Tuesday, April 29, 2014

KCXL Radio Neon Beat Announcement

On the Neon Beat this week: To my listeners who pick up the show on KCXL, 1140 am and 102.9 FM in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Neon Beat has been taken off the station. At least the main weekend airing of the shows on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. The reason, as I understand it is this. KCXL, along with a lot of other radio stations in the country are struggling to keep solvent, in particular, the privately owned stations. The push over the edge, I’m told, was yet another huge royalty bill from one of the music licensing cartels. ie: ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. The pressure has increased exponentially on radio, television, and internet providers to pay more and more for the “all clear” to play the artists and songwriters who are represented by these licensers. The station has gone full time talk. For now, I note the Neon Beat is being used as “fill” programming in the early morning hours overnights.

I’d like to express my gratitude to Pete Schartel and Jonnie Santoli (owners and operators of KCXL) for believing in the show and giving the Neon Beat the local exposure for as long as they could. Hopefully things will turn around. Big thanks to programmer David Brewer for his enthusiasm for the show and his friendship. David was one of many who came up with some good ideas for fine tuning this thing and plugging it in wherever he could. I’ve made some great friends thru this family.

Meantime, I will continue to find ways to get The Neon Beat on the air. George Woods, of Radio George and I will be pushing to syndicate the show for distribution. Which was always my intention. DON’T FORGET: The Neon Beat still streams 24/7 on Radio George. Go to:

And as my friend Joe Dimino of Neon Jazz says: “Enjoy the music my friends!”

Neon Beat on Radio George - April 28, 2014

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 1: Tony Bennett gets this hour underway with 'If I Ruled The World." Dean Martin follows up with a fun song at a time when Latin dances were all the craze, "Mambo Italiano." James Taylor performs a good old hit song by the Drifters, "Up On the Roof." The Marvelous Marilyn Maye sings an uplifting song encouraging us to "Make Our Own Kind Of Music" Great instrumentals by Benny Goodman, Raymond Lefevre, Al Delory (Theme from MASH), and the Young Holt Unlimited. Hear Joni James, The Mills Bros, Elvis Nat King Cole and more. all at.. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Nat King Cole starts out this hour with a toe tapper called "Walking My Baby Back Home." Hear the lovely lilt of Eydie Gormet as she sings "Love Letters." Frank Sinatra sings one of his last great charting hits. A song from the Martin Scorcese film, "New York, New York." Judy Garland performs "Meet Me In St. Louis Louie." Hear some great big band with Les Elgart, John Barry, and Glen Gray's Casa Loma Orch. Kay Starr, Perry Como, Robert Goulet and many more. Leave a comment see the playlists at.. http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: The McGuire Sisters launch this set with their 1955 chart hit, "Sincerely." Engelbert Humperdinck (spellcheck!!:) follows with "Quando, Quando." Vic Damone will sing a great song from "Pal Joey." Peggy Lee strikes up the band and some attitude with her song, "Pas Me By." Ella Fitzgerald performs a Cole Porter standard. Hear Bobby Darin with "Beyond The Sea." The Dixie Cups "Chapel Of Love", Frank Sinatra, Shelly Fabares and lots more. All at.. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Neon Beat on Radio George - April 21, 2014

On The Neon Beat his week, Jukebox 1: Dean Martin launches this hour with the Four Lads, "Standing On The Corner." Peggy Lee sings a song ala a little playful resignation, "Alright, Ok, YOU WIN." Enjoy a little classic rock n' roll with Fats Domino, "My Blue Heaven." Patti Page sings the title song from the Betty Davis film, "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte." Nat King Cole sings a 1951 favorite, "Too Young." Hear a "big sky" western set with Gogi Grant, Hugo Montenegro, and Loren Green. We'll play The Mills Brothers, Doris Day, Sarah Vaughan and lots more.. at... http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ Have a great week kids!

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Andy Williams kicks off this hour with a song to snap your fingers to, (or crack knuckles  "Butterfly" Ed Ames follows with a beautiful song from the play, "I Do I Do": "My Cup Runneth Over." Hear a great Burt Bacharach/Hal David song performed by Dionne Warwick, "Do You Know the Way To San Jose." Tony Bennett and Dean Martin sing two lovely ballads. Listen to some great instrumentals with Kai Winding, Percy Faith, and Raymond Lafevere. Hear Nat King Cole, Petula Clark, Bobby Vinton and more. See the playlists leave comments at ... http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On the Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: We open this set with a song from "Gypsy" sung by The Four Lads. Next, The English Gentleman, Matt Monro sings his 1961 hit song, "My Kind Of Girl." Enjoy a bluesy toe tappin' hit song by Peggy Lee, "I'm A Woman" Listen to Frank Sinatra with "Pennies From Heaven." We team up Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney for "Come To The Mardis Gras" Enjoy some fun film music with Annette Funicello & The Beach Boys." We'll play hit songs by Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Al Martino and lots more at.. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Monday, April 14, 2014

Neon Beat on Radio George - April 14, 2014

On The Neon Beat this week Jukebox 1: Mel Carter launches this great hour of music with his hit, "Hold Me Thrill Me." Gale Garnett follows with her 1964 chart single, "We'll Sing In The Sunshine." Dean Martin is next followed by a instrumental standard by Leroy Anderson. Barbra Streisand sings a song from her 1964 TV show. Nat King Cole will croon a version of an old Harry James / Judy Garland hit. Hear Ella Fitzgerald with a fun song from "Kiss Me Kate." Listen to Tony Bennett, Ferranti & Teicher, Henry Mancini. Even throw in a little Carly Simon. All this week on.. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ Have a gr
eat week.

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Lena Horne opens this set with a signature performance of "Stormy Weather." Next you'll hear, back to back, two great Big Easy trumpets.. Louis Prima and Louis Armstrong. Jo Stafford sings her 1951 hit, "Shrimp Boats." Hear a salsa treatment of "If I Had A Hammer" sung by Trini Lopez. Listen to "The Glow Worm" by the Mills Bros. "Unchain My Heart" by Ray Charles. Hear Judy Collins, Glen Campbell, Pat Boone's "Beyond The Sunset" and much more. See the playlists, leave comments at .. http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Kay Starr kicks off with little spelling exercise. A toe tappin' number called "Mississippi." Frank Sinatra sings a song featured in the period flick, "the Yellow Rolls Royce." Vic Damone performs a song from "My Fair Lady." Great instrumentals with Billy May, Reg Owen, and David Benoit. Johnny Mathis sings "Misty." Hear some classic folk with the Kingston Trio. You'll hear KC's Marilyn Maye, Perry Como, Engelbert Humperdinck, and lots more at.. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ Pic: Me and Mr' Joe Dimino. Host of Neon Jazz. The real deal. From Miles Davis to Ella Fitzgerald http://theneonjazz.blogspot.com/ Enjoy the music my friends!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Neon Beat on Radio George - 4.8.14

On The Neon Beat this week Jukebox 1: Steve Lawrence launches this hour with a stirring performance of "Portrait Of My Love." Enjoy some film music from the movie "Kelly's Heros" sung by The Mike Curb Congregation. Frank Sinatra sings one of his signature hits, "I've Got You Under My Skin." Barbra Streisand will sing her 1964 chart hit from "Funny Girl." Listen to the Carpenters "Sing" a 1973 number one charting song written by Joe Reposo for Sesame Street. Engelbert Humperdinck performs a hit song used in a 1968 British short film. Hear Nancy Wilson, The Association, Judy Garland and more. go to.. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Tony Bennett strikes up the band with a little holiday cheer, singing a song usually heard around the Christmas season these days. A song from "the Sound Of Music." Roger Whittaker is next with his beautiful mid 70's hit, "the Last Farewell." Dionne Warwick sings some with Broadway with "Promises Promises." Listen to Vic Damone with a ballad from "South Pacific." Bobby Darin performs an allegro version of "Bill Bailey." (maybe a tad "vivace" tacked on) Hear Dinah Shore, Les Baxter, laugh a little with Phil Harris's "44 Sycamore" and lots more. See the lists and links. Leave comments at.. http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 3: Sammy Davis Jr starts this set with a song from Broadway that would prove his highest charting hit record. Frank Sinatra is next with some great Cole Porter. We team up Tony Bennett with Diana Krall for "The Best Is Yet To Come." Kay Starr performs a jazzy take on the Victor Young song, "Around The World." Hear Dean Martin's signature hit, "That's Amore." Hear The Mills Bros with a great jazz standard, "Up A Lazy River." We'll play Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin and lot's more. Go to: http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Neon Beat on Radio George - April Fool's Day - 4.1.14

On The Neon Beat this week Jukebox 1: Tony Bennett gets things underway with "Just In Time." Bring an umbrella as Eydie Gormet sings, "April Showers." Nat King Cole follows up with a sweeping number with the Les Baxter Orch. Herb Alpert is next with a 1967 film theme from "Casino Royale" (Happy Birthday Herb !) Hear Rosemary Clooney sings her number one 1951 hit, "Come On'na My House." Karen Carpenter sings "I Need to Be In Love." Andy Williams performs "The Summer Of Our Love." Perry Como, Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra's "Learnin' The Blues." and mucho more... all on.. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/

On The Neon Beat this week, Jukebox 2: Vaughn Monroe launches the hour with his signature hit, "Racing With The Moon." Hear Peggy Lee's signature 1958 single, "Fever." Listen to the Nat King Cole record that defined the era, "Unforgettable." Ella Fitzgerald turns up the temp with "It's Too Darned Hot." Great Big Band with Benny Goodman, and Glen Gray & his Casa Loma orch. Tony Bennett sings a song from "Gypsy." We'll team up Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney to do an old Bunny Berigan standard. A little rat-packin' with Frank, and Sammy Davis Jr. See the lists leave comments at .. http://theneonbeat.blogspot.com/

On The Neon Beat this week Jukebox 3: Kay Starr starts this set with a sing-a-long favorite, "Side By Side." Songwriter Johnny Mercer is next with the Pied Pipers singing "Personality." Bing Crosby joins up with The Andrews Sisters to sing "Pistol Packing Mama." Listen to a lovely song written by Charlie Chaplin sung by Nat King Cole. Connie Francis sings her first big chart hit for the MGM lable, "Who's Sorry Now." Enjoy a country set with Patsy Cline, Glen Campbell and Roger Miller. Hear Dean Martin, Four Preps, Steve and Eydie and much more. All on.. http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/