This weekend’s “Things We Said Today,” which debuts at noon ET Nov. 29 on Fab4Radio.com, begins some big changes for the show with the addition of two new co-hosts, the New York Times’ Allan Kozinn and Beatlefan’s Al Sussman to the original team of Ken Michaels and yours truly. The two new members are well-known Beatles authors who have written about and interviewed many in the Beatles world, including members of the group. The show, which originally started as a show concentrating on Beatles news and the latest happenings in the Beatles world, will now open up the floor to a wider range of Beatles topics.
“I’m excited to have Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn join the panel for ‘Things We Said Today,’” Michaels said. “I’ve long admired the many contributing writers for Beatlefan, and the two of them have not only delivered high-caliber work for the fanzine, but have also authored excellent books on the Beatles and related subjects. It’s been important to me to also have some first-generation fans who experienced the Beatles phenomenon as it was happening, which certainly is the case with Al, Allan and Steve.”
“I’ve been a regular listener-and occasional guest of ‘Things We Said Today’ since the show began and, while I haven’t always agreed with Steve’s and Ken’s opinions, it’ll be fun to be a regular part of the discussion each week,” said Sussman.
Al Sussman has been writing about The Beatles, rock music, and pop culture for some 45 years. He’s executive editor of Beatlefan magazine and has been a contributor to Beatlefan since 1979. He’s been a longtime presence at the Fest For Beatles Fans and is the author of “Changin’ Times: 101 Days That Shaped a Generation,” published by Parading Press.
Allan Kozinn was a music critic for the New York Times for more than 30 years, and is currently a culture reporter for the paper. He is the author is several books, including two about the Beatles — “The Beatles: From the Cavern to the Rooftop” (Phaidon, 1995) and “Got That Something: How the Beatles’ ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ Changed Everything” (2014, Times Books/Byliner). He has also taught a course on the Beatles at NYU, where he has also taught a music criticism class since 2004.
Ken Michaels began his radio career back in 1982 on campus radio station WNYT. He started hosting a Beatles show in March, 1982 that originally lasted an hour, but expanded soon to three hours. He joined XM Radio in 2003, doing a Beatles show and Beatles news segments. He now hosts “Every Little Thing,” a weekly nationally show that airs in both live and nationally syndicated versions and helped found “Things We Said Today,” which premiered in 2012.
Yours truly brings his perspective as a first-generation Beatles fan who had a 37-year career at a major daily newspaper both as a writer and editor. After starting to write for Examiner on the Beatles in 2008, we now author several columns including ones on the Monkees and “Weird Al” Yankovic.
This weekend’s show also features Robert Rodriguez, author of “Solo in the ’70s: John, Paul, George and Ringo – 1970-1980.” Rodriguez is the show on this week’s edition, but he was unable to continue because of his work with another show.
“We’ll now be talking about anything concerning the Beatles’ group and solo careers, and will continue to address important events happening in the news,” Michaels continued. “Steve continues to keep us abreast on a daily basis of what’s happening in the Beatle world today, and all four of us keep up-to-date on the latest news and will comment on them.”
“The four of us have a common passion for the Beatles’ music, both as a group and as individual artists, but we come to it with different interests, different experiences and different tastes,” Kozinn said. “And we respect each other’s opinions, but we’re also not afraid to say what we think, even if we know we’ll be the odd man out. I think that should make for some illuminating discussions, and I’m looking forward to them.”
“The insights and contrasting opinions will make this show an interesting listen every week. This is a new chapter for the show, and I’m thrilled to add these two guys to share it with,” Michaels said. After its initial broadcast Saturday on Fab4Radio.com, “Things We Said Today” is available free on iTunes and on Podbean.com.