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Friday, July 15, 2011

DriveTime Radio News

If you are tired of screaming divas and pseudo-rappers and you don’t want to pay for it, there are still a few radio stations in the Detroit area playing new music.
Check out WPHS (89.1 FM), a Warren Consolidated School student radio station that broadcasts alternate and new music from noon to 9 p.m. or later each weekday in the limited area of mid Macomb County down to Eight Mile Road and sometimes farther.
When you cross Eight Mile, switch over to the Windsor University Radio station CJAM (99.1 FM) for a greater variety of new, alternative, jazz, funk and ethnic music throughout the week. You can listen to this station all the way through Detroit and farther, including Canada, of course.
Speaking of Canada, you can listen to CBC Radio 2 (89.9 FM) anywhere in our area. Best new music can be heard from 3:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
And don’t forget Essential Music with Ann Delisi at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on WDET-FM (101.9) Wayne State University radio. Rob Reinhart follows with his Essential Music program, 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Friday, July 1, 2011


Adele has the No. 1 single in the iTunes Top 10 list.
Listening to Adele’s rendition of “Rolling in the Deep,” her rough-around-the-edges style of singing reminds one of the writer John Cheever, who wrote with a certain ease but would occasionally appear to stumble and give the impression that he’s not quite going to make it work out the way he wanted to. This often elicits the feeling from readers that they could write just as well or better. But, of course, they can’t. Both experiences are similar to watching a magician who appears to be struggling while completing his final trick just to draw in his audience so that it is set up to be completely amazed when he finally pulls it off with a totally unbelievable flourish. Adele always pulls it off. No one can do it better, not even her fellow Brit Duffy.