Lovell's Blog

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Random Thoughts
I haven't got the tape of the ACM's yet, but my friend in the States posted it last Friday and with the US Memorial Weekend and our bank holiday weekend over here, I think that set it back a bit.

I saw one of my idols from one of my favourite TV shows, Alan Alda (who played Hawkeye on Mash) on a chat show here and couldn't believe how old he looked. I guess because of the fact that I'm young and I only started watching Mash a few years ago, I forget sometimes that show started over 30 years ago and the finale, which is still the most watched program in history by the way, was before I was born! I may not have recognised him, but as soon as he opened his mouth, I knew it was Hawk Eye! He has a book out, so I may have to look into getting that.

I saw Leann Rimes on the same chat show the day before and she looks great! I never thought of Leann as sexy before, but I am rethinking that.

I hate changes and the most recent changes at Talksport, a station that I listen to here in the UK, have fors and againsts and I'm not sure which is which (lol). I'm glad to see Ian Collins back at overnights, although he is very addictive and I really cant be up to all hours (I've been up to 4am each day this week!). Charlie Wolf being removed completely is just pure madness and Jon Gaunt, who replaces Ian on weekday mornings, is completely crap in my opinion.

I am really enjoying The Wreckers. Does anyone have their album? Can you reccomend it?

Saturday, May 27, 2006

ACM Awards & American Idol Finale
I didn't find a radio station that was broadcasting the ACM Awards, but I should be able to get a tape of the show from an American friend and I'm looking forward to it. I thought the winners this year, for the most part, were great. I got 6 of my predictions right, which isn't a bad total at all.

Three of the ACM winners were in my 'who I think should win' category, but not in the 'who I think will win' category, so I was pleasantly surprised about that. 'Time Well Wasted' deserved to be album of the year, as it was the best album in there and Brad has now put out 4 very consisent and good albums and deserved to get that award eventually. It was GREAT to see Sara Evans win Top Female Vocalist, as she really deserved it. 'When I Get Where I'm Going' was the best video, so deserved to win video of the year also.

I'll have more thoughts on the ACM show after I watch the tape.

Taylor's win on American Idol just seemed more right then any other winner so far. I like both him and Katharine so I didn't mind who won, but when he was up there singing at the end, I thought that he is the best season winner so far.

This finale was a bit over the top, in my opinion. The 'Puck N Pickler' stuff was pretty funny, but the awards thing was lame and some of the so called 'guest stars' sounded terrible - Chris & Lime or Live? (I'd never heard of them) worked really well, but what the hell happened to Meatloaf and Toni Braxton? And who the hell was that singing with Paris? UGH! Even Dionne Warwick sounded off. Carrie sounded fine, but I am not sure I liked the arrangement on 'Don't Forget To Remember Me' and what was with her face when Taylor won? Did anyone notice that?

Hear my audio comments on Carrie Underwood

Monday, May 22, 2006

ACM Award Predictions

Its next to impossible to correctly predict an award show, but I got all of my CMA predictions right except one - I just didn't write it online anywhere, but trust me, I did. I have chosen to reveal my ACM predictions so I'm bound to get these all wrong!

Entertainer Of The Year
Who I think will win: Keith Urban, Who I think should win: Keith Urban

Top Male Vocalist
Who I think will win: Keith Urban, Who I think should win: Brad Paisley

Top Female Vocalist
Tough to call. Who I think will win: Carrie Underwood (you read right!), Who I think should win: Sara Evans

Top Vocal Group
Who I think will win: Rascal 'UGH' Flatts, Who I think should win: Little Big Town

Top Vocal Duo
Who I think will win: Brooks & Dunn, Who I think should win: Brooks & Dunn (I guess)

Top New Male Vocalist
Who I think will win: Craig Morgan, Who I think should win: Craig Morgan. Perhaps I'm being too hopeful, but Craig deserves it and I think he can win it.

Top New Female Vocalist
Who I think will win: Carrie Underwood, Who I think should win: Carrie Underwood

Top New Vocal Group or Duo
Who I think will win: Sugarland, Who I think should win: Little Big Town

Album Of The Year
What I think will win: 'Feels Like Today' (Rascal Flatts), What I think should win: 'Time Well Wasted' (Brad Paisley)

Single Record Of The Year
What I think will win: 'Jesus Take The Wheel' (Carrie Underwood), What I think should win: 'Best I Ever Had' (Gary Allan)

Song Of The Year
What I think will win: 'Jesus Take The Wheel' (Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordon Sampson), What I think should win: 'When I Get Where I'm Going' (Rivers Rutherford and George Teren)

Video Of The Year
What I think will win: 'As Good As I Once Was' (Toby Keith), What I think should win: 'When I Get Where I'm Going' (Brad Paisley)

Vocal Event Of The Year
What I think will win: 'When I Get Where I'm Going (Brad & Dolly), What I think should win: 'When I Get Where I'm Going' (Brad & Dolly)

Watch tomorrow night and see how many I get wrong! I should be able to listen online and getting a tape of the show real soon.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

More of My Day At BBC Essex

I had every intention of carrying on with my post from Monday, but haven't got round to it until now. My time spent in the studio was a very enjoyable one. I was on air between 1 and 2, but got to stay in the studio between 2 and 3 and then got to talk to Steve after the show went off the air for nearly an hour in the reception area!

Steve talked to me about building a playlist and not just playing songs you like. He also made sure to show me what everything did within the studio and let me talk to a caller on the phone, who had some positive words for me. He told me lots of things about getting into the radio business, and I hope most of it went in! He was a really nice guy and treated me like a real special guest, which was more then I could ever hope for.

It is my dream to be in the radio business and this was certainly a worthwhile. We left BBC Essex at around 3.50 after Steve shook my hand and wished me the best, and headed home, stopping for a cup of tea along the way. I got home around 8.10pm, exhausted but content with travelling all that way.

I'll have a file of my time on air up on here asap, for those who are interested.

Monday, May 15, 2006

My Day At BBC Essex

I was wide awake at 5.30am after just over 5 hours sleep, but I was ready to go as I had taken a nytol tablet the night before. I stayed in bed another hour, before getting up, showering and brushing my teeth. Had my breakfast around 7.30 and left around 8.10.

My dad drove me up to Essex. We got there about 11.30 and told the receptionist that we were there. We were told to come back at 12.45, so we went to Tesco and had a cup of tea. Sat in the car listening to Steve for a bit before I headed on there.

I went in and waited at reception before Kat, who was in charge of answering the phones for Steve, met me and showed me up to the production area next to the main studio. Eric Hall, the presenter who follows Steve, was sat in there and we chatted a little about music. He seemed nice enough, I didn't know what to make of him at first.

I went in to the studio to join Steve at 1 and he asked me if I wanted to get into radio so I said yes, and he set up the mini disc recorder to record us. The only trouble is I don't have a mini disc player, but I am sure I can sort it out!

We went through my choice of music. I had a Lonestar song set to play first, which was 'Gimme All Your Lovin' from the ZZ Top tribute album, but Steve had already planned to play another Lonestar song, 'What About Now', which was fine by mine as its my favourite Lonestar song!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

BBC Essex This Sunday

I'll be Steve Cherelle's guest on BBC Essex between 1 and 2pm (8-9am US ET)

You can listen online live at this link. If you can't listen then, the show is avaliable on the 'listen again' feature after the show is over at 3pm (10am US ET) and will remain up until 12pm (7am US ET) the following Sunday (the 21st). Just skip forward to the 1 hour mark and you'll catch the hour I'm on, at this link

I'll be playing my own choice of records and chatting a little with Steve. Among my musical choices will be Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Gary Allan, Blackhawk and a British group called The Good Intentions. I haven't decided on a complete playlist yet, but I better hurry!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

XM Satellite Radio & CMT.Com Getting Me Pissed
I have been a little lazy in updating my blog lately. Not because I haven't had a lot to say, but because I couldn't be bothered!

If you are bored enough to be reading this, I thank you for using me as a last resort to whatever fun other thing, or several things, you had planned. Let me know your out there too, it'll be nice to know theres lonely people like me!

I have been listening a lot to XM US Country through my Winamp player, which provides you with all the great content on AOL Music, and what a great station it is! I got into country music during the 1990's and I'm finding myself loving all these great songs by the likes of Garth, Strait, Alan, Travis Tritt, Martina, B&D, John Michael Montgomery and so many more all over again! XM have really outdone themselves this time. This is one cool station!

Speaking of XM, I have loved the last two 'Shortcuts' on Highway 16. I have been a fan of Phil Vassar since before he got his record deal, because I was always one to flip through the sleeve of albums and see who wrote the songs and his name seemed to crop up everywhere - Alan Jackson CD's, Tim McGraw CD's, Jo Dee Messina CD's, Collin Raye CD's, Blackhawk CD's. He's one talented guy.
I have also been a fan of Diamond Rio forever and I was glad to see Producer J. used some of my question ideas on the 'Shortcuts' show with them.

I love Diamond Rio's new song, 'God Only Cries'. Check out the story behind the song at the link I have added on the right hand side. Thanks again to Joyce for giving the link to that site on her blog.

To follow up on the CMT.Com problems, apparently the problem is to do with getting a license to offer their music videos to people outside the US. Thats all fine and dandy, but it wasn't a problem before and it didn't seem to be a problem when they were offering a multi national webcast for the CMT Awards! That has got me a little pissed.

I'm on the radio next Sunday on BBC Essex. I'll let you know more later in the week.