Wednesday, 05 October 2022 20:35

New Music From Breland: For What It's Worth

Tonight's New at 9 'New Song Spotlight' is from Breland, it's the lead single from his album Cross Country called "For What It's Worth". Breland says this song is about holding yourself accountable for misgivings in a relationship. A lot of break up songs say, ‘I miss you’ but rarely say ‘I hope you’re happy now'.

Breland was featured on Dierks Bentley's "Beers On Me" along with HARDY, which they all had a hand in writing and it became Breland's first #1 single.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2022 19:50

Go Guards!

Well that was fun!  The Guardians regular season 92-70.   

Back in April, most if not all believed with the youngest team, low budget way of doing things meant bad news for the Guardians. 

Signing Jose Ramierez was huge...  This team did as Jose did and believed in themselves just as Skipper Terry Francona did! 

-The pitching staff is lights out. 

-The Closer has absolutey filthy stuff. 

-Jose Ramierez is steady as they come, should be considered for MVP.

-While Steven Kwan is my choice for Rookie Of The Year. What a spark plug!

-They are going to be a tough out... they were something like 24-10 over their last games since Sept. 21st... the hottest team since Labor Day!

Now Friday-Sunday they will battle the Tampa Rays to keep this magical season going. 

Friday and Saturday, Games 1 and 2 are at 12:07pm.  The Sunday Game if needed is at 4:07pm.  The best of 3 series should be one for the ages. 

Fans represent at Progressive this weekend and beyond... GO GUARDS!!!

Since Tom Hanks threw out the 1st pitch at the Home Opener with Wilson from Castaway... 

Maybe David Pumpkins should throw out the 1st pitch of the October Game 1 playoffs... (probably not!)

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Wednesday, 05 October 2022 13:40

A trip back in time to 1620

My mom and I spent a couple hours one afternoon in Plymouth,MA - the site of the pilgrim landing in 1620. We saw the Mayflower II docked in port, a reproduction of the original from the 1600's. It was built in England in the '50s and then sailed to Massachusetts just like in 1620! We stopped at Plymouth rock and heard a park ranger talk about the reasons the pilgrims came to America and what they had to contend with once they got here.

It amazed me, because now the rock is honestly not much to look at. The ranger told us that is because it's now about 1/3 of the size it was 400 years ago! 

Next we took a self guided audio tour of the Plymouth shoreline and important sights in town. That was a nice way to see Plymouth and get my steps in for the day :). Not surprisingly, Plymouth is a cute and quintessential example of a New England town.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2022 11:41

Carly Pearce Pays Tribute to Dear Miss Loretta

Carly Pearce was scheduled to play the Grand Ole Opry last night, and upon the news of Loretta Lynn passing away at the age of 90, she posted this tweet: 

During her set, Carly played a voicemail she had gotten from Loretta last year for the audience, then played her song "Dear Miss Loretta". Watching this I had goosebumps, some tears, and yes, the voicemail did make me smile, I can only imagine being in the audience! What a beautiful way to honor one of the Grand Ole Opry's most beloved and iconic members, Loretta Lynn.

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 23:16

The city where every day is Halloween

This past Friday, my mom and I visited Salem,Massachusetts...it DID NOT disappoint! It was September 30th, so everything AND EVERYONE were all decorated for Halloween, but without all of the parking restrictions and INSANE crowds - that started the next day...LOL. We took a trolley tour around town and saw a few of the sights that were used in the filming of 'Hocus Pocus'. We learned more about the witch trials of 1692, saw some important landmarks having to do with the trials and visited the Witch Museum. 

Some of the architecture there is indeed from the 1600's. Salem is quite impressive and you can easily spend 2 days there seeing everything it has to offer. One thing I learned is they take witches seriously there! Just like Roswell,NM has alien heads for street lights, Salem has a witch sitting on a broom on the doors of their police cars and the shoulder patches of the police uniform. I love it!

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 16:31

Oh Dear Loretta

Today we lost a legend, a trailblazer, the Queen of Country...Loretta Lynn passed away at the age of 90. 

The overwhleming love and admiration that was, and continues to be, shown for the "Coalminer's Daughter" from her friends. fans and peers is all well deserved! An amazing woman....160+Songs, 60 Albums, 45 Million Records Sold World Wide... 4 Grammy's, 7 AMA's, 13 ACM's, 8 CMA's, Songwriters Hall of Fame and more.  Their are so many accolades. Rest In Peace, Dear Loretta.

Boy, did she leave a lasting impression with fans, country and basically everyone she met by the looks of all these posts.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 12:44

Sam Hunt On The Tonight Show!

Sam Hunt was the musical guest last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performed his current single "Water Under The Bridge"! If you missed it, or want to watch again, just push play below! 

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SW small Logo  I have wondered for a couple years if someone would ask about Mindy McCready and her story. This week, Jennifer did, and yes she has a sad and tragic story.  In my 42 years of country radio, this is one of the toughest ones for many reasons. 

Her First Single - Much Loved By Fans

 

MM was from Ft. Myers, Florida and moved to Nashville at 18 with a dynamic almost angelic voice many thought, a contemporary look with a huge smile, and a sassy attitude that was right on time for early to mid 90's country.  She had grown up singing in church and graduated high school early at 16 and was on her way.  In just three years she signed a record deal and had her debut album on the charts in 1996, Ten Thousand Angels.  Keep in mind this was way before the real internet and YouTube and all that.  I was doing the morning show at WPCV in Lakeland, Florida at the time, and there was a tremendous phone buzz about her debut song, the title song of the album, long before we were playing it.  Fans had known of her and were excited about hearing her music on the radio.   She was a hero to them at just 21 years old.

Her Only Number One - A Smash!

 

She rallied a very young fan base and there was a big demand to hear her debut song.  Sure we played it as did everyone else, and it was big for her going to number 6 on the charts.  But there was something there. Something magnetic that was drawing.  She was right on time debuting in 1996 in country and seemed to initially fit right in. Women in the 1990's in country had a GREAT run. Shania, Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, JoDee Messina, Suzy Bogguss, Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride , Holly Dunn and others.  And MM seemed to be the next in a line of wildly popular women with great music, popularity, image and attitude.  She was award nominated in 1997, but lost to Deana Carter at the ACM's, who had nothing short of an incedible year.

With Richie McDonald Of Lonestar

 

Her second song, Guys Do It All The Time was a smash number one with a driving beat, fantastic guitar riff, and a slick video. Then two more singles came from the first album that sold over 2 million, and we had a new star.  Her second album in 1997 was a success selling close to a million copies. In 1999 she released a third album that was no success at all, dropped from her record label and then making two more albums later with virtually no commerical success, it was now the 2000's.  What had sadly happened, MM was now becoming more famous for things far outside of any kind of music.

Big Favorite As Well

 

For a number of years, MM found herself in many very tough legal and personal crisis situations.  Substance abuse was at the forefront. She appeared on numerous reality TV shows were she discussed her struggle with drugs of many kinds. She was engaged to actor Dean Cain but that ended.  There were numerous other romantic relationships as well including an NHL player, various actors and others.  Her life had become a series of sad errors with substance abuse, and domestic abuse as the ongoing problems.  The list of troubles is very long and went on for very long.

Great Song - Underrated

 

You can Google the exact details of many of these really terrible situations, they are no secret.  But the truth is, all of this along with a career that faded all too quickly lead to the worst of ends, with Mindy McCready taking her own life in 2013.  She was only 37 years old.  It was a very sad day for us all.  Even tough it had been quite a while since any real success for her, we were all pulling for her, as we were all watching her struggles in the news and on TV.

Mindy McCready for me, is one of the real tragic stories of my long career.  Fans liked her, young listeners really liked her, she was going to the top, and somehow it all just went wrong.  Hers is a very tough story to tell, as there is no shortage of sad.  Read the comments on the videos here.  She was very influential to many new listeners who were in their teens when she hit the charts. 

I was initially like a lot of people feeling like she was on her way to join the others and maybe surpass many of them in the 1990's as a very successful artist singing songs that we would all play for a long time.  I was very impressed with the entirety of that first album especially, as it had all the earmarks as a first class project introducing an incredible new artist.

It's very sad for many involved, and for many loyal fans.  But for a moment that was far too short and fleeting Malinda Gayle McCready  - was on top.

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Monday, 03 October 2022 22:48

The Kennedy Library & Museum

Part of the firsat day of my vacation in Boston was spent at the Kennedy Library. In kind of a weird, spooky twist...we visited on the 62nd anniversary of the famous Kennedy/Nixon televised debate (Sep. 26th)! Being it was JFK's only term and election, much of the museum is spent on the election between him and Richard Nixon. Another huge topic discussed is the Cuban Missle Crisis. VERY interesting to look back on. As the library sits right on the bay, there are absolutely beautiful views of the water and the city of Boston. Totally BREATHTAKING!

I have visited several presidential museums/sites:

1. James Garfield home in Mentor (Highly recommend btw...and SO close!)

2. Rutherford Hayes home in Fremont

3. Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Home & Museum in Nashville

4. LBJ's boyhood home & ranch outside Austin,TX

5. The Nixon & Reagan Libraries outside Los Angeles

While the Kennedy Library is not my favorite of these sites, I still enjoyed it and feel it's a great way to learn about our history.

 

Published in Eric Matthews
Monday, 03 October 2022 14:40

Welcome To The Workday!

Today was my first day in my new time slot, I will be joining you each weekday from 10am - 3pm from now on! I am excited to be spending the workday with you all and have a lot of fun things on the horizon that I think you are really going to like, in addition to hearing your favorite songs of course.

I have loved my time as your evening host, and I am hoping you will be able to join me during the day as well. As always, thank you for listening!! 

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