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Why Your Radio Portal Does “Radio Formatting”

Radio formatting is a way for traditional radio stations — and your favorite online radio portal — to program and broadcast material in order to reach a particular listening public. Formats have changed and mutated as music has evolved, reflecting new styles as well as the growth of listeners’ musical tastes and preferences.

Through time, radio formatting has become close to an art form, with stations learning more about how to direct their play lists to a specific demographic. Understanding the age, background, and ethnicity of a particular listenership has everything to do with capturing a targeted group in order to increase a station’s revenue. Good radio formatting is a marketing tool to get more listeners to tune in and stay tuned in.

Radio formats can be straightforward or complex. Some stations just play Country, which is simple to understand. Others combine a variety of play lists because they include cross over musicians or a combination of formats that are closely linked in other ways, such as Adult Alternative, Adult Album Alternative, and Adult Contemporary.

Format labels are there to help each radio portal or station define their target audiences. Sometimes these labels are a boon to listeners, making it easier for them to know what they are getting when they hit the dial. Sometimes, however, the labels can be confusing, especially when the lines of distinction start to blur.

Format Details
Alternative - This format includes punk and new wave material of the 1970s as well as the grunge bands of the 80s. Newer bands that do not fit into a top forty context are also featured in this context.
Classic Rock - Includes music from the 60s, 70, 80s, as well as some current releases.
Comedy - Features short comedic routines from current and past comedy artists.
Country - Music from both the present and the past within the genre.
Oldies - Geared towards adult listeners, this nostalgia format features “golden hits” from the 1950s through the 1970s, including rock and roll and popular tunes.
Smooth Jazz - This is lightweight jazz format that sets a mood with no demands on deeper listening. The genre is also called New Adult Contemporary
The Hitz - Geared towards adult listeners, this nostalgia format features “golden hits” from the 1950s through the 1970s, including rock and roll and popular tunes.
The 80′s - Pop, rock, and dance music from this decade.
The 90′s - Pop, rock, and dance music from this decade.

Format Details
Active Rock - Generally music that is designed to be played loud, such as hard rock, metal, and heavy metal.
Adult Album Alternative - Current music play lists for an adult audience. Usually the selections are of a wider range than found on “hit radio” and can include album tracks. This genre can incorporate many musical styles such as rock, folk rock, country rock, modern rock, blues, folk, and world.

Festival Concerts From Oldies to Today’s Music

By Michele Kadison

Radio has come a long way since the days when formats included one genre, limiting the listening public to fans of that particular musical style. As on-air stations began to see artists crossing over from one type of material to another, formatting began to change, expanding listenership and creating more opportunities for what we now call “oldies music” radio to expand. Additionally, as artists began to explore fusions in musical styles while taking greater risks, radio stations began to create alternative formats that allowed new music to flourish and be heard.

Not to be overlooked is how some of the important early live concerts in oldies music have affected this important evolution. These concerts were actually the forerunners of inclusively, bringing a wide variety of artists together onstage and introducing new genres to primed and waiting audiences.

Three Days of Peace and Music

woodstock Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicThe most seminal concert of this kind was Woodstock. Born from a concept created by four enterprising men (the oldest of whom was 26), the concert was initially formulated to raise money for a recording studio in Woodstock, New York where artists such as Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix were looking to hang their hats now and then. The idea was to create a festival called the “Aquarian Exposition”, which took its name from “the age of Aquarius” out of the radical hit musical of the time, “Hair”.

grateful dead Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicThe concert took place on August 15, 1969, officially beginning at 5:07 PM and heralding in what was called “three days of peace and music”. The idea was new and the set-up for artists was unprecedented as well, as the entrepreneurs had to guarantee paychecks to the bands in order to persuade them to play. Woodstock Ventures was thus able to engage some of the biggest acts of the time, including today’s oldies music hits such as the Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Who, Cream, Grateful Dead, and Ravi Shankar. Some of these bands were paid more than they’d ever received for a concert, which ended up costing the entrepreneurs a sum that was considered enormous for the time, a whopping $118,000 for talent alone. Once these big name artists were committed, the festival gained credibility luring more artists to sign up. After all was said and done, Woodstock eventually cost more than 2.4 million dollars.

What’s Going On

jfk martin Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicThe 60′s was a decade that was chock full of political events. Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy were assassinated, the war in Vietnam was taking a huge toll on the country and its youth, and racial issues created a mounting pressure cooker. The generation gap that formed due to the draft, political divisions, and new affirmations on questioning authority in every way became a force of nature.

Sex, drugs, and rock and roll also defined the generation, separating those “on the bus” from those off the bus. Woodstock and that era of oldies music became the emblem of what was seeded in the 60s and an eventual part of our cultural lexicon as it defined what it was to be a part of the growing protest, which included draft dodgers, black militants, gays and lesbians, and everyone in between.

Hear Me, Film Me

woodstock 2 Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicRoughly 500,000 people attended the Woodstock festival. A sound system large enough to accommodate this enormous oldies music audience spread out over a large outdoor space had to be created. This proved to be a challenge that eventually was solved and led the way to big business opportunities in the rock concert scene: the formulation of speaker systems that could handle overwhelming decibels while delivering clear sound to the people.

The festival promoters were smart enough to realize that they needed to chronicle the event, so they hired a cameraman/director of independent films to do so. Michael Wadleigh had never had an assignment quite like this. He got some New York filmmakers to help, including heavyweight director Martin Scorsese, but was still unable to get funding as film executives were gun-shy after the low box office profits from the filming of the Monterey Pop Festival. The deal they finally struck was to pay the filmmakers double or nothing once the film came out. The film, “Woodstock,” directed by Wadleigh and edited by Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker received the Academy Award for Documentary Feature and a nomination for Best Sound. Rock concert documentation suddenly became big business.

Crossing Genres

How the Woodstock festival played out is the stuff of legend and has been documented by many. That it brought together not only so many people, but also so many diverse oldies music sounds – from folk to ballad, Indian to hard driving rock n roll, and more, helped pave the way for crossing genres over the air ways as radio stations saw the huge appeal as well as the revenues to be made from the combination.

The second time around – not necessarily a charm

In the 1990s, impresarios tried to exploit the Woodstock phenomenon again. But the festival lacked the authenticity and soul of the original, proving that if people do not share common beliefs and values, cohesiveness is difficult to achieve. It is rare that a true original can successfully be replicated.

Alternative Sounds Open the Market

lollapalooza Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicYears later another type of revolutionary concert was envisioned and accomplished. The Lollapalooza festival, created in 1991 by Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band Jane’s Addition, managed to formulate a workable festival that unlike Woodstock, would bring itself to the people through touring.

Lollapalooza featured artists outside the mainstream such as alternative rock bands, hip hop and punk musicians, new generation artists, as well as dance and comedy performers. The festival exposed bands like Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Souxie & the Banchees, and Hole as well as new and as yet unsigned groups. Grunge was featured as a viable genre, and mosh pits and crowd surfing reached their heights as interactive elements that defined the concert experience beyond its oldies music beginnings.

lollapalooza 2 Festival Concerts From Oldies to Todays MusicMore people saw and participated in Lollapalooza than any other musical festival to date. Farrell coined the term “Alternative Nation” to describe the musicians and their fans who were the emblem of new music forms bursting the conventional stereotypes. All went well until 1997 when the festival stopped touring. It was revived in 2003, but as with the Woodstock festival of the 1994, it too lacked soul and drove people away due to high ticket prices, a reflection of the big business roots it had grown. In 2005 Farrell partnered with the William Morris Agency to make it a fixed destination in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois where it has taken on a new success.

From the Concert Stage, to the Radio Play

Where we are today musically is due to the contributions of unique and ground-breaking festivals like the original Woodstock and Lollapalooza concerts. They set the stage for opening up the minds not only of people coming to hear the music, but also of studio executives, stadium impresarios, and most importantly, radio station programmers who recognize the importance of delivering the goods that stimulate listeners. As more bands and single artists appear on the stage, it is often through this type of concert exposure that they are able to make radio play; this approach has held true for artists from oldies music to the present. Opening up for a major act on a concert stage is a powerful way to get a record exec’s attention, especially if the fans are in full support. From there, if the radio stations are providing adequate venues to handle burgeoning sounds, everyone benefits.

Cher: Out of Retirement and Back on Tour

Cher, the sixty-three year old vocal legend, has announced that she will be coming back out of retirement, and beginning a world tour. The tour will kick off at Caesar’s Palace, in Las Vegas. The songstress is reportedly receiving sixty million dollars for the return. Cher states, “Work helps me a lot. I enjoy the work, but the work keeps you moving as well”.

Cher will be launching her new single, ‘Already Been There’ at the World Music Awards. There are eighteen additional songs to be placed on her deluxe edition album, thereafter.

Cher’s success at Caesar’s Palace began at age sixty-one, when she signed a three-year contract to play two hundred shows. The contract first began in May of 2008. These two hundred shows will conclude with her new tour, at The Coliseum. Cher also claims that she will be starring with singer, Christina Aguilera in an upcoming film entitled, Burlesque.

It’s no surprise that fans are anticipating the return of such a living legend. Cher has been the only female solo artist to stand on the Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 for four consecutive decades. She also holds a record for the ‘longest hit-making career span’. Her last ‘Farewell Tour’, which took place in 2005 was the second most successful tour by any other female artist.

Fans old and young have watched Cher’s successes for a long-running forty years. Seats have been booked months in advance to attend her current show, Cher at the Coliseum. Although, she was first recognized for her seventeen-year-old beginnings with Sonny Bono, her solo career has received much more attention. Cher is the only female solo artist to reach the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in each of the previous four decades. Her single “Believe” was the best selling single of 1999, selling over 10 million copies worldwide. She also holds the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span. Altogether, Cher has sold over 100 million records worldwide.

And this doesn’t even include her acting career. Despite making cameo appearances, she was cast in the movies Come Back To The Five and Dime, Silkwood, Mask, Suspect, The Witches of Eastwick, Moonstruck, Mermaids, and Tea With Mussolini – to name a few. She was given the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in the movie Silkwood, and nominated by the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in Mask. She won an academy award for best actress and a Golden Globe Award for her role in Moonstruck.

What else makes Cher an icon? Her trendsetting in the fashion industry. Cher popularized long straight hair, bell-bottoms and an exposed midriff. She was noted to be the first female to expose her bellybutton on television. In 1989, she caught the attention of media moguls for her thong and fishnets that she wore during a music video on the U.S. Navy’s USS Missouri. The video was considered so racy; it was banned until after 9 p.m.

Lastly, Cher is known for her many marriages and relationships. Her marriage to Sonny bono lasted from 1964 to 1975. After that, Cher married rock star Gregg Allman, where she had her son Elijah Blue Allman. Cher dated Elvis Presely, Marlon Brando, Gene Simmons, Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Richie Sambora, and Eric Clapton – to name a few.

How will the 63-year-old do during her comeback tour? Most likely, tickets will sell out, as with all of her performances. No matter how many years go by, Cher seems to always stay on top.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Launch Your Band with Online Music

Forming a band can take a lot of work and time, but when it is finally formed the payoff is rewarding. Finding the right musicians for a band is only half the work. You then have to create amazing music, start working on a fan base, and work to make your band stand out above all the rest. There are different approaches you can take to get your music heard, but the best way is to use the advantages the Internet has. Here are some steps for forming a band and how to launch your band with online music.

Before you can have a band, you must have musicians. Finding the right mix and sound requires a lot of work and auditions. Musicians have to be able to play together, work together, and go on the road together without drama or fighting. You should audition for a lead singer, back up singer, drummer, guitarist, and bass guitarist as the foundation of the band. Depending on your genre of music you may need a keyboardist or saxophone player for instance.

The next step when forming your band, after you have solidified your choices of musicians, is the most epic; choosing a name for the group. This may require a lot of brainstorming and list making for choosing the perfect name. For some bands, choosing name may be more impulsive. Sometimes choosing a name will come really easy and other times you may need to be inspired by something before choosing one.

After the preliminary steps are taken, your band can then begin on writing music and practicing. If you are not a tribute band then you should write original music. You can have your music copyrighted before you produce an album. You can write music that is genre specific or play around with different sounds and style. One thing you should always do is practice and practice often.

Once your band and music is ready, you should launch your band and music online. This is a great way to have your music heard by a lot of people in one place. You can submit your music to Internet radio stations or other online music websites. Creating a personalized website is a great way for your fans to connect with you and learn about the group. A lot of bands have been discovered on the Internet and it is a great starting point to launch your future success as a band.

You can make vides and upload the video hosting sites and your website so people can see how you perform. Posting videos of practice sessions, gig, and recording sessions will showcase your band’s talents. Using online music channels can launch your band into stardom.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

The “Golden” Oldies Music Revolution

By Michele Kadison

oldies but goodies The Golden Oldies Music RevolutionConsidered the Golden Age of pop music, what is known as “Oldies” music includes works created during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The term, “oldies, but goodies” was coined in 1957 by renowned DJ Art Laboe, who kept getting requests to hear songs from the early 50′s on his radio show. The name stuck, even to the point where in 1961, a song by Little Caesar and the Romans hit the charts called, “Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You).” Laboe eventually put together a compilation of songs from the era called “Oldies But Goodies” that was on the Billboard top 100 chart for over three years and enjoyed 14 sequels to date.

Oldies Music: The Early Days

The Classic Oldies music of the 50s and early 60′s signify music you can to dance to, sing along to, and fall in love to. With their lyric-driven intensity and their melodic sound, this era epitomizes the golden age of pop music. When the 1960′s came into view, the music began to become more complex and the groups became more diverse in their expression. The singer/songwriter was born, with individuals and bands ranging from folk to pop to rock continuing to break all the rules. Additionally we had a phenomenon called the British Invasion, which changed the face of rock n roll forever.

The Oldies Music Evolution

The early 70′s brought a sound that mirrored what was going on in the burgeoning hippie culture of the time. Expressions of world peace, free love, civil rights, and women’s liberation took hold through rock, funk, and reggae sounds that came from both sides of the ocean.

Oldies: A Musical Revolution of the Times

The 50′s

back to the 50s The Golden Oldies Music RevolutionThe popularity of the Golden Oldies music came from vitality, innocence, and innovation. Never before had music sounded like this. Emerging from a myriad of musical styles that encompassed post World War II blues, jazz, and hillbilly country, which in turn emerged from the big band era along with boogie woogie, the Golden or Classic Oldies indicated the birth of rock n roll. Right around 1955 doo-wop groups began to form, showing off a rhythmic sound and strong backup vocals, with groups like the Del-Vikings singing “Come Go With Me,” the Marcels singing “Blue Moon,” and the classic romantic doo-wop ballad by the Five Satins, “In the Still of the Night.” At the same time, in 1955, Bill Haley came forward with a song that broke all the rules with “Rock Around the Clock” and the revolution began. When Elvis Presley appeared on the scene, things broke open wide. Even though Jerry Lee Lewis had been around before him with his wild and totally unorthodox performances and lifestyle, Elvis gave rock n roll permission to be sexy. He still exemplifies the apotheosis of the Rock Star, and will forever be referenced in this context. The label Sun Records, which signed Elvis and Jerry Lee, became the number one label for making many singers important stars of the time. Artists like Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Ritchie Valens were also shaking up the scene with songs like “Mabelline, “That’ll Be the Day”, “Tutti Frutti,” and “La Bamba” respectively. Here was a whole new sound full of life and rebellion and the kids went wild.

Golden Oldies Music TV

golden oldies The Golden Oldies Music RevolutionAs early as 1952, a local show emerged that featured artists of the time, providing a platform for them to be seen by their fans. In 1956 this little show had a change in hosts, with the young Dick Clark stepping in for Bob Horn and American Bandstand was born. It was picked up by ABC in 1957 and went on to become one of the biggest shows on television for showcasing talent, lasting all the way until 1989.

The 60′s

the 60s The Golden Oldies Music RevolutionWhen Chubby Checker came out with “The Twist,” in 1960, the world was galvanized by the song and the gyrating dance that went with it. Then the early 1960′s brought the revolutionary sound of the Girl Groups. Here we had the sexy Shangra-Las singing “Leader of the Pack” and “Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand) along with the Shirelles, the Ronettes, and the Crystals.. Ike and Tina turner showed up with “River Deep, Mountain High” which featured the avante garde sound of producer Phil Spector and his “wall of sound.” With over 25 top 40 hits between 1960 and 1969, Spector’s creations dominated the charts.

Most of the oldies music songs of this time were written for the artists by a group of savvy songwriters holed up in the famous Brill Building in New York City. Soul singers such as James Brown and Marvin Gaye were very much a part of the time, along with blue-eyed soul artists such as The Righteous Brothers. In 1959, Berry Gordy had founded Motown Records in Detroit and created the Motown sound. Artists like The Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and The Supremes are just a few of the heavyweights that made hit after hit at the time. Add to the list Stevie Wonder and The Jackson Five, along with many other famous names, and its easy to see how Motown packed its punch. And then came the Brits! The British invasion began with a historic moment in 1964 when a group called The Beatles debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show. After this, English groups began streaming in as American teens were overcome with Brit-mania. The Dave Clark Five, the Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Herman’s Hermits, Elton John, Petula Clark, and Dusty Springfield represent a mere smattering of the impact that the British invasion had on music of the day.

The 70′s

the 70s disco The Golden Oldies Music RevolutionAs the 1970′s approached, classic American rock was hitting its stride in oldies music with The Rascals, the Association, Fleetwood Mac, The Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, The Birds, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and The Doors. The drug culture was beginning to define rock n roll in the late 60′s, spawning the most famous outdoor rock concert ever: Woodstock. Singers like Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and Papas, The Beach Boys, and the Lovin’ Spoonful added to the mix as singer/songwriters were taking their place in the firmament. Folk artists like Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Judy Collins were already making their mark in the 60′s. Richie Havens, Carly Simon, Carole King, John Denver, Cat Stevens, and James Taylor enriched the time with their pointed and sensitive songs that made listeners think.

Rock kept growing, with more imports from overseas such as Rod Stewart and the Faces, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, and the androgynous David Bowie, who gave us permission to explore a wider range of personal expression. Funk music was another genre that made the 70′s so musically rich and diverse. Here was George Clinton, Parliament, and Funkadelic along with Earth, Wind, and Fire, the Ohio Players, Kool and the Gang, and Bootsy Collins heating up the floor and making way for the disco generation to come. From folk rock to psychedelic rock, soul, the Motown sound, and bubblegum pop, 70′s music reflected what was going on in the culture, which meant revolution and change. As the 70′s moved on, other musical styles similar to oldies music began to take root from these sounds, and the beat moved on.

Natalie Merchant’s New Album

Natalie Merchant, the once singer-songwriter for the 10,000 Maniacs, who eventually went out on her own as a great success, has now come out with her next album – “Leave Your Sleep”. Nonesuch Records stated the album was released worldwide April 13. Promoting the album, Merchant is performing a series of release parties and concerts in several major American cities.

Natalie Merchant was born in Jamestown, New York. Her mother encouraged her to study music and wouldn’t allow her four children, including Natalie, to watch TV until they were 12. Merchant said they were taken to the symphony often, as her mother loved classical music. Merchant admits she didn’t know much about any other type of music beyond classical and show-tunes, music her mother loved.

In 1981, Merchant started singing for a band called “Still Life”, which later changed their name to “10,000 Maniacs”. In 1993 she left the group to go out on her own. By 1995 she released her album “Tigerlily” which contained the famous single called “I May Know The Word”. The song was to appear on the soundtrack for the movie Philadelphia but was later cut. “Beloved Wife”, another song off of “Tigerlily” was featured in the trailer for the movie Message in a Bottle. The album also contained the song “River”, dedicated to River Phoenix, whom she defend and castigates the media for sensationalizing his death. Tigerlily was a success and pushed her single “Carnival” into the top 40 of singles. The album sold over 5 million copies.

After three years, Merchant released her second album “Ophelia”. This album would contain a lot of symphonic arrangements composed and conducted by British composer Gavin Bryars. Thirty different musicians were featured on the album. The album was meant to describe a series of women throughout time, who dared to question the patriarchal status quo and were often castigated. Merchant described “Ophelia” as being at once a “novice Carmelite”, a “suffragette”, a “circus queen,” a “demigoddess” and a “mafia courtesan.” The first single of the album “Kind and Generous” received massive airplay on VH1. Merchant also joined Sarah McLachlan performing in Lilith Fair, which helped push her album into Platinum status in under a year. Singles “Break Your Heart” and “Life Is Sweet” received only moderate airplay. Merchant made appearances on VH1, PBS and Hard Rock Live that year as well.

Merchant’s third album would be “Motherland”, released in 2001. The album achieved Gold on the Billboard charts with singles “Just Can’t Last, “Build A Levee” and “Tell Yourself”.

After “Motherland”, Merchant did not resign with her record company but released her next album “The House Carpenter’s Daughter” under her own label, Myth America Records. This was in 2003. Merchant later decided to resign with Nonesuch Records and now, in 2010, we see her album “Leave Your Sleep” being released. Financial Times claims “the album is a double album of poems set to music the traverses the whole range of American vernacular, from Bluegrass to Cajon to miniature chamber music, and beyond.”

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Why We Love Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels has it all and we love it. He has the look, charm, personality, voice, the band, and the ability to make great music. There are so many reasons why we love Bret Michaels. He has fans from all different age groups ranging from his days as the lead singer for Poison from his days on VH1 as a reality star. He has recently recorded music with Miley Cyrus, and unfortunately has been in the headlines for health reasons. He is an American star with worldwide fame and recognition.

His career started in the early 1980s when he formed the band Poison. It is a glam metal, hard rock band that had amazing success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bret is the lead singer and front man of the band. The band also consists of members: C.C. Deville, Rikki Rocket, and Bobby Dall. Some of the band’s more memorable songs were Talk Dirty To Me and Every Rose Has Its Thorn. Since 1986 they have released nine albums with chart topping hits. Last year, they were on tour with Cheap Trick and Def Leppard.

In addition to recording music and going on tour with his band Poison, Bret has also recorded solo albums. He released his first solo album in 1998 and it was called A Letter From Death Row. He is working on his sixth solo album which is due to be released later this year. It is being recorded under the Poor Boy Records label and is titled Custom Built. One song from the album that has already been released that is receiving positive feedback and attention is the duet with Miley Cyrus called Nothing To Lose.

His songs from his solo albums and from the band Poison are continuously played on Internet Radio stations worldwide. He has fans from so many different age groups because his music is played on classic rock channels as well as pop channels on Internet radio stations. His music is also on traditional radio stations as well. He also has fans who love video games because Poison’s songs are on the Guitar Hero song list, which is a very popular video game where you can be a rock star.

He not only records music but he is also a reality TV star. He was the star of VH1 hit show Rock of Love. Bret was introduced to more than twenty women at a time on his show in hopes of finding his one true love. Bret is currently on Donald Trump’s reality series the Celebrity Apprentice. Unfortunately, he has also been seen on TV recently because of a medical condition. In addition to having type 1 diabetes, he was rushed to a hospital with a brain hemorrhage. Luckily he is doing fine and recovering well.

There are so many reasons to love Bret Michaels. He has continued success in the band Poison and also with his solo career. We love rocking out to his music on Guitar Hero and cannot take our eyes off the TV when he is on a reality show.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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