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RAIN 7/1: Web-only Pop Gold Radio launches with Top 1000 songs of the 60s from WABC heyday

Posted on: 07/01/2011

Editor’s Note: RAIN returns Tuesday, July 5. Have a great holiday weekend!

NEW WEBCAST AIMS TO GO DEEPER THAN TYPICAL FM OLDIES, ADDS 60s-STYLESTATIONALITY

An East coast radio vet and talented but (relative-) radio newcomer have teamed to create the online-only, listener-supported Pop Gold Radio (here), which launched today by beginning its countdown of the “WABC Top 1000 Hits of the 60s,” based on that legendary New York station’s original weekly surveys (see WABC’s survey’s here).

Don Tandler (“the Record Handler!”) has cracked the mic at seemingly dozens of stations in New Jersey (and New York, and Georgia), as well as a Sirius Radio. He and production talent/soul music aficionado Big Tom Lawler created the stream to try to “thread the needle” between tight-playlist AM/FM Oldies stations and “haphazardly” assembled we-play-everything type online oldies channels.

In between deep Oldies (we’re talking Joe Henderson “Snap Your Fingers,” Martha & the Vandellas “Quicksand,” King Curtis “Soul Twist,” and Tokens “Portrait of My Love”), you’ll hear reverb-drenched breaks from Tandler, and wonderfully-produced 60s style jingles. In addition to Tandler’s “Time Machine” show on Saturdays, and Lawler’s Soul and Doo Wop shows on Sundays, the two will stream countdowns based on music surveys from other storied stations of the 60s on Fridays (WMGM/New York, WMCA/New York, WFIL/Philadelphia, etc.). — PM

MOG’S NEW FACEBOOK INTEGRATION RECOMMENDS MUSIC BASED ON “LIKES

Subscription music service MOG has added a few new features to its beta HTML5 web player, including Facebook integration that recommends new music to users based on what artists they’ve “liked” on the social network.

Eliot Van Buskirk found the recommendations to be fairly accurate. He also notes that new users can now sign up for a MOG trial using Facebook Connect instead of providing a credit card. This “puts MOG on par with Spotify in one sense,” Van Buskirk writes.

Other new features from MOG include the ability to “rip” CDs into the service by snapping a photo with your iPhone camera (more here). The HTML5 player — “essentially a port of the MOG Google Chrome app" — is available to subscribers as a beta option. Read more from Wired here.

MOG offers on-demand music features, as well as customizable web radio streams (RAIN coverage here).

WTOP ADDS 2 FULL-TIME TRAFFIC TWEETERS

Radio-Info reports that Washington D.C. all-news station WTOP has appointed two staffers to report about traffic conditions full-time on Twitter. They’re officially called Interactive Traffic Reporters and you can read more about them here.

BBC WEBCAST TUNES OUT WIMBLEDON GRUNTS

Though it’s probably no vuvuzela, tennis fans listening to the audio coverage of Wimbledon have apparently “once again been disgruntled by the incredible number of grunts let out by top female tennis stars.”

So the BBC has introduced an option to their web radio player to tune out the court noises. Yahoo! has more coverage here.



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