Gagliarchives Radio
>> Frequently Asked Questions  


  • Q. Are bands and artists still sending CD's in this digital era?                        A. It's unfortunate that at this time that  the industry is changing. Record labels have stopped sending CD's and prefer to go the digital route. This is understandable in some ways with how the global economy is. But what it's doing is hurting any airplay a band may receive. MP3's sound absolutely dreadful on an FM signal (people forget we are an FM radio program first) and we are forced to limit the promotion we can with labels/bands/artists that send us those. The digital quality sounds terrible as our transmitter compressor battles with making the sound right. Then add in the digital hiss and the digital clicks and it adds up to 'un-listenable' music. We ask that labels send us FLAC or WAV files. If MP3 is the only file they can send, then we need to review to see if it is worth putting on the air sound quality wise. Overall we prefer the CD because we still like to look at the whole package. Booklet, insert, CD, artwork, etc. These things are important to us in giving a band air time on our radio program. We want to know who they are. Those artists that actually send a CD will get preferential airplay.  

  • Q. What is the background music you use on your radio program?                 A. I love the music of Klaus Schulze. I tend to use his Picture Music album, and his X album. I also like use Pat Thomi's Fairy Tales album as well. 

  • Q. How often are you in the WBZC studios on Saturdays? Are these programs prerecorded at your home studio or no?                                                     A. For the most part, the radio program is done live in Pemberton on Saturday nights. When issues arise with travel or sporting events I may be doing, I may prerecord the radio program from our home studios in Brigantine, New Jersey, just north of Atlantic City at the Jersey shore. There are always hints if a radio program is recorded at the home studio. Only some have figured it out :). For the most part, home studio recordings take place in the summer.

  • Q. What recording gear do you use for the program?                                 A. I record the programs as .wav files in Pro Logic for Mac. I prefer to use Adobe Audition for editing interviews and other production. I use a SP C1 large diaphragm, fixed-cardioid condenser microphone which has a low noise amplifier. I also use a Behringer Xenyx digital/analog mixing board. For post production I prefer using TDK CDR's since they are the most reliable recording discs.

  • Q. Is there a reason why you will not play mp3's of a band/artist release?       A. In today's age of 'internet' radio, this can go over without a hitch. What has to be understood is that we are based 80% of the time on an FM radio station. FM radio quality and streaming are two totally different ball games. FM radio transmitters have compressors that make the solid and dynamic sonic of a WAV, balanced and large sounding. An mp3 (the average recorded at 128Kb/s) has a tinny and compressed sound on FM radio. We prefer only the highest Kb/s due to air quality. 

  • Q. How come you do not play more popular progressive rock bands like Yes, Genesis, ELP, in plenty?                                                                       A. While we respect and love those bands and understand that the progressive rock scene wouldn't exist without them, we feel it is far more important to support current progressive bands and lesser known, non-mainstream enriched music. Also, during the heyday of those bands and artists, there were similar bands doing just as creative and powerful work as their contemporaries were. They will not go unnoticed. 

  • Q. Why does it take so long to hear some new releases, when other times it is on 3 weeks before it is released?                                                                  A. This is our most popular question we receive. In some ways, it's luck of the draw. Imports of a new release usually come out before a North American release date. We are fortunate to be serviced by overseas outlets that ease the wait. But lately, labels are forgetting about us...again, the industry is changing.

  • Q. What is your policy on reviewing and airing music?                                A. We receive many new releases on a monthly basis.  When we do receive a recording, and it has been tracked and aired, it is then put into rotation and into the database for the year end top 100 polling.  We work on a 3 week rotation depending on the established artists new release schedule dates, and request buzz.  A band or artist, when sending their recording, will be notified by email and/or their site's forums/social media site up to that week prior to airplay on how to listen . Now with the new RIAA Radio Streaming laws, we can only air a certain amount of tracks from a release. Playlists will be posted AFTER the reruns are aired currently on Tuesdays due to file sharing laws.

  • Q. Is the program just you or are/were there other staffers involved?            A. Over the years we have had many people that have assisted in many aspects of the show's programming. From 1991 to 1993, we were often joined by Keith "The Man" Myers, Reginald Szatny, and Jon Most. Their contributions were in music, production, and new talent. By 1994, we worked with other staffers such as Roger Beckwith who was host of Roadhouse Radio opposite Janet Watts, and Steve Huston who assisted us for live in studio performances and interviews. We then became involved with Charles Nolan as a consultant who was with us from 1996 to 1997. During that time, we also became involved with George Piatkowski. George became a co-producer and took the program to even deeper levels with music obscurity. He was part of the crew until 2006. For live events we were continuously helped by Roger Beckwith and Bob "Big Bob Lovin' Volpe at countless venues. Ken Golden of Laser's Edge has co-produced many thematic programs over the years and continues to, to this day.  In 2000, Jack Webster came on board and archived many in-studio events and continues to assist as videographer, photographer, and contributes to programming as well. He is also joined by his assistant Frank Alfeeri. There is also Brian Schenkenberger,  our online engineer at Aural Moon who maintains live broadcasts internet streams at progressive rock events and the program itself. We are assisted by Jason Varga for in studio events as well, who has now become 88.9 WBZC's Program Director. We also have added the great Kevin Feeley who is our technical advisor. He has been the focal point with our live and abroad radio shows. He has always supplied top notch equipment and contributed endless hours of technology. 

  • Q. What are the FM frequencies that the radio program can be heard at within the tri-state area?                                                                                   A. We can be heard at 88.9FM WBZC in Pemberton, NJ serving southern New Jersey, the Jersey Shore, Philadelphia, and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our coverage map is located here.  We can also be heard at 95.1FM W236AF in Burlington, NJ. Our coverage map is located here and serves the New Jersey towns of Burlington, Burlington City, Beverly, Edgewater Park, Willingboro, Florence, Roebling, Delanco, Riverside, and the Pennsylvania towns of Bristol, Cornwells Heights-Eddington, and Trevose. We are also heard at the 100.7FM W264BH Mount Holly, NJ. Our coverage map is located here and serves the New Jersey towns of Mount Holly, Woodlane, Southampton, Hainesport and Eastampton.  
  • Q. We don't hear any selections from the labels Mellow and Musea. You know these labels exist right?   A. Mellow Records and Musea Records do not send promos to radio stations. 
  • Q. What exactly are the FOG lines?                                                              A. The FOG lines simply stand for Friends Of Gagliarchives Hotline. The term was first coined on July 9, 1992 and it stuck ever since. When I want the listeners to call in, I say "The fog lines are open at 609-894-8900..."  The one time band Finneus Gauge recorded a song on the phrase on their 1999 album, One Inch Of The Fall.
Updated: 3/26/15