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Question of the Day: La La Land

by Corny O'Connell

Angelenos celebrate today as the anniversary of the founding in 1781 of El Peublo de la Reina de los Angeles. We're celebrating, too, with your song requests. Give us your favorites that reference L.A. and we'll spin a set after 9am New York time.

Here's what we played:

Randy Newman "I Love L.A."

The Decemberists "Los Angeles, I'm Yours"

Michelle Shocked "Come A Long Way"

Sheryl Crow "All I Wanna Do"

Question of the Day: That Day I'll Always Remember

by Corny O'Connell

In their 1972 hit "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" The Temptations sang, It was the 3rd of September, That day I'll always remember. Since that's today's date, we're trying to remember other songs that mention a date of the year. Mark them in the comments below and we'll schedule a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Morphine "Radar" March 4th 1982

The Band "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" May the 10th

Golden Smog "5-22-02" 5-22-02

Question of the Day: Fire

by Corny O'Connell

Listener Gordon from Brooklyn reminds us that it was on this date in 1666 that the Great Fire of London started. By the time it was finally extinguished, more than four-fifths of the city had been destroyed. So today we're collecting your favorite songs that mention fire. List them below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Leonard Cohen "Who By Fire"

The Ink Spots "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"

Question of the Day: What Do You Do?

by Corny O'Connell
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Happy Labor Day! We have work for you to do: think of a song that mentions what you do. If you're a doctor, teacher or railroad engineer, you've got it easy. Otherwise, you may have your work cut out for you. File your song suggestions along with what you do in the comments below. We'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

John Lee Hooker "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" bartender

R.B. Greaves "Take a Letter, Maria" secretary

Mark Knopfler with James Taylor "Sailing to Philadelphia" surveyor

Question of the Day: End of Summer

by Corny O'Connell

With the Labor Day weekend upon us, we look back on the summer and ahead to the fall. It's time for those "end of summer" songs. Got a favorite? Leave it in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Neko Case "Magpie to the Morning"

Kirsty MacColl "Last Day of Summer"

The Motels "Suddenly Last Summer"

Cousteau "The Last Good Day of the Year"

Question of the Day: Selling Me Softly with His Song

by Corny O'Connell
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One of the most significant events in radio history happened on this date in 1922 - WEAF broadcast the very first commercial. It was an ad for the Hawthorne Court apartments in Queens. Since then, radio has been used to pitch everything under the sun. Your assignment today is to pick a product or service and give us the song you would use to sell it. You've gotta come up with something that hasn't been done before. We're not looking for songs already used by advertisers.

Question of the Day: Emmy for Musical Performance?

by Corny O'Connell

Did you catch any of the Emmy Awards last night? It's a long night with awards given out in about 100 categories of work in television. And while there are awards for music composition, there is no award for best musical performance. To us that's a glaring omission. Let's rectify it with your nominations for the best musical performances on television of all time. Put them in the comments below and we'll spin a set of those songs after 9am. 

Here's what we played:

Paul Simon "Still Crazy After All These Years" Saturday Night Live

Question of the Day: Happy Birthday, Elvis Costello!

by Corny O'Connell

Today we're wishing a happy 60th birthday to Elvis Costello. Give us your favorite tracks from Elvis, anything he's been involved in, and covers of his songs by others. Write them in the comments below and we'll pump it up after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach "I Still Have That Other Girl"

Everything But The Girl "Alison"

Elvis Costello with Lucinda Williams "There's a Story in Your Voice"

Question of the Day: "Cool" Songs

by Corny O'Connell
Seven Arts Productions

It's been a noticeably cool summer so far with no heat waves, and six days just this month with the temperature topping out in the 70s. Today will be another with clouds keeping the temps well below average. So we need a soundtrack of "cool" songs to play - that is songs with "cool" in the lyrics. Put 'em in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Don Dixon "Cool"

Digable Planets "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)"