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Internet Radio Network Hosts Second Birthday Bash

The internet radio network MorningShowCentral.com launched as an unauthorized fan site dedicated to discussing Cleveland morning show Rover's Morning Glory. When Rover rained hatred on the dedicated listeners, MSC founder Chris Vaughn rededicated the site as a forum for listeners of all morning shows, including Howard Stern and Opie and Anthony. As a community grew around the site, the staff added original programming and has since expanded with a fantasy football league.

"I feel internet radio will be the next big thing," says Vaughn. "It's already on your phone. You can get it in your car. Everyone thinks satellite radio will be the next big thing, but the two companies [XM and Sirius] are merging and cutting programs."

MorningShowCentral now hosts four regular weekly shows and two biweekly programs, providing more than 24 hours of original programming a week. The shows rotate all day, some with video feed. All the shows are available as podcasts.

The Hype showcases local and national unsigned bands. Maximum Threshold features metal music and guests. Uncensored Net Noise brings the rock. Other shows include the California-based dude-talk show Pure Evil Entertainment.

Internet broadcaster Live365.com added the network to its roster last week. The shows already reach 100,000 monthly listeners.

Some chatter from the programs has become national news. Former Cardona guitarist Dominic Rini hosts Maximum Threshold and coaxed American Idol's Blake Lewis into revealing his split with Arista Records. Other call-in guests have included Guns N' Roses guitarist Bumblefoot, Stern show regular Heidi Cortez and comedian Jim Florentine.

"My goal is to bring on cooler guests and meet as many entertaining people as we can," says Vaughn. "I want to get it on a national level, [to be picked up by] a Clear Channel or CBS."

The network celebrates its second birthday Friday, September 19, with a show at the Hi-Fi Concert Club (11729 Detroit Ave., Lakewood). Five local bands and three comedians will perform, including Scalera, Morality Check and New York City rockers the Infamous Staircase. The all-ages concert kicks off at 8 p.m.

¥ Biker-rock band Masters of Luxury will release its new EP, Robot Love Songs, on Saturday, September 13, at the Robin Hood (503 E. Main St., Kent). Admission includes a free copy of the disc, which marks the recording debut of rumbling singer TJ Firestone.

"The mood is darker and the tone is more angry," guitarist Tony Clark wrote on the band's web page. "This recording conveys more passion and energy than anything we have recorded previously."

¥ The Akron area has a new all-star hardcore band: Crusher Blackwell. Larry Gargus (Hatchett Job, ex-Don Austin) sings, with Scott Stearns (Die Hard, Ultralord) on guitar, Corey Bing (Fistula) on drums and Bahb Branca (Fistula) on bass.

Gargus says the band may be ready for live shows by winter. He describes the material as "definitely fast hardcore mixing all the best parts of early D.R.I., with Corrosion of Conformity - Animosity - and a healthy dose of riffs stolen from the first Cro Mags LP. This should be a rager." ¥ Team Fright skipper Wred Fright is serializing his latest novel on his blog, wredfright.blogspot.com. Set in a fictitious city called Cleaveland in 2012, Blog Love Omega Glee is about two bloggers "who fall in love as the world falls apart."

dferris@clevescene.com

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