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Megan Vaughan

New Song of the Week: 5-13-21

Chris Stapleton is here to save Country Music.

I honestly don’t think the man is capable of putting out a bad song.  That voice, that style… it’s just a shame that America didn’t discover him before the CMA awards back in 2015.

His latest single “You Should Probably Leave” is another great Country (Like real Country. Not FGL Country) radio-friendly jam which follows up his latest #1 single “Starting Over”.

I love the laid back, bluesey feel the song, as well as his wife Morgane’s ever-present back-up vocals.  Why she hasn’t released an album yet, I have no clue.  She is beyond incredible.

 

Anyway, another win for Chris Stapleton and Country radio in general.

New Song of the Week: 5-5-21

Yeah, yeah, I’m always posting about Miranda Lambert?

You know why?  Because she’s a BADASS and she always delivers.

She’s got her “Marfa Tapes” with Jack Ingram and John Randall coming out on Friday, and I am ALL about it.  And she released one of the singles “Geraldine” which is a mix of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Women Enough”. That’s all you need to know.


Pretty sure we need to be best friends, and I mean that in the non-creepiest way possible.

 

We need more Mirandas in Country music!  Actually, in music in general.

 

New Song of the Week 4-27-21

Ok, so I was already a fan of The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears”- which, by the way, is #1 this week on the Top 40 charts. (What can I say, I can call them!)

So, when I hear that Ariana Grande was going to be on the remix, I was ALL about it, and am not disappointed at all.  Ariana Grande has one of the most pure, incredible voices, and it totally works with this song.  I’m going to be honest, her last few songs she’s out out haven’t appealed to me as she doesn’t enunciate her words when she’s singing, and I know that’s trendy and all, but I prefer to not have to google every lyric.  Mariah Carey did the same thing later in her career, and it’s a shame, as these women have such spectacular voices and they get get lost in the jumble of lyrics.  Anyway, I was really happy to hear Ari use her vocal skills and it meshes perfectly with The Weeknd’s voice and hit song.

Yeah, the video is weird.  But it’s The Weeknd, so…

I’m just adding this to my horseback riding playlist, as the beats go well with a trot.

Now I’m the weird one.

 

 

You…Better…WORK!

After almost 20 years in radio, I’m now at the point where people ask me for advice. (I know, ME, which is crazy in itself, but of course, I oblige!)  Lately, a lot of High School and College students have been asking on tips on how to make it in radio- or anywhere else for that matter.  And really, it’s simple.

YOU HAVE TO WORK.

It’s funny how no one ever wants to hear those four words.

Look, there’s really no easy way around it if you actually want to make your professional dreams come true.  You have to put in the time and effort, plus a little extra to stand out.  Here’s a few things I’ve learned over the past almost 20 years that I feel that I can expound upon you:

 

1: SHOW UP:  Simple right? You’d think so. But I cannot tell you how many people cannot master the task of showing up to work.  Even in my early twenties when partying was life, I managed to show up to work.  I may have been hungover and smelled like a brewery, but I was there dammit, and I always got the job done.  My husband, who is a Major in the Army said something recently that resonated with me- Show up at the right place at the right time in the right uniform with the right attitude.

Which brings me to my next point…

 

2: ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING:  Yeah, sure, talent is great.  But what good is it if you’re a total dillweed that’s difficult to work with?  I’ll be honest- I’m not the most talented (or brightest) crayon in the box, but I’ve always had a really good attitude, and that has always gotten me ahead of some of my more talented peers.  Talent isn’t everything. Attitude and work ethic are also key ingredients. Mix up those three, and it’s a hell of a recipe.

 

3: LEARN EVERYTHING YOU CAN: I once had a co-worker years ago who refused to learn how to edit commercials. “That’s not my job” she would say, as she was an On-Air personality.  But here’s the thing… with the world constantly changing and consolidating, it is ALWAYS  a good idea to learn as much as possible about your chosen profession, even if it’s not in your current “job description”.  I learned how to do as much as I possibly could (aside from engineering- God BLESS engineers, especially ones who have to deal with me) and it’s always worked out in my favor.

Knowledge is always power, kiddos.

 

4: LOOK LIKE YOU CARE: Even if your job is casual, be a stylish casual.  Don’t roll up looking like you just came off a 24 hour bender- even if there’s no dress code.  I say this because in radio, there usually isn’t. No matter. Look your best, because you never know who you’re going to run into.  The day you come in looking like a scrub is the day the GM will want to speak to you, or new clients are in the building, etc.  You don’t have to be a supermodel, just put yourself together, and for crying out loud, STAND UP STRAIGHT!

Posture is everything.  I learned that early on. My mom used to tell me “Titties and Teeth” when I would ride into a horse show arena to remind me about posture.  You know what? It stuck.

 

5: BE NICE!:  This seems to be a tough one for people to grasp.  Common courtesy and kindness in the workplace can go a loooong way.  I’ve dealt with rude, bully-ish co-workers my entire career. I just continue to smile and be polite.  That’s really the only way to combat that kind of behavior in others. It’s always amazing how adults can resort to acting like a bunch of snotty teenagers in the workplace. You know what? It only makes THEM look bad, and not you. Carry on and be kind. Even if you don’t particularly care for someone, unless they do something absolutely horrid to you, just take the high road.

Fun Fact: The High Road and The Extra Mile usually have low traffic and lead to the same rad destination.  And it’s free. Um, WIN!

 

6: SOCIAL MEDIA MATTERS:  Are you looking for a new job? Clean up those socials!  As someone who has been in management and hiring positions before, let me tell you, you are being judged by your social media.  The first thing I do when a potential candidate would come up is look them up on socials.  You can tell almost EVERYTHING about a person by their social media presence.  Here’s a few red flags:

  • ANYTHING Racist/Hateful/Disrespectful to others
  • Too much political posts
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Filters!!!! Stop with that.  What are you trying to hide? More points taken off for a snapchat filter, especially if you’re out of high school.
  • Complaining about your current job/life/ex/houseplant/ and if I see a “SMH” abbreviation, I’m shaking my head right back at you.
  • Spelling and Punctuation Errors:  These things still matter. Your social media is your online footprint. Have respect for your language if you want decent job.
  • Photos of you getting high or wasted.  This is why I’m glad social media didn’t exist when I was in college.  Still- watch what you post and make sure it’s in line with the job you want.  I can get away with things like Wine Workouts because I’m in radio/media.  But if I wanted to be a lawyer, I wouldn’t be able to do that. Just something to think about!

 

7: LEARN TO TAKE CRITICISM:  It doesn’t matter what career path you take, you will need to improve your skills. How does one do that? By taking constructive criticism.  No one wants to hear that they aren’t perfect, but it’s a fact of life, and the better you can take the advice given to you, the quicker you can work on your weak spots and get better.  In radio we have what is called “Air Checks” where your boss (or several of them) would pull you into an office and play back your audio from a recent show and pick it apart.  I dreaded them! But I also knew that they were necessary to get better. To be fair, some bosses are better at giving back feedback than others, but in the end, its all a tool to make you better.  One girl I used to work with would cry in her airchecks, and another co-worker would get combative.  Not sure if they’re even in the industry anymore… anyway, learn to take criticism, and use it to build a better you.  I still get air-checked, and I welcome it.  You know why?  Because I STILL want to get better.  I know I can, and I’m always trying to improve.

 

These are just a few tidbits to help you get where you want to be.  Basically, show up, work hard, and have a good attitude are the most important things you can do.  This parlays into any career, not just radio. If you have any to add, please drop in the comments!

 

Good Luck!

 

 

New Song of the Week: 4-13

Ok, so being a HUGE Rolling Stones and Foo Fighters fan, I may have squealed a little (ok, a LOT) when I saw this pop up today.  Mick Jagger got ahold of Dave to do a song called “Easy Sleazy” about the pandemic and the absolute hot mess dumpster fire that was the past year, and that is trickling into now.  Is the song great? Not really.  Is it supposed to be? I really don’t think so.  It’s basically just a fun, rock song about how dumb out world has become by two freaking legends.  So that right there makes it cool.

I needed Mick and Dave today.

 

New Song of the Week 4-7

As I’ve mentioned about a million times, I love ALL kinds of music… Rock, Country, Pop, Hip Hop, Classic Hits, Blues… the list goes on and on.  I always find it really annoying when someone says “Ewwwww….Country?” or “Ewwwww… Top 40? New music sucks”, and what’s usually the case is that they may have heard one or three songs from that genre and based their opinions on that.  Actually, that’s kind of a metaphor for everything in life, am I right?

Anyhow, this week I’m going pop and giving props to Olivia Rodrigo- she just had smash with “Drivers License” but I have to say I’m loving her new single “Deja Vu” even more. It’s catchy. it’s fun, it captures an all-too-common emotion of a scorned woman, and mentions Billy Joel.  I’m all in.

Another thing I’m digging… she’s 18, and keeping it classy (for now).  It’s refreshing to see that.

New Song of the Week 3-31-21

I know, I know… it’s the second week in a row that I’m featuring a Country song, but this one is gonna be a Summer bar anthem in every college town.  Travis Denning is an up and coming Country artist with a #1 hit under his belt with “After a Few”, and I’m thinking this new song “ABBY” (Anybody But You) is going to follow suit.

It’s not a song to be taken too seriously- just a fun, radio-friendly party song that a lot of people can relate to.  Also, I got a chance to chat with Travis earlier this week, and he’s an absolute doll. Be on the lookout for the full interview on Friday!

If you have a song you think needs some love and some airplay, let me know! I’m always on the lookout for great new stuff.

 

Don’t Be a Joy Thief

A few years ago, I bought my horse Angel.  I was SO excited to be able to get back into horses- which was my passion growing up and into my early twenties.  BR Angelina Gold was my “dream horse”- a golden palomino Arabian cross, who through a strange twist of fate ended up in my life.  I was overjoyed when she arrived, and here are some of the things people said to me: “Why didn’t you get a Quarter Horse?” (Because I wanted an Arabian)  “Well, she’s small, isn’t she?” (Well, she’s an Arabian, so yeah)  “Why did you buy an Arabian? They’re crazy!” (Because I love them, and they’re my favorite)  and “Why didn’t you buy a Friesian?” (Maybe because I don’t have an extra 45 grand to drop on a horse? Hm….)

My point is, having Angel come into my life was such a joyful moment for me, and when I shared my news with others, I got a lot of negative feedback and comments from friends.  FRIENDS!  And I never even asked for anyone’s opinion.  I just wanted to share my happy news. Why is it that so few people can say, “Hey! Good for you. That’s awesome!” when someone shares something big?  Why does there have to be any comments at all?  Things like that can chip away at someone’s happiness.   And it’s not just in this particular situation, it’s happened on almost every happy occasion in my life, there always has to be a few people to be snide or say something hurtful as if they almost want to dim that glow of happiness.  Thankfully, I’ve learned to ignore it, but still… how strange is it that people tend to say things (unwittingly or not) that can put a dent in one’s excitement?  Why can’t we just clap for the other person?  Even if you don’t agree or if it’s not what you would choose to do with your life, what’s it to you?

Happiness is hard to come by. If anyone can find something in life that makes their heart swell and makes their life worth living- be it knitting or comic books or figure skating or collecting salt and pepper shakers- then you should be happy for them.  Because guess what? It’s not about you.  If we could all get that in our heads and realize not everyone is going to be just like you, think like you, live like you, believe like you, vote like you, etc… and actually be OK with those facts…perhaps the world would be a better place. If we can try to fix ourselves instead of “fixing” others, and concern ourselves with our own lives, maybe we could be better for it.  And for anyone dealing with those negative people in your life- and we ALL have them- remember: people who aren’t nice to you is not a reflection of you, but them.  Anyone who feels the need to rain on someone’s parade, no matter how small that parade may be, has some serious issues with themselves that they are struggling with.  Don’t let them project their unhappiness onto you.  Keep doing you and what you love and be who you are regardless of what others say.  I know I said this in a prior blog, but the point remains… it’s YOUR life, so live it how YOU choose.

 

Basically, clap for others, and if you have something salty to say, keep it to yourself, unless your opinion is specifically asked for.

That’s all. Easy peasy. Now go forth and don’t be a jackwagon! You got this.

 

 

New Song of the Week 3-22

Darius Rucker is just one of the coolest dudes… who else can claim fame in one of the most iconic 90’s bands (Hootie and the Blowfish) and then just randomly pop up on the Country Music scene in the late 2000’s and just become a permanent fixture in that genre as well?  That’s easy.  NOBODY.

And what’s cool is, Darius has continued these past 14 years to put out great, radio friendly Country music that is easy to listen to and relate to (and doesn’t mention getting blitzed on Fireball while making your girl with her cutoff jeans and tan legs give you a lap dance while getting a beer, which is a rarity these days) and his latest single “My Masterpiece” continues his hot streak.

 

I spoke to Darius today (Not even joking.  I’m still in shock) and he says the new album is due out by the end of this Summer, and if his last two singles – this one, and his latest #1 “Beers and Sunshine” are any indication, it’s gonna be another great effort by Darius.

Country Music is lucky to have him.

 

Stay tuned for my interview with him out later this week!

New Song of the Week 3-15

When Dua Lipa first came on the scene, I was like “Meh. Ok.” But man, this past year she has been on FIRE!  She has been steadily putting out disco infused pop that’s both fun and radio friendly (Sorry Cardi B. I just can’t) and I am so here for it.

Her latest “We’re Good” is a bit slower than what she’s been putting out, and it proves that she’s just not a dance diva.  I especially love that it’s a break up song that’s not rude or salty or hateful to the other party.  She’s just like, hey, we didn’t work out. Bye, Have a great life. No muss, no fuss.  No social media drama or insult flinging, just a mature way of saying, “Hey, you’re not the right one. Doesn’t mean you suck.” I wish we could deal with so many life issues this way.

 

Dua Lipa is quickly becoming one of my favorite modern pop artists.  Definitely need more of her!

 

Also, the video is pretty cool. I’m never eating lobster again.