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As we close the curtains on 2005, I want to thank all of you who found and embraced Radio Or Not. It's been my lifeline to the worlds of music and radio during my self-imposed exile!

As much as I enjoy running my own business, I admit that I prefer finding great music and playing it on the radio. As I always said, "it sure beats working!".

Once again, I'll ask you to visit our sponsors-- . We can help you preserve, organize, share and enjoy your old photos, videos and home movies! And for all your audio and podcasting production needs!

We're halfway through the decade that still has no name. Think about it... it's not like the 60's, 70's 80's or 90's.... Do we call it the OH's? Or the Ot's (I think not!). Perhaps we'll have to wait until the teens to figure it out....

At the end of this year, which had admittedly been a difficult one for me, I wish you and your family health, happiness, prosperity, and peace on earth. In this time of war, it makes it all the sadder that this year marked the 25th anniversary of the brutal murder of one of my heroes.
So on this, my final podcast of 2005, I'll leave you with my remembrance of John Lennon.

Nicole Sandler
Direct download: John_Lennon_25.mp3
Category:music interviews & performances -- posted at: 3:14pm MST

Radio Or Not #10: Jackson Browne... he always wanted to be an Eagle! If I had to put together a list of my 10 favorite all-time artists, Jackson Browne would definitely hold one of the spots. He's been on that list since music started playing a major role in my life. And now, if you ask my daughter her favorite, Jackson Browne would be one of the first names she'd mention as well.

I met Jackson a few times before I ever had the chance to interview him. The first was after a benefit concert at Santa Barbara's Arlington Theater, when my date said to him, "You made her cry!". And to his quizzical look I explained that "Late for the Sky" always makes me cry... and then sheepishly walked away.

I've always said that a truly great song can elicit a physical response, whether it be goose bumps or tears. Jackson Browne's music does that for me.

I've seen him in concert countless times; more than any other artist. I've seen him with a full band, and I've seen him solo acoustic. The latter is how he came and joined me on the air at the KSCA Music Hall on September 13, 1996. If you enjoy what you hear on this episode of Radio Or Not, you'll probably want to pick up Jackson's latest album, "Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Vol. 1".

As always, if you like what you hear or have any suggestions for future episodes of Radio or Not, feel free to leave a comment here or email me at Also, please visit our sponsor, Legacy Group Unlimited (that's me too...).

Just in time for the holidays, we offer lots of wonderful gifts made from your priceless photos, as well as family keepsake video production.

Thanks for listening! Nicole Sandler
Direct download: JacksonBrowne.mp3
Category:music interviews & performances -- posted at: 12:45pm MST

No, not the Neil Young song, but Wilma. She tore through South Florida with a fury none of us seasoned hurricane veterans expected, at least here on Florida's east coast.

But today, almost 2 weeks later, we find many of our friends and neighbors still powerless-- literally and figuratively. Most of the world doesn't know how the streets of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale resemble a war zone. Trees and traffic lights are down everywhere, the roads are almost impossible to navigate and kids have been out of school for 2 weeks. It looks like a war zone. People are downhearted and shell-shocked. Businesses are hurting, mine included.

When I put up the last podcast, it was just after Hurricane Katrina, and I did a short musical tribute to the Gulf States, and disseminated information on ways we could all help those affected. All that information is still here on the Radio Or Not blog (just look at the previous post). If you'd like to help the victims of Wilma as you helped those who were subject to Katrina's wrath, there are many down here who would be extremely grateful.

Today, I'll use this space and the very special podcast I put together to promote my own businesses! It takes time to build a business, and I've only been at it a little over a year. Wilma stopped it all cold. So, ss we approach the holiday season, and we're all starting to think about what to give our family and friends, I invite you to check out the offerings at Legacy Group Unlimited!

We offer wonderful gifts made from your precious, priceless photographs. From custom DVDs made from your family photos, home movies, slides & memorabilia to beautiful photo handbags to sharing all the old family photos with your entire family, making leather-bound photo books, calendars, jewelry, jigsaw puzzles, and just about anything else you can think of from those photos we can help you with most of your holiday gift-giving!

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Enjoy the music in today's podcast... It's an assortment of songs recorded live in the KSCA Music Hall. Featuring The Jayhawks, Matthew Sweet, Lyle Lovett, Ben Harper, Kevin Gilbert, dada, Graham Parker & David Byrne doing unreleased live renditions of some songs you know, and some you've likely never heard before. If you like what you hear, tell your friends about the World Class Podcast at

A quick postscript... The email address I gave out in the podcast is wrong. (That's what I get for posting so infrequently!). So, please feel free to send your comments to
Direct download: 11-4finalmix.mp3
Category:music interviews & performances -- posted at: 10:45pm MST

So sorry for the technical glitch! It is now fixed, and the entire episode is ready for listening.
Thanks for your patience...

I worked in radio for 26 years. The most rewarding part of the job was feeling like I was doing something when disaster struck. I was on the air in Los Angeles immediately after the Northridge earthquake. And I was visiting my father in Miami when Andrew struck, and was able to report back to the LA listeners what it was like.

I've been out of radio for about a year now, and have felt like there was something I could do. So, I decided to use this podcast to play the music I felt needed to be played, and to give out some information.

Thanks for listening! If you enjoy what you hear, perhaps you'll go to one of the links below and contribute a little something. And maybe you'll send your friends here.... Hopefully they'll enjoy Radio Or Not too!

The Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOW
The Salvation Army
Kids Help Out A wonderful site for children, teaching them about helping at an early age!
Nourish The Children The humanitarian division of NSE, dedicated to feeding hungry children worldwide


CraigsList More ways to help than you can imagine! Offer housing, clothes, food, money, and lots more! A site where friends and families can register to find one another!

Katrina Help
Direct download: RadioOrNot_8.mp3
Category:music interviews & performances -- posted at: 3:26am MST

Thanks for bearing with me for the Jerry Garcia detour... the 10th anniversary of his passing deserved to be dealt with. Very strange for me to go back 10 years and listen to a small bit of what was the best (career-wise) time of my life. Unfortunately, that morning was not my strongest. I think I was a bit shell-shocked, and didn't come out of that mode for about an hour. Then the outpouring from his fans was just overwhelming. I was honored to be a part of it.

Looking back at my radio career, I'm amazed at how lucky I was to have not only met, but had the opportunity for meaningful discourse with some of my favorite all-time artists. This interview with Steely Dan was just such an experience.

I'm happy to share with you Part 2 of the interview we recorded for the "World Premiere Broadcast of Two Against Nature. Once again, instead of just posting the show as it aired, I've taken the raw interview and edited in the music we talked about, whether it was used on the final broadcast show or not. You also get to hear all the behind the scenes and background chatter, as well as segments that didn't make it into the show.

I hope you enjoy it, share it with your friends, and send in your feedback!

And please visit our sponsors: and Legacy Video Productions .

Direct download: Steely_Dan_Part_2.mp3
Category:music interviews & performances -- posted at: 1:16pm MST

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:17am MST

In February of 2000, Steely Dan released their first studio album in 20 years, "Two Against Nature". Nicole Sandler had the honor of hosting an extensive interview with Donald Fagen & Walter Becker for the World Premiere Radio Broadcast debuting the album. This episode of Radio or Not contains the entire interview... in its unedited, raw form.
Direct download: Steely_Dan_Part_1.mp3
Category:music interviews & performances -- posted at: 6:24pm MST

Radio or Not #4- Ray Davies Part 2 My first interview with Ray Davies went so well that I was contacted by a company I often worked for to do another interview with him for use in a nationally syndicated radio show. Ray had a busy week in Los Angeles, so the interview was to take place at the airport, just before he would get on the plane to return to England. I was a fan before I interviewed him; Ray Davies totally won me over with his charm, sense of humor and intelligence!
Direct download: RayDavies2.mp3
Category:music interviews & performances -- posted at: 10:18am MST

Radio Or Not #3- Patti Rothberg Episode 3 of Radio or Not features an interview and performance with Patti Rothberg fron June 4, 1996. She had just released her debut album, "Between the 1 and the 9" on EMI records, and made her LA radio debut in the KSCA Music Hall on her first trip to Southern California
Direct download: PattiRothberg.mp3
Category:music interviews & performances -- posted at: 9:18am MST

Radio Or Not #2 - Ray Davies One of my all-time favorite interviews, with the one and only Ray Davies of The Kinks, recorded live on the air at KSCA on May 15, 1996.
Direct download: RayDavies.mp3
Category:music interviews & performances -- posted at: 7:30am MST