John Maynard

John Maynard started working in radio in the seventies as a DJ at Seattle’s KJR AM which at the time was the dominant AM station in the Seattle market. After a brief stint as a restaurateur and night club owner, Maynard returned to radio with Robin Erickson, creating the hugely popular “Robin and Maynard Show.” In the more than 20 years under that marquee, Maynard flew with the Blue Angels, piloted the Goodyear Blimp, sang with Donny Osmond and hung out in a Universal Studios bar with Kojak (Telly Savalas).

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Street Cents
5:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Cracking down on suspicious home buyers

Not all money used to buy a house is clean.
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Since the 1970s, banks have been required to report any suspicious house purchases to the FBI. Now that mandatory reporting is netting mortgage brokers, too. Seattle area real estate appraiser Richard Hagar says that's a good thing since about 80 percent of home loans go through mortgage brokers. 

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Paramount's library: A treasure trove of memories

1928 Model T Fords, top hats, and thousands of people spilling out onto 9th and Pike. It's the opening of Seattle's Paramount Theatre (originally called the Seattle Theatre). Now that rich history is archived in the new, fourth-floor Paramount library. 

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Pucker up and hit those high notes, time for The Whistler

Beware The Whistler!

I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes... I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak ... opening to the 1940’s radio drama The Whistler.

Whistling has been around as long as we’ve had lips, and that puckering propensity has had a vital role in many iconic movies and songs.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Our favorite solar-powered pop music

Painful Solar Flares
thebadastronomer Flickr

At this time of year, most of us in the northern hemisphere are pretty darn glad to be seeing more sunshine. But our old Sun has been having some flare-ups lately, sending massive bursts of energy towards Earth, threatening communications and electrical grids. So before the power goes out, here are some of our favorite solar songs.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Around the world in 80 songs

I see London, I see France...
Trent Strohm Flickr

Despite the emergence or rock and roll, Lawrence Welk had a #1 pop single “Calcutta” in 1961. At age 57, he was the oldest  performer to achieve that milestone. (3 years later Louis Armstrong, at 62 topped the charts with “Hello Dolly”.) “Calcutta” the song doesn’t seem to have anything remotely to do with Calcutta the city, in fact the song was originally called “Tivoli Melody”.

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Street Cents
4:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Real estate commissions aren't set in stone

Real estate commissions: It's something the seller usually pays.
The Associated Press

KPLU's  John Maynard posed this question to Seattle-area real estate appraiser, Richard Hager: "If I sold a $2 million dollar house and paid the real estate agent his standard commission, then he'd get $180,000 out of the deal. Is that a negotiable situation?" Hagar's answer?

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Rockstar dreams

Early humans thought dreams were messages from the Gods, but to Freud it was unconscious wish-fulfillment. It wasn’t until 1952 that REM sleep was discovered, and the fact that our brains are quite active while we sleep.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Musical inspiration from religion

Religion and secular music don’t often cross paths, but many a pop singer and song has a religious inspiration … George Harrison raised some eyebrows with his 1967 composition “Within You Without You”, with lyrics that reflected the teachings of Hinduism.

From the Buddhist message of The Lion King’s “Circle of Life” to the uplifting spiritual “Oh Happy Day, we have tolerated and embraced religious meaning in our pop tunes.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Pop songs from real life

Don McLean's American Pie

From “The Star Spangled Banner” to “Walk on the Wild Side”, popular music has re-told real-life events, stuff that actually happened.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Here's some lascivious love songs for V-Day

You'll put an eye out with that thing!
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Love songs are the heart, soul and spleen of the music business. And musicians, being rebels and upstarts, have always been pushing the boundaries of taste and decency, leading to some surprising outcomes…

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Street Cents
4:30 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Rough time refinancing? Try again.

Bank vault full of cold, hard cash.
Adolph B. Rice Studio Collection Library of Virginia

Is it true that there there's a bank vault out there full of cold, hard cash that's now available to people trying to refinance? That's what KPLU's John Maynard asked Seattle-area real estate appraiser Richard Hagar when he dropped by KPLU's studios recently. Without skipping a beat, Hagar responded:

"The good news is if you've missed some mortgage payments or you were in foreclosure, banks now have more cash available. And they've loosened up the purse strings a bit."

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Sound effects in pop music explored

The 1812 Overture calls for cannon

The Beatles were famous for using sound effects they found in the Abbey Road library, and many other artists used sound to great effect. (haha)  Babby Darin’s “Splish Splash” had a gurgling bath in the track, and The Ronettes “Walking in the Rain” was Grammy-nominated for use of thunder sound effects.

Maybe the first use of sound effects in music was in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, which calls for live cannons.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Singing about 'quiet desperation'

jerebu Flickr

Maybe sometimes the desperation isn’t so quiet, but we begin with a premise by Thoreau, and head straight downhill from there.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Singing about 'the slammer'

Johnny Cash outside Folsom Prison
WBUR Flickr

The Hoosegow, the Big House, The Clink, Up The River, The Pen. We’ve never been ourselves, but we did time listening to scores of songs about "the slammer."

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Slaying dragons and other pop song suffering

Queen For a Day!
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This week we learned that it’s good to be the king. But it’s a long road from being a lord or lady to becoming a duke, princess or king. Along the way there are dragons to slay and pop songs to suffer through.

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