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Question of the Day: Selling Me Softly with His Song

by Corny O'Connell
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One of the most significant events in radio history happened on this date in 1922 - WEAF broadcast the very first commercial. It was an ad for the Hawthorne Court apartments in Queens. Since then, radio has been used to pitch everything under the sun. Your assignment today is to pick a product or service and give us the song you would use to sell it. You've gotta come up with something that hasn't been done before. We're not looking for songs already used by advertisers.

Question of the Day: Emmy for Musical Performance?

by Corny O'Connell

Did you catch any of the Emmy Awards last night? It's a long night with awards given out in about 100 categories of work in television. And while there are awards for music composition, there is no award for best musical performance. To us that's a glaring omission. Let's rectify it with your nominations for the best musical performances on television of all time. Put them in the comments below and we'll spin a set of those songs after 9am. 

Here's what we played:

Paul Simon "Still Crazy After All These Years" Saturday Night Live

Question of the Day: Happy Birthday, Elvis Costello!

by Corny O'Connell

Today we're wishing a happy 60th birthday to Elvis Costello. Give us your favorite tracks from Elvis, anything he's been involved in, and covers of his songs by others. Write them in the comments below and we'll pump it up after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach "I Still Have That Other Girl"

Everything But The Girl "Alison"

Elvis Costello with Lucinda Williams "There's a Story in Your Voice"

Question of the Day: "Cool" Songs

by Corny O'Connell
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It's been a noticeably cool summer so far with no heat waves, and six days just this month with the temperature topping out in the 70s. Today will be another with clouds keeping the temps well below average. So we need a soundtrack of "cool" songs to play - that is songs with "cool" in the lyrics. Put 'em in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Don Dixon "Cool"

Digable Planets "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)"

Question of the Day: State of the Union

by Corny O'Connell

Hawaii became the 50th state on this date in 1959. So today we're looking for songs that mention any of the states. Put your suggestions in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Thanks to listener Lisa for suggesting the Question of the Day.

Here's what we played:

John Prine "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian"

John Gorka "I'm From New Jersey"

Lyle Lovett "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)"

Erin McKeown "Rhode Island is Famous for You" 

Question of the Day: How Old?

by Corny O'Connell

"Four and twenty years ago I come into this life," sang Stephen Stills back when he was in his twenties. Can you think of other songs in which the singer's age is revealed? Leave your suggestions below. We'll spin a set after 9am. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter, unless you're a minor.

Here's what we played:

Simon & Garfunkel "Leaves That Are Green" 22

Billy Bragg "A New England" 22

Bo Diddley "Who Do You Love?" 22

The VanSaders "Everything We're Not" 22

Question of the Day: A Lot of Alliteration

by Corny O'Connell
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Benjamin Booker's self-titled debut is this week's 'FUV #NewDig and we've got a session with him tonight at 9. What other alliterative artist names can you come up with? Looking for a long list of names with the same starting sounds. Flavor Flav, Marilyn Manson and Colbie Caillat count, bands like the Beach Boys are banned. We'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Question of the Day: Colorful Band Names

by Corny O'Connell

After playing The Black Keys this morning, I got to thinking of all the other bands and artists with colorful names. There's Maroon 5, P!nk and, of course, Whitesnake. How many can we come up with? Leave your suggestions in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Simply Red - "Holding Back the Years"

Al Green "Let's Stay Together"

Shocking Blue - "Venus"

The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army"

Question Of The Day: Woodstock 45th Anniversary

by Morning Show

Name a group who didn't perform at Woodstock who should have, and the song from their set that would have made the film.

Leave your comments below and we'll spin a set after 9AM.

Here's what we played:

The Kinks "All Day and All Of the Night"

Bob Dylan "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"

The Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter"

Thunder Clap Newman "Something in the Air"