DJ Gilbert Matthews welcomes you to The Retro Attic - 50s To 80s Rare Oldies, a 24/7 internet radio station that primarily plays those seldom heard Hot 100 chart entries from 1950-1989. Hopefully this will be a mind-blowing musical history lesson for you! We also showcase occasional top 40 classics, non-charters, and "bubbling under" entries(songs that peaked between #101 and #135). Yes, some of these "forgotten" songs may sound quite silly to your ears, but sit back, have fun, and take yourself back to simpler times(when people smiled at each other and didn't question why and kids played outside all day and parents never worried)! You can also find us on Shoutcast, Internet-Radio.com(the biggest UK directory), Virtual Radio, Delicast, Streamfinder, Radio Tuna, 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 chat room(look for "Our Group Chat!" a little ways below here on the right side) or request a live chat with the DJ(look for the "Chat With DJ Gilbert Matthews" section that is just below here, above our webpage's flash player radio button - please leave a message if it shows that I'm offline). Happy LISTENING! Spread the word about us!



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Sunday, April 13, 2014

TIME FOR A FORMAT CHANGE IN THE RETRO ATTIC!

For the past 3 years, I have prided myself on having an internet radio station that specializes in digging out those oldies from the 50's through the 80's that never received much airplay to begin with(#41 to #100 minor charters, bubbling under entries, non-charters, and tunes that may have charted in Cashbox only). I do play some top 40, but it has only represented a very small section of the pie chart. I am sensing that things are getting stale, so it's time for a format change! Let me run this idea by you and afterwards, please let me know if this would be a type of station you would listen to!

What I would like to do is offer daily top 40 doses during the weekdays. From 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday, you would hear an hour of 50's hits, 2 hours of 60's hits, 2 hours of 70's hits, and 2 hours of 80's hits. And in keeping with my reputation, these hits would mostly be top 40 entries that most oldies fans would still consider to be lost; in other words, how often do you hear The Peppermint Rainbow, Tycoon and Shirley Murdock on today's terrestrial oldies stations? I would throw in a few bonafide classics too, but only a few; after all, the bonafide classics are being played to death by thousands of other oldies stations already!

My main goal with these daily top 40 doses is to target those of you in the workforce who like music in the background. Listeners tend to stick around if they initially hear familiar material; if they see that you also play obscurities, then they may very well come back later to check those out. And speaking of the obscurities...

The other 17 hours of each weekday and the weekends would be devoted to a mix of 80% minor charters/bubbling unders/non-charters and 20% top 40(with different selections than what you would hear during the weekday doses!). There would still be a Featured Artist Of The Month and song request opportunities. I may also throw in occasional weekend block specials; examples would include counting down a chart from yesteryear, playing a couple hours of retro AOR/melodic rock, and playing a couple hours of 90's music that was gentle to the ears and/or retro-sounding(Triplets, Cry Of Love, Toy Matinee, etc.).

When it's all said and done, The Retro Attic will be offering a broader spectrum of oldies and our format change will greatly diminish the chances of a song getting heard more than once during a day. I will get everything in place during the next few weeks and will let you know when it's fully implemented. In the meantime, please let me know if this all sounds like a good idea and feel free to make suggestions for further improvements!

We are located at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.blogspot.com. The floorboards are no longer creaky and all spiders have been exterminated, so don't be afraid to come upstairs. :)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

NEW AND UPCOMING ADDS FOR NOVEMBER 2013

New adds so far in November include gems from The Archies, Arkade, Toni Basil, Chuck Berry, The Book Of Changes, Debby Boone, Buckwheat, The Cult, Vic Dana, Jimmy Dean, Deep Purple, Huelyn Duvall, The Guilloteens, Janis Ian, The Inmates(the late 70's British pub rock group), Iron Butterfly, Joe Jackson, Jan & Dean, The Jive Bombers, Nicolette Larson, Mama Cass Elliot, Rick/Ricky Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Ratt, Lou Reed, Wayne Rooks, Jumpin' Gene Simmons, Spooky Tooth, Ray Stevens, The Tempos(the vocal group from Pittsburgh), Til Tuesday, Tommy Tutone, Village People, The Walkers(a Danish glam group), Steve Winwood, and Yes.

Coming this week to the rotation will be obscurities or seldom-heard platters from the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Bobby Arvon, Big Noise, Fabulous Counts, Curtis Lee, Pete Drake And His Talking Steel Guitar, Robert Palmer, Barry Ryan, The Unifics, Ram Jam, Black Oak Arkansas, Carly Simon, The Jeremy Spencer Band, Willows, The Avant Garde, Alisha, Tom Fogerty, George Hamilton, The Malibus, Eddie Quinteros, The Viceroys, Voggue, The Almond Lettuce, Bonnie Pointer, and The Tricks. And of course, your potentially challenging requests!

The old days of gasoline under a buck and jukeboxes at the pizza parlor booths live once again at The Retro Attic! Tune in now at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.blogspot.com and be sure to tell all of your fellow oldies-lovin' friends about us!

Monday, October 28, 2013

COMING IN JANUARY 2014


By the time 2014 begins, there will be 4 new weekly 1-hour shows debuting on The Retro Attic that will be refreshing additions to our normal regular rotation of oldies and our Featured Artist Of The Month:

1. MALTED MEMORIES - Obscurities from the 50's, with the main goal being to showcase approximately 90% non-charters. Everything from Brunswick, Cadence, Roulette, ABC-Paramount, etc. will be dug out. This will air on Thursday nights.

2. FUZZY FLASHBACKS - My favorite garage and psych cuts from the 60's. Everything from small, regional labels to nationally-known, major-label acts will be heard. This will air on Friday nights.

3. SOOTHING 70'S - Soft rock/adult contemporary tunes from the 70's, concentrating on those that you don't hear every day. This will air on Saturday nights.

4. TOO MUCH OF THE 80'S IS NEVER ENOUGH! - Lesser-known 80's gems that you may remember first seeing/hearing on a certain music video channel. I especially liked those that only received light video rotation; in other words, you had to stay up overnight in order to see/hear them! This will air on Sunday nights.

The primary purpose of these shows will be to showcase songs that aren't heard in our regular rotation. One of these shows should be ready to go by the end of 2013, and I will be sure to let you know when it's ready!

I'm also planning on doing a podcast beginning in January that will focus on tunes that will cater to a specific type of audience; it's a genre of music that I've been a big fan of for 30 years. That announcement will be coming soon!

The Retro Attic's Featured Artist Of The Month for November will be The Beach Boys. Whether it was a #1 smash or a bubbling under entry, you will hear it here; from "Sail On Sailor" to "Getcha Back" to "It's O.K.," there will be no surf too rough for us to tackle! We'll even look back at that Dennis Wilson solo album that at one time was a high-demand CD during the golden era of Flea Bay; it was one of those few titles that I never encountered during my many junking trips in the south! In December, The Retro Attic will "Monkee around" - this works out well as those guys cut a couple of holiday-related numbers that I can easily throw in to their mix.

Thank you for listening and keep up with all of our latest by visiting us at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.blogspot.com. While you're there, feel free to watch our Music Video Of The Week!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

OUR LATEST YOUTUBE PROMO CLIP

If you have a bunch of friends who are Youtube junkies and/or are oldies music fans, then please feel free to inform them about the below promo clip I made for the station. It's a good way to introduce them to the concept of the station!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

RICK NELSON/NEW ADDS/WE'RE ON NOKIA!

As you probably already know, Rick Nelson is our August Artist Of The Month. Granted, he didn't have very many chart singles during the 70's, but in my personal opinion, many of the non-charting singles he released during that decade were better than "Palace Guard," "Life," and even "Garden Party." I especially like '71's "Gypsy Pilot." If you were/are a big fan of his, then what overlooked platters were your faves?

Some of our new regular rotation adds this week include Pearl Bailey, The Blendtones, Fallen Angels(they would later become late 70's rockers Starz), John Kilzer, Fandango, Les Emmerson, Tommy Page, Barclay James Harvest, Betty Harris, George McCurn, Kerry Livgren, The Ardells, Locomotiv GT, Alice Wonder Land, The Treniers, Michael Morales, Billy Storm, The Fabulous Continentals, Bill Quateman, Johnny Paycheck, Blue Cheer, The Brandos, Living Colour, and Tommy Shaw. Where else are you going to hear a mix like this?

If you have a Nokia device, you may be delighted to hear that The Retro Attic can now be found on their directory.

What'cha waiting for? Tune in now at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.blogspot.com.

Monday, August 12, 2013

August Update

New adds so far in August include The Archies, The Barbusters, The Beatles, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Cher, Dokken, Donna Fargo, Freddy Fender, Gallery, The Goodees, Dickie Goodman, Heart, Bruce Hornsby And The Range, Margie Joseph, Bob Seger, Spirit, Rod Stewart, Henry Lee Summer, The Sunshine Company, Tangier, U2, Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps, The What's New, Tony Joe White, and Paul Hucklebuck Williams. There will be plenty more to come, and as always, requests are accepted through our site's request form!

All of Rick Nelson's Hot 100 charters and bubblers are currently being showcased while he's our Artist Of The Month. During the second half of August, there will be some singles added from the late 60's and the 70's that were non-charters.

Speaking of our Artist Of The Month, I think it's safe to say that The Beach Boys will be one of the artists featured sometime between October and December. Help solidify the other two months by voting in our site's poll!

There will be no more Flannel Free Music shows. I had it on for 4 weeks and hardly anyone was listening to it. I promote my station as playing 50's to 80's oldies, so it was probably too much of a curveball to play 90's music. The Forgotten Five, The American Bottom 45, and Retro AOR will continue to be developed as they definitely fit in with the theme of the station.

Take yourself to where the action is by visiting us at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.blogspot.com. Thanks for listening!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

8/7 PLAYLIST FOR OUR NEW SHOW "FLANNEL FREE MUSIC"

Our new show, "Flannel Free Music," airs tonight from 8 PM eastern until almost 9:30. It is a show for those of you who loved the safe sounds of pop and AOR from the early to mid 90's; it is also a repeat of this past Wednesday night's show.

An all-new show will air on this coming Wednesday morning at 11 AM eastern and will feature the following artists: Baby Animals, 38 Special, Lemonheads, Swervedriver, Blue Tears, The Scorpions, Breathe, REO Speedwagon, Asia, The Northern Pikes, Donna Lewis, White Lion, The Triplets, Tears For Fears, Gary Hoey, Mike + The Mechanics, Steve Winwood, The Cavedogs, Cinderella, and Paul McCartney.

You can tune in at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.blogspot.com or look for The Retro Attic at Tunein.com or ITunes Radio in their "Golden Oldies" category.