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This las week has been a week of turmoil, disappointment, even pain for many people. A lot has simply happened, and much of that has been negative.

This week on Toews on the Waves, I want you to help me in the battle against negativity. I want to know from you, what songs make you smile? Songs make us smile for any number of reasons: they may be funny; they may be happy; they may be silly; they may evoke some special memory of a person, place, time or thing; the way the song is performed may fill you with a sese of peace and well-being; or the song may just make you smile for a different reason entirely, or perhaps for no discernible reason at all. Whatever the reason, if you find a certain song makes you smile, I want to hear from you and play that special song for you. It doesn't matter what the style, it doesn't matter when it was recorded; my family-friendly rule applies, but that's it. If you have a song that makes you smile, I want to know about it and play your song for you, if at all possible.

For starters, I've loaded up my playlist with a whole bunch of my favorite songs. But your choices come before my own, so I'll gladly throw out my playlist in exchange for your special songs. Together, we'll counter that negativity, the disappointment, the sadness, the pain, with fun, with friendship, with smiles.

To make your request, to say hi, to let me know you're listening, all of the usual channels apply. You can e-mail me at bruce@mushroomfm.com, you can send a tweet via Twitter to @brucetola, or you can call the request line at (206) 203-3070.

So join me tomorrow as we combat negativity and just have a lot of fun together. You're all most welcome, and I sincerely look forward to spending three hours with you. The fun starts tomorrow, Saturday, at 2:00 PM Eastern, 11:00 AM Pacific, 7:00 PM in the UK, only on the incredible Home of the Fun Guys, www.mushroomfm.com.
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Well, in case you've missed it, the Beatles recently re-released all of
their studio albums, stereo and mono, remastered. As a result, we're
celebrating Beatlemania here on The Legend all day. I'll be honest, I'm
not much of a Beatles fan, but you can't claim to know a little bit about
music (a very little bit, in my case) and not acknowledge with deep
respect the huge, huge influence the four lads from Liverpool had on
music.

So this week, throughout Toews on the Waves, we're going to pay our own
respectful tribute to the Beatles, but by way of putting my own spin on
things, we're not going to play a single Beatles song. So here's the
scoop. In our first hour, during our twenty-minute spotlight, we'll be
featuring songs the Beatles covered. The Beatles added their own personal
touch to many songs and made them their own, and this week on the
spotlight we'll be showcasing some of those original songs. Much of the
second hour will be taken up with a one-time feature I'm calling Douglas
Adams Through the Beatles Years. The beatles era in North America can be
defined as the years 1964 through 1970, inclusive. I'll be playing the #42
song for the year for each of those years. This is one segment where you'd
expect to hear a Beatles song or two ... but guess what, you don't (and
no, I did not know this before preparing the show). The reason I picked
the number 42 is that according to the Douglas Adams books, 42 is the
answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

We have our other features as well: Songs I Can't Stand, Ripley's Believe
it or Not, the Mooth Meditative Moment, and a whole lot more. Whatever
your musical tastes, we'll try to cater to them this week on Toews on the
Waves, so please join me.

Toews on the Waves can be heard Sunday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern, or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Central, 5-7 PM Mountain, or 4-6 PM Pacific. To listen, direct your browser to http://www.billsparks.org. Click on The Legend, and then choose your favorite media player.
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This week on Toews on the Waves, we're going to waive all of our usual
features in favor of a two-hour special saluting the B-side. It's our
B-Side Themselves Special, and it promises to be very informative, not to
mention entertaining.

We'll start with a brief history of sound recording, culminating in the
1904 introduction of the double-sided record, an innovation which made the
B-side possible. We'll then move on to a whole range of B-side hits, songs
that made good despite being originally intended as B-sides. We'll also
play several of the A-side that went with these hit B-sides. We'll tell
some of the stories behind the songs, and maybe even surprise you with a
little musical history of which you might not have been aware.

We'll digress for a while at the beginning of our second hour, and look at
some of the more creative uses of the B-side. It should put a smile on
your face. Then we'll round off the program with another whole slew of
B-sides that charted. The result will be a mixture of history, humor, and
a fabulous array of fantastic oldies that you won't want to miss.

I really hope you can join me for this very special presentation on The
Legend as part of our extremely special Sunday lineup, right after The
Mosen Explosion with the fabulous Father's Day expert, Jonathan Mosen. And
while we're talking about that Sunday lineup, I would like to welcome
Terry Clasper to The Legend as well. Like Brian Hartgen's Music Machine,
Terry's Sixties and Seventies Sunday show originates from the UK, and I'm
really looking forward to listening. You can hear Terry starting at 12:00
PM Eastern, right after DJ Doug and the Soul Express. Welcome to the
group, Terry!

So I'll be waiting to see you tonight at seven for Toews on the Waves, on
the Worldwide Legend!

Toews on the Waves can be heard Sunday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern, or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Central, 5-7 PM Mountain, or 4-6 PM Pacific. To listen, direct your browser to http://www.billsparks.org. Click on The Legend, and then choose your favorite media player.
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First there was Apollo 9. Then, there was Apollo 10. Then, after that,
Apollo 11. But what momentous event took place after that? Why, Apollo 12,
of course.

Moving on just a little in our history lesson, skipping over forty years
when nothing in particular happened, we arrive at August 30, 2009, 7:00 PM
Eastern. Okay, our history lesson has inexplicably turned into an
examination of the future, but who cares about these details? I sure
don't. Anyway, history will record that an episode of Toews on the Waves
made its mark on an expectant Internet radio-listening public. Had its
host, Bruce Toews, described the show in advance, he would have said
something like this:

This week on the show, we feature popular songs done by country artists.
Some of these remakes are really quite good. Others, well, you'll have to
decide which you prefer. Our other features are all here too: Songs I
Can't Stand, Ripley's Believe it or Not, the Mooth Meditative Moment, and
a whole lot more.

In hour 2, be prepared to be entertained by the audio dramatization of
George Stewart's novel "Earth Abides". Imagine a deadly disease robbing
the world of most of humanity. It's a scenario whose basic premise is not
unlike Stephen King's book "The Stand", though the story itself is very
different.

So will history relate that you joined Bruce for the program? I think it
should. It makes for a more entertaining story, don't you think?

Toews on the Waves can be heard Sunday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern, or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Central, 5-7 PM Mountain, or 4-6 PM Pacific. To listen, direct your browser to http://www.billsparks.org. Click on The Legend, and then choose your favorite media player.
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Now friends, I ask you, what is The Legend coming to? I mean, you've got
the Music Machine coming up on Sunday afternoon, great program. Then
you've got the Mosen Explosion, and apart from the fact that its host
doesn't know when Father's Day is, another great program. So you have
these two terrific programs, lulling you into this sense of security ...
making you think you can count on the great programming to continue. But
what then? A downward spiral, yes, a downward spiral! And the host of
the next program, this Bruce guy, even admits it. You've got a host who
admits his program will initiate a downward spiral! What kind of a
self-respecting host would do that? Has he no sense of decency?

You see, the show is called Toews on the Waves. Sounds innocuous enough.
But the show has this feature called the twenty-minute spotlight. This
week in the twenty-minute spotlight, Bruce will be spiralling down the
charts! I'm not kidding, he'll actually be spiralling down the charts,
can you believe it? He'll be starting with the #1 song from 1963; then
he'll play the #2 song from 1962, the #3 song from 1961, and so on, all
the way down, yes, all the way down, to the year 1956. Oh, the humanity!
In addition, you'll hear the usual features: Songs I Can't Stand,
Ripley's Believe it or Not, the Mooth Meditative Moment, your requests,
and a whole lot more.

We start hour #2 with an episode of Our Miss Brooks. In this, the
funniest episode of Our Miss Brooks I've heard yet, the school is
participating in safety week, and Miss Brooks has been put in charge as
safety officer. Can the school survive? And to end the program, how
about an episode of the Jack Benny Show, with Jimmy Stewart as guest
star?

So pop some popcorn, stock up on your favorite hot or cold beverage of
choice, and get ready for a fantastic afternoon/evening of programming
on the Legend. Brian Hartgen kicks things off with his always-fantastic
Music Machine at 2:00 PM Eastern. At 4:00, Jonathan Mosen brings his own
brand of fun to The Legend with the Mosen Explosion. At 7:00 it's the
affore-mentioned Toews on the Waves, and the evening concludes with
Michael Godin and Treasure Island Oldies. All part of the truly stellar
lineup that The Legend brings to you each and every week, day in and day
out.

Toews on the Waves can be heard Sunday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Eastern, or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Central, 5-7 PM Mountain, or 4-6 PM
Pacific. To listen, direct your browser to http://www.billsparks.org.
Click on The Legend, and then choose your favorite media player.
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On Sunday, we see standard Sunday programming return to The Legend:
Brian Hartgen is once again taking your requests
(brian@legend-oldies.com), Jonathan Mosen is exploding live again, and
we have yet another episode of Toews on the Waves for your dining and
dancing pleasure. I can't speak for the first two programs, except to
say that I know these programs will be absolutely fabulous: look who's
doing them, after all! But I can tell you a little more about what to
expect on Toews on the Waves.

This week it's our salute to hot dogs, hamburgers and condiments. You
might find yourself surprised by the plethora of options this subject
opens up. And while I, personally, believe that ketchup is the only
condiment, I will unbiasedly salute any and all condiments on the show
that I can find. Plus we have Songs I Can't Stand, Ripley's Believe it
or Not, the Mooth Meditative Moment, your requests, and a whole lot
more.

We start hour 2 with an episode of Life with Dexter, a hilarious comedy
from Australia, during which we examine the perils of owning a
television set;and we finish off with Art Linkletter and an episode of
the game show People Are Funny in which we learn how to scare off the
tax man. If you're thinking that second hour sounds vaguely familiar,
it's the same second hour that was scheduled to air last week but
didn't, due to technical difficulties of a technically technical nature.

So please do join me on Sunday, right after the triumphal return of the
Mosen Explosion, on the legendary Worldwide Legend.

Toews on the Waves can be heard Sunday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Eastern, or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Central, 5-7 PM Mountain, or 4-6 PM
Pacific. To listen, direct your browser to http://www.billsparks.org.
Click on The Legend, and then choose your favorite media player.
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Take nine hundred and ninety-nine of those episodes away, and you have this
coming evening's edition of Toews on the Waves.

In our twenty-minute spotlight this week, we take a look at songs about night.
Interestingly, we play one song from each of six decades: the 1940s, 1950s,
1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In addition, we have all our usual features:
Songs I Can't Stand, Ripley's Believe it or Not, the Mooth Meditative Moment,
and a truckload of requests.

We start hour 2 with a trip to Australia and an episode of Life with Dexter. We
end the show with Art Linkletter in People Are Funny. It all gets underway
tonight right after part 2 of Jonathan Mosen's tribute to offshore pirate
radio.

It promises to be a lot of fun, and I truly hope you'll join me.

Toews on the Waves can be heard Sunday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Eastern, or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Central, 5-7 PM Mountain, or 4-6 PM Pacific. To
listen, direct your browser to http://www.billsparks.org. Click on The Legend,
and then choose your favorite media player.
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As we head into the weekend, should it be any surprise to you that we're also heading into another fun-filled episode of Toews on the Waves? Well, it's happening, and it's happening on Sunday on the Worldwide Legend.

This week on the show, we feature songs about temperature. We're sure you'll warm to this cool subject soon enough, because we've got all sorts of temperatures covered. I want to thank all the great people on Twitter who offered their excellent suggestions as I put this segment together. Did I use your song? Guess you'll have to tune in and find out. But rest assured, I sure appreciated the suggestion.

We also have our usual features: Songs I Can't Stand, Ripley's Believe it or Not, the Mooth Meditative Moment, and a whole lot more, including a whole stack of your requests. Thanks so much, everyone, for clling in your requests, for making them via Twitter, and for sending them in by e-mail.

We start the second hour with an episode of My Favorite Husband starring Lucille Ball and Richard Denning, and we conclude with an episode of the Jack Benny Show, starring Jack Benny.

All this comes your way on Sunday, right after Jonathan Mosen's fascinating documentary about British offshore pirate radio, "Offshore On-Air", which airs on Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Eastern, in the Mosen Explosion time-slot. I hope you'll join me, then, on Sunday evening as we explore temperature on Toews on the Waves.

Toews on the Waves can be heard Sunday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern, or 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Central, 5-7 PM Mountain, or 4-6 PM Pacific. To listen, direct your browser to http://www.billsparks.org. Click on The Legend, and then choose your favorite media player.
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As the weekend approaches, you are surely asking yourself, "What will be
on Toews on the Waves this weekend?" You're not? Well, I'll tell you
anyway.

Has it ever occurred to you that there are rather a lot of songs that
feature yesterday, today and tomorrow? Well, it's occurred to me, and I
thought I'd explore the notion in our twenty-minute spotlight this week.
So explore it I shall, and you, dear listener, will be the benefactor of
these explorations. As with many of these themes, this week's spotlight
will encapsulate all sorts of musical genres, so there's bound to be
something you'll like in our mix. We've also got our usual features too:
Songs I Can't Stand (and remember, I'm not saying those songs are bad,
just that I can't stand them), Ripley's Believe It or Not, your
requests, and a whole lot more. There's still time to get your request
in, too: you can call 206-203-3070; you can e-mail me at bruce@totw.net;
you can send your request by Twitter to totwlegend. Would you prefer to
reach me via a different method? Let me know what it is and maybe I can
incorperate it, too.

We'll start hour #2 off with an episode of the Great Gildersleeve,
starring Harold Perry, and we'll close out the show with a special Jack
Benny program, in which Jack introduces his cast to us, the audience.

So once the Mosen Explosion is over on Sunday, why not kick back and
relax with Toews on the Waves. It will be my goal to see to it that you
don't regret it. We're on Sundays at 7:00 PM Eastern, right after
Jonathan's show wraps up. The show also repeats Wednesdays at the same
time. If you know how to listen to the Mosen Explosion, you know how to
listen to Toews on the Waves. Direct your browser to that truly fabulous
site, www,billsparks.org. Among the incredible wealth of information
you'll find there is a link to The Legend. Click on that, and then
choose your favorite way to listen among the multifarious choices
offered. Then grab your favorite beverage or something, and enjoy the
show!
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Just to let anyone who's interested know, Toews on the Waves in back. My second show airs tonight, Sunday, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern on The Legend. It repeats on Wednesday evening at the same time. That's 6:00 to 8:00 Central, 4:00 to 6:00 PM Pacific.

To listen, simply direct your browser to www.billsparks.org, click on The Legend, then choose a media player.

This week's thirty-minute spotlight features the song More Money for You and Me, by The Four Preps. While that song doesn't take up the entire spotlight, the rest of it is based on it.

In our second hour, we start things off with an episode of the Jack Benny Show, with guest stars Ronald and Benita Coleman. Then we have Robert Young starring in Father Knows Best. I do yope you'll join me.

To keep updated about the show, send a message to announce-subscribe@totw.net.
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I'm considering the possible return of Toews on the Waves. With everything that's been going on in my life lately, bringing the show back into existence might just be a good outlet for me. As much as I appreciated all the work Ken did on my behalf with Shellworld Radio, I'd want to put the show on a station that broadcasts regularly, not just sporadically. I'd also have to find someone who would be willing to do the sweepers for me. I'm still not ready to do live radio yet, so whichever station I use would have to be willing to use prerecorded shows. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment here.
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We had last week's technical problems worked out, only to be replaced by a new set of technical difficulties this week. The problem is not on my end, so there's nothing to be done. Consequently, there will be no episode of Toews on the Waves this week. I apologize for any inconvenience.
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Hey everyone. My radio show is back tonight, at 6:00 Central (5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific, 7:00 Eastern). If you want to check it out, and I hope you do, please go to the Toews on the Waves Website and click on one of the listen links just before show-time. I hope you'll do me the honor of listening in. We also now have a new request line. Call and leave a message any time with your oldy, novelty music, or whatever request. The number is (414) 455-7318. And get this. If your call is played on a future show, you win, absolutely free, a chance to listen to your song. Now how cool is that?

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