The Nicole Sandler Show - Radio or Not! (podcasts)
Nicole Sandler of RadioOrNot.com interviews newsmakers and talks about the News of the Day, with a progressive slant.

Nicole speaks with Tim Carpenter of Progressive Democrats of America; Jill Richardson of La Vida Locavore about the egg recall; and GottaLaff of The Political Carnival

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Nicole Sandler reminds us of the story of "The American Taliban" John Walker Lyndh...
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Nicole Sandler speaks with Harvey Wasserman about the GOP's energy plan, which would call for 100 new nuclear power plants.
Direct download: 6-11-09_The_GOP_Energy_Plan.mp3
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After a year of hosting mornings on Miami's WINZ, Nicole Sandler takes her blog and commentaries to the net. The Radio Or Not Podcast began as a place for Nicole to share some of her favorite artist interviews from Los Angeles' KSCA. Radio Or Not now follows the path Nicole has taken on the air, to talking and blogging about what's happening in our country and our lives...

Here's Nicole's first podcast as she starts all over....

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Tomorrow marks 5 years since the horrific events we now refer to as simply "9-11" for the ironic date it happened.  For many of us, music was where we turned for strength. 

One little song rose as an anthem of sorts for the firefighters and other first responders in New York.  It was "Superman" by John Ondrasik or, as he is more widely known, Five For Fighting.

John is a dear friend of mine.  I happened upon a copy of his first album, "Message for Albert" while I was writing for the now-defunct music trade magazine, Album Network.   I pissed off the powers that be at his then-label, EMI, for writing about this unknown and non-priority record instead of the Queensryche tripe they were pushing.  It turned out not to matter either way, as the label folded before any other than a small few had heard "...Albert".  But in championing the record, I made a new friend.

Fast forward a few years, and John had put together a demo of a few songs, and was signed by the small, but burgeoning, Aware Records.  After I received an advance copy of what would eventually be released as "America Town," I remember leaving a message on John's answering machine that said something to the effect of "Superman is one of the best songs ever written." 

Luckily for me, when the album was released, I was Music Director of Channel 103.1 in Los Angeles, and was the first, anywhere, to play "Superman" on the radio.  It went on to become a hit... but, as I said before, took on new meaning after the events of 9-11-01, when the firefighters took some strength and comfort from it.

So, as we approach the 5th anniversary of that day, I thought it fitting to call my old friend, John Ondrasik, and look back.

I will not play the song "Superman" in this podcast, as I just can't afford the licensing fees (although John would have no problem, but that's another story), so I'll invite you to find it on iTunes or your local record store and listen again!

Direct download: 9-11-Ondrasik.mp3
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Well, it's been fun.  Unfortunately the time has come to put Radio Or Not to bed. 

The cost of paying ASCAP and BMI fees is prohibitive, especially since I don't make any money from this site.  So I have no choice but to discontinue the podcast.

Thanks to all who've listened, and especially those of you who've written in to say you enjoyed what you heard.  Perhaps I'll take the show back to the airwaves one of these days.

In the meantime, you can still reach me at radioornot@gmail.com, and I'll try to keep up with a blog of some sorts at radioornot.com.

Thanks for listening!
Nicole Sandler

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On August 9, 1995 I hosted mornings at Los Angeles' KSCA fm 101.9 along with newsman Chuck Moshontz. It was just like any other morning, until about 8:30... when we got the news that Jerry Garcia had died. As I did most mornings, I had an aircheck tape running. Today is the 10th anniversary of Jerry's death, so I pulled out the tape, and have immortalized it here. As it's just a radio aircheck tape recorded on a skimmer, you won't hear the full songs. But you will hear what went on at the only Los Angeles radio station who seemed to care....
Direct download: 8-9-95_Jerry_Garcia_KSCA.mp3
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