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In other words, I needed to step back from the deranged, dystopian and dysfunctional mess into which too many citizens are plunging the country and,…and do what, exactly? Ah, funny you should ask! Because while I was away, I rekindled my love for broadcasting in general, and radio broadcasting in particular.
The result is that I’m now the proud owner of a shiny new radio station, broadcasting 24/7 on the internet, on the Live365 platform (which is part of the iHeartRadio broadcast family).
Hearkening back to my Louisiana roots, the station is called, “The Tiger, Bayou Blues & Rock,” and features a veritable gumbo of irresistible toe-tapping music that will put some pep in your step and help speed along some of those laugh lines you really ought to be working on. You see, I’m wagering that I’m not the only one who needs an occasional respite from the lunacy, just to clear the mind and reinvigorate the spirit from time to time.
In that sense, my therapy can be your therapy as you enjoy some of best blues music out there, courtesy of BB King, Robert Cray, Tab Benoit, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Joe Bonamassa, Albert Collins and more. “But that ain’t all, y’all,” as I’m prone to say on the air, because we got some Zydeco, Cajun, and New Orleans music from Doug Kershaw, Lil Nathan, Buckwheat Zydeco, the Neville Brothers, Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns, Dr. John, Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Meters and more. Then, just when you think it’s safe to turn the volume down, we have some rib-cracking power chords from ZZ Top, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Sammy Hagar, and other maestro’s of the heavy metal arts.
In short, this is the station I always wanted to hear, so I finally figured out a way to do it myself. One of the more challenging aspects of this was to navigate the labyrinth of license and royalty requirements to make sure everyone gets the credit and pay they are due for creating this amazing music in the first place. That requirement having been met, the station is now launched and growing. The playlist, already approximately 200 songs in length, grows nearly every day and I have to say that the happiest moments of my day are when I get behind the mic and do some of the announcements and voice-overs. Alphonse Fontenot has been known to step in,..and Sportscaster Mark has been kind enough to lend his pipes as the voice of the station.
And now to the links:
For the mobile app, just go into either Google Play or the Apple Store and download Live365’s App. Once in the app, search for “The Tiger, Bayou Blues & Rock,” and you’re there!
And if I don’t have your curiosity just yet, here’s a little promo for the station:
And if you’re really a glutton for punishment, there’s even a budding store to purchase station swag.
I should hasten to add that I haven’t given up writing on matters of grave importance, and my podcast and live-stream events will resume full force. But a place is needed, where politics will not intrude, where people can smile and “pass a good time,” as we say back home. I hope I’ve provided such a place for you, and that you enjoy the occasional respite whether at work, at home, or on the road. Music speaks to the soul, and this station adds a little lagniappe of spice too.Published in