On the Radar, week of February 20

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Goood morning everybody!  We’re just back from the 5th annual RadioContraband Rock Community Convention.  It was as close to perfect as you can get.  Steve Walker, Beatrix Danko and Jacob Bunton put together an amazing event, which gets bigger and better every year. I would make sure to put this in your date book for 2018.  Big thank you to my peers for bestowing on me the 2016 Impact Award, which is the coolest trophy the TSA has ever seen. (more…)


RadioContraband Wraps Up Another Successful Rock Convention

kurt awardThe RADIO CONTRABAND ROCK RADIO CONVENTION 2017 wrapped up another successful event which ran from last WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th thru FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17th at the HARD ROCK HOTEL in LAS VEGAS, NV. The event kicked off last WEDNESDAY night with a Kick Off Party at GOOSE ISLANDS club in HARD ROCK HOTEL.

THURSDAY and FRIDAY featured several panels and there were also Artist Listening parties and Meet & Greets with ELEVEN SEVEN’s PAPA ROACH and ISLAND RECORD’s INCUBUS, plus a Q & A with CAROLINE artist ALTER BRIDGE.

The event also included Music Showcases at the HARD ROCK CAFÉ and VINYL in the HARD ROCK HOTEL.

The festivities concluded on FRIDAY evening with the Rock Radio Awards for 2016 at VINYL in the HARD ROCK HOTEL. Hosted by hARDDRIVE Radio host LOU BRUTUS, here is the complete list of this year’s winners: (more…)


On the Radar, week of February 13

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Gooood morning everybody!  We’re down to mere hours ’till we meet up in beautiful Las Vegas for the RadioContraband Rock Convention and Hootenanny.  A full schedule of events is on our website.  Plan your days accordingly.  Remember to start hydrating now.

Tips for traveling: Remember to bring hand sanitizer with you.  Your airplane tray table is loaded with filthy germs and bacteria.  Ditto your armrest.  Drinking fountain button.  The air.  Yes the air.  The overhead air vent.  (Don’t touch it, but do turn it on somehow, to keep air circulating.)  The lavatory flush button.  Seatbelt buckle.  Blanket. Bathroom stall lock.  You get the idea.  Also refer to a few of Robert’s Exclusive Tips for Keeping Your Neighboring Seat Open:  Immediately upon sitting down open your air sickness bag.  Splash water on your face and start hyperventilating.  Say “Oh god, oh god.” (Don’t overplay it.) (more…)


Megadeth Win Best Metal Performance at 59th Annual Grammy Awards

1486964352664Congratulations to Megadeth for winning Best Metal Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards!

Nominees included Baroness’ “Shock Me,” Gojira’s “Silvera,” Korn’s “Rotting in Vain” and Periphery’s “The Price is Wrong.”

“Fantastic! Only took 12 tries to get this,” Mustaine said during his acceptance speech. “Last time we were here we were talking to Kenny G and he asked me how many times we were here and he goes, ‘We’ll 11 isn’t that bad.’ I said, ‘How many times did it take you?’ And he said, ’21,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, my god. If it takes 21 times… I don’t know if I’ll live that long.”

Mustaine continued, “It’s a little weird that we ended up being category 69, but somebody’s got a sense of humor.”

Take a look at the rock and metal categories below and the winner in each category:



Rock On The Range Reveals Daily Band Lineups For Sold Out Festival

7huu_AdmatROTR2017splitdays--1The daily band lineups have been revealed for the 11th annual Rock On The Range, America’s premier rock festival, May 19, 20 and 21 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH. Tickets for Rock On The Range sold out in record time, just over one month after going on sale, marking the fifth consecutive advance sellout for the festival.

Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn will each headline one night of America’s largest and most-acclaimed rock festival, while the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent will feature sets from nationally known comedians plus Columbus’s top comedy talent. For more information, visit www.RockOnTheRange.com.

The daily band lineup (subject to change) for Rock On The Range is as follows: (more…)


On the Radar, week of February 6

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Goood morning everybody! Ten days until the 5th annual RadioContraband Rock and Radio Hootenanny. A full schedule will be available soon on our website.  If you haven’t registered yet but are planning to attend, do so now. Our walk up registrations are also welcome. Remember to begin hydrating now.

We have a new king of the hill this week, Metallica “Atlas, Rise!” moves to #1^.  The track is up 233 spins.  See Metallica perform at this year’s Grammys on Sunday, February 12.  Check your local listings. #2 is Green Day “Still Breathing.”  Moving 5 to 3^, Shinedown “How Did You Love.”  The track is up 202 spins.  New airplay at KICT.  Just added to iHeart radio Premium Choice.   (more…)


On the Radar, week of January 30

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Gooood morning everybody!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  The RadioContraband convention is just a little over two weeks away, A partial schedule is available on our website.  As Steve Walker says, “Stay tuned for more awesome information coming your way soon.”  Begin hydrating now.  I’m talking to you, Scot Fox.

We have a new #1^ record this week, Green Day “Still Breathing.”  The track is up 127 spins, and also the #1 track at Alternative radio.  This is the second number one from the album “Revolution Radio.”  Congratulations to Heather Luke and the Warner Bros staff.  Moving 4 to 2^, Metallica “Atlas, Rise!”  The track is up 106 spins.  This will be the next #1 track soon.  Moving 6 to 5^, Shinedown “How Did You Love.” The track is up 126 spins.   (more…)



7huu_SR17DAY1PapaRoachonDeck2M4A20792byChris--1After selling out in record time, ShipRocked 2017 set sail from Miami on January 16 onboard Carnival Victory for four days and nights of a three-ringed floating rock ‘n’ roll circus on the high seas, led by headliners Breaking Benjamin, along with Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Pop Evil and more. 3,000 ShipRockers shared in “The Greatest Vacation On Earth,” enjoying a packed itinerary of more than 40 performances from 20+ bands – including a pair of unforgettable deck stage sets from ShipRocked’s own all star band The Stowaways — a day on the beach on beautiful Grand Turk in Turks & Caicos, sideshows, theme nights, and more. (more…)


On the Radar, week of January 23. Read by 1.2 million. Period.

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Gooood morning everybody!  The countdown continues…just over 3 weeks until the RadioContraband hootenanny, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, February 15-17.  Kiss your valentine goodbye and we’ll see you in Vegas.  If you have any questions, be sure to reach out.

#1 for the second week in a row, Ghost “Square Hammer,” which is Spongebob’s brother.  #2 is Highly Suspect “My Name is Human,” celebrating it’s 20th week on the chart.  3^ is Green Day “Still Breathing,” up 122 spins.  The track is the newly crowned #1 record at alternative radio this week.  Look for the track to go to the top of the chart very soon.  4^ is Metallica “Atlas, Rise!”  #5 is Avenged Sevenfold “The Stage.” (more…)