Category: RadioMax Shows

Friday 7/10/2020 10pm ET: Rock Hard with Jay Conroy

Join Jay Conroy 10pm ET with another installment of the Rock Hard Radio Show

Friday 7/10/2020 6pm ET: Request Show Simulcast with Ron Kovacs

Join Ron Kovacs for another installment of the Request Show.  Want to hear your favorite tune?  Send your request now through the front page of RadioMaxMusic.Com


Friday 7/10/2020 4pm ET: Feature Artist – Ronnie James Dio

Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010), known professionally as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio, was an American heavy metal singer-songwriter and composer, and was also known for popularizing the sign of the horns in heavy metal. He fronted or founded numerous groups throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.

Though his parents were from Cortland, New York, Dio was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where his family resided for his father’s service in the U.S. Army during World War II; they soon returned to Cortland. Dio’s music career began there in 1957 as part of the Vegas Kings (later Ronnie and the Rumblers). In 1967, he formed the rock band Elf, which became a regular opening act for Deep Purple. In 1975, Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore founded the band Rainbow and hired Dio to be his lead singer where the band released three studio albums. Dio quickly emerged as one of heavy rock’s pre-eminent vocalists. In 1979, Dio replaced Ozzy Osbourne as Black Sabbath’s lead singer and appeared on three studio albums with the band which met with success: Heaven & Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981) and Dehumanizer (1992). In 1982, he left the band to form the band Dio, with two albums certified platinum by RIAA. In 2006, he founded the band Heaven & Hell with ex-bandmate Tony Iommi. Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2009, from which he died the following year.

Dio is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal artists of all time. He is known for popularizing the “Metal Horns” hand gesture in metal culture and his medieval-themed song lyrics. According to a version provided by the singer himself, the act derives directly from the classic Italian apotropaic gesture, which his grandmother usually did. Dio had a powerful, versatile vocal range and was capable of singing both hard rock and lighter ballads. He was awarded the “Metal Guru Award” by Classic Rock Magazine in 2006. He was also named the “Best Metal singer” at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in 2010 and ranked as the genre’s best vocalist in 2013 by music journalist Sacha Jenkins.

In 2009, Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer and underwent treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

On May 4, 2010, Heaven & Hell announced they were canceling all summer dates as a result of Dio’s health condition. His last live performance was with Heaven & Hell on August 29, 2009, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dio died of the illness on May 16, 2010.

Friday 7/10/2020 1pm ET: Feature Artist – Soft Cell

Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s. The duo consisted of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The band are primarily known for their 1981 hit version of “Tainted Love” and their platinum-selling debut album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.

In the United Kingdom, Soft Cell had twelve top 40 hits, including “Tainted Love” (#1), “Torch” (#2), “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”, “What” (both #3), and “Bedsitter” (#4). They also had four top 20 albums between 1981 and 1984. In 1984, the duo split; however, they reformed in 2001 to tour and release a new album and held a final reunion concert in London in 2018.

Soft Cell’s songs have been covered by various artists, including David Gray, Marilyn Manson, Coil and Nine Inch Nails. Their track “Memorabilia” earned recognition for the band as pioneers of the synth-oriented techno genre. The duo have sold ten million records world-wide.

Friday 7/10/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Greg Kihn Band

The Greg Kihn Band is an American band that was started by frontman Greg Kihn and bassist Steve Wright. Their most successful singles include “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” (Billboard Hot 100 #15) and “Jeopardy” (Billboard Hot 100 #2). The band’s musical style and genres comprise rock, pop rock and power pop.

Friday 7/10/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Everything But The Girl – Amplified Heart (1994)

Amplified Heart is the eighth studio album by British musical duo Everything but the Girl. It was released on June 13, 1994 by Atlantic Records in the United States and Canada, and elsewhere by Blanco y Negro Records. The album was recorded and mixed in London from winter 1993 to 1994.

Primarily an acoustic-driven set, Amplified Heart brought Everything but the Girl to mainstream audiences via the dance remix of the song “Missing”. Ultimately peaking at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1996, “Missing” spent more than a year gaining airplay and exposing Everything but the Girl to US and worldwide audiences, leading Amplified Heart to sell upwards of 232,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Sound Scan. It went on to sell over 1,000,000 copies worldwide.

Amplified Heart was reissued in 2012 by Edsel Records as a two-disc deluxe set.

On May 16, 2019, the band’s Twitter account announced a special 25th anniversary pressing of the album on vinyl. Set to be released July 5, 2019, it marks the album’s debut in the vinyl format. The Todd Terry club mix of “Missing” is not on the vinyl as it was added on to later pressings of the CD as a bonus track.

1. “Rollercoaster” 3:14
2. “Troubled Mind” 3:34
3. “I Don’t Understand Anything” 4:25
4. “Walking to You” 3:30
5. “Get Me”  3:34
6. “Missing”  4:06
7. “Two Star” 4:06
8. “We Walk the Same Line” 4:00
9. “25 December” 4:04
10. “Disenchanted” 2:03
11. “Straight Back to You” 4:38
12. “Lights of Te Touan” 2:29
13. “These Days” (live) 3:24
14. “Each and Every One” (live) 3:57
15. “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” (live) 3:13

1. “I Don’t Understand Anything” (home demo) 4:17
2. “Rollercoaster” (home dem) 3:13
3. “Two Star” (home demo) 2:57
4. “Troubled Mind” (home demo) 3:48
5. “We Walk the Same Line” (home demo) 3:46
6. “Richard Says” (home demo) 2:24
7. “Back at Square One” (home demo) 3:31
8. “Two Star” (Harry Robinson’s string arrangement demo) 4:06
9. “Missing” (live) 7:41
10. “Troubled Mind” (live) 4:42
11. “Two Star” (live) 5:23
12. “Walking to You” (live) 3:35
13. “25 December” (live) 4:37
14. “Missing” (Chris & James Full On club mix) 8:35
15. “Missing” (Little Joey remix) 5:03
16. “Missing” (Ultramarine remix) 5:27
17. “Missing” (Todd Terry club mix, Ben Watt’s ‘Blanco-Eternal’ radio edit) 3:54

Thursday 7/9/2020 9pm ET: Sounds of The 60’s

Thursday 7/9/2020 6pm ET: Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

This week we feature the Top 50 from July 9, 2020 live with Ron Kovacs

Thursday 7/9/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Staple Singers with Mavis Staples

The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul and R&B singing group. Roebuck “Pops” Staples (December 28, 1914 – December 19, 2000), the patriarch of the family, formed the group with his children Cleotha (April 11, 1934 – February 21, 2013), Pervis (b. 1935), and Mavis (b. 1939). Yvonne (October 23, 1937 – April 10, 2018) replaced her brother when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and again in 1970. They are best known for their 1970s hits “Respect Yourself”, “I’ll Take You There”, “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me)”, and “Let’s Do It Again”. While the family name is Staples, the group used “Staple” commercially.

Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress, and civil rights activist. She has recorded and performed with her family’s band The Staple Singers and also as a solo artist.

Staples was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2017.

Thursday 7/9/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Little River Band – The Definitive Collection (2002)

The Definitive Collection, originally released in Australia in 2002 and released in the U.S. in 2004 offers 13 of Little River Band’s biggest hits among its 19 tracks, including Help Is on Its Way, “Happy Anniversary”, “Reminiscing”, “Lady”, “Lonesome Loser”, “The Night Owls”, “Cool Change”, “Take It Easy on Me” and “Man on Your Mind”. While the 2000 expanded version of Greatest Hits has more actual charting American hits, including “I’ll Always Call Your Name” and “You’re Driving Me Out of My Mind”, neither of which are here, this nevertheless has the great majority of LRB’s best work.

1. “It’s a Long Way There” 8:39
2. “Curiosity Killed the Cat” 3:40
3. “Emma” 3:04
4. “Everyday of My Life” 3:40
5. “Help Is on Its Way” 3:55
6. “Home on Monday” 3:51
7. “Happy Anniversary” 3:58
8. “Shut Down, Turn Off” 3:58
9. “Reminiscing” 4:09
10. “Lady” 4:43
11. “Lonesome Loser” 3:52
12. “Cool Change” 4:51
13. “The Night Owls” 5:07
14. “Take It Easy on Me” 3:45
15. “Man on Your Mind” 4:05
16. “We Two” Goble 4:25
17. “Down on the Border” 2:56
18. “The Other Guy” 2:49
19. “Playing to Win” 2:57

Wednesday 7/8/2020 1pm / 9pm ET: Feature Year – 1973

Wednesday 7/8/2020 6pm ET: The Chain with Ron Kovacs

The Chain returns with the first tune “Georgia” and three hours later we will end with “You Ain’t Right”  

How did we get there?  Listen at 6pm! ET.

Wednesday 7/8/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Beck

Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell; July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his experimental and lo-fi style, and became known for creating musical collages of wide-ranging genres. He has musically encompassed folk, funk, soul, hip hop, electronic, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia. He has released 14 studio albums (three of which were released on indie labels), as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Beck grew towards hip-hop and folk in his teens and began to perform locally at coffeehouses and clubs. He moved to New York City in 1989 and became involved in the city’s small but fiery anti-folk movement. Returning to Los Angeles in the early 1990s, he cut his breakthrough single “Loser”, which became a worldwide hit in 1994, and released his first major album, Mellow Gold, the same year. Odelay, released in 1996, topped critic polls and won several awards. He released the country-influenced, twangy Mutations in 1998, and the funk-infused Midnite Vultures in 1999. The soft-acoustic Sea Change in 2002 showcased a more serious Beck, and 2005’s Guero returned to Odelay’s sample-based production. The Information in 2006 was inspired by electro-funk, hip hop, and psychedelia; 2008’s Modern Guilt was inspired by ’60s pop music; and 2014’s folk-infused Morning Phase won Album of the Year at the 57th Grammy Awards. His 2017 album, Colors, won awards for Best Alternative Album and Best Engineered Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. His fourteenth studio album, Hyperspace, was released on November 22, 2019.

With a pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and postmodern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics and the public throughout his musical career as being among the most idiosyncratically creative musicians of 1990s and 2000s alternative rock. Two of Beck’s most popular and acclaimed recordings are Odelay and Sea Change, both of which were ranked on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The four-time platinum artist has collaborated with several artists and has made several contributions to soundtracks.

Wednesday 7/8/2020 1am ET: RadioMax Special – Joe Porcaro

Joe Porcaro passed away July 6, 2020 at 90. 

The following is a list of artists and groups he has appeared.  We feature tracks from Glen Campbell, Donna Summer, Toto and Richard Marx during our 60 minute salute,

Wednesday 7/8/2020 12am ET/9pm PT: Feature LP: Tame Impala – The Slow Rush (2020)

The Slow Rush is the fourth studio album by Australian musical project Tame Impala, released February 14, 2020. It follows the 2015 album Currents and the 2019 singles “Patience” and “Borderline”, with the latter serving as the first single from the album.

After releasing the singles “Patience” and “Borderline” in March and April 2019, the album’s release was delayed. “Patience” and “Borderline” were first performed live on Saturday Night Live on March 28, 2019 and received commercial praise.[ Kevin Parker stated in July 2019 that “Part of the thing about me starting an album is that I have to feel kind of worthless again to want to make music”. In October 2019, a video appeared on the band’s website, and on 25 October, the video was extended to announce the title of the album and release year. The video features Parker in the recording studio as well as snippets of unreleased music, which would later be included on the album as segments of the track “Tomorrow’s Dust”. On December 18, 2019, Parker revealed in an interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds show that “Borderline” would appear on the album in a reworked updated form, jokingly referring to the single release as the “old ‘Borderline'” upon the release of the album.

After the release of the album, all 12 tracks charted on the US Rock charts with peak numbers ranging from 2 to 17.

1. “One More Year” 5:22
2. “Instant Destiny” 3:13
3. “Borderline” 3:57
4. “Posthumous Forgiveness” 6:05
5. “Breathe Deeper” 6:13
6. “Tomorrow’s Dust” 5:25
7. “On Track” 5:00
8. “Lost in Yesterday” 4:09
9. “Is It True” 3:58
10. “It Might Be Time” 4:33
11. “Glimmer” 2:08
12. “One More Hour” 7:13