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Get the latest news regarding shows, site updates and more below. All the announcements are displayed chronologically from the most recent to earliest published date.

I’m back on the air with a brand new show folks!

Hey folks! I have some exciting news! I have decided to get back into the broadcasting gig and landed a spot on Mushroom FM to bring you a new show called Time Tunnel Tunes, which you can hear every Wednesday night at 8 pm Eastern. The show will also be replayed Saturdays at 6 am Eastern too! The first debut show will happen on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020. If I’ve captivated your attention, keep reading as there’s more!

Mushroom FM

Time Tunnel Tunes is a show that focuses on a specific year each week! If you remember The Rockin’ Pop Party and the segment called “The Rockin’ Hour in History” in the last hour, you’ll know how it works. Basically, I’ll play an hour’s worth of tunes from a specific year, give you hints as to the year in question and if you think you know it, chime in and let me know and on an upcoming episode, I may feature a year chosen by you!

Now, I will not be making this show available as a podcast or as an archive, but you can obviously check it out as it airs! You can find Mushroom FM on TuneIn, or ask your smart speaker or mobile device to play Mushroom FM as well. Oh, and if you live in the United Kingdom, you can enable ‘My Tuner Radio’ on your device and it will then say “Welcome to My Tuner Radio. Say play followed by the station name…” and if you say ‘Mushroom FM’ it SHOULD start it if nothing goes wrong. Of course, there are ‘listen’ links on Mushroom FM’s website for your favorite media players or other ways to tune in as well. I do hope you’ll check it out and here’s to the Time Tunnel Tunes!

Apologies and the future for me and my shows?

Over the past month now, I haven’t published any episodes of The Rockin’ Pop Party or talked about it all that much either. In fact, if you surf around my website, you’ll see some subtle changes that make it more obvious. So, you’re probably wondering what’s next? Will there be another episode of The Rockin’ Pop Party? Will you be bringing back The Geno J Show? Are there new podcasts or radio shows in the future? Well, the truth is, I have no idea. But, I will tell you what I know right now.

Last month marked the ending of Magic 109 and if any of you knew how much I loved that internet radio station, don’t know the half of it. I’d like to believe that I gave an opportunity to give that internet radio station a headstart among the rest. I put my heart and soul into the station. Magic 109 was on it’s way to a great future. Some may disagree with the practices of its commercials that aired on the station to help keep it afloat. Some may think that my business, gbj Imaging took advantage of its success. Maybe there’s even some of you who think that I’m heartless and munch off a project (in this case a station) and refuse to let it run any other way than what I believe is best for the station? Welp? You’re all entitled to believe what you think, but I would like to say something before you pass judgment.

The truth is, Magic 109 did NOT shut down due to financial issues. Granted, these issues were going to be a problem, but the reality is the station had enough money to keep going for another month at least, allowing it’s presenters to plan for there last show or possibly even make it to its 2nd year anniversary. Unfortunately, the issue dealt with management as it is in most online internet radio stations. It’s my opinion that not everyone on management was receptive enough to handle the stress of running a station, weren’t in touch with there feelings to discuss professionally what issues they had involving the station, or for that matter work with others. However, the decision to shut down the station was made at least in part by an individual not even on the primary members of management.

Ultimately, someone who we as management (me in particular) cared about deeply felt that they couldn’t contribute a voluntary monthly payment to the station or for that matter provide some of the services the station was using. They gave little to no time at all for me (or the remaining members of management) to find an alternative solution. The biggest part of all that was when I stepped up to help pay for a month of service for the station to continue, they said more or less “your money is no good”, paid me back, and terminated a longstanding agreement we had for years. Now, of course, some words were said, tempers flared, and I was upset as was the other members of management. That individual didn’t want to talk. Instead, I was painted out to be the route cause of the demise of the station and why things got out of control so quickly. It was after this that others left all mysteriously for the same reasons, that being stress. Was there stress? No doubt in my opinion, but a lot of it was caused by someone threatening suicide and making hasty decisions. After this, a wellness check was obviously necessary and later this individual showed there true colors saying “Well, I know how to work the system to get them to let me go home.” This is a terrifying perspective in my opinion. This individual along with the remaining member of management who took this individual’s side even continued to make management decisions long after they sent their letters of resignation. With all this said, it was obvious that at least I was upset when I was just trying to quietly negotiate an agreement to help pay this individual dealing with financial troubles, but others learned of it and had no interest in helping out when they were clearly responsible for some of the debt this person was dealing with. Instead, they pinned the blame on me saying I wasn’t paying for my commercials from gbj Imaging when in reality I didn’t see the need because the station was getting a free pass by not having to pay for the hosting, streaming, it’s TeamTalk server and whatnot.

Do you want to know the worst part of all of this? Those that left are apparently starting up their own station after stating to all of you that it was financial issues that caused Magic 109 to go down, at least according to a reputable source. So, it’s my belief they weren’t being honest and lied to you, the listeners, and were unhappy with the direction of the station and where it was going. At any rate, I would have 100% listened to their argument, but they didn’t want to talk, even after they initially requested to call for a management meeting though never showed up. That ladies and gentlemen is more and likely the REAL reason Magic 109 couldn’t continue.

Now, I’m not trying to say that I didn’t play a role in all this. I was raised to take responsibility for my actions. I was upset after all these individuals left mysteriously for more or less the same reason within hours from one another. Was it a conspiracy? Well, I’ll let you decide, but it could be looked at that way, couldn’t it? That said, I’d like to apologize to those who I said some things that were not appropriate and may have offended. Honestly, I just pray for those individuals and hope they see the errors in there ways as well. I pray that no more friendships are torn because of it. I say this only to show the fact that they were quick to judge, and blocked those that they think were responsible. So, if it happens again, would they turn amongst themselves if they get into a similar issue again? I know I shouldn’t point at someone else’s speck in their eye before removing my plank first. That said, one shouldn’t throw rocks if they live in a glasshouse. But, I’d like to think I can be approachable and any issue that you may have can be discussed civilly before it gets out of hand. With that said, I’m sorry and hope you can forgive me. This whole ordeal has reminded me that friendships are fragile and can turn on a dime. Some don’t last forever, but only a season. If I were to be asked to start a project like this (or restart it) again, I can say that I wouldn’t do it exactly as we did, only because if there was a friendship, I wouldn’t want to lose that. If there wasn’t a friendship, I wouldn’t attempt to create one and just stay mutual and strictly professional. Forgiveness as a Christian is an extremely hard pill to swallow, but when you realize how much baggage you carry when holding that type of resentment, it does feel better to let go. In the end, I’ve learned from my mistakes and grown wiser because of it.

Enough about what happened though, let’s look forward from here. What will become of The Rockin’ Pop Party and The Geno J Show for that matter? I don’t really know yet, but I have been very slow to respond to a feeling or whim. I don’t want to just jump into a new adventure, project, or start podcasting, or do shows for other internet radio stations until I feel I absolutely know that the Lord has been calling me to do it. I’ve seen too many radio shows, podcasts, and internet radio stations fall flat on there face because of this very reason and no doubt more will happen in the not too distant future. Not only all this, but I myself have been guilty of this same issue a few times. It’s one thing to get an urge or miss doing something you love, but it’s something entirely different when you know you’ve been called to do something for a reason and that’s what I hope happens. Right now, all I can say is that I have been looking at several different avenues and ultimately a decision won’t happen until I know first of all where I will be next year from now or if any plans have changed from where they’re at right now. Believe me, I miss bringing you all The Rockin’ Pop Party and I’ve been itching to do a podcast, even if it meant bringing back The Geno J Show. All I ask is for your patience and your prayers for a clear and obvious sign from the divine.


The 2019 Valentine’s Q&A Special of The Rockin’ Pop Party

Over the last few years, I’ve been presenting a special show once a year for listeners to ask questions and get answers about love, relationships and intimacy. Aside from not presenting one in 2018, this show has been somewhat an annual thing! Well, it’s back and only a couple weeks away!

On Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 3 pm Eastern time, join me and special guest, Alternative Ash on Magic 109 for The 3rd Annual Valentine’s Q&A Special of The Rockin’ Pop Party! This is your opportunity to ask questions about love, relationships and intimacy and get some great advice. Now, whether or not it works for you, is a different story! If asking questions isn’t your thing though, there will be some great love and hate songs throughout the show, including in the “Between the Sheets: Cover Comparison” and “The Rockin’ Hour in History” too!

If you do want to send your questions to us, feel free to submit them by email, through my website’s contact form, over social media or by phone and we’ll do our best to answer them come showtime! We give you the ability to ask your questions both publicly and privately, as well as live or ahead of time!

To send your questions ahead of time and ensure they get answered on the air, either email me or Alternative Ash, use the contact form on my website or call my studio line at +1 (978) 410-3020. If I don’t answer, just leave a voicemail message and we’ll either play it come showtime or mention it on air and then answer it. Keep in mind, your questions should be appropriate for all audiences and we do reserve the right to not answer any questions if deemed inappropriate to us. You can also elect to leave it anonymously, in any of the above mentioned ways if you wish to remain private.

If you’d like to ask your questions to us live, we will be taking them on Twitter and Facebook. When sending your questions on Twitter, we ask that you use the hashtag ‘Magic109′ (#Magic109) in your tweet, so that everyone can see your tweets who’s interested in Magic 109 and we can read them on the air as they arrive, whether you mention us or not! If you’d prefer to send them privately, I do have direct messages on Twitter available for everyone, whether you follow me or not. Remember, when it comes to Facebook, you must be a friend to either myself or Alternative Ash to ask your questions over Facebook Messenger. Neither of us will ever mention who sent the question when sent privately, unless you explicitly tell us otherwise. We will also be taking your calls by phone as well! You may call in to the show by dialing +1 (978) 410-3020 and speak to both of us. Just remember, your call will be recorded for The Rockin’ Pop Party’s archive, that is released sometime after the show is finished. Again, both myself and Alternative Ash do reserve the right to decline on answering your question on air if it is not appropriate for all audiences.

There you have it! A plethora of ways to ask your questions, get involved and get the answers to some things about relationships, love and intimacy you’ve been dying to know! Not only that, but an overall awesome show featuring love/hate songs and your “Between the Sheets: Cover Comparison” and “The Rockin’ Hour in History” as well! It all starts again on Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 3 pm Eastern, exclusively on Magic 109, the only station breaking the radio dial, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week!

Interview with Geno J on In Perspective

Recently, I was interviewed by Bob Branco and Allen Hensel on there podcast called In Perspective. The discussion was primarily focusing on my views on internet radio and other projects I’ve been working on. The podcast is 30 minutes and very informative. Feel free to check it out and other podcasts that Bob and Allen do together!

Check out ‘Branco Events’ here!

The Rockin’ Pop Party get’s funny!

Every week, I do The Rockin’ Pop Party in it’s usual format with the “Between the Sheets: Cover Comparison” in the second hour and “The Rockin’ Hour in History” to wrap up the last hour. However, wouldn’t it be nice to deviate from the traditional format to something a bit different? Well, I’d like to announce that The Rockin’ Pop Party will be for one week only, The Rockin’ Pop Parody!

Initially, this idea was more of an accident, but aren’t mistakes wonderful sometimes? I mean, if it weren’t for a spelling error, this show would have never happened! This special episode will consist of comedy bits, parodies and just fun music in general. The show will air on Saturday, July 15th, 2017 at 4:00pm Eastern! There will be a “Between the Sheets: Cover Comparison” and will have “The Rockin’ Hour in History” too! If you’re a fan of comedy, need a laugh, or just want a good reason to smile, then I’d encourage you to check out this show!

This special episode of The Rockin’ Pop Party will be LIVE on Sky 106 and will be on it’s TeamTalk server as well! There will generally be more commentary during this one-off show too, which means you the listeners are welcome to join in on the festivities! Your hearing about this now, because I’d love your contributions to the show! Just contact me for any requests or dedications, or whether you have any comical topics of discussion that should be shared on air! I do hope you’ll join me for this occasion, as I’m pretty sure you’ll at least laugh once during the show. It all happens again on Saturday, July 15th, 2017 at 4:00pm Eastern on Sky 106, where you always get the best variety out of the clear blue sky!

Season 5 of The Rockin’ Pop Party marks a new era in entertainment!

Since May of 2010, The Rockin’ Pop Party has been a stronghold to a couple of internet radio stations that have had the honor and privilege to carry the program, in particular the now defunct HitMeRadio and it’s home as of now, Sky 106. On June 3rd, 2017, a significant change to the show will occur that will forever immortalize all future episodes! The season five premiere of The Rockin’ Pop Party will mark a new beginning and promising future!

The most significant changes to the show will be its new intros for the start of the show and “The Rockin’ Hour in History” featured in the last hour. The new episodes will also have specific new spots, liners, drops, a new outro, and other content that will set this season apart from all past seasons. For more than seven years, The Rockin’ Pop Party has used the same intros for each hour of the show and it’s outro to wrap it up, and even though it has evolved over the years, it has pretty much stuck to the same content. Sure, the old intros and outro will be missed, but I promise you that the new ones will be just as unforgettable as the old ones!

Like every other mark of a new season of The Rockin’ Pop Party, there is always all the specific and special shows to look forward to; some of them being “The Under the Covers” episode in September, “The Rockin’ Pop Halloween Radio Show” around Halloween, “The Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” special in December, not to mention all the other spontaneous ones along the way! I have quite a few new ideas as well and am looking forward to sharing those with you all as well!

The new season of The Rockin’ Pop Party again begins on June 3rd, 2017 on Sky 106 and will definitely be something you don’t want to miss! If you have any suggestions for season five of The Rockin’ Pop Party, then by all means let me know, as I’d love to hear from you!

Get ready! The Valentine’s Q&A is 3 weeks away!

Are you tired of being left in the dark with your significant other? Have you tried all these dating sites and have had no luck? Maybe you need to spice up you and your partner’s dating life. If these are questions that need answering in your life, The Rockin’ Pop Party’s 2nd Annual Valentine’s Q&A Special might have the answers you’re looking for!

Join myself and Mz. M as we play your favorite love/hate songs on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 4:00pm Eastern on Sky 106! We’ll answer your tough questions regarding love, relationships and intimacy. Heck, we may even have a few fun games in mind too! It’s definitely an event that you don’t want to miss, this I assure you!

Last year, we had so much fun! Mz. M and I had so many questions, that we weren’t able to get through them all in three hours and I imagine this year will be the same. That being said, if you have questions for us, don’t be shy and send them in! There are a few different ways you can do this. You can always email us your questions, but you can also call the studio line at +1 (978) 410-3020 or get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter! Me and Mz. M are looking forward to answering all your questions and hope you’ll join us for all the fun and games during The 2nd Annual Valentine’s Q&A Special, Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 4:00pm Eastern, exclusively on Sky 106, where you get the best variety out of the clear blue sky!

Season 3 of The Rockin’ Pop Party returns this Saturday!

Well, we’re well into 2016 and that means it’s time for another season of The Rockin’ Pop Party! This year, you can expect a lot of what you all know and love, plus a whole lot more!

Some of the things to look forward to is a very special ‘Valentines’ episode, where you’ll be able to ask Mz. M all your ‘love’ related questions,  another interview with an independent artist, the 2nd Annual ‘Under the Covers’ Edition of The Rockin’ Pop Party, where we’ll look at more covers of songs that came out before 1980, and so much more!

The new season all starts this Saturday (January 16th, 2016) on Sky 106, where you get variety out of the clear blue sky! Remember, you can catch previous episodes of The Rockin’ Pop Party here. Thanks for reading this announcement, and I look forward to another year of great rock, pop and everything else in between!

No more direct downloads to shows!

This is a quick notice to let everyone know that if you haven’t determined by now, all the past archives of The Rockin’ Pop Party are no longer available. To listen to past archives, you must view them here or on Mixcloud, as this will make all the future episodes comply with licensing and royalties set forth by the music industries and government agencies around the world. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the past archives, or want to hear previous episodes of The Rockin’ Pop Party, feel free to get in touch with me privately. I appreciate your attention and hope you enjoy all the future episodes of The Rockin’ Pop Party that come!