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Mon, February 10, 2014

New Tunes

It's another week...and that means more new rock on your radio. Every week, there are so many new songs released and being pushed to radio stations by a slew of record companies and many independent labels all looking for airplay. It's impossible to play everything, so it's a matter of finding the best new rock available. Sometimes, things are hyped to death and fail to impress and others are hits that are somewhat of a surprise. Which leads us to the single by the unsigned band, Cry To The Blind called "Wrecking Ball". Yes, THAT "Wrecking Ball". The smash pop song recorded by Miley Cyrus.

I'd been sent the Cry To The Blind video and hadn't watched it. I'd never heard the original pop hit by Cyrus. I knew about the song, but I don't give pop music too much of my time. So, when I got around to watching the video and hearing their version, it was simply a new rock song to me. I had no way to judge if it was a good cover or not, since I had never heard Cyrus' hit. But, all I listened for was the music. The song. It was good. This song was really good. I played it for the airstaff - and everyone liked it. So, for fun - I played it on the air. INSTANT reaction - and, all of it positive.

Then, James Patrick asked if he could throw it on the next morning becasue he was getting requests for it. Same for Matt Murphy. At the time, I had no intentions of actually PLAYING the song in any normal rotation, I just threw it in on a whim. But, the response we were getting was unusual. After kind of flirting with the song for a week with airplay here and there between JP, myself and Matt and 98% of the phone calls/Facebook/email comments were positive, I decided to offically add the track and play it. We'll get some hate calls for sure, but the majority seem to be in favor of us playing the song.

It goes to show that the smallest of bands - unheard of bands - can get airplay with the right song. It doesn't matter if you're on a major label or the smallest of little record company signs your band. Lightning can strike. In the case of Cry To The Blind, this one song has gotten their name out and they are getting some airplay on a handful of radio stations. Will this song breakout nationally? Probably not. But, if it's working - then why not play it?

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Michael Cross's Bio
Hometown: Born in Iowa City, raised in Waterloo, Iowa.

Favorite bands on Rock 108: Different week, different band.

First record you owned:  The Beatles - Abbey Road

Foods you crave: Steaks, BBQ, seafood - or anything on the grill.

Moment you knew you wanted to be in radio: I was 8 years old. I found it fascinating that the 'man in the box' could play music and I could hear it.

Favorite TV shows: Old 70's cop shows, Dark Shadows, The Simpsons.

Favorite guilty pleasure artist/band: Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" from the 1970's and 1980's. It's heard every Saturday and Sunday mornings on our sister station, 105.7 KOKZ-FM.

Favorite sport: Football: New York Jets, NCAA football/basketball and even local high school football.

Best concert: Onstage In "the pit" with Metallica 1991; Ozzfest, Rockstock

Jobs before radio: Janitor at Crossroads Center, Waterloo.

Biggest pet peeve: People who don't use turn signals and have no business driving a car.

Three artists that are currently rockin' your iPod: Redlight King, Jack White, Dead Sara.

Favorite guy movie: Animal House, The Big Lebowski, porn.

Song or album that changed your life: Any album by The Beatles.

Favorite rock hottie: Lacey Mosley of Flyleaf, Christina from Lacuna Coil and Lizzy Hale from Halestorm.

If you were in a rock band you would be the: Drummer.

Favorite game system/game: PS3: 'Grand Theft Auto', Madden/NCAA football, Red Dead Redemption.

Final words of wisdom/advice: Make every day a great day - it just might be the last one you get.
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