28th October
written by Matt The Cat

Night Prowl Halloween Show


I’m proud to say that the Night Prowl Show, which I hosted on XM Satellite Radio from June, 2001 to October 2008, was famous for over-the-top Halloween shows. Early on, I got the crazy idea to use teenage tragedy songs or “Death By Teenage” songs as I like to call them as a Halloween theme, along with the traditional musical fare that we’re all used to. The teen tragedy song is really one of the most ridiculous and emotionally extreme trends to ever hit popular music and I thought the car wrecks, the gore, the ghosts and graveyard scenes of these songs really exemplified Halloween sentiment at its finest. I produced Halloween Night Prowl shows from 2001-2007, but I honestly feel that it all came together in this 2006 edition of my Halloween Spooktacular! Thanks to Warren (The RollaCoastah) of New Jersey for recording and preserving this show, as I did not record it myself. It’s because of Warren that we can all enjoy this Halloween show today. Not only will you hear the best, the craziest AND the rarest teen tragedy songs ever recorded on this program, but you’ll also her the greatest, spookiest and weirdest Halloween song of the 1950s and ’60s, REAL ghost stories as told by listeners, Willem Dafoe’s reading of the Poe classic, “The Raven,” and Cross Country Kelly’s interpretation of “The Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner.” This is all contained within one, FOUR hour show.

Stream it now below and prepare yourself for radio like you’ve never heard it before. Let’s hope someday I’ll be able to produce a show like this on a grand scale once again. This program is literally the best radio has to offer, if I do say so myself. Enjoy and share it with everyone you know.

You can stream the 2006 Night Prowl Halloween Show through the link below. Enjoy!

1st April
written by Matt The Cat
Some artists simply resonate with radio listeners, and the multiple tributes to Johnny Maestro since his death last week say he was one.
New York Daily News
March 31, 2010


  Saturday at midnight on WFUV (90.7 FM), Dan Romanello will salute Maestro on “Group Harmony Review” – which grew out of “The Time Capsule Show,” which launched in March 1963 and whose first-ever voice was Johnny Maestro, leading the Crests on “Sweetest One.”


Maestro, a quiet New York kid who became riveting when he took the stage, cut more than a dozen great records with the Crests – a seriously underappreciated vocal group – and then scored again with the Brooklyn Bridge.


His work was saluted on WCBS-FM, WFDU, WBZO, WMTR, WVOX, WRSU, WLNG and on Sirius XM – though radio rarely does extended tributes any more unless the artist is on the level of Michael Jackson.


Twenty years ago WCBS-FM’s Bobby Jay would have done at least an hour in the Hall of Fame the night Maestro died. That doesn’t happen now, though WCBS-FM (101.1) program director Brian Thomas says listeners still do “appreciate our remembering.”


Sirius XM’s Norm N. Nite did a half hour on Maestro, talking with contemporaries like Jay Black, Lou Christie and Dion, and that was good.


But since Sirius XM first sold itself as alternative radio, it was frustrating that it no longer has a live weeknight host like Matt the Cat who could have done a longer, more music-based retrospective on an important life and career.


Memo to Sirius XM: Bring back MTC.


Bobby Jay, meanwhile, says he misses Maestro not only as an artist, but as a friend with whom he often recorded.  


“Johnny not only had that distinctive voice, he was a brilliant musician,” says Jay. “He understood vocal harmony. He did all his arrangements and he had a great ear. If 20 people were singing and one was a little sharp or flat, he heard it.


 “He was a singer. That’s what he was about. He wasn’t interested in the show biz life. He got off on a major ninth chord.


 “He was rock ‘n’ roll’s bel canto singer.”


    AROUND THE DIAL: The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM (Sirius 159, XM 117) features extensive Holy Week programming that includes Easter Mass celebrated on Sunday by Pope Benedict XVI. Hear that live at 4:10 a.m. And rebroadcast at 4 p.m. . . . Donny Osmond’s new syndicated nightly show can be heard starting tomorrow, 7 p.m.-midnight, on WBZO (103.1 FM). . . . Friday night, midnight, will Joey Reynolds’s last broadcast on WOR (710 AM). Starting next Monday, George Noory’s “Coast to Coast” moves into that slot.

26th May
written by Matt The Cat

Cats n’ kittens,

I received a very nice mention in today’s (5/26/09) New York Daily News. Here is the link to the David Hinckley article on Satellite Radio. He has many good points about why satellite radio is a very good thing, but it would be an even better, “If I were the boss, “High Standards” and Matt the Cat would return tomorrow.” Read the whole article here: