Why “Bandwagon”?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…wait!…wrong story! Anyway, some of you may have wondered why we named the station Bandwagon Network Radio. That’s actually not the original name…so let’s start at the beginning.

In 2013, I was working for the company that created the software that automates the Clear Channel radio stations (insider information: most of the DJs don’t live in your town & may not even be “live”), when I got to thinking about the path the industry had taken the past 13 years since Clear Channel (now iHeart Media) was born by the merger of two of the giants of radio broadcasting.

I didn’t like the path I was seeing. It was the era of cookie-cutter music & totally auto tuned music. As well as the out-of-control greed that can happen when you have direct licensing happening between the labels and the broadcasters. The digital age changed things too. Charts were now partially based on “listens” instead of sales. It was not the industry I grew up with pre-21st Century. The industry where Loretta Lynn & Dooley drove around the country & handed their 45 to a Country DJ hoping he’d give it a “spin”.

I originally worked for a sub-company of CC between 1999 & 2003 when the best they could do was send you the audio & a little text that said: “Now Playing:” along with the artist name & song title. TV shows like American Idol & others gave hope to the unknowns but they quickly appeared to become a way for labels & broadcasters to “mold” young hopefuls into their idea of what music should be.

So (yes, I digress sometimes)…..

I started thinking about all the musicians I had met over the years. Either because of my father’s band or because of people who worked as concert promoters. The regional bands hired to open for national bands. They were Independent Artists – no label; no opportunities to make records – just popular in the area where the national band was coming to perform.

And that’s when I started to think, “I have access to the most powerful software in radio broadcasting. What if I create a radio network that doesn’t play”mainstream” music. No labels; no contracts – nothing but DIY, just playing music for the love it artists. Like my father & other family members.

When I talked to friends about it, we had to come up with a name that would “jump out” & give a message of what we are all about. This idea was so crazy that we thought about the “bandwagon effect”. The bandwagon effect is an idea that sounds so good that people can’t wait to be part of it. Since we wanted to be worldwide with multiple stations we decided to create our Facebook page &  originally named it: The Bandwagon Network. A short time later modified it to add Radio at the end. This allowed us to use the expression “Jump on the bandwagon & get your music heard”.

And you did!

Now, to quote the great Paul Harvey, you know “the rest of the story”.

July CD Showcase Schedule

The albums and EPs that will be featured on the CD Showcase show that airs each Sunday night at 7PM CDT USA. List of times in your area can be found on the menu under “Shows…CD Showcase”.

July 8, 2018

Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate – “Broken But Still Standing”

*BWNR July Album of The Month*

The BWNR choice for album of the month is the 3rd album from the “Gentlemen” and the 2nd album featured on BWNR (“When the Killcode Fails”). In the tradition of  the great melodic, progressive rock bands, most notably in our opinion, The Moody Blues & Pink Floyd, this album flows from track to track. You cannot listen to this one just once! Their music combines progressive rock, classic rock, acoustic, blues, metal, folk, funk, minimalism, and electronica. Their music often explores scientific and philosophical themes.

The Grand Masquerade – “MMXVI”

A new act has entered the rock scene! The Grand Masquerade is a 4-piece band based in Stockholm with a unique image; combining 80’s rock culture with the Venetian Opera and Masquerade scene from the late 19th century. The music genre is best associated with AOR, Melodic and Glam Rock. The musical inspiration is influenced by bands like KISS, Queen, and Def Leppard among others, and the music itself is exceptionally arranged with a modern twist. This is not your average rock band, nor is it just another rock show. The mystique from the masquerade is integrated with the energy from rock music to create an extraordinary audience experience and event.

 

July 15, 2018

Randy Harris – “Never Apart”

RANDY HARRIS studied classical and jazz piano in his early years and later went on to become a founding member of the Harris and Crane Band (FFO RECORDS, N.Y., N.Y.). Performing primarily original music, the band enjoyed regional success in the greater Philadelphia, PA area.

RANDY HARRIS blends pop, rock, jazz and several other genres to create refreshingly new, different music. With catchy melodies and provocative lyrics, his songwriting and musical style has been described as “imaginative and unique”. This unique blend of styles ensures that RANDY HARRIS will be know to music lovers everywhere.

Alex “Crankshaft” Larson – Need To Get There”

Born into this world from gas station cassette tape collecting semi-truck drivers, Alex “Crankshaft” Larson was introduced to a wide variety of music as a pup. In 1996 he traded a combination oil/wood stove to his uncle for his first electric guitar and amp. Since then he’s been involved in many projects, including a band he started with his brother in 2001 called The Mojo Spleens. In April 2008, while self-employed as a contractor, he started practicing as a one-man band and was playing shows two months later. Larson self-produced and released two EPs and one album during the next three years.

 

July 22, 2018

Scardust – “Sands of Time”

Scardust, the foremost progressive metal band in Israel, features some of the finest musicians in the Israeli metal scene. Their music, rooted deeply in the classical world, though thematic and at times complex, manages to generate an anthemic familiarity in which band and audience sing in glorious unison. The band’s EP, “Shadow” (2015) positioned them as a promising new comer, while their follow up effort, “Sands of Time” (2017) cemented them as the leading progressive metal band in the country

 

Blue Helix – “Anti-Social Butterfly”

Blue Helix is an award winning International Rock band that hails from two cities; Puyallup, Wa and Sao Paulo, Brasil. This is the 2nd of 2 albums we have featured on BWNR (“Tale of Two Halves”). The band was featured on The Huffington Post for the release of their powerful anti-bullying anthem “Anti-Social Butterfly”. The band just recently returned from a highly successful 2018 tour in Brazil.

 

July 29, 2018

RAYNE – “Complex By Design”

Rayne – four times Battle of the Bands winners, runners up at the 02 Live & Unsigned final and on the verge of becoming something epic in the UK and beyond. The rock three piece from Sunderland grew up together, and worked hard around the local circuit and are unmatched in their ability to create anthemic songs, mesmerizing drums and addictive guitar sounds all their own.

 

Theia – “Back In Line”

Hailing from the heart of England’s ale brewing capital, on the edge of the National Forest, Burton-on-Trent three-piece, Theia, have harnessed the rugged terrain of the Peak District to bring the world their blend of hard rock n roll. It has a classic rock feel for the modern era, played with a smile on it’s face. The second album, Back In Line,  released 12th June 2017, has received some exceptionally good reviews. The future is bright, the future is…..rock & roll!

Volunteers Needed

Looking for Help!

I’m looking for people experienced in interviewing (especially music world) both by writing articles and phone/audio interviews.

I use a powerful software that allows me to have remote DJs. No music programming required! No special software required! If interested, you can email me at bwnrdo@gmail.com for more information and requirements.

And finally, I’m also looking for people interested in writing album reviews.

These will be Volunteer “jobs”.
~Cliff~