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TheBlast.FM’s Colin Cruz Interviews Skillet’s John Cooper Friday Sept 24 2021 + Next Week

TheBlast.FM founder and Program Director Colin “Cruz” Strombeck and John Cooper met in 1999 during Skillet’s Hey You, I Love Your Soul tour.  That was Skillet’s second album.  Colin Cruz, then known as Colin Cruise, was the music director and an on air personality on what was at the time, an Albuquerque FM Christian Hot CHR radio station called K-LYT.

Colin was an early adopter of Skillet music on the radio…he played songs from their first album at his previous Christian rock radio shows before moving to Albuquerque and under Colin’s direction, K-LYT played so much Skillet music that the band took notice and thanked Colin Cruise on their 3rd and 4th albums in the liner notes.

TheBlast.FM equally believes in Skillet.   Skillet has always been a core band here and it is always a pleasure to talk to Cooper.    We are airing the first three segments of our recent interview we recorded with him, on Friday September 24th in the 2 pm hour, USA/Canada Central Time, with more segments airing next week.

The Colin Cruz Skillet John Cooper Barren Cross Mike Lee Gale Force Connection

“Huh?” most of you are thinking, after reading the subject line of this article.   “What’s that all about?!” Well, you’ll find out in Colin Cruz’s interview with Michael Drive (fka: Mike Lee), lead singer of the band Gale Force, which airs Wednesday September 15th in the 11 AM hour and Thursday September 16th, 2021 in the 2 pm hour (USA/Canada Central Time).

The interview is in 6 segments, some will air on Wednesday and the rest will air on Thursday.

Pictured above is Michael Drive sporting the Gale Force Subhuman t-shirt.

The Protest Interview On The Blast Wed Thru Fri Sept 1-3, 2021

The Protest just released its new 6-song EP called Death Stare via Rockfest Records, featuring the #1 smash hit Greater and the new follow-up single which we also Blast (of course): Show Up To The Showdown.

While some radio stations have just suddenly discovered this is a good band, they are no strangers to TheBlast.FM, as we have played The Protest since 2012, when they were called Protest For Pluto!

If you think that name is comical, wait until you hear what this band was called in middle school!

Colin Cruz interviews the band in 5 segments, spread across three episodes of the Colin Cruz Radio Show: Wednesday at 12 Noon; Thursday at 1 PM; and Friday at 12 Noon.  All times, USA/Canada Central Time.

Angel Machine Interview Wed & Thurs Aug 25/26, 2021

The Blast’s Colin Cruz interviews lead singer Wayde Seraph and his wife,  keyboardist April Seraph, of the industrial band Angel Machine, Wednesday and Thursday on his show.  On Wednesday, segments 1 and 2 will air in the 11 AM hour, and on Thursday, segments 3 and 4 will air in the 1 PM hour…USA/Canada Central Time.

Relent Interview Wednesday August 11, 2021 On TheBlast.FM

The Blast’s Colin Cruz caught up with Relent at TheBlast.FM booth at the Kingdom Come Festival recently.  On Wednesday in the 12 Noon hour (USA/Canada Central Time), we will air that interview.

Disciple Online Concert # 2 Is Less Than An Hour Away

Disciple’s second online concert, which celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Horseshoes And Hand Grenades album, is live in a little less than an hour.  You can snag tickets here:

https://www.itickets.com/events/449963?fbclid=IwAR2miQLY6PSID4mHraHsHA1gkAOB3MgEDfhrgFLfeQDSjTlTozPBOo8nP1Q

 

Seventh Day Slumber Interview Airs Today On Release Day of “Closer To Chaos”

Seventh Day Slumber’s new album release day for “Closer To Chaos” is TODAY…and on release day, our own Colin Cruz interviews SDS lead singer Joseph Rojas.  Hear the four part interview in the 12 Noon and 1 pm USA/Canada Central Time hours.

My Epic Violence EP Dropping Today

My Epic’s new EP called Violence drops on Facedown Records today.

We added the first single “White Noises” right away when it was released. It has entered our Top 15 and has been featured on TheBlast.FM Christian Rock Radio Countdown.

Here is a preview of the EP:

https://www.facebook.com/myepic/videos/550990478765231/?t=0

Skillet Album “Victorious” Drops August 2; New Music Is #NowBlasting on TheBlast.FM

Skillet announces that their next album called Victorious hits the streets on August 2, 2019.   Lead singer John Cooper says he and his and bandmate Korey Cooper produced most of the record themselves…a band first.  John says they wanted to put out an album with a lot of emotion in it…one that makes you want to pump your fist in the air at a concert.  One of the first radio releases “Legendary”…which is already Blasting on TheBlast.FM…is about this:  John says people had been warning him for years that “Skillet needs to stop talking about its faith or it’ll hurt your radio airplay”.  John said “No, we’re not going to do that.” They kept on talking and singing about Jesus Christ!  (Skillet’s first mainstream radio release, Savior, back in 2003, was shunned by most mainstream Rock/Active rock/Alternative radio programmers…probably because the lyrics made them nervous and/or they were afraid to play a song with such bold Christian lyrics on a secular rock radio format).  But Skillet’s secular star rose, nonetheless, and all these years later, Skillet is still standing.  John says “Legendary” deals with that very topic.

-Written by Colin Cruz of TheBlast.FM