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Beatles DJ Ken Michaels celebrates 35th anniversary
It's been a Long and Winding Road for Beatles DJ Ken Michaels, who this March celebrates his 35th anniversary since starting his weekly Beatles radio program, more recently named "Every Little Thing."
Ken finds it hard to believe that it was that long ago, that a friend of his at the college radio station where he was hosting several music formats from Top 40 to album rock, suggested he do a Beatles radio show. "It was at WNYT, from the campus of the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY, where a friend of mine, who knew that I was a huge Beatles fan, brought up the idea to do a weekly show," Michaels said.
"The show took off very quickly, and included a co-host, Ed Ryan. We were a team for a year, sharing our love of the group and their solo careers." The show was then called "The All-Request Beatles Show."
After Ed left, Ken continued on his own, and took the show to New Jersey rock station WDHA-FM, where it ran from 1983-1993. It was later heard on Long Island's oldies station WBZO (B-103), followed by XM Radio, where a pre-recorded version of "Every Little Thing" was heard on their Fine Tuning channel. Ken produced and hosted "Beatles News" and "Beatles Breaks" on their 60's channel as well.
|Beatles DJ Ken Michaels|
In 2012, Ken returned live to the airwaves on WNHU, West Haven, CT, where his show is heard Wednesday nights, 9-11 pm (est). In recent years, Ken syndicated "Every Little Thing," and the show is now heard on 25 radio stations and growing.
In addition to his own Beatles shows, Ken produced the only syndicated radio special for "The John Lennon Anthology" box set in 1998, and he also hosted a radio special for the remastered "Band On The Run" album in 2010.
Ken also co-hosts the weekly Beatles talk show podcast "Things We Said Today" with fellow Beatles experts Al Sussman, Allan Kozinn and Steve Marinucci, heard on Podbean, iTunes and YouTube. "Every Little Thing" is now one of the longest-running of all Beatles shows, and in total, Ken has hosted over 1700 radio shows dedicated to the Fab Four.
"I'm most proud of the fact that my show is so unique," Michaels said. "I treat the Beatles and solo music as one catalogue, and really go deep into the solo music, which, aside from a few select songs, has been abandoned on most radio stations, despite the fact that the Beatles had the most successful solo careers in the history of music. My shows treat the Beatles as four of the greatest artists of all time, not just the greatest band."
Ken's shows also include thematic sets, original interviews, and over 20 different types of Beatles trivia and games. And the music featured also extends to cover versions, side projects, family members, Apple recording artists, tribute songs, and more. The live broadcast on WNHU also features Beatles News every week.
Ken's website, www.kenmichaelsradio.com, has really become more of what you'll find on his radio shows, interviews, weekly Beatles trivia, special contests, prizes (CDs, DVDs, books, vinyl), concert information, and more. All the recent releases on the Beatles (Beatles 1+, Eight Days a Week BluRay Deluxe, Pure McCartney compilation, McCartney remasters, Ringo's Postcards From Paradise album) have all been offered as prizes.
This month, George Harrison albums from his "Vinyl Collection" were included in a Special Contest. Former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber's third and latest CD of Beatles covers "LJ Can't Stop Playing the Beatles" is the next upcoming Special Contest. Paul McCartney's long-awaited remaster for "Flowers in the Dirt" is also in the pipeline.
To find out more about Ken, visit his website at www.kenmichaelsradio.com. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published March 20, 2017