Sunday, February 01, 2015

image: Steve Chapman Photography

Today BAGeL Radio turns 12. On February 1st, 2003, the stream was launched with 2 goals: to stream my music collection to myself at work, and to give myself a project to distract me from the illegal, unjustified (and by that time maddeningly inevitable) invasion my country was about to launch.

I had a base library of about 300 music files, mostly artists whose names began with the letters A, B, C, and D, because those were the CDs I had digitized to date. There was a high percentage of Cure and Clash songs in rotation back then!
In late 2003 I discovered that people were tuning in from over 100 countries and over 150 U.S. municipalities -- yet still only about half of my collection (A-M) had been digitized. That's when I started devoting more time to the station, including live-hosting to provide commentary from time to time.

By mid-2004 I'd started a 5-hour weekly live-hosted show on Fridays and also began hosting live gigs in San Francisco featuring Bay Area and touring bands. When the volume of new submissions required more live-hosting, the Friday show expanded to 8 hours.

It's hard to believe that 12 years have passed since this little adventure began.

Thanks: to our friends and families for their support and encouragement; to the DJs who have contributed their time, knowledge, taste, and passion; to the artists for continuing to put out music that delights and puts us more in touch with our humanity; to the networks who have delivered our stream; and to the listeners who make the effort worthwhile.

Thanks for helping us get to a dozen.

CMJ Love for Diet Cig and BAGeL Radio

Chart Discovery: Diet Cig (Bagel Radio)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s picks come via Bagel Radio in Forest Hills, NY, and WVIA in Pittston, PA.

Diet Cig on Bagel Radio

Diet Cig describe themselves as “two homies just making tunes and eggs on the regz,” an attitude embodied by the endearing and carefree nature of their debut EP. Front-woman Alex Luciano wrote these songs before ever meeting Noah Bowman (Earl Boykins), but after joining forces, the songs manifested themselves into the unavoidably catchy tunes that caught our attention on Bagel Radio’s chart this week.

Friday, January 30, 2015

"480 Minutes" - Snow Use

So it snowed here in NY this week.  The accumulation was not a huge deal in the city, and now it's mainly gray slush.  The weather gurus tell us it's supposed to turn pretty durn chilly soon, which is going to make walking outside without falling down quite the challenge.  Even sober, I mean.

We got another ton of new music submissions this week, but sadly most of it was utter crap and/or out-of-genre and/or I hate the lead singer because he stole my woman.  Just kidding on that last one.

Today on 480 Minutes we will debut new (good!) music by The Church (Sydney, Australia, @TheChurchBand), Ra (Malmo, Sweden), toyGuitar (Santa Cruz, California, @t0yGuitar), and Viet Cong (Calgary, Canada, @VietCongBand).

Tune in to BAGeL Radio on Fridays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time for the award-winning, live-hosted 480 Minutes program.  The show is rebroadcast Friday evenings at 7 p.m., Saturdays 5 a.m. and 3 p.m., plus Sundays at 1 a.m. ET:

Get in contact during the hosted show:

e-mail: ted(at)
Yahoo IM/GoogleTalk: bagelradio
AOL/iChat: bagelradiolive (not FB chat)
Twitter: @bagelradio


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BAGeL Radio Airplay/CMJ Charts

for the week ending 1/23/15
Top 30 Airplay
Rank - ARTIST - Recording - Label

1 - PARQUET COURTS - Content Nausea - What's Your Rupture
2 - GAZELLE TWIN - Unflesh - Last Gang
3 - TV ON THE RADIO - Seeds - Harvest
5 - MATTHEW MELTON - Outside of Paradise - Southpaw
6 - TY SEGALL - $ingle$ - Drag City
7 - MIKE PACE AND THE CHILD ACTORS - Best Boy - Self-Starter
8 - DRGN King - Baltimore Crush - Bar-None
9 - SON LITTLE - Things I Forgot - Anti-
10 - GUTS CLUB - The Arm Wrestling Tournament - Self-Released
11 - COOL GHOULS - A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye - Empty Cellar
12 - MEIKO - Dear You - Concord-Fantasy
13 - ZKPR - Tall Men With Feelings - Self-Released
14 - DOLLY SPARTANS - Dolly Spartans - Blue and Lucky
15 - HOOKWORMS - The Hum - Weird World
16 - THE TWILIGHT SAD - Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave - Fat Cat
17 - MY DRUNKEN HAZE - My Drunken Haze - Inner Ear Records
18 - ERICA NOCKALLS - EN2 - Self-Released
19 - THE LIVING KILLS - Odd Fellows Hall - Self-Released
20 - LIAM HAYES - Slurrup - Fat Possum
21 - SLEATER-KINNEY - No Cities To Love - Sub Pop
22 - DIET CIG - Over Easy - Self-Released
23 - KUZIN - Cavity - Self-Released
24 - JACK NAME - Weird Moons - Castle Face
25 - SINK TAPES - Creases - Mint 400
26 - DODOS - Individ - Polyvinyl
27 - PLACES TO HIDE - Wild N Soft EP - Self-Released
28 - DAN MANGAN AND BLACKSMITH - Club Meds - Arts And Crafts
29 - WEBELOS - Webelos - Self-Released
30 - THOMAS MUDRICK - Abiqua - Ten Dollar

Radio 200 Adds (new releases added to rotation)
Rank - ARTIST - Recording - Label

1 - MENACE BEACH - Ratworld - Memphis Industries
2 - POND - Man It Feels Like Space Again - Self-Released
3 - UNION TRADE - A Place Of Long Years - Tricycle
4 - DODOS - Individ - Polyvinyl
5 - SLEATER-KINNEY - No Cities To Love - Sub Pop

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