John Maynard

John Maynard started working in radio in the seventies as a DJ at Seattle’s KJR AM which at the time was the dominant AM station in the Seattle market. After a brief stint as a restaurateur and night club owner, Maynard returned to radio with Robin Erickson, creating the hugely popular “Robin and Maynard Show.” In the more than 20 years under that marquee, Maynard flew with the Blue Angels, piloted the Goodyear Blimp, sang with Donny Osmond and hung out in a Universal Studios bar with Kojak (Telly Savalas).

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Winning Elections With Music

Paul Ryan's favorite band?

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Singin' about the country life

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Although 8 out of 10 Americans live in cities, we still idealize a life in the country, and there are plenty of songs to prove it. And if you are considering a move to the boonies, there is actually free land available. The only catch is you’d have to live in Plainville, Kansas.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 6, 2012

A Sugar Rush of Pop Songs

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the new video version of Record Bin Roulette!

There is a lot of disagreement about whether a “sugar rush” exists, but these studies have obviously been conducted by scientists without young children. But there is agreement that anything this good must be bad for you.

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Street Cents
12:26 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Will that remodel add to your home's resale value?

Remodeling breakfast nook windows.
Loren Owensby flickr

Remodeling can turn boring into wow but will it add to the value of your home? If your goal is to sell your home at a higher price after you doll it up, it pays to first ask some serious questions about the house, the land  it sits on, and the neighborhood.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Work songs for Labor Day

Hey! It's the shiny new video version of Record Bin Roulette! Check it out!

It's a shame that the only thing a person can do for eight hours a day is work. Can't eat for eight hours; can't drink for eight hours; can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a person can do for eight hours is work.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Product placement in Pop Songs

Smells Like a Hit Song

Companies like Coca Cola spend billions of dollars on advertising each year, much of it for product placement in movies, TV and books. But sometimes it happens the other way around—products find themselves written into pop songs. From Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” to Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz”, brand names have inspired some big hits…and the advertising is free.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Singing the praises of the 1 percent

We could shock you with startling statistics about how the richest 1 percent own about 50 percent of the wealth, and how it’s been getting worse for the rest of us for a few decades now. But that’s depressing! And we’d much rather watch cartoons.

Like this 1933 Merrie Melodies gem “We’re in the Money”:

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu August 9, 2012

A Nice Hawaiian Punch of Songs

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Street Cents
5:00 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Population growth and housing in Seattle: Going up, up, up!

1111 E. Pike is a six-story building with 26 residential homes and two commercial spaces.

As more people move into the Seattle area, the demand for housing goes up. And so does the style of housing with high-rise apartments and condos replacing older, stand alone homes. Real estate appraiser and educator Richard Hagar tells KPLU's John Maynard this trend is expected to continue, thanks to our relatively stable economy and mild weather. Both are factors for people moving here, as are the companies that continue to employ thousands of people such as Amazon and Microsoft.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Dialing up our favorite telephone songs

 Somehow we got along fine before there were cell phones. You couldn’t call as your plane was taxiing to the gate, couldn’t call for help when the car broke down, and couldn’t call ahead when visiting friends. We were often late, had to ask strangers for help, and dropped in on folks without warning. It was kinda nice, actually.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu July 26, 2012

It’s all about me - songs that brag and boast

Hey kids! It’s the latest thing…radio with pictures! Now Record Bin Roulette has visuals to accompany the sound! Thanks to our intrepid intern Katy, who came up with this new way to enjoy the show. Check it out!

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Monkeying around with pop songs

We actually have a lot in common with Monkeys, Chimpanzees and Apes. Seems we share 96 percent of the same DNA. But it also turns out that we share 50% of the same DNA as a banana, which actually may explain why we all like them so much.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Tour de France Inspires Pop Music Gold

The Tour de France is the world’s epic bicycle race, a grueling 2,000 mile ride that takes 3 weeks.  It’s arguably the most demanding athletic event, said the New York Times, comparing it to running a marathon several days a week for three weeks. With the 99th Tour underway right now, we salute the humble velocipede and their sore-bottomed riders.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:03 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Pop songs brave the elements

The chemical elements are the building blocks of life, including many a pop tune. Since we skipped chemistry in high school, most of our science education came from this song which conveniently names all of the elements. This tongue-twisting footage is an amazing live performance by Tom Lehrer:

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Pumping Out Cold and Hot Blooded Hits

That red stuff pumping through our bodies has inspired more than a few hit songs.

Some border on the grisly—Nervous Norvous reached the charts in 1956 with the grisly “Transfusion”. With lyrics like “Slip the blood to me, Bud” and “Pump the juice to me, Bruce”, it was considered offensive to many, and banned from some radio stations. But it also gave famed radio DJ Dr. Demento his name. After Barrett Hansen played “Transfusion” on the radio, people said he had to be ‘demented.’ He was, and the name stuck.

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