2016: What. A. Year.
We can aptly apply that sentiment to the past 12 months on CBS-FM. We published a ton of stories this year: covering breaking news stories, viral trends and juicy gossip, great interviews and performances, and our own brand of engaging content. We thought it would be nice to revisit the various stories you clicked on the most over the past year.
If asked what the most played song in the world is, one might quickly jump to YouTube to find Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” as the clear cut winner with 2,489,962,546 views as of January 3, 2016. That’s 1.1 BILLION more views than runner up Taylor Swift and her music video for “Blank Space.”
But that’s not what this video from This Exists is talking about. When it comes to radio (and in some instances, television), there is a surprising winner.
One fan decided to edit together footage of Bruce Springsteen performing the song through the years, in different incarnations: (mostly) with the E Street Band, but also solo while playing acoustic guitar, or even solo while playing piano.
WCBS-FM and the Shannon in the Morning show kick off the summer of 2016 proper with performances by Bret Michaels singing his Poison hits, a Springsteen set from local legends The E Street Shuffle, and Mike Rocket with his song ”Gotta Get to the Jersey Shore.”
The Monkees announced they would be releasing a new album with the aid of songwriters and fellow musicians like Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Andy Partridge (XTC), and others.
“She Makes Me Laugh” is the first single released by the band and it’s crafted by none other than Weezer’s Cuomo. The song has the classic Monkees sound accompanied by Cuomo’s natural ability to create a catchy hook.
Could a reunion performance be in the works for the Eagles?
On Friday, April 1st (no, this is NOT an April Fool’s joke) WCBS-FM and Scott Shannon in the Morning flash back to the ’80s with an historic ‘Morning Zoo’ reunion show featuring Scott’s old Z-100 pals Ross Brittain, Claire Stevens and Jonathan B. Bell!
Pizza? Been there.
Hot dogs? Done that.
Now it’s time for dessert.
Congratulations to Uncle Louie G in Keyport, New Jersey! Joe Causi and the CBS-FM Street Team paid a visit to the tri-state’s best ice cream shop from Keyport, NJ on Wednesday, August 17th. Relive it here.
Creativity can strike at any time, anywhere. For Randy Bachman, that place happens to be on stage. Certainly, the circumstances weren’t ideal during those times, but they led to some instant classics for both The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive.
“When you were doing gigs… five and six hours a night, you had to take a rest and let someone else sing. That’s why I became a singer. Fred Turner lost his voice one night and said, ‘You gotta sing a song!’ And I wrote ‘Taking Care of Business’ right on stage there,” recalls Bachman during an interview with WCBS-FM’s Scott Shannon, describing the birth of Bachman–Turner Overdrive’s 1974 hit. “This magic was happening on stage, like when I wrote ‘American Woman’ on stage.”
With the 30th anniversary of Top Gun‘s release occurring this week, a more fitting guest could not have been found to sit down with Brigitte Quinn during her latest edition of 22 Minutes: Kenny Loggins.
Loggins contributed “Danger Zone” to the film’s dynamite soundtrack, along with “Playing With The Boys.” Loggins’ music — along with other musicians like Michael McDonald, Toto, and Hall & Oates — have had their infusion of soft rock and smooth jazz dubbed “Yacht rock.”