First Internet Radio Station Live Concert. Pop Culture Radio Media History.

Radio station concert events go all the way back… In early rock ‘n roll days – Alan Freed presided over many radio station tie-in concerts with WJW Cleveland and later WINS, NY. Hundreds and hundreds, perhaps thousand of local radio stations and personalities – tied to a particular concert event through these years.

And now, it’s finally happened. Internet radio presents its first concert event. True, it is Clear Channel and its top star – Ryan Seacrest – but hey, it’s a first. This came out last week – but it’s the first time in pop culture history that an Internet radio station is out front in a concert event:

Ryan Seacrest will host a two-day music festival in Las Vegas, featuring Lady Gaga, Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas () and Bruno Mars among others. The iHeartRadio Music Festival, put on by Clear Channel Radio, will take place at the MGM Grand. Scheduled for Sept. 23-24, it will also be streamed online and on all Clear Channel radio stations. ‘This is a once in a generation gathering of artists and fans from all over the country for a true, must-see music event,’ Seacrest said in announcing the event.

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Obama Ball To Be The Hot Pop Spot Next Week

Obama Ball The Pop Hot Spot as Beyonce will provide the vocal styling for Barack and Michelle Obama’s first dance on inauguration night, but will she perform one of her chart topping hits? Our guess is that Beyonce will perform a new or a variation of one of her songs to fit the occasion.

Beyonce has expressed her desire to be a part of the inauguration since Obama was elected and she told a reporter in November: “Whatever they want — if they need me to volunteer, they need me to sing, I’m there, and I’m ready.” The singer and actress will also perform at the Neighborhood Ball on ABC along with Jay-Z,, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Sting, Faith Hill, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder and Maroon 5. Jessica Alba, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Walsh will be presenters at the ball.

Lloyd Thaxton – Friend Of Mr. Pop – Passes

If you were around during the 1960′s and liked top-40 music, chances are, you watched the syndicated LLoyd Thaxton teen show. I did, over WPIX-TV in New York. After its long run, Mr. Thaxton had an incredible career behind the camera. He was funny, inspirational, full of wisdom and just a great guy. Lloyd Thaxton will be missed. And to top it off, Mr. Thaxton was a fan of this website. Thank you Lloyd Thaxton. I miss our e-mail converstions. Although we never met, we were supposed to have lunch earlier this year, but I stalled and put it off. Take the opportunity when it comes or it may get away from you – forever. RIP Mr. Thaxton. Mr Pop Culture.

From The Ken Levine Blog:

For every teenager growing up in Los Angeles in the 60s, THE LLOYD THAXTON SHOW was appointment television. Each afternoon from 5-6 Lloyd Thaxton hosted a live dance party show on KCOP, channel 13. If his budget was more than $4.95 a show I’d be shocked.

His set consisted of four panels (probably cardboard) with musical notes drawn on them. Kids from local high schools were invited to dance on a soundstage the size of an elevator. He won his time slot daily, trouncing the competing news broadcasts.

What made the show special was Lloyd Thaxton. Most shows like this were hosted by disc jockeys. They were content to just introduce the records and step aside while the kids did the Twist, Jerk, Fly, Popeye, Monkey, Frug, Mash Potato, Locomotion, and whatever other inane dance was the rage that minute. Lloyd was the first to realize “this was TELEVISION”, you had to do something VISUAL. So he would find ways to comically present the songs, even with his paltry budget. This elf-looking redhead would lip sync, mime playing instruments, use finger puppets, don wigs, do duets with rubber masks, cut out the lips on an album cover and substitute his own – anything to make the songs fun. In many ways, Lloyd Thaxton was a local version of Ernie Kovacs, finding innovative new ways to use the new medium. For the most part he invented music videos. The only difference is music videos these days are all ambitious elaborate productions. Back then we were quite content to watch a guy sing into his hand.

Lloyd began syndicating his show and (with an inflated budget of $5.25) became a national sensation.

He also broke the color barrier. When he had James Brown as his guest a number of affiliates refused to air the segment. Lloyd promptly dropped them from his roster. Motown and R&B acts were guests frequently. Only then did other shows follow.

In later years Lloyd went behind the camera, producing such long running series as FIGHT BACK WITH DAVID HOROWITZ and segments for THE TODAY SHOW.

There is a “Best of the Lloyd Thaxton Show” DVD. It’s 90 minutes of inspired television. But it hasn’t been released because they’ve yet to secure clearances from all the artists, many of whom owe their careers to Lloyd and the exposure his show gave them. The last several years where he shared many memories and photos.

His signature sign off was “My name is Lloyd Thaxton” followed by the kids shouting “So what?!” But we knew better. Lloyd Thaxton was a big part of our lives. We thank him and will fondly remember him always. That’s what.

Ed McMahon Has More Trouble

Court documents show a company founded by Merv Griffin is suing Ed McMahon for a $100,000 loan it claims has gone unpaid.

The Griffin Group Inc. claims it loaned the money to McMahon, Johnny Carson’s sidekick on the “Tonight” show, in 2005. The company filed the suit on Thursday and states that none of the loan has been repaid.

McMahon’s publicist didn’t directly address the lawsuit, instead asking, “Anybody wanna buy a nice house in The Summit?”

The quote is an allusion to McMahon’s hilltop home, which is facing foreclosure. The former pitchman also faces numerous other lawsuits filed on behalf of creditors.

Griffin, the longtime talk-show host who created “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune,” died in 2007.

The lawsuit is seeking repayment of the money, with interest and attorney fees.


After Merger, Sirius XM Shares Falling Sharply

After winning a long and tough battle for regulatory approval for its formation, has been more recently faced with another fight: to keep its sinking stock from collapse.

Shares have fallen 29 percent this month, closing yesterday at 94 cents, as weak revenue and earnings forecasts coupled with the company’s hefty debt load have rattled investors. The stock hit a 52-week low of 68 cents in trading on Tuesday.

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