1976 – Rockin’ The Bicentennial!

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During 1976, I was the music director for my college radio station at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.  There was plenty of great new music just ripe for the taking.  And we sampled it all…  Rock, Top 40, Jazz/Fusion crossovers, R&B, and a touch of Country, too!

Some of the best selling albums of all time came out of nation’s Bicentennial Year — “Frampton Come Alive!“, Boston’s first, Boz Scaggs’ “Silk Degrees“, Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life“, Steely Dan’s “The Royal Scam” and Eagles’ “Hotel California“… just to name a few.

There were also some great deeeeeeeeeeep album tracks played that year on Progressive Radio.  We’ll check some of those out, too, on this week’s broadcast.

Check out the great music and some lifestyle memories from 1976 on-the-air right now on TuneIn !

Thanks for listening!  I’d love to get your feedback and comments on the show.

– Fred

1970 – The Birth of Free-Form FM

19701970 — More peace marches and war protests…and then there was Kent State. What a senseless tragedy. 1970 also marked the birth of Progressive Free-Form FM radio stations. They began popping up in a lot of major U.S. cities as an alternative listening experience to Top 40 Hit Radio. Long, deep album tracks were finally exposed to the masses through all genres: Art Rock, British Invasion, American Folk, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter, R&B, Jazz, etc. Needless to say, it was a most pleasurable offering to the young folks yearning to discover as much new music as one could absorb. And the new FM exposure drove album sales for many previously-unheard-of artists who would eventually become household acts.

Hear the progressive free-form FM sounds of 1970 spinning right now on TuneIn Radio!

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