Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 07/18/2017: Country Edition

This week’s Meltdown took place on Tuesday instead of Sunday due to some medical problems. Things are looking much better now, and I thank my audience for their understanding when life happens.

This week, the focus was on country music. Commercial, alternative, Americana, classic, new…Country in all its forms. The hardest part about a genre-specific show is that there’s so much great stuff. Naturally, some artists will be missed when trying to keep up that balance of giving the audience the radio country they’re used to, and throwing in some stuff that you maybe haven’t heard before. That said, the all-country shows may become a peeriodic thing on The Meltdown.

This Sunday on XTFM, Megan Weiner will be making her hosting debut in my slot. I want to thank the listeners for all of the positive feedback on Rebekah’s show from last week. Let’s show Megan the same love. Depending on how it goes, who knows what the future may hold for the mother-daughter duo of Megan and Rebekah. Will they bbe occasional fill-ins for the Meltdown? Will they team up for a show? Only they know the answers.

Enjoy this trip through the country music spectrum. I return to the air on July 30 with a regular, anything goes Meltdown.

Thanks to Rebekah for the suggestion for this week’s Cover Comparison.


  1. Waylon Jennings, Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) [With Willie Nelson]
  2. Whiskeytown, Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight
  3. Kelsea Ballerini, Legends
  4. Maren Morris, I Could Use A Love Song
  5. Hank Williams III, Country Heroes [Live] {Request]
  6. Those Poor Bastards, Family Graveyard {[Request]
  7. Hells Fire Sinners, The End of the World {Request]
  8. Rodney Carrington, Drink More Beer [Request]
  9. Rodney Carrington, Titties And Beer [Request]
  10. Sam Hunt, Body Like a Back Road {Request]
  11. Carrie Underwood, Good Girl {Request]
  12. Carrie Underwood, Before He Cheats {[Request]
  13. Brett Eldredge, Don’t Ya [Request]
  14. Hank Williams Jr., A Country Boy Can Survive [Request]
  15. Little Big Town, Better Man [Request]
  16. Mindy McCready, Guys Do It All The Time [Request]
  17. Keith Urban, Cop Car [Cover Comparison Track]
    Sam Hunt, Cop Car [Cover Comparison Track]

  18. Love And Theft, Angel Eyes [Request]
  19. Kenny Chesney, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems [Request]
  20. Bottle Rockets, Shame On Me
  21. Joe Ely, Settle For Love
  22. Robert Earl Keen, What I Really Mean
  23. Shooter Jennings, 4th Of July Feat. George Jones
  24. Two Tons Of Steel, Cryin’ Eyes
  25. Randy Rogers Band, Lost and Found
  26. The Notorious Cherry Bombs, It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long
  27. Rodney Crowell, I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried
  28. Vince Gill, Losing Your Love
  29. Old Dominion, Written in the Sand
  30. The Cadillac Three, Dang If We Didn’t
  31. Sara Evans, Marquee Sign
  32. A Thousand Horses, Preachin’ To The Choir
  33. William Michael Morgan, Missing
  34. Rhett Akins, Don’t Get Me Started
  35. Jamey Johnson, That’s How I Don’t Love You
  36. Eli Young Band, Enough Is Enough
  37. Cross Canadian Ragweed, Alabama
  38. Stoney LaRue, Feet Don’t Touch The Ground
  39. Merle Haggard, The Bottle Let Me Down
  40. Earl Thomas Conley, Fire & Smoke
  41. Vern Gosdin, Do You Believe Me Now
  42. Chris Stapleton, Fire Away
  43. Thomas Rhett, Crash And Burn

Don’t Make Acccessibility Decisions For Us Without Consulting Us: When Our Advocates Try To Be Our Decision Makers And Get It Wrong

Before I get to the meat of my post, I want to say that this article is in no way meant to disparage my current employer and the strides they’ve made, and continue to make, in employing the blind. They are a truly awesome company in many regards, and I recommend them as an employee and a consumer. They will remain nameless, though those who know me personally or on social media know where I work. This is being written on my own time, off the clock. The opinions expressed here are mine, and do not necessarily represent any other entities.

This, to my mind, is more about what happens and the disadvantage at which employees are put when some employees of the agencies tasked with training people who are blind and advocating for us end up hindering instead of helping the clients they’re tasked with serving. With that said, this may ruffle a few feathers. Hopefully, the feather-ruffling will result in positive actions being taken going forward. Also, I hope other blind and disabled individuals will find things they can relate to in their own working life in this post.

Before we get started, for readers who may not be blind or visually impaired, many references will be made to the JAWS for windows software used by myself and other blind employees in my company, and many other companies around the world. I don’t want to spend a lot of time explaining JAWS, but you can go Here to learn more from the manufacturer.

A Bit of Background On Why I’m Writing This Piece

I work for a wonderful company. When I first came on-board, I was told by the job coach provided by a local agency tasked with helping the blind and other disabled individuals gain and maintain employment that as a JAWS user, there were two departments in which I’d be able to work as their software was already scripted for JAWS. I worked in both of those departments and did well. About seven months in, the position I’m in now came open. At the time, I was unsure as to whether or not I should apply. Though I know longer had the assistance of the job coach, I went for it, knowing that my JAWS skills were such that if the software I needed to use wwas accessible with the screen reader, I’d learn how to use it. The company brought in our JAWS scripter, and now, there are more JAWS users in a department that, until last October, had never had a blind employee. Even without the scripts, the software works well with standard web commands familiar to most JAWS users, so blind employees could’ve feasibly joined the department long before I came along if they’d been inclined to do so. That said, the scripts make the job a thousand times easier.

In my prior work, I’d never had a specialized job coach from an outside agency. It was an interesting experience that I may write about someday. However, my work with her has a lot to do with the remainder of this post. I will say she and her colleagues are genuinely good people…However, in her case, she tries to be helpful, but for those of us who are more technically inclined, her input can put us at a disadvantage, as will be explained in the rest of this article.

In the workplace, pretty much everything we do is web-based. This is generally a good thing because JAWS works wonderfully with Internet Explorer, the primary browser we use for our job-related systems. As there are some specialized functions of the web-based programs we use, as mentioned earlier, a JAWS scripter has been brought in to make certain aspects of the programs for three of our departments more user-friendly than they might otherwise be, particularly elements of a page that normal JAWS commands may not easily let one access.

The problem As I See It

Included in these web-based tools that we use is our system for managing our time. Everything from checking schedules to requesting time off to seeing how much personal time an employee has available, as well as how much time is in each department’s allotment for staff to be able to take off that day is housed in this system. Each department, and each shift in departments with multiple shifts, has a certain amount of time in what’s known as the bucket for each day. These are hours available to employees with available PTO to use, and are granted on a first-come first-serve basis.

When I initially joined the company, I was told by my well-meaning coach that the system, known as WFO or WFM, part of the Aspect system, was mostly inaccessible and that most JAWS users just had their supervisors put in their time requests. Being independent, I pushed harder and wanted to know what made the system inaccessible. A lot of people mis-use that term when it comes to technology. Often, it’s not so much that the program in question is inaccessible. it’s that it may require more advanced knowledge of the screen reader than some other programs. After some persuasion, she set aside time to show me the system. She thought it was going to be very time-consuming. It wasn’t. It wasn’t that the system was inaccessible; it was that the system was a standard web interface with no special JAWS-related scripting. Not a big deal; I was able to navigate it, put in PTO and VTO requests, and submit them successfully using standard JAWS navigation commands already built in to the software.

After I achieved this, a few other JAWS users followed my lead and learned to do this for themselves. Unfortunately, that all came to an end in May of 2016 when the company did some necessary upgrades to the VOIP and WFO systems.

At this point, we were told that as JAWS users, we’d need to revert back to having the supervisors enter our time-off requests and check our PTO balances for us. I assumed this would be temporary, so at first, though I asked about accessibility, I didn’t make too much noise and actually sort of let it go for a while. Anyone who knows me knows that’s not my normal M.O. I try to be polite, but I’m also not afraid to let someone know when something they’ve done is a barrier to my or other people’s independence.

Over the past year, however, this system has not been made any more JAWS-friendly. I’ve been using the screen reading software off and on for about 24 years in my professional, personal, and educational life, so consider myself to be something of a power user. I’m not a scripter or programmer of any sort, but I can find my way around most programs in a Windows environment and browse most things on the web with success, and rarely require sighted assistance. I don’t say that to brag; it’s simply a statement of my abilities and why I feel qualified to discuss the topic.

With the WFO system as it currently stands, I’ve figured out how to see the next four days of my schedule, including breaks…And that’s about it. Punching the “Add Segment” button, which is what we used to press to enter PTO, holiday, or VTO requests, does nothing. At least, nothing that JAWS or my braille display can tell me.

Today, during a discussion on a JAWS users email list we have for work, we were discussing some things that are inaccessible at times in the job, so I again brought this up. This was my first time bringing it to the JAWS user group as a whole, because I wanted to see if I’m just a crazy lone wolf, or if others feel like I do, and think that like our sighted colleagues, we should be able to enter our own time-off requests. Some of what I learned shocked me.

This same person, tasked with coaching most of us when we started at the company, and who is partly responsible for helping us advocate for what we need, informed us that she had figured out how to use the system with JAWS. She is sighted, and I honestly can’t say how advanced her JAWS skills are or are not, and I will make no claims of knowledge in that area. That said, she went on to say she found it very time-consuming and complex, so made the decision that we should just have our supervisory staff enter such requests for us. She did say that she could try to make the information available to those of us who are interested, but would have to do so on her personal time as she has other job coaching responsibilities outside our company, so it could be a while. Remember, she’s from an outside agency, but she does do a lot of placement and training with us, and other companies in the state. I responded and stated I would be interested in the information as soon as she could make it available, and a couple other users at last check had responded that they, too, would like to learn and have that option of furthering their independence. I did see one response from someone who is happy to let the supervisors keep entering her requests. If that’s what she’s comfortable with, that’s great. But, for those of us who have the skills, and the desire to do it on our own, give us the opportunity.

The final part of this that makes it a problem for me is this. Why should this person, not a member of our company, not a supervisor, and also not a blind JAWS user, be allowed to unilaterally make the decision of what is too complex for all of us who use JAWS to learn? Why should this person have the power to tell the supervisors the program isn’t usable by the JAWS users, when really, she just felt it was too complicated? Should we not be treated as individuals, and those of us who can learn the software be given the opportunity to do so? One size does not fit all. Unfortunately, that was this person’s style as a job coach as well. Because she was used to working with people who learned at a much slower pace than I, we did butt heads quite a bit because I went at my pace, not hers, and was generally a few steps ahead of where she thought I should be on most things during the training’s in which we participated.

So…Why Not Take the Easy Road?

I’m sure some of you are asking Why not take the easy road and let the supervisors enter the stuff? It’s one less thing you have to learn.. First, anyone who knows me knows that if I believe I’m capable of doing something, even if it may take me a bit longer than it does someone else, I’m bound and determined to learn how to do it.

Second, though our supervisors are awesome and never mind doing this for us, they also have other work to do, and other team members to assist. That said, they may not always see a request quickly.

Here’s where it puts us as blind employees at a disadvantage, from my perspective:

Remember the time buckets I mentioned above? Let’s say your department has 16 hours available on a given day. Let’s say you, the blind employee, wake up feeling like absolute crud and need to take a sick day. You have the time available…But, unless you can call in and get a supervisor, you don’t know if time is available in that bucket, and you can’t put in your own request. If your department isn’t open yet, as has happened to me a couple times, you have to call one of the other departments, explain the situation to one of their supervisors, and assure them it’s okay to enter your request if the time is available. Many of them, understandably so, want you to talk to your own escalation team for the request as a JAWS user.

Where this can cause problems is if, let’s say two other employees wake up that same morning. One is ill, but one just wants to take a day off. If they get their requests in while you’re waiting for a response from the supervisors, you’re out of luck. You either go to work sick, or take the time, and get hit with an unexcused absence. If the JAWS users were offered proper training on the system, and this supposed job coach who figured it out but thought it too complicated had shared her instructions over a year ago, the JAWS user would have the same chance at getting his PTO request in first as his sighted counterpart.

This may sound far-fetched, but I’ll offer an example. When I was working another department, I woke up in the middle of the night feeling awful. I couldn’t reach anyone in Escalation by phone, so I emailed our Escalation team, and explained the situation. Someone else had put in for eight hours of leave after I sent my email, but before a supervisor got my request entered. So, the person who technically requested after me got the time, and I did get paid for the day, but also got hit with my first and only unexcused absence. If I’d been able to enter my own time as the other employee did, I would’ve gotten the day approved and not had a UA on my record as the process is fairly automated.

Understand me. I am not trying to be a disability rights warrior. I’m not trying to be a militant. I simply want equal access and equal opportunity in the work place. I’m blessed that this is really one of very few accessibility barriers at our company, but I think it’s a pretty significant one.

Final Thoughts

I realize this has been long, and I appreciate those who have read until the end. In this wrap-up, I pose a few questions.

  • Am I wrong to think that as blind employees, we should have the same access to a system as our sighted counterparts?

  • Since, to my knowledge, the company acted in good faith on the recommendation of this job coach, who is responsible for creating the accessibility barrier?

    I blame the job coach from the outside agency, not the employer. The outside agency, tasked with providing job coaching service for blind and other disabled employees made the decision, without the benefit of letting the JAWS users try it for themselves, that entering requests would be too time-consuming. I’m not saying the coach is right or wrong. I’m simply saying that since we were never given an opportunity to view the instructions and to receive the training, we truly don’t know if it will work or not. In my personal opinion, she made an error in her attempt at advocacy.

  • If it does prove too difficult once we receive the instructions, how should this be remedied? Should we keep going with the current system of having supervisors enter the blind employees’ requests, or should the company be required to do something to find an accessible work-around that gives JAWS-using employees the same opportunity to request time off, even at the last minute, as sighted employees?

  • If, after we receive the instruction, we find it’s workable for those of us with good JAWS skills and isn’t the difficulty the coach expected, should something possibly be said to her employer regarding her work with the blind and her decision making and advocacy skills on our behalf?

    To me, the answer is simple. Just as every sighted person, white person, black person, Hispanic person is an individual, so is every blind person. Just because one blind computer user finds something too difficult doesn’t mean we will allfind it difficult. On the flip side, just because I might find the system easy to use, it doesn’t mean all other JAWS users will. Everyone’s experience is different. But, don’t make our choices for us. We are not children, and we are not invalids.

  • How much time should we give it before raising the issue again?

    The system was upgraded in May of 2016; we learned today that it actually can be done with JAWS…We just need the instructions for doing so, which might come when the person who tried it and decided it was too difficult has time to put them together.

  • Finally, am I expecting too much to have equal access? Am I making a fuss about something that’s not a big deal?

I welcome any comments and feedback. If you’re posting on the page, keep it civil, or your comment may bbe deleted. If you contact me privately, again, let’s keep it civil, even if you think I’m way out in left field. I’m frustrated, but want to find a way to fix the issue to benefit myself, our current crop of JAWS users, and any future blind employees who may encounter this type of issue at our company or any other employer.

Wes’s Musical Meltdown For 07/09/2017 With Guest Hostess Rebekah Weiner: A Radio Star is Born!

For this week’s edition of Wes’s Musical Meltdown on XTFM, We had an awesome guest host. My stepdaughter, Rebekah, made her hosting debut. Other than requests submitted by the listeners, she hand-picked all the music. I taught her and her mom the basics of the software, Megan helped her come up with some of her dialogue during the voice breaks…But this was indeed her show. When it was all said and done, she gave us just over four hours of great radio.

I want to thank my XTFM colleagues, and of course all the listeners, for their support. I know Rebekah had a great time, and I’m 100% sure this won’t be her last time onn-air.

Thanks also to Bekah’s friends, her grandma, and my daughter/her stepsister, Alexis, and our good friend and XTFM colleague Bob for all the requests.

Next week, I return to the airwaves at our normal time of 7:00 PM East. It’ll be an all-country show.

The following Sunday, on July 23, Megan Weiner, Bekah’s mom and my awesome fiancee, will make her hosting debut. Could this be the start of a new radio show? I guess you’ll have to stick around to find out.


  1. Flo Rida, My House
  2. B.O.B., Airplanes (ft. Hayley Williams of Paramore)
  3. RaeLynn, God Made Girls
  4. Foghat, Dead End Street [Request]
  5. Darius Rucker, Wagon Wheel
  6. Miranda Lambert, The House That Built Me
  7. Ariana Grande, Side To Side [Request]
  8. Walk The Moon, Shut Up And Dance
  9. B.O.B ft. Bruno Mars, Nothin’ on You
  10. Electric Light Orchestra, Don’t Bring Me Down [Request]
  11. Brett Eldredge, Drunk On Your Love
  12. Thomas Rhett, Star Of The Show
  13. Meghan Trainor, Better When I’m Dancin’
  14. Dove Cameron, What a Girl Is
  15. Maren Morris, My Church
  16. Chris Young, Who I Am With You
  17. Kalie Shorr, Fight Like a Girl
  18. Twenty One Pilots, Stressed Out [Request]
  19. Blake Shelton, A Guy With a Girl
  20. Rodney Atkins, Watching You
  21. Ariana Grande, Problem
  22. Miranda Lambert, Over You
  23. Darius Rucker, Don’ t Think I Don’t Think About It
  24. Carrie Underwood, Blown Away
  25. R5, Do It Again [Request]
  26. Cole Swindell, You Should Be Here
  27. Carrie Underwood, Heartbeat (Album Version)
  28. Dierks Bentley, Somewhere on a Beach [Request]
  29. Carrie Underwood, All-American Girl
  30. Darius Rucker, If I Told You
  31. Ed Sheeran, Galway Girl
  32. Patti Smyth & Don Henley, Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough [Request]
  33. Julia Brennan, Inner Demons
  34. Cheat Codes Ft. Demi Lovato, No Promises
  35. Train, Hey, Soul Sister
  36. Jana Kramer, I Got The Boy
  37. Thomas Rhett, Die A Happy Man
  38. Julia Michaels, Issues
  39. Dove Cameron, Count Me In (From ‘Liv & Maddie’)
  40. Kelsea Ballerini, Dibs
  41. Martina McBride, A Broken Wing
  42. Rascal Flatts, What Hurts The Most
  43. Brett Eldredge, Beat Of The Music
  44. Dan + Shay, Nothin’ Like You
  45. Luke Bryan, I Don’t Want This Night To End
  46. Noah Cyrus Ft. Labrinth, Make Me Cry [Request]
  47. Thomas Rhett, Get Me Some Of That
  48. Adelitas Way, Alive [Request]
  49. Eminem, When I’m Gone
  50. Dustin Lynch, Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)
  51. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, I Know What You Did Last Summer [Request]
  52. Kelly Clarkson, Because of You
  53. ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud [Request]
  54. Lee Brice, A Woman Like You
  55. Ed Sheeran, Shape Of You [Request]
  56. Tucker Beathard, Rock On
  57. Rachel Platten, Better Place
  58. Dan Shay, From The Ground Up
  59. The Band Perry, If I Die Young
  60. Alessia Cara, Scars To Your Beautiful [Request]
  61. Glee Cast, The Scientist (Glee Cast Version) [Request]
  62. shawn mendes, there’s nothing holdin’ me back [Request]
  63. The Fray, You Found Me

Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 07/02/2017

This week’s Meltdown was quite a bit of fun. We had new music from Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Stone Sour, Third Day, and much more. We had the Cover Comparison, pitting Prince up against the Foo Fighters. Of course, lots of requests.

Join us next week when Rebekah makes her hosting debut. It promises to be a good time for the whole family!


  1. Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know
  2. Chris Janson, Fix A Drink
  3. Brantley Gilbert, The Ones That Like Me
  4. Lauren Alaina, Doin’ Fine
  5. Gretchen Wilson, Rowdy
  6. Gretchen Wilson, Whiskey And My Bible
  7. Rainbow, Man On The Silver Mountain [Request]
  8. The Fray, How To Save A Life [Request]
  9. Kelsea Ballerini, Dibs [Request]
  10. Cam, Burning House (Radio Edit) [Request]
  11. Dan Shay, From The Ground Up [Request]
  12. Prince And The Revolution, Darling Nikki
  13. Foo Fighters, Darling Nikki
  14. Taylor Swift, Back to December (US Version) [Request]
  15. Luke Bryan, Crash My Party [Request]
  16. Alessia Cara, Here [Request]
  17. Ed Sheeran, Galway Girl [Request]
  18. Stone Sour, Hydrograd
  19. Adelitas Way, Ready for War (Pray for Peace)
  20. Nickelback, Must Be Nice
  21. Highly Suspect, Lydia
  22. Ghost, From The Pinnacle To The Pit
  23. Danzig, Her Black Wings
  24. Steve Earle & The Dukes, Ain’t No God in Mexico
  25. Jeff Tweedy, Ashes Of American Flags
  26. Wilco, Wilco (the song)
  27. Uncle Tupelo, I Got Drunk
  28. Uncle Tupelo, No Depression
  29. The Bottle Rockets, Monday (Everytime I Turn Around)
  30. Sons of Bill, Broken Bottles
  31. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Conversation With The Devil
  32. The Drive-By Truckers, Rebels
  33. Third Day, Revival
  34. Jars Of Clay, Love Song For A Savior
  35. Hillary Scott And The Scott Family, Thy Will [Request]
  36. DC Talk, I Wish We’d All Been Ready – DC Talk
  37. Zach Williams, Chain Breaker
  38. Jeremy Camp, Walk By Faith
  39. Building 429, Where I Belong
  40. Francesca Battistelli, He Knows My Name

Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 06/25/2017

This week’s edition of The Meltdown was full of good music, a cover comparison, and plenty of requests. No hot-button issues discussed this week, other than making fun of the upstairs neighbor for dropping his “cigar” on our balcony furniture.

In addition to old favorites and requests, we had new music from Nicckelback, The Nixons, Luke Combs, Jon Pardi, Lady Antebellum, Kane Brown, and Trent Tomlinson.

Cover Comparison found Alice Cooper’s Is It My Body going up against the Sonic Youth cover. Tune in to find out who won.

As always, join us Sunday nights at 7:00 PM East to hear the show live on XTFM, or find us on TuneInRadio or the OoTunes app.


  1. 311, Transistor
  2. 311, Who’s Got the Herb
  3. Stabbing Westward, Shame
  4. Marilyn Manson, The Beautiful People
  5. New American Shame, Under It All
  6. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Get Low (feat. Ying Yang Twins) [Request]
  7. Sonic Youth, Pink Steam [Request]
  8. Brett Eldredge, Wanna Be That Song [Request]
  9. Brett Eldredge, Don’t Ya [Request]
  10. Sam Hunt, Body Like A Back Road [Request]
  11. Keith Urban, Cop Car [Request]
  12. Alice Cooper, Is It My Body
  13. Sonic Youth, Is It My Body
  14. Phil Keaggy, Happy Birthday (The ‘Bob’ Version) [Request]
  15. Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud [Request]
  16. Flo Rida, Get Low (Feat. T-Pain) [Request]
  17. Luke Bryan, I Don’t Want This Night To End [Request]
  18. The Nixons, Song of the Year
  19. The Nixons, The Fall
  20. Nickelback, Silent Majority
  21. Nickelback, Song on Fire
  22. Luke Combs, When It Rains It Pours
  23. Lady Antebellum, Heart Break
  24. Kane Brown, What Ifs
  25. Trent Tomlinson, That’s What’s Working Right Now
  26. Jon Pardi, Heartache On The Dance Floor
  27. Lady Antebellum, Need You Now (Single Version) [Request]
  28. Taylor Swift, Mean [Request]
  29. Perfect Stranger, You Have the Right to Remain Silent
  30. P.O.D., Alive
  31. P.O.D., Set Your Eyes To Zion
  32. Casting Crowns, Who Am I
  33. TobyMac, Speak Life
  34. Danny Gokey, Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
  35. Nothing More, Here’s to the Heartache
  36. All That Remains, What If I Was Nothing
  37. Tantric, Mourning
  38. Course Of Nature, Caught In The Sun
  39. Failure Anthem, Paralyzed
  40. RED SUN RISING, The Otherside
  41. RED SUN RISING, Amnesia

Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 06/11/2017: Wonder Woman, Karaoke at Zuey’s, and More!

Tonight’s Meltdown on XTFM Was lots of fun. We had a great mix of music, the Cover Comparison, and a few in-studio guests. We had Bekah and Megan on to talk about the new Wonder Woman movie, in theaters now. And Guy from downstairs came up to check out the studios while his dad, Gary, hung out in our studio audience on the balcony. Yes, we’re moving up in the world.

There’s also a brief discussion about our Friday night at Zuey’s, and a set paying tribute to the songs we did for Karaoke.

If YOU want to be part of the studio audience, just…Be friends and/or neighbors with me, my girl, or my stepdaughter. But seriously, it was lots of fun. Some technical hiccups…Like the microphone not activating after Cover Comparison…And some background noise from the party happening outside the studio. And, have no fear. The DJ got food and drink after the show. Enjoy! We’ll be back in two weeks. Taking next week off for Fathers’ Day.


  1. Matt Maher, Your Grace Is Enough
  2. By The Tree, Beautiful One
  3. Demon Hunter, Cold Winter Sun
  4. Laura Story, Mighty To Save
  5. Third Day, Soul On Fire (feat. All Sons & Daughters)
  6. Queen, Bicycle Race [Request]
  7. Twenty One Pilots, Heathens [Request]
  8. Meghan Trainor, Like I’m Gonna Lose You (feat. John Legend) [Request]
  9. Queen, Fat Bottomed Girls [Request]
  10. Big Sean, No Favors (feat. Eminem)
  11. E-40, Choices (Yup) [Request…Sort of…]
  12. Dustin Lynch, Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)
  13. Within Temptation, What Have You Done (ft. Keith Caputo)
  14. Social Distortion, Ball And Chain
  15. Jackson Taylor & the Sinners, Ball & Chain
  16. Grace ft. G-Eazy, You Don’t Own Me [Request]
  17. Maddie & Tae, Shut Up And Fish [Request]
  18. \Gretchen Wilson, All Jacked Up
  19. Lizzy Borden, American Metal
  20. Ryan Adams, Somehow, Someday
  21. Rupert Gregson-Williams, Amazons Of Themyscira
  22. Jerrod Niemann, God Made A Woman
  23. Danny Worsnop, I’ll Hold On
  24. Walker McGuire, Til Tomorrow
  25. Sam Hunt, Cop Car (Acoustic)k [Request]
  26. Trent Tomlinson, That’s What’s Working Right Now
  27. Wiz Khalifa, See You Again [Request]
  28. Buckcherry, Crazy Bitch
  29. Gin Blossoms, Found out About You
  30. Little Big Town, Girl Crush
  31. Fuel, Hemorrhage (In My Hands)
  32. Brad Paisley, Whiskey Lullaby feat. Alison Krauss
  33. Reckless Kelly, Nobody’s Girl
  34. Micky & The Motorcars, Careless
  35. Cody Canada & The Departed, Burden
  36. Cross Canadian Ragweed, Sick and Tired
  37. Kevin Bloody Wilson, Absolute Cunt Of A Day [Request]

Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 05/28/2017: Memorial Day Weekend, Gregg Allman Tribute, and More!

This week’s edition of the Meltdown on XTFM clocks in at around 3 hours and 40 minutes. No work tomorrow, so I thought I’d go long.

We had The Allman Brothers face off against Willie Nelson in the cover comparison. We also had new music from Danny Worsnop, Rachel Turner, Aubrie Sellers, and Gretchen Wilson.

Mixed in with the usual variety, we had a tribute set for the late Gregg Allman, whom we lost on Saturday. Thanks to all the listeners who interacted in chat and on the request page.


  1. The Gregg Allman Band, I’m No Angel
  2. Hank Williams Jr., Come and Go Blues
  3. The Black Crowes, Twice As Hard
  4. The Quireboys, Misled
  5. Sammy Hagar, Remember The Heroes
  6. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Simple Man [Request]
  7. Tom Petty, You Don’t Know How It Feels [Request]
  8. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Waiting
  9. James Gang, Walk Away
  10. Meghan Trainor, No [Request]
  11. Hailee Steinfeld, Most Girls
  12. Alessia Cara, Scars To Your Beautiful
  13. One Republic, Counting Stars
  14. Journey, Don’t Stop Believin’ [Request]
  15. twenty one pilots, Stressed Out
  16. Allman Brothers Band, Midnight Rider
  17. Willie Nelson, Midnight Rider
  18. Allman Brothers Band, It’s Not My Cross To Bear
  19. Allman Brothers Band, Whipping Post
  20. The Allman Brothers Band, Melissa
  21. Allman & Woman, Move Me
  22. Allman & Woman, You’re Really Got A Hold On Me
  23. The Gregg Allman Band, Bring It On Back
  24. Gregg Allman, The Dark End Of The Street
  25. The Allman Brothers Band, Seven Turns
  26. Ylvis, The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)
  27. DevilDriver, Sail
  28. I Prevail, Blank Space
  29. Asking Alexandria, Moving On
  30. Danny Worsnop, Anyone But Me
  31. Danny Worsnop, Don’t Overdrink It
  32. Gretchen Wilson, Rowdy
  33. Rachael Turner, Hurts Don’t It
  34. Aubrie Sellers, Liar Liar
  35. Kevin Bloody Wilson, Absolute Cunt Of A Day
  36. Kevin Bloody Wilson, The Festival Of Life
  37. Rucka Rucka Ali, Everything Is Racist [Explicit]
  38. Rucka Rucka Ali, Trump [Explicit]
  39. Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx, Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist
  40. Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx, The Internet Is for Porn
  41. Rodney Carrington, Drink More Beer
  42. Doubledrive, Imprint
  43. Kutless, Strong Tower
  44. Casting Crowns, Voice of Truth
  45. Third Day, Consuming Fire

Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 05/21/2017: Chris Cornell Tribute and much More

This week’s Meltdown was mostly about the passing of Chris Cornell earlier in the week. We had the cover comparison, as well as requests, and a lot of new country, but the bulk of the program was spent playing the music of Chrris Cornell’s various projects. Honestly, we could’ve gone for several more hours; the man left us a great body of work.

Enjoy, and join us again next week on XTFM.


  1. Rascal Flatts, Are You Happy Now (with Lauren Alaina)
  2. Zac Brown Band, Roots
  3. Zac Brown Band, Heavy Is The Head (Featuring Chris Cornell)
  4. Adam Craig, Just a Phase
  5. Whiskey Myers, Stone
  6. Twenty One Pilots, Heathens
  7. Twenty One Pilots, Ride [Request]
  8. Grand Funk Railroad, Some Kind Of Wonderful
  9. Pointer Sisters, I’m So Excited
  10. Colbie Caillat, Bubbly [Request]
  11. Eddie Money, Walk on Water
  12. Michael Jackson, Billie Jean
  13. Chris Cornell, Billie Jean
  14. Soundgarden, Flower
  15. Soundgarden, Loud Love
  16. Temple of the Dog, Hunger Strike
  17. Temple of the Dog, All Night Thing
  18. Soundgarden, Rusty Cage
  19. Soundgarden, Outshined
  20. Soundgarden, Jesus Christ Pose (Live At The Paramount Theatre, Seattle / 1992) [Request]
  21. Soundgarden, My Wave
  22. Soundgarden, Fell On Black Days
  23. Soundgarden, Black Hole Sun
  24. Soundgarden, Pretty Noose
  25. Soundgarden, Blow Up The Outside World
  26. Soundgarden, Burden In My Hand
  27. Chris Cornell, Sunshower
  28. Chris Cornell, Can’t Change Me
  29. Audioslave, Like A Stone
  30. Audioslave, I Am The Highway
  31. Audioslave, Be Yourself
  32. Audioslave, Original fire
  33. Temple of the Dog, Say Hello 2 Heaven
  34. Soundgarden, Live to Rise

Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 05/07/2017

On this week’s edition of Wes’s Musical Meltdown on XTFM, we had the usual musical mix, as well as brief features on a couple of new releases. We featured a few tracks from the new Chris Stapleton CD From a Room Volume 1 as well as the second Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracck. Cover Comparison saw House of the Rising Sun by The Animals take on the Five Finger Death Punch interpretation. In the mix were plenty of requests as well.


  1. Casting Crowns, Praise You In This Storm
  2. Matt Maher, Your Grace Is Enough
  3. Matt Redman, You Never Let Go
  4. Bride, Psychedelic Super Jesus
  5. Guardian, Power Of Love
  6. Novella, dont_you_run
  7. Chris Stapleton, Second One to Know
  8. Chris Stapleton, Up to No Good Livin’
  9. Chris Stapleton, Them Stems
  10. Hells Fire Sinners, Eye’s Go Black [Request]
  11. George Thorogood & The Destroyers, If You Don’t Start Drinkin’ (I’m Gonna Leave)
  12. Lauren Alaina, Road Less Traveled
  13. Sam Hunt, Take Your Time [Request]
  14. Twenty One Pilots, Heathens [Request]
  15. Sugarland, It Happens
  16. Jennifer Nettles, Unlove You
  17. Animals, House Of The Rising Sun
  18. Five Finger Death Punch, House Of The Rising Sun
  19. John Mellencamp, What Kind Of Man Am I
  20. John Mellencamp, Lonely Ol’ Night
  21. Jack Russell’s Great White, Love Don’t Live Here
  22. Great White, Big Goodbye
  23. The Sweet, Fox on the Run (Single Version)
  24. Sam Cooke, Bring It on Home to Me
  25. Looking Glass, Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)

  26. Jay & The Americans, Come a Little Bit Closer
  27. Parliament, Flash Light
  28. Big and Rich, California
  29. Brooke Eden, Act Like You Don’t
  30. Adam Craig, Just A Phase
  31. Midland, Drinkin’ Problem
  32. Drake White, Makin’ Me Look Good Again
  33. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Speak to a Girl
  34. Carly Pearce, Every Little Thing
  35. Reckless Kelly, How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)
  36. Stoney LaRue, Down In Flames
  37. Chris Knight, Hard Edges
  38. Cross Canadian Ragweed, Sick and Tired
  39. Randy Rogers Band, Things I Need To Quit
  40. Jack Ingram, Wherever You Are
  41. Robert Earl Keen, Feeling Good Again (live)

Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 04/23/2017

This week’s edition of Wes’s Musical Meltdown definitely had some NSFW moments and lived up to the disclaimer we play at the beginning of each show. Don’t worry; most of the show is family friendly…Just that last 45 minutes or so where we went a little off-color. Good stuff though, I promise.

In addition to the usual mix of music, our cover comparison for the week featured Tim McGraw up against Aaron Lewis, performing a Chris Stapleton song. In addition, we played the first two songs to be released from Chris’s upcoming release, due out May 5. During the voting for Cover Comparison, my fiancee, Megan, made an unplanned guest appearance. I hadn’t realized she was in the room, and as I thought her comments to me on the two versions of the track were excellent, I put her on the spot and had her share them on-air. We also had a brief set in rememberance of the late J. Geils.

Due to a family get-away, there will bbe no show next Sunday night as I’m not sure I’ll have the energy/motivation to put it together once we’re back home. We’ll see you again on May 7, at 7:00 PM East on XTFM or on the podcast!


  1. Thomas Rhett, Craving You (feat. Maren Morris)
  2. Maren Morris, I Could Use A Love Song
  3. Brett Young, In Case You Didn’t Know
  4. Brad Paisley, Last Time for Everything
  5. Garth Brooks, Ask Me How I Know
  6. Tourniquet, Psycho Surgery [Request]
  7. Resurrection Band, Tears In The Rain
  8. Kutless, Word Of God Speak
  9. Matt Redman, 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) [Live]
  10. Relient K, Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been
  11. Dada, Dizz Knee Land
  12. Gin Blossoms, Follow You Down
  13. Material Issue, Crazy
  14. Social Distortion, Ball And Chain
  15. Rugburns, War
  16. Rugburns, Sesame Street
  17. Dance Hall Crashers, Enough
  18. Tim McGraw, Whiskey And You
  19. Aaron Lewis, Whiskey and You
  20. Chris Stapleton, Broken Halos
  21. Chris Stapleton, Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning
  22. J. Geils Band, Serves You Right To Suffer
  23. J. Geils Band, Looking For A Love
  24. J. Geils Band, Love Stinks
  25. J. Geils Band, Piss On The Wall
  26. J. Geils Band, Musta Got Lost
  27. Sublime, Smoke Two Joints
  28. Fraternity Of Man, Don’t Bogart Me (Aka Don’t Bogart That Joint)
  29. New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Panama Red
  30. Eric Church, Smoke a Little Smoke
  31. Cross Canadian Ragweed, Boys from Oklahoma
  32. Kevin Bloody Wilson, Amazing Grass
  33. Stephen Lynch, Talk to Me
  34. Stephen Lynch, Down to the Old Pub Instead
  35. Dennis Leary, Asshole
  36. Rodney Carrington, Tips On Marriage
  37. Rodney Carrington, Men And Women
  38. Wheeler Walker Jr., Fuck You Bitch
  39. Ray Romano, Carnegie Hall
  40. Ray Romano, Italian & Jewish
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