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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.



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