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With host, Rich Appel you loved the fast-paced top 40 radio of the 1960s and 70s - where DJs talked up to the vocals, acappella and “shotgun” jingles stood out, and the commercials were almost as good as the hits - you just might like That Thing with Rich Appel, Saturdays 7-10pm on HD-2 (also on iHeartRadio)

that thing with Rich Appel… is a weekly three-hour celebration of that radio, highlighting those jingles, commercials and all the hits (from the rock ’n roll 50s through the rockin' 80s), along with special features like “A Year in an Hour,” “The Slow Dance Make-Out Song of the Week," “Needles and Spins” (which recounts listeners’ - and Rich’s - stories and memories attached to specific songs), "The K-Tel Hour" and “The World’s Shortest Countdown.”

It all happens at the Chestnut Cabaret, the bar/studio where Inga serves the drinks and Rich serves up the music. And you can join the fun as it happens on That Thing's Facebook page (
Rich has spent most of his life listening to and loving music and radio, and working in the radio, music and media businesses. From high school and college radio to recent on-air work at stations like WRNJ (where he hosted The Rest of the Week with Rich Appel), WGHT and Pop Gold Radio, it’s all led up to that thing with Rich Appel.

Rich’s background goes beyond just radio. Following 20 years at Sony Music Entertainment (home to Columbia and RCA Records, among others), he was editor of Billboard’s Top 40 Update and has written popular chart-based series such as “Hot 100’s Hottest Weeks” and “Revisionist History” ( Rich also co-authored the Book of Days pop culture books for the 1960s ( and 70s (, and has written the radio and music newsletter Hz So Good since 1996 (

Want to challenge Rich with a little music trivia? Not only did he write the questions for Citibank’s online games, for over a decade he wrote and ran “M-T Bowl,” a New York City-based music trivia game show event that raised tens of thousands of dollars for MusiCares, WhyHunger and 9/11 charities.

Rich also teaches radio, broadcasting and media classes at Seton Hall University and Felician College.



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