20th June
written by Matt The Cat

The Night Prowl Show

Air Check: Feb 27, 2004

Today (6/20/2012) marks the 11th anniversary of the Night Prowl Show’s debut over XM Satellite Radio.  When I first signed on the air, the only people listening were beta testers as the XM Radio service had not officially launched yet.  I would come into the studio every night from 8pm – midnight (7pm – midnight on Saturday Nights) and host a show to no one, until the service was officially launched in November of 2001.  Those were some lonely months broadcasting alone, but it gave us all a great appreciation for our audience once the listeners started to build.  It was amazing to be on the ground floor of not only a brand new radio company, but also a brand new medium of satellite radio broadcasting.  It’s something that I will never forget and will always appreciate and cherish.
The Night Prowl Show’s final episode aired on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 after seven and a half years on the air. 
So, to commemorate the Night Prowl’s 11th anniversary, I dug up an air check from February 27, 2004 that I have never posted before.  It’s a Friday Night Show and features the world famous Friday Night Cat Fight.  This was a very special and strange Cat Fight as I was attempting to replace the Night Prowl’s ending theme with a different version of “Harlem Nocturne.”  The show also contains a “Jive 45” on Ronnie Hawkins AND one of our Black History Month R&B Featurettes.  Also, I was running all 28 versions of Tommy Facenda’s “High School USA.”  I aired one regional version for every day in February, 2004.  This show features the Florida version.
I hope you enjoy listening to this air check as I feel it really gives the feeling of what a Night Prowl Show sounded like. 
Nothing beats live radio…PERIOD!
Thanks for all your soul and support.
Matt The Cat



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11th September
written by Matt The Cat

On Saturday, September 17, 2011, “Juke In The Back,” America’s weekly showcase for 1940s and ’50s Rhythm & Blues, will debut on Voice Of America’s Music Mix Network. The show will air at various times throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

I’m very excited to see “Juke” expand this way, so now the rest of the world can be exposed to this often overlooked piece of America’s musical legacy. I produce “Juke In The Back” every week with no financial gain. The show has been building from the ground up for the past year and a half and I’m thrilled that it will soon be getting more exposure.

Matt The Cat presents the soul that came before rock n’ roll: 1950s rhythm and blues. Each week, this underrated and rollicking music plays on that old Rockola Jukebox in the back.

If you wanted to hear rhythm & blues during the 1950s, you couldn’t get it from the juke box in the front. No, no! In order to hear that glorious, down and dirty R&B, you had to go to the low-lit, spit-shined “Juke In The Back.” These songs are the building blocks of rock n’ roll. These are the records that inspired Elvis and single-handily led to the rock n’ roll explosion of the mid-1950s. Big Joe Turner, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Wynonie Harris, LaVern Baker, Roy Brown, Joe Liggins, Professor Longhair and many more take center stage on The Juke In The Back. Matt The Cat hosted a similar program on XM Satellite Radio called “Harlem” and now he brings this great music and information back to radio.

“Juke In The Back” currently airs on over 20 radio stations in the US and will debut worldwide over Voice Of America’s Music Mix Network on Saturday, September 17, 2011.

For more information on the “Juke In The Back” go to: http://www.jukeintheback.org

To find a complete list of all the radio stations that air “Juke In The Back” go to: http://www.jukeintheback.org/on-radio/

If you’d like to become an affiliate and air “Juke In The Back” go to: http://www.jukeintheback.org/become-an-affiliate/

Contact Matt The Cat HERE.



24th May
written by Matt The Cat

On Sunday, May 23, David Maril wrote an article on me.  It appeared in the Brockton Enterprise from Brockton, MA.

To read the article, follow the link below.