Radio Crystal Blue 12/28/14

This is the latest edition of my periodic news on behalf of Radio Crystal
Blue, my weekly Internet-based freeform podcast.  Radio Crystal Blue
continually masters the art of freeform radio, with music from top indie,
underground and touring artists from all across the Web and the Earth at
All shows prior to the 12/14/14 edition are available in the following areas:
1: at , right-click on the link titled Click
for PopUp Feed Player. That will display the audio player as a page on its
own. Find the show you want to hear, click the Details tab to download the
show or the play button on top to stream. There’s also an RSS feed button
and a number of ways to share the audio player
2: My podcast provider:  Shows from these
players are kept on the server for about 1 year.
3: Stitcher for iPod, iPhone or Android:
The 12/14/14 edition is available only at the following website, as well as prior shows:
Radio Crystal Blue is free to share and listen, in accordance with Creative
Commons License 4.0, full attribution, non-derivative, non-commercial.
Next pair of podcasts will be published late into the week of January 5, 2015
RCB Novus Ordo airs as a separate podcast to highlight songs from brand-new
releases in one sitting, along with bio of each artist.
I’ll spin part of disc 3 of the 3-CD set of The Grateful Dead:  Wake Up To Find Out, a live
concert from 3/29/1990.
For the 3rd year running, I will host a Twitter event, my Top 100 Artist Countdown.  The work is finally done. As of this typing, I have completed the quarterly and annual charts, ranking the top artists you’ve heard all during the year. My rankings are based on progressive amounts of airplay, along with some emphasis on artists I have interacted with at shows or through interviews. More weight is applied to the latest months than the earliest, in a rolling 3- and 12-month pattern.
The event will launch at 10am PT (1pm ET) on Monday 12/29.  I will post the rankings in individual tweets every so often during the day. I will also call (as in, phone) the artist that wins the #1 ranking.  I will also fill in the subsidiary charts that rank Best New Artist, Top 10 CDs of the year, etc., on the Chart page.    Who do you think will be #1? Will Vance Gilbert make it 3 years out of 4? Will a band finally reach the pinnacle? Will Aztec Two Step repeat?  Use the hashtag #radiocbluetop100
Take a good look at the Chart page…it will be all different shortly:
As hinted on Twitter, I will soon have available a show from the summer of 2004. That show will be available via the Internet Archive.
I have been unable to successfully login to BigContact, the folks that own my RSS feed. The feed is fine as it is. I wonder if I should build a 2nd one. In the meanwhile, shows will continue to be available at
RCB REWIND: The annotated version of the shows.
The final show for the year revealed a slight change in tradition; some of the classic holiday songs I spun this year were ones I hadn’t aired before.  I was watching Pluto TV’s holiday channel and saw Billy Idol’s “Yellin’ At The Christmas Tree” and knew it had to be included (hey, maybe I’ll add Ramones next year).  I interviewed multi-genre multi-instrumentallist/songwriter DJ Flowerdove. I let her play DJ, and she suggested the brand-spanking-new Lorraine Leckie album, which I duly aired a track of. Thanks go to these artists that submitted brand new original holiday songs: Suzie Brown (with hubby Scott Sax), Dan Miraldi, Shawn Amos, MJ Hibbett & The Validators (see their Christmas Box on Bandcamp for more), Daniel Christian, Esther Golden, Emily Pinkerton.
I focus on CDs as opposed to downloads, though I make exceptions in the
event of albums that are digital releases only. Music must have a 2014-15
release date. I’ll accept material not older than 6 months from the present date.
All new albums debut on RCB Novus Ordo; on rare
exception, some debut on Radio Crystal Blue proper. I’m also interested in
featuring, great compilation or soundtrack albums\track-for-track, to help
tell the story of those album (see above).
EPK (Electronic press kits) submissions can be sent via one of these
Search for the words Radio Crystal Blue to find my pages there. If I like
the EPK, I will then ask for a CD
CDs that fit in the above rules may be sent to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
121 129th Street South, C8
Tacoma, WA 98444
DONATIONS to Radio Crystal Blue can be made via the Paypal button at the
SPONSORSHIP: The organizations I’ve listed at the top of this email and
those that I mention before the different segments had all agreed in the
past to be a sponsor of Radio Crystal Blue. I am happy to mention your
product or service on the air, and in emails and on my website. Email me for
SYNDICATION: Would you like to access and hear Radio Crystal Blue, 15 years
on the Web, on another Internet radio or podcast network? I hope you do. The
word about this unique brand of freeform radio is getting to more people
every day. My pair of shows deserves to be heard by listeners to established
and emerging networks right alongside your other favorite shows on the Web.
Email me to inquire.
PHONE: 215-995-2234 or 253-537-1096
TWITTER @radiocblue
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