Where's The Snow?
Am I the only person who thought it was very unfair that the Berlin/Ocean City area received mostly rain today even though it was 32 degrees outside? I wouldn’t mind a little snow but I definitely don’t want rain when it is that cold outside. A little bit of snow this Christmas will be great and really put me in the holiday spirit. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow and a Ho Ho Ho from the After Dark Show!
Coach's 2 Minute Drill CHRISTMAS EDITION!
Christmas is getting closer by the day, but I’m sure you already knew that. Maybe it’s just me (and I don’t think it is), but it seems harder every year to pick out what to get everybody for Christmas. After hours of research and web browsing I think I finally have a pretty solid list of sites that are as funny to browse as they are to shop on. Enjoy the following list and hopefully it makes your holiday more enjoyable. If you can’t find anything interesting on any of these sites...well, you could always get a gift card.
Oh, and make sure you enter Promo Code “COACH98” for 0% off!http://www.shop.com
Live Music on Ocean 98!
It’s that time of year again! Coming up on the 3 year anniversary for The Acoustic Lounge! So many awesome artist that have been on the show from Shaun Hopper to The Dirty Heads, The Expendables, Rob Fahey and so much more. Look for 2014 to be just as exciting for our live music shows here on Ocean 98, Live Lixx and The Acoustic Lounge. I don't know any other station that supports live music in the studio like we do! Keep on listening and keep on rockin!
My "Alice's Restaurant" Thanksgiving
One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories took place about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh in a little town called Butler, PA. For many years our winter booking schedule took us throughout Pennsylvania for a Thanksgiving week of one-nighters at some of the best clubs in that state. Over the years, Harrisburg, Scranton, Reading, Wilkes-Barre, Altoona, Pittsburgh - and always finishing up in Cumberland, MD - were among the cities we played during that holiday week. There were seven of us on the road: My assistant, the sound and lighting techs, and my wife Cindy, all came along. Due to most clubs being slow or closed, Thanksgiving nights were never booked during this road-trip. Being away from our families on this night, in addition to having the night off on the road, was somewhat depressing at times. Somewhere along the line, it became a five year practice to leave our hotel rooms and all get together and have our Thanksgiving meal at the least traditional place possible - the closest Waffle House. We loved the Waffle Houses - especially for late-night, after show breakfasts. But on Thanksgiving, while this was kind of funny, it was kind of sad too, but at least our "road family" was together, eating very non-traditional turkey sandwiches and Waffle House hash browns. One year, when we arrived at the venue we were playing in Pittsburgh on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I received a message with a number to call as soon as possible. I made the call and found out that it was from an owner of a nightclub. She explained that she had a small bar - The Belmont - and had noticed from our schedule that we weren't scheduled on Thanksgiving night, and that she would be interested in booking us. She went on to explain that almost all her customers were Ocean City visitors, and that it would be fun to have someone with an Ocean City connection to play there. She then told me that her bar only held about 60 people, so she really couldn't afford to pay too much. She sounded so nice and it sounded like a fun time so I made a deal. I asked if she could just cover the hotel rooms for the night and give the crew a bar tab for drinks, and we'll play The Belmont. She agreed. I then asked her where the closest Waffle House was to Butler, Pa, and began telling her the story of our tradition. After hearing the story, she told me that her bar didn't open until 5:00, but she would open the doors early for us, and that we would need to load-in our equipment at 2:00 - and also that we should do this before going to the local Waffle House. The next day we arrived at The Belmont at exactly 2:00. Inside, we were surprised to find that situated in the middle of the dance floor was a candlelit table for seven - set up with a complete, full-on Thanksgiving feast - just for us! That afternoon all of us enjoyed the best Thanksgiving road-dinner we ever had, and played that night at one of the friendliest bars we've ever been to. None of us will ever forget our "Alice's Restaurant" moment not just because of the great meal, but also for the memory of the incredible kindness and thoughtfulness given to us by the owner of that tiny little bar in Butler, PA.
Speaking for the entire Ocean 98 team…A HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!
Happy Thanksgiving From The Show
Hello everyone. First off, happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you and good luck to everyone in our Thanksgiving game day pool...make sure to keep listening to Ocean 98 for some great prizes and events coming up for the holiday season in the near future. I hope all of you have a great holiday season and feel free to bring me beer as a gift ;) Don't forget to join me each and every Friday night at the Original Greene Turtle for Ladies Night from 10-2am on 116th street in OC.
News From The Party Zone
I am headed up
to City of Magnificent Intentions, a.k.a. Washington, D.C. for the Oyster
Riot @ The Old Ebbitt Grill on Friday from 6:30-9:30pm. If you can make it, meet me there & we will party!
If you didn't know, The Old Ebbitt Grill is Washington, D.C.'s oldest bar and restaurant & the Oyster Riot is an all you can eat - all you can drink 3hr scramble, with donations to the Oyster Recovery Partnership (a nonprofit helping to restore oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay)...now you know!
Tune in Saturday night to The Party Zone between 7-12pm when I will be back on the Shore, ready for more, with a detailed report of any celebrity sightings and a review of the 15 different types of oysters and various beverages I consumed.
Coming This December...
Rock the Boat! This December! Keep listening to win the Best Christmas present ever!!!!!~BK
Coming Up This Week On Rock Inside and Outside The Hall Shows...
This week the Rock Outside The Hall Show will be looking at one rock's most important voices and a great song writer. In the next weeks coming up I will be reviewing the “Outside The Hall Music Entertainment Hall of Fame” inductees for 2013 and comparing them against a few of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fames nominees. I'm going to have some fun with this one.
On Sunday 11-17-2013 I will be revisiting the origin of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and looking at the careers and music of the first induction class from 1986.
News From the Sales Desk
This is Christine Dunstan, the new and proud Sales Manager at Ocean 98. It’s been an exciting start here for me at Ocean 98 and I look forward to all the fun to come! We work hard to play hard :-) I come from 98 Rock in Baltimore and am so happy to finally be down the Eastern Shore and a part of this wonderful Ocean 98 family.
We would like to extend a special thank you to The Ultimate Jeweler, for coming on board this November, as one of our new clients through our Thanksgiving Day Pool! You can find out more about The Ultimate Jeweler in the Village Plaza South Gate in Ocean Pines. Call them today at: 410-208-3081 OR 443-783-1999.
Another big thank you to Crabs to Go located on the corner of Route 50 and 589, as they came on board through our Thanksgiving Day Pool too. Spice up your holiday season with fresh and local seafood from Crabs to Go. Find out more at their store or online at www.crabstogo.com.
The Show with JJ
Well everyone, it has been a fun first month or so for me here at Ocean 98. I wanna thank everyone for welcoming me with open arms and ya’ll are the best listeners in the world. Make sure to check out "Themed Out Wednesday" where based on your suggestions, The Show is based on a theme. We have done your favorite songs from a movie or TV show about gangsters/mobs also sports movies etc. Feel free to email me your suggestions at email@example.com and make sure to join me this and every Friday for "Ladies Night" at the original Greene Turtle on 116th Street in North OC as I dj from 10-2am and let’s just say "party" just as hard as you!!! Thanks again for listening and now go high five a stranger…and as always, make bad decisions with good people.
Wings and Things
Our 1st Annual Best Wings on the Shore contest was a success and we would like to thank everyone for spending the afternoon with us at Jake’s Seafood in Rehoboth Beach, DE last Sunday. It was a perfect afternoon for wings, beer and football. Congratulations to our winners! Jake’s Seafood won Best Overall Wing, Port in Dewey Beach, DE won Hottest Wing and aMuse in Rehoboth Beach, DE won Most Creative Wing.
Coming up next week…tune in for another Ticket Window Tuesday and a chance to see Gary Clark Jr. at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. What will the month of November bring for the great Ocean 98 listeners? Stay tuned to find out.
This Week On Rock Outside and Inside the Hall
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame released their list of nominees for their induction class of 2014 this past Wednesday. The following is the list of the 16 nominees.
1. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
3 Deep Purple
4 Peter Gabriel (Is in as a member of Genesis)
5. Hall & Oates
7. LL Cool J
8 The Meters
11 The Replacements
12 Linda Ronstadt
13. Cat Stevens
14 Link Wray
16 The Zombies
The Rock Outside The Hall Show will cover the nominees careers and their music and choosing who I think will be inducted. Last year I was 5 out of 6 choices and also named Quincy Jones as the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. Let’s see if I can match that this year or do better????
THE ROCK INSIDE THE HALL SHOW is featuring The Police this week and showing the connection between the band The Police and the greatest Thoroughbred female racing horse of all-time.
This Week On Rock Inside the Hall
Rock Outside and INSIDE the Hall Shows This Week!
On tomorrows Rock Outside The Hall Show I am looking at the career and life of of George Michael.
This Sunday is the World Championship of Off Shore Power Boat Racing in Ocean City, Md. My sponsor, The Bull On The Beach, is the current United States Champion and is racing to be the World Champion in her class. The race will be Saturday with trials and finals Sunday at Noon. Racing will be concentrated around 16th street. All race boats can be viewed and even touched at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City.
The Rock Outside The Hall show has a new family member, The Rock Inside The Hall Show. The new show will air this Sunday October 6, 2013 at 9am and on the first show this week, we will take a look at (CSNY) Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Byrds and a little each week about the origin of rock music and the coronation of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1983 until present day. How and why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland, Ohio and why not New York, Philly, Detroit or any other city?
What A Month!
Once again, another exiting Ocean 98 event! Last week we held our first ever Ocean 98 Golf Tournament at Lighthouse Sound! Ocean 98 staff were placed at different holes to greet and explain to the participants what was happening at each hole. What a blast and some even came bearing gifts. A few times I did leave my post and was able to drive the golf cart around to visit other holes which I must say was quite fun too! Our Sales Manager had the one by the bathroom…Haha lucky him! Next year I'm bringing clubs and if you didn't make it to this one no worries, there's more fun to come! Our first Best Wings on the Shore contest is in October! See you there! Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Ocean 98!
Ocean 98 Golf Tournament
More Fun To Come On Ocean 98!
Don’t think because summer is ending the fun will stop at Ocean 98. We have many things for you to look forward to over the next couple months.
All this month, you can still enter your name for our final Cash Splash drawing. The final $1,000 CASH and final $1,000 Slot Dollars will be on Tuesday, October 1st with BK and Lesley. By the way, congratulations to all our previous winners and “THANK YOU” to our great sponsors – Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, Sunset Grille, Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon, Galaxy 66, Atlantic ImmediCare Clinics, MD Lottery and the Casino at Ocean Downs.
Also, starting this Monday, September 9th our Club 98 members will have a chance to win a brand new Stand-Up Paddle Board from K-Coast Surf Shop! Plus, once you enter you may win one of our daily prizes. The grand drawing will take place on the Rude Awakening Show on October 7th.
There are some great concerts coming up and Ticket Window Tuesday will continue.
See, lots of great stuff happening here and much more to come on Ocean 98!
This Week On Rock Outside The Hall
Rock Outside The Hall is going big this week. On Saturday 08-31-2013 at 9am, we are looking at Barry White and his heavenly voice.
Good Luck to all qualifiers for the August Cash Splash Giveaway.
In upcoming weeks, we will be looking at Fine Young Cannibles, Jim Croce, and a couple of different theme shows.
What A Week!
Hi there! What a wonderful week! Summer has flown by and the kids are back at school. What a way to end the summer with The Ocean 98 Listener Appreciation Party! Thank you to all that attended. We really appreciate YOU. It was so great to finally put faces behind the voices on the phone and meeting our listeners. You are all awesome. Lighthouse Sound was wonderful and so accommodating. The band that performed at our event was fantastic. If you ever have a chance to see the band Full Circle you won't be sorry. They even let me sit in on a few with the bass (yes, that's my guilty lil pleasure). Our sales manager Jon Joins did pretty great at singing a song with the band too! YOU make all our events fun here at Ocean 98. Don't forget to check online at Ocean98.com for events throughout the year. We promise to show ya a great time! Thanks for listening!
Happy Hour with BK
Well, apparently a couple days ago marked the halfway point of summer but it sure feels like it's more than half done. Football season is around the corner. Join our Pigskin Pickem league. See ya at the Poor Girls Open this week at Fish Tales.
What's Going On In August?
It’s been a very busy summer at Ocean 98 and it will continue during the month of August. Our Cash Splash Giveaway continues with our next $1,000 cash drawing and $1,000 Slot Dollar drawing on Sunday, September 1st with DJ Batman and Marla. We’ll have some great Ticket Window Tuesdays and coming very soon, details about our Annual Listener Appreciation Party at Lighthouse Sound on Thursday, August 22nd! August is going to fly by but it’s going to be a fun month!
Coach's 2 Minute Drill
What A Month!
Hi everyone! Whew! What
an exciting few weeks this had been for me! The end of June was an awesome experience for
me at Ocean 98 with two national acts in the Ocean 98 studios. The Expendables and The Dirty Heads and...it
just so happened they were both on my show within 2 hours of each other. Shall we say frazzled? Nah, not really excited yes and most of all
praying everything went smooth and it did.
I had two awesome co-hosts, Bigler and Todd, who likes to party. Talk
about a live intimate show, it was! We
had the best seats in the house for sure! The performance from both bands was incredible!
Lots of listeners/watchers on our webcam too! Thanks for being a part of that and glad you
enjoyed it. Keep tuning in and logging on to Ocean 98 for prizes, contests and
AWESOME music 24/7!
Until next time!
This Week On Rock Outside The Hall
The Rock Outside The Hall show is going X-Rated this week 07-20-2013! We are going to look at songs that were banned for satanic idolism, songs that promoted the drug latent sex crazed Rock and Roll music, National Security violations, abusive language and the outrageous musical enhancement of a lecherous adulterous woman.
Finally, on the 50 Anniversary Year of the Kingsmen’s rendition of Louie Louie we will look at whether or not the Kingsmen used profanity on the recording. The answer might surprise you!
Congrats To Our Club 98 Members
Coming Up This Week On Rock Outside The Hall
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!
July 1st Cash Splash Winners!
The Dirty Heads LIVE on Ocean 98!
Coach's 2 Minute Drill
It's Summertime in OC!
Here we go again! It’s summertime in Ocean City. There are so many awesome events happing in this beautiful town, from Bikes to the Beach to the Dew Tour approaching this weekend! And we can't forget about all the awesome places to go for food and live music…venues with different national acts and the many people who visit from all over the world. There is always something going on when the summer season is in effect. From our ghost town winters to our busy summers, after all these years of me living here it still takes me a month to adjust and that's defiantly not a bad thing considering I get bored very easy. Let’s enjoy our beautiful town! Please be safe and remember.....use the crosswalks!
Where Dreams Come True
Ocean City is certainly a place where memories are made but, for me it's also a town that can make some pipedreams of youth come true.
As a kid growing up in Baltimore, early on Saturday mornings I'd go down to the local record store, The Radio Center on Greenmount & 32nd Street, and join the crowd of people that gathered to watch and listen as the local WCAO disc jockey gave a live, on-air show from the front window of that record store. The speakers would be blaring out onto Greenmount Avenue, so very often the sidewalk turned into an impromptu dance party, all because of this guy in the window simply putting a needle on a record. I wanted to be him. I wanted to be the guy in the window. Having no discernible musical talent (there's a drummer in me somewhere, but I've never quite been able to find him), I knew that this is what I wanted to do and needed to do.
Every so often as I'm behind the microphone during my "Hair of the Dog Show" I'll look out of the “World's Greatest Office Window” and see hundreds of people on the beach and bay and it takes me back to the days of dancing in the street in Baltimore on those Saturday mornings. It took five decades, but the dream came true, I am the guy in the window.
Playing The Blues
This Saturday on Rock Outside The Hall...
This week, 06-15-2013, The Rock Outside The Hall Show will be looking at recordings that that started out on the "B" side and were not supposed to be very good but wound up being hits and, in most cases, bigger than the song that was expected to do well. You might be surprised.
Congratulations Cash Splash Winners!
It's Going To Be A Great Summer...
Well, hear is some news for you as we wrap up the month of May; we are happy to announce that DJ Wood will be taking over and he is now the host of Cool Runnings and the Tiki Hut every Saturday and Sunday morning here on Ocean 98. After all who doesn't want a good dose of morning wood? Seriously though we are happy to have him on board and we know that you the listeners will really enjoy "Island Time" as you always have. The Cash Splash will continue this weekend and we've got plenty more prizes to give away. Be listening for ticket giveaways, CD giveaways and more chances to win from the Best of Rock! Thanks for listening to Ocean 98 and its going to be a great summer!!!~BK
What A Rush!
Ok, so it has been years since I have been to Baltimore for live music and just to hang out. Although it was only for 24 hours, it was a blast! Now, I have never been a big Rush fan (yeah I know, shame on me). However, I've always appreciated their talent and music. Well, finally I had the full-on Rush experience. My seats were pretty awesome and the concert was amazing; 3 piece band sounding just like their record playing live. Geddy Lee, the lead singer/bass/ keyboardist and synthesizer, playing not only with his hands (while having his bass strapped on) but with his feet too, which is called a Mellotron. He blew me away! It was one of the best live shows I have ever seen (aside from Skid Row ;-).
The Hotel I stayed at was right in Fells Point called "The Admiral Fell Inn.” Old, beautiful, historic and did I mention it's haunted? Every bar in Fells had some live music happening. I went to an awesome spot called The Horse You Came In On and let me tell ya, I will definitely be back to that bar soon. It’s Baltimore's oldest saloon, established in 1775, and the last destination before the mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe. Pretty cool huh? My oh my, what a great experience walking the streets of Fell Point and seeing the legendary Rush in concert…about time Marla!
Thoughts and Prayers
It is heartbreaking to see the devastation and complete loss many are suffering from after Monday’s massive tornado in Oklahoma. Ocean 98’s thoughts are prayers are with the residents of Oklahoma and the town of Moore.
Coach's 2 Minute Drill
This Saturday on Rock Outside the Hall
This week “THE ROCK OUTSIDE THE HALL SHOW” is spotlighting a female recording artist whose career in a group and her incredible solo career have produced over 40 top 50 hits and 140 million albums sold. Her SOLO career has accumulated 8 Grammy nominations.
She started her solo career in 1981 and since then has out produced, in every accountable way the Hall of Fame group she joined in 1974.
I ask this question, has her solo career been ignored by the Hall of Fame because she is a female? Tune in this Saturday at 9am to find out more.
Don’t forget The Rock Outside The Hall Show is now being replayed on Wednesday mornings at 2am.
This Saturday on Rock Outside The Hall...
The Rock Outside The Hall Show is looking at the career of the great Carol King. She is in the Hall of Fame as a co-inductee with her ex-husband Jerry Goffin as a non-performer. Carol King as a "non-performer?" Listen this Saturday at 9am to find out why this might be an incorrect category by the Hall of Fame.
Carol King has placed 118 hits in the top 100 during her career with 4 Grammy's and numerous other industry awards.
Rock Outside The Hall Saturdays at 9am.