Radio Crystal Blue 1/5/14 news

Radio Crystal Blue is sponsored in part by:
Cyber PR:
Miles High Productions
Wampus Multimedia
Radio Crystal Blue is free to share and listen, in accordance with Creative
Commons License 4.0, full attribution, non-derivative, non-commercial.
Each show is usually published by Wednesday or Thursday weekly. There are
now two main hubs where to hear Radio Crystal Blue
(1) via Big Contact, my podcast provider: There is a Feed Player at Just click the link to open it, and select from the
tabs to download and stream the audio from the particular show. You can also
embed the player on your site or blog.
The FeedPlayer is generated with Flash. If you don’t have Flash, you can get
this at
These players are also available at which
renders the player as a Web page.
Shows on the FeedPlayers are kept for a year.

(2) via Internet Archive: Each podcast includes a dedicated podcast page on with similar download, stream and embed links. Just look for Radio Crystal Blue and the date of the week I published the show (I use the Sunday date) The shows kept here will remain in perpetuity.

RADIO CRYSTAL BLUE ARCHIVE PROJECT also on Use the search term Radio Crystal Blue to find older shows from 2004 and 2006, shows that don’t quite sound like the ones I presently do!

personal FACEBOOK:
VIDEO content:
TWITTER @radiocblue
DONATIONS to Radio Crystal Blue can be made via the Paypal button at the

NEXT SHOW will be published on or about January 9 and will be available
for about 1 year. I usually publish on Wednesdays or as soon as possible
thereafter. You will hear music in several segments of top
indie/DIY/underground songwriters and bands.

RCB Novus Ordo is a separate podcast with 8 songs, one each from a brand
new recording. I spin the music and give you the backstory of each artist.
The next edition of RCB Novus Ordo will also be first published the week of January 5 ,2014.


Radio Crystal Blue is my pride and joy and it’s a true joy to receive both from those of you within the music industry along with the common listeners. I don’t know what I’d do without this major creative…er…snowball. What else do I call it? It’s gained momentum from its earliest days, strengthened by people that many of you probably don’t know. I’m speaking about radio promoters like Lisa Grey, Tracey Delfino, Jenni Finlay, Erik Balkey, Chip Schutzman, Mike Farley, along with artist managers from just about everywhere. Their clients and their music strongly fuel the content of Radio Crystal Blue. Once in a while, they publicize my own efforts. This very show is the subject of a press release by Trespass Music, based at Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Read the full story here

Via Twitter, the word came mid-afternoon on December 26 that Aztec Two Step, the 40-year-running duo of Rex Fowler and Neal Schulman, won the Artist of the Year title. They had been leaders in the 2nd quarter and always near the top in the other 3 quarters. Tom Principato had one of the better EPs and ranked high in the 2nd half. Davey O received the Best New Artist title. The Steel Wheels won for Best Album, while Long Island’s Aqua Cherry scored the Best EP title. An easy choice for Best Concept/Compilation came from Reimagine Music, with homage to Jack Kerouac’s novel “Tristessa”. In particular “She Has To Come Down”, by Peter Bradley Adams is magnificent. In a snap decision before compiling chart results, I opted to change the all-time rankings…having ignored all but the top 25 of the annual charts in the last 11 years the charts were compiled, and determined rank by who had the highest cumulative rank score across the years. I also took artists off the list who have not received airplay in years. Sirsy, the amazing duo from upper NY state, have gained the #1 ranking all-time, usurping Natalia Zukerman. The big chart page with this year’s results and a snapshot look at award winners from prior years, are at

Outside of radio briefly, I’m still interviewing occasionally, often having to do so outside the city simply to find more opportunity. Recently I came into extra money via a sports contest, and that will help keep me afloat another month or so. There is always the threat of eviction, tho I have no plans to go through that situation anytime soon.
I also lost a number of personal items this past week, including my debit card. A bill for my website is due and I won’t be able to upload any files to the server until the bill is paid. Hopefully I will have the card in my hands by Thursday, which is a fair amount of time to get a show in anyway. Don’t expect me to have the podcasts ready before then.

I’m also blogging again via my sports/stats site I present my thoughts on different sports, usually about money, the Internet watching experience (I’ve no TV), and my own, yes, idealistic viewpoint about how sports really should be. I will post a general series of thoughts a bit later on Sunday (today, that is)
Oh, I also wrote a poem, with a melody and instruments in my head. It was inspired by some drama on the homefront, some aspects of which were too close to my heart and sense of common sense not to spew about on social media or elsewhere. I still feel there is an injustice about it all. That was the impetus to write. And sometimes I write and type in a certain poeticness. I may not win the battle but at least something creative comes from it. When am I publishing it? Maybe later this week.

Send CDs to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Keep physical packages of reasonable size and weight, as this is a residence.
Please indicate release date. No material released before April 2013 accepted.
Compilations or great concept albums, ones I can feature track-for-track, are highly encourage
Material released before then will be added to RCB’s loose rotation instead.

Digital is acceptable if media is not available in other formats.

Artists are also advised to add my email address to their general email list.

EPK submissions can be sent via one of these companies.
Search for the words Radio Crystal Blue to find my pages there
If I like the EPK, I will then ask for a CD

Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
twitter: @radiocblue
215 995 2234


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