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Summary:

John Montagna makes music, and he loves to talk about it. Listen to both (the music AND him talking) on Radio418!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: WE ARE MOVING TO RADIO418.COM


Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:37:46 +0000
Summary: THIS FEED IS SHUTTING DOWN! MY ACCOUNT IS BEING DELETED, AND THE SHOW IS MOVING TO A NEW HOST. GO TO RADIO418.COM FOR THE NEW SHOW AND FULL DETAILS. iTUNES LISTENERS WILL FIND US AT "RADIO 418" (WITH THE SPACE IN BETWEEN). THANX FOR YOUR SUPPORT!..


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TALKING BEATLES: SGT PEPPER @ 50


Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:01:54 +0000
Summary: A panel discussion with my fellow Beat-ards - Brian Husar, Mike Bellusci and Tommy Williams - about the 50th anniversary of this landmark Beatles LP. EXTREME GEEKERY AHEAD, PROCEED WITH CAUTION...


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KELLI STRAWBRIDGE


Published: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:01:13 +0000
Summary: The singer/frontman of the funk collective KINGS is at the center of a rich, homegrown cultural explosion emanating from Richmond, Virginia. We met on a chilly night in Brooklyn to talk about KINGS, Jellowstone Records and all things #RVA...

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THOMAS WALSH of Pugwash


Published: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:24:42 +0000
Summary: Thomas Walsh and his band Pugwash are waving the flag of melodic pop, earning the respect and admiration of pop legends such as XTC’s Andy Partridge (who signed them to his Ape House label in 2009) and ELO’s Jeff Lynne. We talk about growing up in Ir..


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STEVE JENKINS


Published: Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:54:58 +0000
Summary: Bass guitarist, composer and educator Steve Jenkins lives at that intersection of rock, jazz, funk, and electronic music. We discuss his varied influences and experiences, growing and evolving as a player, and maintaining a musical identity in an ever-sh..


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ROSE ANN BELLUSO part 2


Published: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:26:44 +0000
Summary: Continuing my conversation with "Fan On The Run" Rose Ann Belluso, talking all about selling Ringo Starr's artwork, being a Paul McCartney superfan, and what it's like to meet two Beatles!..


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RADIO418 - ROSE ANN BELLUSO pt 1: DESERT TRIP RECAP


Published: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:07:01 +0000
Summary: My friend Rose Ann Belluso is an original "Fan On The Run!" She travels great distances to see Paul McCartney in concert whenever she can, but she also travels with Ringo Starr's tours selling Ringo's artwork. In part 1 of our conversation she gives me ..


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RADIO418 - Mark Dawson


Published: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:43:53 +0000
Summary: Mark Dawson is the current bassist and lead singer for legendary rockers The Grass Roots. My "bass brutha" joins me for a long-overdue chat about his ups and downs in the music business, and the awesome responsibility of fronting a band with such a treme..


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RADIO418 - THE BUCKINGHAMS (NICK FORTUNA & CARL GIAMMARESE)


Published: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:41:52 +0000
Summary: Known for their classic hits such as "Kind Of A Drag," "Don't You Care" and "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)," bassist Nick Fortuna and guitarist/vocalist Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams discuss the vibrant Chicago music scene they originated from,..


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RADIO418 - MICHAEL GOLDWASSER


Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:09:22 +0000
Summary: The co-founder of Easy Star Records and producer/leader of the reggae collective Easy Star All Stars ("Dub Side Of The Moon") joins me for a talk about reggae, Judaism, running a record label, and his new funk/R&B/soul project "Goldswagger." Plus: the iP..

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RADIO418 - I'm back, baby!


Published: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:48:45 +0000
Summary: Returning from a summer-long hiatus to catch you up on my musical activities, onstage and off...


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RADIO418 - My "signature" Jazz Bass +20 Years


Published: Sat, 07 Feb 2015 19:06:05 +0000
Summary: My Fender Jazz is the axe that made me a bassist, and it's covered in signatures from monster players that I crossed paths with in my formative years. I tell my history with this bass as it gets a new lease on life, plus I demonstrate the first McCartney..


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RADIO418 - Snow Day, 1.26.15


Published: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:22:15 +0000
Summary: I ramble about The Police and Sting, the storm that's about to blanket NYC, and gigging...


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RADIO418 - Jeff Lederer


Published: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:33:36 +0000
Summary: Tenor sax master Jeff Lederer is one of my favorite musicians to play with AND listen to: always fearless and endlessly creative. We talk about inspiration, education, what jazz is (and what it ain't) and following the thread...


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RADIO418 - Bennett Paster


Published: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:39:21 +0000
Summary: Bennett is a versatile world-class keyboardist; he's also a neighbor and a friend, and just one of the greatest cats I know. We talk about education, evolving as musicians, and the balance of art and commerce,..


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RADIO418 - Amanda Homi


Published: Fri, 04 Mar 2016 19:17:41 +0000
Summary: Amanda Homi's music spans multiple genres and continents; our friendship and musical association spans many years. We discuss her musical journeys through Greece, Spain, Colombia and beyond, and maintaining one's artistry and integrity. More info at a..


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RADIO418 - THE PODCAST RETURNS!


Published: Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:40:17 +0000
Summary: After a much-needed break I reboot the show, and prepare you for forthcoming changes. Plus a quick gig update (slide guitar is involved)...


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#52: One-offs and the Hey Jude Album


Published: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:47:44 GMT
Summary: Just me talkin', filling you in on recent gigs and opinion-izing about my favorite Beatles LP (hint: it's a hodgepodge!)...


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#51: Gary US Bonds


Published: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:09:55 GMT
Summary: Rock and soul legend Gary US Bonds has been going strong for over 5 decades! He talks about his earliest musical inspirations, race, and keepin' on and staying positive...


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#50: Quick One While I'm Away


Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:41:09 GMT
Summary: Short hello from Tampa, talking about one-offs, traveling, practicing, organizing, getting the job done...

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#49: My "signature" Jazz Bass +20 Years


Published: Sat, 07 Feb 2015 19:06:05 GMT
Summary: My Fender Jazz is the axe that made me a bassist, and it's covered in signatures from monster players that I crossed paths with in my formative years. I tell my history with this bass as it gets a new lease on life, plus I demonstrate the first McCartney..

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#48: Snow Day


Published: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:22:15 GMT
Summary: I ramble about The Police and Sting, the storm that's about to blanket NYC, and gigging...

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#47: JACK BRUCE TRIBUTE


Published: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:02:46 GMT
Summary: Jack Bruce’s impact upon my musicianship artistry is immeasurable; how do I possibly pay tribute to him? Fellow esteemed bassist Jeff Ganz talks with me about Jack, inspiration, fandom, and what it all means...


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#46: Mark Farner


Published: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:56:53 GMT
Summary: Legendary Grand Funk guitarist/singer/songwriter talks God, nation, and rock n roll. Plus: home from the Happy Together tour!..


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#45: Mitch Ryder


Published: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:51:08 GMT
Summary: Rock legend (and my "Happy Together" tour buddy) talks music, race, politics, and relationships in and out of show business, and I talk about Robin Williams...


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#44 Happy Together 2014: I'm back, baby!


Published: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:01:21 GMT
Summary: The tour has been steaming along for almost 2 months; so why haven't you heard about it? Cool your jets; I'm doing my best!..


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#43: Happy Together Tour 2014 is ON!!


Published: Sun, 08 Jun 2014 03:50:01 GMT
Summary: Back on the trail, and back on the air with the quickest farm-to-table episode of Radio418 ever produced, mere minutes after the first gig of the 2014 HAPPY TOGETHER tour in Biloxi, MI...


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#42 Jeff Ganz


Published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:36:51 GMT
Summary: Jeff Ganz is a veteran New York bassist, vocalist, producer, and a dear friend with whom I can always enjoy a lengthy and edifying session of shop talk. So when he returned from the "Moody Blues Cruise" and wanted to tell me all about it, I knew our conv..


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#41: Gary Lewis & The Playboys at EPCOT


Published: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:54:09 GMT
Summary: From a 3-day run at Disney's EPCOT with my "Happy Together" tour buddy Gary Lewis and his great band, a sound collage from backstage and onstage with The Playboys...


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John's "Fantasy" Beatles TV Special (Radio418 excerpt)


Published: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:26:16 GMT
Summary: Didn't much care for "A Grammy Salute To The Beatles?" Maybe you'd prefer how I would have done it! A special conversation with Michael Bellusci (drummer w NYC-area tribute band Strawberry Fields, and fellow Beat-ard) about a Beatles TV salute that woul..


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#39: Talking Beatles with Mike Bellusci


Published: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:33:16 GMT
Summary: Mike Bellusci is a dear friend, drummer with Strawberry Fields (top NYC Beatles tribute band), and fellow Beat-ard! We each weigh in on the "Grammy Salute To The Beatles" TV special, and then I describe my own "fantasy" Beatles TV special. (Spoiler aler..


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#38: Kathy Lennon (of the Lennon Sisters)


Published: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:53:14 GMT
Summary: The Lennon Sisters and their golden harmonies were beamed into 30 million homes every week from 1955 to 1968 on The Lawrence Welk Show. Kathy Lennon talks to me about how four singing sisters from Venice, California became "America's Sweethearts," weathe..


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#37: Barry Williams (from Branson, MO)


Published: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:26:19 GMT
Summary: The "Brady Bunch" star shares a brief but insightful conversation about showbiz, Branson, and balancing past and future. Recorded during my recent road trip to Branson with the "Happy Together" show. A rare opportunity seized!..


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#36 Ruby Lawrence


Published: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:05:40 GMT
Summary: My LaGuardia High School classmate and creator of pOny (the time-traveling all-female rock band) is "in the house!"  We talk about growing up in NYC in the 70s & 80s, staying inspired and bringing the fight back.  Featuring "Tell Me," pOny's..


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#35 Saying Hello!!


Published: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:55:35 GMT
Summary: Short and sweet: I'm still here, even though it's been weeks since the last one. Keeping the ball in the air while we settle into the home routine...


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Happy Together #9: Chuck Negron


Published: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:57:01 GMT
Summary: If you think you know what "survival" in showbiz (and life) is about, guess again. Chuck Negron has been to the top and bottom of both, and he lives to tell the tale. This talk of rock n roll, drugs, sobriety and faith was probably the most important on..


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Happy Together #8: Howard Kaylan


Published: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 04:20:19 GMT
Summary: "Eddie" is definitely NOT kidding! Howard Kaylan is a rock legend, whether he feels like one or not. We had a very late nite FM-style talk about show business, rock n roll, and the line where those things end and life begins. (MUCH explicit language on..


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Happy Together #7: Gary Puckett


Published: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 21:08:46 GMT
Summary: Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were on the first concert I ever saw, a show that inspired me to pursue music. But other than his legendary songs, I knew little else about him! Gary joins me on Radio418 to talk about his history, his faith, and his work ..


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Happy Together #6: Mark Volman


Published: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:59:37 GMT
Summary: A brief lesson in everything, with Professor Flo! Mark Volman and I have a multi-faceted talk about everything from running the Happy Together tour, making records, owning The Turtles' master recordings, and being a teacher (in and out of the classroom)...


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Happy Together #5: Mark Lindsay


Published: Sun, 04 Aug 2013 17:51:37 GMT
Summary: The voice of Paul Revere & The Raiders talks about his new CD "Life Out Loud," his earliest rock n roll influences, and how he's been living his "life out loud" ever since!..


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Happy Together #4: Gary Lewis


Published: Sat, 13 Jul 2013 02:00:00 GMT
Summary: My first interview with a "Happy Together" tour artiste! Gary Lewis and I chat about the tour, growing up in and around show business, his meteoric rise to fame in the 60s as leader of The Playboys, and his life's path since...


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Happy Together #3: Belmont University Students


Published: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 20:22:55 GMT
Summary: 10 students from Mark Volman's Entertainment Industry Studies program at Belmont University joined us to learn about the craft of touring. They were all kinds of awesome. Check 'em out! (Featuring appearances by Volman, Gary Lewis and Mark Lindsay.)..


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Happy Together #2: Two Weeks In


Published: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:03:46 GMT
Summary: Quick report from the fortnight of the Happy Together tour 2013. How am I adjusting? Listen up...


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RE-ENTRY: JUNE 2013


Published: Sat, 08 Jun 2013 05:24:59 GMT
Summary: Where have I been?!? Checking in from the road ("Happy Together" tour 2013) to tell you what's been keeping me away from the mic. Plus, a (slightly) new format...


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#26 - In Defense Of Amanda Palmer


Published: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:24:18 GMT
Summary: The singer-songwriter & "Kickstarter Millionaire" who asked for "volunteer" musicians for her tour got a bum rap from many, including myself, who didn't know the whole story. I dug deeper and learned more about her, and myself in the process. I'll never..


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#25 - Beatle Binge Continues!!


Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:55:54 GMT
Summary: Coming back from an unannounced hiatus with more Beatles Binge! I'm celebrating the American LPs for their nostalgic impact. Plus, a tribute to a departed friend...


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#24 - YouTube Beatles Mailbag!


Published: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:32:39 GMT
Summary: In which I, a foremost YouTube Beatles Authority, answer email questions from around the globe! EXTREME BEAT-ARD-EDNESS, PROCEED WITH CAUTION...


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#23 - POWERPOP MIX 1994!!


Published: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 16:50:03 GMT
Summary: Check out what happens when I dust off a mixtape I made in the summer of '94: it's an express train ride down a guitar-infested rabbit hole of powerpop geekery. If you love XTC - Smithereens - Badfinger - Jellyfish - Elvis Costello - Michael Penn - etc, ..


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#22 - ZIA Record Exchange!!


Published: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:16:17 GMT
Summary: My "audio journal" of my most recent CD binge at Zia Record Exchange in Tucson, AZ. Hear me get lost among aisles and miles of physical media, talk to the staff, and generally geek out on physical media...


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#21 - Joseph O'Donnell


Published: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:31:55 GMT
Summary: My 15-yr-old YouTube buddy from the UK chats with me via Skype. We talk about Beatles, vinyl collections, and his band, Awkward Balloon; he also hips me to some new rock bands from the UK that I need to know about!..


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