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Turn The Radio On: Top 10 Musicians Who Should Be DJs

Diamond Dave at Van Halen's last reunion Toyota Center date, 2008
Diamond Dave at Van Halen's last reunion Toyota Center date, 2008
Photo by Daniel Kramer

A few years ago, Van Halen front man David Lee Roth filled in for Howard Stern on his nationally syndicated radio show. Roth also served a stint as a deejay for New York's 92.3 Free FM.

This is nothing new, because many artists have at some point served as DJs, such as Greg Kihn of the Greg Kihn band, now the host of San Jose's classic-rock 98.5 KFOX morning show, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Tom Petty and Nikki Sixx.

However, it would be nice if these musicians had a radio show too.

Heartmonger Radio Starring Ann & Nancy Wilson Without the Wilson sisters, there would be no Seattle music scene as we know it. Not only do they sound like the quintessential classic-rock radio hosts, they have done quite a bit to recognize those they have influenced.

If they had a radio show, they could feature not only their songs and give great insight into the making of them, but also feature songs from known acts and up-and-comers from the Seattle area. What musician wouldn't want to talk to legends such as Ann and Nancy?

Adam Levine's Rock & Soul Radio If Adam Levine were not already the front man of Maroon 5 and a judge on the hit NBC show The Voice, he would be perfect for new-style nationally syndicated AOR radio show based out of New York or Los Angeles. Think Ryan Seacrest, but with more tattoos and attitude.

Lil Wayne's Tha' Carter Lives On radio: Lil' Wayne is a great rap collaborator. His radio show could be a lot like a rap version of Live From Daryl's House, where rappers both known, underground, and international could appear on his show. They could show off their latest single. However, one of the best things they could do is a rap battle with Lil Wayne.

Trisha Yearwood's Southern Kitchen Radio: As you may know already, country singer Trisha Yearwood is now the host of her own cooking show on the Food Network. With her kiss-your-diet-goodbye cooking and great voice, she would be perfect for radio. What she could feature on the show is not only her own recipes, but alternate recipes -- if you are on a diet, eat kosher, vegan, etc. -- but she could also have in-studio performances, alternate takes of such classic country hits as "She's in Love with the Boy" and "Thinkin' About You," and plenty more.

 

Courtney Love's Celebrity Skin Radio: We all know about Courtney Love's antics. However, if you read about her, she is She's rather intelligent when she wants to be. and especially well-versed in grunge. After all, she and her band Hole were at the forefront of it next to other great '90s-rock acts like Nirvana and Faith No More, among others.

Love's radio show could be almost like an old underground college-radio station. The catch would be that it would be stuff from the current underground punk scene as well as stuff from the various bands she's been in.

Kate Pierson & Cindy Wilson's (of the B-52's) Songs for a Future Generation Radio: Imagine a children's show meets '80s MTV and you have what would be a show hosted by Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson. If you take the quirkiness of the B-52's along with in-studio band The Bangles and make it a fun-filled time filled with funny puns, insights into the band, alternate takes of such hits as "Topaz" and "Rock Lobster."

Eddie Money's Shakin' Radio: Eddie Money has gotten considerable exposure since one of his songs, "Take Me Home Tonight," was used as the title of a movie starring Topher Grace in 2011. But since his songs are basically party songs, why not have him spin some of the best party songs of the '80s?

Weird Al Yankovic's Running With Scissors Radio If Weird Al had his own radio show, it would be insanely crazy. In fact, before he became famous, he was a deejay at a local college radio station in his home state of California. After that, he made many appearances on the Dr. Demento Show and the rest is comedic music history. His show could have stuff like live versions of fan favorites, interviews with the artists behind the original songs that inspired the parodies, and funny ads inspired by UHF.

David Byrne's Stop Making Sense Radio Imagine if David Byrne had his own radio show. Insanity and weirdness would take new heights -- in a good way. It would definetly have to be an experimental pop and world-beat station because that is the essence of Byrne's body of work.

Deborah Harry & Chris Stein of Blondie's Union City Blue Radio: Next to the Ramones, Television and Talking Heads, Blondie is one of the quintessential '70s punk/New Wave bands. They would be perfect to be radio personalities for a similar show. They could talk about their band, some of their deep tracks and what inspired them (such as "11:59" and "Hanging On the Telephone"), classic punk acts that came through CBGB's (or that they were friends with) and what bands they are currently into.


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