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A DIFFERENT YEAR OF MUSIC FEATURED EACH WEEK! Deep album tracks, Classic Rock favorites, 'oh-wow' rarities, & lost artists spiced with lifestyle events & crossovers from other musical genres. It's a unique way to re-capture Progressive Radio's past!

About Fred

A Music City native, Fred caught the radio bug early in life at the tender age of 14 and carried his new love forward into college radio, where he served as Program Director, Music Director and Station Manager of Vanderbilt University’s WRVU. A radio industry veteran since 1974, Fred worked nine years in various on-air and operational capacities at Nashville's Country WKDA and the Album-Oriented-Rocker (AOR) WKDF, rising to Program Director/Music Director in 1980. He was also a member of the original Alternative "Rebel 100″ air staff in the late 80s. Later, Fred served as a Radio Accounts Manager at Jefferson-Pilot Communications in Charlotte, NC and was an on-air personality at Classic Rock KCFX/Kansas City. He returned to his Music City roots in 1992 as the Production Manager of WRLT/Nashville ("Lightning 100"), an independent Adult Alternative FM station. In 1995, Fred was promoted to Director of Operations for the station’s parent group (Tuned In Broadcasting, Inc.) and became General Manager for the group’s five Nashville-based stations (WRLT, WRLG, WYYB, WDBL-AM & FM) in 1998. He's a member of the Country Music Association, Americana Music Association, Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, and a 2004 alum of Nashville's exclusive professional industry program, Leadership Music". In addition to having a long on-air history in Nashville, Fred produced and hosted WRLT’s popular “Retro Lightning” program every Saturday morning for over 19 years, beginning in 1993. “Retro Album Rock" on Live365 is a reincarnation of Lightning 100's most-popular and Nashville's longest-running specialty show!

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Early Progressive FM radio in the late 60s, throughout the 70s, and into the early 80s was an exciting, unpredictable experience. "Retro Album Rock" on Live365 is a one-of-a-kind online, audio-visual project that seeks to recapture that experience. Rather than playing the same 300 songs over-and-over again (like you hear on today’s corporate FM Classic Rock stations), "Retro Album Rock" is an ever-changing mix of yesteryear’s memories — a carefully shaped “oh-wow” listening experience we hope you'll enjoy. We take an eclectic (human-programmed) mix of rock, pop, oldies, one-hit-wonders, obscure deep album tracks, forgotten artists and crossover material from other genres, and we present it in a way comparable to the early days of Free-Form FM radio! Because a lot of our tracks were actually transferred directly from vinyl, you’ll hear a few pops and crackles along the way. (Isn’t that cool?? ) This further enhances how we all used to listen to music. And after all of these years of listening to CDs… it’s true -- "Vinyl" actually does sound better! On the "Retro Album Rock" radio channel, you’ll hear an intelligent mix of music. It's a great way to discover some new music from yesteryear along with favorite classics you might have forgotten over the course of time. Our philosophy is this: People form their musical tastes somewhere between the ages of 15 and 20, and you will retain those same musical tastes throughout your lifetime. It is our intention to keep the memories of your youth alive through this online musical experience. Each week, a particular year is showcased along with recollections of certain lifestyle events from that year — including news stories, popular TV shows, movies released, champions from the sports world, and more! Plus, a musical playlist with the songs aired will also be posted on our blog. At "Retro Album Rock", we’re always open to your requests! Chances are that we’ll be able to find it in our deep expansive collection, dust it off, and play it for you! And we welcome your suggestions, too, on ways we can improve Your on-air internet radio station! Thank you for being a part of our special “tribe” and thanks for listening! If you come to find that we’ve become one of your favorite online sources for Retro music, please tell your friends and co-workers about "Retro Album Rock". Help us spread the word!