Archive for March 23rd, 2010

23rd March
written by Matt The Cat

Prowlin’ with Matt The Cat on the Oldies but Goodies Doo Wop Cruise


“Matt the Cat is one of the most knowledgeable and respected radio personalities of early Rock n’ Roll. Matt will be the Master of Ceremonies and will host many of the guest activities planned for our Oldies But Goodies Doo Wop Cruise.”


PR Log (Press Release) – Mar 15, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA — Matt The Cat spent the better part of the last decade howlin’ nightly to a national audience over XM Satellite Radio’s 50s channel. On weeknight The Night Prowl Show with Matt The Cat took radio listeners prowling around the back alleys of early rock n’ roll and rhythm and blues. Matt interviewed and profiled such rock n’ roll legends as Lloyd Price, Aaron Neville, Big Jay McNeely, Dale Hawkins, Earl “Speedo” Carroll of The Cadillacs. Also Earl Lewis of the Channels, Pookie Hudson of The Spaniels, Sonny Burgess, Johnny Maestro and rockabilly guitar king James Burton just to name a few. Matt’s focus on doo wop, R&B, rockabilly and early rock n’ roll is unmatched on American radio today. He delivers the “story behind the story” on the hits that enthusiasts remember and the rarities that should have been hits.

Matt The Cat has spent the last 20 years in radio, beginning at the tender age of 13 when his career began, hosting an Oldies radio show on the little 710 watts community radio station WBMT in Boxford, MA. He attended Emerson College in Boston, where he hosted a weekly classic soul music show called “The Soul Bucket.” It was there he interviewed the legendary Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band. Others included Barrence Whitfiled, Bernie Worell, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson, and Otis Clay.

Matt The Cat arrived at XM Satellite just before the historic launch of the nation’s first satellite radio company in June of 2001. Matt’s “Night Prowl Show” was the only live, national call-in request show of its kind to focus on the hits. Including the deep tracks that so many early rock n’ roll fans long for. In 2002, Matt The Cat began hosting a weekly R&B show called “Harlem.” He featured the soul that came before rock n’ roll and focused on post WWII rhythm and blues the music that shaped rock n’ roll. Music historian and singer and songwriter Billy Vera often appeared on the show to offer insight on such topics as West Coast doo wop and R&B. Other topics often included were vocal groups with bird names and the history of iconic record labels. Matt became the Music Director of the 50s channel to his duties in 2004 and he continued to host “Harlem” and “The Night Prowl Show” until October of 2008.

Memory Lane Cruises is pleased to announce that Matt The Cat will be joining its “Oldies But Goodies Doo Wop Mexican Riviera Cruise” from April 10-17, 2011. “This is an amazing event and I’m thrilled to be involved with such a legendary line-up. I can’t tell you how excited I am about being able to see the great Arlene Smith sing with The Chantels. I’m equally excited about The Olympics, Johnnie & Joe, The Pentagons, The Elgins and one of the most underrated vocal groups of all-time, The Calvanes. This is going to be one cruise for the history books and it shouldn’t be missed, if you LOVE 1950s rock n’ roll.” said Matt The Cat.

Other Recording artists include The Six Teens, Hearts/Jaynetts, Exciters, Cookies, and Rainbows. Also appearing is Vel Omarr with a Sam Cooke tribute. “Matt the Cat is one of the most knowledgeable and respected radio personalities of early rock n roll. Matt will be our master of ceremonies and involved in the many Doo Wop activities planned for our guests.” said Williams.

On April 10th 2011, the Oldies But Goodies cruise will leave from Los Angeles, California aboard Carnival’s new ship, the Splendor on a seven-day sailing to the Mexican Riviera. You will enjoy the most Romanic and exciting ports of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

Be a part of this history-making event, and join us in bringing back the greatest Doo Wop recording legends of the 50’s-60’s. “There has not been an event this spectacular featuring these sensational Doo Wop artists since those memorable days we spent at the Brooklyn Fox Theater and El Monte Legion Stadium.” said Williams.

Memory Lane Concert Cruises is musical theme cruise operator. Offering world-class concerts of performing artists in an array of music styles aboard luxury liners.

Press Contact:
Grant Williams
Memory Lane Concert Cruises, LLC
Los Angeles, CA
541 679 6298

23rd March
written by Matt The Cat

Prowlin’ On A New Shiny Blog

Able to change styli in a single bound

Yeeeehhhhaaaawwww!  I’ve decided to move my blog to a new home.  Please take a moment and update your blog favorites lists and subscribed RSS feeds.  The Prowlin’ With Matt The Cat Blog is now located at and if you’d like to subscribe to the RSS feed, it’s now 

Thankfully, all of my blog posts going waaaay back to June of 2005 have made the transition over to this new blog.  Nothing was lost.  Please take a moment to check out our new digs.

The Friday Night Cat Fight Radio Show Podcast still lives at its regular place.  Nothing else has changed on my website except for the address of my “Prowlin'” blog.

More blog posts are coming very soon. 

Thanks to everyone for your years of support. 


Matt The Cat