97.7 the Beach

97.7 the Beach


Halloween Rocks and Rolls! 
Posted (2013-10-24)

If you read one of my older blogs in which I pretty much say most Christmas music sucks, Halloween rocks! Though I’m not a total Grinch. I watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” every December and I always get misty eyed when Clarence gets his wings. But…. Yuletide songs ...

Who are today's music tastemakers? 
Posted (2013-07-19)

When I was in college I listened to the Midnight Metal Hour on Q107 in Toronto. Jeff Chalmers introduced me to Iron Maiden (with Paul Di’Anno on lead vocals), Def Leppard, Saxon, Motorhead and many other hard rock acts. It was essential listening. The internet has been ...
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Fergie, Dick Dale & Little Richard 
Posted (2013-03-28)

If you’re of a certain age…maybe under 35…the surf guitar riffs of Dick Dale’s “Misirlou” will trigger thoughts of, “Hey, it’s that song ‘Pump It’ by The Black Eyed Peas.” Same deal with Little Richard’s “The Girl Can’t Help It.” It’s BEP’s ...
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The supposed death of car radios 
Posted (2013-03-15)

Media bloggers and doomsayers caused a stir recently predicting the death of the car radio. According to them, car manufacturers were planning not to include radios in new vehicles during the next few years. Goodbye radio signals, hello wired media players. Not so fast. ...

Let there be (live) rock at the beach! 
Posted (2012-11-08)

It’s the Labour Day weekend and there I am wandering around Beach Area One. Suddenly I hear bass, and not the thumping bass from a car stereo that has more power than what’s under the hood (usually a small car like a ‘90s Honda Civic). No, it’s an electric bass ...
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Radio with personality 
Posted (2012-09-14)

The biggest compliment anyone could pay me…in radio terms…would be something along the lines of, “I really like Johnny Maraca’s show.” I’m a modest fellow but the show is uniquely mine. Anyone can spin rock and roll tunes. The Rock and Roll Riot is a program ...

The Dardanella 
Posted (2012-09-05)

In “The Shining,” Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) encounters the ghost of ballroom waiter Delbert Grady. Jack insists Grady was the former caretaker of The Overlook Hotel. Grady disagrees. “You have always been the caretaker here, Mister Torrance.” I feel a similar, ...

The evolution of Johnny Maraca 
Posted (2012-08-28)

Johnny Maraca was not my first on-air name. Go back a dozen years or so and I was Johnny Pepperoni, sidekick to the sandwich artist superhero Captain Subway! Our Owen Sound sister station Mix 106-5 had a morning show giveaway. Local businesses sent in faxes and emails ...

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