. It's Only money.:-)
Jim McPherson - 2.28.2010
Listening to the Poco broadcast right now ! Forgot that they were actually the opening band for John Mayall for that show. I just saw John Mayall last weekend at the 4th annual Brews BQ street fest in downtown Orlando. Great show ( even if local attorney Daniel J. Newlin did introduce him as John May-Hall ). John is 76 years old now and still layin' down the blues ! Kinda comforting to know that Mayall, Poco and WORJ are still around today and still kickin' out the jams !
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2010
Lee Arnold - 2.27.2010
Tomorrow, Sunday, February 28th Marks the 3rd Anniversay of the Return of WORJ Radio. That is the day we launched our IRadio Version of the Rare Medium That's Well Done. We Will be Doing Some Special Things THIS Sunday. Tune In.Special Broadcasts Will Kick Off around 10 AM CST (11 AM in Florida) with Poco Live from The Orlando Sports Stadium (10/27/72). Live Broadcasts From Poco : Gary Wright : Randy Newman : Emmy Lou Harris : Hudson/Ford : Heartsfield : Michael Stanley Band : and Special little treats throughout the day.
Lee Arnold - 2.26.2010
Nice Catch on the Bodeans/Jeff Beck similarity, Tommy. Love when someone notices.
TWilliams - 2.26.2010
Happy Birthday Johnny Cash .
TWilliams - 2.26.2010
...don'tcha just love it when you're addressed by most all your proper nickname/slurs ? I know I do . lmfao...
Lee Arnold - 2.26.2010
Hippies, Beatniks, Slackers, Malcontents and Freaks of all Stripes Welcome. Sunday, February 28th Marks the 3rd Anniversay of the Return of WORJ Radio. That is the day we launched our IRadio Version of the Rare Medium That's Well Done. We Will be Doing Some Special Things THIS Sunday. Tune In.
TWilliams - 2.26.2010
Lee,your ear is as sharp ever ! Caught "All The Blues' & "Blanket" back to back this morning - I'd say they are as close as Joe 'Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way & Steve Miller's "The Stake" -and I'm even more certain now that Bright Eyes ripped off Santa Claus is Coming to Town ...thanx man !
Jim McPherson - 2.25.2010
Happy Birthday Jo ! :)
TWilliams - 2.25.2010
ahh...less than a little knowledge is dangerous.
jo - 2.25.2010
one can never get enough education i say! yesterday, i learned to blow a sandwich toothpick (the one with the swirly thing on the end of it)through a straw across the room in a dining establishment; with well wishes from the wait person. you can never learn enough i say!!! wonderful days to each of you!! thank you again for the wishes!!!
Wayne Mereck - 2.24.2010
A long distance Happy Birthday, many more rockin years. Cheers!
jo - 2.24.2010
thanks! you cats are some pretty cool buds!
Lee Arnold - 2.24.2010
jo - 2.24.2010
; )
TWilliams - 2.24.2010
Yes,I agree on the new tunes . Good stuff - keep em comin ! Also, a Happy Birthday to the unstoppable jo today !
Lee Arnold - 2.23.2010
Hey Tommy. Thanks for the Feedback. I love The Bodeans record. "All The Blues" guitar sound reminds me of Jeff Beck's Blanket. Rick Birkbeck and Friends is a real treat as well.
TWilliams - 2.22.2010
Lee, the new Bodeans is a treat . I think my fav is 'All the Blues' so far...caught a couple of Birkbeck's tunes as well this evening .
Lee Arnold - 2.22.2010
WORJ.com is Playing some New Tunes from Orlando's Own, Rick Birkbeck and Friends. The New CD is called, Calling Home. Central Florida folks from back in the day will remember Rick from The Snooks. Check it out. Cool new music.
Don Gilliland - 2.18.2010
I will also join the chorus of those urging people to support locally owned stores like East-West. Hanna was a legend, not only for her wonderful radio voice, but also for her great record shop and personality. She and East-West were definitely one of my inspirations for opening my own shop so many years ago. How I ended up running a secondhand bookshop in Bangkok, Thailand (Dasa Books) I'm not sure, but I think part of that is from being inspired by people like Hanna and Roman and also Craig (the "Crunchy Armadillo" himself). If I was still in Orlando I'm sure I'd be supporting East-West and my other retail brethren. Long live the indie store!
Lee Arnold - 2.17.2010
If You're A Bodean's Fan, I have a Treat For You. WORJ.com is Playing Tracks From The "NEW" Bodean's Album, "Mr. Sad Clown", Tonight and Tomorrow. WorldWide Debut.
Wayne Mereck - 2.15.2010
Last purchase I made at East-West Records before leaving CF was a couple Level 42 CDs back in '94.
TWilliams - 2.15.2010
LOVED Hanna's lunch time sets - "The Blue Plate Special" .More than once was late back to class cuz you just HAD to hear it to the end .
jo - 2.15.2010
smiling about hanna!! and wayne- thin mints and caramel delights. no hydrogenated anything, so that means they count as healthy!!!!!
Doug Clifford - 2.15.2010
Yes I agree with supporting your local independent record/cd store. However in Gainesville, the guy said he couldn't get Eclection and it took him a month to get Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks Live"( I prefer the original-more 'organic') because he didn't have enought orders to do an order. By the way Hannah, I remember once promoting your show "Wake Up With A Girl-Hannah-tommorrow morning at 8".
hanna - 2.15.2010
thanks, lee, tommy and all my friends that remember my lil record shop...still plugging along for almost 39(!) years. it's fun and surreal to be selling vinyl to a brand new generation. and it's amazing to be able to listen to so much new music...still as brilliant and lame as it's ever been. wherever you are...wherever you live...don't forget your LOCAL independent music shops. WE NEED YOU!
Wayne Mereck - 2.15.2010
Too late! I already have purchased four boxes of shortbreads. Mmmmmmm
jo - 2.13.2010
beware, the gs cookies are out in full force :)
Lee Arnold - 2.13.2010
East-West Opened their first store in Winter Park in 1971. The South Orlando location,that they're in now,opened in 1972. Almost 40 years turning Orlando onto great music. Stop in and say Hi to the always wonderful Hanna ( a WORJ DJ from back in the day).
Lee Arnold - 2.13.2010
Support your local independent Record stores, if you're lucky enough to still have one. In Orlando, that IS East-West Records.
TWilliams - 2.13.2010
Cool stuff guys . Theres also this cat named Craig Michaels that is in the business of internet sales . I kinda like the old fashioned go-to-the store thing and really enjoy going to East West to see Hanna for treasures . She's quite the gem herself .
Wayne Mereck - 2.10.2010
Doug, I also like DeepDiscount.com, great selection and free shipping along with reasonable prices on CDs,DVDs and other stuff.
Doug Clifford - 2.10.2010
Ex-weekender Doug here. Have recently learned of an amazing place to get regular and obscure CD's. It's cduniverse.com. Anybody remember Eclection or Stone Country (with Steve Young)? They had both. Fair prices too.
TWilliams - 2.9.2010
Happy Anniversary Neal . btw-you playing Todd Rundgren before school gave us an 'in' w/the very coolest girls way back then
Neal Mirsky - 2.8.2010
Back in February 1973, I was making the long drive out to the studio in Harlem Hights to do my very first show on WORJ. It was about 5am and Mike Lyons played Monty Python's "Argument Clinic". I almost drove off the road from laughing so hard. I've been a hugh Python fan ever since. Thanks for that Mike. I miss you every day.
Wayne Mereck - 2.7.2010
At least on my first picks. Just like they say when you take a test, you go with your first instincts.
Wayne Mereck - 2.7.2010
Well I was 3 out of 4. I should have known Pinball Wizard would have to be in the set. Most excellent visuals. Cheers
Lee Arnold - 2.4.2010
Steve, IT IS!! BTW: Nice to see you here.
Steve Baione - 2.4.2010
You will Not be able to stay home, Brother. You will Not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out. You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip out for a beer during commercials, Because The Revolution Will Not Be Televised!!! Lee, I like this theme. It's about time, isn't it?
jo - 2.4.2010
hey everyone, peace and tunes, hope everyone is doing alright! (sung by mark farner of course! ;)
Lee Arnold - 2.3.2010
Tommy, glad you liked it.
TWilliams - 2.3.2010
nice little tribute set to the 'Day the Music Died " , Thanks Lee
TWilliams - 2.3.2010
while listening to the radio y/day,heard a comment about Brian Johnson bashing Bono . Decided to look it up and found a story with the headline "AC/DC's Brian Johnson bags Bono and Bob Geldof for public charity work "-personally,I'm of Brian's train of thought-how bout you ?
Zaida Zoller - 2.3.2010
Was just in Memphis for the Int'l Nat'l Blues Challenge and saw Craig Michaels. HOLY SMOKES! Craig, dude, yer skinny!! Got a picture to post if I can figure out HOW!!!
Jim McPherson - 2.1.2010
Cool vid of Tin House performing " Morning Dew " from one of their reunion gigs last year ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1swf-WrtGI8&feature=related
Charlie Spencer-Lane - 1.31.2010
I collect bootlegs, mostly live stuff. I recently made contact with a guy who calls himself "Redbear." We did some trading and I scored some very hot shows from a place called the Joint in the Woods. I found your site because apparently several of these shows aired live on your station. George Thorogood - David Johannson, Johnny Winter, the guy from the rocky horror picture show, and a bunch that were audience recordings including Chuck Berry. The WORJ shows were of an extremely great quality and they really really rocked. All told I got 12 shows from the Joint. Anyone care to tell me a little about this place? Must have been a hell of a club. Anyone have anything from the Joint in the Woods that I haven't mentioned, let me know and we'll do some trading. I'm Charlie Spencer-Lane. Thanks.
Lee Arnold - 1.30.2010
Thank you, John.
John Aseff - 1.30.2010
Listening to Monty Python's Argument clinic from Matching Tie and Handkerchief on WORJ. I know that album by heart. I wore it out in my senior year of high school.
John Aseff - 1.30.2010
Listening live. Haven't heard Mountain for far too long. WORJ is still amazing!
Jim McPherson - 1.28.2010
A YouTube video of Led Zeppelin performing " Immigrant Song " @ the Orlando Sports Stadium 8/31/71 ... from the bootleg known as Florida Sunshine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq2c-mqXwig&feature=related
Jim McPherson - 1.27.2010
Nice ! ... just heard " You Burn Me Up And Down " by We The People ... haven't heard that in forever ! Just doin' my part trying to keep the Central Fla. listening numbers up. : )
Lee Arnold - 1.26.2010
Thanks for the feedback guys. Sometimes I just need to know.
TWilliams - 1.24.2010
Good Morning ORJ ! Yes,it is so nice to have our beloved station blasting away into the 21st century . Good to hear from Doug and Leanmean also . How's the sign on the tailgate working jo ?...
Wayne Mereck - 1.24.2010
Lee, I was just sittin here having a cup of coffee and enjoying .com this morning. Checked in here and sawit has been a while since the last post. I have to say listening to WORJ makes me feel like I am back in CF. As long as you feel like doing this, I will do my best to be a listener/supporter. Cheers
Leanmean - 1.18.2010
I just posted this (WORJ) Web address on Facebook's site called Growing Up in Orlando before Disney. If you go there, you will see lots of us are still here. I think I'm the first one who posted about WORJ. WLOF is the biggie at the moment on the site because it was the only station that played rock music before WORJ. Dick Camnitz (Dick Shane) is a frequent poster and put up a WLOF Top 40 sheet. It's a pretty amazing site if you lived here before Disney! This site (WORJ) might get a few more posters now that folks on FB know about it! Long live Rock - and WORJ!!
Doug H - 1.15.2010
I used to listen to 'ORJ in the early-mid 70's and live in Orlando now (moved here in the early-80's). If I held the antenna on my parent's AM/FM cassette in the kitchen just right, I could pick it up in Titusville. When I was 14, I used to stand there and listen like that for hours, mesmerized. I've lurked here for a couple years now and listen to the online station now & then. What I like about it is it has the same eclectic feel of the original, and even now I heard a couple new artists I checked out as a result- just like the old days. Thanks for the memories and all the hard work that goes into keeping this going now. This station was a big part of my "musically-formative years".
jo - 1.14.2010
i think there are still many in small spaces of orlando who are still here, who simply just are not aware that worj is online. i talked with some folks at the les dudek show, and they were pleasantly surprised to hear of it! maybe i will write worj.com on my spare tire (back of truck) for a week or two and see what response i get...
Roger Brown - 1.13.2010
Lee, methinks fewer and fewer of the original late 60's to mid 70's listeners are still in central Florida. Now, it's "central Florida and THE WORLD!" (I'm still here for a few more years)
Lee Arnold - 1.13.2010
March First Is the Anniversary of the First Listener of WORJ.com tuning in and hearing our little IRadio version of WORJ. Our Baby will turn 3 years old in less than 2 months. The listening has really exploded World Wide in the last 3 years, but the Orlando Area listening has gone down considerably. Has it passed it's time of relevance with the listeners that it was actually launched for? Let me know what you think.
Roger Brown - 1.10.2010
I'll throw Behind Blue Eyes into the running.
Wayne Mereck - 1.10.2010
Thanks Jim, In my picks for SB halftime, I would like to change My Generation to Won't Get Fooled Again. I figure Baba O'riley, Won't Get Fooled Again and Who Are You are all CSI show themes and I just really like Eminence Front.
Jim McPherson - 1.10.2010
Great time at the Les Dudek show last night ! Les still plays smoking guitar and is in fine voice as well. Zaida and Jo, good to see you as always ... Wayne, ran into Gary Moffatt there, said to tell you hello.
Craig Michaels - 1.9.2010
Zaida - I was hoping you were still planning to come up for IBC... my favorite event of the entire year. I hope it warms up a bit in the next ten daze or so... we're having record lows here (went down to 8 last night. 8, with nothing after it). Matters not, though - it's, to my ears, the best music event of the whole year!
Zaida Zoller - 1.9.2010
Craig: see you in Memphis on the 21st. I will be a judge that night in solo/due competition at Mr. Handy's Blues Hall. Can't wait for IBC - going to be great. But I bet it's even colder since they backed it up a couple weeks. YIKES!
Zaida Zoller - 1.9.2010
Hey - all you Orlando ORJ-ers - hope you can make it to McWells tonight (Sat. 1/9) to see LES DUDEK. Gonna be a great show. Starts around 8 p.m.
jo - 1.8.2010
how spectacular would it be if tina turner was involved? some acid queen rocking the half time!
Wayne Mereck - 1.6.2010
Baba O'riley, Who are you, My Generation and Eminence Front
Craig Michaels - 1.6.2010
Howzabout a little WORJ/Superbowl speculation? The WHo are playing at halftime, and history suggests we'll get about a ten minute medley of four song snippets. If you're The Who... which four songs? Here's a starter guess... My Generation, Won't Get Fooled Again, Pinball Wizard and Love Reign O'er Me. Leaves out a LOT of classics, though...
TWilliams - 1.6.2010
Hey John ! Happy New Year ! I hope Santa was good to you and all is well in Hotlanta .
DAVID CONOVER - 1.5.2010
I wanted to ask Bird if he was in the band Somf City that played here in Orlando. If so do you recall playing at Edgwater High school somewhere around 1980? My girlfriend and I had a great time and I always wondered what became of them. Hope to find out soon.
DAVID CONOVER - 1.5.2010
Happy New Year to everyone! Thanks for all the music and memories. My original WORJ license plate hangs proudly in my house. It is still in mint condition. I wanted to know if anyone could remember if one of the DJ's lived at 2217 Helen street (across from Princeton Elementary) in a duplex. I lived next door as a kid and I think I remember him saying he worked at WORJ. We gave him a kitten that only had three legs but could get around as good as all the other kittens. I may be completely off base but I thought I would throw it out there. It would be neat to find out who that was. I love reading all the old memories. My mom worked at Jordan Marsh for 22 years and my dad worked for the Sentinel Star in the printing department. Thanks for keeping WORJ and old central Florida alive.
John Aseff - 1.5.2010
Hey Tommy! I hope all is well.
Lee Arnold - 1.5.2010
Thinking about, Tommy Boy. Please take care.
TWilliams - 1.4.2010
Thanks Lee . I assure you all is as well as can be here . My absolute best wishes to you and all in this unique family you've brought together . I'm sure I'm not alone in believing the site and the music enrich our lives .
Lee Arnold - 1.4.2010
So glad that you are all right Tommy. I was concerned.
TWilliams - 1.4.2010
nice girl theme 2day Lee...which leads to the question : Is every woman like a sock on the jaw ?
TWilliams - 1.4.2010
Hey Lee ! I'm alive n kicking . Been busy w/work , and went to see the DR to get another shrink . I sit n tell him bout my weekend but he never betrays what he thinks.I hope all in the family had fabulous holidays !
Lee Arnold - 1.3.2010
Tommy, Where have you been? Everything Good?
jo - 1.3.2010
gosh lee, i feel like its my musical birthday with all this j- tastic music you are sending out! jgeils, jj cale.
Don Gilliland - 1.2.2010
Hey Bird; turning you on to the Residents was just my duty. Craig was the one who had turned me on to them, so I was following his lead. Did I ever tell you about the time I went to the Ralph Records (the band's label) office in San Francisco? One guy running the place. Very nice, but a bit evasive about answering questions, in keeping with the band's mysterious nature. Yes, I'm still in Thailand. Just got back from a trip to Myanmar last week. You can see photos on my site: www.bangkokdazed.com
Wayne Mereck - 1.1.2010
Aw heck, I hear you get a couple of Perriers into W and he's a hoot and Laura make a helluva peach cobbler.
jo - 1.1.2010
Happy New Year!!!! stay out of the bushes!
Wayne Mereck - 12.31.2009
Lee, I'm gonna have to start leaving over the pages in my Road Atlas to keep track of all the states I am going through. Sure helps brighten up a gloomy wintery day. Jo, I ould tell Carla to check out the link you sent, but she stays away from her computer as much as possible. I do remember reading on the board that there was an article about the house where the stage used to be. Happy New Year!
jo - 12.31.2009
an article about the sports stadium i ran across - http://www.cwfarchives.com/Location.php?pageNum_events=0&totalRows_events=109&id=13
Lee Arnold - 12.31.2009
Wishing Everyone A Happy and Safe New Year.
Lee Arnold - 12.30.2009
Thanks, Roger.
Roger Brown - 12.30.2009
Nice women/girls theme today, Lee!
Wayne Mereck - 12.30.2009
Jim, that was really funny. The mature bands do need to come up with germane shows. Not exactly to the extent of comedy, just more in the day. As much as I hate to admit it, we are a long way from the '70s, at least in body. ;o)
Roger Brown - 12.30.2009
For any Deadhead fans out there, Crazy Otto (the band that opened for NRPS at the Plaza) will be at Legends Sportsbar for their New Years Party, starting at 10 pm. $10 cover. Legends is on Orange Ave., across the street from ORMC hospital. Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/crazyottobandorlando
Jim McPherson - 12.29.2009
This is funny stuff ... Tim Hawkins - Old Rock Star Songs ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnPINGavPP0
Lee Arnold - 12.29.2009
Craig Michaels - 12.28.2009
Guess the band will be scurrying out of town! The Residents show here in Memphis is Feb 4... fifteen bucks at a hall that can't possibly comfortably accommodate more than a hundred or so people... We'll have to compare notes after the two shows!
bird - 12.27.2009
I just checked and the Residents are performing Feb 5th at the Variety in Atlanta. Tickets $25. I will be there.
bird - 12.27.2009
THE RESIDENTS live? Where? I would go to that in a New York minute. Don, you are the one who turned me on to the Commercial Album, remember? "There's something I must tell you, there's something I must say, the only really perfect love is one that gets away". That was my favorite album to listen to in my apartment while swilling beer alone circa 1981. P.S. Don, you still over there in Thailand?
Lee Arnold - 12.27.2009
Playing lots of MY FAVORITE songs today on WORJ.com.
Wayne Mereck - 12.26.2009
It is truly my pleasure, my friend. I may actually be a bit selfish. I do not know what I would do without having my days start with the music that has always put my head in the right place. I do sincerely appreciate you. Namaste
Lee Arnold - 12.26.2009
Wayne, my friend, your continuing financial support of WORJ.com and my efforts are beyond the call of duty. Thank you so much. Your support is appreciated more than you could ever know. 2009 was an extremely tough year for me financially and your consistant help is mind boggling. Please have a great holiday and the best New Year possible.
Lee Arnold - 12.26.2009
Roger. Thanks my friend. Truly appreciated. Have a Great New Year.
Wayne Mereck - 12.25.2009
Merry Christmas!
Don Gilliland - 12.24.2009
Craig; you absolutely MUST go to that Residents show and report back. Like you, I can't believe they are actually playing in public; wearing giant eyeballs or some sort of disguise I would assume. They were definitely one of the more offbeat bands of the past 30 years. Remember "The Commercial Album" they did? All songs were one-minute in length. Brilliant stuff.
Jim McPherson - 12.24.2009
My pleasure Lee ! ... thanks to YOU for keeping the Music Alive ! Merry Christmas to you & yours ! : )
Lee Arnold - 12.24.2009
Jim, Thank you so much. Have a wonderful Christmas. Here's to keeping the Music Alive!!
Lee Arnold - 12.23.2009
Merry Christmas To All.
Rick - 12.23.2009
There are no rules. There is no contest. There is nothing to enter. There is no way to win. The object is to find the pickle.
jo - 12.23.2009
congrats wayne!! =D
Bird - 12.22.2009
It's Bird from SOMF CITY checking in. We played at the old Pitcher House and had a great time. Jim, thanks for coming out and good to meet you. We also played at the Tin House Ranch the weekend before and had a good time; there were a lot of really old school Orlando musicians there playing their a**es off (although Floyd was absent and has announced his retirement from gigging).
Wayne Mereck - 12.22.2009
A very fitting tribute! Kudos Lee, nothing will fill the whole in your heart, but you are definitely pouring in some good tunes to help make it a little more shallow, Cheers!
Lee Arnold - 12.22.2009
Wayne Mereck, figured it out. "Sets of songs with titles that start with the letters of M I K E L Y O N S seems where it is headed" was his guess. We are playing every song in the library, alphabetically, for each letter in Mike's name. Just my way of saluting and remembering my dear friend Mike. Wayne : You are hereby Crowned, "The First To Figure It Out".
Wayne Mereck - 12.22.2009
Lee, you are most welcome. I hope you and Gay enjoy a good cup while listening to your artistry of assembling tunes. Does this mean I figured out the theme?
Lee Arnold - 12.22.2009
Wayne, Thank you so much for the coffee. Truly appreciated. Have the most Wonderful of Holidays. BTW: You are very intuitive. :-)
jo - 12.22.2009
jo - 12.22.2009
ok,here goes, songs with at least one vowel in the title that share the STORY of the night of Christmas, however it is kinda like find the pickle, spelling mike lyons with the 1st letters of the songs. (Merry Christmas, that's just from me)
Wayne Mereck - 12.22.2009
M I K E L Y O N S seems where it is headed
jo - 12.22.2009
find the pickle?
Lee Arnold - 12.21.2009
Not Merry Christmas, but on the right track, kinda.
jo - 12.21.2009
ok, songs with at least one vowel in the title that share the expression of the meaning of the message of the night of Christmas, with Merry Christmas on the side.
jo - 12.21.2009
love, world love. peace on earth.
jo - 12.21.2009
not trying to put meaning in a box...
jo - 12.21.2009
although, i am thinking that "the meaning" of Christmas may be taking some form here, musically...
Wayne Mereck - 12.21.2009
By joRJ, I think you may have it!
jo - 12.21.2009
till, it all finally spells out Merry Christmas. a musical Merry Christmas!
Wayne Mereck - 12.21.2009
Sets of songs with titles that start with the letters of MERRY CHRISTMAS and in that order. whew!
jo - 12.21.2009
first 2 letters of song...
Wayne Mereck - 12.21.2009
M E R Y C H R I S T M A S, I Left out redundant letters in my last try, this time only ones that occur twice in a row
jo - 12.21.2009
by the time you are done your music will have spelled merry christmas w the first letter of the song sets and a fair balance of multi cultural world music from a day gone by? or something like that....
Lee Arnold - 12.21.2009
Getting Warmer.
Wayne Mereck - 12.21.2009
Songs that start with M E R Y C H I S T A S
TW - 12.21.2009
seems you're playing sets of songs that all 'share' with each other...lmao @ Craig
Craig Michaels - 12.21.2009
Ah! Playing nothing buts songs that have at LEAST one vowel in the song title!
Lee Arnold - 12.21.2009
Starting at 5:00 PM(or so), WORJ will be doing something special. See if you can figure it out. It should last through Christmas. First to figure it out will be crowned, "The First To Figure It Out".
Wayne Mereck - 12.21.2009
I remember getting to Tampa Stadium early in order to get a good location. The big screen was up and I was trying to figure out what it was for. Then as it got a little dark some test patterns were being put on the screen and it reminded me of a demenstration of the Videobeam at Stereo Corner. It was then that I looked around and noticed the video cameras at the front of the stage. I told Laura that she was about to see the biggest TV she ever saw. During the concert I also remember being impressed by the HUGE drum set that surrounded the drummer. Sort of reminded me of Rick Wakeman and his keyboards.
Wayne Mereck - 12.20.2009
That was a great concert. The Tull-e-vision was a new concept at the time. Advent was pioneering projection TV with their Videobeam. Ian Anderson had a great time with it. They had 3 or 4 cameras at the front of the stage and he used them all. The young lady that I took to the concert had promised me it would be one of the best I ever saw, and to date it has been. We didn't know they were going to have the video and I still remembe Ian looking into the camera as if he were looking straight at you. Thanks for jarring that memory.
Jim McPherson - 12.20.2009
Never cease to be amazed by the stuff you can find on YouTube ... like this clip of Jethro Tull performing " Too Old To Rock n' Roll, Too Young To Die " at Tampa Stadium on July 31, 1976. There's also about a half dozen more clips from this show over in the Related Videos section. I believe this was the tour that they introduced " TullaVision " on, anybody remember this concert ? ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80LJTeto8MQ&feature=related
Craig Michaels - 12.19.2009
If Santa's really watching, he may skip all of Memphis on my behalf...
Lee Arnold - 12.19.2009
Naughty or Nice? Remember Santa is watching.
Jim McPherson - 12.19.2009
Great party last night with the SOMF City Band at the place formerly known as The Pitcher House ! The house was packed, the band was hot and the libations were cold ... what more can you ask for ? Saw some faces I hadn't seen in ages, probably a few more there that I just didn't recognize ... too many years and too many beers gone by ! Zaida, good to see you as always ... I promise I'll make it down to McWell's here soon.
JIm McPherson - 12.18.2009
Jo, " Seasons In The Sun " belongs right there next to Bo Donaldson's immortal " Billy, Don't Be A Hero " in the Schlock N' Roll HOF !
Craig Michaels - 12.18.2009
Okay, so I'm looking at The Memphis Flyer, local entertainment weekly, to see if there's any interesting shows forthcoming. Little, small club called The Hi Tone has some great acts from time to time, and I see that in February, they have The Residents listed. If you're familiar with The Residents, you can understand how amused I was at that... can't be THE Residents... and if you're not familiar, suffice to say that the Rock HOF could devote a whole wing of "musical weirdness" to them. I checked their website out of morbid curiosity... and oh my gawd. The Residents are playing in Memphis at a small club in February. Where's my eyeball?!?!?
Wayne Mereck - 12.18.2009
Long before air guitar was in vogue, how many school desk tops were used to beat out the Surfaris' "Wipeout" it should be enshrined in some way. I believe I remember hearing a bluegrass version played, quite interesting with some banjo and mandolin thrown in.
jo - 12.17.2009
i would like to toss in a nominee if i may. terry jacks for his 1974 smash "seasons in the sun".
Wayne Mereck - 12.17.2009
If nothing else this stimulation is helping ward off dementia ;o)
Craig Michaels - 12.17.2009
And, while I don't know names, I believe I've heard/read more than once that the string of hits from Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Kazenetz-Katz Super Circus and probably a few others that slip my mind at the moment were all cranked out by the same group of musicians. As far as the pop charts in the middle sixties, these guys were dominant!!
Mike ZArek - 12.17.2009
..and my campaign will be for the induction of Tony Burrows. Who is Tony Burrows? Well, he's the lead singer of 5, that's right, FIVE bona-fide hits. That's 4 more than Percy Sledge and 3 more than Blondie. He often gets overlooked as the 5 hits he sang lead on were by 5 different "one-hit-wonder" bands: ** "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)", Edison Lighthouse, #5 (April 1970) ** "My Baby Loves Lovin'", The White Plains (July 1970) ** "United We Stand", Brotherhood Of Man (July 1970) ** "Gimme Dat Ding", The Pipkins (July 1970) ** "Beach Baby", The First Class (October 1974) .... 5 hits, 5 bands.. now how could you *not* include him in the HoF????
Craig Michaels - 12.17.2009
I'm starting my campaign right now, lobbying for Rick Dees. C'mon, man... "Disco Duck" is as classic and HOF-worthy as it gets...
Wayne Mereck - 12.17.2009
Probably, I mean how can you beat "All I Want Is A Hula Hoop"
Jim McPherson - 12.16.2009
Hell, Journey deserves to be in the RRHOF as much as ABBA, they were definitely more " rock n' roll " and they sold a gazillion records but Rolling Stone has made no secret over the years as to how much they despise the band so it'll probably never happen. Same thing with Rush ! Same thing with Grand Funk RR ! And too many others ! I actually like some songs by ABBA, I just can't view them in the same company as The Beatles, The Stones, Dylan, Springsteen, etc., etc. Seriously, next year it's gonna be Alvin & The Chipmunks !
Wayne Mereck - 12.16.2009
Seminole County is ok, I'm just glad I grew up in Orange County. Earlier I said ABBA and should have said what's next The Captain and Tennille an The Carpenters. By definition it could happen............what a world, what a world!
Mike Zarek - 12.16.2009
Craig, there is nothing strange about Seminole County prohibiting poker when you remember that Seminole County also prohibits women from having tits.
Mike Zarek - 12.16.2009
By that standard, I guess ABBA does deserve to be in ... they have definitely contributed to the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock music providing a clear definition of what rock music *isnt'*.
Mike Zarek - 12.16.2009
From the www.rockhall.com site: Induction Ceremony and Process - Election of Inductees - Leaders in the music industry joined together in 1983 to establish the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. One of the Foundation’s many functions is to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll by inducting them into the Hall of Fame.
Craig Michaels - 12.16.2009
I think the best point that Times article makes is that the hall simply has no definition as to what it wants to be. Is it celebrating innovation, notoriety or record sales? There's a myriad of artists still being snubbed on any of those three platforms...
Jim McPherson - 12.16.2009
Good article from the NY Times on the ABBA vs. KISS debate ... http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/16/abba-vs-kiss-the-eternal-debate-continues/
Craig Michaels - 12.16.2009
Jim, thanks for the link on the fronton. Sure seems silly for a county to "prohibit poker," as was mentioned in the story... especially when the county allows gambling on jai alai, horse and dog racing, etc. Probably one of those goofy laws that was written way too long ago as a knee jerk reaction to something, but it seems like the county would do well to review their stance on something like that.
Craig Michaels - 12.16.2009
Had myself "one of those nights" last night, one of those fantastic music evenings that just happen by the grace of fortune now and then. It was freezing ass cold outside, 29 degrees or so by 9pm. However, Mr. Michaels had a touch of cabin fever, and as such, put on a long sleeve shirt and a warm coat and braved the cold to trek up to Beale Street. Not much happening, but Delta Highway, one of my very favorite of a promising crop of newish, youngish blues bands, was playing at a little hole in the wall called The Blues Hall. Holy cow. Caught them on as good a night as could have been. They were completely nuts on right from the start (and they knew it, which always helps... love it when good musicians wind up showing off for one another on a night when they know they have it). As the evening wore on, for whatever reason, a LOT of Memphis area musician/dignitary folks happened to stop in, so the stage got a little crowded at times with guest players. Where there were 25 people watching the first set, there were 200 for the second set... 200 people in a room that comfortably holds about 75. Good, good craziness, band and guests all knocking it down... Fella sitting next to me at the bar is a big deal blues fan from Boston - he assures me that not much is happening in the blues world in Boston - and we had a great time, great conversation, and a few too many Crown and sodas. He said the show last night was literally among the ten finest shows he had EVER seen, including a lot of big deal names. The band was so good that people in the bar were high-fiving complete and total strangers just for the joy of what we were experiencing together. Hot and cold, all on the same night, and wandering home at 1 in the morning (it was cold, significantly cold, had-a-buzz-and-still-knew-it-was-cold kind of cold) was a fine and fun experience!
Craig Michaels - 12.16.2009
While they're not my cup of tea, I haven't got as much of a problem with Abba's induction as I do with the discussion we had a while back about who ISN'T in there. I guess there's certainly room for argument whether a band like Abba belongs in a "rock and roll" hall of fame... but by the same token, they certainly sold a few boatloads of records, and I know a lot of people who have them on a "guilty pleasures" list of acts they enjoy. Maybe it will open the doors, as it were, for other deserving pop bands, like the Monkees or whatever. Hmmmm... maybe they can get Alice Cooper to do a good Abba medley at the ceremony!!!
Jim McPherson - 12.16.2009
It's unlikely that ABBA will even perform at the RRHOF induction ceremony, seeing as they've gone on record saying they'd rather be remembered as they were and have turned down numerous offers to reunite. Also, one of the girls now refuses to fly. Hell, Alice Cooper has been around as long as ABBA and is still going strong today ... bet he'd have no problem getting up there and giving a kick ass performance ! I'm wondering if Jann Wenner put ABBA in there as a way to stir up some controversy and exposure ... it wouldn't be the first time the RRHOF has been accused of padding the bill with " name " stars, at the expense of more deserving artists, to sell more dinner tickets.
Jim McPherson - 12.16.2009
Craig, looks like the Jai-Alai Fronton got a stay of execution at the last moment ... apparently, a buyer with deep pockets has come forward and it will remain open for now. Here's a link ... http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-jai-alai-stays-open-20091216,0,2075331.story
Craig Michaels - 12.16.2009
Shew... Abba, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies and The Stooges inducted as performers. At least Genesis finally gets in, righting a great wrong there. Maybe they should make a new policy where all the performing inductees have to perform a song from one of the other inductees... could be kind of interesting hearing Jimmy Cliff covering something from, say, "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway." Abba covering The Hollies would be about the least of the damage done there, possibly...
Mike Zarek - 12.16.2009
Mike Zarek - 12.16.2009
It gets worse... I just realized this one. Abba: In ... Neil Diamond: Not ..
Craig Michaels - 12.15.2009
Abba abd The Stooges inducted at the same time... holy shit... now I wanna be your Waterloo?????
Jim McPherson - 12.15.2009
Nominating ABBA is just a big " FUCK YOU ! " to a lot of other bands who are way more deserving ... someone's got some explainin' to do !
Wayne Mereck - 12.15.2009
ABBA, Carpenters and Captain and Tennille just don't bring Rock to mind in any fashion.
Mike Zarek - 12.15.2009
ABBA, In... Kiss, Out... WHAT THE FUCK?
Mike Zarek - 12.15.2009
ABBA???? #$*&@#A*^% ABBA???
John - 12.15.2009
Just happend apon this blog and wanted to let you know, The SOMF City Band will be at the Picture House in Maitland this Friday the 18th 2009 for there annual Christmas Bash!!! Starts at 9:30 No Cover Charge
Craig Michaels - 12.15.2009
Good Sir Lee - For your consideration... might be fun to do a "Classic Feature Album" day. I think it's been a while, though I may have missed it...
Lee Arnold - 12.15.2009
It's A Twofer Tuesday.
Wayne Mereck - 12.15.2009
I remember hearing the name of ZZ Top and laughing, I though "they named themselves after rolling papers". I had never heard of them before that concert which was before they released Tres Hombres, which got a lot of air play.
Roger Brown - 12.14.2009
Y'all are right,'73. My typo.
Steve Baione - 12.14.2009
Wayne & Roger; I was at the same Deep Purple show 6/16/73. I remember because it was my 16th birthday. I also went to the Led Zep show 5/5/73 and Pink Floyd 6/29/73. Three GREAT shows within 6 weeks.
Wayne Mereck - 12.13.2009
I remember going to my second concert a couple of weeks later, it was Pink Floyd doing some of their early stuff and finishing with Dark Side of The Moon tunes. That was the week before I had my 17th birthday.
Wayne Mereck - 12.13.2009
Roger, That was the first concert I ever went to. I couldn't believe my parents let me drive to Tampa for it. I remember when they anounced Billy wasn't going to play and ZZ Top was filling in to open and Blue Oyster Cult also played. I thought it was in the summer of '73.
Craig Michaels - 12.13.2009
Zaida, we obviously saw a lot of the same shows... EWF at the Jai Alai was great, and if I remember right, Firefall was actually opening for legendary blues guitarist Roy Buchanan; not sure who matched the two acts, but it was a heck of a show anyways. The Elvis Costello/Mink DeVille/Nick Lowe show was classic. The afore-mentioned Tom Petty concert was a killer... P-Funk... and leave us never, ever, ever forget Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Relax!
Lee Arnold - 12.13.2009
Thanks guys. Glad you're enjoying it as much as I am. :-)
Roger Brown - 12.13.2009
That Savoy Brown set brought back memories. Tampa Stadium, June 16,'76. Deep Purple closed the show. Richie Blackmore tried to smash his axe on the canopy support post and instead collapsed the canopy. ZZTop replaced Billy Preston's spot on the bill. Good times indeed. BTW: I just saw a ticket stub for this concert go for $74 on ebay. Original concert price was $6.
Jim McPherson - 12.13.2009
Wayne, I second that emotion ! Hearing a 3-fer of Mountain a little while ago made my day ... thanx Lee ! : )
Wayne Mereck - 12.13.2009
Lee, I don't know what I would do without WORJ.com. It has kept me from going crazy reviewing a Prime Item Development Specification full of military mumbo jumbo for a sub-system design I have to bid. The music has been great, as usual, this weekend. Cheers!
JIm McPherson - 12.13.2009
Craig, haven't heard of what they plan to do with the Jai-Alai Fronton property yet, I'll try and keep you posted. Kind of curious as to what's going to become of the old Amway Arena once the new one is finished also ...
Wayne Mereck - 12.13.2009
I actually watched a couple of Jai-Alai matches there. My very good friends father was Costa Rican and also a high school english teacher in Melbourne. He would actually grade all the players, A to E, on the sports page in the Sentinal. It was great going with him since he could explain all the intricacies of the sport. What a fast moving sport. I fondly remember those outings. I am sorry to hear that it has come to an end. He also turned me onto Costa Rican coffee that he would bring back from his visits home, probably why I still love it to this day. Cheers!
Jim McPherson - 12.13.2009
Hey Zaida, good to see you last night too ! I wouldn't have even known about the show if it wasn't for your e-mail updates, thanks for keeping us posted on Cent. Fla. musical happenings ! Tommy put on a really fun show, it was great to see him looking & sounding so good. And Lee, he said to tell you hello !
Lee Arnold - 12.13.2009
I saw Springsteen there as well as The Mama and the Papas. Sad to see it go.
Zaida Zoller - 12.13.2009
Jim: I saw Earth Wind & Fire at the Jai Alai Fronton and Firefall when Mark Andes from Spirit was playing with them as was Michael Clark from the Byrds. Never forget that one.
Zaida Zoller - 12.13.2009
Jim: great to see you and Bobby last night in Daytona Beach at Tommy Talton's solo gig. The music was GREAT and certainly worth the drive. Thanks for the glass of wine too! Blessings.
Craig Michaels - 12.13.2009
Has there been any mention or talk about what will become of the jai alai building?
Lee Arnold - 12.12.2009
On WORJ.com,It's A Ménage à trois Weekend!!
Jim McPherson - 12.12.2009
Today marks the final day of buisness for the Seminole Jai-Alai Fronton in Casselberry, which is closing it's doors after 47 years due to increased competition from casinos and Internet gambling. Always kinda sad to see another long time Central Fla. landmark bite the dust but the times they are a-changin' I guess. I actually only ever went to a couple of Jai-Alai games in my life but I sure saw a lot of great concerts there ... Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, on the Damn The Torpedos tour in 1980, is a particular stand out. What are some of the shows you guys & gals remember ?
Craig Michaels - 12.10.2009
Chevy might not have been the drummer they wanted, but let's see either Becker OR Fagan take a fall like Chevy could!
Wayne Mereck - 12.10.2009
And shudder to think if Becker and Fagan had decided to become comedians, would we have been realin' through the years? ;o)
Jim McPherson - 12.10.2009
Can you imagine ? ... actor, comedian and SNL alum Chevy Chase was ( almost ) the drummer for Steely Dan ! From his Wikipedia profile page ... " Chase played drums for a time with the college band The Leather Canary, headed by school friends Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. At the time, Chase called the group "a bad jazz band", but Becker and Fagen went on to success after they changed their band's name to Steely Dan. Chase is gifted with absolute pitch.[1] He played drums and keyboards for a rock band called Chamaeleon Church, which recorded one album for MGM Records before disbanding in 1969 ". According to Chevy, he knew he wasn't really cut out for the job and told Becker & Fagen that they should find a better drummer. Probably just as well; the first season of SNL wouldn't have been the same without him, because he's Chevy Chase ... and we're not ! : )
Lee Arnold - 12.9.2009
Good New smashing Pumpkins song for FREE at http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/
Lee Arnold - 12.8.2009
Blizzard Turned the Station Off. Power Lines Were Down. Back Up and Rocking Now. DAMN!!!
TWilliams - 12.8.2009
29 years now since John Lennon was taken by a sick son of a bitch . Boiling his ass in oil every day since his terrible deed wouldnt come close to a fitting punishment ...R.I.P. John
Lee Arnold - 12.8.2009
Back Up and Rocking. Tech problem solved. :-)
Wayne Mereck - 12.7.2009
Lee, my days would not start off right without a dose of WORJ.com. My cup of CR coffee and great tunes get me ready for another day at the "fun" factory.
Lee Arnold - 12.6.2009
WORJ.com just passed the 40,000 listening hours mark. Thank you one and all for your support.
jo - 12.6.2009
jo - 12.6.2009
Craig Michaels - 12.4.2009
Yeah... pulled out Ian's first solo album, always a favorite... with the original version of "Once Bitten, Twice Shy." Hearing him sing, "You got the rhythm, you got the speed, mama's little baby likes it short and sweet..." MUCH better that my Mom is not up on stage. Much.
Craig Michaels - 12.4.2009
I've (regrettably) gotten all used to my heroes becoming grandparents and all, but for some reason, Ian Hunter at seventy is a real boggler! Maybe it's because my Mom is seventy, and much as I love her, I'm having a difficult time imagining her up on a rock and roll stage, shakin' her stuff... Actually, maybe it's a good thing that I can't imagine that...
Don Gilliland - 12.4.2009
Craig; yes, VERY hard to believe, but Ian did in fact turn 70. But he still sounds, and looks, about half that age. He and the surviving members of Mott the Hoople reunited for a show in London last month. From the review I read in Mojo Magazine, it was an amazing performance. Old age? Only a state of mind!
Jim McPherson - 12.3.2009
Hey Tommy, good to see you and Zaida last nite too ! Probably should've hung out where you guys were at a little more ... my ears are still ringing lol ! Joe put on a good show; he's got such a great tone, no matter what guitar he's playing. It was a little bit hard not to miss Steven singing, especially on the Aerosmith tunes but it was cool to hear a relative obscurity like " Sight For Sore Eyes ". Too bad not many folks were their to see it ... HOB doesn't really do much to promote it's shows ... but if any of you get a chance to see him, I highly recommend it !
Steve Baione - 12.3.2009
RIP Eric Woolfson of Alan Parson Project. One of my favorites.
TWilliams - 12.3.2009
Good to see you @ HOB last nite Jim ! How bout the number of guitars Joe Perry used ?...the instrumental where he played the left handed Fender was my favorite.
Craig Michaels - 12.2.2009
Ian Hunter turns SEVENTY?!?!?
Don Gilliland - 12.1.2009
Jim, I agree with you about Jeff Beck's "Live at Ronnie Scott's" album; a great set. I also recently picked up the new Ian Hunter album, "Man Overboard" and it's fabulous. Ian turns 70 this year and it doesn't sound like he lost anything; still has that fire and passion. Great tunes and lyrics.
TWilliams - 11.30.2009
tuned in just in time to read the board as 'Blanket' was playing . Beck is Beck-the vocals reminded me of Amy Lee .
Mike Zarek - 11.29.2009
gawd... Ozzy's voice is wrecked...
Mike Zarek - 11.29.2009
Jim: Blanket is on the blu-ray...
Mike Zarek - 11.29.2009
Beautiful rendition of Here Comes The Sun by Paul Simon, with David Crosby and Graham Nash providing backing vocals... Even tho Graham looked like he was going to float off in a poetic dream any second....
Mike Zarek - 11.29.2009
Stevie Wonder just cranked out Superstition with Jeff Beck at the RnR 25th concert. Does anyone know if that's ever happened publicly before?
Mike Zarek - 11.29.2009
The RnR HOF 25th Anniversary Concert is on HBO right now.. Paul Shaffer is not on stage, thank God.
Jim McPherson - 11.29.2009
It sucks that they didn't include " Blanket " on the CD for Jeff Beck ... Live At Ronnie Scott's, but the track is available as a FREE download at Amazon.com. You may have to install the Amazon downloader to get it but it's worth it ... they've got lots of other cool free downloads you can get. Here's the link for " Blanket " ... http://www.amazon.com/Blanket/dp/B001Y0RK0I/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1259510747&sr=301-1
Lee Arnold - 11.28.2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThZN70KNfi8 Jeff Beck with Imogen Heap on vocals. This song is Simply Wonderful. Heap's vocals are haunting and Beck's Guitar work is Amazing. The song is called Blanket. Must watch.
Wayne Mereck - 11.27.2009
not sure why the set around 5:30 CST made me think of Frau Blue-ker?
Lee Arnold - 11.27.2009
In Honor of his 67th Birthday-WORJ.com is presenting a Jimi Hendrix-Electric Ladyland Special at 2 P.M. EST Today. Enjoy!!!
Lee Arnold - 11.26.2009
Hope Everyone Had A Great Thanksgiving.
Wayne Mereck - 11.26.2009
Thanksgiving would not be complete without "Alice's Restaurant" Thanks Lee and Happy Thanksgiving to all. Cheers
TWilliams - 11.26.2009
While "In My Life" plays on our ORJ , it is most fitting to send out the very best wishes to all in the family . Hope everyone has an excellent holiday !
Jim McPherson - 11.26.2009
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving today !
Steve Baione - 11.25.2009
Hello Everyone. Just wanted to check in and say Happy Thanksgiving to all. Be safe if you are traveling to see loved ones. Enjoy your day.
Lee Arnold - 11.25.2009
God How I LOVED ARBY's. Pink, Fresh, Cooked and Sliced in front of your eyes. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to ALL of You, My WORJ Friends.
Jim McPherson - 11.25.2009
There's still good music being put out but you'll rarely find it at the AMA's or any of the other awards shows ... and if you do it's a fluke ! Corporate run public radio is a joke ... all " designed by committee " artists and songs that are Auto-Tuned to within an inch of their life. I like Taylor Swift ... she's a cute kid and she's got talent, I don't begrudge her her success but she's not the only game in town. Another young singer by the name of Diane Birch put out a stunning debut album called " Bible Belt " recently ... it's a real throwback to the days of artists like Carole King and Laura Nyro but I've heard very little about her in the media ... guess there's room for only one media darling at a time ! It's not like the days when almost everyone was given a chance to be heard, listening to WORJ.com radio really makes you realize what's been lost over the years !
Yellowstone - 11.25.2009
I agree with what Lee said about the AMA's. Whitney was great, coming back from the dead zone, most everything else was pure CRAP. What in the heck are they going to play for oldies in the future? I see that Taylor Swift is still riding the wave of "good will" after her attack by a thug. Well, WTF, it is what it is. Thank God we grew up with the good stuff that has a very long shelf life. Reminds me of what Arby's roast beef was at one time, a real beef roast sliced in front of you. Now, it's some lab made square block of pressed something hidden from view. Seems that most of todays music is computer made and processed with fillers instead of real ingredients.
TWilliams - 11.25.2009
ok, I made part of that up . Lee was working that day ...I'm sure we've all had a moment when we'd like to give something to the politicians that give to us
TWilliams - 11.24.2009
just heard on the local 11 o'clock news that 40 years ago today Major Nelson and Jeannie were married in Cocoa Beach . They also said something about still trying to apprehend the young long hair that spiked the punch of Gov. Claude Kirk at the reception held at the Mouse Trap ... Lee ??
TWilliams - 11.24.2009
pssst Jim -Mike Logan told me they could very well be @ Tin House Ranch the 14th...THAT will be the show to attend
Jim McPherson - 11.24.2009
Heard a rumor that Central Fla. legends SOMF City will be playing a reunion gig Dec. 18 @ the Pitcher House in Fern Park. I believe it's also the PH's 35th anniversary. I missed the last couple of shows they played there, I think this one could be epic !
Wayne Mereck - 11.23.2009
Unfortunately the only standard in the music industry is the gold standard. I admit after seeing Taylor Swift on SNL, I was taken with her ability to keep up with the seasoned SNL regulars. I must admit I haven't laughed that hard at SNL in a long time and not really since. I agree with Wynonna Judd, that she is not ready for all the prestige that is being layed on her. I figure in time with maturity she will be a great entertainer, but now is a flash in the pan. I'm not sure how long her yellow brick road will be.
Lee Arnold - 11.23.2009
Tommy. It was depressing.
TWilliams - 11.23.2009
a waste of electricity , huh Lee ?
Lee Arnold - 11.23.2009
Wrote on my facebook page : A rare combination of "Lack of Talent" met "Lack of Passion" on last Nights AMAs. Other than Whitney Houston, the entire evening was such an indictment of everything that is wrong in the Music Industry Today. Style over Substance. Production over Passion. Made Me Sad Watching. Just My Opinion.
TWilliams - 11.22.2009
Attended the benefit last nite for long time OTown musician George Linson,who passed recently . Like the Mike Lyons benefit , thousands of dollars were raised by the house packed by those that loved and admired George . Just a month or so ago George was invited on stage to jam w/Tommy Crain and my memory of him will always be the smile on his face as he packed his harp and tambourine into a small bag at the end of the evening and left the club with a spring in his step . Most fitting that the stage that he built and played on that nite is now adourned w/a large sign -"The George Linson Stage" . This was all organized and put together wonderfully by our own Zaida Zoller , who consistently brings us quality , intimate shows . Zaida - you are truly a Rock n Roll Angel !
Mike Zarek - 11.21.2009
Here's some more info on Chastain's... apparently a quite large family and they maintain a website. http://www.chastaincentral.com/content/restaurant.html
Rick - 11.20.2009
My first job was at WHOO, back in the 60s. As far as I remember, the glass booth over SOBT in front of Chastain's belonged to WKIS 740 AM, not WHOO.
Craig Michaels - 11.18.2009
Al Green is still going stroing... he released an album, "Lay It Down" in the early part of 2008, and to my ears, he still has the voice and soul he always had. Really good album. Al also performed at this past year's "Memphis In May" music fest, and despite the fact that it was cold and rainy and dreary, he put on a set that just blew the crowd away. He sings so easily! Great stuff, and nice to know that one of Memphis' most famous exports still has it when he feels like it!
TWilliams - 11.18.2009
Blue eyed soul is a good thing Maestro . Al Green was even better !
Lee Arnold - 11.18.2009
The Hall and Oates was just for you Tommy. :-)
TWilliams - 11.18.2009
I'd donate it all to WORJ.com
TWilliams - 11.18.2009
...wish I had a dollar for every sheet of wet sand paper I used in the summer of 76
TWilliams - 11.18.2009
Abandoned Luncheonette ! nice Lee
Lee Arnold - 11.18.2009
Today is Artist X 3 Day on WORJ.com. I hope you enjoy!
jo - 11.17.2009
Pete Forgione, amazing.
TWilliams - 11.17.2009
Thanks Greg for adding to the trip down memory lane . It's always more fun w/friends !
TWilliams - 11.17.2009
thats good stuff too jo ! thanx 4 sharing,as always ! cpl more of my memories of WHOO/Chastain's - received a crystal radio kit for Christmas one year . It was a funny little device , and , would pick up WHOO and WLOF usually simultaneosly . Of course this was maddening , especially if you'd been waiting for your fav tune to play .Chastain's was the lunch stop each day the summer of 76 when I worked at a body shop on SOBT and ORJ was playing "Abandoned Luncheonette" incessantly . My boss knew I was growing to hate that album , and would turn the damn shop stereo up everytime another cut would play . Now, Lee is playing it all over again and I actually enjoy it !
Yellowstone - 11.17.2009
Here is Chastain's after they built the glass tower. http://www.chastaincentral.com/content/restaurant.html
yellowstone - 11.17.2009
My brother-in-law, Pete Forgione, the first Peter Jay at WLOF worked at the radio station at Chastains. Yes, he also worked at WFTV and did the "Money Movie" and the "Dialing For Dollars Movie." I packed away plenty of meals there myself. Here is another link. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cledry/3640774391/
jo - 11.17.2009
tommy : http://www.cflradio.net/990_WHOO_AM_1.htm
jo - 11.17.2009
tommy whoo used to broadcast from that tower. stories i have been told say the traffic report was also given from that tower. that tower was indeed a landmark of central florida. the restuarant served many a city dignitary, kind of like how ronnie's used to be. that's all i know, only as i was told. now grandma can tell ya some stories...!
TWilliams - 11.16.2009
good stuff Wayne ! thanx bro
Wayne Mereck - 11.16.2009
I remember a friend's parents taking us there to eat. They told us stories of how they would drive by in the early to mid 50's during their dates and honk their horn and flash their lights for the DJ to see.
TWilliams - 11.16.2009
Very interesting bio about Bob Andrews . It also reminded me of the glass tower in the parking lot of Chastain's Restaurant on SOBT . I asked my Dad about it when I was a kid & he told me that at one time Chastain's was a "high class" restaurant w/their own radio show broadcast from the tower . Anyone else know anything about this ? Lee ? Greg ?...
Yellowstone - 11.16.2009
Bob Andrews, a long time radio man in Cenrtal Florida, has passed away over the weekend after a long and painful battle with cancer. He was one of the first people I worked with in radio at the age of 16. He also worked at the old WORJ AM station in Downtown Orlando. Bob was a kind person that had the respect of all who knew him. Here is a link to his radio history. God rest his soul. ============================ http://www.cflradio.net/bob_andrews_bio.htm
jo - 11.14.2009
thank you lee for this excellent Saturday music : )
Mike Zarek - 11.12.2009
Filters are always one step behind... nature of the biz
Wayne Mereck - 11.12.2009
Sad truth; that for every measure there is eventually a counter-measure.
Lee Arnold - 11.12.2009
That was weird.
Wayne Mereck - 11.12.2009
Should have seen when Lee had to do a daily kleening of Viagra ads. Then he installed the security software. Like other prophylaxis: 99.9% effective.
jo - 11.12.2009
wtf, over?
Wayne Mereck - 11.11.2009
Bad Robot!
Craig Michaels - 11.11.2009
How the hell did THAT get by???
TWilliams - 11.11.2009
just heard that Les Dudek is coming to town ...
Wayne Mereck - 11.11.2009
jo, please email me ad5qg@yahoo.com
jo - 11.11.2009
marky ramone @ club firestone friday 13 part of anti pop music fest marky ramone's blitzkreig. $15 advance, $18 day of show. the ad says they will be playing all the classics!!!!!
Roger Brown - 11.9.2009
Along the same thought trail as Tin House, I was thinking about another local band, New Days Ahead. They openned a few concerts & did a few gigs at the Hospital Lounge. After the band broke up, Don "Dumptruck" Hanna did some one man shows, with guitar, harmonica, and bass pedals. Anyone know what became of them? Not much to be found online.
Roger Brown - 11.9.2009
FYI: Tin House will have a "by invitation only" concert/party/campout this Saturday at the Tin House Ranch. For an invite and details, go to their Myspace page.
Craig Michaels - 11.8.2009
Hmmmm... Governor Mack does have an interesting ring to it...
Wayne Mereck - 11.8.2009
Watched SNL last night and saw Talor Swift, what a doll and so talented. She kept her own with the seasoned players. All I can say is Miley who? I heard all the hype about Taylor and now know where it comes from. She should be around a long while.
Joe G - 11.7.2009
I saw Dina's question about Steve Mack on the board and Lee's response and thought I'd but in my two cents worth since I've known Steve for several years. What I'm about to write should be okay with him since it's pretty much common knowledge around north central Florida. Steve definitely was involved heavily in radio here for a long time, but has other interest now. He found that he preferred producing creative commercials rather than doing a show. Many of us really tried to get him to get into politics because he was a respected regular on several local talk shows by both parties. He just rolled his eyes at us. I do know he has some connection with the uncle sam and disappears out of the country every now and then. Other than that, he likes to create websites and works closely with a polio group and several doctors in the Marion County area. I guess that's enough, other than paraphrasing Lee in saying he is in good health, happy as a clam and he's well liked by many people here. I hope that fills in a few of Dina's blank spots.
Lee Arnold - 11.7.2009
That was fun yesterday. Glad you enjoyed it.
Wayne Mereck - 11.6.2009
Lee, I know it's your day, so some other time, since you played Porcupine Tree, one of my new faves, how about some Umphrey's Mcgee and Widespread Panic?
Wayne Mereck - 11.6.2009
all i can say is DAMN!!!!!!! Cheers!
Jim McPherson - 11.6.2009
Awesome playlist this afternoon, Maestro ! I'll take an " It's All About Lee " day anytime ! : )
Wayne Mereck - 11.6.2009
I knew I had a good idea when I decided to work from home this afternoon, but Lee you making it even more worth it!
Wayne Mereck - 11.6.2009
Lee, I'm sufficiently Breathless, I can never get enough Capt. Beyond. I think you turned me on to them. Cheers
Lee Arnold - 11.6.2009
Steve is alive and happy in upstate Florida. He still dabbles in Radio up there. He occasionally graces this board.
Dina - 11.6.2009
I guess I zigged when I should have zagged when I typed a request yesterday... I was asking: Whatever happened to Steve Mac? I liked all the guys on WORJ, but I really liked the way he put the music together.
Lee Arnold - 11.6.2009
Today I'm Playing Most of MY Favorite Songs on WORJ.com. I hope everyone enjoys my Faves.
Wayne Mereck - 11.3.2009
Sure was nice having a visit from the Sanzini Brothers
Rick - 11.2.2009
Pat Travers rocked the house at Lake Eola band shell Saturday night. If you missed it, sorry. It was an awesome free show!
Lee Arnold - 11.1.2009
Thanks, guys.
TWilliams - 11.1.2009
yes,real good stuff 2day Lee
Wayne Mereck - 11.1.2009
Ah Sunday, nice set
TWilliams - 10.31.2009
oh - B O O ! Happy Halloween to all . I'll be passing out treats in my Border Patrol gear . This should alleviate any long lines...stop by!
TWilliams - 10.31.2009
Meanwhile , in the American sector Tin House blazed for hours last night ! Why in the hell they arent all over the place is beyond me . I saw Trower 2 weeks ago and I must state Robin hasnt a thing on Floyd & crew, ' cept the name . At times a tremendous three guitar attack that just leaves you wanting more .David Mikeal is a supreme musician as well as vocalist . He reminded me of Geddy Lee , did keyboards as well and , the guys blazed thru their original stuff as well as admirable covers of Hendrix 'Red House';Yardbirds 'Over Under,Sideways Down , Santana , Dylan and more than I can remember . I'll probably need to go to the ear DR Monday...the trip to hippie heaven was well worth it .
jo - 10.30.2009
we did have skynrd and the outlaws though, may not be country but it's southern!
Wayne Mereck - 10.30.2009
or is that Texico?
Wayne Mereck - 10.30.2009
Si from Mexas
TWilliams - 10.30.2009
lmao ! the country our Otown now most resembles would be Puerto Mexico ..I've heard rumors that it will be required to ad an 'ez' to the end of your last name to stay here . seriously tho , we all know that 'country' is a state of mind not a state in the Union... ;-)
Wayne Mereck - 10.30.2009
Now come on Tommy, just how country was central Florida livin'?
TWilliams - 10.30.2009
yeah,I know that sounds like a twangy country song . "GENRES BE DAMNED", I'm just a long haired country boy
TWilliams - 10.30.2009
jo,that's pretty cool .how bout these : 'im' is the middle of time...'if' is the middle of life. make the most of your time n life everyday .
Jim McPherson - 10.30.2009
Blackmore's Night this Tuesday @ 8:00pm at the Plaza Theatre. Wish I could go but I've already got plans for that evening ... dangit !!!
jo - 10.30.2009
just some great history there..and isnt it cool how the word "story" is in the word history?
jo - 10.30.2009
TWilliams - 10.30.2009
jo,is there an ulterior motive for finding Wolf... ;-)
jo - 10.29.2009
lee can you get a hold of peter wolf and see if j geils band will do a benefit concert for struggling fronton?
jo - 10.29.2009
Thomas Jefferson - 10.29.2009
Lee Arnold - 10.28.2009
The Rare Marriage That's Well Done.
Rick - 10.27.2009
No prob, dude. Happy Day, Lee and Gay. Mine was yesterday. Of course, Terrie and I are no longer together. You guys are the rare couple, well done.
Wayne Mereck - 10.27.2009
Lee&Gay, Congrats and many more. I am envious! Cheers
Lee Arnold - 10.27.2009
Happy Anniversary to my Beloved Bride, Mrs. WORJ, Gaby.
Wayne Mereck - 10.27.2009
Rick, I wasn't really trying to throw rocks at a glass house. Some days are better than others. We just keep keep'n on ;o)
Rick - 10.27.2009
Duh. Old age. Ain't it a bitch. I once knew that well. Now, I'm lucky to spell my own name. First thing to go is the memory. Some things I remember very well, But names confuse me. Sorry.
TWilliams - 10.24.2009
Road Block is scheduled to lead off the Central Florida Blues Challenge tomorrow at McWell's . Tear yourself away from the 'puter and come out for an entire day of live loud music !
um - 10.24.2009
ah! the obvious
Wayne Mereck - 10.23.2009
Rick, probably not since Chal's last name is Martina.
Rick - 10.22.2009
There's a guy named John Martino. I wonder if he's related to Chal. I really don't know since, as usual, I didn't book the acts.
Rick - 10.22.2009
The reigning local blues champs. Road Block will be there, as will WHTQ's Battle of the Bands winner, Sugar Free Music, along with a bunch of local bands. My favorite name is "Dang, We're on Fire!" The whole lineup is at www.myspace.com/biteboy
um - 10.21.2009
rick, are there any other bands set to play that saturday, or will pat and your son's band be playing alternating 3 hour sets?
Rick - 10.21.2009
know better, not no better - Mr. Dumass
Rick - 10.21.2009
Well, they were in the summer, and they were free, but you needed a free ticket from a sponsor, mostly Ivey's. We had some name acts, It occurred to me that we had Atlanta Rhythm section at one, but Lee would no better. He booked the talent with Paul. I just did sponsors and logistics.
Wayne Mereck - 10.21.2009
None in distinct detail other than my group of friends and I went to a couple. Sorry much of the gray matter has turned brown and the brown hair(what's left) has turned gray.
Rick - 10.21.2009
Back in the saddle again. I'm producing a benefit to help raise funds to save the Eola Fountain on Saturday October 31st, Halloween Day at the Lake Eola Bandshell starring Pat Travers band and Biteboy, featuring Rick Namey Jr. The concert is free, donations to the park are free will offerings. It's all day, 11 AM until Midnight! First show I've produced in many, many years. Anybody remember WORJ's Saturday In The Park events at Lake Fairview?
Roger Brown - 10.21.2009
New Riders of the Purple Sage will be at The Plaza Theatre on Sunday, 10/25. Crazy Otto, a local Dead tribute band, will open (worth listening to, I jammed with them last new years eve). Tickets are only $15 advance/$20 at the door.
Roger Brown - 10.20.2009
Relatives are family whether you want them or not. Friends are family you choose. Live on in peace at your new level of consciousness, Mike!
Craig Michaels - 10.20.2009
Don, do you remember that the Pittsburg Pirates used that as a sort of theme song back in the day with Willie Stargell and company, back when they actually had a good team?
Wayne Mereck - 10.20.2009
Don, you are so right! Does it matter if when I hear the song I see the closing scene of Bird Cage in my mind's eye?
Don Gilliland - 10.20.2009
It may be a cliche, and it may make you think of a type of music that you wouldn't hear on this station, but when I think of the WORJ community ... WE ARE FAMILY comes to mind. Peace and love to all.
TWilliams - 10.19.2009
Wayne , I second that notion ! And , I'd bet a classic car that shortly after his arrival back in his Mother's bosom that he received her blessings to head out and continue his jounalistic journeys . I can imagine the same 'kid' Rick mentioned earlier hanging w/the likes of Bill Graham ,The Wolfman , et.al . Our loss was Rock n Roll Heaven's gain !
Wayne Mereck - 10.19.2009
Factoid; in Police Codes 10-8 means "In Service", and I am sure Mike is.
JC - 10.18.2009
Rest In Peace Mike
Lee Arnold - 10.17.2009
Thank you my friends for all the support. This has been a tough last 2 weeks.
Lee Arnold - 10.16.2009
Reminder for those in the Orland Area : There will be a Buddhist Memorial Service for Mike Lyons TONIGHT from 7:00-8:30 PM at the SGI-USA Buddhist Orlando Community Center : 452 N. Semoran Blvd. : Orlando, Florida 32807-3324 : Phone: 407-482-3939 or 407-482-3969. All Friends of Mike are warmly welcomed. You do not have to be a Buddhist to attend.
Wayne Mereck - 10.15.2009
I have never heard of PanCan before seeing it mentioned on the board. Then yesterday on the drive home from work I saw a PT Cruiser with advertising artwork that caught my attention. As I got closer to it I saw that the display said PanCan. With so many horrible forms of cancer it seems all we hear about and see major rallys for is breast cancer, which has one of the highest rates of remission through surgery and radiation and/or chemo therapy. I guess other organs are not as conspicuous and therefore not as mentioned in the media. Why can't they just have marches for the cure of cancer whithout being as specific? So many forms of the disease touch so many. Let's hope and pray for an understanding of the cause of this horrible disease and the discovery of effective immunizations and cures in all it's forms.
Lee Arnold - 10.14.2009
No one was cut off from Michael except those who cut them selves off during the last couple of weeks of Mikes life. Thank you to all who emailed, called and visited. It meant the world to Mike.
Mike Zarek - 10.14.2009
The following was handed out at this evening's gathering for Mike Lyons... From Susan Moore: Michael departed from us @ 2:30AM early Thursday, 10/8/09. It was exactly six months after receiving his initial diagnosis from the Mayo Clinic on 4/7/09, just as he predicted he would that day. Let us hope & pray that very soon, a cure is found for this virulent form of cancer & all others. PanCan is an excellent group & they were extremely helpful during this terrible time for all of us. Please know that Michael sent all his charitable contributions to The Second Harvest Food Bank, for even longer than I knew him. More importantly, the scholarship fund established at his benefit -- for a graduating senior at Edgewater High School going on to a career in journalism -- touched him deeply. He always considered himself a journalist/editor & regretted that he was unable to continue his education after just one semester in college. For further on the scholarship, please contact Edgewater High School &/or Bob Carr. Though it was decided, due to several factors, to cut most of his friends out of his life for the last several weeks of his life; please rest assured that the benefit was his "best day ever". The presence/prayers/support/chants/call/notes/generosity overwhelmed him. We all loved something unique in him & I believe he finally let himself receive & accept it on that day. My wish for all of us, is to find peace within ourselves & with this loss. So, in the words of one of Michael's favorite singer/songwriters, Warren Zevon: "Keep me in your heart for a while..."; we will, sweets, we will for a long, long time.
Mike Zarek - 10.13.2009
Cross posted from facebook: Mike Lyons Tribute this Wed 10-14 @ 5pm at Oh Boys BBQ (formerly Harpers Tavern where Fairbanks merges with Orange Ave in Winter Park) It's a gathering of friends to celebrate his life. Mike was prominent on the radio in O-Town at WORJ and WDIZ ...(www.rock100diz.com) in the 70s and 80s. Everyone who knew Mike is invited. Please repost and spread the word--thank you!
Lee Arnold - 10.13.2009
"The Buddhist view is that to die a good death, one must have led a good life. The knowledge that death represents the return of the individual life to the great universal life prior to another phenomenal manifestation is a source of splendid strength, rich with compassion and wisdom. As he or she strives for self-perfection by doing good for others, the Buddhist is constantly aware that death is a fullfilling and enriching part of life. For people who believe this, death is not defeat, but a wonderful stimulus to live more vigorously and more meaningfully."-Daisaku Ikeda
Wayne Mereck - 10.13.2009
In Memory of Mike Lyons; Buddha taught that all life is impermanent and that all those who are born must eventually pass from this life. However, everyone has within them the seeds of their past virtues, which have the power to bring a fortunate rebirth in the future. We pray that through the power of this virtue, through the blessings of the holy beings, and through the force of our heartfelt prayers, our dear friend, . . . , will experience great good fortune and everlasting peace and happiness. We also pray for the bereaved relatives and friends, that they may be comforted in their loss and find peace of mind and strength of heart. May all beings without exception be released from suffering, and find true happiness and everlasting peace.
Lee Arnold - 10.13.2009
There will be a Buddhist Memorial Service for Mike Lyons this Friday from 7:00-8:30 PM at the SGI-USA Buddhist Orlando Community Center : 452 N. Semoran Blvd. : Orlando, Florida 32807-3324 : Phone: 407-482-3939 or 407-482-3969. All Friends of Mike are warmly welcomed. You do not have to be a Buddhist to attend.
Scott "Scooter Livingston" Levison - 10.12.2009
Mike was one of my closest friends in the world. I just found out the news via a e-mailing from Neal Mirsky. My wife and I are in tears. Have the annouced were any service will be?
Lee Arnold - 10.12.2009
Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Doug.
TWilliams - 10.12.2009
A sincere wish for the happiest of birthdays today for another of Orlando's premier radio personalities : Doug Van Allen ! Hope you're having a great one followed by many , many more Doug .
JIm McPherson - 10.12.2009
Yet another loss for the music world ...R.I.P to bassist / vocalist Dickie Peterson of Blue Cheer.
Lee Arnold - 10.11.2009
My Thoughts and Prayers will always be of and for Mike Lyons, my friend and Brother.
Jim McPherson - 10.10.2009
The following was posted on the www.cflradio.net " In Memory " page ... Michael G. Lyons, age 57 of Orlando, FL, passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2009. Michael is the son of Donald T. Lyons of Altamonte Springs and the late Gloria M. "Gerrard" Lyons. He is the brother of Douglas Lyons and his wife Julia Wooten of Seattle, WA; Deb Lyons and her husband Steve Jankowski of Belmar, NJ and John Lyons and his wife Helen of Jacksonville, FL. He is also survived by a nephew Felix Lyons of Seattle, WA and a niece Ashley Clark of Dothan, AL. Mike Lyons moved to Orlando from Kittery, Maine at a young age, graduating from Edgewater High School in 1970 He began his career in Orlando in 1971 by publishing the city's first underground newspaper and promoting the first rock show at the Citrus Bowl (Cactus, Bloodrock, Potliquor and Dr. John for $3). He was Music Director and announcer for WORJ, WDIZ and WHTQ in Orlando, Program Director for 98 Rock (WXTB) in Tampa and spent the last 8 years of his radio career as Mornings/Assistant Program Director in Miami. Mike entered the record business in the mid 90's. From 1995 - 2000 he was VP of AAA Promotions at Lee Arnold Marketing. Mike joined TripleARadio.com as columnist of The Forest and contributing editor from 2001 - Present. A private funeral service will be held. Contributions in Mike's name may be made to pancan.org, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Doug Clifford - 10.10.2009
I didn't know Mike that well when I worked as a weekender at WORJ 1974-1975. I do remember I once gave him a ride somewhere and when I stopped at a yellow light he said "you must be high'' (I probably was). He also once told me I had the perfect FM voice. That's still probably one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me.
Don Gilliland - 10.9.2009
Very, very sad to hear the news about Mike Lyons. Even though I'm living half-way around the world now, I still feel connected to Orlando and the spirit of the WORJ community thanks to this site and e-mail contact with good folks like John, Jim, Craig, Hanna and Mike Cooper. And a big thanks to Lee for being the ringmaster.
Rick - 10.8.2009
One day, this high school kid from Edgewater High came to my door. He'd gotten my address from "The Watcher," Orlando's Underground paper, where he'd just started writing a column. He was wearing a T-Shirt that said, "Mike Lyons - Music Critic and Lawns Mowed." He asked to mow my lawn and I hired him. When he would come over he would chat me up about radio. He knew everything that was going on in Florida, including the guy he'd heard was the hippest guy in progressive radio at the time, Lee Arnold at WKKO in Cocoa Beach. I told him I knew Lee, that we'd booked each other's bands and had done some live shows together. Mike begged me to take him to Cocoa Beach and introduce him to Lee. One day I did.
Zaida Zoller - 10.8.2009
Mikie, Mikie, Mikie - so sorry to see you go, my brother. God Bless Rick & Robin Birkbeck for opening up their home so that Mike could be close to folks he loved to the end, a great service of love.
jo - 10.8.2009
jo - 10.8.2009
i believe in sync
Yellowstone - 10.8.2009
I had this posted at the Central Florida Radio History web site. When Mike's full history is posted here, I will also have it posted. Greg Galloway. Link -------- http://www.cflradio.net/what's_news.htm
David Gariano - 10.8.2009
I am so sorry to see such a beautiful human being as Mike leave us today. Mike came into my life in early 1987 as we were preparing to put WHTQ in Orlando on the air. It was my honor and privilege to know Michael, he made everyone better by being a part of their life. I know he did that for me. Godspeed to you my dear friend -
yellowstone - 10.8.2009
Having lost my brother to lung cancer almost two years ago to this day, I know how the family and friends of Mike are feeling. Cancer is a horrible disease that will touch each of us in some way during our lives. My thoughts will be with Mike's family and friends. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Jim McPherson - 10.8.2009
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He touched more lives ( mine included ) than he ever realized. Although his talents went far beyond just being a radio jock he helped set the standard, at least in my mind, as to what a good DJ should be. Glad to hear you guys were able to be there with him in the end. Please keep us informed if there is to be a memorial service; I, and I'm sure many others, would like to come pay respects. God bless Mike Lyons ... our loss is Heavens gain !
Wayne Mereck - 10.8.2009
May he go in the grace of God. I am glad to know that through this site and events prior to his death that he knew there were so many people that never forgot him. I am glad Lee was able to say goodbye in person. Thanks to all that were able to contribute towards that. jo, thank you for sounding the trumpet. Thank God we have a place to come and still be a part of a wonderful group of family and friends that have a space in time to reflect on. May God's grace shine on us all.
Neal Mirsky - 10.8.2009
A few minutes ago, at around 2:30am, our dear friend Mike Lyons passed away. Mike fought very hard to beat this terrible disease and in the end he passed peacefully, surrounded by his sister Deb and his close friends Robin & Rick Birkbeck, Lee Arnold and myself. As sad as this is, it’s a great comfort to all of us that Mike’s struggle is over and he can finally rest in peace. So many of you have called and emailed with prayers and love for him. There is no doubt that he took great comfort in knowing that he was leaving this world loved by so many people. It seems a gross understatement to say that Mike Lyons was a very special and unique individual, full of humor and with great passion for life, people and music. He will be dearly missed.
Lee Arnold - 10.7.2009
Thank you all. I have no idea what my schedule will be once I get there tonight. Neal Mirsky is picking me up and we're going straight to Mike. I want to see/meet you all. I have your numbers. Jo and Wayne : THANK YOU!!
jo - 10.7.2009
paypal hit have a nice day!
Wayne Mereck - 10.7.2009
O town family, please get a "family reunion shot" that can be posted. I truly wish I could be there. I pray calm and comfort come over Mike. Peace be with you all.
Wayne Mereck - 10.7.2009
Lee, donation is in PayPal, have a safe trip.
jo - 10.6.2009
dear boardians: it is time for us all to come together and hit this paypal hard as we all can before and by tomorrow morning. consider this a hit challenge or maybe just a real "big hit" either way hit it with all ya got cause it could be used dearly to underwrite the costs of running the online radio broadcast, do you know what i mean?? its 11:28 on the east coast, give it all ya got!!!
Lee Arnold - 10.6.2009
jo and Wayne. Thank you. The help is way appreciated. jo, see you in Otown.
jo - 10.6.2009
partly cloudy and low 90's nothing has changed about humidity.
Lee Arnold - 10.6.2009
I emptyed out my account and booked my ticket. I arrive tomorrow at 5:30 PM. Don't know where I'm staying yet. Don't know how I'm getting from airport. But I could not miss seeing Michael. So off I go. Leaving Milwaukee at 1:30. Please email phone numbers so I can see you guys. lee@leearnold.com
Wayne Mereck - 10.6.2009
Lee, just let me know, it will be a pleasure to help you see Mike.
jo - 10.6.2009
you do what you need to do, in all ways. you know i believe in sync.
Lee Arnold - 10.6.2009
I may just have to take you up that. I really appreciate the offer. I'll let you guys know if I need the help. I need to check in the morning with my cardiologist.
Wayne Mereck - 10.6.2009
Jo, I am with you 100%, if Lee needs round trip airfare to get a chance to say goodbye to Mike in person, count me in.
jo - 10.6.2009
i have been over and over in my mind how to string the words together to say, once again; what craig said. not that i want to,however i have some knowing of how hard it is to be a witness to something you can only pray for. lee i swear, i'd be willing to put money toward a ticket for you to come see him if you felt you wanted to. i mean that with all my heart.
Craig Michaels - 10.6.2009
Mike has been in my thoughts a lot of late, of course, and something that popped into my head - I hope he knows that, as far as the music is concerned, Mike Lyons has been just as important in a lot of lives as The Beatles, The Stones and any number of excellent musicians who he championed way, way before most others did. I'd have to say that if all of us are half as good at what we do as Mike is at what he does, we'll be successful and beloved folks all.
Craig Michaels - 10.6.2009
Lee, I wanted to thank you for being kind enough to keep us all in the loop about Mike. I know this has to be a difficult time for you as well. I hope you're okay, friend, and of course, if there's anything any of us can do for you as well, I hope you know it's yours for the asking. We love you too.
Lee Arnold - 10.6.2009
To All Friends of Mike Lyons : I just spoke to Robin. The next couple of days would be a good time to tell him how much you Love him. He continues to fight but he is very tired. Call and tell him how much he means to you.
TWilliams - 10.4.2009
Caught the JP Soars & The Red Hots show last night . Easy to realize how this cat became I.B.C. guitarist of the year ! He played a 'blonde' version of Lucille ,tuned to a cross between a Dick Dale and Duane Allman instrument . The real show stealer and crowd pleaser was his "two string cigar box guitar" made by him n his brother that was amazing to see & hear ! I hope the 2 14 year old Fender slingers that opened the show w/their group Young Guns Blues Project caught that part of the show . The little guys put on a good show themselves , they've got the music in them . Good for us !
Wayne Mereck - 10.3.2009
Ann, welcome and be sure to listen to WORJ.com on Live365.com. Lee Arnold has been playing some great stuff, you will recognize, for a couple of years there.
Eklectika - 10.3.2009
No one knows me (save Craig post ORJ) but since Sir Michaels turned me on to this site...I wanted to give a "Hello" to all, a "Thank-you" for what you gave me and Orlando many moons ago and a "Hooray" that you have one another via this site. I grew up here since 1957...broke my radio music teeth via WLOF...then graduated to WORJ sometime before or after smoking my first joint (memory is rather hazy for some reason). Anyway, today I've enjoyed scanning over your postings...and next plan to derive further pleasure from the "Top Ten Albums" lists posted back in 2005. Thank you ~ Ann
TWilliams - 10.2.2009
Jimi's sister , not daughter . I must remember to proofread !
Wayne Mereck - 10.1.2009
Lee, thanks for the flashback with Firesighn Theater. It has been a long time since I enjoyed listening to "Nick Danger Third Eye". The funny thing is I was talking with one of the guys at work and said "how can you be in two places at once when you're nowhere at all" and he said "Firesign Theater, Right?" Blew me away since I never find anyone who heard of them. He grew up in LA and used to listen to them on the radio back in the late 60s. I explained we had a great radio station in Central Florida that turned us on to them. Thanks!
TWilliams - 9.30.2009
You're absolutely right Jim . While each brand truly has it's own sound, given the artist - whatever Jimi used seemed way different comparably . The radio report that I heard the news from seemed to infer a rift between Jimi's daughter & Gibson . A tidbit about his supposed favorite Flying V : Jimi called it his "Flying Angel" , a shiny black and white ax now in the Hard Rock collection .It was in the Dallas cafe for several years and people would actually travel from around the world to be married while standing underneath it . Upon the opening of Miami , the Flying Angel was shipped there and put behind bullet proof glass . Needless to say , Dallas was disappointed , we in Orlando pissed . Yes, we retaliated ... :-)
JIm McPherson - 9.30.2009
I know that Hendrix did play Gibson SG's and Flying V's, among others, during his career but it's hard NOT to picture him with a Strat when you think of him !
TWilliams - 9.29.2009
Has anyone else heard that earlier this week Gibson was offering a Jimi Hendrix Signature model guitar complete w/other goodies for 350.00 bucks ? !(Doesnt 3500 sound more in line ?? ) Evidently it was offered thru their website , then , the link to it and a link to Jimi's sister was removed ...next , a Hendrix inspired Grand Piano was offered the next day for 165,000 USD .That link is still there,yet takes you to a blank page ... Think I'd rather go see Beck and Clapton in England in Feb . and have change left over for a 'cool down ' trip to Amsterdam !
Jim McPherson - 9.27.2009
Jo, went & saw It Might Get Loud this past Friday @ Enzian ... 3:45 show was only $5 to get in. Great flick, definitely catch it while you can ! Just seeing Jimmy Page pulling off some of his most famous riffs for an amazed Edge and Jack White made me wanna go pull out the ol' electric guitar and blast some Zep power chords !
Lee Arnold - 9.27.2009
Back up and Rocking!!
TWilliams - 9.27.2009
I hear tell that floss will make a mighty fine elk snare . You could sell em w/the promise of "they won't get away from a Galloway "
jo - 9.27.2009
$10 admission to enzian, and hey they've got the OBP for all you beer fanz.
jo - 9.27.2009
dental floss, ha ha. that's funny...hee hee
jo - 9.27.2009
http://www.enzian.org would be the address for enzian theater where...it might get loud is playing. there is a show today, 3 play times, 3:45, 6:30 and 9:15. i believe it is today only.
Wayne Mereck - 9.26.2009
Or maybe plant dental floss and farm it!
jo - 9.26.2009
road trip, tommy's buyin!
TWilliams - 9.26.2009
aww hell Greg , with a spread like that you have plenty of room to throw a festival . You could be the Max Yasgur of Montana .
Yellowstone - 9.25.2009
Two Greg's at one sitting could be too confusing. Actually, I use Yellowstone because I am 30 miles West of the Yellowstone National Park entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana right now but will be leaving when it gets too cold. Here is a link to show you the area. My neighbor is selling his house. My ranch is next door, so to speak. The cows are his, I just have elk that come and go. This is Madison County, Montana near Ennis. "BIG SKY." ================================ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMOdDhEsFqU ================================
TWilliams - 9.25.2009
Here's an offer for my ORJ friends and family : show up at Zaida's rock show tonite , and , it's on me . Booze not included . I'll be there w/ a friend that has been confined to home so it will be a big deal for him and me if you can make it .His name is Greg . Stop by and rap w/him for a bit if you're there . Speaking for the family , if I may - Greg /Yellowstone : Lee would never send a yellowstream into Pat O'Day's or anyone elses Cheerios . It's all about LOVE here my friend . Listen,enjoy and welcome aboard !:-)
Yellowstone - 9.24.2009
When I was at WORJ, the one salesman we had, spent many days at the Beachem watching movies. I think Tom Doyle was the sales manager at the time and went on to the station manager job. I guess he didn't last long. He hired me over at WHOO when he managed it during the early 70's. Much shorter drive for me than going all the way to Winter Garden. I was sick of leaving UCF and driving to the site in Winter Garden everyday. There was NO East-West then, it was Hwy 50 all the way. During the time I was at WORJ AM -FM we operated in the red. Seldom a commercial spot at either station. There were spots for "Rainbow Springs" that the company owned at the time. Most spots at the FM were PSA's and "Mt Dora Highlights," mostly about the Mt Dora Jaycee's. Did Pat O'Day's gigantic ego have anything to do with his departure?
Lee Arnold - 9.24.2009
Brantley was already gone when I arrived. Ziggy was our engineer for most of my time at WORJ. My job at WORJ as Program Director did put me in the middle of ALL hiring decisions. G.M. Jack Curran and I had a unique relationship. We liked and respected each other. We were friends. I spent from 4:00 to 5:00 P.M. in Jack's office everyday. We BS'd and talked about everything. He was my mentor. I was in on Every hiring decision, even Sales positions. It was the my Greatest job in Radio during Jack's tenure. His untimely death changed everything. But that's a story for another time.
TWilliams - 9.23.2009
These posts make me remember an 'acid test' query posed by a friend to job applicants . :-)
Yellowstone - 9.23.2009
BTW, I didn't know that the "Program Director" has anything to do with keeping or letting an Engineer go or stay. I would ask Brantley Slaughter but he died last year. Come to think of it, I never knew of any "Program Director," at any radio station I worked at, that could hire or fire. I am sure they could ask for someone to be "let go." Most "Program Directors," I knew, never lasted long. I think the average is about two years at any station. Heck, most DJ's never last over two years. Just another reason I went to work for the government when I finished college. It's a "fire proof" job with great benefits. Radio was a very unstable place to work in the past. Now days, it's like working for a burger joint. AM is all but dead and FM isn't far behind. FM is looking in it's rear view mirror and is seeing XM, I-Pod, Internet, ect. It's true, "You can never go home." I like this site. It's like looking through an old photo album or High School Year Book. Memories, memories of years gone by and never to return. There is no escape from the clock, it's always going forward.
Yellowstone - 9.23.2009
Actually, I wasen't there when Pat and Doug were. I was there BEFORE either of them or the 1972 crew. Pat was still over at WLOF. I started at the beginning of WORJ AM and FM in 1968. When I left I did leave my refrigerator behind just outside the entry door at the FM site, it wouldn't fit inside. It was an old one that you had to self-defrost. Does anyone know if it was still there in 1972?
Paul Harvey - 9.22.2009
" The rest of the story " would be something like ( ? ) ' then Lee came to town , booted Pat Oday , kept Doug & Slaughter , hung a Dark Side of the Moon poster and changed radio forever '...
Yellowstone - 9.21.2009
And in the beginning there was---Doug Van Allen and Greg. http://www.cflradio.net/greg_galloway_bio.htm
TWilliams - 9.21.2009
Way to go Zeek !
Mike Zarek - 9.20.2009
Stopped in and saw Mike Lyons yesterday. He is very tired, but his mind is as sharp as ever. The issues with his computer itself are solved, and he will hopefully be online soon.
JIm McPherson - 9.20.2009
A friend just turned me on to the website Live From Daryl's House ( www.livefromdarylshouse.com ). It's a monthly webcast featuring Daryl Hall and his band jamming at his home studio with different musical guests. The latest episode features him with fellow Philly homeboy Todd Rundgren and man, do they sound great together ! Other guests have included Smokey Robinson, Ray Manzarek & Robby Kreiger and Nick Lowe, along with newer acts like Finger Eleven, Chromeo and Plain White T's. Highly recommended !
Lee Arnold - 9.20.2009
Even in this computer world, sometimes I flash back to those days in the Bunker in the Orange grove in Winter Garden, watching the 4:30 T-Storm roll in and trying to keep the Station on the air as lightning bolts hit the antenna. This was one of those moments. WORJ.com Back up and Rocking.
jo - 9.20.2009
love love love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R2RsP43rmg&NR=1
jo - 9.20.2009
get up and get down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFLC8XzO6Yg&feature=related
Don Gilliland - 9.19.2009
My memories of Mike Lyons are all good ones. Besides being a class act on the radio he was a very kind and gracious guy to strangers like me. When I was a high school journalism geek, writing for the Edgewater High paper, I called up Mike (who was an EHS grad) and asked if I could interview him. He let me come by the studio one day and talk to him. I was thrilled. Great guy.
Wayne Mereck - 9.18.2009
Mike, we never met, but I seemed to always be listening to 'ORJ when you were on the air. You were, in many ways, my professor in music simply from the love for it you projected in your delivery and your on air presence. Peace be with you.
Roger Brown - 9.18.2009
Mike, I doubt you know me, but I first met you in a comp class at Edgewater High. You wrote a story (or was it a semi-factual report) about crashing a dinner party at the Top of the Citizen's Restaurant. Something about thwarting the Pinkerton guards - one of the funniest and most entertaining stories of my high school years. Mrs. Armstrong somehow didn't see it that way... Since then, whenever I heard your name associated with any station (ORJ, DIZ, HTQ), I knew that station was heading in the right direction. Thanks for all you've done to keep quality music on the Oville airwaves! I'll be praying for God's healing grace to bring you through this.
Craig Michaels - 9.18.2009
Mike, I just want to echo Steve's sentiments about your being an important part of my life. Though it was a while back and all, it never has been nor never will be forgotten how somebody who I looked up to SO much turned out to be not just an amazing radio man, but a human with a real spot in his heart for a newcomer who had the passion as well. Mine is far from the only life you've touched in a very positive way - you managed to take your passion for music and makes a LOT of lives better. In case I never said it, and even if did, thanks from a place way inside for all the things you did for me.
Lee Arnold - 9.18.2009
Steve-o, Please call him. That would mean so much to him.
Steve Mack - 9.18.2009
This is what I get for being out of touch for such a long time. I'm just now getting the message about Mike Lyons. I'm not one to get mushy about things (and neither is Mike), so let it simply be said that I love you, my friend, and you are an important part of my life as you always will be.
Lee Arnold - 9.17.2009
If you know Mike and he knows you. Please do give him a call. He's pretty easily tired, so if he won't know who you are, please Don't call. Drop him a note instead. Thank you.
Lee Arnold - 9.17.2009
A true Angel, Robin Birkbeck posted this: Hello friends of Mike Lyons. He is resting at his new home with Rick and I here at:1106 Oaks BlvdWinter Park, Florida 32789 He has a new cell number and you can likely reach him in the evening hours 3-8 PM (EST) (407) 443-7061 Energy is limited so leave ...a message if he's not answering. He loves all of you and I/we feel very honored to be able to help out. If you are close enough to visit. I believe he would love a visit. I'll try to get his computer up and running again so he can respond to emails. Or you can leave a message here and I'll share it with him. Love and blessings to all. He's very weak now, and is surprised by this. Big Big Love from Mike.
Jim McPherson - 9.16.2009
R.I.P to Mary Travers ( Peter, Paul & Mary ). Some of my earliest song memories are of " Puff, The Magic Dragon " and their version of " Blowin' In The Wind ".
John Aseff - 9.16.2009
It Might Get Loud is only playing at one theater in the Atlanta Area. The Regal Cinema on Cheshire Bridge Rd in Atlanta. I have tentative plans to go see it this Friday :-)
Jim McPherson - 9.16.2009
I'm more than a little ticked off that there doesn't seem to be any openings listed in the Orlando area for the new movie It Might Get Loud, featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. Right now, it looks like either West Melbourne or Gainesville are the closest options. I'd love to see it in IMAX or at a small venue like The Enzian Theater. P.S. Speaking of " it might get loud " ... Motorhead tonite @ House Of Blues ! : )
Jim McPherson - 9.16.2009
Saw Living Colour at the House Of Blues last night, one of the tightest live bands I've seen in a long time ! Vernon Reid is one of the most under-rated guitarists around and Doug Wimbish is an absolute monster bass player. Hard to believe it's been 20+ years already since the release of the album Vivid and " Cult Of Personality " but they haven't slowed down one bit ... definitely worth seeing if you get the chance !
Craig Michaels - 9.15.2009
I wouldn't even wanna place a BET as to how many news services used a derivation of "People Who Died" for the headline!
Wayne Mereck - 9.15.2009
I guess it would be inappropriate to mention the people he has joined?
Craig Michaels - 9.14.2009
Man oh man... Jim Carroll, RIP...
JIm McPhereson - 9.14.2009
This is the same guy who claims he's as important as The Beatles, Stones, Hendrix and MJ ... can you say " ego - trippin' " ?
TWilliams - 9.14.2009
Anyone catch the MTV Kanye West performance ? Anyone else wonder why he even was allowed anywhere near the stage ?
Craig Michaels - 9.8.2009
I really enjoy Labor Day weekend around here. There's an annual festival that lasts all day Saturday and Sunday called the Memphis Heritage Festival... it's right on Main Street downtown (maybe two minutes from where I live). Booths of artists and merchants, which is fun... and six stages. Five of the six are dedicated to music, all stuff with some sort of Memphis connection. There's blues, of course, jazz, bluegrass, country, folkie/acoustic, gospel, and I even saw a jug band play. The other stage is for cooking demonstrations, story telling, dancing... other "sidecars" of local culture. I spent literally ten hours at the festival each day, and if it hadn't been for the fact that it was Sunday and 11pm and all over, I'd have gladly gone for more! The weather was really nice and all as well. That and the International Blues Competition finals (this year in late January) are my two favorite events of the year in Memphis. If anyone is ever looking for a fine, fine way to spend a few vacation days, I can certainly recommend either... makes me feel very fortunate to live here. Hope everyone had a safe and grand holiday.
TWilliams - 9.7.2009
Just caught the Paul Yeskel / Bill McGathy April Fools spot . CLASSIC ! Thanks for sharing Lee .
Lee Arnold - 9.4.2009
Please Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Weekend.
jo - 9.4.2009
further research has uncovered a few more dates at the plaza. so, if any of you get a chance to step off the path i'd say worth seeing are: boney james 10-18, niko case 11/19, and if you have never taken the time to see swingerhead, i highly recommend their christmas concert 12/18
jo - 9.4.2009
little feat runnin around the plaza on 10/23, tix on sale today.
JIm McPherson - 9.1.2009
Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame awards ceremonies I meant to say ... duh !
Jim McPherson - 9.1.2009
Saw a commercial the other night for a new TimeLife collection; this one for a 9 DVD set of performances from the Rock-n-Roll awards ceremonies held over the past 24 years. I've seen a lot of them on VH1 but this is the first time they've been released on DVD. Lots of one of a kind performances that probably wouldn't have happened anywhere else ! About $120.00 for the full set, I might consider shelling out for this one. You can check it out @ www.TimeLife.com / RockHall.
TWilliams - 9.1.2009
HOT TUNA = 'better than a T Bone steak ' . A very good show . I smelled pot on my side of the theatre . A lot of hippies were there . The hippie girls are still the best .
jo - 8.31.2009
many can play music, but few can make you feel music. that would be your talent i'd say lee.
Lee Arnold - 8.31.2009
Thanks guys. I really appreciate your Good Wishes and support. I would be less without them.
Jim McPherson - 8.31.2009
Happy Birthday Lee ! Still rockin' ( and still rockin' us ) after all these years ! Here's to many, many more ! : )
Wayne Mereck - 8.31.2009
Happy birthday Lee, it is still a world of wonders, here pidgie pidgie pidgie! Righteous
jo - 8.31.2009
JIm McPherson - 8.30.2009
Wish I could have caught the show at McWell's last night but had a good time at the Tin House show. Kind of a smaller turnout then I expected and there were some minor sound glitches at the beginning but those were quickly resolved and Tin House got down to some serious rocking, which included a great cover of Jeff Beck's " Morning Dew " ! Spoke to Floyd Radford briefly, he said there may be another show or 2 in Nov. at " the house " but didn't elaborate. We'll see what happens, I hope they don't hang it up for good !
Zaida Zoller - 8.30.2009
I hate I missed Tin House last night but I had a hot show going on at McWells. I will bring them back soon to South Orlando. In the meantime . . . Dear ORJ friends: I want to invite you to a very special upcoming ZShowz, featuring TOMMY CRAIN & the Crosstown Allstars on Friday, September 25 @ 8 p.m. at McWells. Tommy played with Charlie Daniels for two decades, authoring killer tunes like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” – for which he was most certainly Grammitized and rightly so. This will be the perfect meld of Southern Rock & The Blues . . . and most definitely one hell of a kick-ass night. Tickets are $15 @ the door ($12 for members of the Orange Blossom Blues Society). McWells, 4757 S. Orange Avenue in Orlando, corner of Orange Ave & Holden in Gatlin Center (407.855.4006). My number is 407.340.2318 if you have any questions. Come on out and support ALIVE Entertainment (and help me pay the band!!). ZShowz must go on! Zaida
Hues - 8.29.2009
Rock the boat, don't rock the boat baby, Rock the boat, don't tip the boat over, Rock the boat, don't rock the boat baby, Rock the boat-t-t-t-t
Reunion - 8.29.2009
Life is a Rock , but the Radio rolled Me . Gotta Turn it up Louder , so my DJ told me ...
jo - 8.29.2009
tommy look up wolfy's site, they are at the lovely sanford marina; 1792 north till you fall into lake monroe. when you get out of the lake, look for wolfy's sign.
jo - 8.29.2009
the reunion? is all tommy's doing as far as i know...
Lee Arnold - 8.29.2009
Thank you for the birthday wishes. What reunion are you talking about? Curiously waiting for your reply.
JIm McPherson - 8.28.2009
Tommy, Wolfy's is right there at Sanford Marina next to the old Holiday Inn, right across from where the Riverboat Romance docks. It's just off 17-92 on Lk. Monroe, not hard at all to find. Hope to see you all there !
TWilliams - 8.28.2009
hope the birthday weekend turns out to be a great one Lee , with many , many more ahead ! congrats on the reunion also .
TWilliams - 8.28.2009
Hey Big Jim ! Man , I really want to see Floyd Radford / Tin House , and that is still the plan ! We're hoping to take advantage of the storm and prevailing big surf from the East , then back here to catch hopefully some of both shows - McWell's & Wolfy's . Havent been to the place in Sanford , what is it near ? DID get my Hot Tuna ticket today for Sunday . (SUNDAY!SUNDAY!) :-)
jo - 8.28.2009
btw - there's a reunion? where? when? i'm there. if we start the rumor, will it happen? hey did you know there's going to be a reunion???
jo - 8.28.2009
howdy jim i really want to head out to this gig, perhaps i will see you there!!! =) pray for no rain.
Jim McPherson - 8.27.2009
Hey Tommy, me & some friends are going to check out Tin House @ Wolfy's in Sanford this Saturday. May be their last show together and it's only $5 to get in ... that's right within my budget right now ! Let me know ! Zeke, Zaida, Jo ... maybe see you all there too !
TWilliams - 8.27.2009
Well, Orlando remains none the better with the absence of you guys . Here's to the reunion ! Instead of growing , radio remains the small medium at large here , as well as around the country ... during the trip up n down the coast, we had the chance to sample various broadcasts . 98 Rock has a very strong signal , and a diverse playlist . Further south , ' 99X ' is mostly 90s cuts , and here's a little omen encountered - pulled into The Castaways as the DJ announced "a classic from Aerosmith ,Livin On The Edge"...don't know about classic,but, a good tune . We all pile into the office to pick up our keys , and , on the wall are pix of Steven Tyler and crew . They told us they'd been there many times and that " Mr. Tyler " had inquired about buying the place( hope he wont raise the rates ! ) ...thus began the rocking week as ' tourists ' .
Craig Michaels - 8.26.2009
I'm holding out for when Lee decides to franchise and put a Memphis version of WORJ on the air, and then I'll hopefully go back to work for him! The Pod Of Wonder has a wry sense of humor sometimes... when I drove from Orlando to here to move, I put a bunch of songs on the pod, figuring I'd be driving all night. Wanted to make sure I had a good soundtrack in the truck and all... first two songs it played as I was leaving were The Rolling Stones, "The Last Time" and Comsat Angels, "It's History." Truth, too!
TWilliams - 8.26.2009
man, that Tom Clay version of 'What the World Needs Now'... takes me right back to hearing it on LOF so long ago . Still powerful stuff !
TWilliams - 8.26.2009
Wow Craig -some nice deep cuts there . Eno seals the deal omen - wise... I'm sure I'd experience 'Hesitation Blues' by not attending ... Sure you don't want to move forward with radio KRAG ?
runs with camera - 8.26.2009
hey all, that last? tin house show is saturday night at wolfy's, 8:30 $5. so, there's another decision fer ya...they probably dont mind having their pic taken...
Craig Michaels - 8.25.2009
Tommy - Not that I'm a great believer in omens and the like... but this morning before I started work, I loaded the iPod with about 1500 songs and hit "random play," and the very first song played was "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning" from Hot Tuna... That has to mean something! For the record, the next songs were "Groove Is In The Heart" by Deee-Lite, a cool remix I found of "Forever Autumn" by Hayward And Lodge, "Funeral In The Rain" by Chris Isaak and "Baby's On Fire" by Brian Eno. I don't righly know how to interpret those last four. All I know is that The Pod works in strange, strange ways...
TWilliams - 8.25.2009
Thanx Wayne . You've helped solve the dilemma . BOTH shows must be seen ! jo - how about a disguise , say , a fedora with a strategically placed press pass in the band ? Or , better yet , a signed 'note' from "Lee Arnold" stating your mission for WORJ ...yeah, thats the ticket ...
jo - 8.25.2009
according to their site, hot tuna is not real crazy about having their picture taken. you know, by, people like myself who ever so carefully run all over the place...they seem kind of strict about that...:/
Wayne Mereck - 8.24.2009
Tommy, glad you had a good vacation down at Sanibel and Captiva Islands and Cabbage Key. There is nothing like a cheeseburger in paradise. I would vote for Hot Tuna. I saw them back in the 70's at the Seminole Turf Club. They had Pappa John Creech playing with them then, but I am sure they can still pull off a good show today. Thanks for the post. Cheers
Lee Arnold - 8.24.2009
Hey Tommy. Welcome back from vaca. Don't know how much dancing I'll be doing on the Birthday. Back is acting up. But I will be partying none the less in some form, you can bet. Jo-I swear as soon as I can bend or sit or walk or lie down, that Tshirt will go out.
TWilliams - 8.24.2009
BTW Lee - did you see CSN yet ? And what about your birthday this week ? My oldest brother turned 62 the 18th and he kicked his heels up a bit , how bout you Maestro ?
TWilliams - 8.24.2009
jo, I'm blushing - seriously tho, a great show was missed @ McWells by all that couldnt attend . Zaida tells me the show there this weekend will also be red hot . Now that I'm back in civilization , my only quandry is Mc Wells or Hot Tuna this weekend ...maybe both ? decisions decisions
jo - 8.24.2009
T - its good to see you are typing again - missed you so bad i watched the gong show - lee seems to have taken a JAM OUT PILL today,enjoy & good to have you back!!!
Jim McPherson - 8.23.2009
Craig, I bought a copy of that King Crimson @ Kemp Colisuem show awhile back, wish I'd known you were still looking for a copy of it, I would've hooked you up, even though Robert Fripp had asked that we not share ... I figure since you were actually at the show, you should be eligible to be grandfathered in ! I was looking up Kemp Coliseum on Wikipedia and came across the link for the King Crimson's Collectors Club, it's amazing all the shows they've got recorded from over the years ! At the same time, I also purchased A Beginners' Guide To The King Crimson Collectors Club, which features on awesome recording of " 21st Century Schizoid Man " from 1974 in NY Central Park as well as a rare live recording of " I Talk To The Wind " featuring the original line-up circa 1969 ... just sayin' ! ... ; )
TWilliams - 8.23.2009
After a week on Sanibel Island , needed a dose of loud R&R so I took Zaida's advice and checked out the REVIVAL show . Very good stuff . 3 smokin' guitars til after midnite . Y'all missed out - it was yummy as advertised .
Craig Michaels - 8.22.2009
Oh, my... many moons ago, there was discussion here about a King Crinmson show at Kemp's Coliseum in downtown Orlando... February 27, 1972 was the date of the show. I had the pleasure of being there, and it's a show that has, for all these years now, been legendary in my own mind and musical history. Well... a while back, Robert Fripp began releasing archived live King Crimson recordings as part of a series called the "Collector's Club;" very limited edition CDs, band authorized and made board recordings, expensive as hell, the whole deal. About ten days ago, I found, actually FOUND a copy of the Collector's Club edition of the Orlando show on Ebay. Double CD, got it for a price I was more than willing to pay, and now this little treasure sits on my desk, waiting to be listened to after showing up in the mail this very day. Sort of a scary moment, really... it's always been such an important concert to me... can it really be as good as I remember, more than thirty seven years ago?
Craig Michaels - 8.19.2009
The Memphis (and global) music community lost a prodigal son over the past weekend; James Luther "Jim" Dickinson passed on Saturday after complications from heart surgery. While these days he's best known as the father of Cody and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars, his career in the music industry spanned four decades. It's nearly impossible to simply encapsulate all he did... Very early in his career, he shared stage time with blues legends like Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes and Mississippi Fred McDowell. He was one of the early session men for the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, and ultimately became a part of the rhythm section known as The Dixie Flyers; the Flyers wound up contracted to Atlantic Records as a "house band," and backed people like Aretha Franklin and Sam and Dave on some of their most famous recordings. The distinctive piano part on "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones was played by Jim Dickinson; the Stones wound up as lifelong fans and friends of the man. He recorded a critically acclaimed but sadly overlooked album for Atlantic in 1970 entitled "Dixie Fried;" oddly enough, he wouldn't record another solo album for over 30 years, until 2002's "Free Beer Tomorrow." He released several more albums between then and the time of his death; his solo work was heavily rooted in Southern blues, but always with an eccentric, growling quirky edge... incredibly distinctive recordings worth the effort to hear. Dickinson was also a producer of note, having worked with people like Ry Cooder, Big Star and John Hiatt. He was a beloved figure in Memphis and in many parts throughout the world who, for all of his achievements, still called being a father his "finest and proudest accomplishment." RIP and all respects, Jim!
Zaida Zoller - 8.17.2009
All you southern rock fans - REVIVAL is playing this Saturday, August 22 at McWells - If you love the Allman Bros, Marshall Tucker, etc. please come experience a great night of music. I heard a rumor that there will be a mini SOUTHPAW reunion on the stage that night too. Yummy music for the soul. SO - REVIVAL at McWells Saturday 8 p.m.-ish 4757 S. Orange Avenue. $7 at the door. Call me if you need more info: 407.340.2318
jo - 8.16.2009
wayne, that's a big 10-4!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnamP4-M9ko
Wayne Mereck - 8.15.2009
I knew a lot of people that talked about going to The Woodstock Festival, but don't know anyone who actually made it. At 13 it wasn't a possibility for me to go. Eventually the album and movie came out and we had more than the news coverage to experience it. Hope we all can be here for the 50th anniversary. Cheers
Carl-ola - 8.13.2009
I was mourning Willy DiVille and was surprised at how many google links there were for him the day after he died. I was shocked to find what follows on, of all things, a New York Giant websight. I saved it cause it made me laugh and cry, really nice piece on Willy. Anybody know who this guy is? It starts here: "NFT: R,I,P. Willy DeVille Mckee : 8/7/2009 5:29 pm Back in 78 Willy was touring with his band, Mink DeVille, third on the bill with Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello. Needless to say, it was nothing short of amazing. I was working with Beach Club/Cellar Door and we had the show at various Jai Alai frontons in Florida. In Orlando, I witnessed a funny moment when a friend of mine, a very nice guy who worked as a local promo guy for Willy's label at the time, Capitol. My buddy had the pleasure of presenting Willy with a first look at his brand new second release, "Return to Magenta." Willy proceeded to tear into him with the most brilliant filthy tirade I have ever been blessed to witness. I could have taken my friend home simply by wiping what was left of him off of the floor with a wetnap. Seems that in their infinite wisdom, the genius art department at Capitol made the cover art for Return to Magenta totally devoid of the color magenta - at best it was sorta scarlet red with a green backing. Poor Willy. Willy's taste in music ran parallel to the stuff I love best - that Brill Building sound - stuff like the Drifters - perfect songwriting complimented by exquisite production from Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and breathtaking vocals from Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis or Johnny Moore - with sad melodies, strings that could lift your dancing heart right outta your chest and, don't forget those distinctive percussion flourishes like castanets. Of course, this stuff was all pirated by Phil Spector who trained with Leiber and Stoller. Spector's arrangements - in many ways the absolute core of each of his biggest hits, were composed by the immortal Jack Nitzsche, who produced 3 of Willy's albums including the first two. The link below will take you to a song that fulfills all that is described above, "Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl," from Willy's first album, "Cabretta." Willy knocked this one outta the park with a heartbreaking vocal. To these ears, it made him the equal to those gorgeous voices from yesterday that had captured our souls, and made us prisoners of rock and roll forever more. See ya Willy, yer bud, J"
TWilliams - 8.13.2009
Thanx Lee - came back within a few minutes after getting the message in the middle of Lenny Kravitz this afternoon .
Lee Arnold - 8.13.2009
Should be available now Tommy.
TWilliams - 8.13.2009
" This Station is currently full "...in the middle of a song??
Wayne Mereck - 8.13.2009
Lee, thank you for doing what you do so well. And on another note a heart felt R.I.P. to Les Paul. Cheers
Lee Arnold - 8.13.2009
Wayne, Thank you so much for your generosity. You are too kind. Keeping the fires burning.
Wayne Mereck - 8.13.2009
Do they have the Flying Elvises? I love that scene in the movie where Nick Cage is in a plane full of them and he is trying to get to Vegas and he jumps with them (at least movie style). The lead Elvis does commercials for a Ford dealership here in the DFW area.
Craig Michaels - 8.13.2009
Don, The entire week leading up to the anniversary of Elvis' death is pretty much the most surreal week of the year here in Memphis. Right off the bat, it's still a wonder to me that the day of his birth passes very quietly, but the day of his death is, just as you said, a complete circus. There are Elvis impersonators (sorry... tributes...) walking up and down the street; can't go to Beale Street for the week unless you wanna hear Elvis "tribute" shows. Vendors with carts on the street selling every sort of bizarre knick knacks... truly amazing. When you live here, the whole spectacle is referred to locally (even in the newspaper!) as "Dead Elvis Week." Some of the folks that are attracted to it are... um... a little on the fanatical side; you learn this week to NOT ask strangers, "Hey, what's up?" as is the custom for most weeks here. Tis indeed a very, very odd time! Sunday is the actual anniversary; as close as I'm getting to celebrating it (is that the proper term?) is to go see some delta blues on Saturday night by Blind Mississippi Morris. Does that count?
Don Gilliland - 8.12.2009
Craig; I agree with you about Willy Deville; a very underrated artist/singer. I thought "Storybook Love" was one of his greatest songs. You can find that song on a "best of" compilation of Mark Knopfler's soundtrack recordings, but not on any of the Mink DeVille collections. And speaking of Memphis: any special plans for Elvis Day on the 16th of this month? I've been to Graceland twice for the anniversary; quite a circus!
Craig Michaels - 8.11.2009
(singing my little heart out) Ooooooooh... some fellas, they like skinny girls... but I like 'em a little meteor...
jo - 8.11.2009
you can dawn your "meteor shower caps" and watch the sky tonight, northeast after midnight, till around 5 a.m. best though, a couple of hours before dawn.
Wayne Mereck - 8.10.2009
Much grass!!! Sure do plan to get my Live365 membership money's worth. I'm sure it won't be hard ;o)
Lee Arnold - 8.10.2009
Hey Wayne. So glad to have you back aboard the stream train. :-)
TWilliams - 8.9.2009
Alright Wayne !
Wayne Mereck - 8.9.2009
Once again victory is snatched from the slimy jaws of defeat, I have sound capability and WORJ never sounded better. Tommy I appreciate your offer in helping to get Fred (fricken rediculous electronic device) back in shape. The sound card I got from Newegg has worked out perfectly. Cheers.
John Aseff - 8.8.2009
Lee - since I agree with every point you made in your comment on 7.29.2009 this must be my radio station :-)
Craig Michaels - 8.8.2009
R.I.P. Willy DeVille... Founder and singer of the 70s band Mink DeVille... Nominated for an Academy Award for his composition (and performance) of "Storybook Love" on the Princess Bride soundtrack... and was never afraid to push the boundaries. After Mink DeVille, Willy incorporated many diverse influences into his music, including cajun/creole soul and blues, French balladry (he was a devoted fan of Edith Piaf and French culture) and lots of Hispanic influences, from traditional to contemporary. I had a few minutes worth of conversation with him after a show in Orlando in the "new wave" days at the Jai Alai Fronton (Elvis Costello, Mink DeVille, Nick Lowe); he seemed like a really nice guy who was passionately devoted to making music and simply not willing to compromise his vision. I doubt I'm the only one who has enjoyed his music for a long time, and he'll be missed.
TWilliams - 8.7.2009
Noticed this morning that listening hours for WORJ have topped 1700...
jo - 8.6.2009
Richie Hayward, original drummer of little feat has cut his tour schedule short this week due to a severe liver disease. he will undergo treatment maybe transplant w/in the next year. he will not be able to work, and there is no insurance. info at littlefeat.net and also pacificdisturbance.com
Roger Brown - 8.3.2009
I might have caught a glimpse of you, jo. I was halfway up on the right side, aisle seat. BTW: here's a video of Jack's Hard Country. Not last night's performance, although it sounds like it could have been: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjTn9uoQOZs&feature=related
jo - 8.3.2009
then you probably saw me, you just did not know it was me. just behind where he was is where i was talking to those folks. and hee hee, that dude cracked me up, i had him stay there so i could get his pic!
Roger Brown - 8.3.2009
I knew that guy carrying on down in front, left side, wouldn't last for the whole show. But he was having a whale of a time for a while.
jo - 8.3.2009
mr fuller could have played all nite. what a beautiful spirit. i must have talked to 50 people last night, and one gentleman i recall was in front row whilst i was wandering around trying to get photos; stopped me. i asked if he was from orlando he said yes from all the way back to the 60's. we spoke of sports stadium, elvis presley played there, he told me! they even remembered the old lady with the monkey on the stick at wrestling nights.(she sat in the front row, his brother in law said!") when i said to him , worj is online, he smiled and said, that was just yesterday wasnt it. so many respones like that with a smile and someone saying how cool! there are a lot of folks who remember. and even better is when they came up after the show and asked the call letters again to make sure : )
JIm McPherson - 8.3.2009
I went to a mini high school reunion this past Sat. night at Dubsdread CC. Got to see a lot of the old gang, some I hadn't seen in 30+ years. While talking to one former classmate, she mentioned that one of the first concerts she ever went to was Bob Seger in '73 at the old Exposition Hall. I told her " ... hey, I know a site where you can listen to that very concert ! ". She went home and looked it up and reported back that she was totally stoked to hear it again after all these years. Hopefully, she'll become a regular listener to WORJ.com radio. Winning converts one music lover at a time !
Jim McPherson - 8.3.2009
That's funny Tommy ! ... imagine that plagarism lawsuit ! That " Four Winds " song actually reminds me a lot of " The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down ".
TWilliams - 8.3.2009
Thanks Roger , you nailed it on the show . The sound was off; I noticed Rusty's mouth moving with little of the harmony coming thru his mic ...then again I'm listening to Bright Eyes' "Four Winds" right now and it sounds to me like they've ripped off ' Santa Claus Is Coming To Town '...
Roger Brown - 8.3.2009
As TWilliams said, last night's show was a fine one. PPL had both Craig Fuller and Mike Reilly switching off as frontman. Fats Kaplin was hot on the pedal steel and fiddle. A couple of Lowell George songs thrown in from Craig's Little Feat years made the performance special. Poco was great, but had a slightly mellower setlist that I've heard in the past. Rusty Young was phenominal on the pedal steel and did well on mandolin and dobro. Paul Cotton's new Gretch sounded sweet. Dan Sundrud (bassist) did a moving acoustic solo - Hard Country. Even the openning act, Matt Bucher, did well as a one man acoustic act. For a young kid, he interacted with the audence well. His somewhat upbeat picking to dark story lines could be described as "casual goth". The sound mix was well over all. I felt Poco had a bit too much volume on the snare and bass drum, and Paul's guitar could have used a little more volume, but nothing major. I recognised Zaida, but missed meeting other fellow WORJets.
TWilliams - 8.3.2009
Great show last nite @ The Plaza .PPL played a nice long set , Poco was a little less inspired , I thought ; but , it was a good time . Each show I see just reinforces my belief that it's high time Lee returns to reclaim the throne of Central Florida Media
Roger Brown - 8.2.2009
I'll be looking for WORJ tee-shirts at the Plaza Theatre tonight. I'll be wearing jeans and a white/blue print button up shirt, trimmed beard and glasses. Hope to meet some of ya's.
jo - 8.2.2009
woo hoo!
Lee Arnold - 8.2.2009
jo. It's going out tomorrow.
jo - 8.2.2009
attending, and wish i had the world tour shirt,4 just one more show..... :)
Roger Brown - 8.1.2009
Who's going to the Poco/Pure Prairie League concert Sunday evening? I'll be there. (bought the ticket before a bit of a financial crisis popped up. Don't have a WORJ tshirt yet, but will get one as soon as I have a few bucks again)
jo - 8.1.2009
poco website says they will play later this month in ny with richie furay & loggins & messina! @ bethel woods amphitheater ny. what a show!!
Lee Arnold - 7.30.2009
Cousin Jim---COOL!!-Can't wait to hook up. Call me.
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jim s. - 7.29.2009
cousin Lee... How are you? Im comming to Madison soon to bring my daughter to college & I wanna hook up with you. cousin Jim.
Jim McPherson - 7.29.2009
Excellent Lee ... words to live by ! : )
Lee Arnold - 7.29.2009
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JIm McPherson - 7.29.2009
Here's a link to check out the new digital single " Still Unbroken " from Lynyrd Skynyrd's upcoming album God & Guns --- http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/music/view.aspx?songID=2539 --- also avaiable for purchase on I-tunes. Reminds me more of Nickelback than classic Skynyrd but I bet it'll sound great cruising down the road with the stereo at full volume !
TWilliams - 7.29.2009
cpl of things...Lee's comments reminded me immediately of seeing Alice Cooper co-hosting the Mike Douglas Show while holding a mug of beer . Kinda shocking in the 70s...also , the lovely Zaida reports that there are THOUSANDS of pictures to go through , edit , etc . from the Mike Lyons Celebration . WOW !
jo - 7.28.2009
man craig - that sure seemed like the "somewhere down the crazy river of walkin in memphis". i hope somebody's saving these short stories for the grandkids...! thanks for taking us back with ya.
TWilliams - 7.28.2009
HELL YES !...oh , if you havent yet, check out the new broadcaster comments on the WORJ Live 365 page .
Craig Michaels - 7.28.2009
I feel confident in promising that if anybody is passing through Memphis, I can point out some interesting sights, some good music and some very fine barbecue!
TWilliams - 7.28.2009
Yessir, that's Chamber of Commerce stuff Craig . Good stuff .
Lee Arnold - 7.28.2009
Painting pictures with your words. Craig, you make me want to be there with you. Nicely done. Have a musical Summer.
Craig Michaels - 7.27.2009
Needed a break from doing my work tonight. It was just about sundown, a good time for a walk outside - it goes from light to full dark here in about fifteen minutes. A nice evening walk lets you enjoy the feeling of night getting the heat to release its daytime, cloudless, relentless hold; the end of July is making sure the dog days of August get a good running start. Beale Street is a nice walk, five or ten minutes away, and Monday is a good night for Beale for locals. At the corner of Beale and Third is the park where the famous statue of W.C. Handy is, and there's an open air stage to the right of the statue. Blues is fine, fine music; blues on a hot summer night is even better, and blues on a hot summer night outside is the eleven on a ten scale. The Handy stage is the prowl of the Beale Street All Stars, which is kind of a generic name for a batch of thirty or forty musicians (that I've seen so far, at least)... I guess it's a matter of whoever is available and feels like it plays that night. You never know what sort of lineup you're going to get, which keeps it interesting. Tonight, the frontman was a fella I've seen before - good, solid singer and seriously good Chicago style harp player. I can tell him even from a distance any more, and I tend to go watch for a while when he plays. Set myself down by the statue this night, and it's an interesting setup behind him. Two guitars, one a pale blue Fender, the other a black Gibson. No bass player; a drummer, and best of all, two probably mid 60s fellas, brothers, one playing trumpet, the other playing sax. Nice! Mondays are low stress, and often, the band tries new stuff or just stretches out in different ways on the old stuff. First thing I heard was an amazing take on John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillun." Started low and slow with the harp giving it a slow rumble of a feel. Kept building and building, and then they began trading solos. Blue Fender was playing rough and choppy and dirty, real Hound Dog Taylor, and Black Gibson was countering with soaring Texas style leads. The drummer is pounding, at times even standing up to play the simple kit; two snares with real tight heads and sharp, snapping rimshots pulsing behind the solos. The two brothers on horns play good sharp accents when not soloing, but when they solo, they soar. They're not about to let the other get the best of it... and then the very fine harp player wants some of it as well. Go and go and go, and it all peaks and they just KNOW when to break off the solos and bring it to a brilliant thunder of a close... two guitars wailing, two horns blowing hard, Chicago harp and good, solid drums, and every one of them closes right as they should. Amazing, all carrying through the night with heat and barbecue and night jasmine in the air. I like living here... I like it a lot...
jo - 7.27.2009
while speaking to the nice girl on the phone at the plaza, i inquired how they get all these great old bands. do you go to them do they come to you? do folks ask you to try to get shows?? both, and yes was her reply. so i asked for the outlaws, and mark farner. told her the website info for both... so i was thinking if anyone would like to start a mark farner movement w/ me and well, call the plaza, i won't discourage you :) you could start an outlaws movemnet if you'd like as well. and well , if there is a band i can help you support, let me know...
jo - 7.26.2009
God bless the voice of richard manuel.
TWilliams - 7.26.2009
uh...I still have walls like that ! what else is a music room for ?!?!...picked up some really great repros recently of the old concert posters for Winterland , Fillmore East etc. HAD TO have em .
jo - 7.25.2009
t - my sis had the same "wall" except hers was covered w/ chicago; which is probably why i have so much love for them to this day. she fell out of love with chicago during her rebellious years of alice cooper...welcome to my night - mare....
Zaida Zoller - 7.25.2009
As long as I'm in plug-mode . . . don't miss TIN HOUSE next Saturday, August 1 at McWells. It's a CD Release party for their 2nd CD "Winds of Past" (38 years after the first and only album). Starts at 8-ish (an early night for us old folks!) $10/door. Still rockin' hard after all these years. The original band was Floyd Radford on lead, Mike Logan on drums and Jeff Cole on bass. Jeff came down from New York for the 2006 Reunion but currently the line-up is Radford and Logan plus Robby Crouse on guitar, Dave Mikeal on keys and Jim Smith on bass, both from the other old band (who also played the 2006 Reunion) Legal Tender. It'll be a hot time in the old town that night. So be prepared to rock. If you have any questions, call me at 407.340.2318. Also you can check out the TIN HOUSE myspace page at: www.myspace.com/tinhouseband For more info on upcoming shows, send me an email at: info@ZShowz.com Rockin' on, my musical comrades.
Zaida Zoller - 7.25.2009
Thanks for the plug Tommy. I'm a slacker for not mentioning this sooner. THE CHOSEN FEW are playing tonight at McWells. I'm sure many of you remember them from the really old days . . . This will be the second time they've played for me there. Lots of great memories. McWells is at 4575 S. Orange Avenue in Orlando, at the corner of Holden and S. Orange. Hope some of you can make it.
TWilliams - 7.25.2009
nice birthday tribute to Steve Goodman today Lee . enjoying all the tunes...
TWilliams - 7.25.2009
lmao ... Bridge not Bride . I guess a sighing bride can be a good or bad thing too...
TWilliams - 7.25.2009
Zaida & jo reminded me of seeing Trower along with Peter Frampton and KC w/the Sunshine Band (genres be damned ?! )at a Downtown Disney free concert . "Bride of Sighs" at full volume through the steets brought people running to the show . KC ,wearing yellow spandex that David Lee Roth mustve lent him , and sweating like a factory worker made me wish I'd brought rain gear .YUK . Trower and Frampton were playing for each other , obviously . Game , Set & Match that evening to Mr. Trower . He was smokin hot , and HOB will be too . If I can fight off this damn OCD about finding that GFRR poster , I'll be @ McWells 2nite for the 5 dollar rock n roll show Zaida is putting on there .
TWilliams - 7.25.2009
jo's post reminded me of getting a copy of GFRR and , upon opening the LP was pleasantly surprised to see they included a poster , which was icing on the cake , and , soon on the wall . It was a montage of different pics , etc ...including a letter from a fan reporting they had seen Eric Burdon do 'Heartbreaker', and ,"he really butchered it up ,can you sue him ?" ! Testament to the passion of the fans of one of the greatest live bands of all time .
jo - 7.25.2009
40 YEARS ago, this month of July - Grand Funk RR started funking. they played free at atlanta international pop fest. loved instantly, they were invited back the next day to close the gig!!!!!!!!!!signed not too long after that and the rest is MD&M history. i wish mark farner would come to the plaza.....
jo - 7.25.2009
Zaida - YOU ARE THE WOMAN!!! thank you!!!
Zaida Zoller - 7.25.2009
LOVE ROBIN TROWER! He's gotten better with age! Thanks for all the great notes about the MIKE LYONS celebration. It was a pleasure hosting the event. We raised (including Paypal) around $4,000 and of course the money flow doesn't need to stop. If any one hasn't and would like to send Mike a little green cheer, you can go to Paypal.com, hit the "send money" button, then enter: mikelyonsmedicalfund@gmail.com. When it says "purchase" and "personal" - hit "personal" - then "gift" - then pay with a credit card. Technologically simple! It was an honor meeting and seeing everyone and I hope to see you again soon. Don't be strangers. It was truly a glorious evening and and thank you for all your support and good lovin' vibes. Blessings!
jo - 7.24.2009
robin - day of the eagle - trower will be at hob orlando on oct 17. tix $21.
Jim McPherson - 7.24.2009
I've actually got one of those Zeta7 cards too ... Wayne Mereck gave it to me when he was in town a couple of years ago. I think he found some for sale on ebay.
Mike Zarek - 7.24.2009
I used to have a whole box of those Zeta7 cards. They may still exist in my Dad's garage, but I highly doubt it.
jo - 7.24.2009
that artifact of a zeta7 card bobby is holding is mine. i had it out that night. a lady said "oh my gosh that must really be old!" i said "it might be but we just needed to clean some seeds, i swear that is what is was for all along..." very thin plastic material...........never did really use it for a discount anywhere...
jo - 7.24.2009
mike - thanks! - just to be clear; i try not to take them of folks unless i speak to them first. so most every one on there was after a cool conversation with, well, whoever was in the pic! :) yours are great as well !!
Mike Zarek - 7.23.2009
Nice pics jo!
jo - 7.22.2009
thank you to lee arnold...
Lee Arnold - 7.22.2009
Lots of pictures posted at the BLOG now. Thank you to Zeek and jo.
jo - 7.21.2009
thanks for playing this roberta flack- lee
Mike Zarek - 7.21.2009
I thought it was just an awsome night altogether. The outpouring of love for Mike was magnificent. Also, I had a chance to meet many of the radio folks that I had heard in my younger days, all of whom were influences for my own days in radio. I even had to admit to Mike that when I was out in California I swiped one of his bits (...and coming up... we'll have that Led Zeppelin Christmas Classic: Stairway To Christmas!) that I had heard many years earlier..
Neal Mirsky - 7.21.2009
I am almost speechless (which is quite rare for me) after seeing so many old friends at the Mike Lyons celebration sunday afternoon...For some of us it's been over 3 decades and yet it was like the years just melted away. It was truly awesome to see Chal Martina, Randy Molnar, Hanna, Lee Hallock, Bobby Church, Craig Michaels and of course, the man of the hour, Mike Lyons...Lee, you were sorely missed but it was kind of like you were there, since you were the person responsible for bringing us all together in the first place and harnessing our passion for music and radio by giving us a purpose...It was also great to see many friends from some of my other Orlando radio incarnations like Mick Dolan & Wayne Osley (WDIZ), Scott Stover (Z-102), Slats (Q96) and friends who transcended all of it like Brock Whaley, Mike Cooper and Richard Pachter...It was also great to meet Jim and Tommy who reminded me that what we did over 30 years ago stills mean so much to so many people...The one thing that everyone of us in that packed room (as well as the many people who couldn't make it but called or sent emails in support) had in common was a deep affection for Mike. It was quite obvious that Mike is a fighter and he now realizes that he's got a huge crowd in his corner...I guess I wasn't so speechless after all...As Mike would probably say "I'll be here all week, try the veal"
Lee Arnold - 7.21.2009
I will be posting all of Zeek's photos tomorrow on the BLOG.
TWilliams - 7.21.2009
jo- I told that guy (who took our pic) the web addy, etc . also,the gal that was hanging w/Zaida asked me where she could send for all to see . gave her the info also . I will go see Hannah also , as she took some pics too . I wrote all my info down for her , and ended up giving it to Mike's girlfriend in the event that I may be of any service to them throughout Mike's recovery . I'll let ya know more when I do ...
jo - 7.21.2009
there was a wonderful lady and a young gentleman that i referred to as, mr flirting w/ the camera (as he was photographing for mike event, and was flirting w/ pretty young girls in the process, which i told him was very genius of him) anyhow they photographed all night long and i wonder, does anyone know where those photos will be posted, if at all?
TWilliams - 7.20.2009
we'll have to watch eBay to see if he tries to sell it ...
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jo - 7.20.2009
lee - is that you, or tommy posing as you? how will we ever tell? is his signature really that close to yours?
Lee Arnold - 7.20.2009
Chal,my dear old friend. So glad it was such a special day for Mike and all of you who were so fortunate to be there. Please visit the board more often and share some old WORJ stories.
jo - 7.20.2009
i vote for craig to write a book of short stories of his life and times...or a few experiences at least...
Chal Martina - 7.20.2009
Talk about the LOVE. Talk about putting your hands on the radio and feel the healing vibrations. Talking about last night, a night for Mike. Folks from across the country here to honor our dear friend. Folks coming together who haven't been together in 30 years. Just overwhelming for all.
Jim McPherson - 7.20.2009
Lee, nice " Space " theme you've got going today for the 40th anniversary of man landing on the moon. Man, what a day that was !
JIm McPherson - 7.20.2009
Trust me Craig, I only feel that way on the inside ... the outside has definitely changed over the years haha !
Craig Michaels - 7.20.2009
Jim, must be a "glass half empty" kind of thing... in those situations, I tend to look around and think, "Wow, everyone looks so good but *I* got so OLD!"
TWilliams - 7.20.2009
Jim , it'll have to be August 29 then . Please remind me as the date approaches . Neil Mirsky... was an absolute gas to rap with . Likewise for Brock , even moreso when they were all with Hannah outside . I'm still pumped today , especially after reading Craig's post . As always man , you hit the nail on the head . thanks for sharing . Lee Arnold , you sir cannot only pick tunes , but indeed , people . It really showed yesterday as well as today . We love you all .
Jim McPherson - 7.20.2009
Forgot to mention that I finally got to meet Neil Mirsky last night, a great pleasure! My friend Jimmy Mann went with me, he ended up knowing a ton of people there from the local music scene ( he played guitar for King Cowboy, among others, back in the day ). Jimmy said it was like stepping into a time capsule, I agree ! There was probably more people there that I knew, after 30+ years however, I just didn't recognize them. Kept thinking of Joe Walsh's line from " Life's Been Good " ... " everybody's so different, I haven't changed ". ; )
Jim McPherson - 7.20.2009
Haha T ... way to " go with the flow " on the autograph request ! I won't be able to make the Tin House show on Aug. 1, got a high school reunion to go to that same night. Mike Logan did tell me that they are probably going to do one more show on Aug. 29 back out @ Wolfy's in Sanford before they call it a day again on Tin House. So for those who haven't seen them play yet, catch 'em while you still can !
Craig Michaels - 7.20.2009
Though I haven't seen him for a long, long time, one of the REALLY good things I remember about Mike is that he didn't do things for the "wrong" reasons. He wasn't on the radio to be a grandstander; he just felt like it was a great way to get music to people. He didn't do things to bring attention to himself, and in fact as I remember, he preferred to be a little out of the spotlight. Just a good guy with a real big heart (AND a wicked and mischievous sense of humor). It doesn't surprise me in the least that Mike never really thought about people's feelings towards him since glory and attention weren't motivating factors... which, of course, just speak all the better for him. I'm glad you had a chance to chat with him for a few to let him know how beloved he is in these parts! Truly a great individual, and I'm among those who owe a lot to him.
TW - 7.20.2009
to follow up jo - hey Craig , modest 'weekenders' are Wolfmen too !
jo - 7.20.2009
hey craig - i had that conversation with mr lyons about him being loved by people that he didnt even know had love for him, and his reply was so cool, he said " i am beginning to see that." thought you'd dig hearing that! ;)
jo - 7.20.2009
to follow up on t- TRUE STORY!!
Lee Arnold - 7.19.2009
Thank you one and all. I'm sitting here crying and laughing.
TWilliams - 7.19.2009
and if I did'nt ramble enough before , I have to share this one ... Jo and I are sitting outside when a guy walks up and says to me - Aren't you LEE ARNOLD ? so, I gave him an autograph ...
TWilliams - 7.19.2009
W O W ! ...ok,everybody remembers the scene from American Graffiti where Curt ,reacting to the vision of Suzanne Somers turns to the one , the only ONE he can count on for the end to meet his need - his DJ , the Wolfman . Tonight , we were blessed to get to be with an entire club full of OUR Wolfman's for one of the greatest events I've ever witnessed . And I did'nt even have to work this show ! Highlights among many - Seeing the look on Hannah's face and the look back to her from Mike Lyons when she first arrived . It was priceless and perfect ; Mike had just made his way towards the entry to the bar upon their meeting ...next , I'm outside , getting compliments on my shirt , naturally I start to hawk the shirt; " You can get one at WORJ . com , Lee Arnold has em -'I know , he sent me one . Hi , I'm Neal Mirsky '...yeah , Wolfman Mirsky snuck right up on me in the middle of my sales pitch ! We talked , and I woulda listened the rest of the night ...got to hang with Zaida a little, Hannah even more . How in the hell did you get any work done at the station w/those angels around , Lee ?...met and talked w/ Wolfmen Martina, Osley , Church and of course Mike Lyons ...watched Randy blush when Hannah brought up his acting career . All the while , mind you , you could FEEL what was going on between all these old pals of one another ...Mike Lyons sister - that gal can sing ! Once we got all the signatures on the shirt , Mike Z . said the time was now to present it to Mike Lyons . Gave the shirt to Debbie and asked her to give it to Mike on stage surrounded by all the other Wolfmen ...Mike's voice was strong , and he told about having new music in his VW enroute to the station ,the thrill to him of same then , "1 - 2 - 3- WE LOVE YOU MIKE " from the crowded room and the stage in unison as Mike was holding the shirt ...Mike Lyons is a very rich man ... Mike Z. totally bailed me out with his camera phone . I could not get a good pic inside that place . ( No flash on mine :-( ). Jim pointed out Mike Logan from Tin House , I went over later and talked with him a bit... we both had that "Hey , I know you " moment , and said at the same time " Ill see you at the Aug 1 show here " ...Jim , if you can make it , that show will be on me . Jo - what a nice gal ! I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with you . Lee , she went outside and retrieved the World Tour T to present to Mike's girlfriend ...the moment moved both gals ...I was moved by witnessing it ...and on and on . The Zig Zag Man caught up with us around 7:30ish , and , it was a good thing !? :-) ....oh, on a personal note , ran right into the friend my daughter was named after 31 years ago ! It's a small world , and , it was closer to being 'right' than anything I've experienced in years . Man oh Man , it was great to be a teenager today . Today , I was Curt living American Grafitti ...
Jim McPherson - 7.19.2009
Tommy, Zeke, Jo, Zaida ... so good to finally meet you all in person tonite. What an awesome turnout for Mike .. I know his spirits had to be lifted ! I got to hook up with some old high school classmates as well, Mike's sister Deb among them. Highlight of the night was having a bunch of Mike's old friends / co-workers get him up onstage to recount what an impact he'd made on their lives ... a great tribute to how well respected Mike is in the music / radio biz ! And yeah Lee ... lotsa people wanted to know if I'd kept my WORJ t-shirt in a time capsule ! I kept telling them ... WORJ.com, ya gotta check it out ... only $12.00 to get your own ... and they've got a radio station just like you remember ! Again, what an awesome night ... nothing but love all around !!! : )
jo - 7.19.2009
the best i can say is that i met an establishment full of very warm and wonderful people today/tonight. not one person did i know coming in the door, however left feeling as if i knew so so many, for years. I thanked mr lyons for playing robin trower's sweet wine of love, back when we would call and request it, i thanked him for being reliable to a central florida sound. he just smiled and said that he "wanted" to play it for us. and on a small not so sad note, an exec decision was made to give to susan, girlfriend of mike, the tour shirt, so she would not have to wait for one, and her and mike could match! i wish them the best and hope the event was very successful for them.
Mike Zarek - 7.19.2009
For those of you that missed Lyonspalooza, you missed a great evening. The place was packed. All the bands kicked ass. Lots of old friends getting together for good music and fun. There were raffles for prizes, including a guitar signed by all the members of Blood Sweat & Tears along with 4 tix to any BS&T concert. Dick Shane of WLOF fame brought an original WLOF license plate (the black plate with the white letters) along with a bunch of other WLOF memorabilia (including a weekly Top40 flier featuring Doug VanAllen). It was auctioned off and brought $175 bux... the last band was just going on when I left a little after 9:00 ...
Mike Zarek - 7.19.2009
Yeah Lee, you can expect a bump in T-shirt sales.
jo - 7.19.2009
and plug we did. it was getting to sound like the how did you break your arm story; worj.com was mentioned many times. what a wonderful event. i cannot begin to add adjectives. but give me a few minutes, just bear w me. and i will share...
Lee Arnold - 7.19.2009
Zeek has added some Photos from Lyonspalooza. Go to BLOG at left.
John Aseff - 7.19.2009
When I went to the blog to see Jo's shirt pics I expected to see Jo in the shirt.
John Aseff - 7.19.2009
All you guys who are planning to wear your WORJ tshirts are bound to be asked where you got them. It's a good opportunity to plug Lee and this site :-)
John Aseff - 7.19.2009
I wish I could attend the benefit for Mike today but I'm 500 miles away. Jim and I went to Edgewater HS with his sister Debbie. When I told her I couldn't be there but wanted to make a donation, she started a PayPal account to accept donations. If you can't make the show, please donate. Go to PayPal and donate to MikeLyonsMedicalFund@gmail.com.
Mike Zarek - 7.19.2009
In Orlando, getting ready to head over to the 'lyonspalooza' event... I'll be in my WORJ paraphernalia... See y'all there.
Craig Michaels - 7.19.2009
Jo's Wonderous Orlando Reminiscence Journey... abbreviated WORJ, of course!
Craig Michaels - 7.19.2009
By the time I left Orlando, the FairBanks Inn had been converted into a medical center of some sort, but the old FBI sign was still standing. If the sign is still there, that's my vote for next stop on the T-Shirt tour...
Lee Arnold - 7.19.2009
Where should jo and the WORJ TShirt go next?
jo - 7.19.2009
can we get a big ole no rain chant down here!!! lee - i laughed so hard i cried! thanks for sharing. :)
Lee Arnold - 7.19.2009
Wish I could join everyone at the Lyonspalooza event today. Please tell Mike how much I love him when you see him today. Thanks.
Lee Arnold - 7.19.2009
jo has taken a WORJ TShirt on a World Tour of Orlando landmarks. Check it out at the BLOG to the left.
JIm McPherson - 7.19.2009
Heading over to the benefit for Mike Lyons this afternoon ( wearing my WORJ t-shirt of course ! ). Looking forward to supporting a worthy cause, hearing some good music and meeting some of y'all in person. Be nice to finally put some faces to the names I've seen on this board for so long ... hope to see everyone there !
TWilliams - 7.19.2009
sure - hoy9o@aol.com
jo - 7.19.2009
t- its a what it looks like now of joint
jo - 7.19.2009
joni, she is in my supergruop... do you mind if i get your email, i'll send you a pic...
jo - 7.19.2009
gonna try, gonna try, gonna try, gonna try...
TWilliams - 7.19.2009
jo- while 'Big Yellow Taxi' is playing , it sinks in even more after reading your post about the 'Joint' . then again, anything is possible. as was so aptly said long ago - you're too old when regret replaces dreams - or something like that . any chance you will be at the Mike Lyons Celebration 2day ?
jo - 7.19.2009
t- i rode out there yesterday (joint/ joint) looks like the fat lady already; well.. the place is still standing. and the mail lady said it is still open as a furniture store, even on saturdays. i didnt see anyone though. there are still small speed bumps in the parking lot, and a sign by the door that says no loitering in the parking lot...then well there is that definite need for a weedeating tree trimming. in a word i'd say the place looks a little "saggy". gravity i suppose...
TWilliams - 7.18.2009
Jim - Arlo's Show was probably one of the best I ever was paid to attend . Along w/ the Southern Rockers , he brought in Richie Havens -a helluva nice,quiet guy . HUGE hands , and , I think he was wearing the same thing he was wearing at Woodstock ;-)...Larry Carlton , who can really play a guitar also , David Benoit , Manley Moondog and 3 Kool Kats starring Woody Harrelson (not that great) and some other bands I dont recall ... backstage in the 'Mock Rock'- HRC's portable cafe originally used for Farm Aid , Harrelson was the life of the party . And 92 was as your experience - hot as hell , sweating our asses off during the days , freezing after sundown ! A red hot weekend though !
Jim McPherson - 7.18.2009
Hey T, that's cool that you got to work that Arlo show ... I went to the one he did in '90 in Vero Beach where he and Don Henley wee the headliners. Funny, it was just the opposite of that Tampa show, it was in March and it went to near freezing soon as the sun went down. And though I didn't know it at the time, one of Henley's backup singers was a then unknown Sheryl Crow.
TWilliams - 7.18.2009
pretty cool stuff about the 'Joint' also . It would be fun to take part and see it to completion - only problem is that the hundred year old fat lady will probably pass on and leave someone a mess ... :-)
TWilliams - 7.18.2009
I was fortunate enough to get to work Arlo Guthrie's Indian River Festival in 92 where we saw Toy perform songs from the 'new' solo effort as well MTB classics...man, Toy's one big right thumb was just as impressive as The Outlaw's "Guitar Army" that evening . Both bands were in great form . No competition either,just a bunch of Southern Gentlemen on stage as well as backstage ...thanks for the heads up Jim .
JIm McPherson - 7.18.2009
I don't recall seeing the KISS jet ... must've been when I was hiding under the concession stand trying to escape the searing summer sun ! And ZZ Top was probably suffering heatstroke in addition to being wasted. : )
Roger Brown - 7.18.2009
I remember tanker trucks at each end of the field with 8-10 water spigots accross the back and a constant line waiting for water. Did you see the powder blue KISS Learjet buzz the stadium about an hour after their set? Also, ZZ Top was suppose to be recorded for a live album, but Donnie & Billy were too wasted to play record quality music.
Jim McPherson - 7.18.2009
Speaking of the Marshall Tucker Band, I just came across the digital re-release of Toy Caldwell's one solo album " Son Of The South ". Originally released in '92, it was pulled from circulation shortly after his death in '93. It features guest appearances by Charlie Daniels and Gregg Allman along with re-worked versions of MTB songs " Fly Eagle Fly " and " This Ol' Cowboy " that hold up nicely to the originals. And as a bonus track, there's a killer live version of " Can't You See " from Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam. Someone's listing a CD of this album for sale on Amazon for $145.00 but you can buy the mp3 version for $8.99. A definite must own for all fans of classic Southern rock !
Jim McPherson - 7.18.2009
Yeah Roger, I was at that show ! I'm thinking it was July 4th weekend in 1975 but I could be wrong on that. I remember it was hotter than hell on that field, like being in an oven ! KISS must've been miserable playing in the daytime sun with all that leather and make-up. Lot of great music that day though !
Roger Brown - 7.18.2009
I'm trying to remember info on an all day music festival in Tampa, summer of '76. It might have been called THe Florida Jams Festival. It openned with Pure Prairie League (not mentioned on promo's) and ended with ZZ Top. Other bands were War, KISS, Marshall Tucker, and Johnny Winter. Google search doesn't have it. Anyone else remember or attend this one?
jo - 7.17.2009
jo - 7.17.2009
there is a my space page called "the "original" joint in the woods" longwood fl. seems like they are interested in finding documentation, if you will, of the actual fact of some of the old bands that they term on the site are "rumored" to have played there in the heyday. so, i don't know if any of y'all are my spacer's; however may be able to help this cat out. check it out if you have a minute or 2.
jo - 7.17.2009
walter cronkite, god rest his soul. what a human being. wow. that my friends, is an end of an era.
TWilliams - 7.16.2009
Lee, talk about authentic WORJ - you nailed it with those cuts from Led Zep on vinyl . The only way it coulda been better would be the added 'hum' from a car stereo while venturing out to Chase Rd with the old gang ...
Zaida Zoller - 7.15.2009
ZSHOWZ announces A Celebration for Mike Lyons, long time Orlando resident and musical friend, recently diagnosed with both liver and pancreatic cancer. Mike Lyons moved to Orlando from Kittery, Maine at a young age, graduating from Edgewater High School in 1970. He began his career in Orlando back in 1971 by publishing the city's first underground newspaper and promoting the first rock show at the Citrus Bowl (Cactus, Bloodrock, Potliquor and Dr. John for $3). He was Music Director and announcer for WORJ, WDIZ and WHTQ in Orlando, Program Director for 98 Rock (WXTB) in Tampa, and spent the last eight years of his radio career as mornings/Assistant Program Director at WZTA Miami. Mike entered the record business in the mid-90’s. From 1995-2000 he was VP of AAA Promotions at Lee Arnold Marketing. Mike joined TripleARadio.com as columnist (The Forest) and contributing editor in 2001. A Celebration for Mike Lyons (see poster below) will be Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 4 p.m. at McWells, and include performances by Thomas Wynn & the Believers; Galloway–Kelliher, Beth McKee; Rick Birkbeck & Friends; Heather Lee & Jordan Wynn; Bob Carr; Dennis, Jeff & Bari; Wendy Benson, and others, with special appearances by many of radio’s best and brightest. This is a fundraising event with all proceeds to go to Mike to help out with medical bills and other expenses. McWells is located in the Gatlin Center where Holden, Gatlin and Orange Avenue converge, at 4757 S. Orange Avenue in Orlando (407-855.4006). McWells is a nonsmoking venue featuring a variety of good food and a full bar. Tickets are $10 at the door. The public is invited. Support Alive Entertainment Z Showz must go on! _____________________________ ZShowz P.O. Box 560041 Orlando, FL 32856 407.340.2318
TWilliams - 7.14.2009
...is it just me , or , does Les Dudek look like Doug Van Allen ??
Lee Arnold - 7.14.2009
Contribute to the Fees and General Expenses associated with streaming WORJ.com. OR You can contribute to the "Buy Lee Arnold a new Central Air Conditioner" Fund. OR You can pay me that money you've owed me but haven't gotten around to paying. :-) Click Donate to help. Thanks in advance.
Lee Arnold - 7.13.2009
Hey Wayne. Thanks for asking. Good days. Bad Days. Getting Meds balanced. I plan on being around for many years to come, but right now getting used to own mortality. Trying to reduce stress. Not easy.
TWilliams - 7.13.2009
...and y'all remember that we've an important date this Sunday . Hope everyone can make the Mike Lyons Benefit .
TWilliams - 7.13.2009
"Monster.."always gets the blood flowing . Keep em coming Lee . I've got a lot to do today !
jo - 7.12.2009
if only stevie wonder's love in need of love, could be played over the daily morning announcements of life. then everyone would wake up in their "right mind". thank you lee for your great mind of music. it sounds wonderful over here!!
Wayne Mereck - 7.11.2009
Lee, it has been a month since your surgery, how are you feeling? As soon as I get a sound card and get it installed, I will be listening to .com. Computers can be such a pain.
Lee Arnold - 7.10.2009
Hey J - Welcome to the WORJ Board. That Embroidered patch that you have is extremely rare. Take good care of it. If you haven't already, give a listen to our streaming, live radio project. Simply click on the "Listen Live" Button and enter the "Time Warp".
J Dalton - 7.10.2009
Wow, I still have the little embroidered patch that a I got at a King Biscuit Flower Hour listening party!! Great to see this site, the internet is a wonderful thing!!
jo - 7.10.2009
tomorrow is that xmas in july day where you get free slurpees at 7-11!! woohoo!
TWilliams - 7.7.2009
'Big Medicine' on T.V. today. Another verse to the soundtrack of our lives .
Craig Michaels - 7.6.2009
Just saw that Allen Klein died. I guess, depending on whether he was battling you or on your side, from a musician's standpoint he was either a snake or a saint... either way, there's not a lot of doubt that he had a great deal of influence on the way the music industry is run. Quoting from the news story, "Its (his company, ABKCO) assets include recordings by the Rolling Stones, the Animals, Herman's Hermits, Bobby Womack, the Kinks, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and many others. The publishing arm boasts more than 2,000 copyrights including compositions by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Cooke, Womack, Ray Davies of the Kinks and Pete Townshend of the Who." Not easy to have SO much influence when you don't record a single note in your entire life.
Wayne Mereck - 7.4.2009
T, Thanks for the Bday wish. I hope everyone has an enjoyable 4th! I will listen to some Blue Stingrays and pretend I can smell the salt in the air. Gonna be in the low 100s in the shade here and only 30% humidity. Sure not CF. Cheers!
Lee Arnold - 7.4.2009
Craig Michaels - 7.3.2009
Minor revelation: when an old pal comes into town unexpectedly and accompanies you to Beale Street and is ready, willing and able to close the bars on Beale with you, it can sometimes lead to a somewhat hazy next day...
Mike Zarek - 7.3.2009
T: It's my intenetion to be at the benefit on the 19th, WORJ shirt and all! So, yeah, twist they guy's arm! I'm also going to try and catch the Poco/PPL show, and Hot Tuna as well!
TWilliams - 7.3.2009
oh - Happy Birthday America and especially to that renegade rocker Wayne this weekend . Hope you have a great one buddy !
TWilliams - 7.3.2009
Mike - sure, I'll twist his arm for ya... any chance you'll 'Glide' into town for the benefit show on the 19th ?Poco will be another great show @ The Plaza . Met them and Fabulous T-Birds at a HRC show put on at Wekiva Falls in 96 . A highlight of the event was a drunk guy that climbed to the top of a tree behind our set-up to get a better view ( ? ) ...Cops told him to come down , and , he did...hitting every branch in the trre before landing in the water with a thud. Everyone ran over , cops escorted him away - then , the next thing you know , cops are back because Kim Wilson was surrounded by bikini clad fans ...yeah, he looked like he was in 'danger'... A helluva good show .
jo - 7.3.2009
craig- i've not seen them either, but i used to play the crap out of magnolia on the guitar.
jo - 7.3.2009
i dont know who runs the plaza now, however i have to give them props.... if you look at their site they have a lot of volunteer opps and internship programs as well for folks wanting to learn all aspects of production. right down to concession. plus, they have the best dern bands lined up that have played in this town in quite some time. come a long way from that dual screened movie theater with the smoking section off to the left side.... happy 4th careful on the roads, and on the boats as well.
Lee Arnold - 7.2.2009
Poco. How cool. Had some Tech Problems on WORJ IRadio. Fixed and back up rockin'
Craig Michaels - 7.2.2009
I've never seen Poco (gasp!), but I have seen PPL in concert. They were not only really good on stage, but a lot of fun and very personable. I enjoyed the evening, and it looked as though the band did as well.
Roger Brown - 7.2.2009
Just a head's up on some upcoming shows at the Plaza. Poco and Pure Prairie League on August 2 and Hot Tuna on August 30. Have a great 4th, y'all.
Lee Arnold - 7.2.2009
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY to all of you guys. Please be safe and have a great weekend.
Craig Michaels - 7.1.2009
Jeez... it's only 93 here today... I best pull out the sweat pants and extra blankets. I think I'm catching chill...
Mike Zarek - 6.29.2009
T: ask him if he'd like to do a Road Glide as a charity/demo case! ;)
JIm McPherson - 6.28.2009
Just heard Screamin' Jay Hawkins " I Put A Spell On You " ... LOL, I can only imagine how much that song must've scared the Be-Jesus out of uptight white folk everywhere back in 1956 ! : )
TWilliams - 6.28.2009
Hey Mike ! just sent it . built locally by a guy I know...
Mike Zarek - 6.27.2009
T: OK, I'm a H-D fan.. Let's see the pic of Gregg and his new ride.... zeek@671mrpc.com
TWilliams - 6.27.2009
Lee- just a thought on your A/C woes..if there is a local Tech school , call them for a second opinion . You may get a different diagnosis, if not a better price . If that fails, I'll come to Wisc . and fix it for a trip to CSN with ya ...
TWilliams - 6.27.2009
My brother tells me that the suite remained as intended for 'MJ only' up to the time when WDW sold the Lake Buena Vista property . He also tells me that they would see MJ there alone in the Magic Kingdom with his entourage after hours enjoying the rides . As for Neverland, you proposed an excellent idea - IF his own children will benefit from the venture . Whatever he was besides the phenomenal artist the world knew , he and his family certainly deserve the dignity from here on any of us would want ...the lyrics of "Easy To Be Hard" come to mind...
Lee Arnold - 6.27.2009
I was given a great choice this week. During record high temps, central ac died. Replace condenser for $2500 or get new AC for $3500. Great choice. Using fans for now. The joy of home ownership. :-)
Lee Arnold - 6.27.2009
jo: Cool. Enjoy.
JIm McPherson - 6.27.2009
To this day, Eddie Van Halen maintains he never received a dime for the legendary guitar solo he contributed to " Beat It ". He claims he did it as a favor to producer Quincy Jones and joked that MJ could return the favor by giving him dance lessons someday.
Jim McPherson - 6.27.2009
I remember hearing about the MJ suite Tommy, wonder whatever became of it ? I would imagine Disney had to distance themselves from MJ after the child molestation charges became public. I'm wondering if someone will take over his Neverland ranch and turn it into a Graceland style shrine ?
TWilliams - 6.27.2009
Jim, during that time period , WDW went all out to cater to MJ - so much so that a custom suite was built at one of their hotels that came to be known as the "Black & White Suite" . A friend that was a Mgr there had pictures of himself & MJ in the suite displayed in his foyer ... probably a year or two before the release of the song 'Black or White' featuring Slash on guitar .
jo - 6.27.2009
lee- "if you bubble wrap mailer it; it will come." got it today, thank you!!
JIm McPherson - 6.27.2009
Here's an interesting bit of trivia ... reportedly, Michael Jackson recorded as many as 8 new songs at Bee-Jay Recording Studios right after the release of Thriller in the early '80s. Supposedly, none of the songs have ever seen the light of day. Story @ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31577260
TWilliams - 6.27.2009
received an email from a friend last night that shows Gregg Allman with his new Harley . besides Mike , I dont know who else is a fan of H-D ,but if you'd like to check it out,let me know and I'll forward you a copy...
jo - 6.26.2009
$33 & $50 for tix
jo - 6.26.2009
the killers at ucf arena on 10/1 tickets on sale today (sat)
Lee Arnold - 6.26.2009
Please let me know when you get the T.
Lee Arnold - 6.26.2009
HAD to play those songs. Sad ending.
jo - 6.26.2009
not yet lee
Lee Arnold - 6.26.2009
jo-Tshirt arrive yet?
Dragline - 6.26.2009
Shake it all you want... how many hard boiled eggs can you eat?
Cool Hand Luke - 6.26.2009
I'm shakin' it Boss, I'm shakin' it
jo - 6.26.2009
and as they taught us when we were kids: shake it baby shake it!!!(j5)
jo - 6.26.2009
no matter how bad, at least for all of us there is still a day. when we wake up in the morning and have the grandest of opportunities to see yet again, the light of day, well now, fortunate ones we are i'd say. everyone, have a beautiful day!
Lee Arnold - 6.25.2009
Michael Jackson Died. Farrah Fawcett Died. Sky Saxon (Seeds) Died. Damn lousy day. Please stay well everyone.
jo - 6.24.2009
lee- based upon your 5 element theory this day, would you happen to have any earth wind & fire? ;)
TWilliams - 6.24.2009
picked up the new Chickenfoot . It's good . I tried to wrinkle the walls of the van with it ; the old GM iron handled it rather well ...sorry to hear about your situation Jim , hope it leads to something better for you ... hopefully we can all get together at the event !
TWilliams - 6.24.2009
"yeah , what jo said "...& you all ROCK !
jo - 6.23.2009
reminder: love is all you need
John Aseff - 6.23.2009
I meant to thank Jim for the email about the celebration for Mike and Jo for the Caringbridge link.
John Aseff - 6.23.2009
I just went on the Caringbridge site and sent a message to Mike. I hope you all do the same.
jo - 6.23.2009
craig - thank you for those perfect as usual words from you. i can only follow that up by saying "yeah, what craig said!"
Craig Michaels - 6.23.2009
The Caring Bridge site that Jo posted a link for seems like a good idea... I have a feeling that Mike has very little idea as to how many lives he has affected in a positive way, and hopefully he'll be able to see how many friends and "friends he hasn't met" are sending along concern and good wishes...
jo - 6.23.2009
Jim McPherson - 6.23.2009
Thanks for the heads up Lee, sorry to hear that about Mike ! Tommy, I'd like to check out that fundraiser event for Mike on July 19 @ McWells, it's definitely a worthy cause ! Depends on if I'm working by then or not ... got laid off back in April and haven't landed a new job as of yet so I'm kinda up in the air right now. I'll get in touch with you about it when I know more.
TWilliams - 6.23.2009
Hey Jim - glad you got the Winter Bros ...the intro is truly a classic . Aug. 1 sounds good , as well as the July 19 event @ McWells . Maybe something we locals can contribute to ...
Lee Arnold - 6.22.2009
Michael is going through some fairly major health issues. All prayers and well wishes for his complete recovery would be truly appreciated.
Jim McPherson - 6.22.2009
Hey Lee, I just got a list of upcoming events from Zaida Zoller's Z-Showz site and noticed there was a fundraiser coming up for Mike Lyons on July 19. Hope everythings OK with him, do you know what the deal is with that ?
JIm McPherson - 6.22.2009
Hey Tommy, John forwarded me that clip of " Rock & Roll, Hoochie Coo ", great stuff ! Funny at the beginning where Edgar talks about people always asking him " ... where's your brother ? ". I think Johnny later released an album titled Hey, Where's Your Brother ? I plan on going to see Tin House again when they play McWells Aug. 1 ... let me know if you think you might make it, we can hook up for some beers and story swapping !
TWilliams - 6.21.2009
The best to all in the ORJ family..."and the WORLD" . everybody reach out to your Mom's today too !
John Aseff - 6.21.2009
In honor of Father's Day Tommy just sent me a smokin' live version of "Rock & Roll Hootchie Coo" by Johnny and Edgar. I had never heard that version before so it was a special treat. I forwarded it to Jim. THANKS TOMMY!
Jim McPherson - 6.21.2009
Went and saw Tin House at Wolfy's in Sanford last nite ... man, they blew the roof off the joint!!! One of the highlights was a slamming run thru of " Be Good And Be Kind " featuring 3 lead guitars ( the keyboard player doubles on guitar ). Some choice covers were thrown in too ... Blind Faiths " Can't Find My Way Home ", ELPs " Lucky Man " a medley of CCR songs and a show closer of " Highway 61 Revisited " and " Rock-n-Roll Hoochie Coo ", both done Johnny Winter style! And of course, a number of songs from their new CD Winds of Past ( of which I won a free copy in the raffle ... sweet ! ). Turns out a few of the songs on the new record actually go back to 1969, from when they recorded a demo tape at BeeJay Recording Studios for the late Bill Vermillion ( the band members were all only about 17 years old at the time ! ). Floyd Radford told how the song " Silver Star " on the first album took it's name from Silver Star Rd., where the studio was located. They'll be playing again Aug. 1 @ McWells on S. Orange Ave; go see them if you can, you won't regret it !
JIm McPherson - 6.20.2009
Nice " Summer Time " theme you got going there Lee ! Definitely feels like summer here in FLA ... 95 in the shade and 105 degree heat index with humidity to match ... whew ! Maybe a little Henry Paul Band " Feel The Heat " ? : )
Jim McPherson - 6.20.2009
I remember the Osibisa van but I can't recall the Oedipus cars, maybe it'll come to me later ! Do you remember the guy with the old beater that had tiki lights strung all around the outside of the car ? He had stuff written all over the car like " Stop honking - my squirrels are pedaling as fast as they can ! ". I do believe he was a coupla fries short of a Happy Meal.
TWilliams - 6.20.2009
Hey John ! - Greek tragedy as a theme for your ride. What a novel concept !The real tragedy is customizing now entails stick on facsimiles of Buick's 'port holes' and - voila!- youre customized !the guy that owned the Osibisa van went all out- it was a magazine worthy customization . Another guy in the area had a Ford van with the Panama Red guy on the sides of it - a real beast as a runner too . We used to call them the 'Show n Go Boys'.
John Aseff - 6.20.2009
Tommy - I think I do remember that Dodge van. I also remember the guy who used to drive around the Edgewater/Lee Rd area with the highly decorated cars. I believe he had two. I think he named them Oedipus Rex 1 and 2. Jim may have more info on that.
TWilliams - 6.19.2009
you're right Craig ...Gentle Giant was another ... also along w/ Hipgnosis a book was edited and produced called The Album Cover Album...a very cool collection of all genres artwork from many artists .
Craig Michaels - 6.19.2009
Weren't the Osibisa album covers (the early ones, at least) done by Roger Dean, who made such a name for himself with the Yes album covers?
TWilliams - 6.19.2009
Osibisa = flying elephants
TWilliams - 6.19.2009
anyone remember the Dodge van seen around town way back when that had the artwork from Osibisa ?
jo - 6.19.2009
happy 25th b-day to the mini van; although you will never qualify in memories like the customized van....
Craig Michaels - 6.18.2009
All things considered, then, it might seem as though the band got strong-armed into playing that night. Tough position for a band, I would think, because the fans will never know the whole story - the only thing they would have taken away from it was "those lousy SOBs didn't play." As I remember, a whole bunch of excellent blues people took the stage that night, sort of an extended jam that lasted several songs and for a long, long time. Still, from the press conference on, the whole afternoon and evening felt weird.
TWilliams - 6.18.2009
Craig,youre probably right on the mark with the adjective 'pounced'. Originally,mgmt wanted to bring Chuck Berry back to include him w/Top . Others remarked about the 'hassle' of dealing w/Berry and his requests for the June 90 show - among those his requirement for old style Fender tube amps as per his contract . Come to think of it , the drum kit was not changed between sets at the Delta Blues Show , and ZZ did not take a large part in sound checks . They were as you remembered pretty funny , and real nice guys .
Craig Michaels - 6.18.2009
A bit more about that Hard Rock show with Z Z Top... I was lucky enough to be among the horde of radio people and journalists at a mass "news conference" sort of thing where the band was interviewed en masse. Funny boys, by the way, which you'd pretty much expect. Anyways, that show was a benefit for the Delta Blues Museum, which Z Z Top had done a lot to raise money for; they're truly and honestly big deal fans of blues music, especially delta blues. During the press conference, somebody asked them about their performance that was coming up that night, and the question took them totally by surprise. According to the band, they were NOT contracted to play at the event, just show up and sort of lend public relations type support. They also didn't know in advance (again, just their side of the story) that it was the grand opening of the venue and that they were being billed as the main attraction. I don't know if wires got crossed or if that's the truth or if Hard Rock just pounced on the opportunity to have them play or what... I guess it was a bit of a scramble for the guys in the band and all, and from what they said, a pretty odd situation to find themselves in.
TWilliams - 6.18.2009
My oldest daughter,weaned on Rock n Roll naturally; called me last week to let me know she'd love to go to Steely Dan w/me . Told her great,cheap seats are fine by me - if I can hear em good it's really all that matters after so many shows through the years - then,she called again to tell me tickets were 87 bucks plus and she couldnt afford it . "No biggie honey, I'll buy if you want" ... 'No',- it was to be her treat . what a good little rocker she's always been !...which reminds me after Craig's experience of another hero to zero story of fans and rockers...in the summer of 1990 , the new Orlando Hard Rock Cafe hosted it's first concert for the public . The show was a benefit for the Delta Blues Museum . HRC printed Tshirts featuring a caricature of Muddy Waters , and sold tickets for the show headlined by a Robert Johnson Tribute Band . Special guests to justify the 125 dollar a head price were ZZ Top ...all went fairly well through set up, soundchecks and entry of the 600 or so guests .An Orlando Fire Chief attempted to shut down the show before it even started , but that was resolved . I think a leather bomber jacket presented to the Mayor had something to do with that... ;-) The tribute band opened the show , & were very good ; took a break , then stage set change , announcements , etc. I made the error of correcting a restaurant manager - Richard - who was telling some young guests that the musicians were Johnson and his band ! I turned to my manager and said "whats he talking about , Robert Johnson is as stiff as Richard's lacquered hair"...of course,'Dick' heard me...oops...anyway , ZZ Top was next and this was what everyone was waiting for...4 songs later , you could FEEL the building moving from the energy of the crowd . Energy that turned to anger as the crowd realized that the little old band from Texas was not returning..."F*** ZZ Top" ! could be heard outside and , by them downstairs in their RV , and Billy,Dusty & Frank looked worried and were asking where was their limo? ...perhaps Journey should have a ferry handy to get their old broken down selves off the island ??
Craig Michaels - 6.17.2009
Had to pass this along... thought it was funny. The maintenance guy for our apartments is a really good guy; big, big fan of hair metal and lots of the arena rock from the 80s and 90s. There's a way cool venue very near where I live called the "Mud Island Amphitheatre," and every year they do a pretty nice summer concert series. Saw Jeff today and asked him if he had seen that Journey will be playing Mud Island in August, and he just lit up. Went on and on about how much he loves that band, how great they are, how much he respects them as musicians, etc. I asked him if he knew how much the tickets were, and when I told him ($75!!!), his face went to shock, and he blurted out, "WHAT?!?!? $75 bucks for those broken down old men?!?!?" From heroes to broken down old men in just seventy five bucks... that's quick. I must admit, I think that's an excessive price for Journey. By comparison, Robert Plant and Alison Krause played the venue last summer, and it was $42.50...
Lee Arnold - 6.17.2009
Hope everyone enjoyed that as much as I did.
jo - 6.17.2009
here's to all you freak flag flyers!!!
jo - 6.17.2009
hey, lee arnold- you sound well on the ids
TWilliams - 6.17.2009
yes! or a very large spool in the back of the van
jo - 6.17.2009
t- here's to speaker wire world wide!
TWilliams - 6.17.2009
I need to run some speaker wire outside...
TWilliams - 6.17.2009
man, it's just like the commercial - mmm mmm good
Lee Arnold - 6.17.2009
I hope everyone is enjoying.
jo - 6.17.2009
declaring my love for peter wolf and all his funkiness
jo - 6.17.2009
and well,wth, how bout mearle haggard's are the good times really over for good
jo - 6.17.2009
"musta got lost", anything from john lennon's rock n roll lp, and how bout makes no difference by the band.
Lee Arnold - 6.17.2009
TWilliams - 6.17.2009
ditto Maestro :-)
Jim McPherson - 6.17.2009
Ah, I'm in that special place right now ! Thanx Lee !
Jim McPherson - 6.17.2009
Hearing a little Dave Mason right now ... I was checking out his most recent album *26 Letters 12 Notes* yesterday. It came out in Oct. of last year, didn't realize it had been close to 20 years since he last put out a proper studio album. All I can say is, if you were ever a Dave Mason fan, you won't be disappointed with it ! He's sounding and playing better than ever, the album sounds as good as anything his closest contemporary, Eric Clapton, has done in the past few years.
TWilliams - 6.17.2009
Love's Orange Skies ; Les Dudek - City Magic...may I send you others, Lee?
TWilliams - 6.17.2009
well,'Purples'... :-) & Paul McCartney - Let Me Roll It ; Ringo's No-No Song ; Beatles I've Got A Feeling...
JIm McPherson - 6.17.2009
By the way, got an e-mail notice from Zaida that in addition to their Aug. 1 appearance / CD release party @ McWell's, Tin House will be appearing this Sat. @ Wolfy's in Sanford ( located at the Sanford Marina ). It's only a $5.00 cover, show starts at 8:30pm. Maybe see some of y'all there !
JIm McPherson - 6.17.2009
Chicagos " Beginnings " always takes me to that special place !
Lee Arnold - 6.17.2009
Today is ALL REQUEST DAY. Tell me what songs you'd like to hear and I'll do my best to play them between Noon and 5 PM CDT
TWilliams - 6.17.2009
one more - Southern California Purples
TWilliams - 6.17.2009
Lowdown is another good tune...Dialogue can inspire you to choke a Republican
jo - 6.17.2009
jo - 6.17.2009
dialouge - always makes me cry especially in these days now. no explaining why they'd be in my supergroup!
TWilliams - 6.16.2009
goood stuff from Chicago , Mike ! man,could Terry Kath wail !..and the Caribou Ranch special on TV made for the perfect end to that summer,Nixon resigning just a week before . I was in Philadelphia when he stepped down,and people there had flags out everywhere!
TWilliams - 6.16.2009
another tidbit they added locally to the sad news was that Joe Walsh named the man and 'Walk...' as an influence and favorite
Mike Zarek - 6.16.2009
(CNN) -- Ventures lead guitarist Bob Bogle, whose fretwork on such instrumental hits such as "Walk -- Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O" influenced countless bands, died Sunday in Vancouver, Washington. He was 75. The cause was non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to Don Wilson, who co-founded the Ventures with Bogle in the 1950s. "He had a special sound that nobody could ever re-create. He was totally unique as a guitar player," Wilson told CNNRadio. Wilson and Bogle learned how to play guitar while working as construction workers in the 1950s in their native Tacoma, Washington. The pair formed the Ventures in 1958.
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The following 5 kick-ass songs/videos by Chicago are brought to you without further comment....Enjoy!
Lee Arnold - 6.15.2009
All good. Thank you all.
Craig Michaels - 6.14.2009
Lee, Hoping that the fact that you're back home means everything went well, no surprises? We all hope so. If there's any recovery time involved, here's hoping it slides by easily and quickly. Also hope you know that you're a very beloved human... anyone who has met you and a lot of people who haven't have a lot of respect, appreciation and affection for you. Be well, and quickly, old friend!
Mimi - 6.14.2009
Lee you are in my prayers.
jo - 6.14.2009
hey it's good to be back home again... a cool find i found today, a collaboration of sound between booker t jones, neil young and the drive by truckers (for those who like the southern edge feel) i have only heard one tune off recording that came out earlier this year called "Potato Hole"...it is very distinctively a great mix of all three. signature booker t sound
Lee Arnold - 6.14.2009
I'm back home. Thanks for the positive energy sent my way. Truly appreciated.
jo - 6.14.2009
major tom to ground control...sending lee arnold a little bit of soul :)
jo - 6.13.2009
t- me myself &i will be there, i have not yet gotten a tshirt, order in the process as we type... however perhaps see ya there...
TWilliams - 6.13.2009
jo- if my oldest girl isnt working , we're going ! stylin in ORJ shirts of course !
jo - 6.13.2009
google: It Might Get Loud
jo - 6.13.2009
anyone going to steely dan, question mark
TWilliams - 6.13.2009
right! I M s are blocked . fyvm...
TWilliams - 6.13.2009
our thoughts and prayers are with you Lee !
Howard U, Likeasmooch - 6.13.2009
For heaven's sakes people - you have to stop living in the past and get the most out of exisiting in then moment. Sure, there were pleasant memories from yesteryear, but today is all that matters. Especially today, because today is Saturday and here at the home, that means I get an extra cup of pudding if I make my bed all by myself. I love pudding, don't you?
jo - 6.12.2009
ok lee, got you down as #1 after the now i lay me down to sleep part; god bless lee arnold....;)
Mike Zarek - 6.12.2009
OK, the Jeff Beck is a 2007 performance.. Palladia is showing a 120 min cut, but the blu-ray (which i just ordered) is 190 mins.
Wayne Mereck - 6.12.2009
Lee, you will be in my prayers and as you can see in the whole family's. A speedy recovery and feel better.
Mike Zarek - 6.12.2009
It's 9:30 pm Friday 6/12 .. Jeff Beck "Live at Ronnie Scott's" is on Palladia (a HD channel owned by MTV). Relatively recent (last couple o' 3 years) as Tal Wilkenfeld is playing bass. Opening: Beck's Bolero
Mike Zarek - 6.12.2009
Hang in there Lee! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
JIm McPherson - 6.12.2009
Best wishes and a speedy recovery to you Lee !
Larry Gardner - 6.12.2009
Lee, best wishes on your surgery!
Lee Arnold - 6.12.2009
Heart Stent Day today at 3:00 PM. Be back Sunday. Have a great weekend everyone. If you think about it send some positive energy my way. Thanks.
jo - 6.11.2009
man the economy! volusia county just laid off 844 workers at a local maryjane factory....
jo - 6.11.2009
roger that; good ole time :)
Craig Michaels - 6.11.2009
Yeah, when Jorma tours electric, it's Hot Tuna, and when he does acoustic shows, they're under his name. Hot Tuna is still a very, very hot band... time has just made them tighter!
jo - 6.11.2009
yup a few dates in miami, and in tampa at skips smokehouse and the plaza. a bunch of dates in jamaica as well!!!!
jo - 6.11.2009
i am seeing a date for HOT TUNA!!! august 29th @ revolution live in ft lauderdale; tickets go on sale june 13th. film @11 for further info on any other dates, i just this second saw the email for this one...
Craig Michaels - 6.11.2009
Just took a look at Jorma Kaukonen's web site to see if he was playing near Memphis anytime soon... he's not, but I noticed he's playing August 30 at The Plaza. Jorma is still one of the more amazing talents out there, truly... I've had the pleasure of seeing him a couple of times in the past few years, and his shows are just beyond belief... I bumped into him (literally, bumped into him) after seeing him in Tampa at Skipper's a few years back; it was the first time I'd seen him perform since I saw him with Jefferson Airplane, some 30 years earlier. I thanked him for the show and mentioned how long it had been since seeing him, and he laughed and replied, "Dude, you GOT to get out more!"
John Aseff - 6.7.2009
That should have been Down The Drain.
John Aseff - 6.7.2009
Steve - Thanks for the heads up on Chickenfoot. I've been a Satriani fan ever since Surfing With The Alien came out. I've only heard down The Drain so far. IT ROCKS! I'll listen to the rest on the way to work in the morning. Thanks again!
Craig Michaels - 6.7.2009
The Band and Keef Hartley were the only other performers to not give permission to use performances for the expanded reissue. I also don't know the issues or what-all... the one that baffles me is Keef Hartley. If there's some control or copyright or band name issues or whatever, both Ten Years After and The Band have significant names, and it's doubtful that a "non-inclusion" in the expanded set will do much to either enhance or diminish their reputations. But Keef Hartley? How much you got to lose? I wonder how many people 40 years later even know who Keef Hartley is or that there actually were Keef Hartley performances at Woodstock... seems like there's something to be gained there. Maybe that makes it all the more respectable that he's holding firm on whatever stance he's taking...
Mike Zarek - 6.7.2009
Shame on Ten Years After for not allowing their Woodstock performance to be used in the 40th Anniversary retrospective. That they would deny listeners the opportunity to hear their music in a much better and more complete context than the original soundtrack (and the movie) is a crime. I'm sure there is some stupid "control issue" behind this decision, and I don't really care what the issue is. This is about history (as far as we fans are concerned) and not money or control. To deny the fans, the music, and the band their rightful inclusion in the historical perspective is appalling. (End rant)
Craig Michaels - 6.7.2009
Just saw this: DETROIT (Billboard) – Thirty-eight previously unreleased recordings from groups such as the Who, the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane will be included on a boxed set commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock festival. The six-CD, 77-song collection, "Woodstock -- 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm," will be released by Rhino on August 18. Among the highlights are a 19-minute rendition of the Dead's "Dark Star," "Amazing Journey" and "Pinball Wizard" by the Who, "Feelin' Alright" by Joe Cocker, CCR's "Bad Moon Rising," Blood Sweat and Tears' "You've Made Me So Very Happy" and tracks from Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Joan Baez, Melanie, Country Joe & the Fish, Sha Na Na, the Butterfield Blues Band and Johnny Winter. The full bit is at http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090606/en_nm/us_woodstock_1
TWilliams - 6.7.2009
Lee,could you play the new song 'Pissin' by that old guy Todd Rundgren?
TWilliams - 6.7.2009
old folks??!! you may see the dogs sooner than you expected . lmao...
eMale - 6.7.2009
Tommy! thought I'd surprise you and post something .you know,the old folks on here probably dont even know who Dread Zeppelin is until you compared em to Lee Arnold's group . Very good choices by the way ! Your station sounds great . We could really use you back here in Orlando ! T- I'd come over more,but your dogs growl at me. and whats up w/chicks fronting Skynyrd ??man,you're losing it !!
jo - 6.6.2009
lee's group could certainly belt out some little sister, i can see the trade of guitar licks now between lennon and clapton...
jo - 6.6.2009
i would like to add an additional drummer: levon helm, i am so ashamed that i forgot him...
TWilliams - 6.6.2009
was just informed that I'm full of *it* ...always good to know your health is intact... "Dread Zep" are "karaoke poseurs that should be sued"...maybe,but theyre fun...I submit my case for a clemency review to the high court in Milwaukee
TWilliams - 6.6.2009
think of all the beautiful colors!...yeah,they'd have to be monitored. ok,what about Skynyrd with Gary Rossington & Hughie 'The Flame' with Dale Krantz & Maria McKee on vocals, Al Kooper genius tying it all together?...
jo - 6.6.2009
t- there would improvably be a lot of acid dropped at that gig...
TWilliams - 6.6.2009
very cool( and hard !) query put forth on a supergroup . I think Lee's group is already recording under the moniker 'Dread Zepellin '...seriously though, I'd like to think of the improv that would take place on stage as well as in production with a group that contained Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page
jo - 6.6.2009
all of them doing a soulful rendition of "i cant win" by ry cooder..... long sigh...
jo - 6.6.2009
damn nice lee- mark farner -vocals, don henley- drums & vocals, ry cooder guitar, eric clapton guitar, james taylor-guitar, banjo, sting on bass, harmony- csn&y plus joni mitchell and carole king, keith richards cuz he is still alive,david sanborn on sax w/ my friend tom on sax, and all of chicago.
Lee Arnold - 6.6.2009
John Lennon-Rhythm Guitar / Eric Clapton-Lead Guitar / Leon Russell- Keyboards / Paul McCartney-Bass guitar / Ginger Baker-Drums / Lead Vocals-Elvis Presley.
Mike Zarek - 6.6.2009
OOPS... 2 CD Soundtrack, not 3 ... but I got it....
jo - 6.6.2009
ok so if anyone could put together their "own" super-group, like your all time dream, who would you have?
jo - 6.6.2009
mike- one small give away thats really not, the dvd is supposed to show a giant jam session at the end, that the film did not show.
Lee Arnold - 6.6.2009
Hey Steve- Summer stopped by for a visit yesterday. Said he might stop by again in a week or two. Can't wait until then. Wisconsin and I miss our old friend Summer.
Steve Baione - 6.5.2009
Hi All. How have you been??? I'm not doing too bad. I'm still waiting on some more summer like weather, although it's supposed to be in the mid 70's this week. WHOO HOO! I've been able to take the bike out a few times, but have to make sure I'm back before sundown. Brrrrrr. I just caught the band Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers) on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. I found this quote about the band on Wikipedia. "Sammy Hagar has reportedly said that Chickenfoot could 'rival Led Zeppelin'. He said "When people hear the music, it's Led Zeppelin, I know that's a bold statement, but it's as good as that." Hagar later retracted these statements to some degree, claiming he was intoxicated at the time". End quote. The song they did was pretty rockin and has piqued my interest enough to want hear more. The term "Super Group" was also used. We will have to hear what the rest of the album sounds like before validating that term. At the very least it is nice to hear someone playing rock n roll again. Love and Peace to you all, Steve
Craig Michaels - 6.5.2009
For those of you who subscribe to Netflix, "Fillmore: The Last Days" is readily available as a rental.
Mike Zarek - 6.5.2009
Oh, I'll have the 3 CD soundtrack shortly....
Mike Zarek - 6.5.2009
Jo: Both.. they changed boundaries after my first year at Colonial.. graduated from Boone. My local PBS (From G'ville.. I'm in Ocala) doesn't have all the sub-channels on cable so I only get the main one. And now according to the website, there's no upcoming showings.
jo - 6.5.2009
mike- colonial high or boone?
jo - 6.5.2009
not the encore movie station, but there should be an encore pbs station, that reruns favorites and all. not certain of their existence on satellite though
jo - 6.5.2009
check your pbs hd box of frogs box top...encore station
Mike Zarek - 6.5.2009
OK...looks like my local PBS website lied. Fillmore: The Last Days will not be airing again on WUFT. I see there is a DVD available of it for sale at various places... I'm checking some *other* various places.. I'll let you know..
jo - 6.4.2009
t- your quacking me up! they kind of remind me of the busboys.
TWilliams - 6.3.2009
very good - how about this - the Jo Boxers on Top of The Pops http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6KBrKzoUWw
jo - 6.3.2009
or, box tops
TWilliams - 6.3.2009
I suggest Box of Frogs... :-)
jo - 6.3.2009
did a bit o research: the wmfehd channel is subscription. the wmfedt encore channel is free, and not an hd channel. you should be fine w regular box.
jo - 6.3.2009
oh yeah, t- fist bump back at ya! (with a big michelle obama smile!) ok, just to be clear, that is a joke
TWilliams - 6.3.2009
Jim - do yourself a favor and swap your box for the HD one yourself .Waiting for the cable co. = pain in the ass. :-)
TWilliams - 6.3.2009
thanx to one and all for the updates . you rock! "Fist Bumps" all around !
jo - 6.3.2009
nothing better w/ coffee than bob dylan rainy day women #12 & 35 and one...
jo - 6.3.2009
jim- without giving it all away; i will just say it took a great deal for him to even get santana to play that night. that plays itself out pretty clearly in the film...
Jim McPherson - 6.2.2009
Oops, I meant to say Saturday ! ... and I just found out I won't be able to see it cuz I don't have the HD cable box, just the regular box. Well, I've been meaning to upgrade anyways and I've still got a couple of days till then ...
Jim McPherson - 6.2.2009
Jo, thanx for the heads up on The Fillmore special on PBS, I'll definitely set the DVR for Sunday ! I purchased the 2006 re-issue of Santana III, Special Edition ( Sony / Legacy ) awhile back, it includes a bonus disc of Santana live at The Fillmore on July 4, 1971 ... they were the closing act on the closing night. As Bill Grahmn says at the beginning " ... what better way to close it than with the sounds of the streets, Santana ! ". An absolutely smoking recording of the band at it's peak, hard to believe that Sony let this recording languish in the vaults for 35 years ! Features a recently added 15 year old Neal Schon in the lineup, not hard to see why he was asked to join both Santana and Eric Clapton's Derek & The Dominoes ... in the same week ! Highly recommended !
jo - 6.2.2009
we were checking out j geils video on utube of their show last month in detroit. makes me wish it was j geils in orlando. they freakin rocked it.
jo - 6.2.2009
yes it was 24; husband dvr'd it and i did not check when it runs again. elvin bishop is on there too. young and present. and well, if you saw him lately, it sure would make craig feel a whole lot better...everyone on there is such a babyface. hope you guys catch it
Mike Zarek - 6.2.2009
Looks like Saturday, June 6, 9AM on WMFE Encore! digital, 24.3
Mike Zarek - 6.2.2009
I get it here Monday, June 08 — 09:30pm on WUFT out of G'ville.
TWilliams - 6.2.2009
jo - I'd like to check that out . What station is carrying the broadcast;Channel 24?
jo - 6.2.2009
has anyone seen elvin bishop recently? pbs is running a show called last days of the filmore. the show is the last concert bill graham had at the filmore in san francisco. its a beautiful day, jefferson airplane, new riders, greatful dead, santana, hot tuna w/ papa john. 1971. good stuff.
jo - 5.31.2009
man i need t.v , but i got t rex, all the young dudes, i love that song!!! talk about memories flooding in whew!!! hey dudes, where are ya!!! i wanna hear ya!! hey you there with the glasses!
jo - 5.29.2009
p.s. i meant frontage road instead of tradeport earlier...it's a tricky little lack of memory association thing. has anyone seen my keys?...
Mike Zarek - 5.29.2009
Jo: it could be a YMCA there now.. I haven't been out there in a while... Guess I'll have to drive by next time I'm in town.
Mike Zarek - 5.29.2009
OMG, Tommy! Now wouldn't that be fitting? An aluminum utility shed sitting at the site of the Orlando Sports Stadium. An everlasting (well, for at least a month, or until the next hurricane) monument to the biggest aluminum shed Orlando has ever known!
jo - 5.29.2009
CSN at ruth eckerd hall sat august 22nd. tickets today @ noon.
jo - 5.28.2009
a rusty ole home owners shed
jo - 5.28.2009
i sent one to that address last evening. something re: tshirt arama. t- cool stuff!! just rode past the spot where we used to park and watch the planes fly overhead from tradeport dr; on moms day w/ my son. fence there now. no parking and keep off the grass...i can handle the no parking....
TWilliams - 5.28.2009
btw-Lee IS a mindreader . I'm still laffing about his most evident event that he did to me...
TWilliams - 5.28.2009
just heard Uriah Heep's "Stealin"... took me back to nights that the group's 'Sweet Freedom' 8 track was the background music of adventures near the old McCoy airport .(thanks to East West for faithfully replacing each tape we wore out back then!) a picture of the old McCoy terminal with the new control tower in the background would tell ' a thousand words' about Otown today...:-)
Lee Arnold - 5.28.2009
jo- Look to the left. :-0 Click email. Good to go.
TWilliams - 5.28.2009
how fitting would it be to find a homeowners utility shed on the very spot of the old Sports Stadium stage..?
jo - 5.28.2009
lee do you have email?
jo - 5.28.2009
if i had to swear, id say lee can read minds over space frequencies sometimes, and so can you mike!!! welcome to the world outside the box. not only did i think of the sports stadium, but i thought the new ymca building was there but i have not been that way in a while. it really takes an act of god or doc's appt to get me into orlando anymore. i have several ideas, and a few surprises in mind. i am at present working out a few small details for subject detail, then i will be on a roll across town clicking away. so any ideas a re warmly welcome. i promise to do my best for god and my country......and to obey the girl scout law. and when the finished product ever gets here or there, well, you'll see. i have no patent and cannot extend anymore info.....
Lee Arnold - 5.28.2009
Next Wednesday is " National Fist Bump Day"
Mike Zarek - 5.28.2009
Jo: regarding taking some pics around town at the old places, what I'd really like to do is try to figure out whose house currently stands in the spot of the stage at the Orlando Sports Stadium. I'm willing to bet that the owner has no idea they live on the spot where Elvis, Zep, and all sorts of other legends once played.
Mike Zarek - 5.28.2009
Was out of town the past week. Caught the Indy 500. Great race...anyway, I'm back now....
Lee Arnold - 5.27.2009
jo; Glad to be of service. :-)
Zaida Zoller - 5.26.2009
Hey folks . . . speaking of Tin House. They will be playing for me at McWells on Saturday, August 1 @ 8 p.m. If you want more information about this concert and/or would like to join my mailing list, send me an email at: info@ZShowz.com. It will be a rockin' night. ALSO - Covington Tower will be playing at McWells on Saturday, June 6. They put on a great show as well! McWells: 4575 S. Orange Avenue in Orlando
jo - 5.26.2009
btw- worj.com was the life saving best place to be in the sad case of cabin fever that consumed our state last week, thanks thanks and thanks again for being there and doing all that you do!!!
JIm McPherson - 5.24.2009
P.S. ... go to YouTube and type in " Tin House - 30 Weight Blues " for a clip of their March 2009 reunion show. The video is kinda crappy but the band sounds great !
Jim McPherson - 5.24.2009
Here's some cool news ... after nearly 40 years, Central Fla. legends Tin House have released a new album,titled Winds Of Past ! It just came out last month, on the heels of a reunion gig the band did in Oveido in March. The new line-up consists of original members Floyd Radford and Mike Logan, with Jimmy Smith replacing Jeff Cole on bass. In addition, they've added a 2nd guitarist, Robby Crouse, as well as a keyboard player. From what I've heard of it so far, the new album retains their classic sound ... Floyd's playing as good as ever. Also included is a new version of " Be Good And Be Kind ". The new album is available on Amazon, though they are currently back ordered on the CD version. There is also an mp3 download avaiable for $8.99 but everytime I've tried to listen to the samples, it shuts down my window ( never had that happen before ! ) so I'm a little hesitant to try and download it ! Seeing's how Floyd Radford went on to play with Johnny Winter, I'd say there's a strong chance that Tin House will show up for his upcoming gig at The Plaza ... that would be awesome !
Craig Michaels - 5.24.2009
One of the first times I saw Johnny in concert was in Daytona Beach; I'll guess 25 years ago or so. He was in the middle of an absolute burning solo, and the bass player came over and said something to him. Johnny laughed, and said something back, and the two exchanged conversation for a bit... still right in the middle of the solo. I remember thinking, "The LEAST he could do it make it LOOK difficult!!"
jo - 5.24.2009
see craig, i can't tell you how many folks would wish that they had your times!!! maybe you guys can pass knowledge to my kid. drummer for 38 special gave him lessons when he was teenager; i had to call all of my friends for them to tell him how lucky he was!? now you guys are saying everything i already have thought, the see him while you still can... i was at that jj whispers show 21 years ago. it was when his winter of 88 cd came out. the one with the song rain; all it ever does is rain...
JIm McPherson - 5.23.2009
One of my favorite Johnny Winter songs is " Illustrated Man " from the album Let Me In, an ode to one of Johnny's favorite subjects ... tattoos ! Even though he didn't write it, he definitely took the song and made it his own. My favorite line is " ... I've got faces drawn in places where the sun don't shine, little girl if you show me yours, then I'll show you mine ! " ... sung in the way only Johnny can sing it. No one else comes close to sounding or playing like him !
Craig Michaels - 5.23.2009
Jim and all, yeah, expect Johnny to play sitting down; his health hasn't been real good to him. But, the good news is that is fire and passion for the music just hasn't died, and Johnny Winter sitting down can still outplay and outshow about 99% of the world's guitarists standing up! It's a good thing to go see him while you have the chance... not real sure how much longer he's going to be able to keep up a touring schedule. I used to sell albums out at the flea market, and one day when I had gone to get a soda (or something...), I got back to my table, and damned if Johnny Winter wasn't looking through my stuff. He was in the area visiting friends; had just gotten a new tat, and showed it off. We probably talked for a good hour... not only is he passionate about his own music, but very knowledgeable about music in general and blues in particular, and he sure didn't seem to mind talking about it. I went to run get a couple of beers for us, and he watched the table for a minute and sold an easy listening record to an older woman, who was just charmed to pieces by him. I offered him a job, but he turned me down.
JIm McPherson - 5.23.2009
Hey Lee, I posted a link for WORJ.com on my FaceBook page today. Hopefully some of the peeps I grew up with will see it and tune in ... it's all about getting the word out !
JIm McPherson - 5.23.2009
Wow, Johnny Winter @ The Plaza ... I'll mark my calendar for sure !!! Last time I saw him was in the 80s at J.J. Whispers. I understand he has to play sitting down now because of on-going health issues but he can still wail with the best of 'em !
jo - 5.23.2009
tix for johnny only $25! good seats still there, i mean like 2nd & 3rd row for the same price! we got 4 in 2nd row! talk about sunshine on a cloudy day!
jo - 5.23.2009
i just found bill baer's polar bears, they are still in town!!!
TWilliams - 5.23.2009
jo-I received an email about upcoming shows @ The Plaza...Temps would be good,Johnny even better !
jo - 5.23.2009
T- i gandered the plaza schedule, and did not see anything for temptations, which bums cause that would be a good show. however, from the scrolling down department comes a date for grandpappy guitar himself, mr johnny winter 10-15-09 thats a big woo hoo! look out bumby the streets will be ablaze that evening, watch where ya park!
jo - 5.22.2009
if you recall the lettering of the movie title meet the fockers...around 2005 my son bought me a tshirt for xmas that has a bust pic of bushncheney with the same lettering however it says meet the f#ckers. he said when he saw it, "that's my mom" he's such a good boy! but hey, toss me some ideas, for the photo essay can use all the creativity soup i can get...
TWilliams - 5.22.2009
hey jo-speaking of Presidents,you must go on east bound I-4 and get a pic for your collection of the grafitti 'impeach bush' on the overpass heading out of Otown ....Black Oak Arkansas maybe missed an opportunity by offering Ozark real estate instead of Oh Boy Ruby Starr by the inch ?
TWilliams - 5.22.2009
Janis Ian on now-she'll be in concert @ The Plaza May 24 . The Temptations are booked for shows there May 28 & 29.
jo - 5.22.2009
so lee, do you have any dirty water, or muddy waters or rainin johnny winter texas flood or anything of the sort.....
jo - 5.22.2009
someday we will find we should have relied on time....oh yeah!!
jo - 5.22.2009
jim- i wonder if bill clinton named that town in arkansas?
jo - 5.22.2009
wow!or waw! what a week! seasonal associated depression is sooo not my gig. thank goodnees for spongebob, cause we really need some bailing out down here, in all senses of the word bail!!!! here comes the sun king i do believe!!!! and its so hip to have hip waders.... got to give it up for greg allman and that laid back album, the circle, and my fave was queen of hearts. that was back when he had that good ole jazzy sound!
JIm McPherson - 5.21.2009
Yee-Haw ! ... Nitty Gritty Dirt Bands " Will The Circle Be Unbroken ". Can't help but smile when I hear that song. I like Gregg Allman's version also!
JIm McPherson - 5.20.2009
And Black Oak Arkansas did something similar on one of their albums but I think the deed was only for 1 sq. in. of land, somewhere in Bumf#%k Arkansas. : )
TWilliams - 5.20.2009
hearing Manfred Mann reminded me of their Lp 'The Good Earth'. With the purchase of the album, you received a 'deed' to one sq.foot of English soil . Anyone else remember , or tried redeeming the 'deed'?
TWilliams - 5.19.2009
sounds like a goood long nite
Lee Arnold - 5.18.2009
Thanks. Finally seems to fixed. Live365 had major problems all day. Really appreciate the feed back.
TWilliams - 5.18.2009
kept getting server error at each log in attempt til late into the afternoon . also, the last time I checked 'TLH' for WORJ on Fri. it was 1398 . now, it is 1347 . ? ?
Jim McPherson - 5.18.2009
Didn't get to tune in till about 7pm but all good on this end !
Lee Arnold - 5.18.2009
Any one having trouble listening to WORJ.com today. LIVE365 appears to be having problems. Please tune in for a bit and let me know. Thanks.
Jim McPherson - 5.16.2009
Green Day will be the featured musical guest on SNL tonite, with Will Ferrell as host ... should be a good one !
TWilliams - 5.16.2009
it's good stuff . a trip to East West will be in order :-)
Lee Arnold - 5.16.2009
Damn I like this Green Day. Can you tell? :-)
Lee Arnold - 5.16.2009
Think I got the computer working again. 6 hours of screwing with it. We'll see. In the mean time WORJ.com is back up and working correctly.
TWilliams - 5.16.2009
while listening to T Rex , can't help but thinking back to the days the chorus of that song would be spontaneously changed by our group singing in unison , and ,inevitably someone would mention that we should make the short trek to a rival's broadcast tower and pull their meter...then, someone else would always point out 'who the hell listens to them anyway ! '...
Lee Arnold - 5.16.2009
Damn computer. Going thru some problems. working on it. In the meantime, WORJ.com is jukeboxing from Live365 hard drive. Songs still good. But not very radio like. aarrgghhh!!!
jo - 5.16.2009
more than all the wanna wanna bees; it was first derek and the dominoes, rolling stones, jimi, janis, frank zappa, rare earth free, bad co, allman bros, it was van the man, it was steely dan it was mott the hoople, bob segar, robin trower, pink floyd w/ sid, freddy merc, peter paul & mary, arlo guthrie, la grange, before it was the wanna wanna's it was the original. whomever else you may be able to list, they were the first. the wanna's just wanna be like them. that's all. and an e-bay lister with some small amount of common sense has to know the only way to sell that trash, was by baiting with taste. eh, happens all the time....if you are "old" then be certain of one thing, you are the epitome of a time and experience that others could only wish or dream of being a part of. and that to me sir makes you pretty dang gone fortunate. which leaves old back where it belongs, somewhere outside california, on the way to siberia.
Craig Michaels - 5.15.2009
Stands to reason... been a while since I've been in the business and, of course, it's moving faster than it used to!
Lee Arnold - 5.15.2009
Craig it hit the stores Friday. I believe it is hit bound today and an oldie tomorrow.
Craig Michaels - 5.15.2009
Lee - Intense industry analysis and speculation estimate that you easily have four to five months before the new Green Day is considered an oldie.
Lee Arnold - 5.15.2009
Did I mention, I love the new Green Day record. 18 song "concept" album. Simply wonderful.
TWilliams - 5.15.2009
brother Jim - the answer must be 'BETTER'
Jim McPherson - 5.15.2009
Oh man, if those artists are considered " oldies ", then what does that make " our " music ?!?!? :)
TWilliams - 5.15.2009
my tried and true rx is to head up on the highway just as fast as I can go . this will produce satisfaction guaranteed .'laugh at y/day' and remember - we were all older then , we're younger than that now
jo - 5.15.2009
especially the line "laugh at yesterday"
jo - 5.15.2009
old is a state of mind somewhere outside of california; don't give in to it man!!!! my rx would be to recite the words to the beach boys "in my room" and just drift there awhile...... :)
Craig Michaels - 5.14.2009
Just a quick overview on "feeling REAL old REAL fast." Looking at Ebay last night, a batch of CDs was listed with the heading "Nice Bunch Of Oldies." That's all it said. Looked at it... it was all Britney Spears, Hanson, Backstreet Boys, etc... EEEEEEEK!!!!!!!
Lee Arnold - 5.13.2009
I will add him to my prayers
Rick Namey - 5.13.2009
I just heard that ORJ alum "Craig Alan" Soldinger died last month. Craig was not part of our crew, he worked for Tom Doyle before Jack took over. I worked with im briefly, before Doyle canned me and Jim Reed in a rage one day, because Reed wouldn't follow Steve Fleisher's program clock and in a clear case of guilt by association, I was Jim's friend. Anyway, I digress. Though he was not part of the hippest and most talented crew in radio history, Craig was a friend to the station and will be missed by those of us who knew him.
TWilliams - 5.13.2009
lmao...yes,I can hear ya brother !Joni a fav too , perfect lead in ...shirts just arrived ! many thanks !
TWilliams - 5.13.2009
Rainy Day..Dream Away . I feel ya . a good day for ducks is forecast here as well . I carry on , 'still raining , still dreaming '...Keep em coming . Peace
jo - 5.12.2009
mike- this cat from our neighborhood, who could dance his little 70's buns off; was always on that show. his name, i am pretty sure was, barney herrick. cool that you remember. does anyone remain in the area? i am considering doing a photographic display of "what it looks like now" all throughout town. things like the sign for big tree park and such..."big tree park, home of the senator".
Mike Zarek - 5.12.2009
I gotta start listening more again... too damn busy at work. Jo: You're 100% right about Blue Christie. Many people I knew back then were on his dance show. We emailed Brian (Blue) and invited him to come on over to WORJ.com and re-live a little Orlando radio, but we have not seen him here.
jo - 5.11.2009
man lee, this temptations, how inspiring. i'd like to broadcast it blues brothers big speaker on top of car style; especially today. maybe i will take a week or two and tour the country....hmmmm
jo - 5.11.2009
welcome to the small window that is: listening before work. it is a very small window, however PLENTY OF ROOM FOR URIAH HEEP!!!!
TWilliams - 5.10.2009
yee haw ! "The Florida Guitar Army" !
TWilliams - 5.10.2009
hope everyone had a great day with their Moms or being a Mom. Lee,one of the coolest songs I've heard lately was Love's 'Orange Skies'. I reached for the volume as it started,thinking 'Grand Larceny' and was pleasantly surprised...very cool
jo - 5.10.2009
i heard that one earlier lee, why thank you!
Lee Arnold - 5.10.2009
jo-A special Live Simple Man for you.
jo - 5.10.2009
guess my all time fav mom song would have to be simple man, if you have time for it...
jo - 5.10.2009
thanks for the mom's day wishes. my son who is a solid 21, has cracked crab like an old sailor since the age of three. we have a date to crack crab together today. y'all just remember, your mother is usually right!!
TWilliams - 5.10.2009
I tried to go sign off after Traffic,then my weakness for Brit pop made me stay up a little longer . Anyone else with that weakness may want to check out a new release by The Last Shadow Puppets - 'The Age of the Understatement'
Lee Arnold - 5.10.2009
Happy Mothers Day.
jo - 5.10.2009
who plays "rock & roll stew" anymore? no one..there's another one i havent heard in years!! gone gone gone....
TWilliams - 5.10.2009
man oh man , a perfect ending to the day for me w/Traffic's 'Low Spark...'.excellent blocks all day .
TWilliams - 5.9.2009
and Grindle I remember falling through the roof of convertible clunkers he was trying to sell
TWilliams - 5.9.2009
that sounds like something a Deputy would say
jo - 5.9.2009
he used to say "remember, an egg is a potential chicken"
jo - 5.9.2009
i recall channel 35, back then as having creature feature, circle of fear and a lot of art grindle commercials.
TWilliams - 5.9.2009
jo - yes. Uncle Hubie was rumored to be a Deputy Sheriff also .
jo - 5.9.2009
thank you t williams for your kindly response. i would have had to figure out where the dream came from, would have been here all day! really though, i am pretty sure of it all. the tv show was american bandstand format, and kids would come dance there. and do you even recall uncle hubie?
TWilliams - 5.9.2009
excellent Lee ! there's a "1st Class Engineer" smiling down on you from Heaven right now
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2009
Tommy-Monster still gets me in my guts. After all these years.
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2009
Craig-Glad you're fine. Just checking. That's what "old" friends do. :-) HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the Mothers out there. You know who you are.
TWilliams - 5.9.2009
jo - I think you're right about Blue Christie . It was when 35 was WSWB-TV
TWilliams - 5.9.2009
Monster is such a POWERFUL song ... I second Craig's salute to ALL Moms, smiled thinking of my 81 y/o GEM . Rod Stewart has always done it for her...
Craig Michaels - 5.9.2009
Also as good a time as any to tip the cap to the Moms out there. As I've mentioned before, I have a GREAT Mom - she's very responsible for my lifelong passion in regards to music (and sometimes is rather sorry for that, I think!). I'll be forever grateful for the wide range of music she exposed me to, starting when I was really little. She started taking me to record stores when I was five or six years old, and from the time I was about eight, the weekly allowance always included the album of my choice. A quick funny about Mom... many years later when I FINALLY got to see James Brown in concert, I called my Mom the next day just to check in. Told her I finally got to see The Godfather in concert... and my dear ol' sweet Mom, by now close to 70, immediately asked, "Did he do 'Sex Machine?' I LOVE that song!"
Craig Michaels - 5.9.2009
Lee and all, Thanks for the kind words and checking up... always nice to know friends are thinking of you! (KRAG? TOO funny! Who wants to come to work with me??). Somewhere down the line, Armadillo Memphis actually became a business, and the little critter keeps me nicely busy. Somewhere else down the line, a whole year somehow passed in Memphis... had to sit down and figure out if I was gonna stay another year (Should I Stay Or Should I Go?) or move to the next place, wherever that might be... as it turned out, I re-upped for another year, and I'm guessing will most likely stay for a third. New projected date for "The Next City" - April of 2011. The annual music festival came and went last weekend, and damn the luck, it pretty much mostly got rained out. Saw Medeski, Martin and Wood on Friday night, looked in on several acts (The Cult, who literally sounded exactly like the records, note for note, even the solos... Steve Miller, who sounds a lot like Steve Miller, LOOKS fantastic... couple of blues guys). I got home about 45 minutes before the rain started about midnight, and it went on to rain for like 22 of the next 26 hours. The banks of the Mississippi are pretty muddy on a clear day, and after all that rain, it's nothing but a sea of mud. Wound up selling my ticket on both Saturday AND Sunday... missed out on Al Green, missed out on John Mayall. I wonder if as a younger man I wouldn't have stood in the rain and cold and mud and dark to see it all? Ah, well... a buddy of mine came down from Indianapolis, and he and I wound up hanging on Beale Street for most of the time. BBQ was enjoyed, and there may have been other excesses... Not a lot to report otherwise; thanks agayne for the kindnesses!
jo - 5.9.2009
here's a question for you, am i correct in recalling a dj named "blue christie" from wlof? and if so, back when channel 35 first came on the air of t.v., when uncle hubie was on, and their studios were down off east colonial; did the same name dj not have a saturday afternoon dance show called "blue christie's rock and roll sundance?" it could have all been a dream as well?
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2009
Craig- What's up with you? Haven't heard from you in a while. Armadillo Memphis? Still doing that? Just checking. Want to make sure everything is good.
jo - 5.9.2009
:) :) =) =) thanks lee for that rockin saturday afternoon jam!
jo - 5.9.2009
got to give it to me, now c'mon is anyone out there sittin still right now??? fess up!!
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2009
THE Marshall Tucker Band!!
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2009
jo-Thank you for the Donation. Truly appreciated.
jo - 5.9.2009
mountains of north carolina drinking michelob days right there...
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2009
jo-THANK YOU for the kind words. Tommy- Here's your Savoy Brown. Enjoy
jo - 5.9.2009
i was recently reading back some posts ago,2008, where you weren't sure if you were"hitting the mark as intended". i can only tell you, its been a thrill to find the station, and i wish you all of the best of continued growth and success. i certainly hope many more find this great find; and i certainly thank you and want you to know your work is certainly appreciated here.
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2009
I still get goose bumps every time I hear "I'm not in Love". Don't know if a more perfect song was every recorded.
TWilliams - 5.9.2009
the quintessence of WORJ - 10cc's 'Im Not In Love '...and Steely Dan , Todd Rundgren , and on and on . goose bumps here
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2009
Thank you, Leslie
jo - 5.9.2009
thanks, thanks and thanks again!
jo - 5.9.2009
support from longwood in the wires, i hope i did all that right..
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2009
jo-I'll try and get those on for you. Geils-Ry-etc
TWilliams - 5.9.2009
excellent as always Lee ...love the Marley, my oldest daughter just came back from Jamaica and was amazed at what you are allowed to do in Marley's home :-)...NRPS now ! lovin it all
jo - 5.9.2009
some jj cale or ry cooder or jim dandy or how bout some j geils band???
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2009
NRPS-Savoy Brown-Dead-MTB All coming up for you. Enjoy.
TWilliams - 5.9.2009
after staying up late to catch 'Alice's Restaurant'(Arlo looked funny without white hair !)it's too early to think,not too early to remember - how bout some Savoy Brown followed by Derek & Dominoes...maybe some Dead/NRPS followed by Marshall Tucker...maybe a set featuring 'Weird Beard' songs we all remember...maybe I'm rambling...
Lee Arnold - 5.9.2009
Starting around Noon CDT, WORJ.com will feature Blocks of some of my Favorite Artists. Suggestions are always welcome.
Mike Zarek - 5.8.2009
Wow... While it really hurts to hear of the passing of another member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, I cannot imagine what the band members must be going through. I simply cannot think of another band that has gone through so much tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the band and their families today.
TWilliams - 5.7.2009
let's try that again on this pc - the Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Don "Ean" Evans has died after a battle with an aggressive cancer at home in Mississippi. Evans had also been the bass player for The Outlaws ...RIP "Ean".
TWilliams - 5.7.2009
just read that Skynyrd has lost another member --Bassist Donald "Ean" Evans of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has died after a battle
jo - 5.6.2009
all we need now is john belushi in a killer bee outfit making the antenna spin.
Lee Arnold - 5.6.2009
Welcome aboard. Glad you're liking what you hear.
bgage - 5.6.2009
Grew up in Winter Haven. In the seventies WORJ was the Voice of a Nation. Glad to hear you again.
TWilliams - 5.5.2009
2 thumbs way up !
Lee Arnold - 5.5.2009
Mrs. WORJ picture in Blog.
jo - 5.5.2009
there is a pretty cool warren zevon cd out there called enjoy every sandwich. it is a bunch of friends covering all warren zevon. includes the likes of don henley, adam sandler doing warewolves, jacson browne bonnie raitt, bruce with a captivating version of "my ride's here", wallflowers, jordan his son, doing a cool cut called studebaker(with a cool line that describes hard times as having "only a half of a half of a pint of vodka left), billy bob thornton, bob dylan, david lindley and ry cooder, jill sobule,the pixies and jorge calderon and jennifer warnes. it is all so very very warren zevon. put together as a wonderful tribute after his death.
TWilliams - 5.4.2009
yes jo,it's all good here!
jo - 5.4.2009
like, its so good to hear, the train to grinderswitch, running right on time, still, again....and all that!
jo - 5.4.2009
did someone say compete? yeah. i agree with you and think the same all the while as i listen. there would simply be no competition; i believe somewhere still deep down, orlando knows that. that is why finding this format right here has now become what i refer to as an essential treasure!!! i only wish that all of orlando sounded this great again:( perhaps it would put out the "vibe" we so need, as well as put some certain radio talkers in their well deserved place of humbleness!!! miss you here in o-town lee, its like missing something so bad like that song "makes no difference" by the band. worj -zeta 7 ; call it all what you will, however things aint been the same since ya left!!! luv ya mean it!
TWilliams - 5.4.2009
a very impressive collection you shared with us Lee , even moreso by what wasnt heard...'96 Tears' :I lol imagining the reaction of Orlando's Q96 FM if they or the other stations here had to compete w/ WORJ on the air.
Lee Arnold - 5.4.2009
Not sure how many exactly. I didn't keep track. Thousands. I hope everyone enjoyed.
TWilliams - 5.2.2009
Lee - how many songs total ?
Lee Arnold - 5.2.2009
After the "letters" comes "numbers" and then 3 surprises for those who liked the Southern Progressive Network Radio Shows. I hope you've enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed doing it.
jo - 5.2.2009
people of the world!!!!! tell me, what is life without love!!!!! got to have soooo much more love these days!!
TWilliams - 5.1.2009
'T'for trivia : The James Gang's "The Bomber" from the LP "Rides Again" contained the original 7:00 version on only the first 50,000 copies pressed . Then an archaic French law reared it's ugly head which kept the 'Bolero' passage from future pressings until the French law expired . check out the original version for Joe Walsh's outstanding rendition of the Ravel classic .
TWilliams - 5.1.2009
Lee , the first day of 'A to Z' you mentioned 'karmic' . While reading that , I'd swear that 'karmic' indeed was taking place in the play list. a rofl moment,but,'karmic' nonetheless . I'll save that 4 later...been takin'notes in case of any 'pop quiz' thrown at us later , lol . Anyway,'karmic' raised it's head again when I'm listening to the Ballad of John & Yoko this morning and I read Lee's post...immediately Beatles songs & lyrics that fit flash thru my head - 'Can't Buy Me Love','In My Life','the love you take is equal...'etc... years ago,each morning I'd walk by a nearly lifesize pic of John Lennon signed by him - "I Love You,John" ... sometimes the hair would stand up on the back of my neck and I'd get literally get goose bumps just looking at it .That finally happened again while listening and reading, my subwoofer blowing the ashes off the end of my smoke as I just sat here...you're The MAN Lee . As I told John recently , finding you and WORJ has helped fill a tremendous void for me. I've found a place where once again 'All Is One' can mean just that .Thanks Lee . To the friends I've made here- Wayne,the first one to 'talk' to me here,you're now an 'adopted' brother- likewise for Mike and John . WAYCOOL to get to meet ya Mike , hope we can get together . If ANY of you guys are back on home turf,please lemme know . That means you too Lee ... we'll gladly haul you to the beach with us for a day of sun n fun -or a free day at the Disney parks for you n yours. love to all-back to the 'T's...
Lee Arnold - 5.1.2009
I just wanted to take a minute to thank all my friends. Thank you to those who have stood by me, nurtured me, mentored me, liked me, loved me, treated me fairly, supported me, befriended me and been there for me. Your support and friendship has meant the world to me. Thank you.
Lee Arnold - 5.1.2009
On "T's now. This will last until tomorrow. Lots of "T"s.
JIm McPhersom - 4.30.2009
Ah, Hawkwind's " Silver Machine " ... if memory serves, wasn't Lemmy Kilmeister their bass player before he went on to Motorhead ?
jo - 4.30.2009
ah, pink floyd the animals album. why do those dogs keep carrying on outside...oh, its not the dogs, i really thought it was the dogs....
Lee Arnold - 4.30.2009
Left field band name in song title: Sea Train. Just played in A to Z.
Lee Arnold - 4.30.2009
jo - 4.29.2009
heaven save us from the powder and the finger and the thought that pulled the trigger, is that a "p" qualifier?
Mike Zarek - 4.29.2009
I'll PayPal ya something next week Lee.. maybe the week after.. let me see what the budget says... but definitely within the next two weeks...
Lee Arnold - 4.29.2009
WORJ.com continues with "Library A to Z". Gotta an "P" song that you love? Coming up on WORJ.com, A TO Z.
Lee Arnold - 4.29.2009
My yearly LIVE365 Fees are due in May. All Donations appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Lee Arnold - 4.29.2009
"O" my
Lee Arnold - 4.29.2009
We're at "N"s at Noonish on Wednesday. Lots more tunes (and surprises) to come. Enjoy!!
jo - 4.29.2009
moonlight mile, dang man........ God bless lee arnold and joseph campbell, for doing that labor with love thing! here's to following dreams!!!!
TWilliams - 4.28.2009
...just when you think you know the next song up , you don't...lol
John Aseff - 4.28.2009
Til Sunday?! Is that all? Just kidding. I'm enjoying it whenI can and looking forward to listening all day Saturday. Thanks, Lee, for all you do!!!
Lee Arnold - 4.28.2009
Just finished scheduling music. This is gonna last until Sunday (or so)
Lee Arnold - 4.28.2009
Jim, I get the feeling you're enjoying this. :-)
Jim McPherson - 4.28.2009
Oh man ! ... Batdorf & Rodney ... there's a name I haven't thought about in years ! Great acoustic guitar rock !
Jim McPherson - 4.28.2009
" LAAAAAAAAAAZY, you just stay in bed ... ! ". ( or in my case, goof off on the computer! ) My favorite Deep Purple song ! Here's a link to a YouTube video of DP performing " Lazy " on the 1972 Machinehead tour ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6x8GGXrCFQ
Lee Arnold - 4.28.2009
Brought to you now by the letter "L".
jo - 4.28.2009
kind woman, what a beautiful tribute from a man to his woman
Lee Arnold - 4.28.2009
The "J"s zipped by. The "K"s on now.
Lee Arnold - 4.28.2009
WORJ.com continues with "Library A to Z." In the "J's" as of Tuesday Morning.
jo - 4.28.2009
well, i just finished coffee and headphones, jackson kent blues, man thats some quadraphonic sound dude...
Lee Arnold - 4.27.2009
jo, Thank you for the kind words. As you can tell, I love doing it.
jo - 4.27.2009
can i tell ya i work till 7pm, and drive from kirkman rd., home to longwood all back roads, and right now i am tuned in and this is the best lee!!! perma-smile! thanks for doing what you do!!
jo - 4.27.2009
however, now days i am having to explain to younger people what skylab was.... hmmmm.
jo - 4.27.2009
i was thinking earlier that it probably was good old ralph with his sign down there off of 50. more so as ever since those chicken little commercials back then, i have described my insurance coverage as "i have so much coverage, i have skylab insurance!"
Lee Arnold - 4.27.2009
The letter "I" is in the house.
Lee Arnold - 4.27.2009
jo, was it Ralph Kazarian Insurance?
Lee Arnold - 4.27.2009
Just heard it when it played. How cool.
TWilliams - 4.27.2009
woke up -log on... Grand Larceny by Sea Level!...oh yeah ... long overdue thanx to you Lee for groups as such incl . Weather Report , Herbie Hancock ,Stanley Clarke et al ... tried vinyl as well as CD versions of 'Hey Jude' and 'it's' there , about 2:58 into song. after all these years , we still are finding 'messages'...very cool trivia.
Lee Arnold - 4.27.2009
Lee Arnold - 4.27.2009
Monday morning. Still on "G".
jo - 4.27.2009
hey lee remember when skylab the space station was falling out of orbit, and y'all had these commercials about chiken little running around saying the sky is falling the sky is falling! i can't quite remember the subject of the commercial, maybe insurance?
jo - 4.26.2009
can you tell me lee, how this on the web miracle of yours came to be. i am confessing my addiction. i am turning folks on to this site left and right, so please let me know how we can support ya.
Jim McPherson - 4.26.2009
Almost 10pm EST and we're only into the " F's " ... this is gonna take awhile ! Not that I'm complaining mind you, this totally made my weekend ! That's a helluva collection you've got there Lee ! OMG ! ... Blues Project's " Flute Thing " just came on ... haven't heard this since the original WORJ days ... will definitely go to bed happy tonite ! : - )
Lee Arnold - 4.26.2009
"F" you knew you couldn't wait. :-)
jo - 4.26.2009
Lee Arnold - 4.26.2009
For fans of the letter "E". Just started.
jo - 4.26.2009
pat trvers great southern music hall downtown orlando. live recording.
jo - 4.26.2009
hey all. saw the dan when they came to otown in the mid 90's i got the first in line ticket on the line lottery that day made the noon news on channel 2 and got 2nd row seats, never forget, and going again. i saw stevie ray vaughn 3 man band soul to soul tour at bob carr. still got the t shirt. csn&y in tampa i believe was when i took my son when he was like 12 or 13 a promise that if neil young ever came close we'd go!
Lee Arnold - 4.26.2009
Cool. Listen during the "H"s for Hey Jude. Little known fact that Paul curses during song. I have just been enjoying Here, There and Everywhere by Geoff Emerick, the man who was the engineer on Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road, along with many other Beatles tracks. For aficionados it is an unmissable book, a superb account of their work in the studio. This morning I read Emerick's account of the recording of Hey Jude. Emerick wasn't the engineer on the track - the recording didn't begin at Abbey Road - but he was called in to fix problems caused by technical deficiencies at Trident Studios.... Read More He notes that when he listened to the mix, in the third verse: Right between the lines "The minute you let her under your skin/ Oh, then you begin" you can clearly hear Paul curse off mic saying 'F****** hell!" Apparently this exclamation was caused by McCartney playing a duff note on the piano. The Beatles knew it was there, but John Lennon insisted it stay. He wanted it low in the final mix so that while most people wouldn't realize it was there, the Beatles could enjoy it. H's coming up.
TWilliams - 4.26.2009
loud n clear here in 'Florida Center' lol ...remember those signs? was ready to shoot this thing and put it out of it's misery...
Lee Arnold - 4.26.2009
Those damn internets. Came back pretty quick here at the house. Tommy, are you still having a problem? Please let me know.
TWilliams - 4.26.2009
Dial a Dirty Joke ! havent heard that in years...then Dialogue 1 & 2 (that song fits todays world !)then...nothing. anybody else, or , is it another pc problem here ? pls advise
TWilliams - 4.25.2009
John - that was a good question about band name in song title . First song that came to me was 'Bad Company' from the first Bad Company LP . Wang Chung and Big Country are two more , now I'm stuck trying to recall any others...
TWilliams - 4.25.2009
great idea on the playlist Lee...wonder how many mix tapes , and now CDs , have been made inspired by what we heard and again hear from WORJ...Steely Dan coming to town is great ! I have never looked at the LP art from "Can't Buy a Thrill " and not thought of WORJ...Saw "Boom Boom..." performed live by Pat Travers,Ricky Medlocke, and Richie Blackmore some years back @ Hard Rock - talk about dueling guitars !
Lee Arnold - 4.25.2009
John, any number of things make me feel like a mix is a train wreck. Key change-tempo clash-texture-genre clash etc. You know it when you hear it. :-)
JIm McPherson - 4.25.2009
" Boom, Boom, Out Go The Lights " ... man, that song got played to death back in the day but I still think GO FOR WHAT YOU KNOW is one of the best live albums ever. It really captured the energy of Pat Traver's live shows. The song " Stevie " is my favorite from that album, " Go All Night " runs a close second.
Jim McPherson - 4.25.2009
Ah, nuthin' like a little " Bohdisattva " on a Sat. afternoon ! Excellent playlist so far, keep 'em coming ! : - )
John Aseff - 4.25.2009
I know none of the songs are train wrecks. I'm enjoying every one. I was wondering which seques you thought were not up to snuff. I am handicapped in that department. When I make a mix CD I wonder if the order couldn't be better. I guess I'm fishing for pointers :-)
Lee Arnold - 4.25.2009
John, none of the songs are Train Wrecks. Some of the segues have been "interesting". That's what I was referencing. Wacky song to song segues.
John Aseff - 4.25.2009
Definitely need to remember to proofread :-(
John Aseff - 4.25.2009
Lee - I'm still listening. You're right about the alphabetical flow being good. What dod you consider a train wreck? Just curious. Right now Black Sabbath's Black Sabbath is playing. Still cool after all these years. I was wondering if there were any other band's with self titled songs. I'm sure there were but I'm drawing a blank.
Lee Arnold - 4.25.2009
As I listen to this A to Z programming on WORJ.com, I'm amazed how good songs, based totally on the alphabetical nature of their titles, mix so well together. Only an occasional "train wreck". I wonder if it has anything to do to the huge size of the library or if it's just Karmic? Still on the B's. Check it out. Pretty cool so far.
John Aseff - 4.25.2009
Jo - if you get a chance, definitely go see Steely Dan at the Bob Carr. I saw them here in Atlanta last year at the Chastain Amphitheatre. Excellent show! The last show I saw at the Bob Carr was "An Acoustic Evening with Crosby, Stills and Nash". Had to be about 14 years ago.
John Aseff - 4.25.2009
Thanks for the heads up Lee. Tuned in just in time for "Back in the U.S.S.R." :-)
Lee Arnold - 4.25.2009
Tune in to WORJ.com. Library A-Z in progress.
Lee Arnold - 4.24.2009
Wayne Mereck - 4.24.2009
Hey guys! I had my hard drive die and have been so busy at work that the last thing I have had the energy to do was replace it and start loading software. Thanks for missing me. I finally have started the recovery. Every day in every way I am doing better and better. Cheers
jo - 4.24.2009
steely dan tickets going onsale at 10 am today for bob carr!
TWilliams - 4.23.2009
lmao @ KRAG
Mike Zarek - 4.23.2009
T: could be, but in Texas, it would have to be KRAG ... West of the Mississippi ya know....
Lee Arnold - 4.23.2009
jo, Welcome aboard!! Been trying to post pictures. Website fighting me. I have turned BLOG (to the left in the buttons into a picture page). Please feel free to email me any and all WORJ pix. They will be posted immediately in the BLOG.
TWilliams - 4.23.2009
has anyone else noticed that during the absence of Wayne & Craig , Texas secession cries have been heard ? could this be a clever ploy borne by our rocking brethren to deflect attention away from themselves while executing the coup that will inaugurate station 'WAYN' in place of a substandard Texican station ?
jo - 4.23.2009
last resort is on, i feel like a kid again. i havent heard this tune in 50 thousand years. still know all the words...
jo - 4.22.2009
its been a long time gone, feets dont fail me now, look out mama there's a white boat coming up the river. its is a long story how i happened on this site, started with a discussion where i mistook bob church for bill church the bass player for montrose, in a discussion about the old zeta7 station. ok, i was wrong, but i still maintain some margin of error which is another story. the point is we, in the discussion, are all east orlandoians here in lovely junk town florida, in 2009. finding this live streaming has been like finding old friends, cousins if you will. we remember rock superbowls, point after, sports stadium, sounds unlimited hifi and stereo(no cheese on your neck) and who could ever forget triple x-ray ted. good to see you. even better to hear you again. if it were not for worj i would never know the words atom heart mother.
Lee Arnold - 4.20.2009
C,S,N are playing a 2000 seat Theatre here in Milwaukee in August. Saw them last about 8 or 9 years ago at 20,000 seater. Wouldn't miss this for the world.
Roger Brown - 4.20.2009
Saw Joe Cocker last night at the free downtown event (Orlando). He'll be 65 next month, but can still put on a hell of a show! Even came back for 2 encores.
Mike Zarek - 4.16.2009
Tidbit: WORJ turning into AOR Zeta7 and go up against DIZ wasn't the original plan. The first idea was to go Top 40 and go after WBJW.
John Aseff - 4.13.2009
Tommy - I agree with you. We lost a friend when Zeta7 took over WORJ. How many of us put the Zeta7 tag upside down on our cars after they canned our favorite DJs and turned into what they ultimately became? Had to have something on the car but didn't dare keep my 'ORJ tag on for fear it would get stolen. I still have that tag to this day. Funny how we all ended up embracing WDIZ, the one time enemy :-)
TWilliams - 4.13.2009
to the friend that lurks and listens , but doesnt post...I too was lmao upon hearing the exchange , only caught the full thing upon playback of the tape . Come on over and listen to it ! The DJ's werent feuding , simply thanking the Schenck Co. for providing ' refreshments' etc. We took it as the DJ saying what we were thinking about losing our favorite radio station . It sucked !
TWilliams - 4.12.2009
John,I remember the commercial, and , even moreso the reaction of friends around town .('Don't mess with it' was a common thought)'Zeta 7' carried on , but , they really fucked up when they let Mike Lyons go... good for us though , cuz DIZ then became a better station w/Lyons , and we would listen to both up to the end of Zeta in Feb 81. I will give a long overdue 'hats off' to the DJ that was told in the final hours by his partner to take it easy as emotions or maybe libations( ? ) were overcoming them . His reply was "you have to be legal,I'm ok "...then,"suck my ass"...well put,legal or not.
John Aseff - 4.10.2009
Anybody else remember this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br33XIAVOTo&feature=player_embedded
John Aseff - 4.10.2009
2.27.2005 - The first post I could find that I made on this Message Board. Where did the time go. It's been a blast. Hope we can keep it up. Just sitting back and listening to WORJ and reading old posts. Slow Ride is playing now. It's always been one of my favorites.
John Aseff - 4.10.2009
WOW! That Illinois Speed Press song rocks!!!
TWilliams - 4.9.2009
...Lee,you sent me right back to '74 w/that one . As for for '69 - one of my all time favorite 'one hit wonders'of that year : The Bubble Puppy's 'Hot Smoke & Sassafras '. a trippy,hippie tune.
TWilliams - 4.8.2009
The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band !! oh,hell yes...
John Aseff - 4.6.2009
Don - I had forgotten about Deface the Music. I agree it was a fun album as well. It was like a Beatle album from an alternate universe. Jim - I, too, remember the first time I heard LedZep II. An older cousin who was in a band played it for me. His band attempted Whole Lotta Love and did a damn good job for a bunch of West Virginia teenagers.
Lee Arnold - 4.4.2009
Glad you heard it. Doing sets all weekend.
Jim McPherson - 4.4.2009
Excellent Lee ! ... thanks for the Led Zep song set ! : - )
JIm McPherson - 4.4.2009
And check out some of the artists who, along with Led Zeppelin, made their major label debuts 40 years ago this year ... Alice Cooper / Allman Brothers Band / Blind Faith / Chicago Transit Authority / CSN / Delaney & Bonnie / Flying Burrito Bros. / Humble Pie / James Gang / Jethro Tull / Joe Cocker / King Crimson / MC5 / Poco / Bob Seger / Steppenwolf / The Stooges / Sly & The Family Stone / James Taylor / Thunderclap Newman / Johnny Winter / Yes / Neil Young ... whew ! There really must've been ( as Thunderclap Newman sang ) " Something In The Air " that year ! : - )
Jim McPherson - 4.4.2009
Driving to work the other day I had LED ZEPPELIN II in the CD player when it occured to me that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of both LED ZEPPELIN I & II. I love both albums but Led Zep II was the one that really blew my young teenage mind the first time I heard it ! Hearing that opening guitar riff for " Whole Lotta Love " was like hearing a signal from another planet ... it seemed hard to believe that mere mortals could make music that sounded like that ... and it still sounds awesome 40 years later ! Couple of other essential albums also marking their 40th annviversary are The Beatles ABBEY ROAD and The Who's TOMMY. Brings to mind the old addage " ... they just don't make 'em like that anymore ".
Don Gilliland - 4.3.2009
Wish I could have been there to see the Todd concert. Like John, I also like that new "Arena" album. Some very strong songs on there. Anyone see Todd play the Great Southern Music Hall back in the late 70s? that album he did with Utopia, "Deface the Music" was also a fun project; very Beatle-esque ... by design.
TWilliams - 4.2.2009
Pictures-Lee has the pics of a cpl of old guys that wont win any beauty contests,and is doing you all a favor by not posting them . Careful what you wish for. On the other hand, he is also in possession of a picture of Orlando's Greatest Lady DJ with her new shirt .If you were 'hot for Hanna' like the majority of WORJ male listeners in the heyday,I can tell you that you wouldnt be disappointed one bit seeing her today.Now,get down to East-West , see Hanna and show her the love !
TWilliams - 4.2.2009
I received an email from The Plaza on upcoming shows -H2H,'The Ultimate AC-DC Tribute Band'Friday, April 17th @ 9pm Tickets: $10 Advanced, $15 Day of Show. The pic of H2H shows some mischievous looking lads - Also,Toxic Audio Saturday, April 18th @ 8pm Tickets: $23-$33 'Never Underestimate the power of the human voice!'... Next , The Fab Four Friday, April 24th @ 8:30 pm Tickets: $45-$55 'Don't miss the best Beatles Show in the world!'... Amos Lee - Sunday, May 10th @ 8pm Tickets: $26.50 - $36.50...they also have some comedy shows and plays coming up.
John Aseff - 4.2.2009
I picked up Todd's Arena CD and it's really good. It inspired me to go back and listen to some older Todd. Just listened to Faithful. That's a fun album. On another note, I've noticed that lots of you are getting WORJ shirts but I still see the same three pictures in the store gallery. Come on. Show off your shirts!
Jim McPherson - 4.1.2009
Glad to hear the Todd Rundgren show was a success, wish I could've been there ! Now that he, Richard Thompson and Joe Jackson have played there,hopefully it will inspire other artists to book some shows. Mike Z... I didn't see your post that day till late that night, don't know why I didn't think of it before but I should have had you guys come down to Barney's Steaks where I was working that day for some pre-show libations and food ... especially since Beefy King is closed on Sunday! It's just right down the road. Maybe next show. Did you guys see anything there about any upcoming concerts ? I looked at ThePlazaTheater.com website but it hasn't been updated since about December.
Bill McGathy's Toupee - 4.1.2009
thats it ! I'm through with him ! I will not cover for him anymore...
Lee Arnold - 4.1.2009
Think I cleared it up. Big April Fool joke on me. :-(
Lee Arnold - 4.1.2009
Planned on an April first extravaganza. Computer problems causing me instead to go auto pilot off of stored music on Live365's drive. This sucks. Working on it. Think I got the "WORM"
Lee Arnold - 4.1.2009
Lee Arnold - 4.1.2009
Happy April 1st
Lee Arnold - 3.30.2009
Hey Mike and Tommy--Thanks for the pictures and the play-by-play. You, wives and daughters looked quite stylish in your WORJ shirts.
TWilliams - 3.30.2009
Happy Birthday Eric Clapton !
TWilliams - 3.30.2009
Hell yes,good to meet you Mike!It was a pleasant surprise upon reaching the cheap seats-and seeing you there...seats I'll probably buy again and again in the Plaza.I'm already thinking of how to eliminate the 'usher' that was kinda cramping our style on my end of the aisle...really impressed w/the facility and the potential of same.NO hassle whatsoever. Todd Rundgren-what Mike said.Todd WAILED on that guitar,sometimes more fervently than others,but,it was an all out rock concert from a longtime great.I will be picking up the CD.Between Todd's warm up guys(Paul Hammond ?) and his entry, we went next door to the smaller stage and caught the heavy metal band's encore,so,I missed like the first 2-3 Todd songs I think.Mike nailed it.It was a great show.Mike-just sent ya my copy of the pic near the poster.It turned out ok.Lee,one more pic to send you-a pretty girl in the Medium. Hanna preferred the XL to sleep in...Peace
Mike Zarek - 3.30.2009
OK, basically, Todd ROCKED. The opening act was a *very* good acoustic player from Wales (I missed his name) backed by one guy on bass drum & snare & backing vocals. He played for about 30 minutes doing almost all original songs. He covered some Travelling Willburys for one tune, but other than that, all originals. Then Todd hit the stage. He opened the show with 5 vintage numbers, ending that segment with "I Saw The Light". It was a power opening which was only a preview of things to come. Todd was on guitar, with another guitarist, guitarist/kb player, bass (babe), and drums. They proceeded to play the entire "Arena" disc (the latest), and it is a straight out rocker. Very little keyboards, and a whole lot of power guitar. Todd interacted alot with the crowd (as little as it was... maybe 500-600 at best) joking and conversing with people shouting to him from the seats. After playing the entire Arena disc, they returned for a two song encore of vintage tunes. I'm sorry I can't give you more on song titles as I'm not intimately familiar with Todd's work; this was the first time I've seen him. I can tell you that as far as radio hits went, "I Saw The Light" was the only one played... no "Hello It's Me", no "Bang On The Drum", no "We Gotta Get You A Woman". Todd himself played guitar all night, and it was a straight out high volume, high energy, high rock-n-roll show. He played for about 2 hours. Cheap seats were $32.50 inclusive, and being such a small venue even the cheap seats were great. A great show.
Mike Zarek - 3.30.2009
Tommy: It was good to meet you last night! Unfortunately, your friend shook the camera when she took our pic and it is completely unuseable. Such is life I guess .... Sorry Lee, that was the pic of the 2 of us in fron of the Todd Rundgren Poster both wearing our WORJ T's.....
Mike Zarek - 3.29.2009
It is my intention to attend tonite's Todd Rundgren concert at the Plaza Theatre. I will most likely be in the cheap seats, wearing my WORJ T-shirt. If you're around, my cell is 352-208-4813
Wayne Mereck - 3.29.2009
"AND THE WORLD" is right!!! I imagine we will see more posts not only from France, but around the globe. Cheers
Lee Arnold - 3.28.2009
United States Stats for WORJ IRadio for last 30 days : Milwaukee / Los Angeles / Washington DC / Saint Louis / Orlando - Daytona Beach - Melbourne / Philadelphia / Dallas - Fort Worth / Detroit / Albany - Schenectady - Troy / Lubbock / Portland - Auburn / Greenville - New Bern - Washington / San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose / Seattle - Tacoma / Providence - New Bedford / Fresno - Visalia / Houston / Atlanta / Little Rock - Pine Bluff / Grand Rapids - Kalamazoo - Battle Creek / Dayton / Lansing / New York / Raleigh - Durham (Fayetteville) / Minneapolis - Saint Paul / Gainesville / Chicago / Austin, TX / Jacksonville, Brunswick / Omaha / Spokane / Boston / Baltimore / Madison / Sacramento - Stockton - Modesto / Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - San Luis Obispo / Hartford & New Haven / Toledo / Cincinnati / Rochester, NY / Columbia, SC / Chattanooga / Memphis / West Palm Beach - Fort Pierce / Miami - Fort Lauderdale / Greenville - Spartansburg - Asheville - Anderson / 1 Tampa - Saint Petersburg (Sarasota)/ Youngstown / Greensboro - High Point - Winston-Salem / Amarillo / Flint - Saginaw - Bay City / Macon / Erie / Albuquerque - Santa Fe / Indianapolis /Green Bay - Appleton / Oklahoma City / Pittsburgh / New Orleans / Mt. Dora, Orlando and the World!!
Lee Arnold - 3.28.2009
Geographical statistics for WORJ IRadio for the last 30 days: United States / Spain / France /Canada / Netherlands / Brazil / Japan / Colombia / Peru / United Kingdom / Israel / Switzerland / Ecuador / Australia / New Zealand / Singapore / Thailand / Germany / Czech Republic / Turkey / Argentina / Sweden / Iceland / Bolivia / Latvia / Russia / Korea, Republic of / Trinidad and Tobago / Belgium / Amazing!!
Wayne Mereck - 3.28.2009
Mimi, I hope you are feeling well. I found this number posted earlier in the message board,407-951-7831 Bobby Church. I hope it works. Cheers
Jim McPherson - 3.26.2009
( Yet another ) R.I.P. to Dan Seals of 70's group England Dan and John Ford Coley, who passed away Wed. from lymphoma. Though they are probably better remembered as a pop group, at least they had the good taste to cover Todd Rundgren's " Love Is The Answer ". Though I prefer Todd's, every time I hear either version, it takes me back to a place of good times and memories.
Mimi - 3.26.2009
Does anyone know how to get in touch with Bobby Church ? Thanks peace mimi
John Aseff - 3.25.2009
If anyone is interested, the new U2 is pretty damn good!
Jim McPherson - 3.25.2009
This summer will mark the 40th ( ! )anniversary of Woodstock. I heard on the radio yesterday that one of the original promoters is trying to organize a 40th annv. show, possibly in NY's Central Park and possibly making it a free show. They are talking about trying to get some of the original acts like Santana and The Who on the bill. Be interesting to see if they can pull it off ... hopefully it won't be marred by all the fires and fights like the Woodstock show a few years ago.
Jim McPherson - 3.25.2009
Gordon, thanks for the heads up on the www.moogis.com site ... it's the next best thing to being there ! That's cool you got to see Derek Trucks at The Junkyard also; you could tell back then the kid was going places but who would have thought he'd accomplish so much musically ( not to mention being married to Susan Tedeschi ! ) ... and all before the age of 30 !!! I saw quite a few good bands at The Junkyard and was genuinely bummed when it closed up.
Gordon Hilton - 3.25.2009
The first date my wife and I went on was to see The Grateful Dead at the O'Rena in April 1991 and the second was Derek Trucks at The Junkyard. I still have a t-shirt he autographed back then. Now he is in Rolling Stones top 100 Guitarists of all time playin in the ABB as well as The Derek Trucks Band, and playing in Eric Claptons tour in 2007. Im getting ready to watch tonights Beacon show, which is the 12th show in the run. I cheated and read the review and am looking forward to set 2 which features Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.
Jim McPherson - 3.24.2009
Anyone else remember seeing Derek Trucks @ The Junkyard in Casselberry in the early / mid '90s ? Little skinny blonde kid just wailing away on guitar. I read yesterday that Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire will be touring together again this summer. The DVD of their 2004 / 2005 tour went double platinum almost immediately upon it's release. Unfortunately, no FLA. dates are planned at this time ... closest show is in Atlanta. Imagine if they could add Tower Of Power to that bill ... now THAT would be a ticket !
Mike Zarek - 3.23.2009
I'm hoping to catch the Brothers (both Allman & Doobie)at the Wanee Festival in early June. Whole slew of other great bands gonna be there too....
Gordon Hilton - 3.23.2009
Anyone catch whats going on with the Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre in New York City? I've been watching the 15 shows in 3 weeks on moogis.com. So far special guests jamming with the bros have included, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Tre and Page from Phish, Bonnie and Becca Bramlett, Levon Helm, Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton, Levon Helm, Stanley Clark, Bruce Hornsby, Eric Clapton, and others! Still shows to come Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with rumors of members from The Grateful Dead showing up. Reviews of the shows are available on gritz.net.
TWilliams - 3.17.2009
very cool Lee!thanks :-)
Lee Arnold - 3.17.2009
Hey Tommy- Sorry for the delay-Shirts are going out today-I was out of Mediums-Had one made up for you. Take pictures.
TWilliams - 3.17.2009
thanks Jim,for the Rundgren reminder.purchased tickets,and will be the perfect venue to show off the WORJ shirts Lee is sending.Happy Green Day to all...
Craig Michaels - 3.13.2009
Walking home from the post office today... a young man, twenty-ish, is getting a good talking to by a cop. Seems the cop caught him "defacing" a board covering the window of a vacant building with the phrase, "Wage Peace." Nice to know some things don't die off completely... go, kid, go!
Ron E Brown - 3.12.2009
Went to beefy king on tuesday morn 10am and ate at the table looking over Bumby to The Rockin Chair. remember when i first saw a movie there.Also remember they had a smoking section on one side of theatre that my dad sat in.
Ron E Brown - 3.11.2009
John A I do have your e mail address
Jim McPherson - 3.11.2009
With so many of our old rock -n- roll haunts from back in the day gone ( but not forgotten ! )it's heartening to see that, against the odds, the old Rocking Chair Theater @ Colonial Plaza is still there ( it's now known as The Plaza Theater ). Though I don't think they show movies anymore, they've been hosting small local and touring plays for awhile now. But even better, they are starting to have more & more music concerts ... Joe Jackson played there a few months ago and this Friday will be Richard Thompson. And Sunday, 3/29 will be Todd Rundgren in concert ... that's right, " The Runt " playing the Rocking Chair Theater, who would've ever thought ?!?!?!? Doesn't say whether it's a solo show or if he's playing with a band but either way, it'd be cool to see him in such an intimate setting ! Has anyone been to a concert there yet? Maybe it'll become a music venue like the old Great Southern Music Hall used to be. It sure would be a nice alternative to the Hard Rock or House Of Blues ! You could have dinner at Beefy King and then walk across the street to a show at the Rocking Chair Theater, just like old times ! : - )
Wayne Mereck - 3.9.2009
Tommy, I have heard the mash up you heard. Really good. Another one I have heard is Turn, Turn Turn and Nowhere Man. The local station I listen to on the drive to work usually plays a new one each week.
TWilliams - 3.8.2009
went to the Friday Nite Cruise where they had a Gong Show worthy band...yawn...in between sets predictable Top 40 R&R mix and then,I'm hearing Steely Dan's Do it Again that has been mixed with Michael Jackson's Billie Jean...anyone else heard it??Another group I've been listening to is Stone Coyotes...how bout any of you?one more meant for headphones,as pointed out by my Dad 30+ years ago-Aerosmith's Big Ten Inch.I'm certain the day he heard it "broadcasting in my front yard"(turn that down!) it was Doug Van Allen's doing and not ours...lol.Peace
RonE - 3.6.2009
John I do not have your e mail address
Lee Arnold - 3.6.2009
If 6 Was 9 pretty cool with headphones. Of course, Axis Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland were meant to be heard with headphones.
Lee Arnold - 3.5.2009
TWilliams - 3.5.2009
something to maybe lighten the load:http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/ifeelfine. All is One...
Don Gilliland - 3.4.2009
A lot of the music that I listen to has roots in what I was exposed to by WORJ in the 70s. And I'm still buying stuff on CD that I used to have on vinyl, or things I never had before. Recent purchases: the first Heartsfield ablum, the latest Emmylou boxed set (4 CDs of rarities and unreleased material; sheer magic!), and the first Mama's Pride album. Good band, and one that was scheduled to open for Skynyrd on the "Street Survivors" tour. One that I haven't bought yet, but looks interesting: Van Morrison doing a live version of "Astral Weeks." Reviews I've read say that it's mighty fine.
Lee Arnold - 3.4.2009
Deep malaise time for me. Combo of Hypochondria (I hope) and collections Hell. Real or imagined maladies mixed with money that is "in the system" will take me to some really dark places.
Lee Arnold - 3.4.2009
Thank you, one and all. I appreciate your kind words.
John Aseff - 3.4.2009
Lee - Happy 2nd! And here's to many more. I'll be sending another donation just as soon as I get the IRS off my back :-(
John Aseff - 3.4.2009
Ron - Please say hi to Rex for me. Do you still have my email address?
John Aseff - 3.4.2009
Don - My favorite Pylon cover by R.E.M. is Crazy. I'm embarrassed to say I didn't realize it was a Pylon song when I first heard it.
Wayne Mereck - 3.3.2009
Steve, Please do!
Steve Baione - 3.3.2009
Wayne, Being a fellow car enthusiast I'd like to send along a few photos of cars I own. If that's alright with you. Peace...
Steve Baione - 3.2.2009
Hi all. Just caught Van Morrison on Jimmy Fallon's debut as host of "Late Night". I swear he(Van)is getting harder to understand than Dylan. Jimmy didn't do too bad a job hosting, although there were shades of Chevy Chase-itis. I think he will do better as the opening night jitters wear off. How cool is it to have "The Roots" as a backup band??? Lee, congrats on the second year and I hope there are many more to follow. I just wish I had more time to listen. Peace
Roger Brown - 3.1.2009
Great Anniversary broadcast, Lee! I caught most of Poco, a bit of Randy Newman, & my favorite, Emmylou. Wish I could have listened all day. Congrats on your second year. I posted a link & basic instructions on the Florida Sportsman Off Topic Forum. Hope it got you a few more hits & some new listeners..
Mike Zarek - 3.1.2009
Was at Bike Week all day yesterday and missed it all... Happy Belated Birthday to WORJ.com! Thanks Lee!
Jim McPherson - 3.1.2009
Happy ( belated ) Birthday to WORJ.com Radio ... I had a full day yesterday and wasn't able to tune in, I would've like to have caught those broadcasts again. Ah well, maybe next year ! I'm sure it was great as always ... thanks again Lee, for all your time and effort.
Wayne Mereck - 3.1.2009
Lee Arnold - 3.1.2009
Yesterday was fun. I hope everyone enjoyed it.
TWilliams - 2.28.2009
Lee,the card was a must do upon finding it-soo much fun since finding you,I HAD to send some of it north...a super day on WORJ...Poco is an old favorite...thanks...and thanks for the update Wayne,I'll be in touch.Peace
RON E Brown - 2.28.2009
John A will hello to John Cash 4 ys and Rex says howdy
RON E Brown - 2.28.2009
mick dolan is now on 103.1 WLOQ in Rollins College turf
Wayne Mereck - 2.28.2009
Lee, let's leave well enough alone! ;0)
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2009
Tommy, that card made and continues to make my day. That was so thoughtful of you. Your Tshirts will go out by Wednesday.
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2009
You deserve more than a shout out my friend. Maybe I'll change the call letters to WAYN. :-)
Wayne Mereck - 2.28.2009
I always enjoy that Randy Newman set and remember listening to it when it was originally aired on ORJ. Thanks for the shout out Lee, you know it is my pleasure keeping the memories alive.
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2009
Happened again. How Bizaare (if that's how you spell it). OMG!!! Randy, Emmy, Gary and Michael coming up. BTW: Hey Bird.
Wayne Mereck - 2.28.2009
Sorry Bird
Wayne Mereck - 2.28.2009
Mark, yes both. Byrd posts every now and then.
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2009
How crazy. It's just like WORJ. We used to get hit by lightning and go off. Today I had a power surge. Back on and Celebrating. Heartsfield and Randy Newman coming up.
Wayne Mereck - 2.28.2009
One of the bright spots in my life, Happy Birthday WORJ.COM and many thanks Lee!!! Cheers
TWilliams - 2.28.2009
Happy Birthday!-and many more...overheard in the Post Office queue Thurs.-'turn it up!'...lol.my sentiments exactly...and to further take you back Maestro,to halcyon days of hippiedom-a clip from your old stomping grounds provided by a friend's daughter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct4uCJm0c1k .Thanks again Lee.We love ya
Lee Arnold - 2.27.2009
I decided to celebrate today's 2nd Birthday with WORJ Special Broadcasts from the Golden Years. Live concerts from Poco (Sports Stadium)- Randy Newman, Emmy Lou Harris, Hudson-Ford, Gary Wright, Michael Stanley Band (Southern Progressive Radio Network/BeeJay Recording Studios)- and a recently unearthed tape of Heartsfield (video/Quad simulcast). They'll be featured between 10:30 AM and 10:00 PM today. Thank you one and all for your support. Tommy, thanks for the card (so cool). I'm trying to make WORJ.com IRadio a musically fun, educational, trippy, symbol of what was and still can be. Thanks and please enjoy!!
Mark G. - 2.27.2009
Does anyone remember the SOMF CITY Band? And the Joint In The Woods ??
Steve Baione - 2.26.2009
I think my favorite headphone album would have to be Robin Trower's Bridge of Sighs or maybe Jeff Becks Blow by Blow. I can't decide.
Don Gilliland - 2.26.2009
John; thanks for posting the news about Randy in Pylon. Very sad to hear about that. I was/am a big Pylon fan. I saw them play one of those free shows at the University of Florida one year. They opened for Gang of Four. Some serious dancing going on at that show. The member of Pylon were very down to earth and friendly. I visited Athens one time and Vanessa baked bread for me at her apartment. Great memories. REM did a great cover of Pylon's "Cool" on one of their albums.
John Aseff - 2.26.2009
One one of my favorite headphone albums was James Gang Rides Again. Especially the song "Tend My Garden".
John Aseff - 2.26.2009
Randy Bewley, the guitarist for Pylon, passed away in Athens of a heart attack. He was 53. Vannessa Briscoe, Pylon's singer, is a nurse and was working when they brought Randy in. R.I.P. Randy.
Wayne Mereck - 2.25.2009
A very nice collection in the family. Cheers
TWilliams - 2.25.2009
very cool Wayne,thanks.I sent you some pics...
Don Gilliland - 2.24.2009
Exploding Chickens? I love it! But wait ... wasn't that the name of a band that played one of those T-Bowl shows?
Randy Molnar - 2.24.2009
It was brilliant. As a copy writer for WORJ I remember Lee Arnold coming up with the idea that it would be fun to make April 1st a day of put-ons. It started with twisting commercials. All those old commercials that were heard over and over were being distorted by the announcers. If Steve Mac did a commercial for an apartment complex, he would be assigned to re-voice it with the same music background so it sounded the same except the script was changed to something wacky. Subsequently, each jock was assigned the task of redoing any prominent commercial they had done (assuming the clients went along with it) I wrote many...but some of the best were done by each individual Jock. The only one that stands out in my mind was Steve's "Colonial Sanders War Torn Chicken." featuring exploding chickens. I hope we hear those commercials this APRIL 1ST. Its getting close.
Roger Brown - 2.23.2009
Craig & Jim, it was around 2 a.m. one summer night when I was living by Lake Eola. My room mates had dozed off, but I was still buzzing on some juice of the 'shroom & zoning out to ORJ. A song came on from a group unbeknown to me. The sound was motownish, but different. What FX's were on that bass. No, I think it's a tuba. Well, I'll be damned, it's a voice! My introduction to the Persuasions, one hell of an acapella group.
Wayne Mereck - 2.23.2009
Sweet Tommy, If you ever want to talk power email me at ad5qg@yahoo.com. I don't want to start motor talk on this fine site. 71 Camaro, sounds great, I dream of a 69. Check out the Store and you will see I was also a rotard. Cheers
TWilliams - 2.23.2009
Wayne,I'm happy to report the '75 is now chrome wheeled,'Holly' injected and nearly ready to step out over the line...a friend had an '87 also,a strong 150mph + car right off the showroom floor...older brother has 2 '93s,and I hear ya about refined.Honestly,I prefer my 71Camaro over all our others,although the car I sent Lee a pic of is a very nice all original ride...old cars are like music on vinyl;each with its own little snap,crackle and pop that lends to the enjoyment of the experience.Peace
Craig Michaels - 2.23.2009
Suzy Creamcheese... Friends Of Mine... I'm beginning to think it's a miracle any of us survived...
Jim McPherson - 2.23.2009
Craig, your story reminded me of the time a high school friend got me REALLY stoned, handed me headphones and told me to listen and the voice of Frank Zappa was asking " ... Suzy Creamcheese, honey, what's got into ya ? "... Freak Out indeed !!! That incident may be part of my aversion to headphones LOL !
Craig Michaels - 2.22.2009
Roger, That was my first experience with observing just how many promises a person can make in a stress situation... and also, how quickly they can all be broken once the situation passes!
Roger Brown - 2.22.2009
Craig, I can relate. It was a night like that when I swore off anything concocted in a lab & went to organic potions only.
Craig Michaels - 2.22.2009
Enjoyable headphone albums: I'll add the debut CD from The Cars, and Brian Eno,s "Another Green World." If you like electronic music at all, lots of the early Tangerine Dream stuff is pretty amazing on phones...
Craig Michaels - 2.22.2009
Roger, you reminded me of a story, funny now but not all that funny then. This was before I worked at WORJ. I had gone out and about and... um... well, dropped acid for the first time ever, which was pretty nice. Got home in the wee small hours and laid down to sleep. I had an old FM radio which I'd sometimes put under my pillow and listen to. Apparently, I had forgotteon to shut it off the night before (and of course, it was always tuned to ORJ). So, I lay down to sleep, and as timing would have it, laid down just as the middle part of "Friends Of Mine" from The Guess Who was playing... you know, "Up the 13 steps of the gallows walked the condemned man..." If you ever need a good definition of being just a little freaked, that will probably suffice! Listened to the entire monologue trying to figure out what I needed to do for redemption and all... then it got back into the music and, thankfully, I figured it out.
Wayne Mereck - 2.22.2009
My last post is really about music, nothing really like a wound out V8 being music in the ears. Cheers
Wayne Mereck - 2.22.2009
Tommy W, how goes the '75 vette resto? I have had the pleasure of owning a '87 and '95. I have to say the '87 was my favorite. The '95 seemed to refined. Now and again I feel a need to get a '90. Cheers
Roger Brown - 2.22.2009
Headphones + Jackson-Kent Blues (Steve Miller, echoplex guitars) = brain jello. Listening to WORJ in the wee hours of the morning, while in an altered mindstate, left me confused. Were those weird sounds only in my mind, or were they part of the actual broadcast?
TWilliams - 2.22.2009
...cpl of favorites thru the 'phones:Led Zep II,Traffic's John Barleycorn
Wayne Mereck - 2.22.2009
Jim, one word for headphones; Sennheiser. I still have my pair of 414Ds I got Christmas of 1973. They are the folks that brought us the open-air type of phones. Try them you'll like them, really. Cheers
John Aseff - 2.22.2009
Jim sent me an alternative version of Jingo by Abraxas Pool. As usual he prompted me to start looking around at things old and new. One of the old things I rediscovered was Journey's first album. I had forgotten how great it was. What the hell happened to them from the first album to the vapid arena rock monstrosity they became?
Wayne Mereck - 2.22.2009
Moody Blues "In Search of The Lost Cord" and ELP "Tarkus"
Jim McPherson - 2.21.2009
Well, since we're on the subject, what would be some of your picks for greatest "headphones" albums of all time ? I'm sure Dark Side Of The Moon would rank high on a lot of peoples lists, The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band would probably rank right up there too. What are your nominations ?
John Aseff - 2.21.2009
Laying one's head between two speakers seems to have been more common than I ever knew. When I was in the 7th grade I discovered that if you listened to Santana's "Jingo" from the 1969 Santana album, with your head between the speakers, the bongos would go back and forth through your head. Very cool effect.
Jim McPherson - 2.21.2009
Haha, great minds think alike Craig ... my first " stereo " was a portable turntable with detachable speakers that I used in a similar fashion. Other than that I never really got into headphones. I bought a pair of wireless ones a few years ago but the signal would start breaking up every time you tried to crank the volume and I just found them irritating to wear after awhile. Even today I don't like wearing Ipod earbuds for an extended period. Guess I wouldn't have made it too long as a DJ ! : - )
Craig Michaels - 2.21.2009
Y'know... when I was a kid, my first stereo was a GE Wildcat, WAY cool because it had speakers you could place up to 20 feet apart. I used to lay on my bed and put one speaker to either side of the pillow and listen in absolute bliss. All these years, I thought *I* had invented headphones...
Wayne Mereck - 2.20.2009
Thanks Marty Lange for developing the way that allowed me to listen to WORJ at volume without pissing off the rest of the family at 3 am. RIP
John Aseff - 2.20.2009
Mmmm Alyssa Milano naked on Fantasy Island. Now we're talking.
Craig Michaels - 2.19.2009
Lee, do you have any of the Fantasy Island tapes anywhere, and if so, would you have the right to broadcast any of those? Might be fun...
Craig Michaels - 2.19.2009
Alyssa is naked on WORJ right now... just use your imagination, you'll see it!
Roger Brown - 2.19.2009
Make it different & easy on yourself at the same time - play album sides. Always worked for WORJ: The Early Years. BTW: Any progress on the April Fools tapes? (coming up in 5 1/2 weeks)
Wayne Mereck - 2.19.2009
Might be hard, how about Randy Newman concert from Bee Jay?
MIke Zarek - 2.19.2009
Personally, I'd like to celebrate it with Alyssa Milano naked .... can we get that arranged?
Lee Arnold - 2.19.2009
Any suggestions for 2nd anniversary of WORJ.com IRadio on February 28th?
Wayne Mereck - 2.17.2009
So long Louie Bellson, maybe not a rocker, but definitely one of the great drummers.
Don Gilliland - 2.16.2009
Lee; I sympathize with your computer crisis. Having PC problems can definitely ruin your day ... or the whole week. My home computer went on the blink last month and no amount of trouble shooting and tinkering by yours truly did any good. Had to finally call someone with actual tech skills to come over and fix the thing. I was about to hurl it against the wall out of sheer frustration. urrrgghh!!!! On a positive note: I'll second (or is it fifth by now?) the emotion on Tower of Power. Great, funky band. I have the 2-CD set of their stuff that Rhino put out a few years ago. Love that sound.
Mike Zarek - 2.16.2009
I sold my soul for rock n roll a long long time ago .... Kicking in a few extra bux nowdays won't kill me ;)
Wayne Mereck - 2.16.2009
The heart bone is connected to the radio bone and the radio bone is connected to the head. If you take away the radio bone the head falls off. We can't have that! Cheers
Lee Arnold - 2.16.2009
Wayne and Mike--THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!
Mike Zarek - 2.16.2009
Lee, a small (but gladly given) donation has been made via the donate link. Z
Wayne Mereck - 2.16.2009
Cheer Up and keep the faith, it will get better ;0)
Lee Arnold - 2.16.2009
Luckally computers are on the cheap side. Fairly good computers are available in the $400 range. Not bad, but it's still $400.
Lee Arnold - 2.16.2009
Drives are fine. Registry corrupted. All music on outboard Drives. Main computers old and corrupted. AARRGGHHH.
Wayne Mereck - 2.16.2009
Ah, I see, a problem with your pcs. How much space do you use on your hard drive. I am sure that streaming out of it will wear it out fast. They now have solid state drives that work good and last a long time in this type of application.
Lee Arnold - 2.16.2009
Capital expenditure time. oy vey!! 2 computers dead or dying. Great timing. Economic stimulus needs to include me. :-)
Wayne Mereck - 2.16.2009
There there, lay down on the couch and tell us what's wrong. I did get some disconnect tones on Live365 yesterday.
Lee Arnold - 2.16.2009
I'm in computer HELL!!!
Mike Zarek - 2.16.2009
Is it in the style of your hair?
Wayne Mereck - 2.16.2009
What is hip?
Mike Zarek - 2.16.2009
......But sometimes Hipness is what it ain't!!!!
Mike Zarek - 2.16.2009
Hipness is what it is........
Craig Michaels - 2.15.2009
It's certainly unlikely that anybody from TOP will ever make it to, say, the Baseball Hall of Fame...
Wayne Mereck - 2.15.2009
How bout them 6 funky whie boys; Rare Earth? Cheers
Wayne Mereck - 2.15.2009
Mike, spot on! I need a dose of the ToP on a steady basis. "So Very Hard To Go" always puts me in a good place.
Mike Zarek - 2.15.2009
Speaking of such bands, and those not in the RnR HOF, how about some votes for Tower Of Power? I mean, just about every band that has a horn in it (save Chicago) owes something to them. Hell, if there's a horn in the band chances are whoever's playing it played for TOP at some point! The Tower Of Power horn section *still* sets the standard and they have backed up just about everybody at some time in their recording careers (Elton John, Santana, Rod Stewart). So c'mon, how about a little Soul with a Capital S ?!?!?!!?!?!?
Don Gilliland - 2.14.2009
This site is always a great place to see names that bring back memories ... and a smile to my face. Both AWB and Mother's Finest are two examples. I remember seeing Mother's Finest at the Great Southern Music Hall in Orlando. I want to say they opened for Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush. Man, that was one of the loudest shows I've ever seen. I think some of that show was included on the Mahogany Rush live album the following year. Lee would be able to confirm that. As for Average White Band, I remember getting a copy of the album with "Pick up the Pieces" on 8-track tape! Great stuff. On a totally different note, I just got an e-mail notice about some shows coming to bars in Orlando. One was for a Commander Cody concert. Don't sure what the Commander and his Lost Planet Airmen sound like these days, but they were one great, smokin' unit back in the 70s. Both their live and studio albums were lots of fun.
Wayne Mereck - 2.14.2009
Dr. Jim, thanks for the point to the song by Mother's Finest. That is definitely it. Cheers
Wayne Mereck - 2.14.2009
I was just going to comment on the theme du juor. And I saw your post. Very nice!!
Lee Arnold - 2.14.2009
In honor of Valentines Day--WORJ.com IRadio goes Love, Love, Love. Enjoy!!
Wayne Mereck - 2.13.2009
You can look, but don't you touch ;0)
Mike Zarek - 2.13.2009
Only a school boy crush! :-)
Wayne Mereck - 2.13.2009
Mother's Finest it is. I saw a video on You Tube and it has a play on the lyrics, but the right sound. I know I was confused with AWB and that is why I came to the learned.
Wayne Mereck - 2.13.2009
Craig and Lee, Mother's Finest did cause a stir of the gray matter, and the time frame is right. Believe me when I say it was totally a discussion of music and had no intention of being racial. I seem to remember hearing it on the radio as I doubt any of my friends would have had the album. It definitely sounded like it was sung by a black singer and I remember thinking "is that a cut down?". Of course in certain shows or movies the term flys rampant amongst the people that once was a slur. I remember some of my friends grandparents using the term and thinking it was all wrong. I don't remember any of our parents using it, at least around us kids. I did think it was a poor remembery of the Zeplin song, But like I said earlier in my mind I was hearing a black lead. Definitely not Plant.
Craig Michaels - 2.13.2009
Ah, right! I had forgotten about Mother's Finest! Pretty notorious in their time.
Lee Arnold - 2.13.2009
Mother's Finest are notable partly because they are an "interracial" rock group from the US South. Their music was a blend of funky rhythm, heavy guitars and expressive rock singing. Their debut album Mother's Finest from 1976 today is a rare collector's piece and contained with the ironic song "Nigizz Can't Sing Rock'n Roll" (although they were criticized for it by an important religious leader and dropped it from their live concerts).
Craig Michaels - 2.13.2009
Thinking more about it, I have to wonder if the lines Wayne quoted were some sort of a send-off on Zep's Black Dog: " I dont know but I been told... A big legged woman aint got no soul."
Craig Michaels - 2.13.2009
Wayne, It's really amazing living here, in truth. One of the huge differences is simple geography... in Orlando, it's a four hour drive to get off the peninsula. In Memphis, if I draw a circle on a map that shows about a 200 mile radius around Memphis, I can get to an awful lot of interesting places for a half day's drive, New Orleans included. I don't recall the line you quoted at all, and googling it turned up nothing. I'd frankly be very surprised if it was in an AWB song, because they have a very, very deep love and respect for American black music, and no matter how you deliver a line like that in a song, it would be way easy to use it the wrong way. Which, of course, doesn't mean it's not there, but I don't recall it.
Wayne Mereck - 2.13.2009
Sorry, coffee hasn't kicked in, I meant Average White Band.
Wayne Mereck - 2.13.2009
Craig, it must be amazing to be in the music El Dorado. You know you could also drive down to New Oreleans to see Neil Young for about the price of his new box set. I was talking music with some of my associates and we got on the subject of the song line "I don't know, but I've been told that ni**ers can't play rock n roll". I sai I believed it was from a Great White Band song. It must have been bleeped to get air play. Can anyone tell me if I was right?
Craig Michaels - 2.12.2009
In regards to Al Green... not only is he a Favored Son of Memphis (and much of the music world), but he is SO highly respected here that very, very few performers will even cover him here. I've seen a lot of fantastic local talent here and heard covers of an awful lot of artists, but I've only ONCE heard an Al Green song covered on stage. It's basically thought that, if you're gonna cover him around here, you best be damned good at it, so it's almost like an arrogant statement or something should a band cover him! Very odd. On March 5, they announce the lineup for the yearly music festival here, the three day deal, and I'm anxious to see because there's a lot of rumors going around that Al Green will be playing the festival this year, that P-Funk will also be on the bill, and that there's a strong possibility they will play together. Shew!!
Don Gilliland - 2.11.2009
... and speaking of the Grammy Awards; very nice to see Al Green finally win an award for his R&B performances (as opposed to his gospel shlock) after all these years. I was shocked to learn that he never got an award during his amazing run of hits in the 1970s! His new album is really, really good and deserves the recognition. Other recent albums by so-called un-hip artists that I like VERY much are the new ones by Neil Diamond and Glen Campbell. Neil wrote all the songs on his album, but Glen's is comprised entirely of covers. Some good material; songs written by the likes of Tom Petty, Lou Reed, Paul Westerberg, John Lennon, Foo Fighters, and Green Day! Go and listen; excellent stuff!
Mike Zarek - 2.10.2009
Yes, Fern Park Station was on that little road south of the Jai-Alai fronton. Pretty much right across 17-92 from Club Juana.
Roger Brown - 2.10.2009
Anyone remember The Hospital Lounge on Forsyth Rd.? "Our nurses always treat you right!" New Days Ahead use to rock the place every so often.
Steve Baione - 2.10.2009
Wasn't F.P. Station on the road that ran along side the Jai Alai off 436? I saw Steve Vai there around 10 or so years ago. Great show. My ears are still ringing. Seriously, I have a major case of tinnitus. It sounds like the harmonic ringing made from running your fingers on the rim of a crystal glass. It Never Friggin' Stops! UGH!!!
Wayne Mereck - 2.10.2009
Sorry Mike, I almost said Cassleberry. Wasn't Fern Park Station around there also? Sure makes it confusing for us folks down south in WP. ;0)
Anonymous - 2.10.2009
Dude, you're off the air, or the information superhighway or whatever.
Jim McPherson - 2.10.2009
It was good to see Sir Paul in fine form the other night on the Grammys. Was that Steve Vai playing with him ? And nice to see Robert Plant and Alison Krauss scoring 5 awards for Raising Sand ... kinda restores my faith in the Grammys a little bit ! And Joe Satriani must be beside himself over Coldplay's " Vida La Vida " winning a Grammy, seeing as how he's accused them of ripping off the melody from his song " If I Could Fly ". Oh well, what fun are the Grammys without a little controversy ... like Chris Brown assaulting his girlfriend Rhianna before the show ... what's up with that ??? Maybe he should do a cover of The Prodigy's " Smack My Bitch Up ". What an idiot !
John Aseff - 2.10.2009
I remember watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan with my older sister. I remember Paul's mellow rendition of Till There WasYou and I remember dancing around the living room to I Want To Hold Your Hand.
Mike Zarek - 2.10.2009
Nitpick: Casselberry, not Longwood. Yeah, Club Juana closed down a few years ago. They tried 'Nude Shakespere' for a while to get around the draconian laws the city passed, but it didn't work. What *is* amazing though is the amount of taxpayer money spent by cops getting lap dances. The Orlando Weekly ran a big story about it a while back. Seems the MBI had no lack of volunteers willing to 'investigate' the clubs up there.....
Wayne Mereck - 2.10.2009
Thanks for the news Ronn. I could not remember the name Nylans. I never thought CJ would ever leave Longwood. Lwood tried for years to clean up the corner at 17-92 and 436.
Ronn E - 2.9.2009
Nylans Ham And Rye recentley been sold on 17-92 And Club Juana is gone also
Wayne Mereck - 2.9.2009
Man do I remember the buzz on the playground at Saint Margret Mary School on that following Monday. Even the Nuns were talking about them. I had a radio that I received as a Christmas gift and had to let my classmates know when a Beatles' song came on. And WLOF was playing them like crazy. It was a great time.
Lee Arnold - 2.9.2009
45 YEARS AGO TODAY-----Sunday February 9, 1964, at 8 p.m., the Beatles made their first American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. During their appearance, the Beatles sang five songs in the following order: All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, and I Want To Hold Your Hand. On this night, 73 million people watched The Beatles. Their appearance had such an impact that most normal activities in America came to a standstill watching their performance. Criminal activity in most of the major cities and towns in America was put on hold, and getting a taxi or bus in New York was almost impossible, until their performance was over. Mass hysteria resulted wherever the Beatles appeared, and Beatlemania was created.
TWilliams - 2.7.2009
lol @ Craig,-good answer! regardless of 'former',you guys were and still are our heroes...it's only Rock n Roll,but we like it like it yes we do
Craig Michaels - 2.7.2009
I'm afraid I only carry the title of "Former DJ, A Long, Long, Long, Long Time Ago!"
Jim McPherson - 2.6.2009
John and Don ... I happened upon an episode of A&E Biography last nite about Shaun Cassidy and noted writer / critic and Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild was talking about what a great album Wasp was ! He basically said " I loved that album ... nobody bought it, but it was still a great album ". On a related note ... in a different episode of Biography, Danny Bonaduce was talking about a Partridge Family episode that guest starred Louis Gossett Jr. and Richard Pryor ( ! ) as club owners. At one point the director had to pull Pryor aside and remind him that Danny was just a kid and that he couldn't keep refering to him as " ... that little red-headed MuthaF#%ka ! ". Man, I can just picture Richard Pryor saying that too ... funny stuff ! Don't know if Richard Pryor ever got any airplay on WORJ back in the day ... I'm sure most of his stuff was too profane even for late nite FM radio ... but his 70s albums are some of the funniest comedy ever put to vinyl !
TWilliams - 2.6.2009
speaking of technical difficulties...Lee & Craig:while you both have the title DJ,one only has to imagine what all else that entails(right!-I read 'No Commercials' in Memorabilia section on site).that being said,what are the advances in technology that you can identify that have made your job easier,better,etc?Any of the stations you've worked with been more progressive with the medium's technology than others?Prefer anything from the old days over the new?...
Craig Michaels - 2.6.2009
Had one of my best evenings since I moved to Memphis last night. The city hosts the finals every year of the International Blues Challenge. There's sixteen clubs up and down Beale where solos, duos and bands from literally all over the world, representing their local blues societies, showcase on Thursday and Friday night (yup, doin' it again tonight!). You buy a wristband and get into all the clubs all night. AMAZING wealth of talent... I spent a lot of time in a venue that showcased the solo acts and was just blown away. The kid, literally kid (15, braces, couldn't get into the bar if he wasn't playing) who opened was playing lead and rhythm on his acoustic, playing WAY beyond his years. Several outstanding players (lots of metal National guitars, lots of good slide playing), and even a kid from Croatia who played solo blues harp and had more personality in his little finger than lots of people can muster ever. Walked up the street for a bit, saw a band with a full horn section knockin' it down; only bad thing about an event like this is that you're enjoying what you're hearing but worrying about what you're missing somewhere else. Great crowd; like most music events of this sort, you walk out of the place with more friends than you walked in with. Fans ranged from early 20s to very old... towards the end of the evening, one pretty young lady was dancing her heart out to a guy playing some nice uptempo blues, and an old, old man who walked with a cane put the cane down and got up and danced with her. There's plenty to be said for zero-to-sixty, but that old guy went from eighty to twenty in about 30 seconds. Zaida from the Orange County Blues Society was one of the judges last night, and it was nice to see her again, too. It's okay to be jealous of me... I'll let it slide this time...
Lee Arnold - 2.6.2009
Buffalo Springfield drummer, Dewey Martin, has died. This is getting ridiculous. RIP Dewey.
Don Gilliland - 2.6.2009
Sad to hear about Lux of the Cramps. They were a fun band. For me, they were the highlight of the classic punk/new wave movie, "Urrggh, a Music War." Great live footage of the Cramps in that film. I only saw the Cramps in concert one time, and it was when I was visiting San Francisco in 1982. Some friends of mine in a band from Athens, the Method Actors, opened that show. To make things even more bizarre, I started that same night by seeing Depeche Mode play a Japanese youth center down the street. What a wild couple of shows. And speaking of people dying, I also read that the original drummer from Buffalo Springfield passed away this week.
John Aseff - 2.6.2009
Ah yes, Beefy King! Every time I'm in Orlando I stop at the one on Bumby and have a large pastrami with a side of spuds. The place hasn't changed a bit since I started going there in the 70's.
Wayne Mereck - 2.5.2009
Lee, you are right, Beefy King was a nice start to a night at The Back Door. I liked their sandwich better than Arby's or Roy Rogers. Don't forget the Beefy Spuds. Did anybody ever try the sandwich at the bar on 17-92 close to the dog track that had the sign "Best Ham and Rye"? I never did, but wanted to. Cheers
Craig Michaels - 2.5.2009
Wow... tough week for heroes on the frinbge of things... Saw The Cramps once somewhere in Orlando, don't even remember where. They were more into what they were doing than easily 95% of the bands I've seen in my life... intense and whacked out and loads of fun all at once. Can't imagine the band can go on without him... wonder if Ivy will still do anything now?
Jim McPherson - 2.5.2009
OK, got my Live 365 back ... took a little while to load but it's fine now and life is good !
Lee Arnold - 2.5.2009
Jim-That's what mine was doing too. I did system restore on my computer to 12AM and it fixed it. WEIRD.
Jim McPherson - 2.5.2009
Sorry, my mistake ... Lux Interior actually passed away Wednesday a.m. 2/4/09.
Jim McPherson - 2.5.2009
And on another sad note ... R.I.P. to Lux Interior, lead singer of seminal punk band the Cramps, dead this morning at age 62 of an existing heart condition.
JIm McPherson - 2.5.2009
Yeah, my Live 365 keeps coming up " cannot find server " : - (
Lee Arnold - 2.5.2009
Anyone having trouble with LIVE365 today?
Lee Arnold - 2.5.2009
Speaking of The Back Door, First a Beefy King sandwich, then walk behind and hear some National band. All in downtown Winter Park. Ah, the good old days.
Wayne Mereck - 2.4.2009
Oh Man! Did someone find the "Back Door". Spam, Spam, Spam, damn vikings. The movie with Gary Bussy (sp) is really good. Back in the late 70's I was baby sitting my cousins kids and we watched it. The kids were 7 and 9 at the time and they even shed a tear at the end. Very moving. Cheers
Steve Baione - 2.3.2009
50 years ago today was "The Day The Music Died". I have always loved Buddy Holly's music even though it was before my time.
John Aseff - 2.3.2009
Just listened to John Martyn - Solid Air. My God he was good!
TWilliams - 2.3.2009
Mike-I think you are dead on about 'swat'.The only person I ever heard use that term outside of CFL was from N.J.,and he referred to em as 'bong swats'...Karl,who became a good friend, would punch whomever asked for a 'swat'instead of the correct as long as Karl was in charge 'bong swat'terminology...lol...so popular in our group that someone actually procured a 1975 state of Fla SWAT license plate...being an aforementioned product of my environment,I dont remember how I ended up with it but,hopefully,it will soon be on a 75 Vette we are restoring... thanks for Pre Road Downs earlier Lee-that song has been stuck in my head for weeks
Don Gilliland - 2.3.2009
Wow, this board has been busy in the last week. Meanwhile, I had a sick computer and was banging the wall in frustration. A few notes: hey to Denise! ... sad to hear about John Martyn's passing. Like Craig, I loved that "Solid Air" album. I only got turned on to him about 5 years ago. A great find. Craig's right; he's a master of many styles ... and John is right about that Shaun Cassidy album: "Wasp" was very good! ... speaking of Rundgren, has anyone heard his latest album, "Arena" ? I read some online notes, plus an interview with Todd in the new issue of MOJO (most of the issue is about Motown) and this album sounds very interesting. Todd is still going strong at 60! ... I saw Wall of Voodoo play the Point After on East Colonial. Craig and I both interviewed Stan Ridgway for different publications. What a fun, crazy guy he is. I did another phone interview with him a few years later. Still a nice guy with a very warped sense of humor ... I also saw many of those shows at Spit, including the packed Missing Persons show. I also saw Terry Bozzio drum with the band U.K. when they opened for Jethro Tull in Lakeland. I think I fell asleep during one of the drum solos, and woke up during another song! ... can't wait to hear the new Springsteen album. I'm still a big fan ... a belated Happy Ground Hog Day to everyone out there!
Craig Michaels - 2.2.2009
Ah, a sad one for me... just found out that John Martyn passed on January 29. What an amazing artist; wrote songs that combined elements of folk and jazz and some Celtic influences. He was a fine, sometimes observant, always sincere lyricist and his guitar playing was honestly like none other I've ever heard. His "Solid Air" album is as brilliant now as it was when it was released in the early 70s. Sure left behind an impressive body of work... I'll miss the chance to hear new music from him. RIP, John.
Wayne Mereck - 2.2.2009
Mike, we are products of our environment. I have always been stoked when I see SWAT on cops.
Mike Zarek - 2.2.2009
Allright Wayne!!! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SWAT TEAM! ;-) BTW, has anyone ever heard of a bong hit being referred to as a swat anywhere outside of Central Florida? I seem to recall nobody outside of the Orlando metro knowing what I was talking about.....
Wayne Mereck - 2.2.2009
Poor Mike, in this day and age the folks have forgotten there is no gaurantee of privacy. Everybody just has to try to get each other in compromised situations and then plaster it on the web like its some kind of sport. Big Brother may be making his way into our midst slightly differently than Orwell predicted. I am not trying to sound paranoid, but if you value your privacy, you have to realize it is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Mike may now exercise more discretion and take that swat behind closed doors.
Craig Michaels - 2.2.2009
Hello, Denise... Unlikely I'll have the pleasure of bumping into you again any time soon. I up and moved to Memphis. Life and the world have been very, very good to me of late. How's thing with you? I'd love to hear from you and catch up a bit... feel free to email me... memphis.michaels-AT-comcast.net
Denise Allen - 2.2.2009
It's been over a year since I checked in on the WORJ board. Glad to see the chat still goes on and that Craig is still around. Seems I'd run into you at the grocery or see you at Park Ave Cd every couple of weeks, but not in ages now. Where you at ? Was hoping to catch some new WORJ air checks. Any more on the way?
Jim McPherson - 2.2.2009
Quote of the year ( so far ) for 2009 ... " Put the chicken fingers down and turn the television all the way up ! " - Bruce Springsteen. They don't call him The Boss for nuthin' !
Graham Nash - 2.2.2009
...be sure to hide the roaches
Jim McPherson - 2.2.2009
Gee, a 23 year old doing a little partying ... what are the chances ?
Jim McPherson - 2.2.2009
Maybe he just sucked but didn't inhale ...
Mike Zarek - 2.2.2009
NO! NO!! Not the squeaky clean and All American Michael Phelps! Say it ain't so!!
Jim McPherson - 2.2.2009
It's the end of the world as we know it ... !
Lee Arnold - 2.2.2009
Oh no, Michael Phelps smoked some pot!
Wayne Mereck - 2.1.2009
Favorite commercial was the one where the water buffalo literally gets the snot knocked out of it.
John Aseff - 2.1.2009
Craig is right. I just saw the halftime show and Springsteen can rock a crowd. On SNL last night, they were saying how cool it was that the Steelers and the Cardinals were opening for Springsteen. How true. If it weren't for the wings and the halftime show I wouldn't have any use for the Super Bowl. Baseball is my game.
John Aseff - 2.1.2009
Craig - I'll be in Memphis next week. Not too far from the baseball field (just kidding).
Craig Michaels - 2.1.2009
Bruce Springsteen just flat out belongs on a rock and roll stage in front of a kazillion people. That's all there is to that.
Jim McPherson - 2.1.2009
Poor ol' Keith ... 'er, I mean David Cassidy ! Ever since his Partridge Family days, he's been searching for some modicum of musical respectability. But it seems like no matter what else he accomplishes in his life ... just like Mike Nesmith will always be known as a Monkee ... David will be forever remembered ( at least by our generation ) as Keith Partridge ! At least he seems to have kept his nose pretty clean ... you don't really hear stories of him being arrested for duking it out with transvestites over drugs in Daytona Beach like his former Partridge Family co-star Danny Bonaduce was a few years ago.
Craig Michaels - 2.1.2009
That's it. John's off the board, UNLESS he promises to stop following me around.
John Aseff - 2.1.2009
I hope this doesn't get me thrown off WORJ but there is actually a good Shaun Cassidy album out there. It was released in 1980. Bear with me. It's called Wasp and was produced by Todd Rundgren (that's the reason I gave it a try). It included Rebel, Rebel (Bowie), covers by David Byrne, Rundgren, Pete Townshend and Ian Hunter. Rundgren and Cassidy even wrote one of the songs together. It's Cassidy in a grittier mode. Pretty cool and of course well produced.
Wayne Mereck - 2.1.2009
If its on the internet, it must be true.
Jim McPherson - 1.31.2009
Man, the weird stuff you find online sometimes ! I came across an album of David Cassidy Classic Songs recently. No matter how lame a record may look, I always check the track list to see what songs are on there. In this case, a couple of the song titles looked familiar, one of those being " Dirty Work " and I thought " ... hmmmm, what's the chance it could be a cover of the Steely Dan song ? " Well guess what ? ... it was ! That's right ! ... Keith Partridge covering The Dan !! ... I shit you not !!! ( and it's actually not bad ! ). But wait, it get's better ... someone who wrote a customer review of the album on Amazon stated that " Dirty Work " was written by one of the Gibb brothers, as in The Bee Gee's Gibb brothers. I swear, you couldn't make this kind of stuff up if you tried ! : - )
Craig Michaels - 1.31.2009
Peter has a website... says he plays in a band cand Shoe Suede Blues. A couple of tour dates are listed. He seems pretty content, though the site says his guitar player just died.
Wayne Mereck - 1.31.2009
I saw Mickey on tv a couple of years ago and heve heard that Davey is touring now and again, but what happened to Peter? I heard a rumor he just dropped out of entertainment and hasn't been heard from.
John Aseff - 1.31.2009
In the Monkees clip Frank playes a car. See what he plays in this clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e3I0iagWXU&NR=1
Jim McPherson - 1.31.2009
Awhile back, someone sent me one of those " guess the person in this photo " e-mails. I never would have figured out that it was Michael Nesmith, looking nothing like a former rock star and every bit like a standard issue CEO. That same picture is on his Wikipeia bio page, which by the way, is a fascinating read ... he's been a lot more influential in songwriting, music and video than I would have ever guessed !
John Aseff - 1.31.2009
...and here's that clip of Zappa on the Monkees. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNJy-OgCzB0
John Aseff - 1.31.2009
I'm not sure if it will work but send Mike Nesmith this video. http://uk.video.yahoo.com/watch/1312142/4551957
Craig Michaels - 1.31.2009
Today's goal: research to see what it will take to get Mike Nesmith to discover and accept me as his long lost son.
Jim McPherson - 1.30.2009
Craig, as if Mike Nesmith wasn't rich enough from the Monkees and Wite-Out, he was also initially awarded some $46 million dollars in a settlement with PBS over licensing issues with his Pacific Arts video company in the late 90s. However, that verdict was appealed and he ended up settling out of court for a confidential amount. Still, I'm sure he made out quite well ! Also, a show he developed for the Nickelodeon Channel called " Pop Clips " was later sold to Time Warner / Amex, who developed it into MTV ! Who knew ?
Jim McPherson - 1.30.2009
Didn't Terry Bozzio also play on Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop album ?
John Aseff - 1.30.2009
Unintentional link - Terry Bozzio (Dale's husband) from Missing Persons played drums for Frank Zappa for a bit.
Craig Michaels - 1.30.2009
I changed my hairstyle... so many times then... I don't know what I looked like (apologies to David Byrne)
John Aseff - 1.30.2009
Yep, saw the Missing Persons show too. Wasn't too fond of them either but I liked looking at Dale Bozio. Saw the Stray Cats there too. I'm sure there were many more but none that come to mind at the moment. By the way, yes I was being paid to follow you around but since I didn't know what you looked like I never knew if I was successful or not. Now I know :-)
Craig Michaels - 1.30.2009
Jim, The common legend is that Michael Nesmith got the spot that Stephen Still had won... but Stills apparently refused to get his teeth fixed in accordance with the producer's wishes. That makes the most sense, as far as which Monkee he would have been; Nesmith was the country influence, and Stills certainly could have filled that role. More dumb Michael Nesmith trivia - his mom invented White-Out, the stuff that every office in the world now has too much of. Michael Nesmith - former Monkee and heir apparent to the White Out fortune!
Craig Michaels - 1.30.2009
John, I saw several shows at Spit, but not REM or Wall of Voodoo. I did see Wall Of Voodoo in concert at... was it The Point After, way up on highway 50 in Union Park? It was right at the end of the "Mexican Radio" tour... they were fantastic! I saw Iggy at Spit... Missing Persons (that wasn't by choice... I never liked them) and a couple more. Okay, be honest - was somebody paying you to follow me? How much? Good gawd, WHAT did you tell them?!?!?
Jim McPherson - 1.30.2009
Legend has it that Stephen Stills auditoned for the Monkees but didn't make the cut ... so he promptly went out and co-founded Buffalo Springfield ! Wonder if the Monkees producers ever looked back and thought " ... how the hell did we miss that one ? ". I wonder which Monkee he would have been ? If he had become a Monkee, would he have ever hooked up with Buffalo Springfield or Crosby, Nash and Young ? The mind boggles at the possibilities ... : - )
John Aseff - 1.30.2009
Craig - not to interrupt you and Mike but when you mentioned Spit I had to mention that I too was a regular there. So first it was the FGTH show at the Fronton and now Spit. I wonder if there were any other places we went to separately together :-) Did you see Wall of Voodoo and R.E.M. when they played Spit? I still have a photo I took of Don watching R.E.M. I believe they were touring on their first EP, Chronic Town.
Craig Michaels - 1.30.2009
Frank Zappa actually appeared on The Monkees show once... at the end of the episode, Michael Nesmith was made up as Frank Zappa and Zappa as Nesmith and they interviewed one another. I don't recall if Zappa ever appeared in the Beatles cartoon...
Wayne Mereck - 1.30.2009
Ah, the wonder years. Now was the Beatles cartoon a rip off of the Monkeys' Show or was it the other way around? In both there was the underlying theme of the episode with the obligatory performance.
Craig Michaels - 1.30.2009
Okay, strictly from memory... five favorite Monkees songs that weren't singles... Auntie Grizelda, Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow, Shades Of Grey, Mr. Webster, No Time... The first albums were great records! I bought them again when they came out on CD, originally thinking it was a little bit of a joke. Got 'em home and was able to sing every darned word of those albums after not having heard them for 25 years by then... Guess that qualifies as being stuck deep in the psyche!
Wayne Mereck - 1.30.2009
Craig, like you the Monkeys graced the first album I bought. I was very proud that I was able to have their complete collection of 4 albums. Then I got a little older and they weren't cool, so I gave them to the girl down the street, whom I considered to be quite hot at 13, she was also 13. As for the RRHOF, no rhyme or reason except maybe avarice. I doubt they will ever make sense. And yet Idol keeps getting such high numbers. Maybe a show about letting the folks vote for the inductees into HOF might work. Who knows? Cheers
Craig Michaels - 1.30.2009
Blondie yes, but Duran Duran no? Duran Duran and MTV pretty much made one another, and you'd be hard pressed to ask for a more classic pop album than "Rio..."
Mike Zarek - 1.30.2009
And what about this: Considering that every female artist since 1967 is basically doing some kind of Cher imitation, why hasn't Cher been inducted? Besides her musical contributions, shouldn't she get in based on the ability to look great even in the most ridiculous outfit? Or in getting away with being practically naked on broadcast television in the 70's? But I digress......
Mike Zarek - 1.30.2009
Craig: I know you werent! The Monkees really should be in there! Heck, there's a guy online who is arguing that Sweet should be there, and he's right.. they had 3 more U.S. hits than Percy Sledge, and 2 more than Blondie!
Mike Zarek - 1.30.2009
Steve: Because when handing out honors these days, one must be politically correct. That's the real reason. But it can be argued that hip-hop and rap are descended from soul, which descended from R&B ... the same place RnR came from. Different branches of the same root. But, to be honest, i doubt you'll ever see the R&B HOF induct Led Zeppelin, though the argument can clearly be made that they would belong.
Craig Michaels - 1.30.2009
Mike, I promise I wasn't kidding about The Monkees being in there...
Steve Baione - 1.30.2009
Just a short question: Why have Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five been inducted into the RnR-HOF? They were clearly pioneers in the field of Hip-Hop, but I see no connection between the two.
Mike Zarek - 1.30.2009
Actually, I can give you some reasons why the Monkees *should* be in there... and some darn good reasons too!
Craig Michaels - 1.30.2009
Mike, I say we get together, drink heavily and really give it a rant or two!!! If Madonna is in as a pop princess, should The Monkees be given consideration? They were among the very first records I bought... I haven't stopped yet...
Mike Zarek - 1.30.2009
Eh, Madonna is just an obvious one to pick on being that she's a pop princess and there's so many rock-n-rollers out there that aren't in. Also, Pop Princess Madonna gets in, but mention Three Dog Night (who actually had legitimate rock hits, along with a slew of pop stuff) and all you hear is "Oh, well they're pop".... and again, look at the major criteria: "Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll." Todd Rundgren is the definition of that statement!! Influence? Hell, everybody! Significance and development? Where would RnR be today w/o Todd's contributions to musicianship, exploration, writing and producing? Perpetuation? The man is still going at it today! Still blazing new trails. Another case in point: Chubby Checker had one major hit. It brought the whole nation a new and trailblazing dance craze, and he's not in the HOF. Percy Sledge (now don't get me wrong, it was and is a great song) had one major hit. It brought us another song about being in love and not getting laid (hardly original), and he's in the HOF... go figure....
Craig Michaels - 1.30.2009
Mike, While Madonna seems to be the HOFer that burns you the most, mine is Blondie. A little research shows that, besides Jann Wenner, one of the guys who weilds a LOT of influence is Seymour Stein, who founded Sire Records. That goes a LONG way towards explaining why so many acts commonly categorized as "new wave" are in the HOF. I loved the new wave movement, spent way too many nights I don't remember at Spit, enjoyed contributing a lot to Don's Dog Food magazine... but percentage wise, there are WAY too many new wave acts in the hall, especially in light of the names that have been tossed out that AREN'T there. I'll add aa few more "should be obvious" names to the growing list; T Rex, Emerson Lake and Palmer, King Crimson, Brian Eno. I've read a few diatribes on the web now about how British bands feel the snub of the hall more than most; again, Tull, Genesis, Yes, Deep Purple and on and on ad naseum. Thinking about it, what bothers me the most (and I suspect Mike as well) is the inconsistency of it. What's the criteria? If it's influence, it's easy AGAIN to point out so many flaws. Using one of Mike's examples again, is there ANY rock guitarist or practicing guitarist in the history of the world who hasn't, at some time or another, played the opening riff from "Smoke On The Water?" How many bands owe so much to Deep Purple? If it's not influence, is it sales? Couple of words here... Aqualung. Abacab. Moving Pictures. Machine Head. Is it some sort of "overall performance" thing? Brian Eno, founding member of Roxy Music, producer well known and well received (and strong selling) albums by the likes of U2 and Talking Heads, pioneer of an entire genre of music (ambient). And while I fully realize that rock and roll is about guitars, can anybody honestly deny that, say, Keith Emerson or Rick Wakeman are musicians beyond brilliant? Wonder how many synthesizers were sold because of these guys? It just goes on and on. I suppose the easiest thing to do is accept the HOF for what it is; a diversion, a nice afternoon in Cleveland, and/or another example of the clueless corporate exploitation of something near and dear to the hearts of more people than could ever be counted.
Mike Zarek - 1.30.2009
And now, two words that show how clueless the RnR HOF is, and the HOF's total lack of credibility ("Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll."): TODD RUNDGREN ... Yes folks, the producer's producer, the man who cranked out hits, the man responsible for the careers of a multitude of artists is NOT in the RnR HOF. Yet Madonna (!) and Percy Sledge (One, count 'em, ONE major hit) are....
Mike Zarek - 1.29.2009
Wow.... 60 bux for the Dead cheap seats... lessee... 1975... $5.95 for the ticket, $5 contribution for..well, you know.. $6 bux for the T-Shirt, $1.95 for a Six pack, $2 for gas... $20.90 for the whole evening! And you still had some of the..well, you know... left over!! And the bands were worth seeing! Ah, those were the days.....
Craig Michaels - 1.29.2009
The times, they are indeed a-changin'... So, The Dead are touring... I guess since Jerry actually DID become one of the dead, they're no longer grateful. Can't imagine they'll be quite the same, of course... and tickets are a freakin' hundred bucks unless you wanna sit in the next county over (for 50 or 60 bucks)! I was really considering going, even though the closest show to me is in Virginia... but a hundred bucks for what's most likely a ghost of what was, I dunno. Can't imagine there to be a lot of new fans; they haven't written any new material... so it will be a bunch of folks trying to recapture a moment or two from the past. Moments aren't made or bought. They're created. Pass on that one. But I got all excited about two St. Louis Cardinals-Memphis Redbirds exhibition baseball games. Cool! Walking distance from my apartment! Except... cheap seats, $35. Most seats, $45. The ones I like, behind home plate? $55. 55 bucks to see Pujols bat twice, in a meaningless game with only one major league team... I saw the Yankees/Braves play in Orlando not three seasons ago, sat behind home plate 6 rows back (Jeter and A-Rod said hey to us, for gawd sake) and those tickets were $35. Pass on this one too, I think, which REALLY sucks moreso than The Dead. I suppose I could justify it by knowing there's no gas money involved, but it just doesn't make sense, especially these daze.
Mike Zarek - 1.29.2009
Yeah John, they haven't been the same band since the crash. Skynyrd still kicks ass, but without Ronnie's writing the new stuff pales in comparison to the classic. Southern Rock has also changed. You're more likely to find "new" Southern Rock on a country station. Many of today's country artists are doing straight out Southern Rock. Also where Southern Rock was once about the blues, raising hell, kicking ass, and anti-establishment/anti-authority, it now tends to be more "rah-rah-Republican" along with the rest of the country music scene. My prediction: This is the final chapter in the Skynyrd saga. There may be a farewell tour. Gary Rossington will take his rightful place as one of rock's elder statesmen, making guest appearances with others and possibly forming a new band. Johnny Van Zant will continue teaming up with Donnie for country stuff (with plenty of guest appearances by Gary). Rickey Medlocke will go back to Blackfoot. Every now and then we may see Gary, Rickey (and possibly Ed King) get together for a one-shot with someone (most likely: Charlie Daniels or Metallica) to let "Alabama" and "Freebird" rip. I could be wrong. In a way, I hope I am.
John Aseff - 1.29.2009
Just when I was patting myself on the back for a fine idea for a band name I remembered this: http://assets.mog.com/amg/pop/cov200/drc300/c392/c392178948o.jpg - Looks like They already had that idea.
John Aseff - 1.29.2009
Nothing against newer members but they haven't been Lynyrd Skynyrd since the plane crash. I thought the Rossington-Collins band was excellent and a natural progression. With the passing of Billy, maybe Gary Rossington can rise from the ashes with a new formation and continue to rock. How about Phoenix for a band name?
Jim McPherson - 1.28.2009
Mike, I'm almost reluctant to take you up on that Google search ... I'm afraid that what I'd find would be to depressing LOL !!! What a bummer about Billy Powell ... like John said, he was an awesome keyboard player, though I don't think he ever got recognized as such. I have no doubt he could have held his own against any of his contemporaries out there. The image that comes to mind of him is the back cover shot ( ? ) of the " Nuthin' Fancy " album, where the band is walking thru a field and Billy is striding along, chest out, and flipping a big middle finger to the camera ! I wonder if Skynyrd WILL call it quits now ... like any good Southern rock band, they've always been about friends, family and brotherhood ... at what point do you say it's just not the same band anymore ?
Mike Zarek - 1.28.2009
Jim Mc: Those bands I mentioned that have been passed over by the RnR HOF are just the obvious ones. I mean, the BLATANTLY obvious ones. Do a quick google search and you will find much more complete lists of artists that should have made the HOF long before someone inhaled enough air to speak Madonna's name.
Mike Zarek - 1.28.2009
May God protect and keep you Ronnie VanZant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, Dean Kirkpatrick, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson, and Billy Powell.....AND GOD BLESS THE LYNYRD SKYNYRD BAND!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike Zarek - 1.28.2009
On another note, Billy's death could very well mark the end of Lynyrd Skynyrd. After the 1987 Tribute Tour, the band decided to continue touring as Lynyrd Skynyrd. This caused legal issues, and a settlement was reached with Ronnie VanZant's and Steve Gaines' widows. Along with a share of tour revenues, the band could continue as Lynyrd Skynyrd so long as 2 original members were still with the band. Billy Powell was one of the last two "original" members (along with Gary Rossington) as others have passed away over the years (Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson). It could be argued that Rickey Medlocke (of Blackfoot, currently playing guitar for Skynyrd) is an "original" as he played drums for a short time with the band in 1972, but he was not with the band at the time of this settlement so that remains to be seen. Ed King (previously with Strawberry Alarm Clock, and the original 3rd guitar for Skynyrd) has health issues that prevent him from touring (He played at the RnR HOF ceremony). Original drummer Bob Burns hasn't played with the band for over 30 years, save the RnR HOF induction (on Sweet Home Alabama). His replacement, Artimus Pyle, was Skynyrd's drummer in their heyday and would probably be considered "original" for the purposes of the settlement, but he's been on the outs with the band for many years. As far as I know, Artimus' only appearence with the band in the last 10 years was 'Freebird' at the RnR HOF ceremony. What drugs, booze, and a plane crash could not do, time may finally have accomplished.
Mike Zarek - 1.28.2009
Wow... I've had the pleasure of meeting Billy Powell (and many of the other members of Skynyrd) and had even corresponded with him via email for a while. He will be missed.
Craig Michaels - 1.28.2009
National Geographic Launches Record Label - NEW YORK (Billboard) – National Geographic Society has launched a record label, Nat Geo Music, through its music division of the same name. The label will record, release and promote contemporary music from around the globe by artists working in various genres. It will be headed by Nat Geo Music general manager Mat Whittington, who will report to National Geographic Entertainment president David Beal. (end story) I'm going to have to guess that the booklet cover photos will be stunning...
John Aseff - 1.28.2009
Sorry Lee - I didn't see your post before submitting mine.
John Aseff - 1.28.2009
I just read that Billy Powell, Skynyrd's awesome keyboard player, died. R.I.P. Billy! http://www.accessatlanta.com/news/content/shared-gen/ap/Recordings/Obit_Powell.html?cxntlid=thbz_hm
Jim McPherson - 1.28.2009
Damn, I knew there was some glaring omissions from the R-n-RHOF but until I read Mike Z's post, I didn't realize there were THAT many !!! Despite it's faults, I always kinda felt they were one of the the last legitimate music awards ( I gave up on the Grammys years ago ). Just like Rolling Stone itself, they've become the kind of corporate hegemony that they were originally created as an alternative to ... money changes everything ! By the way Lee, happy 2nd anniversary to WORJ.com radio ! As Stills / Young sang " ... long may you run ".
Wayne Mereck - 1.28.2009
Lee, I am so glad that WORJ iRadio is here, it is sounding as good as usual and really making my (n)ice day off even nicer, much grass!
Lee Arnold - 1.28.2009
Passed along by WORJ alumnus Mike Cooper: Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist dies at Florida home ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) -- A keyboardist for the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has died at his northeast Florida home. Orange Park Police Lt. Mark Cornett says 56-year-old keyboard player Billy Powell called 911 about 12:55 a.m. Wednesday saying he was having trouble breathing. Rescue crews performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at 1:52 a.m. Cornett says no foul play is suspected and an autopsy will not be performed. He says Powell missed a Tuesday appointment with his doctor for a cardiac evaluation. A heart attack is suspected. Powell was one of two surviving band members who were with the group before a 1977 plane crash that killed three of its members.
TWilliams - 1.28.2009
Al Kooper...even if he'd never played a note,his work with Lynyrd Skynyrd should have been enough to,at the very least,get him in on the same bill as Ronnie & Co. several years ago.Hell,even the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando realized the significance of the relationship when they displayed the original axes wielded to record 'Free Bird' and Kooper's guitar was displayed nearby...Chicago...those horns that even our parents could love along with the licks laid down by Terry Kath on lead guitar are still snubbed?...and on and on...you guys have nailed others as well...to me,the process of choosing is not much different than the NCAA and their reckoning of choosing football champions...and the way to change it could very well lie with the participants of both entities.The NCAA could not and would not exist without the participation of the member schools.The schools would still exist without them...Same for Rock&Roll HOF.Until a star stands up,ala Marlon Brando vs. the Academy Awards some years back;and, speaks up on behalf of their contemporaries,politically correct retards will remain fat n happy with themselves and their selections...
Lee Arnold - 1.27.2009
Great conversation brewing here on HOF snubs. You guys are still so passionate about music. It makes me proud to be part of your musical lives. BTW: February 28th marks the "Official" Anniversary of the launch of WORJ.com I-RADIO. It's coming up on 2 years since "the little internet station that could" has been streaming our little time warp.
Mike Zarek - 1.27.2009
It's like this: If being a major influence or contributor to RnR is the significant qualification for the HOF then how can Alice Cooper be denied? How can KISS be denied? What about Deep Purple? Would the whole 80's/90's/today's glam/hair/heavy metal scene (have) exist(ed) at all without all of these bands having come before it? Alice brought us the theatrics and drama. Kiss brought us the makeup and the hair. Deep Purple brought us FUCKING VOLUME (it's all about dB's, baby! :-) ). They all brought us great music. Metallica is a great band. They have taken metal to a new level. They have inspired countless bands since they hit the world. But how is it they can be inducted into the HOF before the bands that set the scene for them? Put it this way... could Parliament Funkadelic rightly have been inducted before James Brown and Sly & The Family Stone? I don't think so....
Craig Michaels - 1.26.2009
Since Mike doesn't need to be burdoned with the expense of buying a new keyboard (who does?), I'll go ahead and add a little to his rant. Adding to the outrageousness of those NOT in the HOF (Jethro Tull?? Yes?? Rush??), here's a few names who ARE in the hallowed hall: Louis Armstrong (has ANYBODY ever heard him referred to as a rock musician?), Blondie (couple of hits, that's it... Blondie yes, Jethro Tull no?), Nat King Cole (brilliant singer... ROCK?), Floyd Cramer (Yes, often featuring keyboardist Rick Wakeman, not there, but Floyd Cramer is?), Miles Davis (no denying, one of the most talented and innovative musicians ever... again, though, did ANYBODY ever call him rock?), Billie Holiday, Louis Jordan (adding to the non-rock royalty honored, when The Moody Blues have not been), John Mellencamp (I love John Mellencamp, I truly do... but saying he's more significant to the history of rock than damn near anybody on Mike's list is a little absurd), Bill Monroe (c'mon... I understand that he's in the "influences" section of the hall and all, but shouldn't you make sure the genre is properly honored before a musician noted as "The Father Of Bluegrass?), Pink Floyd (an obvious choice... but why are they honored, but not Genesis? Hello??), Sex Pistols (a one trick pony at best... influential? Probably... so harkening back to Mike's comment, if influence does indeed matter...), Patti Smith (I'm one of the biggest Patti fans ever ever ever... Patti yes, Iggy/Stooges no?), Jann Wenner... again, I understand influence and all, but to honor people who never even made a lick of music and ignore some of those not included?
Mike Zarek - 1.26.2009
...and I think I found a new rant... Neither Allen Collins or Gary Rossington on a list of top 100 guitarists??? I'll stop now before I break my keyboard.....
Mike Zarek - 1.26.2009
OK, time for my yearly rant: NOT IN THE ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME (yet Madonna is....)-> Blood Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Alice Cooper (Hello? Isn't "influence" a major consideration?), Deep Purple, The Doobie Brothers, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Grand Funk Railroad, Hall & Oates, Heart, Jethro Tull, KISS (ok, *this* one really pisses me off... Metallica deserves to get in, but before Kiss??), Steve Miller, The Moody Blues, Ted Nugent, Rush, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, War, Yes (Progressive Rock? What's that?), Warren Zevon.... and these are just the obvious ones!!! With all due respect and admiration for the past inductees, THE R&R HOF PROCESS HAS BECOME A JOKE!! (Hell, it took Lynyrd Skynyrd 7 years to get in, and that was cuz they still fly a rebel flag! I didn't know that being PC was one of the qualifications.) End yearly rant. Z
Craig Michaels - 1.25.2009
Jim, that one for now might be out of our price range if we split the cost and shared a copy!
Jim McPherson - 1.25.2009
Craig, from what I've read recently, the Neil Young Archives box set may get delayed yet again. Seems that Neil, as unpredictable as ever, is focusing on a new album called Fork In The Road, featuring songs all about eco-cars; a current passion of his. I heard the title track and it's pretty cool ... he takes some pointed jabs at Ipods and the bailouts. I understand the box set will be in DVD / Blu-ray format for optimum sound quality ... Neil has never been a fan of CD sound ... but given the current economy, he may want to hold off on it's release. It's definitely out of my price range right now !
Craig Michaels - 1.25.2009
YIPES!! Just noticed that the recently mentioned "Archives Volume 1" from Neil Young is on pre-sale now at Amazon. Looks to be a 10 DVD set... and even at a discounted presale price, it"s $310.00!!! 31 bucks per DVD... Maybe Neil feels like he needs to recoup some cash for the time he invested in the project?
Wayne Mereck - 1.25.2009
As a Dan fan, I would like to give honorable mention to Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and Denny Dias. Cheers
Don Gilliland - 1.25.2009
hey Craig, you nailed it about Leo Kottke; the guy is a superb guitar player. I saw him play live back in the 70s, after hearing him on WORJ of course, and was thoroughly amazed. I never could understand all the hoople about Clapton. Some very good music, but I has never mesmerized by his guitar playing.
Lee Arnold - 1.24.2009
Wayne, Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy!!
Wayne Mereck - 1.24.2009
Lee, the Tees arrived safe and sound, Thanks! Jim, I checked out Bad Co. on Napster and ended up buing the download. Thanks for the heads up. Cheers
Jim McPherson - 1.24.2009
Here's an odd tale ... awhile back I came across a Bad Company CD online called " Live In Albuquerque NM, USA 1976 ". It never occurred to me that as big as Bad Co. was in the '70s, they never released a proper live album like virtually every other band of the era. The info read that it was a soundboard recording of guitarist Mick Ralphs, who used to routinely record every show to help fine tune the set lists and performances. It was released in 2007 on the small overseas Angel Air label but apparently Paul Rodgers never gave his consent and had Swan Song file an injunction to stop further sales and have all remaining copies returned. Rumor has it that Rodgers was unhappy with some of the vocals, which is a shame, because it's an absolutely smoking recording of Bad Co. in their prime ! Amazon is showing 2 copies for sale, going for $50 to $60 but one reveiwer said he ordered a copy and never recieved it. Some copies are supposedly going for $400. If anyone uses Napster, they are still selling it as a download for $19.90. Guess Swan Song hasn't gotten wind of that yet so you may want to purchase it soon.
Steve Baione - 1.21.2009
Here is a little tid-bit I found on Claptons fan site. "On 21 and 22 February, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck will perform two shows together at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. It is the first-time the two men have appeared together in their storied musical careers on a double-bill of this nature. Information on the format of the concerts is currently not available". I don't know about you, but I can't afford the ticket. I can only hope the show ends up on DVD.
Lee Arnold - 1.21.2009
Tommy, Thanks. I'm glad you caught it. That was fun to do.
TWilliams - 1.21.2009
Lee,that was a superb playlist to accompany the history before us on TV y/day."It's a new dawn",as proclaimed in a farmer's field years before has never meant more than it does now
Lee Arnold - 1.20.2009
Welcome to the New American Revolution. We can be very proud of ourselves.
Craig Michaels - 1.19.2009
Okay, gotta love stuff like this. Headline in my little Reuter's Music News section of My Yahoo: "Music industry urged to embrace the Internet" Gee... yuh think?!?!?
John Aseff - 1.19.2009
Get Your Boots On http://goyb.u2.com/
lady in waiting - 1.19.2009
speaking of great guitar players how about Orlando's own Floyd Radford.If you were at the reunion show in 2006 you know what I'm talking abiut.
TWilliams - 1.19.2009
make that 'T' for typo...sorry bout that JOE...lol
TWilliams - 1.19.2009
from the now I get it dept.-Jann Wenner & Rolling Stone, who's most recent Top 100 list failed to field a song from Jow Walsh or Alvin Lee...WTF?Joe's "Bomber",or Lee's "Im Coming Home" not worthy??...makes me wonder if Mr. Wenner's taste is all in his mouth...
Craig Michaels - 1.18.2009
Rolling Stone is pretty much a self-serving enterprise and not a whole lot more anymore. The guitarists on that list are there because they have to be on a Rolling Stone list, or else they pretty much invalidate their own work. obviously, any time you make a list with a title like that, you have to consider the objective and point of view of the maker. Three easy examples not on the list... Leo Kottke. Robert Fripp. Pat Metheny. Each of those three, in their own right and respective styles and genres, can and have, time and time again, accomplished things on a guitar that nobody else has ever done. I mean, right off the bat... Leo Kottke... I've seen him four times in concert, and all four times I left convinced that there was a second guitarist hidden away somewhere. He does things that Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck or whoever simply don't do on a guitar... just as all of those superb guitarists do things that Kottke can't or doesn't do. A list of that nature is always very, very subjective, and in the case of anything Rolling Stone touches anymore, it's pretty invalid simply by way of its self-serving nature.
Steve Baione - 1.18.2009
Hi Y’all. I think there is something to be said about the people who get a say in who is inducted to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and or the critics from Rolling Stone Magazine. They have their heads up their collective Asses! I for one don’t believe the hype… I was just reading Rolling Stones Magazine’s "Top 100 Guitarists of All Time”. They have Jimi Hendrix at the number one spot. (At least they got that one right), but they have Jeff Beck at #14 with Jerry Garcia taking the #13 spot. Don’t get me wrong I love Jerry, but he didn’t have half the talent Jeff does. I realize that personal taste has a lot to do with the selection process, but that one had me scratching my head. After reading a little further down the list I found one that made me laugh out loud. It just seemed so ridiculous. Joni Mitchell came in at #72 with Johnny Winter a few spots back at #74. Joni Freakin’ Mitchell?!?!? Give me a break. She’s a great singer and song writer, but she can barely make a bar cord let alone master the guitar. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but come on; there is no comparison between the two at all. I was a little disappointed that the only other female picker mentioned was Joan Jett. You would think Nancy Wilson should have made the list on talent alone. Hmmm, wasn’t her hubby a contributing editor for Rolling Stone? Oh well! In ending my little rant I would like to quote one of my favorite bands The MC5 “And now, and now, and now it’s time to, Kick Out The Jams Motherf…er”. P.S. The system has failed.
Wayne Mereck - 1.18.2009
Heard "Try a Little Tenderness" earlier and it made me flash on the Three Dog Night version on their Captured Live at The Forum album. I have always loved their performace of that and Chest Fever. Ended up ordering the CD for the Library.
Wayne Mereck - 1.18.2009
I know I work hard at keeping my school boy figure cuz bowlers are my heros.
John Aseff - 1.18.2009
Jim and Steve. According to my archives (yearbook) Kathy was a junior when we graduated so she must have graduated in '77. Speaking Johnnie and Tommy Bolin, wouldn't it have been something if they had their own band a la Van Halen? Van Bolin? Bolin Boys? Bolin For Dollars? You'll have to excuse me. It's early.
Jim McPherson - 1.17.2009
... and by the way, there is no justice in the world until Jeff Beck does get into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. WTF !!! ... who's bonehead oversight was THAT ??? From what I understand, Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone have quite a sway over who gets inducted, which explains why bands who were popular with the public but despised by critics ( Grand Funk RR, Journey, etc. ) have yet to be nominated. But Jeff Beck not getting his due until now ? ... that's almost sacrilege ! : - )
Jim McPherson - 1.17.2009
Steve, John and I both graduated in '76, I know he still has his yearbook so he could probably confirm the timeline. It's funny, I read Black Oak Arkansas's bio on Wikipedia also but missed the part about Ruby Starr having passed away .. what a shame ! If you look her up on Wikipedia, there's a smokin' picture of her in her prime. HoooWheee ... I'll betcha Jim Dandy didn't waste no time LOL ! Wayne, I remember back in the day if you brought up the song " Hot n' Nasty, a lot of times you would have to clarify whose song you were talking about ... BOA's or Humble Pie's ... 2 entirely different tunes but both great songs !
Steve Baione - 1.17.2009
Wow, Deja Vu on the B.O.A. thing. Just the other day I was looking at their bio on Wikipedia. Who could forget their backup singer, The late great "Ruby Starr". I remember seeing Ruby and her band "Grey Ghost" at a large outdoor show somewhere outside of Lakeland. It was the day after my girlfriend Kathy's graduation/prom from Edgewater High School. From what I remember it was June of 1978 or 79. Jim or John, didn't you graduate the same year as Kathy? That would clear up the time line as to the exact date of the show. As I remember We left straight from the prom to the concert site and camped out. We partied most of the night with about a Zillion other concert goers, so much so that we missed most of the show. In fact the only thing I remember about the show was seeing Ruby in a pair of red Hot Pants and a Halter top. LOL... Remember Hot Pants??? It was so hot and we were so burnt out that we only caught about an hour of the show before heading home for some sleep and re-hydration. Does anyone remember who else was on the bill for that show?
Wayne Mereck - 1.17.2009
Funny you should mention BOA. A couple of the guys I work with and I were having a senior moment and metioned their Hot and Nasty. Must be their week, take care Jim.
Jim McPherson - 1.17.2009
While online this past week, I came across the 1969 debut album by The Knowbody Else, who shortly afterwards changed their name to Black Oak Arkansas. Kinda interesting listen, it's pretty much laidback country rock & psychedelia ... no real hint of the balls out raunch-n-rollers they would soon become. By coincidence, that same day I came across an item about current BOA drummer Johnnie Bolin recovering from a heart attack. Johnnie, it turns out, is the younger brother of late guitar great Tommy Bolin ... I never even knew he had a younger brother, let alone one who was a musician ! Guess that would explain the slamming BOA covers of " Post Toastee " and " Shake The Devil ", both from Tommy Bolin's " Private Eyes " album, that appear on BOA's 1999 release The Wild Bunch.
Wayne Mereck - 1.16.2009
Was listening to Lonestar 92.5 this morning on the drive into work. Bo and Jim had Matt Iseman from Versus Sports Soup and a stand up on the show. Matt makes a comment about going to see live shows and says no one goes to see the drummers. The he said maybe except Def Leppard. He said " that guy looks like he's taking whack a mole to a new level" Yes, it was cold, but I couldn't get out of the car till I stopped laughing and wiped away the tears. Chears
Wayne Mereck - 1.16.2009
naw, turns out playlist froze on Live365
Wayne Mereck - 1.16.2009
Lee, Whoah... saw the title Be Good and Be Kind, but heard Roberta Killing Me Softly. Are the 70's getting me back? LOL, sounding real good!!!! Cheers
Lee Arnold - 1.16.2009
Tommy, Thanks for all the kind words, promotion, contribution and good vibes. I love that the WORJ Plate still graces the front of your car. I'll try to live up to your expectations with our I-Radio Station.
T Williams - 1.15.2009
Hi from Orlando...WOW! was all I could think or say upon finding out the best radio station we've ever heard was now on the web. Even better to find out it is the original,by the original,and, he's brought some old friends along.Thanks Lee.Good to know as the song goes youre all 'still alive n well'...I really enjoy the site & contributions in all the posts,as they certainly stir old memories of friends,music, where we were,how we arrived to now...I'd like to share the following from yesterday... it started with Jeff Beck...heard Freeway Jam here yesterday , reminded of the post about California Guitar Trio-a name that was esacaping me after hearing Ghost Riders on the Storm thru a friend-had been talking with another cat about Jack Johnson and Donovan Frankenreiter...well,then I needed to go out for a while,called Rock n Roll Heaven,-do you have... CGT?...yes...hold it,Ill be there...how bout a song I heard this morning on WORJ called" Cocoa Beach Blues"?- It's a must have for a surfing buddy...'no'...short silence...WORJ!!?...I had to laugh at the surprise in the guy's voice..."theyre not on the air",he said....really?sez I-well I just listened to 9+ minutes of Wishbone Ash @ worj.com...check em out! Arrive at the store,get the required tunes,strike up a conversation with the guys(Fred??..anyway,both real nice guys) while he pulls up the WORJ site and he said something like "wow,look at that playlist"(..theres that wow again)...hung out,talked awhile,seems we had mutual acquaintances,memories from days gone by... I mentioned that the more of 'us' that know about WORJ,the better for you, as it will certainly drive people here to buy the tunes...I think that piqued his interest a little...left with my tunes and will leave you all now with this thought about Jeff Beck and the Hall of Fame nomination: I'm thinking along the lines that Craig set out; I think the HOF is a self serving entity with a short memory...The Yardbirds,that included Jeff Beck, were inducted in 92( ? )...shoulda been the other way around-JB first...again,thanks to all that contribute here,and to you Lee.Your station sounds great!
Craig Michaels - 1.15.2009
John, that whole period of Beck's career was pretty amazing. Blow By Blow, Wired... he's one of the few guitarists who was able to significantly change his style and remain successful. Thinking of his work all the way back to The Yardbirds, I just can't believe it took this long for him to be recognized by the HOF. I haven't really taken a good look in a long time at who's in there... wonder what other omissions there are? I wonder if it's just a matter of them having to hold off on inducting somebody or another so they'll have a noteworthy induction ceremony the following year or whatever...
John Aseff - 1.15.2009
Blow by Blow is one of the best albums ever recorded. I think everyone I knew had that album in the 70s.
Craig Michaels - 1.14.2009
Question: What's wrong with the fact that Jeff Beck is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year? Answer: Why on earth was he not already there?????
Jim McPherson - 1.8.2009
Haha ... LESS Zeppelin ... that would've been the perfect name for them to tour under had they gone out on the road without Robert Plant. It'd be like Paul and Ringo touring as the Beatles without John & George ! I betcha Jimmy Page got the idea of replacing Plant from Journey ... I read an interview with Neal Schon last year where he talked about playing a big Journey show in London and when he looked over just off stage, there stood Jimmy Page, checking out the show. Schon said " ... you'd better believe I played my ASS off that night ! ". After the show, Jimmy came up to Schon to tell him how much he liked his playing. I'm sure the thought crossed Jimmys mind along the lines " ... hmmmm, if they can replace Steve Perry and still be successful ... ". Sorry, but Robert Plant is just too iconic a figure, to Zeppelin and to rock history, to be replaced. Maybe once Plant has finished his thing with Alison Krauss, he'll reconsider. Don Henley swore he'd never work with the Eagles again and we know how that ended up !
John Aseff - 1.8.2009
Craig - I thought about approaching you to say hi. Several times. But when Holly told me to sing (I was on the right side) I just felt an overwhelming urge to sing :-)
Craig Michaels - 1.7.2009
Man... back in the day, who would have thought Iggy would outlast ANYBODY in that band? Asheton never got the credit he deserved until way, way late, I always thought.
Jim McPherson - 1.6.2009
Damn, here we go again ! ... Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead this morning at the age of 60 of an apparent heart attack. I saw The Stooges awhile back on Henry Rollins cable show and they were still kicking ass ! The rock-n-roll ranks just keep getting thinner ... ! : - (
Craig Michaels - 1.6.2009
John, I can't believe you were at that show and never even came up to say hello...
Jim McPherson - 1.6.2009
And in the Under The Radar category for 2008, honorable mention should go to the California Guitar Trio album " Echoes "; where they turn their guitar wizardry loose on covers of Pink Floyds " Echoes ", Mike Oldfields " Tubular Bells ", Queens " Bohemian Rhapsody " and even " FREEEEEBIIIIRD ", done in a reggae style ... wonder if they ever heard the Sick Bands version ? : - ) Here's a good site for checking out all of the above tracks ( only " Freebird " is not listed ) ... www.songza.com ... just type in a band name or song title and it will give you audio and video ( usually YouTube ) options. ( Hint: check out CGTs version of " Ghost Riders In The Sky ", mashed up with " Riders On The Storm ).
Lee Arnold - 1.6.2009
John Aseff - 1.6.2009
Craig - I think I saw that show too. If I'm not mistaken some guy named Belouis Some opened for FGTH. How I remember that I don't know. Yes 45 minutes of Relax is a bit much. The title cut of the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome is really good though. Jim - As for Tom Petty, I remember when Breakdown was on the radio when I lived in NY in the late 70s. I really liked it but didn't pay attention to who did it. Then I went to see Edgar Winter in concert and the opening band was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. They stole the show. I remember leaving in the middle of Edgar Winter's set so I could make it to the store before it closed to buy the Petty album. Been a fan ever since. I saw that documentary on the other day but it was already well into it. I'll have to look for it to be on again.
Craig Michaels - 1.5.2009
Lee, which one, the Bonzo Dog Band or FGTH? If it's Frankie, it's not the 45 minute live version, is it?
Jim McPherson - 1.5.2009
John & Steve, I can't believe I left out the Mudcrutch album, definitely one of the highlights of 2008 ! I just watched " Runnin' Down A Dream ", the Peter Bogdnavich documentary of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on the Sundance Channel ... one of the best 4 hours I ever spent watching TV ! I've been a huge fan since the first album came out ( I didn't find out about the original Mudcrutch till later on ) and know his work well but to see it all together on film like that ... between the Heartbreakers and his solo work, to touring as Dylans backing band in the 80s, to the Traveling Wilburys and working with Johnny Cash, to all his battles with the record industry ... I've definitely got a new found respect for him !
Jim McPherson - 1.5.2009
For all you Journey haters out there, this will drive you right up the wall ... http://youtube.com/watch?v=G_8ly2PiH7g ... musician Petra Haden and group doing an acappella version of " Don't Stop Believin' ". Guaranteed to clear a room of unwanted guests in a heartbeat ! She also released an acappella version of " The Who Sell Out " in its entirety last year. So strange that it's actually kinda cool !
Lee Arnold - 1.5.2009
I actually play this song on WORJ.com
Craig Michaels - 1.5.2009
John, Believe it or not, I actually saw Frankie Goes To Hollywood in concert at the Jai Alai Fronton, a little bit after "Relax" had peaked in the dance clubs. They were on stage for maybe 75 minutes, and I swear that 45 of those minutes were the song "Relax." Over and over, crowd chanting most of the time, even the silly-as-hell, "Okay, now the LEFT side!" stuff. I have to say, 45 minutes of the song was a bit much!
Craig Michaels - 1.5.2009
Woo-Hoo! Yes all around... The Bonzo Dog Band did a song called "Death Cab For Cutie" on their "Gorilla" album. "That night Cutie called a cab. Baby, don't do it. She left her East Side room so drab. Baby, don't do it. She went out alone in town Knowing it would make her lover frown. Death cab for Cutie. Death cab for Cutie. Someone's going to make you pay your fare."
John Aseff - 1.5.2009
While we're on the subject of new music discovered, my wife and I were watching Live From Abbey Road the other night and there was a band called Hard-Fi. Very interesting stuff. Lately I've also been listening to Adele, the new Lindsey Buckingham (Jim was right) and Mudcrutch (Steve was right as well). The other night we dusted off Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Welcome To The Pleasuredome. I had not heard the whole album for at least 12 years. I had forgotten how good it sounded. Great production values.
Lee Arnold - 1.5.2009
Bonzo Dog Band
Nick Ramey - 1.4.2009
I changed it (the picture). I have a new girlfriend who I've known forever (Marleah Levey Osgood - Lyman, class of '68) we just finally connected after all these years and fell in love - awwww. Yeah, Levey - Lee Arnold - always been tryin to get into the tribe - maybe I finally made it! lol Anyway, there's a pic of the two of us up there on Facebook now.
Steve Baione - 1.4.2009
The top album of 2008 for me is Tom Petty’s “Mudcrutch” album. I know it’s an obvious choice, but it reminds me of home. I like the references to Florida in the songs “The Wrong Thing To Do” & “Crystal River”. I guess it’s a way of staying warm (mentally)in single digit temperatures. Lee, I’m sure you’re with me on this one. Another album I was drawn to last year was “Raising Sand” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. (Actually came out in Oct of 2007). I wouldn’t have even given it a listen if not for 1995’s “Encomium: A tribute to Led Zeppelin” on which Robert Plant and Tori Amos did a great version of “Down By The Seaside”. I bought “Raising Sand” as a Christmas gift for my sister and of course ripped a copy for myself. It took a while, but I found myself putting it in my daily play list more and more often. This is music that I don’t normally listen to, so musically speaking it’s like a breath of fresh air. I especially liked the song Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On). On a side note, and this is too weird, but it was produced by none other than.....T-Bone Burnett. Other music I have been listening to that I normally don’t is an album called “Trio” with Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris. They do a great cover of Neil Young’s “After The Gold Rush”. I have also been listening to Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, Alan Parsons, Bob Seger System (not silver bullet band). Anything and everything by Delbert McClinton, Koko Taylor or Robert Cray. Usually when I look for NEW MUSIC I look to the past and just re-discover stuff I missed the first time round. Every once in a while I find something by new artists I like. For instance bands like The Be Good Tanyas or The Waifs. Has anyone else heard them? Let me know what you think. I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. Peace. P.S. Craig, could it be a song by The Bonzo Dog Doo Da Band???
Craig Michaels - 1.4.2009
From the Useless Trivia Department: know where Death Cab For Cutie pilfered their name?
Roger Brown - 1.4.2009
I was digging around the net & found a high quality recording of my favorite Grateful Dead concert: 12/18/73 at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa. That was the day before Dick's Picks Volume 1 was recorded. I like this one better - over 177 minutes of good/great classic dead. http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-12-18.sbd.hamilton.12214.sbeok.shnf
Jim McPherson - 1.3.2009
I'm really digging that song Lee's been playing lately by Death Cab For Cutie " I Will Posess Your Heart " ... one of those songs with a great hypnotic groove of a bass line ! Thanks Lee, for continuing to feed our collective music jones !
Jim McPherson - 1.3.2009
Craig, I was trying to think of what albums I really liked from 2008 and it made me realize how little I listen to full albums lately ... guess it's a byproduct of the computer age but with so much music available at my digital fingertips, I find I've developed a tendency to skim albums and cherry pick the songs I like without taking the time to dig deeper into the record like back in the album days. Always tell myself I'm going to go back and listen but you know how it is ... so much music, not enough hours in the day ! : - ) That being said, a couple that I did like were ... John Mellencamps " Life, Death, Love and Freedom " ( another album T-Bone Burnett lent his magic touch to ). Who would have thought that little Johnny Cougar would still be around and putting out some of the best music of his career ? I also liked Lindsey Buckinghams " The Gift Of Screws " ... a real return to form of his Fleetwood Mac glory days, with the song " Did You Miss Me ? " being his best slice of pure pop heaven since " Trouble ", from his first solo album.
Craig Michaels - 1.3.2009
Ah, so Christmas DID pass. THAT explains why that box of Christmas cards I bought was so darned cheap...
Lee Arnold - 1.3.2009
Hey Nick. Nice Facebook picture.
Nick Ramey - 1.3.2009
Happy New Year!
Don Gilliland - 1.3.2009
It's passed, but here in Bangkok you wouldn't think so; restaurants, shopping malls, and even the subway system are still bombarding us with a wretched menu of Christmas music. Makes me want to scream and start grabbing people by the throat ... ah, joy to the world indeed. At any rate, happy new year to youse guys and gals. I hope this year is better than last, but I ain't getting my hopes up. Meanwhile, I take solace tonight in vintage tunes by Wishbone Ash, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Parliament, Marvin Gaye, and Chicago. Peace.
Craig Michaels - 1.2.2009
Did Christmas already pass?
Mike Zarek - 1.1.2009
Happy New Year everyone!
John Aseff - 1.1.2009
Happy New Year to you too Lee! And to the rest of the WORJ.com gang!!!
Lee Arnold - 12.31.2008
Wayne Mereck - 12.31.2008
I would have to say making it to 2009. HAPPY NEW YEAR to y'all! Cheers!!!
Craig Michaels - 12.31.2008
Shew! The whacked out weather here has decided that yesterday's mid 60s temps wasn't suitable for New Year's Eve; a literally howling wind most of the night brought cold cold cold, and tonight it's supposed to be in the low 30s or upper 20s. That kills off Plan A - walk down to Beale Street and see what's cookin'. Nobody will be playing outside (gee, dunno why...). Hmmm... But, it IS the time of year, of course, when we can post some suggestions for the "Favorite Album of 2008" title! Memphis resident or not, I'll nominate the release from BB King, "One Kind Favor." BB is one of those cornerstone artists I hold to a much higher standard; I've always loved his playing, his sense of soul, his production... and even by the lofty King standards, this album is one of the gems of a glorious career. Produced by T-Bone Burnette, who reportedly also helped in choosing some of the material, and the two worked together flawlessly. These are songs that mean a lot to King and it shows in their presentation. As always, his playing is what I think great blues guitar should be - not necessarily whizzbang 256th notes screaming at me, but the right notes in the right place - if a blues guitarist can be tasteful and elegant, than BB King is the torchbearer for that. His vocals are surprisingly strong here, and of course the engineering and production treatments of the songs are first class all the way. A jewel in the crown of the King, this one is. What did the rest of you like this year?
Craig Michaels - 12.30.2008
Got my copy of Blues Revue magazine in the mail today, and saw an obituary for Florida based musician Pat Ramsey. I didn't see it mentioned anywhere else... a shame. He might not have had the name that others had, but he was a GREAT blues harp player and singer. He played with Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Butch Trucks and a lot of others; he was more than good enough to hold his own with the "big guys." He was also a really nice fella. When I worked with Jam Magazine, he helped out with one or two of our "Jammy Awards" ceremonies. Always had some good stories, and as I recall, had a REAL soft spot in his heart for kids. His most recent work was with The Blues Disciples, who put out a couple of well-reviewed (and deservedly so) albums. The magazine said he died on November 17 after a battle with Hepatitus C.If you're a blues fan at all, it's worth the effort to check out his work. RIP, Pat.
Jim McPherson - 12.30.2008
John, I lost contact with Robin Ward after graduation, not sure whatever became of him. By the way, I finished reading that book I was telling you about by ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder " Heaven And Hell: My Life In The Eagles 1974 - 2001 ". For those who haven't read it, it's a very entertaining read about the behind the scenes workings of one of the biggest bands of the 70s. It's easy to see why Don Henley and Glenn Frey ( or " The Gods ", as they came to be known ) filed a lawsuit to keep it from being published; they don't come off particularly well in the book ... greedy, ego-maniacal control freaks pretty much sums it up ! But for me, the most interesting part was reading about Felders childhood ... growing up as a dirt poor Southern cracker in Gainesville FL, he came of age on the burgeoning N. Fla. music scene of the Sixties and crossed paths with quite a few up and coming rock stars ... teaching guitar to Bernie Leadon and Tom Petty, playing in a teen band with a 15 year old Stephen Stills, hanging out and smoking pot with the Allman Brothers at their mom's house in Daytona Beach, meeting BB King when he was still playing the " chitlin' circuit ", driving to New York to see Miles Davis on his " Bitches Brew " tour. His joining the Eagles almost didn't happen ... it took Bernie Leadon 10 years of cajoling to get him to make the move to CA. As Felder said of his time in the Eagles, it wasn't just sex, drugs and rock-n-roll ... it was sex, sex, sex, drugs, drugs, drugs and some rock-n-roll thrown in for good measure ! Whether you're an Eagles fan or not ( I'm sure not gonna pay $300 to see them at the Amway Arena next month! )it's still a good telling of "life in the fast lane " from someone who lived it on the frontlines.
Lee Arnold - 12.30.2008
Roger, Don Cooper makes Kids music now.
John Aseff - 12.30.2008
Jim - that must have been a strange time. I don't remember hearing that story. I know where Bobby is (Beverly Hills the last time I checked) but have you heard whatever happened to Robin Ward? I lost track of him many years ago and the few attempts to track him down have been unsuccessful.
Roger Brown - 12.29.2008
Question #58944127 from out of the blue: What ever became of Don Cooper? His album "What you feel is how you grow" was played & promoted quite a bit on orj at the time.
Jim McPherson - 12.29.2008
Just heard Skynyrd's " Tuesdays Gone " playing ... reminded me of back in 1976 when a couple of high school buds and I drove to Lakeland to see them at the Civic Center. We got there early in the afternoon and drove around back to see what was going on and we could hear the band inside rehearsing " Tuesdays Gone " for soundcheck. One of my friends saw fit to whip out a little sumpthin'-sumpthin' he'd rolled to get us in the mood ! What we didn't see was the unmarked cop off to the side watching us. Soon as we sparked up, a couple of cruisers blocked us in and got us out of the car. They found the stash and took my friends, who were 18, off to booking downtown. Not quite sure why they let me go ... either because I was still 17 ( 2 weeks shy of my 18th birthday ) and technically a minor or because it was my car and they didn't actually find anything on me. That might have gone differently if they'd bothered to look under the drivers seat and found the big homemade water pipe, made from pilfered chem lab parts, I had stashed. I felt bad for my friends but wasn't much I could do, so I went on to the show. Much to my surprise, they both showed up halfway thru the show ... their folks had to drive over from Orlando and bail them out ( John and Don, in case you're wondering, it was Bobby Hall and Robin Ward ). My friends weren't mad, they were happy they didn't have to endure the ride back to Orlando with pissed off parents, but I never quite felt comfortable around their folks after that, always felt like I was getting major stink-eye from them, LOL ! Good times : - )
Jim McPherson - 12.29.2008
Closing out the year on another sad note ... Delaney Bramlett, of Delaney ans Bonnie, passed away early Saturday morning at the age of 69 in L.A. Cause of death was complications from gall bladder surgery, according to his wife Susan Lanier-Bramlett ( he and Bonnie divorced in 1972 ). Known for his song writing, he was also a member of the house band on the TV show " Shindig " and is credited with teaching George Harrison to play slide guitar, which resulted in a gospel jam that eventually became " My Sweet Lord ". He's also the father of Bekka Bramlett, a formidable singer in her own right and a former member of Fleetwood Mac and Mick Fleetwoods Zoo. His career spanned 4 decades and the list of musicians he was involved with reads like a Who's Who of rock-n-roll ... JJ Cale, Leon Russell, Clapton, Hendrix, Joplin, Duane Allman, Etta James, Elvin Bishop, Joe Cocker, John Lennon, John Hammond, Billy Burnette, Dave Mason, Steve Cropper ... and the list goes on ! R.I.P. Delaney.
Lee Arnold - 12.27.2008
Thank you so much, Wayne. Much appreciated. All my best to you and Cali.
John Aseff - 12.25.2008
I just spent the best Christmas in years here at home with my family. I am on call for work so I can't stray too far from my computer should a problems arise so we spent a wonderful, relaxing day listening to all types of Christmas music from Brian Setzer to Bing Crosby and everything in between. We had a wonderful ham dinner with all the trimmings. My mom came for dinner as well. We had cherry cheesecake and pumpkin pie. Now it's time for egg nog with a shot of Gentleman Jack in it. Much better than with rum. I hope each and every one of you had (and are having) a wonderful Christmas as well!
Mike Zarek - 12.25.2008
Happy Holidays to Everyone!
Jim McPherson - 12.24.2008
Merry Christmas to Lee and family and to all the folks who take the time to put down their thoughts on this board. Always makes my day a little better and I enjoy reading each and every one of your posts ! Peace to all ! : - )
Craig Michaels - 12.24.2008
Mike Zarek - 12.24.2008
Craig, Email address?
Craig Michaels - 12.23.2008
Just saw where Springsteen is releasing a "Greatest Hits" album via WalMart only... of ALL the people who I never thought would do something like that, Springsteen was WAY high on the list. The independent stores supported him a long, long time before he was selling billions and playing at the Super Bowl halftime...
Lee Arnold - 12.23.2008
Merry Christmas to all my WORJ family.
Roger Brown - 12.21.2008
Merry Christmas to all. If you are not christian or an americana traditionalist, may you have a wonderful holiday season, as well! I know this is a little outside the worj genre, but still think it can be appreciated. From the Deland folk group, New River Bluegrass: http://www.newriverbluegrass.com/media/audio/2007christmas.mp3
Wayne Mereck - 12.19.2008
I gave myself a Christmas gift of Faces' "Five Guys Walk Into A Bar..." and I am really enjoying it.
Wayne Mereck - 12.19.2008
Craig, I feel your thermo challenged environment. Same deal here in the DFW area. A lot of crazy winds here also. They say its because Oklahoma blows. I guess this is what we get for changing our latitude.I got into work on Tuesday and it was 48 degreees and left that afternoon and the temperature was 34 degrees. I can handle the temperatures, but it would be nice if they changed over the course of weeks instead of hours. I refuse to let it change my attitude. Cheers
Craig Michaels - 12.19.2008
Okay, this here Memphis place has its little quirks... Monday, high was 32, low was in the mid teens, wind chill like 5. Tues Wed Thurs, highs in the mid 30s, lows in the high 20s. Today... 70. Tomorrow... high 45. Sunday night? Low 15, freezing rain and snow. I get an entire year's worth of seasons in a week!
John Aseff - 12.19.2008
THANKS JIM! - here's the link in case anyone cares to check it out. There are a couple of different videos but i like this tune. I wish they played the whole thing... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTDN0_gB9H4
Wayne Mereck - 12.18.2008
Happy Holidays to all. Steve I agree with you that "Those Shoes" definitely is Eagles at their finest. Lee, many thanks again for helping us keep it all alive. Cheers!
Jim McPherson - 12.18.2008
John, Mike Campbell has his own band called The Dirty Knobs, where he handles guitar AND vocals. From what I can tell, they haven't done any recording yet but they do play the occasional club gig around L.A. Next month they'll be playing at Cozy's Bar in Sherman Oaks, CA... betcha Bobby Hall will be there ! There's a video of The Dirty Knobs playing the 2008 NAMM Convention on YouTube. I agree with you, he is absolutely one of the most underrated guitar players around !
John Aseff - 12.18.2008
Steve - Thanks for the heads up on the Petty video. I had never seen that before. It sure reinforces my opinion that Mike Campbell is one of the most underated guitarists alive. I sure do miss Stan Lynch!
Steve Baione - 12.15.2008
I was just looking for "Psychotic Reaction " by "Count Five" on You Tube and stumbled onto the Tom Petty version. It looked to be from the "Pack up the Plantation" tour with Stan Lynch on lead vocals. Not a bad version, but there's nothing like the original. Peace...
Steve Baione - 12.15.2008
Craig, I'm with ya on The Eagles thing. There are only a few songs that I really don't mind hearing. "Those Shoes" and "The Disco Strangler". They are a great band (Thanks to Joe Walsh) I don't think they would have done "The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks" on their own without him.
Craig Michaels - 12.15.2008
I'm trying to think of the most expensive show I ever went to... I think, all things considered, it was probably seeing Dead Can Dance in Atlanta. Tickets weren't all that outrageous, maybe $25... but even though I had asked for the day off WELL in advance and gotten permission, I still got docked a day's pay, plus the travel expense from Orlando to Atlanta and back. All in all, I guess a couple hundred bucks for the ticket... and still worth it! Most expensive ticket I ever bought... hmmmm... I was pretty fortunate to have been in radio and working for a music magazine, so I got comped a lot. I think the last time I saw King Crimson at House of Blues might have been the most I paid for a single ticket. Hope I don't get beaten to death for this, but I've never been a fan of the Eagles, and I was never more glad than when I found out my sister paid $300 to see them in Orlando; tickets were sold out, and she (obviously) REALLY wanted to go, so she paid scalper's price!
Eric - 12.15.2008
In all the concerts I have ever attended, Neil Young was probably the best. Definitely the most expensive, but it was worth every penney, seeing him close up in an intimate old theater with nothing to distract you from him and his accoustic guitar (except maybe his harmonica).
JIm McPherson - 12.14.2008
Listened to some of Neil Youngs " Live at Canterbury House 1968 " yesterday ... damn, it's a toss up between that and the Massey Hall '71 show ! They're both great but I'm leaning a little more towards the Canterbury House show because it has more material from his Buffalo Springfield period ... it's cool to hear those songs in their stripped down acoustic versions ! This is also the show that the version of " Sugar Mountain " that appears on the greatest hits " Decade " album comes from.
Jim McPherson - 12.12.2008
Haven't heard " Live At Canterbury House " yet but I got " Live At Massey Hall 1971 " recently and loved it ! Just Neil and his acoustic guitar, with some piano for good measure. He was definitely at the top of his game during that time period. Of all his live recordings, " Live Rust " has been my favorite up until now. I remember going to see the concert movie at The Great Southern Music Hall when it came out. Neil is one of those artists I never get tired of hearing, it'll be interesting to see what does eventually come out of his archives !
Craig Michaels - 12.12.2008
With all the attention that was given to the Guns 'n Roses album, it's easy to forget that the Neil Young career anthology that Neil has purportedly been working on and giving his blessing to has now been promised for what? Two decades now? Neil remains so prolific... by the time it comes to pass that it's released, it may have to be something like a 32 CD set...
Lee Arnold - 12.12.2008
Eric, the whole Neil Young Album is great. As a fan, I give it 5 stars.
Eric - 12.12.2008
Is the rest of "Live at Canterbury House" as good as "The Loner"? I somehow find it hard to imagine Neil Young as a kid.
Eric - 12.12.2008
That was a sad time indeed. I remember gathering with friends, some of whom I hadn't seen in years, for the memorial at Lake Eola. I remember blowing soap bubbles there while we grieved together.
John Aseff - 12.9.2008
Unfortunately I wasn't able to post my memories and thoughts of John on the 28th anniversary of our losing him. Now after reading McKee's post I realize there is nothing I could have written that would have held a candle to McKee's eloquence. Suffice it to say that his words express my feelings better than I could have expressed them myself. Thanks McKee. And thanks John!
McKee - 12.8.2008
Monday night, December 8, 1980. I was in Orlando, my dad heard the news down 95 a couple hundred miles in South Palm Beach. Knowing how much John meant to me, he called, just to ask, "are you okay?" "It hurts, Pop, but I'll be fine." It would have been impossible to assess the impact that the murder of John Lennon would have on me, who had just turned 13 when the Beatles landed at the newly christened Kennedy Airport in 1964. I'm not being overly melodramatic when I say that a part of me died that night too. John and the Beatles lit a flame within me that was thrilled to be living a life that promised seemingly endless positive possibilities. The sudden announcement that John had been murdered; that this man who brought me and so many others so much joy could be taken away so abruptly - that a stranger in the shadows could rob him of the chance to grow old with the woman he loved - that he would never get to see his beautiful boy become a man.... too many sad truths to comprehend overtook those happy possibilities and I was a different person. John's death told me that I had been living a life on the most fragile of surfaces, that, in fact, the world could be so infinitely cold, dark, heartbreaking and senseless; that the ice could crack at any time; that the light could be so swiftly extinguished; that all and everything could go from bright with that promise of endless positive possibilities to nothing more than a forever silent black and frozen suspension; that nothing, nothing is fair; that it would take a very, very long time before I could listen to my beloved Beatles again... Perhaps I didn't want to grow up then and there. By the time that thought could be thought, it was too late. I have learned that time tempers even the most intense pain. It was my privilege to share some time in a world with John Lennon. He changed my life in so many profound ways and today, 28 years since that sad and sorry night, the pain of his sudden departure is balanced by all that he left behind that still brings me such joy. And I miss him.
Mike Zarek - 12.8.2008
Lee Arnold - 12.8.2008
So sad. Still missing John. More than ever.
Craig Michaels - 12.8.2008
Imagine no possessions... I wonder if you can... No need for greed or hunger... A brotherhood of man... Imagine all the people... Sharing all the world...
Mike Zarek - 12.7.2008
Lee Arnold - 12.7.2008
Eric, Child is Father to the Man, is still one of my 10 Desert Island Records. Others would include Abandoned Luncheonette, Forever Changes and C,S and Nash (the first album). PS-Glad you're listening.
Eric - 12.7.2008
Al Kooper's "Blood, Sweat and Tears" - "I can't Quit Her". Thanks soo much for that one! I have often wondered what direction Al Kooper would have taken had the band not hijacked the album name for their own.
John Aseff - 12.5.2008
Jim - I remember Dunderbach's very well. I used to frequent the one in Fashion Square. That was before the food court days when you might have a restaurant next to a shoe store or something. Was there another Dunderbach's other than the one you mentioned in Daytona?
Eric - 12.5.2008
"And now we're two hangmen hanging from a tree. That don't bother me at all." Wow, it's been about thirty years since I last thought of that song, and it immediately started playing in my head! Just goes to show that not all of my synapses have been fried.
Jim McPherson - 12.1.2008
And yes, Flea World is still going strong ! Been a few years since I last visited but I always manage to find something good music-wise while I'm there. And usually not in the booths that specialize in music ... it's always in the booths that look kind of junky but you'll spot a stack of LPs or tapes and start going thru them and find some hidden gem. Friday days are the best time to go ... it's not near the circus that the weekends are and you can browse at your leisure.
Jim McPherson - 12.1.2008
Craig, no trip to the mall was complete without a stop at Dunderbachs ... good sandwiches and beer ! I understand one still exists at the Volusia Mall in Daytona. Thanks also for that info on cut outs !
Craig Michaels - 12.1.2008
If you took Barry to lunch at that German sort of place in the mall and fed him a pint or two, you got some even better stories!!
Gordon Beville - 12.1.2008
The store in question at the Altamonte Mall was the ABC Wide World of Music, on the second floor. It opened in 1974 as the retail chain for American Broadcasting, and had a great selection of LPs, a limited selection of stereo gear and musical instruments. A lot of vinyl in my collection came from that store and I bought a new Gibson Les Paul Standard from there in 1975. Also, Barry always had loads of interesting stories and advice for us fresh-faced young upstarts.
Craig Michaels - 12.1.2008
Cutouts and overstocks - for the most part, a specific album had to sell a certain number of units per quarter or year or whatever criteria the record company used. If an album didn't meet the minimum, it was usually deleted from catalog. Chain and independent record stores would get notifications from the record companies as to which titles were being deleted, and you had until such-and-such a date to return them to the company for credit to your account... after that date, the company wouldn't accept returns on those titles any more. Once a title was deleted from catalog, most companies would sell off their inventory of the deleted titles to companies who specialized in buying and reselling deleted stock... the "cutout" term, I think, came both from the fact that the title had been "cut out" of the catalog, and also from the practice of cutting a notch in the spine of the album, which identified it as sold-for-cheap inventory. The companies would also sometimes sell overstock of an item to the clearance companies; the notching of the spine (or drilling a hole in a cassette or a CD) was essential then, as the item might still be in catalog, but some or a lot of them had been sold off as overstock, and the companies obviously didn't want them returned for full credit. As I remember, the bigger companies (Warner, Capitol, etc) usually issued their deletion notices about once a year. Sometimes they would delete an item from catalog in one format and keep it in another - stop making the cassette but continue to sell the title on vinyl. There were a couple of companies out there that made a good business for themselves selling nothing but cutout and overstock product.
Jim McPherson - 11.30.2008
Craig, question for you ... what exactly was the purpose of " cut out " albums and later, CDs ? I never quite understood what that was about. I sure bought my share of them though.
Jim McPherson - 11.30.2008
And though they didn't come on the scene till later on, can't forget Peaches Records & Tapes, one of the better chain stores. They always had a good inventory ( especially in their Blues section ) and a good " if we don't have it, we'll get it for you " policy, which was nice in the pre - digital age. I couldn't believe though that they insisted on charging full list price for CDs, especially once the Circuit Citys and Best Buys opened shop, selling CDs for way less. I remember reading an article where a Peaches spokesperson said they felt that their selection and customer service would offset the higher prices in customers eyes. Guess the customers didn't see it that way however ! Like so many before them ... gone but not forgotten !
Craig Michaels - 11.30.2008
At one point in the Altamonte Mall, a store called (I think... talk about lost brain cells!) Music City was the big competition for Camelot Music. Kind of notable in retrospect because, at one point, myself, Jim Boylston and Tall Steve all worked there at the same time, and we all went on to have our own stores in Orlando. Also, Barry Dean, the excellent bass player for Brian Auger's Oblivion Express worked there (he was responsible for ordering the classical music), and Phil, who went on to be a well-known rep for RCA Records was, I think, the general manager of the store. Talk about being surrounded by people you could learn from! And no overview of looking for unexpected musical finds would be complete without mentioning Flea World, out there between Longwood and Sanford... last I knew, that beast was still breathing...
Steve Baione - 11.30.2008
Just had to mention Adolfs Aardvark. Don't recall if they sold music in any form, but the place allways smelled great.
Mike Zarek - 11.30.2008
I seem to remember buying the Tommy Soundtrack at Bill Baer's in Colonial Plaza..... At least, I think.... geez, where is *that* brain cell?
Gordon Beville - 11.30.2008
Craig and Lee, sorry about digressing from the main point, I'll go back to what we were originally talking about. The Orlando area during the 1970s did have a vast array of record retailers, where we could find selections covering every genre, taste and price level. One constant from those days was WORJ's programming being the indispensible guide for seeking out music that was a lot more intriguing and imaginative than the then-current popular radio fare. After hearing one interesting band on WORJ I would buy their album, then that would lead me to research similar bands and locate their LPs as well. That's how I got turned on to bands like Tin House and Strange.
Craig Michaels - 11.30.2008
I'm almost sure I'm bumfuzzled...
Gordon Beville - 11.30.2008
Gentlemen, to be truthful, the guy who ran Armadillo in Fern Park, on 17-92, was extremely knowledgible on music and the music industry, and was always a pleasure to talk with while searching the bins for rarities. I don't remember his name (this was 25+ years ago), but he did have a collection displayed in the store of Robert Clary LPs and promo material that had nothing to do with the Hogan's Heroes TV series.
Craig Michaels - 11.29.2008
That wasn't Robert Clary memorabilia... those were just Armadillos. That's what everyone said who gave them to me. Honest.
Lee Arnold - 11.29.2008
In the late '60s, those of us who lived on the coast had one great source for records: B & K Music in Cocoa Beach. Great folks.
Gordon Beville - 11.29.2008
One of those would have to have been Armadillo Records, whose proprietor had a Robert Clary memorabilia obsession.
Craig Michaels - 11.29.2008
Indeed, Gordon, those were days when going to Zayre and Fields and all those places on a cutout buying expedition was sort of like a treasure hunt! Even Camelot Music in the Altamonte Mall had great cutout bins from time to time... and then came the beginning of the used record store era, which was a whole 'nother level of treasure hunts.
Gordon Beville - 11.29.2008
Bill Baer's record department in the Winter Park Mall had listening booths in the mid-1960s, which I noticed when I was a little kid, going along with my parents shopping. At the time, I had neither the musical knowledge nor the money to appreciate the significance, but the images of the glass booths and turntables are still clear. Beginning in late 1970, that store was one of my main sources for LPs and cassettes, whenever I could scrounge up enough lawn-mowing and allowance cash. When I was around 14 and 15, it was a big deal to go to the Winter Park Mall to check out Bill Baer and the anchor store record departments: I picked up a cassette copy of Bloodrock "USA" from Bill Baer and Bang's first LP at Penney's. When the Altamonte Mall opened in 1974, the Bill Baer store there had an unusually eclectic selection of new rock, blues, imports, cutouts and obscurities. During the 1970s, the places in the Orlando area to look were department stores such as JM Fields, Gold Triangle, Zayre, Woolco, Montgomery Ward and Penney's for mark-downs and cutouts. Then there were the independent record stores like East West and Record Mart, in addition, some music stores like Music Shack had record bins and even the audio store Wolfman Mason had cutouts.
Craig Michaels - 11.28.2008
Or Shu-Baert, maybe?
Jim McPherson - 11.28.2008
Haha ... yeah, good ole " Baer - thoven ", with a silver conductors baton attached to one paw ! The store by my house had a similar big stuffed brown bear in the window but I can't recall what they named him ... " Rem - Baer - randt " ... or something along those lines. That would make a great Orlando edition trivia question !
Jim McPherson - 11.28.2008
Strange how one little remark can trigger off such a sudden flood of memories ! I recall walking thru the Fashion Square Mall one day and one of the 2 big department stores there ... not sure if it was Burdines or Robinson's ... had a turntable on display and the album they had playing on it stopped me in my tracks. I'd never heard it before but it was an instant " ... that's freakin' awesome, I gotta find out who this is " moment ! I actually jumped into the display case to get a better look, turned out to be the debut album by Heart. One of the store employees gave me some shit about being in the display case but relented after I went in and bought the album. It still holds up, along with the first Boston and Foreigner records, as one of the great debut albums of the mid - 70s.
Craig Michaels - 11.28.2008
In my "teen but pre-driving" days, I lived in Casselberry, and there just wasn't muchg of anything as far as buying albums was concerned... and I found "the back way" to bike over to the Winter Park Mall, so I spent way too much time and money at Bill Baer's... bought my first copies of "Ziggy Stardust" and "Who's Next" there... And, of course, the huge stuffed polar bear in the display window, who if I remember right was named "Baer-thoven."
Jim McPherson - 11.28.2008
Yeah, Bill Baers came to mind after my last post, though I don't think I went there much for records. Seems like they focused more on selling stereo equipment and TV's. I usually went to the one on 17-92, between Marks St. and Virginia Dr...it was only 2 blocks from my house. After Bill Baers closed, that building housed Abneys Music for quite awhile, now it's a personal fitness gym or something. A friends sister worked at the Bill Baers in W.P. mall, I remember she turned me on to Steve Martin's " A Wild And Crazy Guy " album. Trying to remember if Infinite Mushroom sold records, I seem to remember them having a small but decent selection. It's funny; though technically Infinite Mushroom could've been considered a head shop, it never seemed to have that stigma attached to it, maybe because it was part of Colonial Plaza. My mom was fine with me going in there, though she warned me about going into those " other " places run by them long hair hippie types ! That just made those " other " places all the more enticing for an impressionable teenage long hair hippie wannabe like myself ! : - )
Craig Michaels - 11.27.2008
As far as historic old Orlando record stores is concerned, anybody else remember Bill Baer's in the Winter Park mall?
Jim McPherson - 11.27.2008
Steve, that's funny about your mention of buying that ZZ Top album at Jordan Marsh. I remember scouring the bins at all the major department stores before I got turned on to East West Records and Record Mart. I bought some of my first albums at the old Belk-Lindsey store at Colonial Plaza, when it was up front on Colonial Dr. ( it later got moved to the back of the mall ). I recall they had a listening booth with headphones so you could try it before you buy it. Another good spot was a chain called Gold ( or Golden ? ) Triangle @ Bennett Rd and 50, where Target now sits. They had a pretty decent selection, at least most of the more popular releases but for the more obscure stuff, then you had to hit the REAL record shops. Gold Triangle is also where I first encountered a cool new invention ... the video game " Pong ", LOL !!! I remember there were a lot of little head shops around back in the early 70s that carried albums too but their selections were usually spotty at best. Once I found East West Records though, that was it ... record store nirvana ! Record Mart was right up there too ( John A. and Don G. would throw rocks at me if I did't say that, haha ! ). And as you mentioned, you couldn't go to Colonial Plaza without stopping at Ronnies ... their bakery was the best !
Jim McPherson - 11.27.2008
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all ! Hope it's full of good friends and family, good food and good music ( I believe Lee has that part covered ) : - )
Mike Zarek - 11.26.2008
hmm.... maybe while I'm in O'town this weekend for turkey day, I'll stop by an old friend's and see what I can get WLOF-wise.....
Lee Arnold - 11.26.2008
Please have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.
Craig Michaels - 11.26.2008
The WLOF one I most remember was The Grass Roots, "Sooner Or Later" - the version they played had sort of a female chorus singing during the intro to the song (and like good AM radio, the chorus sang RIGHT up to the vocals...)... They sang, "DOUBLE-YOU ELLLLLLL.. OOOOOH... EFFFFFF. Sooner Or Later!" and then boom, right into the first verse of the song. Before I worked in radio, that was one of the wonderful and WAY cool mysteries of radio to me!!
Mike Zarek - 11.26.2008
Arrrgg... The message board mangled that one... doesn't like less than/greater than symbols i guess.. It was supposed to be the WLOF jingle followed by Three Dog Night-Joy To The World...
Mike Zarek - 11.26.2008
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Try not to get too stuffed.... The main 'heard together' memory stuck in my head is not a WORJ one either... it's a WLOF one... DOUBLE-UUUUUUU LLLLLLLLL OOOOOOOO FFFFFF Orlando ...
Steve Baione - 11.26.2008
Hi All. Hey Craig, I kind of know what you mean about expecting to hear something at the end of a song or in my case the middle of a song. It was 1973 and I had just picked up ZZ Top’s “Tres Hombres” at the Jordan Marsh in the Colonial Plaza Mall. I stopped by Ronnie’s deli for an Éclair and was headed home to give it a listen. I was almost home, that’s when I hit the pot hole. Now, being it was 1973 and I was only 16 with no license or car, me, my ZZ Top album and my 10 speed took a little tumble. As luck would have it I landed on top of the album which saved me from getting road rash on my arm. (I really hate road rash, so it seemed like a good trade off) I picked myself up off the pavement, gathered up the bike and album and pedaled myself the rest of the way home. When I got home I checked the album for damage. There where a few scratches on the cover, but looked undamaged for the most part, except for that one pebble still stuck just under the plastic wrap. I pulled the disc from the cover to find a seemingly undamaged LP. Cool, maybe it didn’t sustain any damage. Now for the real test! I headed to my room, shut my door, put a towel under the door and lit some incense (Just in case) and put on my headphones. I had to use my headphones because my Dad was home and he hates Rock ’n’ Roll… My Dad yelling at me to “Turn Off That Damn Noise” is still etched into my memory. (This happens mostly when I’m listening to WORJ) So, I’m lying on my bed, black light on, posters glowing, buzz, fresh. Here comes side one. “Waiting for the Bus”, OK “Jesus just left Chicago”, No skips yet. “Beer drinkers and Hell raisers”. No problem. Then came Master of Sparks. (one of my favorites) “High-Class Slim came floatin’ in, down from the county line. Just gettin' right on Saturday night, ridin' with some friends of mine. They invited me to come and see just what was on their minds -- And then I took my first long look at the Master of Sparks on high. In the back of Jimmy's Mack stood a round steel cage welded into shape by Slim, made out of seven-gauge. "How fine," they cried, "now with you inside, strapped in there safe and sound." I thought, "My oh my, how the sparks would fly if that thing ever hit the ground." Slim was so pleased when I had eased into his trap of death. He had slammed the door, but he said no more and I thought I'd breathed my last breath. We was out in the sticks down Highway Six and the crowd was just about right. The speed was too, so out I flew, so out I flew, so out I flew, so out I flew, so out I flew, so out I flew… I guess this went on for a couple of hours cause when my brother came in and woke me up it was after 11:00. The next day when I got home from school I tried to fix the skip by heating one of Mom’s sewing needles and dragging it across the suspected flaw in the record. It stopped the skip, but only after I put a nickel on the stylus part of the tone arm to keep it from hopping out of the groove. Of course it still had a loud pop every time I played it, but it took me 3 hours in the hot sun mowing people’s lawns to come up with the coins to buy it, so I had to make due with what I had. Craig, I have from time to time thought about your move to Memphis and wondered how you where doing. I’m so happy things are going well for you. I read your post about Thanksgiving. I think it is my favorite holiday also. It just edged out National Show your Hooters day. LOL. Well, You all have a safe & peaceful Thanksgiving, Share the Love…
Craig Michaels - 11.25.2008
Jim, I like it from a "flat out rockin'" point of view, but there's two things about the album that just don't get it for me... you mentioned one. The chemistry between the original guys was always there, and the guitarists complemented one another and Axl. This one sounds like hired guns; the playing is good enough, but nothing passionate. The other thing is a lack of memorable tunes... nothing stuck with me like "Sweet Child" or "Mr Brownstone" did on first listen. I agree with you that it's better than a lot of what's out there, radio-rock wise, but I guess it's the bane of artists with any longevity that they'll be compared to their own body of work... and I just don't (yet?) hear this as one of the better G 'n R albums.
Lee Arnold - 11.25.2008
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JIm McPherson - 11.25.2008
So Craig, whaddya think of the final finished product for Guns N' Roses " Chinese Democracy " ? From what I've heard so far, it sounds pretty good ... probably not worth the decade and a half wait but not as bad as I'd feared. Axl's voice is still in fine form and it sounds pretty close to the old G-N'-R sound but while the 5 different guitarists Axl used try hard to recreate Slash & Izzys sound, it ain't quite the same ... Slash's bluesy guitar wail is definitely missed ! All in all though, in these days of tweenybopper rock and pre-packaged American Idol " stars ", it's good to hear some honest to God rock-n-roll blasting out of the speakers again ! : - )
Craig Michaels - 11.25.2008
Ok, here's a goofy remembrance... Even before I worked at WORJ, I of course listened all the time. Steve Mack was on the air and announced that Bob Seger's "Lookin' Back" was coming up. It's still one of my favorite Seger songs... I wanted to hear it more often back then, and real quick grabbed one of those little mono cassette recorders and held it up to the speaker of the radio and taped the song off ORJ (please don't tell the RIAA). It was the last song of the set... So today, I was listening to a little custom "Best of Bob Seger" on the iPod and "Lookin' Back" played. To this day, after the dead cold ending of the song, I STILL expect to hear Steve Mack's voice saying, "That was Bob Seger..." which was all that got through before I shut the recorder off. I tried saying it myself after the song ended today, but try as I might (for all those years, even) I just don't have Steve's voice. Still a great tune, but it was better with the announcement at the end!!
RONN E - 11.24.2008
Craig Michaels - 11.24.2008
Thursday is my favorite holiday of the year... any day that glorifies spending time with folks you like so you can feast and nap just can't be bad!! But I also honest to goodness try to spend some time giving thanks, not that that sort of thing ought to be confined to just the one day. Made a lot of huge changes in my life since the last Thanksgiving... and I'm grateful for the life I'm living now as opposed to a year ago. I'm happy and thankful for music and for people like my Mom and Lee and all the folks on this board - people who share a love of music and see the value in sharing and passing it on, of discussing and helping others to find more good stuff. Serious and sincere hopes that everyone has grand plans for the holiday and for all days... Hope everyone stays safe and has a chance to share smiles and hugs with people they care about.
Lee Arnold - 11.14.2008
Well said
Jay Tarlor - 11.13.2008
Wow, Charles, that was a beautifully written piece on Mitch Mitchell. It made me cry, but more than that, it perfectly summed up my Experience experience, and described exactly how Jimi, Mitch and Noel brought down the walls of what was and lead us into the land of what could be. Charles, I enjoy your flights of whimsy, but if you can write like this, why not be all you can be?
Charles Mipheetstinc - 11.13.2008
Oh Mitch. Sad, sad, sad day, now that the Experience is gone. Jimi, Noel, Mitch; tossed together by fate and reunited by death too soon. It seems as if it were yesterday. I was simply not prepared for my first encounter with "The Experience." As the music began to fill my room, I picked up the album cover and gazed at the image of three alien creatures staring back at me from behind a fisheye lens. The sound, the look; that initial " experience" produced equal feelings of shock and thrilling realization that anything was possible. Regardless of the Beatles promise that there was such a thing as limitless creativity; that there was a universe of sounds, thoughts and images to be explored, this composite experience of the Jimi Hendrix Experience was a stunning slap in the face that left me giddy; the very definitions of words such as "limitless" and expressions such as "uncharted creative territory" shattered in unreal time before my very ears. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Are You Experienced?" delivered a message that shook my comfortable little rock and roll world. It said, "do not assume you know what's next." Instead of operating under the then current assumption that "anything was imaginable," a much more frightening certainty became clear; in short order, the "unimaginable was inevitable." All of this became known to me, and the album's first song, "Purple Haze," wasn't half over. Rest in Peace Mitch, "Yeah, sing on brother, play on drummer"
Craig Michaels - 11.13.2008
Yeah, The Easybeats and AC/DC recorded a single together, "On Friday It Was On My Mind That We Should Take The Highway To Hell," but it didn't do all that well.
Jim McPherson - 11.13.2008
Just heard the Easybeats classic " Friday On My MInd " playing. Never knew until recently that one of the Easybeats members, George Young, is the older brother of AC/DC's Angus & Malcom Young.
Jim McPherson - 11.13.2008
Sad to hear about Mitch Mitchell. I always wanted to play drums when I was younger and Mitch Mitchell, along with Keith Moon, were 2 of my favorites. His drumming was as important to the Jimi Hendrix Experience sound as Jimi's guitar was.
Lee Arnold - 11.12.2008
DAMN...Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of the 1960s and the group's last surviving member, was found dead in his hotel room early Wednesday. He was 61.
Jim McPherson - 11.9.2008
Yeah, I seriously hope not ... talk about " rock out with your cock out ! " ( or " jam out with your clam out " as the case may be ). I saw a tv story on the Cypress Cove Nudist Colony awhile back, don't recall seeing anybody on there that I'd really want to see naked in the first place !
Craig Michaels - 11.9.2008
Y'know... those guys, they're not kids any more... PLEASE tell me they're not playing butt naked???
Jim McPherson - 11.9.2008
The other ad I saw in Orlando Weekly that really made me laugh was for " Nude-A-Palooza " at the Cypress Cove Nudist Resort in Kissimmee. The featured band was Ghost Riders,featuring members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Outlaws, Pure Prairie League and several other old Southern rock bands. Imagine being in THAT mosh pit !!!
Jim McPherson - 11.9.2008
You & me both buddy, LOL ! I'll bet that's the song they're looking for, sounds obscure enough to be right up their alley. Thanks, I never would have gotten that one. Shades Of Gray ... man, that name brings back some good memories ! : - )
Craig Michaels - 11.9.2008
Okay, I thought I remembered this as well, and I admit to cheating and checking, but before he was a solo act, Preston was in a band called The Shades... only reason I mention it is that I think Freddie, one of the guys who owns Rock 'n Roll Heaven, was in a band a long time ago called The Shades (not the same band as Shades Of Gray, sometimes called The Shades). How long ago? They played at my 25th birthday party. I haven't been 25 for a while now.
Craig Michaels - 11.9.2008
There's a Christmas song by a guy named Johnny Preston with that lyric in it... I'm only guessing at early 60s. Preston was a big rockabilly figure. His biggest hit was a song called "Running Bear," which was written by The Big Bopper, a close friend of his; that was 1959, I believe. It hit #1 on the Billboard charts. I don't think he ever had as big a hit single again after that, but he was a very respected figure in rockabilly.
Jim McPherson - 11.8.2008
Saw an ad in the Orlando Weekly for local fave Rock 'N Roll Heaven that had this trivia question ... can you name that tune , year and artist ? The lyric is "... I want a rock n' roll guitar with a big bass string ". Doesn't ring a bell with me, any of you guys ( or girls ) recognize it ? Craig, you're usually the go-to guy for this kind of stuff, any ideas ?
Craig Michaels - 11.8.2008
Lee... does that mean you ARE running for president in 2012??
Lee Arnold - 11.8.2008
To one and all: THANK YOU for the feedback and your continued support. I will try my best to rise to the occasion.
Mike Zarek - 11.7.2008
Lee, I listen mostly at work and that depends on if I manage to get WORJ started before something else distracts me. I have a shortcut for it right on the dekstop. I love the mix. I'm hearing lots of old favorites and getting an eductaion in stuff I've never heard at the same time. As usual, let me know if there's anything I can do.....Zeek
Roger Brown - 11.6.2008
I had the chance to listen in this afternoon. Until today, I haven't heard Mason Proffit's "Two Hangmen" in decades, among a slew of other great no-longer-played-anywhere-else tunes. Just wish I could reach the station at work or in my car. You've still got the ORJ mystical magic, Lee!
Jim McPherson - 11.6.2008
Excellent ... " Mister Ten Percent " from Triumvirats " Illusions On A Double Dimple ". Tell me, where else ya gonna here that these days ??? Thanx Lee !
Jim McPherson - 11.6.2008
Read today that AC/DCs new album " Black Ice " has topped the sales charts in 29 countries, including the US. They haven't changed their style a bit since the " Back In Black " days but there's something oddly comforting about that. Hey, hey, my, my, rock and roll will never die !
Jim McPherson - 11.6.2008
Sittin' here doing my part right now, listening to some WORJ.com in L.A. ( Lower Apopka ), Chicagos " Dialogue Pt. 1 & 2 " currently playing. Definitely nothing wrong with the mix. I have to agree with Rogers assessment that there are a lot of Central Fla. expatriates scattered around the country and the globe since the original WORJ heydays. Another problem is just getting the word out that WORJ is back. Whenever I run into someone from back in the day, I always try and work something into the conversation about WORJ being back and the response is usually along the lines of " ...no way man, that's great ! ". Whether they actually go and seek it out is another matter. I'm sure there is still a large untapped fan base of Central Fla. long-timers who haven't made the discovery yet. Maybe we could put up a billboard along I-4 ! It doesn't help either that not many people are aware of Live365 radio yet. I took an informal poll at work and while everyone has at least heard of Sirius/XM, not one person had heard of Live365. So for right now I guess it's still a grassroots movement but fear not ... Obamas campaign started at the grassroots level and look where it got him ! Lee Arnold for President in 2012 ! : - )
Lee Arnold - 11.5.2008
As Orlando goes, so does the Nation.
Charles Mipheetstinc - 11.5.2008
Two quick points; first, it's hard to read all of my rambling screed with the current layout. Could you fix it please. For the price we pay for this site, you think you'd make it easier for my doctors and probation officer to read my posts. Oh... and the other thing. I saw Tatum O'Neal naked, and she's Bad News Bare.
Charles Mipheetstinc - 11.5.2008
Greetings my fellow orj-ee-ites. I have been put on permanent hiatus at the Bithlo Vivian Alexander Faberge Collectible Ornaments & Bejeweled Egg Purses-a-torium. Every day for the past 4 months (Monday and Tuesdays we're closed, so I would go down to Park Avenue and try and convince Rollins Co-eds that Girls Gone Winter Park Wild would stand a better chance of getting off the ground if they would cooperate with me -- not one of them believed that there was a hidden camera in the clasp of my bolo -- the girls are smart there at Rollins) Anywho, the rest of the week I sat behind a "Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice - 5 Bux" plank of ratty wood posing as a sign with a couple of quarts of Tropicana and some Dixiecups in a cooler. I got to keep half of the proceeds, which usually didn't come to my nut - which was the cost of the OJ over at Publix. Last Sunday afternoon I to to wondering what all of this had to do with the Bithlo Vivian Alexander Faberge Collectible Ornaments & Bejeweled Egg Purses-a-torium, where I was told that one damn purse could be sold for as much as 100 thousand clams, of which I would be getting me a slice. 99.99999% of the time I was the only human anywhere in sight. The armadillos and the cows and the mean one eyed snakes who seemed to live in the neighborhood came closer to me than all but a few human juice customers (the majority of whom I met after they responded to my 911 call for snake-bite help - spiked my juice sales but hurt like a summabich.) So I asked the person who set me up with this cushy gig "Mom, what gives?" She said,"be patient," and "thank god you're out of this house most of the week sittin at that fancy-Dan jeweled egg purse palace, exceptin' for Monday and Tuesday, which I call the "Sucky Days." I asked my dad for advice, which was easy, cause he was working at the Antique Tiffany Lamp and Fine Art Brokers Jerky exchange across the road from me. He said he'd see what he could do, cause he was tight with my boss. Next morning he told me either I was hiatus, or that he had a hiatal hernia. Well, I've known since my first week at day care that the symptoms of a strangulated hiatal hernia include sudden severe chest pain and difficulty breathing, espeically when a hiatal hernia is associated with reflux (maybe some of you attended the same day care facility, It was called ER. It was located right there in that room with all those chairs, and the desk, and all the bleeding, crying, coughing, ralphing people at that nice Florida Hospital. mom left me there in the morning, and dad picked me up later that day, or week or month. It was great, not strick at all like school would be - nobody keepin me on a schedule, nobody sayin' "hey little boy, you really shouldn't insert that catheter into your....") Listen to me, gettin off the subject. Sorry 'bout that, sometimes I get off the subject and I forget what I was talking about. So anyways here's the poem; "While strolling down lovers lane/the morning dew had wet it/I whispered words of love/when she picked her nose and et it." Well, let me tell you, Sheila hated, I mean hated that poem. And that's how I got this George Forman Grill branding on my forehead. But I wasn't worried, cause I know how to treat what I quickly diagnosed as a second degree burn. You don't want scarring or an infection, so after submersing my moderate burns in cool water to relieve both the pain and the swelling I --- well listen to me, going off the subject again. I swear, sometimes I forget what the heck the original subject was. So, anywho, many critics consider Jose Ferrer as the finest Iago of the 20th century, but I've always been partial to Christopher Plummer's interpretation. Far meatier. Also loved him as Baron Dave Van Ronk in The Sound Of Music. My favorite song from Sound of Music? That's a no-brainer; The Lonely Goatherd. My favorite verse, sing along,"Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo What a duet for a girl and goatherd Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo." Anyway, that's how I was cured of bedwetting. Gotta go, I got laid off from my job and I have to find a new one. Next time I'll tell you all about it. Okay?
Roger Brown - 11.4.2008
Lee, I listen sporatically & always enjoy the mix. My work computer blocks most non-work sites (defaults set at corporate - 900 miles away). Otherwise, I'd be a regular listener. Whenever I'm in front of my own pc for a while, I log WORJ on. With Orlando being such a transient community, a majority of former WORJheads have scattered across the country & beyond. It's still great to find good folks from the past discovering the station & posting here.
Mimi - 11.4.2008
Hi everybody just to let you know George Clark had one hell of a send off Saturday November 1 at Spatz in Winter Park.Lots of music lots , lots of memories and lots of people I had not seen 36 years or so Lord I feel old .So many memories.George we love and miss you.Peace there's a chance it will come !!!!!
Lee Arnold - 11.2.2008
WORJ.com continues to pull strong listenership from around the globe. Japan, Canada, England, Germany, Russia, etc. In the U.S., the leading cities are Cleveland, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The listenership in Florida is sporadic at best. When I first launched the station over a year ago, the idea was to fill the WORJ void for our old listeners. Did I miss the mark? Is the music too obscure or not obscure enough? Feedback would really be appreciated. Thanks.
Buckets - 10.31.2008
My families prayers to the Clark family
Buckets - 10.31.2008
is anyone else's teenagers suddenly discovering Classic Rock on their Guitar Hero's and Rock Band X boxes? my kids cannot believe that 'ME" has this band and that bands old records and 45's..all of a sudden we can connect together with quote" old music " now...and I love it, finally they get it and is loving it too...I even had to break out my old packed away concert t's from storage and my daughters thought they had found gold with all my stuff...I knew it wasn't junk like my wife said...all I can say brothers that this was truely a beautiful time in my life..
Rick - 10.22.2008
That sucks. I knew George Clarke since Winter Park High. I loaned him my Fender Precision Bass to join the Go-Mads. I didn't keep up with him, just ran into him at Publix and Dexter's from time to time. I hate losing old friends. It's getting to be too many.
Lee Arnold - 10.22.2008
Just received this email. Sad to report: It is with extreme sadness that I bring you the shocking news that Orlando bassist George Clark was found dead today in his home. I have no other details but will send them when I learn more. George was a pioneer in the Orlando music scene, having in played in some of our favorite bands since the 60's-both locally and nationally. Below is a bio taken off of the internet as I am in hurry to get out this sad message to everyone that loved George so much. George will be missed by everyone as he was loved by everyone. Z George Clark Veteran rocker George Clark is associated with the Southern rock scene and the fringes of the Allman Brothers' clique, both musically and geographically. In the former department, he backed up the legendary Duane Allman on some sessions and was in a group that was signed to the Capricorn label, an Allman-mighty label imprint. As for the road map, Clark hailed from Orlando, FL -- a bit of a drive from the Allman Brothers' Georgia hub, but just one state line to be crossed. Clark is best-known as a member of the band Cowboy, active for several lengthy spurts in the '70s. Between 1971-1973, Clark performed on bass as well as handling some vocals and guitar with this group, whose front-line pairing of Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton represented a direct connection to Clark's early years on the Orlando psychedelic rock scene. Talton and Clark were both members of the band Plant Life, a Florida garage band that came up with only one single during its career. "Flower Girl" received some local airplay at the time of its 1967 release on Date Records, no doubt providing promotional oomph for the group's own dates at local venues such as Orlando's Winter ParkYouthCenter. "Flower Girl" has also sparked interest among later collectors of psychedelic nuggets, and even led to a false rumor that the record was actually the creation of Archies maestro Ron Dante. But the song is nothing more than a totally expected creation from the lively Florida hippie music scene of the late '60s, also known for bands such as Noah's Ark, the Go-Mads, Duckbutter, and We the People.
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Jim McPherson - 10.19.2008
By the way Lee, congratulations on hitting the 5000 song mark ! Here's to the next 5000 ! : - )
JIm McPherson - 10.19.2008
A bit of late input on Paul Carrack; apparently Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles is a big fan, he covered two of Carracks compositions ... " Love Will Keep Us Alive " on Hell Freezes Over and " I Don't Want To Hear Anymore " on Long Road Out Of Eden. I thought both those cuts were among the stronger tracks on those respective albums. Funny how some musicians can be such great songwriters yet it's always someone else scoring a hit with their songs !
Don Gilliland - 10.18.2008
...and I second the motion! "Pamela Brown" was/is indeed a great tune. And Leo Kottke remains a true jewel himself. Thanks to Lee and WORJ for turning me onto him so many years ago. Keep on keeping on!
Craig Michaels - 10.18.2008
A fine, fine song! "I guess I owe it all to Pamela Brown... All of my good times, all my roamin' around..."
Lee Arnold - 10.18.2008
Leo Kottke-Pamela Brown
Craig Michaels - 10.17.2008
Lee, What was #5000?
Lee Arnold - 10.17.2008
WORJ.COM Radio is at 5000 songs and growing. More Music-Less Repetition!! :-)
Craig Michaels - 10.16.2008
Jim, If the "leaked" MP3s floating around really do comprise the album, I felt it fell far, far short of brilliant... It's always interesting to see how stuff like that compares to the legitimate release, but the songs sounded lifeless and without the great hooks G'n'R used to be so full of. I certainly hope it's better than what I heard!!!
Jim McPherson - 10.16.2008
According to a recent article,Best Buy stores have started pre-orders for Guns N Roses' " Chinese Democracy " release,tentative release date 11/25/08. Apparently, there will be a choice of covers in both CD and LP format. As always, I'll be taking an " ... I'll believe it when I see it " attitude ". Boy, I hope for Axls' sake, the long delayed album is nothing short of brilliant, otherwise the backlash is goona be swift and brutal !
Don Gilliland - 10.15.2008
Craig: thanks for reminding me of Paul Carrack and Ace; some great stuff indeed. "How Long" is one of my favorite songs, but there are other great Ace tunes as well. And John is also right about Carrack's stuff with Squeeze. More excellent songs. Plus, his first solo album is a gem. All in all, a very underrated vocalist.
Buckets - 10.14.2008
hey Craig..those days were great...you had a full bill of all headliners at that time...and the evening allways started out with a local band which we loved...and it was all most every weekend too!!were you in the fence during the Zepplin show or the tear gas from OPD during John Sebastian, I stuck it out and sat with about 40 or 50 people in the circle while he sang for us as the OPD pushed other concert goers out the door..anyone else there or remember?
Craig Michaels - 10.11.2008
John, good stuff, no doubt. Every phase of Carrack's career has been pretty amazing, at least from a quality point of view. A few years back, he did an album called "Groovin'," which was 14 covers of some classic soul and pop stuff, and he just knocked every one of those songs down. Still a real good listen!
John Aseff - 10.11.2008
I think some of Paul Carrack's best stuff was with Squeeze. Tempted (vocals by Paul) remains one of my all time favorite songs.
Craig Michaels - 10.11.2008
Charles, dear Charles, it's a little known fact that Bob See-Gaar is in fact the bastard son of Pete Seeger (and, in what HAS to be nothing but coincidence, the mom is reported to be a hot waitress who has two hot waitress daughters, both of whom recently complained to their Mom about a next door neighbor who often wore socks and sandals and pees into his petunias...). When Robert was a young man, he of course HAD to be a rock and roll rebel, and so renounced his association with his well respected father, changing his last name. Those were lean times for Mr. SilverBullet, so when he changed his name, he could only afford the economy package, and therefore was only granted to "right" to drop one letter from his name. He didn't have a lot of time to think about it, and it was probably intimidating, standing in front of a judge like that (he claimed he couldn't find his sneaks), and he felt that "Bob Eeger" gave the wrong impression... so from that day on, he was known as Bob Seger. Me? Call me a purist. I go to the roots of things, except for when I'm having fantasies about hot waitresses wearing thigh highs rolled down to their ankles - I ALWAYS ignore the brown roots that are just never dyed blonde. It's okay, who really ever looks at the part in the hair anyways? Hey, for the record, MY five letters to get here were U S T U D. I typed L A W A E just out of modesty and it worked, but they really were U S T U D.
Charles Mipheetstinc - 10.11.2008
#1. You know that thing up above that says "Please enter the letters in the image below?" Well mine was "U S U C K." My self esteem has been in the toilet since the night I swear I heard my dog mutter "oh my god, you're such a tool," simply because she saw me wearing white socks and sandals. It was late at night and I had to drag my garbage cans out to the curb and I couldn't find my sneaks. Okay, maybe I should have worn some pants, but I think they were with my sneaks, and as I said, I couldn't find them. Besides, it was the middle of a pitch black night - okay, so a really hot pair of waitresses just moved into the home next to mine, but it's not like I want them to see my pantless. Well, actually I do want them to see me pantless, but this is not the time nor place to discuss that issue - we were discussing my low self esteem vis a vis my cynical dog and the obviously offensive message that appeared in the "enter the letters" thing up above. BTW, those are just the latest in a long string of incidents that make me think the world is taking a meeting behind my back and the agenda of that meeting is "Try and do something that will disturb Charles Mipheetstinc." Like the other night when I got up to go #1 in my own bathroom. There was a sign on the door and a yellow cone on the floor in front of it telling me "Restroom Closed while our attendant cleans it. Please use another facility, we apologize for this inconvenience, sincerely, the Management." How did that get there? I live alone and there is no management - I own my home! I was standing there in the dark, holding it in when I heard my dog snicker....so I said, "Okay, you win this time, let's both go pee in the yard." That was a helluva time to meet my hot new neighbors....at least I wasn't wearing white socks and sandals. Actually, I wish I was wearing something other than an extra large, "I'm with stupid" T-Shirt. Since I was by myself and peeing into my petunias... well, I felt like a complete shmuck. #2. Craig, I love ya Babe, I respect your devotion to music - hell, years ago I even bought some very cool vinyl from you when you needed a few bucks. But bubalah, Bob Seger spells his last name, S E G E R, no double E. That would be Pete Seeger and think how weird Pete Seeger and the Silver Bullet band would sound doing the Horizontal Bop. Another variation of that last name is Segar, but that's the cartoonist who invented Popeye. Think how weird it would be if it was Popeye and the Silver Bullet Band doing Knee Deep in the Big Muddy! Well blow me down, it's time to end this treatise. Until next time, please don't hate me because I'm beautiful, hate me because I'd probably like to see your 1.wife 2. sister 3.daughter 4.mother naked.
Craig Michaels - 10.9.2008
Rooting around through more stuff today, found my copy of "The Best Of Ace." I had forgotten that Paul Carrack was the lead singer, and had forgotten what a good band they were. Gave me the impetus to go dig out more of my Paul Carrack stuff - I truly think he's one of the best vocalists there is. I saw Ace in concert at the Orlando Sports Stadium, and while memory gets fuzzier and fuzzier, I think the bill was Ace, then Bob Seeger, then Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes... Had to be JUST before Seger broke big, since I can't imagine him second on that bill, or actually even playing the Orlando Sports Stadium. I also remember walking out in the middle of Nugent's set... I never have been a huge fan of his. Still, I remember being very impressed with Ace (and Seeger, of course - always a live treat).
Steve Baione - 10.2.2008
Don't crush that dwarf, Hand me the pliers. Why! that's nothing but a two bit ring from a crackerjack box...And this ones especially for you Monsiuer Stinky feet, How can you be two places at once when you're really no place at all????
Charles Mipheetstinc - 10.1.2008
Excuse me, is this where the comedy auditions are taking place? I guess I'm the first one here. That's plenty jake with me, I really don't like lots of people looking at me. Truth be told, I really don't like people. Men, women, they all sort of get my goat, ya know? Anyhoo, I'd like to audition now, 'cause there's a Gunther Toody look-alike contest over at the Wasted Flummox at 9, and nickel beer from 9:00 to 9:03, so lemme get this damn thing over with. What? Me, hell now I don't look like Gunther Toody. You crazy? The contest is for chicks - chicks that look like Gunther Toody. Should I stand up there? O.K. I'm going to start my act now. Good evening. I just flew in from Altamonte Springs, and boy, are my wings sweaty. Actually, I travel between Longwood and Altamonte a lot and boy, it's hard to believe those places are in the same country. For instance, people in Longwood do this a lot, but I haven't seen anyone in Altamonte do that. Thank you. And Longwood women! Don't ask. Anyone here from Elizabeth, New Jersey? You're from Elizabeth, sir? Me too. What street? No kidding, me too. What street address? 87? You've got to be kidding? Did you know a Dickie Withers at 72? Well it does. Thank you, don't forget to tip the cigarette girl. I'm Charles Mipheetstinc, good night. Excuse me, is anyone thinking of driving over to the Wasted Flummox? I need a ride. If we can get there by 9, I'll buy you a beer.
Buckets - 10.1.2008
its been a while since Ive been on, I am glad to be back... Jim, the concert I regret missing at the Sport Stadium was the GFR show..I was torn between playing Football for the High School or going to the show..I played and we won,but the people I hung with told me about the show and it was just like you said...sure Ihave seen Mark Farner later, and the new GFR shows several times even the one at Universal, but you know yourself the shows we saw then never were better than the shows we see today for whatever reason...age, we aren't young any more, new crouds, differant crouds and people...but your right...the shows in the late 60's and 70's will never be replaced in our hearts and memory and we have to pass that off to our kids...mine love when I tell them my stories of the old concerts and shows, big venues or small clubs and guess what..they are getting it too for as young as they are... and Jimmy C, who could forget Friar Tucks, there were great shows there... thanks for remembering bro
jimmy c. - 9.30.2008
For Denise Allen re: 7.13.2008 post Thanks for unfogging my brain! I was stationed at Orlando Naval Base in 1977 and went to almost every concert you listed at the Tangerine Bowl. I bring this up now because after the 7/03/77 Andrew Gold , Hall and Oates , Jimmy Buffet , The Eagles concert I met Jimmy Buffet at Friar Tucks. Anybody have a memory of that place?
Craig Michaels - 9.24.2008
Don, If she wants me to yodel, I'm good with it... If you see her, please tell her I'd be VERY easy to get along with. Yeah, I had one of those cheesy "interview" picture discs in the store way back when. It was a good photo... I think I priced it at some absurd price so nobody would buy it. Looked good up there.
Don Gilliland - 9.24.2008
Craig; are you sure it's singing you want to do with Ann Margaret ... or a bit of rolling around in a large vat of baked beans! Didn't you have a copy of one of her albums at your store that was on colored vinyl of some sort? And to John: happy to surprise you with that music tip. What amazes me is that I'm still discovering new "old" music and sounds that I missed during my retail days. So much good stuff out there that was neglected by mainstream press and radio.
Jim McPherson - 9.18.2008
Hmmm, this is interesting ... I was going thru some Grand Funk RR albums online and discovered that the 2002 reissue of " Closer To Home " contains 3 live bonus tracks recorded 06/25/70 @ the Orlando Sports Stadium ...way cool ! The tracks are " In Need "," Heartbreaker " and " Mean Mistreater " ... 3 of the same songs that appeared on " Grand Funk Live " but those versions were recorded 2 days earlier @ Jacksonville Coliseum. I remember a friends older brother telling me about going to the OSS show; said it was a totally insane scene, one of the most high energy concerts he had ever been to. The tracks sound pretty good considering OSS was never known for great acoustics. It sounds like they were taped inside a big ol' barn LOL !
Jim McPherson - 9.18.2008
Hey John, another good version of " Bohdisattva " is by Toto ( yeah, they're still around ! ). It's on their 2003 release " Live In Amsterdam ", recorded on their 25th annv. tour as a tribute to original Toto / Steely Dan drummer, the late Jeff Porcaro. Pretty faithful to the original, features some blistering fretwork by Steve Lukather ( a criminally underrated guitarist ! ). Probably a song that ranks high on a lot of musicians favorites lists ... it's a great song for showing off your chops.
John Aseff - 9.16.2008
Don - I never knew Brian Setzer did a version of "Bodihsattva". Leave it to you to surprise me yet again. You've been doing that since you opened Murmur. Well, actually, pretty much since our Record Mart days. Now I'm off to find Setzer's version.
JIm McPherson - 9.15.2008
Yet another great loss in the world of rock-n-roll ... R.I.P. Richard Wright ! By the way, which one of them WAS Pink ? : - )
Wayne Mereck - 9.15.2008
R.I.P. Richard Wright, may it be a great gig in the sky! Cheers
Craig Michaels - 9.15.2008
Don, Setzer's version of that is great, you're right! With the season approaching, your post reminded me of another classic in a different genre that he absolutely knocks dead... his version of the sort-of-Christmas-song "Baby It's Cold Outside" is great... and Ann Margaret does the female vocals on the version! I don't really care how old she is... I'd like to do some singing with Ann Margaret...
Don Gilliland - 9.14.2008
Did any of you ORJ-ers ever hear Brian Setzer's version of "Bodihsattva"? Really, really good. Setzer and his band (the newer Orchestra, not the Stray Cats) rip it up.
Mike Zarek - 9.13.2008
Oh, re: Rock Band 2, see this link: http://www.destructoid.com/fear-it-bodhisattva-on-expert-guitar-in-rock-band-2-101113.phtml
Mike Zarek - 9.13.2008
Bodhisattva is being included in the latest version of Rock Band 2. Apparently there was alot of complaining that in the first version of the game many of the note charts were "too easy". So far, at least regarding Bodhisattva in "expert mode", most of the commentary on the web is: "HOLY SHIT!!!! Is that even possible??"
Charles Mipheetstinc - 9.13.2008
Does this look infected to you?
Jim McPherson - 9.12.2008
I remember going into a bar across the street from UCF ( or was it still FTU back then ) in the late 70s and the band they had playing covered " Bohdisattva ". I thought that was pretty cool, it'd not the kind of song your average bar band would try and tackle and they wailed on it too ! I also heard a pianist at the Peabody Hotel playing it one time, sounded a little strange on solo piano but you had to give him points for trying !
Mike Zarek - 9.12.2008
Somehow, with all the nonsense we've been spewing lately, that Dan intro just really fit right in....
John Aseff - 9.12.2008
Steve - You now My Name was definitely one of my favorite Beatles songs. When I was a kid they had that 45 on the free jukebox in the clubhouse of our apartments. Along with Spirit in the Sky and a Simon & Garfunkel song or two. I used to play You Know My Name and bet people that they couldn't guess who it was. I think it's on the Rarities album. One bit of interest. Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones plays sax on it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Know_My_Name_(Look_Up_The_Number)
Wayne Mereck - 9.11.2008
Mike, you gotta love the Dan. And Steve I heard a interview with Paul M. and he said that was his favorite Beatle song, because they had so much fun producing it. Cheers
Don Gilliland - 9.11.2008
Mike: thanks for bringing a smile to my face tonight with that musical memory! That live version of Steely Dan's "Bodhissavata" is one of my all-time favorites; great drunken intro and a sizzling live version of that song. Those were memorable days for great music!
Lee Arnold - 9.11.2008
New York City took my love away...
Steve Baione - 9.11.2008
Bodhisattva, won't you take me by the hand. Can you show me. The shine of your Japan. The sparkle of your China. Bodhisattva.
Mike Zarek - 9.10.2008
Testing... one, two... testing Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen We're glad you made it here tonite Becau' you gonna miss a... you can tell yo friend tomorro' that they gonna miss out on a (bleep)damn good thang we gonna give you tonite. (drum roll) Yeah! Right on! What we gonna give you tonight, it'll be down to the nitty gritty. Yeah! You can tell all yo friends... Way home in uh... Hell... Hell! I don't care, you can tell 'em, in anyway you want (bleep)! Hahahahahaha... You can tell 'em that, you can tell 'em tonite That Santa Monica had been definee' set on fire. And they make, and they make out on uh... them good thang. The best thing ever happened to Santa Monica is gonna be here tonite. (drum roll) Yeah! And you can also... Aw, you little ol' purty... purty, little purty one, Uh! If he ain't here tonite, Uh! You can tell him, forget it too, you know. Because, Mister... Whatevah, is here tonite He gonna get down tonight, Brother He gonna get with it He gonna give you something that Santa Monica that never had. If it good to ya, it got to be good for ya! Right on! Yeah! And one thing I can tell ya, Brother. He's here tonight. Mr. Magnificent one is here... The Beautiful one is here... Hahaha, you little 'ol purty one, you here two You know... Whatevah. Here is the Magnificent one The one and only one Mr... Steely... Dan... Whatever!
Mike Zarek - 9.10.2008
No announcement on yesworld.com yet, but a Yes fan discussion board seems to confirm it. Supposedly an east coast arena tour is in the works... we'll see!
Jim McPherson - 9.9.2008
Extra points to Craig for that ID ! I'd forgotten all about that Pink Floyd cut ... and I used to own the Ummagumma album back in the day. " Grantchester Meadows " was always my favorite track. Hey Mike Z ... speaking of Yes, I read today they've gone the Judas Preist / Journey route and tapped a singer from a Canadian Yes tribute band to fill in for an ailing Jon Anderson on their upcoming tour. Seems Anderson suffered acute respiratory failure during an asthma attack, to the point that he was " dead " for two minutes before being revived, according to his daughter. The new singer is one Benoit David, who fronts the prog-rock band Mystery, in addition to the tribute band Close To The Edge, who perform music from the '71 - '74 era of Yes. Also joining the tour will be Oliver Wakeman, Ricks' oldest son, on keyboards. A clip of Benoit performing with his tribute band can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?=c3BFuxBayxg
Craig Michaels - 9.9.2008
Pink Floyd, "Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict" from the Ummagumma album... monologue rumored to have been delivered by Moondog...
Steve Baione - 9.9.2008
Sorry, But I couldn't resist: Aye an' a bit of Mackeral settler rack and ruin ran it doon by the haim, 'ma place well I slapped me and I slapped it doon in the side and I cried, cried, cried. The fear a fallen down taken never back the raize and then Craig Marion, get out wi' ye Claymore out mi pocket a' ran doon, doon the middin stain picking the fiery horde that was fallen around ma feet. Never he cried, never shall it ye get me alive ye rotten hound of the burnie crew. Well I snatched fer the blade O my Claymore cut and thrust and I fell doon before him round his feet. Aye! A roar he cried frae the bottom of his heart that I would nay fall but as dead, dead as 'a can be by his feet; de ya ken? ...and the wind cried Mary. If you can guess this one you are a bigger fan than I.....How Obscure.
Mike Zarek - 9.9.2008
Isn't it amazing how in the middle of all this nonsense some lyrics from Yes just seem to fit right in?
No - 9.9.2008
Sing, bird of prey; Beauty begins at the foot of you. Do you believe the manner? Gold stainless nail, Torn through the distance of man As they regard the summit. Even Siberia goes through the motions. Hold out and hold up; Hold down the window. Outbound, river, Hold out the morning that comes into view. Bluetail, tailfly. River running right on over my head.
Phillip MaBong - 9.8.2008
Backside melts into the sofa. My world, my TV, and my food Besides listening to my belly gurgle Ain't much else to do Yeah, I sweat a lot num grumble annngh shit Pants fall down every time I bend over And my feet itch Yeah-I married a scarecrow I hate you Talking to myself Everybody's starin' at me I'm only bleedin' Someone taps me on the shoulder every 5 minutes Nobody speaks English anymore Would anybody tell me I was gettin' stupider? I hate you Talking to myself You don't feel it after awhile You take the beating I'm a swingin' guy Throw a belt over the shower curtain rod And swing - - - Toss me inside a Hefty And put me in the ground. A drink needs me I don't I ain't about to guzzle no tears so kiss my ass newscasters, cockroaches, and desserts I hate you Talkin' to myself Everybody's starin' at me I'm only bleedin' Where are the kids? I don’t know. maybepregnantorondrugs oronwelfareontopoftheworld thehonorrolonparoleontheDodgers onthebackofmilkcartonsonstakes inthemiddleofcornfields oncoversoffuturehistorybooks onoldlady'smantleswalkin'onwaternailedoncrosses I think it's time I had a talk with my kids I'll just tell 'em what my daddy told me YOU AIN'T NEVER GONNA AMOUNT NOTHIN'
Mike Zarek - 9.8.2008
Whatever it is, it CAN'T be smokeable.... and if it is, send me some seeds.....
Charles Mipheetstinc - 9.7.2008
For quality assurance, this message may be recorded. If you'd like to continue in Spanish, press 2. Your call is very important to us so please, stay on the line and one of our operators will be with you shortly. While you're waiting, we invite you to think about bunions. Ever have one? Oh my lordy, they hurt like heck. I've got one on the 3 of my toes. Last Thursday they started arguing with one another. It kept me up all night. It's one thing to have feet that hurt, it's another to have 3 bunions on your feel keep you up all night arguing. And what are they arguing about? Last night it was " Why do Americans drop the ‘h’ on the word herbs?" A few nights ago it was "Why can't bunions grow sideburns?" Actually, sometimes they get into very interesting conversations, and I listen all night because I want to. For instance, a week ago last Monday, one bunion asked," Why did George Lucas redub Aunt Beru’s response to Uncle Owen’s question, “Did he take those droids with him?” from “I think so” to “I think so”?" I had my own opinions about this, but I didn't want my wife (who could sleep thru anything)to hear me talking to my feet about Star Wars, so I just listened. Okay, I've got to go now, I've volunteered to see if it's possible to drink Lake Eola dry with a paper straw. Actually, a waxed paper straw, not just paper, that would be nuts, right? Okay, it's been pleasant spending this time with you, stay vibrant and never forget that while there are many great Christmas songs, there really very few good songs about tongues.
Steve Baione - 9.6.2008
R.I.P. Jerry Reed. The first record I ever purchased was a 45 of "Amos Moses". I remember playing it for my brother-in-law, who I guess was not impressed. He came back a week later with a 45 of "Let It Be". That kind of changed things for me. The flip side was a song named "You know my name". Not your typical Beatles song. Anybody remember that song?
Roger Brown - 9.6.2008
Interesting coincidence - I was searching the net for info on central FL rock bands of the '60's & came upon a youtube cover of We The People's My Brother The Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtwB6Wy-8zU&feature=related. In the comments, original member David Duff mentioned that Tommy Talton is now in Georgia & touring with his band. I checked out Tommy's myspace & found out his keyboardist, Tony G, has often times played with my nephew's band, Big City Sunrise & also played keyboards on their just released CD. Tommy Talton Band & Big City Sunrise will be at the Sautee Jamboree on Sept. 27, along with Blueground Undergrass & others. http://www.snca.org/news/jamboree08.html Music is a never-ending circle!
Uncle Salty - 9.5.2008
Love the Bob Seger and Poco shows. Anymore shows going to be posted?
Craig Michaels - 9.4.2008
Looking through some old discs today, and came across one I had forgotten about... Potliquor's "Levee Blues," with the song "Cheer" on it. Hadn't heard THAT album in a while! Sounded good...
John Aseff - 9.1.2008
R.I.P. Paul Cole. He was on the Abbey Road album cover. He wasn't one of the four guys who are crossing the street. He's the guy on the right standing on the sidewalk watching history. http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2008/feb/15/30gtpaul-cole-man-on-beatles-abbey-road-cover/
John Aseff - 8.31.2008
Charles - Very entertaining read. Thank you for that. When you get a chance please forward some of what you're smoking. I haven't been blotto in a while :-) Sincerely, John Outbackadahouse
Shirley Thoujest - 8.28.2008
Wanted: Female respondents for a spooning survey. Apply within
Lee Arnold - 8.28.2008
Charles Mipheetstinc - 8.28.2008
Dear Sirs, I encourage everyone to take one brief moment to say hello to the soup spoons in their silverware drawer. In a new study it has been learned that of those who do speak to their utensils, 45 % greet their butter knives, 59% wish a pleasant good day and god bless to their forks ( 16% of those people offer a friendly "hi, how's the family?" to each individual fork tyne) 39 % not only give a sunny "howdy," to their shrimp deveining tool used to make shrimp more palatable for the customary shrimp cocktail served in 98% of all American homes as a surprise midnight treat for their Malamute puppies. I has saddened to learn that not one person of the 2 questioned in this extensive survey said one darn thing to their soup spoons. A survey conducted shortly after this survey has concluded that one of the two people survey thought the slight of the soup spoon to the the greatest tragedy of the 21st century. The other person involved in this survey responded with the customary, "I have issued a retraining order against your constant harrassment of me, my family, and for some strange reason, my kitchen utensils, I regret the day mom begged me to allow you to stay in our spare bedroom when your insurance benefits ran out." Interestingly enough, 50% of those surveyed responded that my brother Ronnie should never have been born and that he colors his hair with shoe polish. Thank you for your time. Don't forget to say hello to your soup spoon and "go Bears," (not the football team, but you, know bears, who might be constipated. This is a shout out to our ursine friends who most likely had too much cheese and are now blocked up. Also, don't forget to floss your deveined shrimp. Just because they may be part of a midnight snack for your malamute. Sincerely, Charles Mipheetstinc. Apopka, Florida
Mike Zarek - 8.24.2008
More info: this collection is known as "Soul Mates", and there is also a "Soul Mates 2" and "Live at Tampa". "2" and "Live" are from the same source tape, made by someone who must have been closer to the stage than the person who recorded "Soul Mates" so the volume is said to be somewhat better. However, the closer person apparently had inferior equipment (lots of tape noise/hiss) and turned the tape off in between songs so there is no chatter from the stage or tuning. While "Soul Mates" is more complete, there are times when the crowd noise overpowers the music a bit. Personally, if this *is* a live recording of Derek and the Dominoes with Duane Allman, I would want the more complete recording. Anyway, more as I discover it.
Mike Zarek - 8.24.2008
I have obtained what is purported to be a recording of Derek And The Dominoes at the Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa on 12/1/70. Wikipedia lists a show on this date at this venue as one of only two live shows that Duane Allman played with the band. Wikipedia also mentions that a boot of this show is available. I have not listened to all of it yet, so I don't know if there's any references recorded that will help authenticate it. The collection also includes some material from the band's appearance on the Johnny Cash Show, and two tracks attributed to a Lyceum Theatre (London) performance in 10/70. It is all recorded in .flac (lossless) format and is pretty big. I will be converting it to .mp3. I'll let y'all know what I find out and when it's converted.
Micheal Vee - 8.24.2008
I see there was some interest a bit back about my Uncle Jocko, aka: Rusty Day. he was the former frontman for Cactus/Detroit/Amboy Dukes. I was touched that peple down there still cared about Rusty and his legacy. We are working to release some old basement tracks with him and Steve Gaines(pre-Skynrd recordings as 'Detroit'. Thanks to you for showing Rusty a little bit of love here. Long live Rusty Day. May Ron Sanders rot in hell. He is a piece of shit who killed my uncle and my cousin, who was my best buddy when I was younger. His son and I were the same age. He was supposed to be coming that very morning to spend the summer with his mother in Detroit. They were to leave for the airport at like 6 in the a.m but never had that chance. Jocko Sr. & Jocko Jr., nor Garth will ever be forgotten. We always called Rusty and Jr., both Jocko. Cuz Rusty wasa big fella if ya all didn't know. Anyways, thanks for the love of Rusty Day.
Don Gilliland - 8.23.2008
Lee: sounds like a good show. Charlie Pickett ... the Cichlids ... those South Florida acts bring back memories of the late 70s and early 80s. I recall another good Miami band: the Mavericks! Yesterday & Today Records put out their first album. Good stuff, but I never thought the band would end up being as big as they did. Raul Malo is a great singer.
Lee Arnold - 8.22.2008
The Second Annual Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert will be held on Friday, August 29th and Saturday, August 30th at Club Cinema, 3251 North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach beginning at 8PM. Doors open at 7PM. The first Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert was held on January 28th, 2007, and was included in the critically acclaimed documentary film Rock and a Hard Place:Another Night at the Agora that teamed veteran filmmakers Diane Jacques and Aaron Wells who chronicled the explosive original South Florida rock music scene of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Last year’s concert lineup included the talents of Blank Tape, Charlie Pickett, Critical Mass, Z-Cars, Slyder, Tight Squeeze , The Kids featuring Johnny Depp, and a surprise performance by members of The Romantics. The film will be screened in conjunction with the Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert at the historic Cinema Paradiso at 503 SE 6th Street in Fort Lauderdale at 6PM on Friday and 5:30PM on Saturday, and will include exclusive interview and performance footage not seen previously. The 2008 concert lineup includes Charlie Pickett, Mad as Birds (with Debbie and Susan of The Cichlids ), Critical Mass, Z-Cars, The Reactions with members of Circus of Power, Slyder, Tight Squeeze , The Romantics and The Kids (Yes, Johnny Depp will be playing guitar with his old bandmates). The concert is being hosted by Mel T of Rock on Entertainment Management (ROEM) and Neal Mirsky, former programming director of legendary South Florida rock station WSHE (She’s Only Rock and Roll). Advance general admission tickets for the “all ages” concert event are currently on sale at ticketmaster for $32.50 for a single night, or $55 for both Friday and Saturday. Tickets to the film range from $9 for general admission to $5 for members of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The concert and film events are being sponsored by The Las Olas Company, The Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard, Club Cinema, DM Records and Mako Vodka. For information on the concert, logon to www.sheilawitkin.org, or for more on the film visit www.anothernightattheagora.com. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Dan Marino and Sheila Witkin Foundations.
Lee Arnold - 8.22.2008
Craig Michaels - 8.16.2008
Anybody else heard the "leaked" songs from the maybe-this-time-we-mean-it forthcoming "Chinese Democracy" album from Guns 'n Roses?
Steve Baione - 8.10.2008
Hi All. I recently purchased a USB ready turntable and have been transfering my LP's to MP3's. Just kicking back listening to Mother's Finest. RIP Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac. Peace...
Lee Arnold - 8.3.2008
Doug, It's great to see you're still at it. ROBERT SCHEER was a great guest this morning. I'm glad to see you still carry the WORJ POV .
John Aseff - 8.2.2008
Doug - Thanks for the info. I'll tune in Sunday morning and have a listen.
Mike Zarek - 8.1.2008
Wow... now this is strange... a WORJ alum at the Ocala/G'ville home of Flush Bimbo and Neil Bore... Doug, get in touch with me; I work for Chip and PC (@ Mr. PC)... zeek@671mrpc.com (to the outside world: My bosses, Chip & Mr. PC, do a 3 hour afternoon talk show on Doug's station, WSKY.. It's called "The Drive Time Happy Hour"... I will leave the politics out of this)
DOUG CLIFFORD - 8.1.2008
Lee Arnold - 7.30.2008
Bon Jour Phil. So glad you like it.
Phil - 7.30.2008
Hi all Big feeling hearing your music…. "my" music too ! Congratulations for your radio !!!! Thanks Phil of Marseilles in the south of France !!
Lee Arnold - 7.26.2008
Remember the April Fools Day Commercials we ran? They are running on WORJ.com Radio. I will try and get them permanently posted in the "Air Checks" section of this site soon. Until then you can hear them on our little streamer.
Craig Michaels - 7.23.2008
Um... say, Don! Can I... uh... can I take you to lunch? Have I mentioned how GOOD you look lately? Um.. shew... you don't think that maybe I could take a quick look at that DVD before it gets released, do you?? No reason... just... um... curiosity...
Don Gilliland - 7.23.2008
Craig; not only were those parties tapes, we've unearthed boxes of "candid" phototgraphs. The whole thing will be packaged together and sold as a deluxe DVD box set!
Craig Michaels - 7.22.2008
I'm going to take a wild guess that Lee's "oh well" was a comment on the ongoing "pledge drive" for the station, and if I'm right, it might mean Lee is having a difficult time scaring up a few bucks here and there. While I haven't had the honor of Lee's company for quite some time, I can say with confidence that it's not an easy thing for him to ask for donations to keep things running. That's NOT because he's such a vain or a proud man... it's simply because he's a good person with a huge heart, and if he could keep things running out of his own pocket forever, he'd do so. I can't imagine the time and effort it takes for him to keep this little eChild of his breathing, and I've certainly been witness to the joy it's brought to a lot of people over the course of a long, long time now... Times are tough in a lot of places, but I doubt Lee is asking anyone to kick in anything with five or six zeroes involved. On his behalf, I'll stump a little bit, and just mention that even little bits are a big help. And NO, I will NOT send any of those exclusive party photos as a gift for your donation!!! Good gawd, I'm blushing...
Mike Zarek - 7.22.2008
Lee Arnold - 7.22.2008
Oh well.
Craig Michaels - 7.20.2008
Hey, Don... thinking a bit about it... um... none of the Dogfood parties were taped are anything, were they??
John Aseff - 7.20.2008
Don - ditto on Steve Perry. Nails on a chalkboard? More like vise grips on the nads. Michael McDonald isn't nearly as horrible as Perry. I, too, hated it when he became the lead singer for The Doobies. Nobody could replace Tom Johnston. He was the sound of the Doobies. I thought McDonald was pretty darn good, though, singing backup for Steely Dan. I believe it's his backup voice that is the most prominent on Peg (Aja album). Peg wouldn't be the same without that sound. He's no lead singer. You are correct about that.
The Reverend Liketo Sniffpanties - 7.18.2008
SHOCKED!! Shocked I am at the assertion that there was ever anything but good, wholesome, God-fearing, all-American activities at WORJ!!
Craig Michaels - 7.17.2008
Lee, if they had the control room bugged, I'm betting you could raise a LOT of money from the on air people to keep those little gifties from being given...
Lee Arnold - 7.17.2008
Ron and Big, Did you have the WORJ studios bugged? :-)
Ron Jeremy - 7.17.2008
....and for a donation of $150, we'll send you the "Inside the WORJ Studio" DVD; Adults only, age 18+ verification required. All DJ's and their "guests" age 18 or over (or at least *claimed* to be), see 18 USC 2257.
Big Bambu - 7.17.2008
...and if you donate at the $50 level, we'll send you this exclusive CD, "Sounds of the WORJ Studio", with all those classic "behind the mic" moments you love.... who can forget that 3:00 AM classic, "aaaawwwww shit... no more rolling papers...."
Lee Arnold - 7.16.2008
Pledge Drive. All Donations, large or small, will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. You guys are the best. Thanks for sharing my passion.
Denise Allen - 7.13.2008
It has been quite awhile since I've visited this message board. Last time I was on there was a discussion about the Rock Super Bowl Concerts at the T-Bowl and who played. Today while cleaning out the garage a box of old ticket stubs revealed themselves and gave up the following info .... Rock Superbowl 1- 5/29/77 Kenny Loggins , Bob Seger , Chcik Correa and Stanley Clark, Fleetwood Mac. 2 - 7/03/77 Andrew Gold , Hall and Oates , Jimmy Buffet , The Eagles 3 - 9/04/77 Rick Derringer, Kansas, Peter Frampton 4 - 07/78 Southpaw , Foreigner , Pablo Cruise , Bob Seger 5 - 08/05/78 Little River Band, Steve Miller Band , Jimmy Buffett What a way to spend those hot Florida summers. On another note, Don Thanks for all your charitable efforts. I was happy to have a reliable source to make a contribution to and hope I can send morte soon.
Don Gilliland - 7.11.2008
Just back from my latest trip to Myanmar (doing lots more charity work there this time around; due to both the cyclone damage and general poverty over there) and saw Craig's post about most annoying singers. My own "nails on the chalkboard" dislikes: Steve Perry of Journey and Michael McDonald (loved the Doobie Brothers ... until he joined the band).
Jim McPherson - 7.9.2008
Interesting item ... next Tuesday, July 15, Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Bands " Magic Tour Highlights " to all digital download stores. The package consists of 4 audio tracks with accompanying videos, all recorded during the recent " Magic " tour. One of the tracks is a performance of " Turn, Turn, Turn " with special guest Roger McGuinn, recorded here in Orlando,FL on 4/23/08. Also included is a 3/20/08 recording of " 4th Of July, Asbury Park ( Sandy ) in Indianapolis,IN; keyboardist Danny Ferdericis final performance with the band. On sales of these downloads, all the artists, songwriters and music publishers are waiving all of their royalties, and Columbia Records is donating all of its net profits to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund. In addition, the ITunes store is donating their first years net profits as well. Tune in to www.brucespringsteen.net on July 15 for download information!
Lee Arnold - 7.4.2008
HAPPY JULY FOURTH!!!!! http://leearnoldsblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/star-spangled-banner.html
Billy Walker - 6.30.2008
Wow sorry to hear about Rusty of Cactus, saw them at Orlando Sports Stadium too!
Jim McPherson - 6.28.2008
Hey Steve, thanks for that info ! It pretty much confirms what someone who knew some of the players involved told me awhile back. Apparently, Sanders was a singer for a band that played the Central Fla. club cicuit back in the day. He was considered the main suspect in the murders but because of his suicide I don't think they were ever able to prove it conclusively.
Steve Baione - 6.28.2008
Hello All. Hey Jim, I found some info on the death of Rusty Day of Cactus. I did a search and ended up looking in Wikipedia. Here’s what I found. In 1982, Day was working on an album with Uncle Acid & The Permanent Damage Band, as well as dealing cocaine. Day owed money to Ron Sanders, one of the guitar players in his band, after a minor cocaine deal. Monte "Mondo" Thomas, Day's lead guitarist and close friend, explained Sanders as: "...a madman, he was a millionaire and a real bad coke fiend." Thomas and Day both lived in Day's house in Longwood, Florida, along with Day's 11-year old son Russell. Thomas had agreed to drive a friend out of town, and was therefore not present when Sanders opened fire with a machine gun shooting through the windows in Day's house, killing Day, his son Russell, and a house guest, Garth McCrae. Ron Sanders shot himself six weeks later, after police had surrounded his house due to entirely different charges than the triple murder weeks before. Cactus was initially conceived in late 1969 as a super group of the Vanilla Fudge rhythm section, bassist Tim Bogart and drummer Carmine Appice with guitarist Jeff Beck and singer Rod Stewart. However, Beck had an automobile accident and Stewart joined Ronnie Wood in the Faces. Out of frustration, Bogert and Appice formed what we now know as Cactus in 1969. The cast was complete when Day joined them on vocals and Jim McCarty joined on lead guitar. Had Beck’s accident not happened Both Cactus and The Faces might not have had their signature sound. Peace…
Lee Arnold - 6.26.2008
Thanks. Seems fine now.
Mike Zarek - 6.25.2008
Working fine here, 7:30pm 6/25 ... tick...tick...tick...tick... ;-)
Lee Arnold - 6.25.2008
Eastern Time> :-) On a different note, is anyone having trouble today listening to the WORJ.com stream? I have reports from some folk saying that when they try to listen, that the Live365 voice says that we've reached our maximum amount of listeners. I would appreciate if you would try and listen and see if you get the same message. Thanks
Mike Zarek - 6.25.2008
Craig Michaels - 6.24.2008
Lee, need to know... 10pm eastern? Central? Help help!
Lee Arnold - 6.24.2008
Please move this content to after 10 PM
Mike Zarek - 6.24.2008
....yes, you can prick your finger... but don't finger your prick!!
Craig Michaels - 6.23.2008
And how come the baseball announcer can say, "The batter has two balls on him," but he can't say, "Oh, I wonder if he hurt his balls? Well... he's holding them... he must have hurt them!"
Craig Michaels - 6.23.2008
Tater tits! Cheese tits! Betcha can't eat just one!
Mike Zarek - 6.23.2008
....and tits doesn't even belong on the list!! I mean, it's such a *friendly* sounding word.....Kinda like a nickname!.....
Lee Arnold - 6.23.2008
Jim, I'm impressed!! Been playing with theme sets for a while now. I was wondering if any one was picking up on it.
Jim McPherson - 6.23.2008
If it's Monday, it must be theme day ... so far, groups of songs featuring the words " free ", " heart " and " old ". It's turning into a game of trying to guess what the next song might be, sort of a version of " Stump The Chump ". I haven't guessed right once but I'm enjoying the playlist anyways ! : - )
Lee Arnold - 6.23.2008
Mike, a fitting tribute to George. Well said!!
Mike Zarek - 6.23.2008
RIP George Carlin..... there will never be another...and.. simply because I can... SHIT PISS FUCK CUNT COCKSUCKER MOTHERFUCKER TITS!
John Aseff - 6.22.2008
Billy - good one! :-)
Billy Walker - 6.22.2008
Reply to John Aseff.. I think your right there was a pretty decent band from Athens, I just can't seem to REMember their name...
John Aseff - 6.21.2008
I just acquired Brighter Than Creation's Dark. Good stuff so far. I was reading on Wikipedia that they hail from Athens. Actually 3 of the members of DBT hail from the Shoals region of Northern Alabama. Wasn't there another decent band from Athens? :-)
John Aseff - 6.21.2008
Don - Thanks for the suggestion. I've been looking for new things to listen to since I now have a 50 minute commute each way. I hope you have a safe trip to Myanmar on Monday. Let us know how it goes.
John Aseff - 6.21.2008
Milli Vanilli. Now THERE'S an act that deserves Honorable Mention on Steve's list.
Craig Michaels - 6.21.2008
I guess technically Milli Vanilli could NEVER go on a "Most Annoying Singers" list, since they didn't sing...
Don Gilliland - 6.21.2008
Any of y'all listen to the Drive-By Truckers? Great band with several very fine albums. They remind me of some of the great southern rock bands of the 70s, but with better lyrics. Their newest album, "Brighter Than Creation's Dark" is one of their best yet. This band rocks!
John Aseff - 6.21.2008
I don't know Steve. After that little lip-sync, hillbilly dance thing she did on Saturday Night Live, I think Ashlee deserves more than Honorable Mention. She deserves to be in the top 5 at least.
Steve Baione - 6.19.2008
Hello All. I was checking my mail on Yahoo the other day and found a forum on “The Most Annoying Singers Ever” I jotted down a few names and here’s what I came up with. #1. Trace Adkins, The Honkytonk Badonk-a-Donk Guy. #2. Celine Dion, Because I’m Diabetic. #3. Axel Rose, Because he’s such a Whiney-Ass Crybaby. #4. Bjork, Avant-garde, Yes. Annoying, Even more so. #5. Michael Bolton, Why Not?. #6. Yoko Ono, What to hell was John thinking giving her a microphone??? #7.Wesley Willis, “I Whupped Batmans Ass” was funny as hell, but the worlds worst vocalist. #8. Scott Stapp, Too many reasons to list. #9. Tiny Tim. God bless him #10. David Haselhoff, The Germans love him, Go figure… Honorable mention goes to Ashlee Simpson.
John Aseff - 6.19.2008
I recently picked up the new CD Warpaint by The Black Crowes. I had not listened to any of their stuff for a while. I guess I got tired of it. This one is a breath of fresh air. If you ever liked The Black Crowes it's definitely worth a listen.
Jim McPherson - 6.13.2008
While surfing the web recently, I came across an album by a '70s also-ran band named Blackjack. I actually saw them at the Lakeland Civic Center as an opening act, though I can't for the life of me remember who the headliner was now. Their 1st album was getting some local airplay but the crowd at this show was not much into them at all. They were trying their hardest to get the audience fired up, finally resorting to covering " Rocky Mountain Way ", but by then the crowd was like "...NEXT!". Anyways, when I looked to see who was in the band, I about fell out of my chair laffing ... the guitarist was Bruce Kulick, who went on to play for KISS in the '80s and the singer was Michael Bolotin, who later shortened his last name to Bolton ... yeah, THAT Michael Bolton... EEK ! Maybe that crowd was onto him already. It would make a good episode of one of those " Before They Were Famous " shows. OK, I admit I bought his CD " The Hunger " back when it came out, probably the last decent thing he did before heading off into the easy listening wastelands, never to return. His cover of " Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay " sure beat Sammy Hagars version at least !
Jimk McPherson - 6.12.2008
Talk about a blast from the past ... Return To Forever with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola and Lenny White, Aug. 1 @ the House of Blues ! : - )
Billy Walker - 6.12.2008
I really remember those far-out posters advertising Together Productions Concerts, especially hanging at "The Infinite Mushroom" old site behind the old Colonial Plaza!
Billy Walker - 6.6.2008
Thanks Lee, so great to hear Morrie is doing well. He was "The Man" in my day and Together Productions put on the best concerts I've ever seen (Orlando Sports Stadium).
Lee Arnold - 6.6.2008
The Message Board is back. Please post away. :-)
Lee Arnold - 6.5.2008
Morrie is a successful Movie Producer in Hollywood. He was the main Concert promoter in Orlando in the early '70s. First with Together Productions (his own company), than with L & S Productions which merged into HBS Productions(Paul Block, Peter Shanaberg, Richard Herre and Joe Lambusta). The "S" in L&S and HBS, was Pete Shanaberg, who brought Morrie to the West Coast to work in the Movie business with him. Other WORJ alumni who worked with Morrie and Pete in Hollywood were Paul Yeskel and Paul Weiss. Morrie was on WORJ often announcing his shows. He was a friend of the station. We worked closely together. Morrie is still a dear friend. I spoke to him last week.
Billy Walker - 6.5.2008
Gee I feel young until I try to remember something. I mentioned a "Barrie Eisenman", I think it was "Morey Eisenman" and again spelling is all my fault! Anyone recall this Bro?
John Aseff - 6.3.2008
My pleasure Lee. More to follow.
Mike Zarek - 6.3.2008
Billy, 107.7 FM was WORJ-FM .. it later changed to Zeta7, and then to Joy 108...
Billy Walker - 6.2.2008
I'm just getting up to speed here, but memories are pouring back. Wasn't 107.7 the "progressive" station of the late 60's early 70's and do I remember a Barrie Eisenman (spelling my fault) or something close to that?
Mike Zarek - 6.2.2008
Here's a 107.7 FM tie in to Bo ... In the early 80's, Joy 108 hit #1 12+ in the Orlando market for a while... A party was thrown during which much booze was poured down advertiser and agency throats ... and much stuff went up noses, tho not bought by the station... Bo Diddley was hired to play... It was at the Radisson near Lake Ivanhoe as I recall....
Mike Zarek - 6.2.2008
Yeah, just saw that about Bo. He was living in Archer, FL, not too far from here (Ocala).
Jim McPherson - 6.2.2008
R.I.P. Bo Diddely ! :-(
Billy Walker - 6.1.2008
oops that was WLOF Channel 95 (WOLF)
Mike Zarek - 6.1.2008
If it was instrumental, my guess would be "El Becko", from Jeff Beck's "There and Back".
Wayne Mereck - 6.1.2008
"Grand Larceny" by Sea Level sounds like what you are looking for.
Mike - 6.1.2008
What eas that song that was used as an intro in the 1980 time frame? It started off kinda space age with a systhesizer and ended up with a catchy guitar riff.....
Mike Zarek - 6.1.2008
Rick Namey: email me... zeek@671mrpc.com. Thanks
Billy Walker - 5.31.2008
Thanks Lee, board's a really nice trip down "Memory (or is it Penny) Lane)! The "Werd Beard eh, I remember him was he at WOLF- channel 95?
Lee Arnold - 5.31.2008
Welcome aboard, Billy.
Lee Arnold - 5.31.2008
John. Thanks, much appreciated
Wayne Mereck - 5.31.2008
Very sad news about "The Wierd Beard". I found his site in early 2007 and wrote him about how he had influenced me and my friends. I also told him about this site and invited him to post. I am glad that he did and we had a last chance to hear from him. Very sad news indeed.
Billy Walker - 5.30.2008
So many memories from Steve Miller, Bob Seger System, Cactus, Black Sabbath, Poco, Elephant's Memory, Ruth Copeland, John Sebastian, Allman Bros Band, psychedelic backdrops, free entry for late comers (riot started when they ended that tradition"), main floor unreserved lay on your blanket and mingle type seating, wow, those were the days
Billy Walker - 5.30.2008
Never forget the most surrealistic moment of my life as I stood in the middle of a pepper-gas filled stadium with crowds running over each other fleeing outside to waiting mass police cars and helicopters as a riot went on, while at the same time John Sebastian sat alone on a stool on stage , singing "I had a dream last night, what a lovely dream it was..."
Billy Walker - 5.30.2008
Cut my teeth on Rock n Roll at the Orlando Sports Stadium, late 60's - early 70's!
Billy Walker - 5.30.2008
Cut my teeth on Rock n Roll at the Orlando Sports Stadium late 60's - early 70's!
Lee Arnold - 5.30.2008
Ladies and Gentlemen---Let's welcome my cousin, Jimmy Silverman to the Board. Jimmy was an integral part of the WORJ Sales Team and served as Sales Manager. He also is featured in many pictures in the pictures section. A Rocker forever and a music freak. He was born to work at WORJ. Hey cuz, welcome home.
jim silverman - 5.29.2008
Lee, it's good to be back in your life cuz....only 32 years...well some folks never come back. I vividly remember dudes driving over 150 miles roundtrip to secure a WORJ license plate or t-shirt! We had lots of fun in the 70's and the ORJ was the community...not like now where everyone walks around in their own world...now everyone thinks they're a dj. Too bad. J
Mike Zarek - 5.29.2008
I remember listening to Bill on WLOF "back in the day" and had the pleasure of meeting him in later years as our paths crossed in the computer/tech biz. Bill was always on the cutting edge, be it music or tech. Way back before the internet was a household appliance, and when most of us were dialing in to "BBS" systems, Bill was providing full Unix shell access to the internet via dialup phone line, all from his home. The good news is that his spirit will never leave us, and WORJ.COM is proof. (My apologies for being a little tardy.. I was on vacation and I was only able to check my email via cell phone).
Chal Martina - 5.28.2008
"Channel 95...5...5...5. You ain't heard nothin yet." And we never will again. Thank you Bill for so much.
Rick - 5.27.2008
He had a lot to do with my getting into radio, whether or not that was a good thing. Haha! He was so accessible. I took him some turkey and fixins at Thanksgiving one year when he was complaining over the air about having to work. I think that was 1965 or 66. I played this prank on him one time in 64 or 65. I had just started working there and they were doing a Mustang giveaway. Vermillion was riding in the Channel 95 Mustang from Heintzelman Ford with one of those old fashioned car phones, and he'd call in a description of the car he was following and then he was supposed to give out their license number, then they'd have 95 minutes to call and claim a prize and a chance to win the car. I followed him out of the station parking lot and every time he'd do a phone in, I'd pass him and get in front of him. He couldn't give out my license number, so he'd just make up some excuse. I was laughing my ass off. Anyway, as much shit as happened over the years, that was his favorite story about me. He told it again at the reunion show. You'd think it would have pissed him off, but he thought it was funny. We remained friends even when I was the competition and I always heard he had nothing but good things to say. But that was true of everybody - he didn't bad-rap people. I remember at LOF he was always proud of his engineer's license (he had what we used to call a first phone - a first class FCC license). More so than the music or the killer ratings, he thought of himself as an engineer first. I was in the studio the first time he got a letter addressed to Dover Million. He thought it was funny as shit. I miss that place. I miss that time. But I feel truly honored and blessed that I was there. Mike, it was the bonus bell boing buzzer beep beep, just thought I'd clear that up. Oh, Hi There. Let's take a moment to remember Melvin Dejokomo, T. Wilson Messy, Herman Kabibble, Akbar Carr, Natalie Attired and Shirley Schechtenloostengarten - I hope I'm pronouncing that correctly.
bobby - 5.27.2008
Love Mr. Bill. Just heard the news. What's the plans? Please let me know more. 407-951-7831. Bobby Church
Wayne Osley - 5.27.2008
Bill V will always be a legend in these parts!! Thanks for the memories...
Craig Michaels - 5.26.2008
Lyons and Cooper... Orlando's REAL Mike and Mike!
Roger Brown - 5.26.2008
Just posted of Bill's passing on Orlando craigslist in the local news section. Anyone that greew up in central FL in the '60's will always have fond memories of "The Wierd Beard". God bless you, Bill!
Jim McPherson - 5.26.2008
Though I only knew him as a listener, Bill Vermillion made an impression that lasts to this day. Listening to WLOF back then, you just knew it wasn't your average Top 40 station. He actually wrote a couple of posts on this site on 10/25/2007, for those who might have missed it ! I was hoping to read some more stories I'm sure he must have had from the golden age of Central Fla. radio. Sadly now, it's not to be. R.I.P. Bill ... you touched more lives than you'll ever know. At least we know heaven will have cool radio stations now when we get there.
Mike Lyons - 5.26.2008
So sad to hear that Bill has passed. First DJ that I ever called and talked to back in the Fall of 1968 when I first moved to Orlando. I was just a junior at Edgewater but we talked for ten minutes about Spirit. I worked with him two years later when I was hired to do interviews at WLOF on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Bill would let me share time with him listening to new 45's that piled up on the desk. I couldn't believe it. When I left to return fulltime at WORJ under Pat O'Day (Jerry Thompson, supposedly still alive and well in Seattle)I had to give two weeks notice for the first time in my life. Bill was so supportive and encouraging although he knew I would be working at the competition. Lee came in three months later and the heavens opened:) Through the years I ended up working with Bill again as he was our "sound" foundation, mixing at BeeJay for our SPRN shows. We could always be completely confident he would get it perfect for Randy Newman or James Burton and Glen Hardin from Presley's band when Emmylou came through. A dependable beast. I communicated a lot with Bill since I returned to Orlando in 2000. His eyesight was failing but he was still enjoying the tech field he had moved into YEARS before we all knew about NASDAQ. Always happy and always curious and always incredible ears that I aspired to match since that summer of '68. I'll never forget the mail he told me he still recieved addressed to "Dover Million" which was how he sounded when he pronounced his name on LOF boing-buzzer-beep-beep. I know he was pronouncing that correctly. Mike Lyons
Don Gilliland - 5.26.2008
Very sad news, but thanks to Mike Cooper for passing it on. I own both a debt to Bill Vermillion and Mike Cooper; to Bill Vermillion for helping to hone my musical tastes via the programming on WLOF. Before the advent of WORJ, WLOF was Orlando's coolest radio station. And Mike Cooper, shame on you for staying in the background for so long. But I know you're a busy man --- still --- these days. Mike kindly sold me a "bunch" of records (yes, good old vinyl!) on consignment back in 1983, which helped me have enough inventory to open my Murmur Records shop in College Park. Of course I had to haul all those records in my aging Toyota from Mike's house in Atlanto back to Orlando, but it was worth it. Without Mike's vinyl, there would have been slim pickings in my record shop. And by coincidence, one of my regular customers at the shop on Edgewater Drive was none other than Bill Vermillion's son: Bill Jr.
Craig Michaels - 5.26.2008
I only had the pleasure of meeting Bill briefly on a few occasions, but even those quick moments were enough for him to convey his passion for music and radio and innovation, and his track record always proved he was a man unafraid to put all three together. Whether you shook the man's hand or not, if you ever listened to Orlando radio "back in the day," you certainly owe a nod of thanks to Bill. More than once, before I knew very much about how all of this works, I'd take a trip "back home" (to Rochester, NY) with my folks, and spend the entire ride there and back wondering why none of the radio stations sounded anywhere near as good as WLOF... Obnviously, Bill Vermillion was the reason why.
Lee Arnold - 5.25.2008
Bill was responsible for breaking more bands than anyone I know. He ran BeeJay Recording Studios after he left WLOF. We worked together when I programmed WORJ. He was our consulting Sound Engineer. He helped us build state-of-the-art studios and engineered all of our Southern Progressive Radio Network Concerts at BeeJay Studios.. WLOF opened the door for the success of WORJ, because of Bill's musical stance. WLOF was the most musically advanced Top 40 station in America under Bill's watchful eye and great ears and they dominated Orlando radio during the '60s. Bill was a great guy. A true friend. A consummate pro.I'm tired of saying these words lately. Bill will be missed.
Lee Arnold - 5.25.2008
Bill was a great man and a true friend. He will be missed. Too sad to write more now.
Mike Cooper - 5.25.2008
Sorry to make my debut on this board with an off-topic and sad posting, but I just received an e-mail from Ken Van Durand indicating that Bill Vermillion died yesterday. As a kid growing up in Orlando, WLOF aka Channel 95, was the coolest radio station musically and creatively -- until WORJ's beginnings as an evening-only FM broadcast (its sister AM middle-of-the-road station was broadcast during the day, before WORJ-FM went full-time). WLOF had creative presentation and alternative music not heard on typical top 40 stations. I never met Bill (the "Weird Beard" was a bit of a mystery to the average listener), but he clearly was the main creative influence at WLOF in those days, stirring a passion for radio and music among those of us who later listened to or worked for WORJ.
Craig Michaels - 5.24.2008
Watched the film "Into The Wild" a couple of weeks ago (excellent, by the way), and was very struck by the music. Come to find out, the soundtrack was an Eddie Vedder project... I'm not the biggest Vedder fan in the world, but this is a really fine piece of work. Mainly solo guitar with minimal other instrumentation, it's a top notch album from start to finish; emotional, introspective, and a very nice compliment to an excellent film. Warning in advance, it's only about a half hour long... but it's a really impressive half hour!
John Aseff - 5.24.2008
I just pre-ordered Walter Becker's new CD and they blessed me with a free download. Pretty decent stuff. Here it is for all to download and enjoy: http://www.acefstop.com/music/DoorNumberTwo.mp3
Lee Arnold - 5.22.2008
Roger, Thanks for the kind words. I'll try to get the April Fools stuff up as soon as possible.
Roger Brown - 5.19.2008
Kudo's on the station & the website, Lee! How's the work on the April Fools Aircheck coming. I don't think I've ever laughed so much as that day! What ever happened to the Worjets?
Lee Arnold - 5.19.2008
Welcome aboard, David
DAVID CONOVER - 5.18.2008
Lee Arnold - 5.14.2008
WORJ.com can be listened to on many mobile phones now. Currently testing Radio365 Mobile on the following devices (more to be added with your help!) * AT&T 7525, Tilt * Audiovox 6700 * Blackjack * Cingular 8125, 8525 * Dell Axim X51V * Dopod 810, 595, 838 Pro * HP IPAQ 2750, hx4700, 510, 514 * HTC Orange SPV3100, Wizard, Mogul, 3300, 6800, Touch 6900, Touch P3450 * I-mate JAQ * Motorola Q, Q9 * PPC-6700 * Samsung i760 * Sony Ericcson K700I * Sprint PPC-6700 * Starcom 6700 * T-Mobile Dash, Wing, MDA * Treo 700w, 700wx, 750 * Verizon VX6700 Radio365-Mobile should operate on most mobile phones running Windows Mobile 5 or 6. May not run on the Windows 2003 or CE operating systems. Not available for Palm 650, 655 handsets. Go to http://www.live365.com/downloads/radio365-mobile-win/index.live and give it a try.
Lee Arnold - 5.13.2008
Time and options are running out for Internet Radio. In the last 12 months, deals have been struck between SoundExchange and Internet radio's closest competitors that set their royalty rates at less than half of what webcasters pay, yet Internet radio is still in the same position - on the brink of extinction. We need your help to remind Congress that though Internet radio is still on the air and artists are still being paid for their work by webcasters, nothing has been resolved and we need them to act. CALL YOUR SENATORS and ask them to support the Brownback amendment to the Orphan Works Bill, S. 2913.
Lee Arnold - 5.13.2008
Jim McPherson - 5.12.2008
P.S... Don G., glad to hear you're OK over there, I was wondering if that cyclone affected where you're at. What a sad situation ... I read that the very first supply boat to reach the area sank on it's way in, those poor people can't catch a break ! And now the junta won't let any relief workers in, they want to hand out all the supplies themselves ... yeah, you can imagine how that's gonna go ! : - (
Jim McPherson - 5.12.2008
Happy Birthday to Steve Winwood, who turns 60 today ... oh yeah, and to me, who turns 50 today ! Yikes ... you try and pretend it isn't coming but when you get that AARP card in the mail reality rears it's ugly head LOL ! Oh well, watcha gonna do ? Once upon a time The Rolling Stones sang " what a drag it is getting old ... " but they're now in their mid 60s and still rockin' so getting old ain't what it used to be. Haven't seen the film yet but I recently listened to the soundtrack from the Martin Scorsese Rolling Stones documentary " Shine A Light ". Sir Mick and Co. have definitely still got it ! Amazing that they can still find the fire to play old warhorses like " Jumping Jack Flash ", a hit FORTY years ago, and make it sound fresh. Their cover of "Champagne and Reefer ", with Buddy Guy, is a standout as is the Let It Bleed nugget " Live With Me " with Christina Aguilera ( ! ) on guest vocals... she brings an extra sass & verve to Jaggers down-n-dirty lyrics. I'd like to hear her sing " Gimme Shelter " with them ! After listening to " Shine A Light " I feel I may have to take back all those cracks I made in earlier posts about " The Strolling Bones ". : - )
Don Gilliland - 5.11.2008
hey all you WORJ guys and gals; just a note to divert your attention to the current humanitarian crisis in Myanmar (Burma). That nasty cyclone last week has left many without food, water, medicine, shelter and even clothing. As some of you are aware, I travel to that country often and have friends in the Yangon (Rangoon) area. The Burmese (the evil Junta rulers aside) are incredibly kind people with resilient spirit. I'm trying to collect and distribute funds to give to the locals (I know 2 people who have their visas and are going over next week) over there this month. If you would like to, or are able to (I know times are tough for many of us these days) do anything to help, please check my blog (www.bangkokdazed.com) for details. Thanks!
Craig Michaels - 5.8.2008
The Beale Street Festival last weekend was pretty amazing... I stayed away from the more mainstream aspects of it and concentrated on the blues stuff for the weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I ran off at the wrist and wrote a pretty lengthy observation of the whole thing... I'd crash the board if I posted it here, but more than happy to send it along if anyone's interested... just drop me a line. Hope everyone is well! International Barbecue Competition coming up a week from tomorrow. Darn...
John Aseff - 5.6.2008
Rick - go hereL http://www.amazon.com/Mudcrutch/dp/B0015FHDS6/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1210116333&sr=8-1
Lee Arnold - 5.6.2008
Steve-o, I do save it on multiple hard drives every 30 days. It's now at 201 pages in WORD. It would be horrible to lose the discourse that has happened here.
Steve Mack - 5.6.2008
Lee: If you haven't thought of it already (and you probably have), this board should be archived. In ways, it reminds me a bit of those PSA cards we used to chortle over...
Rick - 5.5.2008
What's all this about a Mudcrutch album? Where do I get it? How do I hear it? What am I missing?
John Aseff - 5.5.2008
By the way - many thanks to Lee for the NIN download!
John - 5.5.2008
Don - Yes it was Mark Eastman. I couldn't think of his name. I didn't know him all that well anyway.
Craig Michaels - 5.5.2008
Wow... and the NIN album is being presented in a variety of formats, all high quality, and with full graphics. A very nice gesture on Trent's part... it will be interesting to see, considering his loyal fans and long-standing status in the music community, what kind of records this sets for web traffic and downloading from a single site!
Lee Arnold - 5.5.2008
Nine Inch Nails are giving away their new album, The Slip, as a free download at www.nin.com. Trent Reznor is presenting the album as a token of his appreciation for his fans: “Thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years. This one’s on me.” The download is available now.
laketowner - 5.4.2008
fyi.... Danny Roberts and his wife were in a serious automobile accident on May 2nd, around noon, in Jacksonville, FL. Details will be posted here as soon as they are availible. We ask that everyone please keep Danny and his family in their thoughts and prayers. http://lakelandmusicandfriends.squarespace.com
Don Gilliland - 5.3.2008
John, I think the buyer after I left Record Mart was Mark Eastman. Or it could have been Brian Martin. Both guys could have had the Mudcrutch tapes. Looking forward to hearing that on CD!
John Aseff - 5.1.2008
I third the motion on Mudcrutch. Just heard it. Real nice stuff. Like smooth whiskey. At least it's how I imagine smooth whiskey to taste. I'm not much of a drinker. Don - there was a guy who worked at the Record Mart Warehouse who used do the ordering. At east when you weren't doing it. He had a tape of Mudcrutch recorded at that club in Winter Park behind Beefy King. Do you know who I'm talking about? Anyway, this new Mudcrutch effort doesn't sound much like I remember that old recording sounding. This new one is definitely good though.
Jim McPherson - 4.29.2008
Copy that Lee ! I listened to it this afternoon ... it's Petty but not quite like you've never heard him before. It's kind of like when he was in the Traveling Wilburys, he seems to relish the role of just being one of the guys in the band rather than the out front leader. If one of the record companies had signed them back then, rather than just being interested in Petty as a solo act ... well, who knows what might have been ?!?!? Better late than never I guess !
Lee Arnold - 4.29.2008
The Mudcrutch album is awesome!!
John Aseff - 4.26.2008
I'm listening to The Motorcycle Song on WORJ. Life is good. Has anyone heard Alice's Restaurant Revisited? Arlo redid and sort of updated the whole album. Real nice.
Mike Zarek - 4.25.2008
Congrats on 5 years of the site Lee! It's great to see WORJ lives on.
Don Gilliland - 4.24.2008
Happy Anniversary Lee ... and all the rest of you cool and crazy WORJ listeners. What a strange, long trip it's been. Thinking back to those magical days of the early and mid 1970s, and listening to great radio and shopping in great record stores (Hanna's East-West remains the standard of cool!), and being turned on to so much great music in the process. And it's passed the test: I STILL listen to many of the albums I loved back then. I'm not stuck in a time warp by any means, I still love discovering new bands and artists, but I have a special place in my heart for the WORJ years. Give the spirit alive my friends!
Jim McPherson - 4.23.2008
Man, 5 years of posts ... what a long, strange trip it's been. And a good one too. I know I've enjoyed it ! Thanks again Lee for all you do !
Wayne Mereck - 4.23.2008
AND MANY MORE!!!!! Cheers
Lee Arnold - 4.22.2008
Tomorrow (4/23) marks the 5 year anniversary of the FIRST posting on this board. That came mere days after the WORJ site came alive. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to us all!!
John Aseff - 4.22.2008
I remember sitting in my car behind Colonial Plaza waiting for somebody and listening to the Nat'l Lampoon Comedy Hour. It was a skit about cowboys hanging an outlaw and they were talking about how he was well hung. That's all I remember. I always looked forward to the Nat'l Lampoon Comedy Hour.
Mike - 4.22.2008
Cool....unfortunately all we get now is a very awful show called "against the grain " that airs on Sunday nights on WJRR. It sounds like a bunch of high school kids hangin' out in their bedrooms playing a bunch of really HORRIBLE metal bands that only they know about. Their is a Saturday night 80's hair metal show also on WJRR that is not that bad, but I quit listening when one of the jocks said that he did not know who originally did "Can't Find My Way Home"....I know damn well that WORJ NEVER had jocks that were that clueless... Anyways, thanks for the great site and all of the great info...
Lee Arnold - 4.22.2008
Regularly scheduled specialty programs included:KBFH/Dr.D/Flo & Eddie/Nat'l Lampoon Comedy Hour/Weekly Farm Report/BBC Concert Hour/News Blimps/Of course WORJ's locally produced Focus on Film/Living Off the Land/Southern Progressive Radio Network Concerts/Blues Hour/Jazz Hour/Flash News/That Was the Week That Was with Tom Webb/ and others.
Mike - 4.22.2008
I have noticed from reading a few of these posts that King Biscut was on WORJ..... Was Dr. Demento ever on during his mid-70's heyday????
Jim McPherson - 4.21.2008
Best thing I remember about WDIZ was in the early 80s ... every Sunday morning a group of us would pile in the car for the weekly surfari to Cocoa Beach. DIZ would play their " Sunday Morning Classics " show, lots of great 60s and early 70s rock that even then was already getting less and less radio play. Probably the closest WDIZ ever came to matching WORJs playlists on any given day.
Mike - 4.21.2008
Thanks for that info...Another thing that I have always been curious about is that I know there were a lot of songs played on rock radio during the late 70's/early 80's that NEVER get played nowwaddays on classic rock radio. I recall hearing a hell of alot of REO Speedwagon when I was a kid on DIZ, you know, good stuff like "Golden Country", and I also recall hearing a lot of Blue Oyster Cult. I might be wrong on this one, but I recall a lot of NEW WAVE being played and even hearing an occasional Billy Joel tune, like "Pressure" here and there.. I wish rock radio was like that now...I was listening to the Buckethead show the other day and that uninformed jock actually had the nerve to bash Radiohead...anyways, somebody drop me a line on here and let me know about some other lost gems that used to get a lot of airplay...
John Aseff - 4.19.2008
I'll try and answer the best that my faulty memory will allow. Feel free to correct me. I remember listening to WORJ in high school from about 1973 on. I graduated in '76. I moved to New York for about a year from '77 to '78. It seems to me that it turned into Zeta7 in '78 or '79 shortly after I returned from New York. I also seem to remember WDIZ always being the competition that just wasn't as cool until 'ORJ went away and Zeta7 took over. Then it seems that 'DIZ got much better. Now back to my nap :-)
Mike - 4.18.2008
Hey guys, maybe somebody can finally clear this up for me. I am only 33, but I absoulutely LOVE radio. I have fond memories of hearing WDIZ when I was a child in the early 80's , and I knew that these "rock" stations were a hell of a lot cooler than the top 40 stations. Anyways, I know the history of Orlando radio pretty good, but, when exactly DID worj go to Zeta 7, and , when exactly did DIZ appear?????
Mike Zarek - 4.17.2008
This is strange... If I login to my live365 account, the stream is completely chopped up. If I don't login, it works.... very very strange....
Dave Westphal - 4.16.2008
Got it working and WOW,.. what a flashback. Thank you for putting this all together. Had to twist one up sit back and just git into it. It's like therapy. fyi though,... the unedited of Mike Lyans and Doug didn't link right
Lee Arnold - 4.16.2008
Mike, Live365 working at my house.
Mike Zarek - 4.16.2008
I think Live365 is having some problems today... at least, I hope they are, cuz if they aren't, then *I* am!
Lee Arnold - 4.16.2008
Dave, they are all in Real Audio. Also try out our Live Streaming WORJ Internet station. You might just like what you hear. Click the "Listen Live" button to the left.
Dave westphal - 4.16.2008
I can't get the sound stuff to work,.. what program should I use to listen to them? I see you have some commercials,... I remember the Ralph Kazarian Insurence spots
Dave - 4.16.2008
Now I'll be tearing the house apart looking for that box of 8-tracks and hoping like hell I can find where I recorded the last night.
Dave - 4.16.2008
Thanks Lee,.. Was on The Outlaws (the early years) website and found the link. I was a huge WORJ fan,.. when you guys went off the air it was the end of an era. Radio wasn't the same before, and hasn't been the same since.
Lee Arnold - 4.16.2008
Welcome Dave, Barbarella and Hannah(So good that you checked in).
Dave Westphal - 4.16.2008
Wow,... WORJ! Truely a blast from the past. Loved going to the live remotes from "The Joint in the Woods". Hitch-Hiked a couple times from Winter Haven when I was not old enough to drive but had won albums by calling in. I still have much of the last night recorded on 8-track tape somewhere. Beatles,.. "and in the end,.. the Love you make,... is equal to the Love,... you take. 'WORJ Mount Dora, orlando,.. Now leaves the air'" Wow,.. just gave me chills, and lump in my throat, and watery eyes just typing that,..
Hannah - 4.16.2008
My message was for a certain party who once worked for me. This person loved music so much that he simply had to have albums that he might not have paid for. I was simply saying that now that it appears he is working, he might make things right. Hey, we've all faced temptation and lost. That's what growing up is all about. Love the site but prefer to lurk. hs
Jim McPherson - 4.15.2008
Interesting reunion item ... classic prog - rock band Curved Air is reuniting in England this year for a series of concerts that also includes the Isle Of Wight festival. No word yet on a tour of the States. Also planned is a new CD featuring new material and new versions of classic songs as well. Check it out @ www.CurvedAir.com
Barbarella - 4.15.2008
i can't believe i found this site...you guys made the music flow back in the day... been 30+ years since i was in central fla and i am sure not many remember me..but i just wanted to say thanks ...then and now... i have been looking up central fla band for about the past year... and have found more memories than i thought i had... i hope it is all right Lee i would like to post this other site...a get together on April 26...in Lakeland...home of many of great central fla musicians (some they are still searching for..hint hannah)and site for their 30th reunion... the image on the space, like your here will send you back...blast from the past... http://lakelandmusicandfriends.squarespace.com/home/ thanks , peace
Barbarella - 4.14.2008
b.grier@yahoo.com oops....please contact
Barbarella - 4.14.2008
hANNAH .... DUMPTRUCK??? ??? Laketown?
Rick - 4.14.2008
BITEBOY KICKED ASS AT THE HOB! What a night! I wish you all could have been there, because the ghost of WORJ sure haunted the room! Did anybody remember that the Outlaws were discovered by Arista (Mike Bone?) opening for Skynyrd at the Sports Stadium at an ORJ co-pro? Henry Paul came into our dressing room and told my kid's band the story! Wow! Chills and goose bumps. He asked about you Lee, and Lyons. He wanted to know how to get in touch and gave me his cell phone number. What a night! Did I say that already? Biteboy took the stage with his own guitar army and kicked ass from first chord to last. I'm in the process of posting the whole show to Youtube. I'll post the link as soon as I get it. Devon Allman, the second billed act, is the 20 something love child of Gregg, who grew up in St. Louis. Poor kid never met the old man until after he was signed and touring. God, he looks and sounds just like him! We swapped old stories. He was as nice as can be. Monty Yoho is still the Outlaws drummer after 45 or so years. They interviewed him on WHTQ 96.5, the oldies station here and he prominently mentioned WORJ and Lee and myself personally. I'll try to get a tape. Anyway, Rick Jr. had a chance to bask in the glory of rock history, then took the stage in front of a lot of people opening for a national act and earned his own place in it. He rose to the occasion!
David Schulz - 4.13.2008
PS: Lee - Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! What a great job you have done! I wish I would have found this site years ago. For the first time in almost 30 years I feel like I have a place to go where there are folks who understand. From the overnight guy, Dave
David Schulz - 4.13.2008
WOW!! A friend just emailed this website link to me and I can't believe what I am seeing! As I go through the pages I feel very happy and very sad at the same time. I will eventually read ALL of the posts, but I scanned through some of them and have seen posts from Randy Molnar and others! This website is great! Yes, the last song was "The End" which followed "American Pie". I was on the air that night. I sure would like to hear from Randy Molnar, if he gets a chance to post again... it has been almost 30 years.... I was at ORJ for the last six months before Zeta, then for two months after Zeta. The only person I have been able to stay in contact with is Chris Wolf who was the production director after Randy Molnar & Lisa. Losing that radio station left a hole in my heart that will never be filled. I'll be back to check in from time to time..... Love to all, David Schulz.
Lee Arnold - 4.13.2008
Craigs email reminded me. When my old computer died, it took everyones email addresses with it to the great computer graveyard in the sky. Please email me at worj@execpc.com with your current email address, so I can put you back in my address book, Thanks.
Craig Michaels - 4.13.2008
In case anybody needs to update records for whatever reason... my new email is craig_michaels@comcast.net
Craig Michaels - 4.13.2008
Wayne, I'm not a big believer in omens and the like, but the last Saturday I was in Orlando was pretty funny in its own way. It was pretty much the last day of the CM Farewell Tour; met a friend of mine for an early dinner. We went to a Chinese place we had gone to often... so we walk in, and the CHINESE restaurant has playing on the muzak system none other than "Tennessee Waltz." We had dinner... fortune cookies come, and mine says, "Don't be afraid to take this big step." Yipes! So we end the evening with a few drinks at Dubsdread; walk in, and what is playing on TV? The Civil Rights baseball game on ESPN, live from... you guessed it, Memphis (the ballpark I now walk to to see baseball). Okay, okay, I get it, I'll go, I'll go...
Craig Michaels - 4.13.2008
Had to share this... Sunday is a good day to call home and check in with Mom, of course. I may have mentioned before that my mom was a great mom to have. She played lots of music for me as a kid, everything from Sinatra to James Brown, Mahalia Jackson to Wes Montgomery... lots of R&B and jazz, and even a touch of rock and roll tossed in. However, for whatever reason, she was never fond of my working in the music industry in any way, shape or form... even when I was making decent money at it. Guess Mom is from the old school where a job is clocking in for eight hours a day and doing something "respectable." Still... when you get kinds words from the likes of Lee Arnold and Steve Mack, I'm not ashamed to say that I consider that worth bragging about, just a little. So I'm passing all this along to Mom during our nice Sunday conversation, and she gets real quiet. I asked if she was okay and all, and she said in her "stern mom voice," (keeping in mind my mother just turned 75, so the stern mom voice no longer invokes fear... but it sure as heck STILL gets my attention), "Craig... you didn't run all the way to Memphis just to do THAT for a living again, did you?" I dunno, Ma... maybe...
Wayne "Dixie Chicken" Mereck - 4.13.2008
Craig, if you see my Tennessee Lamb at the Commadore Hotel, please raise a toast.
Hannah - 4.13.2008
so now that you're working, how about paying me back for all those albums?
Wayne Mereck - 4.11.2008
Sorry guys, thet REBBE message was for me. Oy vey (sp). Just a cross I bear for trying to help someone. And Steve sorry for assuming the worst from your statement to Craig. Here in Fort Worth we had the news about the unwarrented attacks. Craig best of luck in Memphis, it must be cool for a Music Lover. Cheers
Steve Mack - 4.10.2008
Craig: I'm with Lee in thanking you and reminding you that you were well worth the effort; WORJ was repaid many times over by your devotion to radio. Certainly we "full-timers" all had our specific talents and felt it was better for everyone all around to share those talents with people who really wanted to learn. You were excellent fodder for our mill! Here's what you DON'T know: I have mentored several people in broadcasting since WORJ (I later concentrated on logical programming, creative production and talk radio) and every one of them has had you held out to them as an example. Yeah, you were a real screwball... but you were OUR kind of screwball and we all loved you for it!
Lee Arnold - 4.10.2008
Craig, you are making me tear up. Thanks for your kind words. You were worth it. I hope Memphis is a truly great experience for you. As another pointy eared person said, "Be well and prosper".
Craig Michaels - 4.10.2008
First impressions of Memphis have been really strong. Been here for a little over a week now, and I'm keeping my promise to myself to give me a couple of months of discovering my new home before I worry about getting back to the grind. I've spent a good amount of time driving the main roads, finding what I can and just admiring the scenery - stunning. Dogwood trees in full bloom, gardens filled with the most amazing colors... And then there's the music. There's plenty of it to be had here, and you don't have to go very far to find somebody willing to chat about blues or old R&B, some pretty well-versed folks, too. Spent most of my music time on Beale so far just because I don't know many other places to go, but I'm talking to people and learning more, and the scope of my travels is broadening day by day. Good overview of the city's music attitude? Check memphisinmay.org to see the lineup of talent for the three day Beale Street Music Festival first weekend in May... and then know that all the local ads for the fest list Aretha as the main attraction for the whole deal! Way cool. I'm loving this a lot so far...
Craig Michaels - 4.10.2008
Steve and all... while in retrospect it was a humorous night all those years ago, it's still among my fondest memories of being on the air. I worked with so many amazing individuals in regards to the radio, but admittedly, Steve Mack was my favorite DJ. Lee and Mike and Chal and Bill and Doug were all very gracious in sharing from their store of knowledge and experience, of course, and Steve showing up (in the middle of an orange grove, by the way, far far away from ANYTHING!) to give me the benefit of his highly skilled approach to radio is a very proper microcosm of the spirit that carried WORJ then and now. I was grateful then and now that Steve heard something worth schooling; I learned twice as much about voice control and pacing and delivery in that evening as I had in all my previous on-air hours combined. Steve wasn't alone, by any means, in giving freely of his experience. We had a hotline in the control room, and Lee would frequently call and just casually discuss delivery or presentation; he was always full of great ideas as far as ways to present new music to people effectively without losing our audience. All the rest of the on-air people all had very solid knowledge about the history of the music, the history of radio, fun ways to present music... and all of it was passed on not in the spirit of criticism, but rather in the spirit of all of us growing together as a community of people with a pretty solitary purpose... to share music. Said it before and I'll hopefully say it again... Steve, Lee et al, thank you for all you gave me!
Steve Mack - 4.10.2008
I should strive to remember that we now live in an age where everything you say is parsed and only the worst is deemed worth retrieving. Craig caught my meaning instantly and understood the reference to a humorous night many years ago at our old studio in the orange groves of Winter Garden. For the rest, you can research in the earlier posts here and you will also know the story. Just for the record, Craig is probably the LAST person on the planet I'd like to cap. Florida will miss you, Craig, and I wish you all the best in Memphis, my friend.
Lee Arnold - 4.10.2008
Well Rebbe, that sure shut everyone up. Now back to to Channel 36 Auction...
Rebbe Nachman - 4.8.2008
"God of understanding, guide me,for my words sometimes baffle me. When I relate to those around me insensitively; when I hurt, embarrass or insult them; when I speak with a callousness that causes pain; when I lose myself in my own ego---God, pullme back to reality. Help others understand that I too am in pain, and let them be forgiving."
Craig Michaels - 4.7.2008
Quelling fears, btw... check this - http://www.snopes.com/crime/gangs/doorknock.asp www.snopes.com is a great site for debunkiong the crap that crosses our email boxes... they actually do the research and quote proper sources, as opposed to, "a friend of my sister's pal who knows a guy who bags groceries who dates a woman who once knew a man who knew a guy that had a brother in a gang..."
Craig Michaels - 4.7.2008
Steve... one of the last times I answered a knock on the door in the middle of the night, I was on the air, and you had showed up, kind enough to make the effort to try and teach me to do it right!
Wayne Mereck - 4.7.2008
Lee, although I have never had the pleasure of meeting you in person, I know I have in spirit. Thanks Brother!
Wayne Mereck - 4.7.2008
Craig, I don't know about Memphis, but here in the DFW area as part of gang initiations, the bangers knock on a door and as it is answered the shoot the resident. Luckily in one case the resident reacted quick enough to snatch the banger's gun and shot him in the ass. The kid finally ended up at an ER and was busted. Not sure if he made it into the gang.
Steve Mack - 4.7.2008
Pssst! Craig!! ..If you hear a knock on the door while you're working in the middle of the night... answer it carefully!
Lee Arnold - 4.7.2008
Craig, your early contributions to WORJ.com Radio were instrumental in it's sound and finances. Thank you so much. Enjoy your Memphis adventure and be safe, my friend.
Craig Michaels - 4.7.2008
Dayam! Finally got relocated... when you're single and you move, it means touching EVERY single thing you own... twice. But I'm nicely situated in downtown Memphis; I'm a five minute walk from the Mississippi River or Beale Street, and about ten minutes from the baseball park (home opener Friday!). Busy as I've had to be, I somehow have managed to "struggle" down to Beale most days to hear some music and catch the human parade. There's obviously a lot of touristy stuff, and you have to sort of learn to filter out the homogenized blooze from the real deal, but there's plenty of real deal to be had here, and I'm truly loving it. Also, with the Memphis Tigers in the NCAA Finals tonight, the whole town is on fire - Orlando really isn't a sports town. I'm finding that what happens tonight is WAY more than a basketball game... watched the UCLA game at a bar on Beale, and darn the luck, got stuck at a table with a bunch of Memphis students, including several amazingly beautiful young ladies. Please don't worry, though... I suffered through it. Lee, no doubt the check I sent a long time ago is long spent; will do more as I can, promise. Amazing that you've been able to keep all this going for as long as you have with rather limited help... you're an amazingly dedicated human!
Wayne Mereck - 4.6.2008
Rick, I get the Wayne's World all the time. I usually reply "and welcome to it" after the TV show My World and Welcome To It. It is just nice being a part of the group. Cheers
Rick - 4.6.2008
Hope my cheap sarcasm wasn't misconstrued. My hat is off to Wayne and the others who are helping to keep this going, and especially to Lee for doing it. I just couldn't resist the "Wayne's World" crack! Pun intended.
Wayne Mereck - 4.6.2008
Thanks Lee, It is an honor to be included in something that was and is a great joy to me. Cheers
Lee Arnold - 4.5.2008
Wayne, Jim, John and Mike: Thank you all again. If anyone else wants to help under write the expense of keeping WORJ.com Radio going, Please click on the DONATE button on the left. This will take you to my PAYPAL account. Credit cards and PayPal accepted there. To those four who have already jumped in, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. When I started this Streaming Internet Radio Station, a year ago, I really didn't realize the time and expenses involved. After paying all the expenses for the last year, it became obvious to me that I needed help. Wayne, John, Jim and Mike were the first to commit. I am blown away by their support. All of you who enjoy the station, Thanks for listening. As for Rick and his son's band, Biteboy, Congratulations on the Outlaw's gig. Say Hi to Charlie for me. This band is really good. Check them out. Long Live the Outlaws and Rock N Roll.
Rick Namey - 4.5.2008
Hi, everyone here in Wayne's World! Well, I am happy to report that thanks to our old friend Charlie Brusco, it's starting to happen for Biteboy! This Thursday, April 10th at the House of Blues, my son Rick and his band - Biteboy - are opening for the Outlaws, founding fathers all of Southern Rock, and a big act from the 70's when we were all going to the WORJ concerts at the Orlando Sports Stadium and the T-Bowl, including, of course, the WORJ birthday bash at the Sports Stadium, which I am still proud to say I produced. I know for a fact that there are many big fans of the Outlaws out there, and I'm sure many of you would like to see them and the next generation up on stage under the spotlights. I reported on Hughey Thomasson's funeral which was on the day the tour was supposed to start. After all these years, the other half of the original duo, Henry Paul has returned, so it's the authentic Outlaws, with founding member Monte Yoho on drums and a full band of authentic Southern rockers, most of whom have been on the road for decades. You can see the full lineup at Outlawsmusic.com You can hear Rick's band at www.myspace.com/biteboy Rick Namey Jr. is the front man, lead singer and lead guitar in the triple lead guitar army. This is a big deal for us. It's major recognition and our first time working for Charlie and The Outlaws' management, Alliance Artists, which is one of the biggest companies in the business with huge acts like The Eagles and Skynyrd (btw, they also produce the CSI shows). Don Hall, class of '67 Boone High, and a member of 70s local OTown band "Covington Tower" will be there because he has a daughter who plays drums for Biteboy and he'll be on stage covering the keys on his Hammond B3! Yep, hitting 60 and still rockin! BTW, the band's name comes from the fact that Ricky used to bite people as a baby and the name stuck. Also on the stage with us is the second generation of Gregg Allman - his son Devon and his band Honey Tribe. Some people will probably remember along with me when Devon's dad's band, The Allman Joys, played the Orlando Youth Center before they became the Allman Brothers' Band or at least remember one of their earliest shows at the Sports Stadium or when they played Winter's End in Bithlo while Duane had a 103 degree temperature. Devon's band really conjures the feel of early Allmans, and it's worth feeling. The show starts at 7, and you can't be late because we go on first - promptly at 7:30. I'd love to see any old friends and music fans, introduce you to the bands and hang out after our set. If anybody wants to reach me personally about this, send me an email at the myspace site or at RickNamey at aol.com I hope to see some of you there!
Wayne Mereck - 4.4.2008
I'm not confused Debra!!! Sparky would never thank me for a photo of myself. Ex's don't do that. Sorry to the rest of you all with this episode of "How The Stomach Turns".
Deltona Dawn - 4.4.2008
Wayne: Thought you would remember me. Never been to Texas other than passing through. Sounds like you have me confused with someone else. So long. You guys have fun living on memories. Sparky.
Lee Arnold - 4.4.2008
John, I'm afraid Jim beat you to the J. Thanks Jim, truly appreciated. John, we'll find another letter for you. It stands now at:Wayne-O-R-Jim Radio. :-)
Jim McPherson - 4.4.2008
Lee, checks in the (e)mail !
Wayne Mereck - 4.4.2008
Guys, you make me blush. I appreciate the attention, but that was not my goal. The community needed help and I just stood up to do what I could. John, best of luck on the new opportunity, hopefully it is a position you will look forward to going to everyday. Cheers!!
Lee Arnold - 4.4.2008
Good luck on that job opportunity, John. I look forward to the new IDs: Wayne-O-R-John: Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando, Mt. Dora and the World!!!
John Aseff - 4.4.2008
So I assume that with Wayne's generous donation the W in WORJ now stands for Wayne :-) If I get the job I interviewed for on Tuesday I'll make a donation that will make the J in WORJ stand for John. Now we just need donations from Orville and Roy.
Lee Arnold - 4.3.2008
Wayne, Thanks. That really helps. Long Live Rock and Wayne!!!!
Wayne Mereck - 4.3.2008
Lee, I said I wanted to help out when I could and now I can. Namaste
Lee Arnold - 4.3.2008
WAYNE, Are you out of your mind? I bow to you, my friend!! THANKS.
Wayne Mereck - 4.3.2008
WORJfan aka Debra, this venue is for true fans and I doubt where you grew up in Texas you ever heard it or of it.
WORJ fan - 4.2.2008
Wayne, I watched 1941 a few months ago and thought of you and laughed when they talked about "they should make them smaller" because I thought you would have laughed about it. I got it and I'm not even an engineer. My favorite war movie with a similar title is Summer of 42. I guess it was actually a war movie/love story movie.
Lee Arnold - 4.2.2008
John and Mike: Thanks!!
can't say - 4.2.2008
THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL HOUSE, THIS IS NOT MY BIG AUTOMOBILE... well duh, I broke into this beautiful house, took the silverware, the plasma tv, and an interesting book i saw on the coffee table about the Hapsburg Empire. On the way out I saw keys for the big automobile. I'm off to the Hamptons for a whirlwind weekend with the rich and famous. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. If there's any cash left after I see these hot wheels up there, Lee, it's yours.
Betty Rebel - 4.2.2008
Hey Man, Britney ain't no kin to us'ns. What do you think we is, some illiterate inbred toothless redneck scum? Hello, I got a tooth. Uh, anybody if you see Barney, ask him where he left his wallet.
Mike Zarek - 4.2.2008
Barney and Betty: Please contact your cousin Britney out in Los Angeles. While you've been looking for the wallet, she's lost her marbles.
Mike Zarek - 4.2.2008
Lee: Done
John Aseff - 4.2.2008
Lee - My donation is in. Not too much this first time but more will follow.
Betty Rebel - 4.1.2008
hey man, if any of you see my old man, barney hanging in the joint parking lot, tell him that i forgot where he told me he left his wallet. hey, i'm not gonna b.s. you, i got home, pulled out our round pearl beer tray, cleaned a number or two..... oh, a number or two of babies.... see i forgot where he told me he put his wallet, probably cause i pulled out the pearl beer tray and you know.... man i'm hungry, only one sammich left, but a girl's gotta eat. but don't worry, i floss my tooth after each meal anybody see barney see where he left his wallet, solid
Lee Arnold - 4.1.2008
Well, the folks at LIVE365 have raised my rates for streaming WORJ.com. The new Fees for streaming music on the internet are the cause. So LIVE365 had no choice but to pass the expense on to me and other Internet Broadcasters that they host. Based on this, my choice is to either sign it off or beg for support. I'm going to trying begging first and see if their are enough listeners who think WORJ.com has enough value to them to help out by under-writing some of the cost. I have added a DONATE button to the left. This will take you to my PAYPAL account where you can donate using a Credit Card or your PayPal account. No amount is too small or too large. If you have come to enjoy my little commercial free love child, please help. Thanks!!
Barney Rebel - 4.1.2008
Hey man, I've been waiting in the joint in the woods parking lot since, uh, March. 1980. My old lady was going to go back to our pad and get me a pair of long pants cause Lizard said I couldn't get in wearing my cut-offs with the hole on the ass. If you see my old lady, tell her I'm hungry. A sandwich would be bitchin'. And a bag of chips. Tell her to stop at Scagg's and pick up a bottle of lice killer too, I got a bad itch problem. Oh, and my wallet is on the Pearl Beer tray - you know the round one that the waitresses carry stuff on. the one we clean our you know what with. i don't want to say stash, cause you never know who reads these things. i'm not like a idoit or anything. so if you see my old lady, oh, her name is ..... uh, what the hell is her name, you know her, the one with the tooth, tell her to bring me a sandwich, i'm hungry. and a bag of chips. and my wallet, it's on the pearl beer tray, the round one that the waitresses carry stuff on. we use it to clean our, hey, i'm not gonna tell you what we clean on that tray. okay, it's our truck, we clean our truck on the tray we clean our stash on... hey, I wasn't born yesterday, but I can't remember when i was born, tell her to make sure my i.d. is in my wallet and bring it too. it's on the round pearl beer tray that we clean our stash with.... damn, i said it. can't wait to see the danny joe ronny van winters brotherswitch collins hatchet band, i hear they got the guy who used to play marimba with mariam makeeba - man, I used to love that Pata Pata... Oh, and tell my old lady to bring a sandwich, i'm hungry. you know her, she walks the pit bull that wears the red bandana sticking out of his left back pocket... that means he's gay... or not gay... i forget. i forget his name too... is it getting cold? and dark? mama mama where's the doctor, i need my meds... or at least a sponge bath okay, later.... bring the boy back from nam or is it korea? and don't forget my wallet - it's on the round pearl beer........................................................
Wayne Mereck - 3.29.2008
And who could forget "howrywoood"
John Aseff - 3.28.2008
Wayne - I also laughed out loud at the "we need to make these smaller" line. That whole movie was better than it was given credit for. I, too, as a Drafthouse freak. Great place.
Wayne Mereck - 3.27.2008
Mike, I'm with you, I believe the Aloma Draft Housw was the first. I really enjoyed the place. It was nice getting sandwiches, pizza and beer delivered to the table while watching the movie. They had a deal with the Pizza place, so it was real. I'm not sure if it was still Crusty's. I remember seeing 1941 there. When the Japs were trying to get a tube radio into the submarine, one sailor says to the other " we need to make these smaller. I was the only one in the theater that laughed. Cheers!
John Aseff - 3.26.2008
WOW! I just heard the new R.E.M. CD Accelerate in it's entirety on www.ilike.com. IT ROCKS! It's good to hear the boys not be quite so melancholy again. The songs are energetic and fun. Can't wait until April 1 so I can buy it and listen in my car.
Mike Zarek - 3.26.2008
I always thought that the Aloma Cinema Drafthouse was the original.... There was also another one that came about the same time as the Aloma, but I think the Aloma was first... But then again, I could be wrong about it all....
Jim McPherson - 3.26.2008
Yeah Mike, that JJ Whispers on Kirkman has actually been there for several years now. I've never been but I remember they were trying to bill it as the grand return of the legendary JJ Whispers. Times and tastes had changed of course and it never quite caught on again, I believe it caters to a mostly Latin crowd now. Not sure if it's in the old JBs location but that would be my guess. Remember when that was a cinema drafthouse ? ... I believe the first one of its kind in the country !
Jim McPherson - 3.26.2008
So they finally tore Fern Park Station down,huh ? ... another piece of local rock-n-roll history bites the dust ! Ronnie Montrose actually did a show there once back in the late 80s / early 90s, Neal Schon also. Guess the days of seeing nationally known acts at your local rock bar are pretty much gone, they all go to House Of Blues or Hard Rock Live now. Both great places to see a show but getting to and from them seems such a hassle now ... LOL, guess I really am getting old ! Has anyone checked out BB Kings new club at Pointe Orlando ?
Mike Zarek - 3.25.2008
GOT IT!! JJ Whispers turned into "Embassy" ... among others, i think....
Mike Zarek - 3.25.2008
Hmmm.... Still can't remember what JJ Whispers turned into, but from a google search it appears that JJ Whispers is back!! And from it's address, it looks like it's where JB's on Kirkman used to be...
Mike Zarek - 3.25.2008
Lady: No offense was meant at all to local bands... There have been many great local bands in the Orlando area for many many years... I even ran sound for one of 'em! ... I was just being a smartass and referring to bands that Orlando is "known" for... lol
lady in waiting - 3.25.2008
I wish there was an edit button No insult intended I did not mean for Fat Chance to be after the smile.OOPS
lady in waiting - 3.25.2008
To Mike Z Did you forget about "Cowboy" What a great Band.We had our share of excellent local bands. Tight Shoes. U S Males,Fat Chance ,Skin and Bone oops my bad are we only talking major recording bands.Well I think Orlando Winter Park had there share of exdellent local bands and we could never forget Tin House Take care :0) Fat Chance
Mike Zarek - 3.25.2008
Why is it that everytime I think of or hear about Fern Park/The Station, all I can ever remember is the effort required to peel one's feet off of the sticky yucky messy carpet they had in that place when one tried to walk?
Mike Zarek - 3.25.2008
Craig: Good luck! And look at it this way.... altho Florida was home to Skynyrd and others, Orlando itself was only home to the Backstreet Homosexuals (ok.. yeah, I cleaned *that* one up! ;-) ) and N'Stink... You're headin' to the home of the MG's baby! Say hello to the blues for me!
John Aseff - 3.25.2008
Craig - much luck in your move and future endeavors!
Craig Michaels - 3.24.2008
These are odd days for me... I've been in Orlando for the last 37 of my 52 years, and I'm less than a week away from loading my life into a truck and relocating to Memphis. I'm excited and nervous, of course... and also thinking that this was the place where I got to be on the radio because of Lee. Orlando is the place where I got to interview and write about so many of my musical heroes because of Max at Free Bird and Don at Dogfood and a lot of people at Jam Magazine. Orlando is where I got to have my record store for almost 12 years... and I drive around and wonder if there's little bits and pieces of me in the trees and buildings and wind. No less than four of the places where I worked during all the years here aren't even buildings anymore... and I look at places, and see the guitar shop in there now and know that a few years back it was a bar where I drank frequently, and even before that, the whole plaza was a putt putt course. The Station just got torn down... they finally took the sign down for FairBanks Inn... and I keep looking with a curious eye for those little bits and pieces of me. But it's time for me to go someplace else and chase the music in a different way, which is exactly what I'll be doing...
Craig Michaels - 3.24.2008
I'm old... like Monty Python once said, "When he says JJ Whispers, what he MEANS is Cheek to Cheek!" Honest. They said it. Look it up...
Mike Zarek - 3.24.2008
Yeah, Cheek to Cheek was at the Villa Nova ... On the 17-92 side of the parking lot for the Park Theatres. I have some kind of recollection of going to a show there (OMG, did I fry *that* many brain cells back then?) but I can't recall who it was. JJ Whispers was on the west side of I-4 on the corner of Adanson. It was owned (at least partially) by a guy named John Brown (JB, of later years "JB's Sports Bar" on Curry Ford Rd. and on Kirkman Rd.) It was originally billed as an "upscale" entertainment complex... you had to buy a membership to get in, and it was like $50 or $100 a year. I think the membership routine only lasted a year or two, then it went to straight cover charge, and soon thereafter it went out.. It was reopened under another name (that I can't remember) but by then it was a typical drunkanalia club on the "way past their prime" circuit. I saw once saw Quiet Riot there, and later Foghat. The QR show was unimpressive, but Foghat still rocked, tho Lonesome Dave was the only original left and his health was catching up to him. I'll probably wake up in the middle of the night remembering what name it changed to... I'll let ya know....
Don Gilliland - 3.23.2008
Yeah, it was Cheek to Cheek. The name of the Italian restaurant was, I think, the Villa Nova? That Lee Road area always seemed to cough up an interesting club every few years. Another restaurant-cum-club was Sleepout Louie's (used to be a Sweden House back in the 70s, and later was a steak house). I saw John Cale there (he was so messed up he kept falling off his stool!), and also Husker Du, and the Meatpuppets. Fine shows!
Wayne Mereck - 3.23.2008
If memory serves, Cheek to Cheek was an Italian Restaurant that one of the son,s of the owner tried to turn into a night club. It didn't seem to last long. I think they should have stayed in the food business. I
John Aseff - 3.23.2008
I finally remember one :-) I believe that club in Winter Park was Cheek to Cheek where The Band played right before Richard Manuel hung himself. If memory serves I saw Bonnie Raitt there in the 90s. Don - Unfortunately I never got around to attending a show at Rock World so I missed Derringer there.
Don Gilliland - 3.23.2008
hey Craig! I know that club you are talking about, but it wasn't JJ Whispers. That was in that other mall just off Lee Road. The place that the Band played was at 17-92 & Lee Road --- but hell, I can't remember the name of it either! But I also saw some of those great shows: Arlo Guthrie, Steel Pulse, Warren Zevon, Shadowfax, etc. I could kick myself for missing Bonnie Raitt and the Band. On a Jackson Browne note; I just notice the second volume of his "Live Acoustic" album is coming out this month. I like the first one.
Jim McPherson - 3.22.2008
Steve, that Jackson Browne song would be " Ready Or Not " from the " For Everyman " album. Interesting trivia tidbit ... Jackson wrote the title song as a rebuttal to David Crosbys " Wooden Ships ". Crosby wrote " Wooden Ships " as kind of a science fiction song, where he imagined he and a few other survivors escaping on a boat to create a new civilization ( " Silver people on the shoreline " are guys in radiation suits according to Crosby ). Later on Browne asked ... " what about all the people who got left behind ? " and wrote " For Everyman " in response.
Steve Baione - 3.22.2008
A friend dragged me to see Tesla at Whispers. Not being big fan of theirs I was suprised by their live show. File that one under Ho Hum Studio/Great Live band. Hey, I have a question about a Jackson Browne song??? At least I think it was one of his songs. "Babies havin'trouble getting into her jeans" are some of the lyrics (I Think). My sister asked me about it the other day and now I can't get it out of my head. ( Don't worry, It happens to me a lot) Can any one help me figure out what song it is? Thanx :)
Craig Michaels - 3.21.2008
JJ Whispers had a great music history... I saw Bonnie Raitt there in her early, blusier days; great show in front of maybe 40 people. Saw Arlo Guthrie there (with his son on either keyboards or drums, I don't remember which); Shadowfax played a show I saw. Numerous others, including a somewhat tragic event - The Band played there, and then that night, Richard Manuel hung himself in his hotel room after an apparent long, long struggle with alcoholism. Still, the club was amazing for the quality of acts they brought in, especially considering the size of the venue.
Jim McPherson - 3.21.2008
Hey Don, I saw both those shows at Rock World ... I know you, me and Bobby Hall rode together to one of them, maybe both. You guys usually got some kind of promo tickets from working at Record Mart. I recall Rick Derringer looked like he had a bad sunburn ... maybe he was taking his song " Sittin' By The Pool " too literally !
Don Gilliland - 3.21.2008
Hey John; did you see Derringer play that tiny club on the South Trail called Rock World? Not very far from the I-4 overpass. Good show! The club itself didn't last too long, but I also saw Pat Benatar play a show there when her first album came out. Also a good performance.
Jim McPherson - 3.19.2008
Steve, thanks for the fact check on the Johnny Winter show ... I knew it was 1980 SOMEthing ! : - ) I was never one for saving ticket stubs but looking back now, I wish I had. Some of them had pretty cool designs, almost like mini-posters.
Steve Baione - 3.18.2008
Jim. I did see him at Whispers, but it was May of 89'. I still have the ticket stub. Jimmy and I hung around after the show and got Johnny to autograph them for us. We also caught him at Brassy's in Cocoa around that same time. There couldn't have been more than 60 or 70 people there that night. Everyone had great seats. I didn't drink Becks Dark for a long time after that show.
John Aseff - 3.18.2008
Rick Derringer has always been one of my favorites (thanks for the email link Jim). When I worked for Record Mart an LP called Eye to Eye came out that Rick played on. Kind of jazzy as I remember. I couldn't think of the name of it so I Googled Rick Derringer Discography and found this: http://www.rickderringer.com/discography/page7.htm I was surprised to see how many of my favorite albums he played on. Steely Dan's Gaucho for instance. It's good to see him back in the saddle with his old bandmates.
Jim McPherson - 3.17.2008
Hey Steve B ... did you happen to catch Johhny Winter when he played at the old JJ Whispers club back around 86/87 ? That was a good show, it was cool to see him in a smaller venue like that. I figured I might run into Jimmy Mann at that show and sure enough, he was there. I think he lived right behind JJ Whispers at the time. Jimmy says he was in the audience when Johnny recorded his classic " Johnny Winter And - Live " in Dania,FL. ... considered by many to be one of his best recordings ever, though his two recent CD releases " Live Bootleg Series, Vols. 1 & 2 " are pretty smokin' too ! And on a related note, Rick Derringer has reformed his classic Derringer lineup with Danny Johnson, Kenny Aaronson & Vinnie Appice. Check it out @ www.myspace.com/derringerrock
Jim McPherson - 3.17.2008
I was kind of surprised to read that venerable classic rock band Boston will be going out on tour this summer. I kinda wondered what would happen to them after the untimely death of singer Brad Delp last year. Rather than take the Journey route of scouring YouTube videos for a replacement lead singer, they've recruited former Stryper frontman Michael Sweet to step in. I vaguely recall seeing some of Strypers videos on MTV back when they came out as one of the first Christian rock bands. If I remember right, Sweet has the right kind of voice to pull off those signature Boston high notes. Bostons website is pretty cool, kind of what you would expect from a tech savvy band like them ... www.bandboston.com
Steve Baione - 3.13.2008
Howdy Y'all. My brother in law called me the other day and told me he just picked us up tickets to see Johnny Winter on the 28th of this month. I went to Johnnys website and found he is going to be playing at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa on the 11th of April 2008 with Robben Ford. Ford, for those of you who don't know is an excellent blues guitarist and well worth seeing. I saw Johnny on the tube not too long ago at some kind of all star blues jam with Clapton, Buddy Guy and other blues artists. When it was time for Johnny to come on he had to be helped and sat on the edge of the stage and played. Why is he not in the rock'n'roll Hall of Fame??? I know he will be at some point. I would rather he be around to see it. My sisters ex-husband, Jeff Cole of Tin House had told me stories from when they where on tour together. There was one tale where they where getting ready to go to a gig and couldn't find Johnny anywhere. After searching for an hour or so, found him passed out up an apple tree. I wonder if that's where he came up with the song "Out on a limb"? All I'm saying is if you get a chance to see him, Do it!
John Aseff - 3.12.2008
Jim - Somewhere I have a photo of Bobby Hall on stage with Todd playing tambourine while Todd tickles the ivories. It was taken several years ago in Boston when Bobby lived there. If I ever locate it I'll scan it and email it to you.
Jim McPherson - 3.12.2008
Todd Rundgren, April 14 @ Hard Rock Live Orlando. Can't remember the last time he played around these parts !
John Aseff - 3.10.2008
Don - maybe I remember her from Edgewater. Was she there when we were there?
Don Gilliland - 3.8.2008
John; good to hear that you liked what you heard by Reina. She's a College Park girl and also went to Edgewater High. She sang for a band in St. Pete for a few years, and then moved to Boston (in the wake of Bobby Hall and Keith Chagnon), and then to Idaho (where she ran her own CD shop) and now she's in Oregon.
Wayne Mereck - 3.8.2008
Congratulations Lee! It is nice to know that those great call letters are safe in your care. I really can't think of a better place. Cheers!!!
John Aseff - 3.7.2008
Don - I went on CD Baby and listened to short versions of the songs on Austin to Boston by Reina Collins. Great stuff. I ordered my copy immediately. Thanks for the heads up. By the way, she looks very familiar.
Lee Arnold - 3.6.2008
Thank you guys for the kind words.
Jim McPherson - 3.6.2008
After all these years I figured you just could've claimed squatters rights or something ... cuz everyone knows WORJ and Lee Arnold are synonymous ! : - ) Glad to hear it's all documented and legal now. Congratulations and long live WORJ !!!
Mike Zarek - 3.6.2008
Woohoo! Congrats Lee! And thank you for your hard work and dedication to keeping WORJ® alive in body and spirit for listeners all over the world.
Lee Arnold - 3.6.2008
Don Gilliland - 3.5.2008
I also congratulate Lee. Thanks for the hard work and dedication ... and inspiration. My musical roots run deep into the WORJ foundation. On a semi-related note: former Orlando resident and WORJ listener Reina Collins (she was Reina Gutman back in those days) has a new album out called "Austin to Boston." Excellent stuff. Really. Most the songs are originals but she also does a very cool cover of "Woodstock" and songs by Richard Thompson and World Party. Check out her site at: www.reinagcollins.com
Lee Arnold - 3.5.2008
Thanks, John.
John Aseff - 3.5.2008
Lee Arnold - 3.5.2008
After 7 months, my pending service mark for WORJ is no longer pending. I was granted the service mark for WORJ on March 4, 2008. The process was actually shorter than I thought it would be and was accomplished with no outside help. I simply applied for it, paid my application fee, waited, checked back now and then to watch the progress, waited out the 30 day publishing window and was then granted my service mark. I am pleased to say the least. That fact that I have been using the WORJ name for years, both here at the WORJ Tribute website and for the WORJ internet radio station, helped speed the process along. When the folks at the Patent office Googled and Lexis-Nexised the name WORJ, there I was with a long history of usage. Nice to know the system works.
Mike Zarek - 3.4.2008
Incedent At Neshabur .. Ya know, I still think Santana's Abraxas is one of the greatest albums ever cut......
Jim McPherson - 3.4.2008
Heard Lee play a track by Chris Stills, Stephen Stills son, the other day. For further proof that the musical apple doesn't fall far from the tree check out the new CD from TAB The Band " Pulling Out Just Enough To Win ". Fronted by Joe Perrys' sons Tony & Adrian, it sounds like Joe has schooled them well in the art of blues rock. The Stones / Faces influence is obvious, just like in the Aerosmiths early records, with a nod to the Joe Perry Projects early 80s LPs. Some may complain that they're just re-treading old ground and that it's all been done before, just like when the Black Crowes first came out but what the hell ... I'll never get tired of that style of rock-n-roll ! Not sure what's up with that band name but the album smokes from beginning to end !
John Aseff - 3.3.2008
I just heard that the Van Halen concert has been rescheduled for March 19. This link is unrelated but it's good for a laugh on a Monday afternoon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y7u_NXTQGc
Jim McPherson - 3.3.2008
Bummer, John ! ... I understand all the remaining Van Halen tour dates have been cancelled, no word yet as to whether they will be rescheduled. Rumor has it that Diamond Dave is not to blame this time ... there've been reports that Eddie started drinking again, due to his frustration with an ongoing hearing problem that caused him to make numerous playing mistakes while onstage. Hopefully they can pull it together and get back on the road.
Jim McPherson - 3.3.2008
And in yet more sad news, guitarist extraordinaire Jeff Healey has passed away at the age of 41 after a lifelong batttle with cancer. Blind since the age of 1 from a rare form of retinal cancer, he taught himself to play guitar in his signature style of holding the instrument across his lap. Like most people, I first saw him in the 1989 film " Roadhouse " with Patrick Swayze and was blown away by his sound and unique style. In recent years he hosted a radio show in his native Canada where he focused on his love of jazz music, spinning tunes from his personal 30,000+ vinyl LP collection. R.I.P. Jeff, your music and talent will be greatly missed !
Don Gilliland - 3.1.2008
Sorry to hear about Buddy Miles. Another one of my favorite drummers from the 70s was Mick Waller, who played on classic Rod Stewart albums such as "Never a Dull Moment" and "Every Picture Tells a Story." Anybody know whatever happened to him?
Lee Arnold - 3.1.2008
One year ago this past Thursday, WORJ.com Radio signed on. This year went by really fast. A BIG hello to all who tune in and enjoy.
John Aseff - 2.29.2008
R.I.P. Buddy Miles. He was the drummer on one of my all time favorite albums. Band of Gypsies with Jimi Hendrix and Billy Cox. I guess I'll be listening to it all weekend.
Lee Arnold - 2.28.2008
So Sad...(AP) - Singer Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five has died, less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band's publicist says Smith died of pneumonia today outside London. Smith was 64. The Dave Clark Five's hits include "Glad All Over," "Catch Us If You Can" and "Over and Over." Smith's illness was a complication from a spinal cord injury he sustained in September 2003 that left him paralyzed below the ribs. Smith had been in the hospital since the accident and was just released this past December. He had intended to attend The Dave Clark Five's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York on March 10th.
John Aseff - 2.28.2008
Cool story. My brother-in-law and his grandson went to a fairly recent show here in Atlanta where Clutch opened for another band. When they got there they found that the show was sold out. They thought maybe they could hang out near the side entrance and at least hear a song or two (small venue). They struck up a conversation with a guy who turned out to be a Clutch roadie. They mentioned how they were there to see Clutch and couldn't care less about the headliner. The guy disappeared into the building and came out with two backstage passes courtesy of Clutch.
John Aseff - 2.28.2008
Steve - good to hear from you. My brother-in-law is a huge Clutch fan and turned me on to them about a year ago. I have Elephant Riders and Pure Rock Fury. Your description is exactly how I would describe them as well. Pretty good stuff.
Steve Baione - 2.27.2008
Hello Everyone, I hope Ya'll are doing well. Me, well, I'm just trying to get through this winter. There is about a foot of snow outside and the temp is around 6 degrees and falling. Such is life in the shadow of the Great Lakes. What's the words to that old Buffett song "I think I got cabin fever. I just shot six holes in my freezer". It's not that bad yet, But if it doesn't warm up soon, well, I can't pull my hair out cause I just shaved my head after letting it grow for the past 10 years. I think it was time for a new look. Probably way past time. But i digress. What I really wanted to talk about is the band "Clutch". I was driving in my truck the other day, listening to the local collage radio station (Alfred State) and the song "10001110101" came on. I was thinking to myself, I know this band. Who are they? After the song was over the DJ gave the song I.D. Clutch, Man, I haven't heard these guys in years. When I got home I went to their web site and listened to some songs and looked at their bio. I ordered a couple their CD's. It's hard to put a finger on their sound. They sound a little like Zappa without the jazz influence, especially the vocals. With song titles like "A Shogun Named Marcus" and "What Would A Wookie Do?" I would think they have a slightly twisted sense of humor like Franks also. All in all, a pretty cool band if you ask me. Anyway, that's about it for now. I just wanted to check in. It's been a while since I've posted anything. Peace....
Mike Zarek - 2.26.2008
Ronn B - 2.22.2008
Don , good to see ya alive and well.Got hooked on your store in C Park and we have truly missed you since the closing.I know shop at Ray And Fredd's store.I will tell them hello from you with your approval