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Grammy nominees. Big record deals. Changes on the radio dial. Tune in, music lovers: There’s a lot to listen to this month.

First, Diablo will be cheering for Green Day at the February 13 Grammy Awards. The East Bay’s favorite rock trio is nominated for seven major awards, including Album of the Year, for it’s punk-opera masterpiece, American Idiot.

Also, Concord Records is coming back to the East Bay. The label, which had a massive hit this year with Ray Charles’s final studio album (also Grammy-nominated for Album of the Year), moved from Concord to Beverly Hills a few years back. But Concord recently acquired Fantasy Records in Berkeley. The acquisition of Fantasy’s vast catalog means that Concord will return to do business in the East Bay, while maintaining Southland offices as well.

Finally, fans of Big Band and Rat Pack era music can rejoice. The formerly hard-to-pick-up KABL radio recently moved from the AM dial to 92.1 FM, and a receiver tower in Walnut Creek. The move means that KABL will lose many of its listeners around the Bay Area,
but now Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra come in crystal clear in Contra Costa. The station will be promoting dances and events around the East Bay. Tune in for the wonderful old radio shows—such as Dragnet, The Lone Ranger, and The Jack Benny Program—that KABL runs weeknights at 9 p.m.

 

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