Getting Surreal With Tyson Haller

I started as a college rep for Elektra Records in St. Louis. While doing that I started working part time at a local retailer, Streetside Records, and as a runner for a local club Mississippi Nights. During school I interned both for Atlantic Records in Chicago and Virgin Records in London.  When I graduated from college, I got a job at Elektra Records in New York as an assistant in the Tour Marketing Department. A year later I was doing College Radio at Elektra and then College Radio at Virgin Records for two years after that. My last job before ILG was doing New York local promotion at Virgin. (more…)


Hitting The Trail With Lou Brutus

Lou Brutus is the award-winning host of nationally syndicated radio programs “hardDrive with Lou Brutus,” and “hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus,” which are currently heard in over 100 markets, nationwide, and are now in their sixteenth and fifth seasons, respectively.  Lou has been hand chosen by a bevy of artists to host album premiere specials, and/or program radio channels for them.  These include Metallica, Rush, 3 Doors Down, A Perfect Circle, Smashing Pumpkins, Theory of A Deadman and Korn, among many others. He is lead singer of rock bands Grumpy Old Punks and Dead Schembechlers, with whom he has recorded several albums and appeared on HBO and ESPN.  Brutus is also a Grammy Award voting member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. In popular culture, Lou is the subject of the Adventures of Brutusman comic books, been immortalized by schizophrenic, underground music legend, Wesley Willis, with the song “Lou Brutus,” and been honored by Eddie Van Halen, with the naming of a side-project, The Lou Brutus Experience. He has produced his own micro-brewed beers, Lou-in-Brau and Brew Loutus Ale.  Outside of the broadcast world, he is an accomplished photographer, with five seasons of on-field Major League Baseball photography. His lighthouse photos grace magazine covers, and his music shots have been used by various artists, including Godsmack, Halestorm and Corey Taylor.  Brutus is currently working on three different books including Dead Schembechlers: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of The Best Damn Punk Band in the Land, a coffee table picture book entitled One Man & Two Thousand Concerts: The Backstage Pass Collection of Lou Brutus, and a children’s book about a rabbit, who loves baseball. He works around the clock, seven days a week, and apparently needs very little sleep. (more…)


Havin' A Beer with Roadrunner's Mark Abramson

Hailing from the rough and tumble streets of suburban Long Island, NY, Mark Abramson found his way by following his guts and instinct.  Listening to Finger’s Metal Shop on WBAB made him want to be a DJ when he grew up.  That led him to Buffalo State College and Metal Mayhem on WBNY which set him down the path of his life.  In the 3 years he spent in Buffalo he re-thought his broadcasting goals and instead decided to go down the path of the “other side” of the street – record labels.  Right from the beginning he wanted Roadrunner Records and set his sights.  He started as a metal radio promotions intern leading to part-time to full time Metal Radio promotions.  He went on to start the Commercial radio promotions department for the label (in the beginning a 1 man team) breaking ground with bands like Type O Negative, Fear Factory, Sepultura and Gruntruck.

After a 7 year run he left to join The Enclave and worked with bands like Drain STH, World Party, Sloan and more.  Shortly after which the label was shuttered in the EMI purchase by Seagrams.  This sent Abramson to TVT Records where he was able to work with Sevendust, Gravity Kills and more.

After a 2 and half year run he returned home where he belonged and always knew he would return to – Roadrunner Records.  He returned in time to set up the first single from a brand new band for the label, a band from Canada – Nickelback.  Since then, he has been involved, as part of the Roadrunner Promotions team, in the careers and campaigns for Nickelback, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Korn and many more.  He is currently VP Promotions and oversees Active/Mainstream Rock, Classic Rock and Metal radio promotions. (more…)


Industry Profile with Steve Walker. RadioContraband…Why?

I started in radio at KBER in Salt Lake City.  It was an amazing experience working for the underdog rock radio station, doing our best to break all the rules.  Shortly after being told I was the 2nd worst jock on the station, I made the move to LA and the transition to the record side, working for Enigma Records, with a truly amazing group of people: Sam Kaiser, John Kirksey (RIP, my friend), Ron Cerrito, Brian McDonald, Michelle Munz, to name a few.  I then had the opportunity to move to Seattle for Virgin’s sister label, Charisma, and became a Virgin after the merger. A brief stint at Artist Direct, and Aezra Records brought me to where I am today.  To be honest, I’m still trying to figure out where I am. (more…)


A Glimpse Of Music History With Marc Nathan

Marc Nathan wrote a fan letter to Todd Rundgren when he was 15 years old (1970), and when a response came from an Ampex Records promotion man, a career was born. Nathan went up to Ampex to thank them for their reply, and never left. He subsequently did radio promotion for Bearsville, Casablanca, Playboy/Beserkley, Mushroom, Sire, RCA, IRS, Modern, Atco and Atlantic, and in 1988 discovered a dance/pop record (“I Beg Your Pardon” – KON KAN) while on vacation in Toronto, and subsequently shifted to A&R. Kon Kan’s pop success was followed by Linear (Top 5 POP), King Missile (#1 Alternative), and Terry Tate (Top 10 R&B) but his desire to sign the Cowsills (in 1991) got him in trouble, and fired. In 1995, he reunited with Doug Morris at the inception of Rising Tide, later to become Universal Records, and was responsible for signing Merril Bainbridge (Top 5 POP), the Cash Money Records deal (Juvenile, BG, The Hot Boyz, and Lil’ Wayne) and 3 Doors Down. (more…)


Rockin' Reno With Jave Patterson

Allison and Jave Patterson with Ozzy

Jave Patterson, at KDOT in Reno, has seen the ever-changing radio and music environment from several points of view, from the early days as a roadie working with Metallica, Kiss, Paul McCartney, Queensryche and the Scorpions, (just to name a few) working his way up from promotion intern to mid-day jock at KISS/San Antonio, to Program Director at KDOT. (more…)


Jesse James Dupree – The Hardest Working Man In Rock!

Jesse James Dupree, the chainsaw wielding lead singer and guitarist of the multi-platinum selling band Jackyl is as active behind the scenes as he is on stage. Emerging in the early 1990ʼs, the band has enjoyed success for over
twenty years and maintains a dedicated and loyal following. The Guinness Book of World Records identified Jackyl as the hardest working band in Rock ʻnʼ Roll and the band continues to tirelessly tour the country. Jackylʼs catalog includes collaborations with Rock ʻnʼ Roll Hall of Famersʼ Brian Johnson of AC/DC, as well as DMC, one half of the revolutionary hip-hop group Run-DMC. (more…)


Tim Binder – New Ocean Media

Tim with In This Moment

My journey all started back when I was around six or seven years of
age recording songs off the radio by holding a fisher-price cassette
recorder. I loved music and I loved the anticipation of what song was
going to come next. At times I would even record over the beginning of
the song and do my own impersonation of a radio DJ introducing the
song. Jumping ahead and while in high school I started a local fanzine
with a buddy from school, it was carbon copied and stapled, and then
delivered to all the local music stores and clubs that we could drive
too. I was in charge of layout and would also write some reviews and
photograph bands when they come to town. There was nothing quite like
finishing an issue and holding a fresh copy in your hands after all
the long hours that went into it. (more…)


Rockin' the sunshine with Jen Shevlin


Jen Shevlin with Trapt

I went to school at UCSD. Just before I graduated I got a job as an intern at Rock 105.3 (KIOZ) in San Diego working for Mikey Esparza at night. There were some crazy things going on in the studio most nights. I’m sure in this day and age you would get fined over. Let’s just say we had a lot of fun. I worked for him for about a year when he got hired to do afternoons at KSJO.

From there I got an actual paid job working in promotions under Shauna Moran. When a full time position became available I jumped at it. It was programming assistant for a few Clear Channel stations in San Diego. I made it a point to learn as much as I could and that included Selector. I helped out Rock 105.3 with music scheduling and eventually became Music Director of KGB. I did that for a couple of years and filled in on-air weekends/vacations. (more…)