|Posted by powerpopclassics on September 4, 2021 at 12:45 AM|
Hey friends! Be sure to catch Marie "Mac" McMullan on Radio Channel 292 and WRMI tomorrow, September 4, 2021, as she spins a stack of records that we NEVER EVER want to forget!
|Posted by powerpopclassics on May 22, 2021 at 11:25 AM|
Your regular host, John McMullan, has spent too much time practicing law this week to do a proper job as a DJ. And, Marie "Mac" McMullan is off on a trip with her buddies from the Mizzou Tour Team. So, be sure to meet our virtual host tonight on WRMI, "Engine Carla!" Her visual existence began back in 1982, when artist Cindy Cannon drew her and gave her to John McMullan to use for the single cover of "Girl at the Holiday Inn" by The Trend. However, that single was never actually released, and therefore her picture remained unused until now! Carla will host several synthesizer-based episodes, with tonight's being the first.
|Posted by powerpopclassics on May 20, 2021 at 5:35 PM|
|Posted by powerpopclassics on December 20, 2020 at 12:45 AM|
Special Broadcast soon:
On December 31, Radio Channel 292 will present a 2-hour special, Neujahrsgrüsse von Radio Channel 292 featuring segments from nine different music programs with classical, jazz, rock, Cuban and volksmusik from 2300-0100 UTC on 3955 (10kw), 6070 (100kw from Moosbrunn) and 9670 (10kw) hHz. It will repeat on all three frequencies at 10kw from 0900-1100 UTC on January 1. Time for the 10kw transmissions was donated by the station. ALT UNIVERSE TOP 40 will be providing the Rock and Alternative Rock Music for this special! Don't miss it!
|Posted by powerpopclassics on December 9, 2020 at 3:10 PM|
Our friends at WRMI have determined that shortwave broadcasting conditions will necessitate making a frequency change to current winter broadcasting schedules. Beginning on December 14, 2020 at 14:00 UTC, all transmissions previously broadcast on 9455 kHz will be instead broadcast on 5950 kHz. This will affect our Saturday evening broadcasts during the winter months! We will keep you posted if and when there are any further changes to the broadcasting schedule!
|Posted by powerpopclassics on August 28, 2020 at 2:10 PM|
Showcase 292 will air with time donated by the station on Radio Channel 292 from Rohrbach, Germany on September 7 from 2100 to 2200 UTC on 3955, 6070 and 9670 kHz. This is Channel 292’s first collaborative simulcast featuring five music and variety programs that appear on its weekly schedule – Alt Universe Top 40 (rock), Encore (classical music), From the Isle of Music (Cuban music), Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot (world and novelty music) and the Voice of the Report of the Week (listener request music plus commentary). 3955 and 9670 are both new frequencies, and listeners are encouraged to try them as a DX catch in eastern Canada and the eastern United States. A special eQSL will be available from the producer (details will be given during the broadcast). 6070 kHz will of course not be receivable in Canada due to CFRX on the same frequency.
|Posted by powerpopclassics on July 17, 2020 at 3:30 PM|
BE SURE TO CATCH OUR SPECIAL SHOW THIS WEEKEND!!!
Just as a reminder, the Alt Universe Top 40 radio show is simulcast by Channel 292 every Saturday at 11:00 UTC on 7440 kHz and 6070 kHz to Europe, and broadcast by WRMI (Radio Miami International) to North America on 9455 kHz (9.455 Megahertz) every Saturday at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. WRMI airs a repeat of the show on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on 9395 kHz, and Channel 292 airs a repeat of the show on Thursdays at 10:00 UTC.
THIS WEEKEND I WILL BE HOSTING THE SHOW WITH MY DAUGHTER MARIE!
That's right! Marie spins some of her favorites, and I throw in a few of mine! In the process, we will be featuring the studio contributions of the British production team known as Stock, Aitken & Waterman! On the other end of the production spectrum, we also take a look at some work by the legendary Jim Dickinson, playing a few records that have a connection to him and to Big Star. Marie will also play three different selections by recording acts that have a connection to her current school, THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI!
In the meantime, keep on making those good-hearted adjustments that time and taste demand, and KEEP ON SMILING THROUGH THE STATIC!!!
|Posted by powerpopclassics on June 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM|
Hello again, friends! It is vacation time again, which means that some of you will have heard the next two shows on Alt Universe Top 40. Tomorrow, Channel 292 and WRMI will both broadcast a repeat from April 27, 2019, which happens to be the 2nd most popular episode we have ever had, judging from reception reports, emails, and Mixcloud messages. Also, the following Saturday will be a repeat of the January 4, 2020 show. Personally, I look forward to catching one of my favorite Shortwave shows, "ENCORE from RADIO TUMBRIL" while listening to my portable DX-375 on the beach! We will be back to work with two special episodes after vacation. One will be a show that Marie and I will do together, and the other will be a special on bands named for PLACES!!!
|Posted by powerpopclassics on May 6, 2020 at 3:45 PM|
We are thrilled that The SWLing Post has published a short feature on our show, announcing our addition to the WRMI schedule! THANK YOU TROY REIDEL for making the announcement on such an esteemed website! This is what they said:
New Program: ALT UNIVERSE TOP 40
Written and produced by Indie Rock veteran John McMullan of The Trend, Alt Universe Top 40 is a genre-hopping weekly radio countdown that combines real-life chart achievements with “good-hearted adjustments that time and taste demand.”
With each hour-long show, the listener learns a few tidbits about familiar songs, and is gently introduced to music that SHOULD be familiar. In John’s world, The Beatles are still the “toppermost of the poppermost,” but, not far behind the Fab Four are deserving underground rock acts such as Good Question, Fools Face, and a number of other bands that turned in amazing records that were not exactly commercially successful.
Each show begins with a song that, at some point, was perched at number forty on one of the three major American charts, or in England or Australia. As the countdown continues, the musical selections include a song that should have made the Top 20, but did not; a single that charted at #11 in real life; a “should have been” Top 10; a Number 9, number 9, number 9…; something that is “modern and great” and should have reached number 8; a Little Slice of Heaven at Number 7; and the rest of the countdown filled out with bonus hits, a 3 from “Way Downtown,” and a Hall of Perfection Track.
Having designed the program specifically for Shortwave, McMullan draws inspiration from a variety of sources. He composed the opening fanfare and vocal jingles throughout the show by changing the lyrics to the chorus of the Trend classic he wrote in 1982, “Mama Thought You Were a Nice Girl.” The stories are usually trivia for chart nerds, but, with his music days never too far from his mind, McMullan throws in personal memories from time to time. There are AM hits, FM album hits, and jazz & blues selections that are only heard these days on public radio. Give Alt Universe Top 40 a listen, and you will certainly, as he says each week, “Keep on smiling through the static!”
You can hear Alt Universe Top 40 Saturdays at 10 pm Eastern Time (currently 0200 UTC Sunday) on 9455 kHz, and Sundays at 9 pm Eastern Time (currently 0100 UTC Monday) on 9395 kHz.