Hear the conclusion to the new interview with The E Street Band’s Nils Lofgren, plus watch ten full song videos including Nils with Howard Stern, Dire Straits, REM & more!!!

Also a fascinating through-the-years slideshow. Join me for this exclusive conversation with a legendary guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.


Thanks to Jacobs Media, the leading rock radio consultants, for including me on their dream team of radio professionals currently looking for full-time work. This is their October 13 article:

Jacobs Media

Spare Parts

Our recent “Superheroes” blogs apparently touched a nerve, especially with the scores of radio pros who have found themselves on the beach in the past year or so.  (“On the beach” is a quaint term that is an injustice to those who are out of work with no prospects in sight.”)

On top of this, my remarks at theNAB’s “Stimulus Czar” session directly addressed the need for radio to use its night and late night real estate to grow new talent, rather than voicetrack.  Between the economy and PPM, owners and CEOs have less incentive to develop new shows to replace aging franchises, much less to promote the great brands they already have on the air.

But the real issue is simply how many wonderfully talented jocks, teams, and personalities are idling away on the shelf with no place to go.  While not every station should be personality-driven, neither should there be 10 juke boxes in a market either.  And with all those HD2 channels wasting away, you could put together some pretty killer personality content from just the “spare parts” that are out there looking for a job.

Or you could make the case that these under-utilized HD resources could become the incubators for fledgling high school and college kids who are dying to entertain and hone their crafts.  (Think Kimmel and Conan.)

But the first group – unemployed all-stars – is the focus of this blog.  And with no offense meant to anyone who appears on the list below – or those who don’t – here’s a little game I started to play.  What would a very cool and competitive station sound like, made up solely of talented jocks who are out of work?

So, here’s my first pass at what would be a very potent lineup (yes, some players are out of position, but hey, it’s a fantasy radio league, right?).  I think this group could compete in any market in America.  And they’re probably more affordable than you think.

Jacobs Media Radio All-Stars Dream Team

6-9a Adam Carolla

9a-Noon  Tommy Griffiths

Noon-3p Cerphe

3-6p Stoney and Wojo

6-10p Dave Lawrence

10p-2a Tony Magoo

2-6a Warren Kluck

And to manage this menagerie, let’s put Larry Sharp in the PD’s chair, with Chris Crowley as APD. And to handle weekends, and music director duties, how about Marci Wiser?

This was easy, and I know I’m missing some incredibly talented folks, so perhaps that’s where you come in. What does your radio fantasy team look like?  And if you’re an unemployed all-star, please submit your team and don’t be bashful about inserting yourself in the starting lineup.

For an industry that claims to be about content, it is truly amazing how many great content creators and producers are riding the bench.




FB Fan Page

Are you on Facebook? If so, please add the DLTV Facebook Fan Page. Even if you’re not on FB, consider visiting. If you’re a fan of rock, me, or what I’ve been doing online, you’ll love the DLTV Facebook Fan Page.

Why? It’s worth the visit, and loaded down with a vast assortment of rich content. Live, streaming and on-demand video, audio, pictures, apps and much more. Here’s a run down of what we’ve got there SO FAR:


1.) DLTV PLAYER. Get the complete DLTV experience – see the weekly two hour live show, Friday Night Tour Tracker Video With Dave Lawrence, streaming continuously after each live broadcast, and now, available on-demand. Friday Night Tour Tracker Video presents full song video shot in the last thirty days, only at the biggest rock tours and hottest music events, and now, with the option to fire up the most recent complete two hour show, from the top, ON-DEMAND. Watch and be part of the live broadcast Fridays from Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii with our interactive chat, right from the FB Fan Page! Also see my nightly music news & video report from the new show by Hawaii TV/comedy legend Andy Bumatai ON-DEMAND on DLTV: Dave On The Rock. I’m proud to say you can see entire shows on-demand at Andy’s site, and on DLTV, get the exclusive presentation of Dave On The Rock as individual, on-demand segments, with the freshest rock and music news, plus Tour Tracker Video highlights. DLTV offers almost three hours of new content every week, and over five hours of content on-demand, and all of it at the FB Fan Page. Find the player in the “My Stuff” tab there.

2.) TV TRACKER. A feature exclusively at the Fan Page, and a spin-off of the Friday Night Tour Tracker show, with a video playlist of on-demand recent live rock performances on TV. From late night to morning promotional appearances, a cross-section of new full live songs, shot in the last thirty days, with over an hour of live content so far, and growing all the time. This feature is only at the DLTV Facebook Fan Page.

3.) NEW ROCK PLAYER. Stay on top of what’s hot in the world of rock, whether your local stations play the full mix of actual hits or not. This on-demand player is updated weekly, easy to use, and loaded with the exact top 40 most played rock songs from the combined top 40 charts of all rock formats. It’s a rock cross-section that is both refreshing and complete. As each week’s chart changes, the New Rock Player brings you the latest tracks, in order of airplay, on-demand. Also get this in the sidebar at DaveLawrenceOnline.com, or find this selection of over three hours of contemporary, timely content available in the “My Stuff” tab at the FB Fan Page.

4.) FRIDAY NIGHT TOUR TRACKER VIDEO PHOTO GALLERY. Another Fan Page exclusive feature, updated weekly with shots from the show. See the artists presented, experience the show as a series of snapshots, with the diverse playlist, great souvenirs of the weekly fireworks, gorgeous backdrop of ocean-view that turns to bustling nighttime city lights and all there in this exclusive feature in the “Photos” tab only at the FB Fan Page.

5.) RSS FEEDS FROM DAVELAWRENCEONLINE.COM & TWITTER. Don’t miss a thing in the way of updates on content here at DaveLawrenceOnline.com or items from my Twitter feed in the “RSS/Blog” tab at the FB Fan Page. It has the most recent 20 posts/updates in one place.

6.) COMPLETE INTERNATIONAL LIVE SHOW SCHEDULE. Get the time to see Friday Night Tour Tracker Video With Dave Lawrence live in your part of the world, and connect via technology to the interactive, fast-paced fun and adventure of this new rock iTV show that bridges cultures with the international currency of rock. From Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul, London to Winnipeg, Tokyo to Tel Aviv, Manila to Philadelphia, get the time for any location worldwide to watch the live broadcast from Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii in the “Info” tab at the Fan Page.

7.) MAILING LIST UPDATES. Adding the DLTV FB Fan Page gets you on the exclusive mailing list for DLTV, for our updates on the show, special information on upcoming programs, news on additional features, deals from our sponsors, contests, cool give-aways and much more. A feature only at the FB Fan Page.

8.) VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS. See extracted moments and memorable occasions from DLTV programming, in short video posts on the “Wall” tab at the FB Fan Page. Another exclusive feature of the FB Fan Page.

9.) ADVANCE PREVIEW & BLOG REQUESTS. Get the first word on the next upcoming show in posts from the DLTV FB Fan Page. As the show is put together, the early confirmed videos are announced ahead of time with the Advance Preview. Plus, get tipped off to some of the surprises in store for that week. We take requests, too, from the Tour Tracker Video here in the Blog. Post your requests for selections featured in the blog’s vast collection of video. Not only can you get a request on, but we’ll even consider breaking the “30 Day Rule” and honor a request for any blog video title, waiving the rule for your video. Just post your suggestions on the FB Fan Page “Wall” tab.

10.) DLTV FACEBOOK APP. Add DLTV to your FB experience, with the DLTV Facebook App. This handy device brings the DLTV television app to your FB browsing experience, and allows you, with one click from your bottom-left row of apps, to blast on the DLTV player and get access to all the features, programming and content. A fantastic app you can look for in the “Notes” tab, and grab for yourself, at the DLTV FB Fan Page.