Thanks so much for the interview Chris. Can you give the
readers some background information about yourself?
I have been in radio for 17 years, bouncing around the dial
and spanning a number of different formats. Most of my work has been as a
talk radio host and producer. In addition, I do voiceover work, copy and
Tell us about your radio show Revenge of The 80's Radio?
On Revenge of the 80s Radio, we focus on the classic
alternative era (1978-1991). In addition to playing tracks from that
period, we interview artists and icons of the time, promote their current
projects and play their new music.
How did you come up with the name Revenge of The 80's?
I wish I could come of with an interesting story for this,
Ginger. When creating the show, I put together a list of ideas for a name.
Because most of those monikers were complete pig swill, I chose “Revenge
of the 80s.” The name describes the growing nostalgia for the 80s among
music listeners. Hence, our slogan: “The 80s are back -- with a
What was your inspiration to start doing your radio show?
Working in the radio industry, I learned that the music on
playlists of both contemporary and oldies radio stations are dictated by a
very small demographic/psychographic combination. There are several people
who have been terribly undeserved by a medium that has become generic and
flavorless. Also, many artists of the classic alternative era had been
touring again and recording new music. The plan was to build a show that
would serve an audience thirsting for their favorite music and at the same
time promote the artists’ new projects.
When does the show air and how can the readers find it?
The first run of the program broadcasts on our flagship
station in the Hudson Valley of New York, Q93.5FM, 9-11pm Eastern time
(with a web simulcast on our website, www.revengeofthe80sradio.com). We
have a growing network of terrestrial and Internet radio affiliates in
parts of Australia, Spain and the UK who air it over the next week and a
podcast edit of each show is available on www.revengeofthe80sradio.com
How long is each show?
Revenge of the 80s Radio is a 2 hour show.
Do you prefer music from that era rather than music that is
While I do prefer to listen to classic-alternative era
music, there is a lot of good music being created today by very talented
people. In addition to seeking classic vinyl, I enjoy scanning the
Internet radio stations to hear work from the array of interesting DIY
bands around now.
Tell us about some of the bands that you have featured on your
Revenge of the 80s features a wide variety of artists of
the classic alternative era, missing several genres like new romantic,
punk, two-tone, high-NRG, alt-rock, power-pop and more. On a regular
Revenge of the 80s Radio show, you might hear XTC, The Clash, Josie
Cotton, Laibach, Voice of the Beehive, The Beat (both the Paul Collins and
Dave Wakeling bands), Icehouse, The Ramones, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, X,
Mental As Anything, The Pogues, Wall of Voodoo and the White Trash
Debutantes on the same broadcast.
Unlike mainstream oldies shows, you seem to feature more edgier
music am I right?
We play music from acts that were not played too often or
at all on mainstream radio stations during the 80s generally due to the
edge they brought to their music. You will not hear any homogenized
factory-built music on Revenge of the 80s. We do, however, mix in some
cross-over hits that would fit in with our playlist.
Do you play music by Black Flag, DOA, L7, The Dead Kennedys and
White Trash Debutantes?
Of course, Ginger. Each of those bands has a unique place
in classic alternative music history.
Do you ever play music from other decades?
We play the classic cuts and new music from our era’s
artists. I have, however, been known to play tracks from other decades as
long as there is a connection to artists of the classic alternative era.
What other Radio / Podcast shows do you enjoy?
I like listening to different kinds podcasts and webcasts; there is a
plethora of interesting programs out there. Some that stand out to me are
the podcast of "T-Bone's Prime Cuts," an Indiana-area roots rock radio
show hosted by T-Bone Mathley, Mikey Jayy's eclectic "Great Unknowns
Presents" and I have a lot of fun tuning in to Gene Hoyle's "Nerd Nation."
In three words describe yourself Chris?
Ready, Willing …and Crunchy.
You also have a blog site do you interview bands and
Do you have links at your blogsite to hear past shows?
Do you have any web addresses that you would like share the
readers to find out more about Revenge Of The 80's?
Is the show currently an act of love for the music or do you have sponsors ?
As the program continues to expand, we are experiencing
more sponsor interest, Ginger.
Tell us what is ahead in 2012 for Revenge Of The 80's?
We plan to add more radio affiliates and expand the show’s
reach. We are also planning to enhance the webpage, adding more content
some new features.
Any last words for our readers?
Try not to step on a porcupine, it can hurt.
Thank you again, Ginger.