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DJ Gilbert Matthews welcomes you to The Retro Attic Of Oldies, a 24/7 internet radio station that primarily plays those classic and seldom heard top 40 entries from 1957-1989. Hopefully our 5-song year blocks will be mind-blowing musical history lessons for you! In each block, we will include a rarity/"truly lost oldie," which will be either a minor charter(peaked between 41 and 100), a Bubbling Under/Looking Ahead entry(a song that peaked between 101 and 150), a non-charter, or a tune that was only an overseas hit. Sit back, have fun, and take yourself back to simpler times(when people smiled at each other and didn't question why, kids played outside all day, and parents never worried)! You can also find us on Shoutcast, Virtual Radio, Nobex Radio, Delicast, Streamfinder, Tunein.com(highly recommended for those of you who use mobile apps), and ITunes Radio in their "Golden Oldies" category. Feel free to chat with other oldies lovers in our Chatango chat room(look for it below - it's just underneath our "Live Streaming" button) or request a live chat with the DJ(look for the "Chat With DJ Gilbert Matthews" section that is just below here - please leave a message if it shows that I'm offline). Happy LISTENING! Spread the word about us!



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

REQUEST ROULETTE/REQUEST RACE FEATURES FOR 3/25

It's time for "Request Roulette," a feature I would like to do 3 times a week! Request a lost or classic platter from 1957-1989 and I will choose 1 out of a hat from the first 10 requests I get(1 request per person, please). The one chosen will be announced at 11 AM eastern tomorrow and will be played during the 11 AM - 12 PM hour. I encourage you to make your request a challenging one as I won't be playing a tune that is already in one of my 5 song year blocks.

Also sometime tomorrow, I will be doing a "Request Race." Once I make the post(look for Request Race: at the beginning of it), the first request I receive will be played during the next hour. The fun and great listening will be taking place at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com.

Monday, March 23, 2015

NEW ADDS FOR 3/23 AND WE WILL BE GOING COMMENTARY/VOICEOVER CRAZY!

Tonight, I'm adding in new blocks for 1967, 1969 and 1959, with featured lost oldies from The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The Zombies, and Gary Stites.

You will hear some changes beginning with the above blocks. The 4 top 40 hits in each block will include a Billboard peak position jingle(I have always included that info in the metadata, aka "that artist/song title stuff that should be displaying in your media player") and the featured lost oldie will include some quick facts/commentary from me. Yes, I said "commentary!" You want some personality on this station...okay, you will get it! Heck, I may even add in my local weather and local concert listings sometime soon. There will also be a few surprises thrown in from time to time, such as soundbites, vintage radio ads, etc. Some certain individuals aren't going to like the increased talking(especially considering where it will be placed), but c'est la vie...whatever it takes, I want to see true loyal Listeners, not "listeners." I hope this makes sense; without coming right out and saying it, I was making reference to a rampant problem that a lot of internet radio broadcasters experience.

A couple of other sidenotes...Linda Ronstadt will be our Featured Artist Of The Month in April, and I am looking to showcase around 100 of her classic tunes. Other artists coming up later in the spring and summer include The 4 Seasons, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Sonny And Cher, and The J. Geils Band/Peter Wolf.

I have also added a new poll on my webpage where I am asking you to choose some new 1 hour show ideas I am currently considering to start in May. There are 7 choices, and you can make multiple selections. Visit http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com to tune in; the poll is located near the bottom of the page, down the right side. I will share the poll in a separate entry in a few minutes from now. Thanks in advance for your help and for your continued listening!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

3/19 NEW ADDS

If you were/are an 80's fan, then you will enjoy the blocks I added today: 1981, 1987 and 1988! Mixed in with the 12 lost and classic top 40 hits are minor charters from the midwest U.S. power pop band Hawks, Prince proteges Wendy And Lisa, and Mike + The Mechanics(a song that I saw them open live with the very weekend that "The Living Years" hit #1).

During the weekend, I will be concentrating on blocks from the late 60's, late 50's, and early 70's.

Tune in now at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com, where you can download one of our four free apps through our partnership with Nobex Radio or simply tune in through the players on the webpage. I am always taking requests and suggestions for future blocks.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

3/17 NEW ADDS

Added blocks for 1972 and 1979 tonight, which feature minor charters from The Magic Lantern and Robert John. Tomorrow will be all about the 80's as we add blocks from 1981, 1987 and 1988. The '81 block will include a lost top 40 hit that was my choice for the first dance song at my wedding; my wife and I were surprised at how many other people remembered it! Find out what it is by tuning in later on today at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com.

Monday, March 16, 2015

NEW ADDS FOR TODAY

Coming up later on today: new blocks for the years 1960, 1977 and 1985. These blocks will feature minor charters from Ron Holden, Parker McGee and Gino Vannelli. The rest of the blocks are made up of lost and classic top 40 hits. Rock and roll with us at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com or if you like your rock harder-edged, then please visit our sister station at http://retroaor.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Blocks Today

We are adding new blocks tonight for the years 1961, 1975 and 1983! Mixed in with the lost and classic top 40 hits are minor charters from The Butanes, The Beach Boys and Dave Edmunds. There will be many more blocks coming during the next week, so get your oldies fix now at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

REPETITION ISSUE

The Retro Attic Of Oldies is now back on Shoutcast, which made me decide to rebuild the station from scratch. For a little while, you will be hearing the same 5 song year blocks over and over while I'm in the rebuilding process. I apologize for this, but the previous programming format I had on Icecast had no organization to it whatsoever; I would rather have my listeners hear "mini musical history lessons" for 1973, 1985, etc. instead of bouncing all over the place with each song.

Eventually, everyone should be pleased! When all is said and done, I will have a different playlist for each day of the week. The only chance of something repeating during the same day will be one of the random tracks from my Featured Artist Of The Month. Once those 7 playlists are completed, any new year blocks I put together will be added to the next day's playlist.

I know it's frustrating, but stations have to change their presentation every so often or else they will get stale. Bear with me, keep checking in periodically, and you will find that my variety of oldies will get more and more diverse!