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    Nushu's Lisa Mychols and Tom Richards from The Waking Hours welcome you to The Time Machine

    Saturday, September 30, 2006

    Stephen Colbert Puts The Time Machine On Notice

    Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    Al Jardine Plays Benefit

    Smile for Alex and Ryan Benefit Concert
    Carmel High Schooi
    Carmel, California
    Sunday, September 17, 2006
    Noon - 6 p.m.

    This show was to benefit the families of two high school students who died in a car accident at the end of July near Big Sur. Concert was produced by local musician Stevie Heger and the show was played on a stage on the high school football field. Al was headliner for this community event. Attendance was 2000 on a hot and sunny day!

    Al Jardine and his Live Action Heroes
    Johnny Mirani and the Sunny Beaches
    Hey Stevie
    Praire Prince Bobby Vega Jim Thomas
    Surf Dawgs
    Bob Phillip Quartet

    Interesting to note that Stevie Heger played in Live Action Heroes, Hey Stevie and the jazz trio Bob Philips Quartet.

    The lineup for Live Action Heroes was the same as the Chamisal Tennis Club in Monterey on August 19th.

    Al mentioned on stage that he would be joining Brian on his dates in the USA.

    Set List

    1) California Dreamin'
    2) California Saga: California
    3) Sail On Sailor - Stevie Heger lead
    4) Sloop John B
    5) Little Duece Coupe
    6) Help Me Rhonda
    7) Surfin' U.S.A.
    8) Runaway
    9) Come Go With Me
    10) Fun, Fun Fun

    Good show for a good cause!

    Posted by Les Chan

    Monday, September 25, 2006

    Whitney Steele Shares Some Of Her Favorite Albums

    Even though Whitney Steele was busy shooting a music video for her song "Storm Warning", Whitney found the time to drop in with a brief glimpse at some of her album faves. Whitney's selection is quite ecclectic.

    Some of my favorite albums and my reasons for thinking so:


    There is really only one word to describe this album and that would be the word brilliant! I love her honesty.


    Who told Mariah she could sing like that? "Music Box" was the first cd I ever owned so that alone makes it special. But what's even more special is Mariah's God given ability to send chills up and down my spine even after listening to the same album over and over and over again for 13 years!


    You can’t try to be either are or you aren’t...and Cyndi Lauper is. Whether she is singing a ballad like, "I’m Gonna Be Strong" or belting out "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", she knows how to get into my gut every time. In fact, I am going to see her rock in concert next Wednesday.


    When I enter the gates of Heaven I hope to hear angels that sing just like Celine Dion. I actually have two copies of "A New Day Has Come" for my house and one for my car.


    This is the album I listen to when I just want to feel at peace. Michael W. Smith’s voice is so anointed and I can always count on being encouraged and inspired every time I listen to his music.

    Posted by Whitney Steele

    Whitney was a recent guest on The Time Machine this past summer. We are currently airing her song "You Won't See Me Crying" with Robin Wilson (lead singer from The Gin Blossoms). Get a sample of what she's about at her official website link above and also Whitney Steele's MySpace Music Profile. As we mentioned about her recent video shoot, you can see some pictures from the shoot that she has on a slideshow on her MySpace Music profile. The guitar that you see in the photos is made by Gretsch and won't be out until the beginning of 2007.

    Tuesday, September 12, 2006

    Seal tires of seeing the sites on West Maui

    Outside the studios of The Time Machine, there was a beached seal taking a nap on the other side of the road. It's very rare to see a seal climb over rocks and rest near traffic on West Maui. The police showed up and kept folks from disturbing the animal. We couldn't get a good shot with all of the cars zooming by so we had no choice but to get in the car and take a photograph while driving past the seal. Sorry for the blurry photo but it's tough to take a digital photograph using a monitor in a car going as slow as twenty miles per hour. Notice the deep scar in the center? Did a shark chase it out of the ocean perhaps? We'll never know why the dirt became the seal's couch. This was the second sighting in a week. After nightfall the seal returned to the Pacific.

    MICHAEL and JAY - one of his many older siblings

    The Time Machine's Michael McCartney hanging with his brother Jay in what almost appears to look like some outlaw country duo's back album cover.

    Joe King

    March 12, 2006 12:10 PM

    What's with the "Rocky 4" look?

    Pop Garden Radio

    March 19, 2006 2:42 PM

    Michael McCartney or Nesmith? I can't quite tell.

    Dave Stephens

    May 5, 2006 4:28 PM

    Wo!! It looks like you've been writing songs up in Bron-Y-Aur. The beard is cool man, I hope you have it when I meet you!!


    Sarah: indecisive me...

    May 5, 2006 5:40 PM

    Wow! You look like a completely different person with facial furs! :)


    Singer-songwriter Alice Peacock drops by in a sleepy and nostalgic mood...

    Okay...crazy thunderstorm swept through here last night...I got about 2 hours sleep total which is tough for me. I'm an 8 hour a night gal! My 100 pound German Shepherd was pacing, trying to jump on the bed, panting and overall fretting during the thunder and lightening that shook the windows and made the bedroom bright enough to read in, respectively. Anyway I give my dog this homeopathic flower essence called "Rescue Remedy" which seems to help alleviate his anxiousness for a while...but this storm went on for hours and at some point I gave up on my beauty sleep!

    I used to love storms as a kid - tornado warnings with the excitement of impending possible disaster brought a sort of drama to an otherwise quiet Midwestern childhood. I loved the experience of getting our blankets and battery operated radio, gathering the family pets and going down into the basement to wait it out. My parents would sing songs and tell stories and I always felt completely safe! I loved the bruise colored sky preceding a tornado...thankfully, we were never hit but I loved the coziness of it all. I looked forward to blizzards that forced people to have to ski down the street to get groceries (if the stores were even open!). All the kids in the neighborhood would tunnel caves into the huge mountains of snow deposited by the showplows at the end of the streets while our mothers looked on anxiously. People would talk to each other and help shovel each other's cars out. There's something about extreme weather that brings everyone together.

    I would've enjoyed the storm last night, probably even slept through it, but instead, I was in the role of comforter and was needed to help someone else feel safe. I'm tired today but I don't mind.

    Posted by Alice Peacock

    Alice has been filling up our playlists since the turn of the century with wonderful songs from her self titled 2002 release. Alice has just released her latest collection of songs on an album titled "Who I Am". The album is available at all music outlets and online.

    Listen to Alice Peacock's music at her official website -

    You can also check out Alice Peacock at MySpace Music

    Monday, September 11, 2006

    KGRL Awaits Your Listening Pleasure

    Visit for more!

    We've had a link to KGRL on our website and thought that maybe we should point it out to you if you hadn't noticed the link on past visits to The Time Machine.

    Don't tell the boss but while we were busy playing you songs on the air today, we were blasting the "super secret audition speakers" in the studio listening to KGRL's very own Mysty play some of the finest music over the course of five hours.

    KGRL is a non-profit non-commercial internet radio station that plays an ALL female artist mixed-genre with easy-listening, flower-powered hits from past to present. KGRL is listener supported and that means KGRL is free of annoying advertisements.

    The station started on May 7, 2006 as a test broadcast that eventually led to a full broadcast several days after the acquisition of license and royalty coverage. KGRL is currently signed up with Loudcity for the license which makes them a 100% legal internet streaming radio station. That's a good thing.

    So really, what does KGRL mean? KGRL is not an acronym but just a name for a radio station that represents the feminine side of music. Think of it like saying "k-girl" but one that pertains to the type of music and not to limit or define exclusivity for female listeners. Sometimes even the most hardcore males needs a breather from the heaviness of what they always listen to and the staff of KGRL are there to provide the best alternative without sucking on mainstream pop radio.

    The songs played fall in a wide variety of genre, mostly alternative, jazz, pop, folk, rock, trip-hop, classic, and even japanese pop. Artists range from popular mainstream to obscure ones. So if you've enjoyed The Time Machine all of these years and wondered what we would sound like if we were to remove the male vocals and our beloved early sixties girl groups from our playlists, then KGRL is exactly what you are looking for.

    Be sure to check the LOOK section, or more specifically the Artists Currently Streamed section - it's just right below the current featured Flower-Powered Artist of the Month, for a list of all the artists they have in their repertoire. The list presents clickable reference links to the artists for detail/information convenience much like our own links on the side of our website. Very handy to have that info on such a wonderful sounding online radio station.

    All of The Time Machine's faves have been honored with KGRL's Flower-Powered Artist of the Month; Solveig Sandnes, Shine, Puffy AmiYumi and Courtney Jaye. This month features Kay Hanley with not only an in-depth interview (transcribed and audio) but also fantastic video performances taped this past July. The songs that you can view of Kay singing in concert include; "Video", "Think Bad Thoughts", "Fall", "Cellars By Starlight", "Galapagos", "It Hurts", "Awake" and "Te Amo".

    Check it out by clicking on the banner at top of this article.

    MARTY RUDNICK with Michael McCartney on The Time Machine available as an MP3 download.

    Sandbox Records has proudly announced the arrival of the new album "MORE SONGS ABOUT CARS AND GIRLS", a collection of melodic pop tunes by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Marty Rudnick, which was recorded between 2005 and 2006 at Love Hz Studios, Sydney, Australia, and Sandbox Sound, San Jose, California.

    The Time Machine was pleased when songwriter Carl Mindling dropped by the studio during the summer to discuss the album on the airwaves. After hearing those songs we just had to have Marty Rudnick on as a guest too! Marty has given us a link for you to listen in:

    Marty Rundnick on "The Time Machine"

    MARTY RUDNICK hails from San Jose, and has been performing and recording in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 20 years. As a performer, he has played with many Bay Area bands, including Mersey Beach, Plan 9, and the acoustic pop duo, Ken & Marty. In 2002, he was recruited to join San Francisco’s legendary Beau Brummels for the "Summer of Love" reunion concert, and other subsequent performances.

    In the studio, Marty has worked for many years as a recording and mastering engineer, and served as producer for Joel Crawford’s BEFRIENDER, and two releases by Ken & Marty, TWO OF US and LOOKING FOR A SITUATION. As a mastering engineer, he has worked with Bigwheel, The Corner Laughers and The Sportsmen (featuring Chris von Sneidern). He has also engineered many radio and TV spots for The Direct Marketing Group.

    The transoceanic recording experiment…

    For MORE SONGS ABOUT CARS AND GIRLS, Marty enlisted Australian pop icon Michael Carpenter as producer. Rudnick credits Carpenter for developing and delivering the full potential of his original songs. Carpenter is well known as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, and his additional contributions as a performer on this album were essential to the sonic deliciousness that was achieved.

    The album highlights a blend of soaring, layered harmonies, solid pop songwriting and showcases the abilities of two diverse musical talents.

    The album features notable guest appearances, including session work from members of The Rubinoos and Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band.

    The album features nine original songs, written or co-written by Marty Rudnick. Five of the songs were co-written with lyricist and long-time associate Carl Mindling. Carl’s endlessly sunny disposition and deft wordplay contributed a breezy flavor and an age-of-innocence sensibility. An additional song was co-written by Kinzy Mudd. The album also features four covers of great songs by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Hollies and The Everly Brothers.

    MORE SONGS ABOUT CARS AND GIRLS is available now through Not Lame, iTunes, CD Baby, or directly from the Sandbox Records website at

    Marty Rudnick on MySpace Music.


    “Marty Rudnick, a pure pop guy from the old, melodic school, crashes into the crazy, lazy, hazy days of summer with a swinging sampler of sweet, harmony-filled treats that delights like no other collection of songs about cars and girls. A pure pop winner of extraordinary proportions!"

    - Alan Haber
    Pure Pop Radio
    WEBR-FM, Fairfax, VA

    “All killer – no filler."

    - Michael McCartney
    The Time Machine

    Wednesday, September 06, 2006

    Courtney Jaye has a new official website.

    Hello friends,

    Well, after many, many months of work and late nights talking on the phone from halfway across the country, the new site is officially up and running...I would like to thank my friend Jeremy Lipsey for all of his hard work and for having the patience to deal with me and my knit-picking...

    Please stop by and visit...

    Much Aloha,
    Courtney Jaye

    Courtney's music has had a home on our playlists and in our hearts since her debut release. Be sure to pick up a copy of her first album, "Traveling Light" and keep an eye peeled out for CJ's upcoming release. Get a sampling of what she's been up to lately (including both "Til It Bleeds" and "The Sweetest Tune" which are getting some positive response from our radio listeners on the studio lines) at her brand spanking new website link above and also Courtney Jaye's MySpace Music Profile

    Sunday, September 03, 2006

    MTV used to stand for Music Television

    Bob Lefsetz usually upsets someone sooner or later and we find that half the time we agree with him and the other half we don't but it's like having a friend at lunch with opinions giving you time to finish your meal first before jumping in with a comment.

    The biggest act in music isn't Christina Aguilera OR Justin Timberlake.

    It's Pink Floyd.

    Now if you asked me a couple of years back, I would have said Led Zeppelin. Jimmy and the boys are still huge, but they've been eclipsed. By the sheer magic of the head-spinning aural gyrations of Roger Waters, David Gilmour and even Syd Barrett. Yes, fifteen year olds know who Syd Barrett was. HOW COME MTV DOESN'T KNOW THIS??

    August 1st marked the twenty fifth anniversary of MTV. But there was no hoopla on the channel. Better not to alienate the younger generation, WHOSE PARENTS were addicted to the twenty four hour music station in their youth. The only problem is, these kids are addicted to their parents' music. Not the evanescent crap MTV aired in the eighties, not even the still-around U2, but the music of the sixties and seventies. These kids didn't just fall off the turnip truck, they were weaned on the BEST MUSIC OF ALL TIME! They know every Beatle song, and most of the Eagles' too. They know today's music is crap just like our generation knows you can no longer buy a Chevrolet. But chasing advertisers with a fifteen year old formula, MTV completely missed the point.

    This was evidenced most dramatically with MTV's coverage last year of Live 8. MTV had the mistaken impression that being a member of the group, hanging with your buddies, ECLIPSED the music. Not only were there commercials during the broadcast, we had inane talking heads speaking with idiot concertgoers as the acts were reduced to background noise. How could MTV get it so WRONG?

    The channel tried to make it up to us by airing an unexpurgated version after the fact. But if you think this makes a difference, you're probably watching tape of last year's Super Bowl. In a now world to be even tape-delayed is to lose audience to the Web. And that's just what music fans did, they watched Live 8 on AOL.

    You must never forget who you are. But somehow MTV did.

    Realizing that the ratings of long form programming surpassed those of endless videos, they exorcised the videos. But in the process, the channel lost its spirit. MTV today is just reality programming for kids. And the music "stars" they get to drop by are tools of corporations, slaves to the grind, the ANTITHESIS of rock and roll. With no one believing in the channel, it's got no soul.

    The reason Pink Floyd is the biggest band in the world today is not only its music, but where it's coming from. Pink Floyd never played by ANYBODY'S rules. And this appeals to today's youth. They don't expect anybody on MTV to come up with an opus like "Dark Side Of The Moon", god, how would they promote it on the channel? Pink Floyd was outside, but MTV is inside. Oh, for its first decade and a half the channel walked the line, trying to appear hip as it sold out to Madison Avenue, but after the boy bands, after the dating shows, it was clear. MTV would do what Pink Floyd never did. Which was follow the money.

    Sure, music didn't get ratings as good as reality shows. And music videos moved to the Web. But by sacrificing its soul, by eviscerating the music that was always its underpinning, MTV ceased standing for anything.

    And its Web-presence was just as bad. It was a reflection of the televisionchannel, when all the successful Websites had NO counterpart on the tube.
    succeeds because it's utilitarian, it not only delivers what you want, it does so QUICKLY! Whereas to visit is to endure an interface akin to swimming through molasses. MySpace delivers the MUSIC of its members. If you're lucky, you can figure out where on to post your comments on the celebutantes and no-names featured on the TV channel. In an era where Websites from to to make FUN of the very same people MTV exalts, the brass at MTV were too invested in these morons, and too stupid to know they were going down on the ship with them. Really, the only stars ARE those musicians who haven't sold out. Oftentimes, like Ani DiFranco, never featured on MTV. But, rather than save its soul, MTV kept focusing on lower and lower common denominators, to the point where the only people watching the channel not making fun of it were four year olds.

    There was a moment there when MTV could have said mea culpa. When stories started to appear everywhere, when there was an outcry, that there was no longer any MUSIC on the channel. The bigwigs didn't realize they were losing their audience, figuring that it changed over every five years or so ANYWAY. But not only did this lack of music drive away oldsters, and let's not forget, even the most ancient stopped by at MTV to try and stay hip, youngsters unexposed to the glory days of the outlet had no investment in the channel, no belief in it AT ALL!

    The Academy Awards telecast is tanking in the ratings. Because movies don't represent the soul of America anymore. Movies are where idiots like Wilmer Valderrama go for big paychecks made by studios looking for the safest, most success-insured product possible. Avoiding all risk, kids no longer take the movies seriously. As for stars... Do you really think kids want to tune in to sexagenarians, SEPTUAGENARIANS, mugging?

    What are the VMAs for?

    Fearful of conflicting with 9/11 memorials, MTV moved the show BEFORE Labor Day. What a big mistake. The show worked because you were ALREADY IN SCHOOL! Summer was over. It was a way to avoid doing your homework. AND, you tuned in so you wouldn't be left out of the discussion at your school the next day. But with all the kids spread out over the landscape, there's no center, the VMAs were/are not MUST SEE TV, so people don't.

    And the show no longer makes sense. Kids know there's no music on the channel, and oldsters haven't heard of the acts. What is the DRAW? MTV proved it in Miami. If you're playing to the "National Enquirer" crowd, you've lost it. The VMAs were always hip, irreverent. Now they became what they were mocking. Vapid "stars" fawning over each other. The VMAs are just not where it's at.

    So the ratings tanked.

    If they wanted the ratings to go up, MTV would have needed a revolution.

    What would that revolution look like?

    Well, control would have been taken out of the hands of the usual suspects and given to the audience. Yup, the VIEWERS' VMAs. Performers selected by viewers, the show featuring the kind of YouTube videos that never seem to air on MTV.

    And, the music wouldn't be a slave to the Big Four, but the magic stuff kids want to hear.

    Like Pink Floyd. Like Led Zeppelin. This is not OLD stuff, but CLASSIC stuff. Bob Geldof knew this, knowing he needed the world's attention. Who did MTV get? JACK BLACK!

    Who'd already done the show. Who, after "School Of Rock", has appeared in fly by night vanity projects.

    Shit, how about Robert Plant hosting the show? MTV thinks the young won't accept him, but that's like saying that kids have no interest in seeing "The Godfather".

    Yes, kids love the classics. And they love what they make themselves. They don't love the crap that smug baby boomers who think they can hoodwink youngsters feed them.

    If you think about it, MTV declined because it didn't take heed of those musicians it featured. Haircut 100? A Flock Of Seagulls? MTV wore them out, sapped all their soul, along with all the acts who sold themselves on TRL. Even that afternoon train-wreck's host, Carson Daly, WHO THE F--- CARES?

    Whereas people care about Neil Young. Because he MANAGES THE BRAND! He only does what he wants. He's not beholden to others. He's always trying something new, and even if he fails, we still pay attention, because we believe.

    But Neil Young is not Pink Floyd. With Neil Young, it's about him. With Pink Floyd, it's about US. Neil Young is selling a story, whereas Pink Floyd is more basic, it's like a drug, an LSD tab that you can take by dropping the needle, pushing play on your iPod, on ANY of their music.

    It's not about the personalities in the band, but how the music makes you feel. It's not about your body, but your MIND!

    MTV only focused on the body. The hotties on the channel. It lost control of its audience's mind. And as a result, MTV's got no fans, no believers.

    And this is why the fact MTV Networks plays videos on its other TV channels is irrelevant. You buy "Atom Heart Mother" because you love "The Wall". But if there was no "Wall", kids wouldn't be going back and buying the catalog. Without belief in the flagship, people don't believe in the subsidiaries. A band might have a great album track, but if all the singles, 9/10ths of what people are exposed to SUCKS, they won't care about it, because they're looking for acts to believe in overall.

    And this is why MTV is doomed to fail on the Web. Because MTV stands for something bad. Something even worse than network TV. MTV is crass. With no respect for its audience, nobody respects it. So why in the hell should people go to its Website when they can visit a zillion others, real estate/distribution not being a problem on the Internet as opposed to cable TV.

    MTV got fat and happy. Until one day it all collapsed.

    Not that different from the major labels, if you think about it.

    Each wants us to come back. But that's not going to happen. Because each has abused our trust. We AVOID them!

    If you go for the short term bucks, if you don't have one eye on the future, then you're doomed to fall off a cliff at some point. When suddenly, EVERYBODY gets the memo. And realizes not only that you're not what you used to be, but that you have contempt for them.

    But the baby boomers running these enterprises believe they're ENTITLED to their success. That it should go on forever. Not realizing they sold their souls for that million dollar lifestyle and lost touch with the peons as surely as Marie Antoinette did in Versailles.

    Which is why kids are gonna take over. Contrary to boomers' belief, they know what's going on, they know what's real, they can't be so easily manipulated. And now, with the means of production AND distribution within their grasp, there's no need for the old forms. Just like there's no need for IBM in a PC world.

    Oh, IBM reinvented itself. As a services company. And is doing well.

    But it's no longer dominant.

    If you want an ubiquitous hit single, you must be with a major label. MTV is home to youth-oriented reality shows that can be profitable with a tiny sliver of the audience that networks demand to make their balance sheets work. Both will live on. But neither will have a grasp on the hearts and minds of the audience. They will be greatly diminished enterprises. Because when confronted with change, they just stuck to the course.

    The labels should have authorized a pay version of the original Napster. And certainly shouldn't have sued their customers.

    And MTV should have aired more music.

    In both cases the transition might have been wrenching, but by not seeing the handwriting on the wall, the major labels and MTV are now in the predicament of Floyd Landis. It's their word against ours. And all that matters is the court of public opinion. And the people have determined that the major labels and MTV are worthless bottom fishers.

    Floyd Landis isn't coming back. And the major labels and MTV aren't either. Because once you're tainted with the stink of the skunk, you're done.

    "MTV Awards Suffer Big Hit in Ratings":

    Michael McCartney from The Time Machine adds:

    ...and don't think that the irony of VH-1 Classic celebrating its sister network MTV's 25th anniversary a month ago didn't go past anyone who got a chance to see it that weekend! VH-1 Classic aired the first twenty-fours of MTV's debut broadcast from 1981. A number of music geeks know that The Buggles "Video Killed The Radio Star" was the first video to ever air on MTV but it was quite a treat to see what else aired on that historic day in television. After dealing with the fact that MTV is ashamed to show their own material (heaven forbid they lose viewership that day from an audience trying to figure out what happened to their "reality shows"), we all sat down to soak in MTV's first day of music videos.

    You need to know that we didn't have MTV on Maui here in Hawaii when the network debuted so this was a chance to see how it started. We only had USA Network's "Nightflight" or HBO's "Jukebox" and later WTBS's "Friday Night Videos" or was it called "Night Tracks"? Heck, it was 25 years ago and the only music promo film clips we got were usually on the "Mike Douglas Show" or "The Midnight Special" so forgive me if my mind is cloudy on the details. Most musical performances were caught on "Saturday Night Live", "American Bandstand", "Soundstage", "Austin City Limits" and talk shows ranging from "Merv Griffin" to "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson".

    It was a trip to see that the vast majority of "videos" were those very same "music promo film clips" from the late seventies (music videos weren't the full fledge industry that it was just a couple years after MTV premiered). Imagine my own delighted surprise to see four separate videos from Andrew Gold. Andrew Gold! MTV was all over the musical map which it hasn't done in over fifteen years. The best example that had all of us applauding in the household was when an Iron Maiden concert clip was immediately followed by a music video from Lani Hall and her husband Herb Alpert. IRON MAIDEN followed by LANI HALL! It was like real Top 40 that showed the variety of music that the public masses listened to back in the old days before genres and niche formats made the playlists on radio so tight which lead to all of the music television networks to do the same.

    All the usual musical suspects from 1981 were on that broadcast day; REO Speedwagon, Cliff Richard, Pat Benatar, Styx, Leo Sayer, Split Enz and The Pretenders. Rod Stewart seemed to come on the most as he had the most music clips from the previous five or six years.

    Outside of the fact that MTV didn't have the guts to air this anniversary special themselves, my only gripe is that VH-1 Classic didn't let the VJs from 1981 do their entire bits. I understand that MTV didn't really record that first day as the entire 24 hours appeared to be rebuilt from the playlist of the debut as it was filled with updated videos. Some of the credits that appeared on videos weren't around in those beginning years. I really wanted to see and hear what JJ Jackson or Martha Quinn did that day but the clips were mere seconds. Everyone I talked to were under the same impression that I was, that it was the actual first day of broadcast, yet VH-1 Classic took every chance that they could to turn it into an infomercial for a network that plays so little music videos that most viewers who are music fans gave up years ago and headed for VH-1. VH-1 has followed the footsteps of MTV and has pretty much the same programming agenda with videos only playing late at night and early morning. Both VH-1's "Storytellers" and "Behind The Music" were the last real television series about music on MTV's sister network but all of this is a story for another time.

    The passion for music is still there but MTV turned their back on it years ago by becoming a programmer for, as you stated, "The National Enquirer" audience. Then again, so has "Rolling Stone" magazine so let the new musical revolution come with such force that no matter how many of us baby boomers talk about the past of these influential pipelines, that an entire generation raised on digital will have no idea what MTV or Rolling Stone is or was...

    It's all about the music.

    Adding to this post is a story from this week's Chicago Tribune:

    MTV launched 25 years ago this summer with "Video Killed the Radio Star".

    For Tom Freston, the man who helped make MTV a multibillion-dollar empire only to be ousted Tuesday as president and chief exec of MTV parent Viacom, it looks as though digital killed the corporate star.

    Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone made it clear enough in naming longtime adviser Philippe Dauman as Freston's replacement: because MySpace isn't TheirSpace, Freston has lost HisPlace...

    Last year's $580 million acquisition of MySpace by News Corp. is not the sole reason Viacom's stock has slumped... But the fact that MySpace and other sites have loosened MTV's one-time iron grip on the young audience that makes marketers drool... surely didn't help Freston's cause.

    "We have to be more plugged in," Dauman told analysts...

    MTV still claims 82 million monthly TV viewers in this country. But the brand has been devalued and does not enjoy the same cachet on the Internet, the medium favored by MTV's core audience between the ages of 12 and 34. The 3-year-old MySpace attracts roughly 55 milllion unique visitors in a month, around 14 times the less than 4 million who visit MTV's Overdrive site...

    Although Freston only got eight months as a chief executive, Redstone has said it will take at least a year to evaluate the splitting of Viacom with CBS, which was supposedly the slow-growth part of the company, with radio, TV and publishing among its assets.

    Moonves, 56, however, has been acquiring digital properties such as the popular college sports site Freston, 60, had not been so aggressive...

    But there is more money to be made in the future, and even if he intends to live only another 20 or 30 years, Redstone apparently doesn't intend to miss out on any of it.

    "There isn't any time to waste," he said. "The landscape is changing rapidly. Those that don't move quickly will be left behind. That's why we believe it's extremely important at this juncture that Viacom has a leader with skills and experience to capture those opportunities, to catapult us to the next level."

    "To not screw up."

    Amy Hanaiali'i stops by to perform on The Time Machine at Mana'o Radio

    Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and multi Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner, Amy Hanaiali'i , dropped in for an on-air performance during a special edition of Club Mana'o on The Time Machine this past Saturday afternoon. Her latest album "Generation Hawai'i" has just been officially released. It is a wonderful album produced by Michael Ruff who has written songs for Natalie Cole, The Doobie Brothers, Huey Lewis, BeBe Winans and Bonnie Raitt.

    Amy shared her music and stories of her newly born daughter on the radio program. Kathy Collins handled the interview while co-host Michael McCartney just sat mesmerized by Amy's hauntingly beautiful music aided by her album's lead guitarist David "Chino" Montero.

    Some of Hawaii's best musicians are on "Generation Hawai'i"; Keli'i Kaneali'i, Kirby Keough, Bobby Ingano and currently on tour drumming with Chicago Tris Imboden. Yeah Brah! That's Tris from 1973's "Pipeline Sequence" by Honk from the soundtrack to "Five Summer Stories. In addition to producer Michael Ruff on piano and bass, both saxophonist jazz legend Ernie Watts and Amy's multi-talented brother Eric Gilliom (solo recording artist and half of the duo "Barefoot Natives"), lend their respective crafts to the new album.

    Amy's been busy performing all over the world and cranking out one great album after another but her new motherly pride was evident in our studios.

    You can find out more about this talented artist at her official website:

    Amy Hanaiali`i Gilliom is one of Hawai`i 's shining stars, who has won the hearts of many with the resurrection of Ha`i (female falsetto singing). Amy has been classically trained with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater and is passionate about Jazz and R&B. Combining these artistic styles make her a fluently diverse entertainer. A multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, her last five albums have won her Song of Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year and Group of the Year. Her first album “Hawaiian Tradition” placed her on the World Billboard Charts, a first for an album written solely in the Hawaiian language.

    Amy has recently been nominated for a Grammy in the new Hawaiian Category.

    Amy has opened for Carlos Santana in Germany, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, Wayne Newton, Arlo Guthrie. She has toured extensively on the East and West Coast, Germany, Japan, China and Tahiti.

    Below: Amy in Europe

    Aside from entertaining, Amy has taken an interest in entertainment law, lobbying the State Senate concerning publishing and copyright benefits for all artists within the State of Hawai`i.

    On August 8, 2002 , Pacific Business News acknowledged Amy's accomplishments with the coveted “40 under 40” Business Person of the Year Award. This award recognizes not just her talent, but her ability to market her fame for the sole enjoyment of her fans.

    Amy is also the granddaughter of Jennie Napua Woodd, whose many credits include being the choreographer on all of the major Hawaiian motion pictures in the 1930's and 40's while in New York City, Hollywood and Las Vegas. While performing at the Lexington Hotel in New York City, Jennie met Amy's grandfather, Lloyd B. Gilliom, who played first trumpet with Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye and, occasionally, played with Tommy Dorsey.

    Friday, September 01, 2006

    Aloha to WOXY (two more weeks left)

    The Time Machine

    We totally understand the plight of WOXY as we deal with it on a daily basis at our own studios at The Time Machine out here in Hawaii. It is a shame that it has only two weeks left and then it is all over. WOXY mattered in the American radio landscape. Below is their letter that was posted on their website

    Listeners, fans and friends,

    This sucks.

    This is the moment all of us hoped would never come. After plugging away at this for the past two years, it’s become pretty clear that operating as a stand-alone Internet "radio station" is not going to cut it. Our operating costs are higher than you might think, and the revenue we were able to generate from advertising isn’t close to supporting what we’re doing. Even membership revenue wasn’t enough to get us there. When your business doesn’t make money, you eventually go out of business.

    With this in mind, we’ve been looking for either a significant partner – someone with a larger plan into which could be plugged – or an outright buyer. That search hasn’t been fruitful. We’re still willing to entertain offers and explore possibilities (email, but our time is short. We thought it was time to share our situation with you ... to give you a heads-up.

    You might be saying, "What can I do to help?" Unfortunately, unless you have significant investment capital and a way to profit from the wonderful programming we create, you can’t. As of today, we will no longer be selling or renewing memberships or accepting contributions. Please don’t send us money ... it will just mean we have to send it back to you.

    Now is a good time to say THANK YOU to our incredibly patient, generous and kind angel investors. Without them ... well, we wouldn’t have had the chance to even be in the game. They’ve enabled everything we’ve accomplished over the past two years, and for that, they are saints to indie rock lovers everywhere.

    We did investigate an alternative: stripping our operations to the absolute bare minimum by cutting back to one staffer, no more DJs, no more Lounge Acts, etc. We decided it wasn’t worth it. It wouldn’t have been true to what is, and it wouldn’t have honored the legacy of 97X.

    While may have failed in a business sense, we’re pretty proud that we managed to put out some of the most passionate, unique and interesting programming on the Internet and elsewhere. We showered love and airplay on countless bands who otherwise would have received none, garnered national press attention and hosted nearly 200 live Lounge Act performances. Not too bad for a little, four-person Internet radio station from Cincinnati.

    A radio station is only as big as its listeners make it. We’re not BS-ing when we say that you guys, our supporters, are the most amazing people on the planet. THANK YOU. The dedication and enthusiasm you’ve shown for what we do is staggering and inspiring. Thank you to everyone who stepped up to become a member, generously made a contribution, emailed (spammed) your friends, spread the gospel of and – most of all – listened.

    Barring something exceptional happening in the next two weeks, we will silence our broadcasts on Friday, September 15th.

    Sometimes no matter how hard you try and how special the thing you do, it simply isn’t enough to beat the odds. It’s the cold reality of business that not even we could escape. When September 15th comes, we’ll meet it proudly with heads held high and celebrate the past two years of and the spirit of 97X. For those lucky enough to have been part of it, The Future of Rock and Roll will forever be in our minds and hearts.

    So enjoy these last two weeks with us. Shall we rock?

    Eternally yours,

    Bryan-J, Mike, Shiv, and Barb