Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 08/06/2017: All Over The Musical Spectrum

Tonight on the Meltdown we were truly all over the place. The Cover Comparison put Joe Nichols up against Sir Mix A Lot. We had lots of requests, and good conversation. Toward the end, the disclaimer was definitely necessary. Parts of the show are not suitable for the kids or the easily offended. We had a mix of everything from Sinatra to Steel Panther, and everything in between. We also had new music from Theory of A Deadman, BBrett Eldredge, and more!


  1. Rhino Bucket, One Night Stand
  2. 311, All Mixed Up
  3. Frank Zappa, Why Does it Hurt When I Pee [Request]
  4. Incubus, Make Yourself [Request]
  5. Dierks Bentley, Somewhere on a Beach [Request]
  6. Twenty One Pilots, Heathens [Request]
  7. Charlie Daniels, Drinkin My Baby Goodbye [Request]
  8. Theory of a Deadman, Rx
  9. Theory of A Deadman, Make Up Your Mind
  10. Joe Jackson, Is She Really Going Out With Him
  11. Frank Sinatra, Fly Me To The Moon
  12. The Beach Boys, I Get Around
  13. Don McLean, Vincent
  14. Huey Lewis & The News, Heart and Soul
  15. Joe Diffie, So Help Me Girl
  16. Bread, Baby I’m A Want You
  17. Aaron Tippin, Whole Lotta Love On The Line
  18. Sir Mix a Lot, Baby Got Back
  19. Joe Nichols, Baby Got Back
  20. Brett Eldredge, Haven’t Met You
  21. Brett Eldredge, Castaway
  22. Aaron Lewis, Folded Flag
  23. Brett Young, Mercy
  24. Sammy Kershaw, Love Of My Life
  25. Ronnie Milsap, It Was Almost Like a Song [Request]
  26. Gene Watson, You’re Out Doing What I’m Here Doing Without
  27. John Anderson, Wild And Blue
  28. Gary Morris, Velvet Chains
  29. Don Williams, You’re My Best Friend
  30. Gary Stewart, Out of Hand
  31. Phil Vassar, In A Real Love
  32. Dylan Scott, My Girl
  33. Dead Hot Workshop, E Minor
  34. The Refreshments, Banditos
  35. Gin Blossoms, Mrs. Rita
  36. Icon, Two for the Road
  38. Diamond Head, Waited Too Long
  39. Y & T, Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
  40. Steel Panther, Weenie Ride [Request]
  41. Steel Panther, Poontang Boomerang
  42. Dropkick Murphys, Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced [Request]
  43. Tom Lehrer, Poisoning Pigeons In The Park
  44. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Who
  45. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, I Keed
  46. Kevin Bloody Wilson, Kev’s Love Song (Dinkum ’bout Ya Da
  47. Kevin Bloody Wilson, Absolute Cunt Of A Day

Generations With Megan and Rebekah: Episode 1, 08/01/2017

Tonight was the debut edition of Generations with Megan and Rebekah. This is a weekly show that will air on XTFM on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM East. There were a couple technical hiccups, but it was an awesome start to what promises to be a long internet radio career for both! For now, the show will also be part of the Wes’s Musical Meltdown podcast series. We hope you enjoy!

Thanks to all who made requests and chatted with our DJ’s. Don’t forget to visit Megan’s blog/website!


  1. One Republic, Counting Stars
  2. Timbaland, Apologize (feat. OneRepublic)
  3. 5 Seconds Of Summer, She Looks So Perfect
  4. China McClain, Night Is Young
  5. Brett Eldredge, Lose My Mind
  6. Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw
  7. Queen, Bicycle Race
  8. Queen, Fat Bottomed Girls
  9. Chris Young (Duet with Cassadee Pope), Think of You (Duet with Cassadee Pope)
  10. Chris Lane, For Her
  11. R5, Cali Girls
  12. N2Deep, Back To The Hotel
  13. Los Del Rio, Macarena (Bay Side Boys)
  14. Silentó, Watch Me
  15. Ayo & Teo, Rolex
  16. Wreckx-N-Effect, Rump Shaker
  17. Soulja Boy Tell’em, Crank That (Soulja Boy)
  18. Maren Morris, My Church
  19. Maddie & Tae, Shut Up And Fish
  20. Taylor Swift, Shake It Off
  21. The Shins, Caring Is Creepy
  22. Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit
  23. Metallica, Whiskey in the Jar
  24. One Direction, Story of My Life
  25. Florida Georgia Line, This Is How We Roll
  26. Katy Perry, Roar
  27. Katy Perry, Teenage Dream
  28. Meghan Trainor, Dear Future Husband
  29. Anna Kendrick, Cups (Pitch Perfects When I’m Gone)
  30. The Wanted, Glad You Came
  31. Bruno Mars, Just The Way You Are
  32. Ross Lynch, Timeless (From ‘Austin & Ally’)
  33. Blink 182, Dammit (Growing Up)

Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 07/30/2017: Music, Conversation, and Good Times

This week on the Meltdown, we brought you new music from Parmalee, Byzantine, Last Bullet, and much more. Cover Comparison pitted Willie Nelson up against Chris Stapleton, and the results were a little surprising. We also paid musical tribute to the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and singer/songwriter Michael Johnson.

We had a great conversation on-air between myself and Megan, who will be starting her XTFM Show with Rebekah on Tuesday at 7:00 PM East. We discussed this article about a restaurant in New York. Some people agree with their policy, many do not. The discussion in the chat room on the topic was great as well, and we read some of the comments on-air. On a sidenote, I did post the article to my Facebook, and noticed something in the comments section. Those of us with Conservative and libertarian viewpoints tended to be opposed to the policy on several grounds. Those who tend to think the restaurant is doing the right thing tended to be more left-leaning, which helps confirm the beliefs of myself and many others about our left-leaning people in the US. More on that on a future show or blog post, I’m sure.


  1. Third Day, Revival
  2. Skillet, Awake And Alive
  3. Tourniquet, Twilight
  4. Casting Crowns, If We Are The Body
  5. Linkin Park, One Step Closer
  6. Linkin Park, Numb
  7. Linkin Park, Breaking The Habit
  8. Linkin Park, New Divide
  9. Eagles of Death Metal, Chase the Devil [Request]
  10. Dead Kennedys, Dog Bite [Request]
  11. P!NK, Just Like Fire (From ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’) [Request]
  12. Sabrina Carpenter, Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying [Request]
  13. Meghan Trainor, Lips Are Movin [Request]
  14. Magic!, Rude [Request]
  15. Brett Eldredge, Mean To Me [Request]
  16. Dylan Scott, My Girl [Request]
  17. Willie Nelson, Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning
  18. Chris Stapleton, Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning
  19. Dierks Bentley, Somewhere On A Beach [Request]
  20. Matchbox Twenty, Bent [Request]
  21. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody [Request]
  22. Frank Zappa, Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow [Request]
  23. Michael Johnson, This Night Won’t Last Forever
  24. Michael Johnson, I Will Whisper Your Name
  25. Michael Johnson, Give Me Wings
  26. Shaman’s Harvest, The Come Up
  27. Last Bullet, Sin
  28. Byzantine, Vile Maxim
  29. Byzantine, Dead As Autumn Leaves
  30. Midland, Drinkin’ Problem
  31. Parmalee, Like a Photograph
  32. Parmalee, Barrel of a Shot Glass
  33. Jackyl, The Lumberjack
  34. Jackyl, Secret of the Bottle
  35. Y&T, summertime girls
  36. Giant, I’ll See You in My Dreams
  37. Steelheart, I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)
  38. Da Vinci’s Notebook, Another Irish Drinking Song
  39. Garfunkel & Oates, Happy Birthday To My Loose Acquaintance
  40. Garfunkel and Oates, Fuck You
  41. Afroman, Because I Got High (Extended Version) [Request]

Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 07/23/2017: Megan Weiner Makes Her Hosting Debut

Tonight on the Meltdown, Megan Weiner made her hosting debut. She’s been a guest on my show a few times, but this week, we decided to turn the reins over to her and let her try her hand at radio. It was excellent. other than a few technical glitches that happen to even the most seasoned broadcasters, the show was a huge success.

Join Megan and Rebekah as they team up starting Tuesday August 1 at 7:00 PM East for their New weekly XTFM show! The show is still in need of a name, but that will come in time.

Also, I highly recommend checking out Megan’s website and Blog About Life with Hashimoto’s.


  1. Flo Rida, Right Round
  2. Grace Ft. G-Easy, You Don’t Own Me
  3. Maddie & Tae, Fly
  4. Russell Dickerson, Yours [Request]
  5. Walk The Moon, Shut Up And Dance [Request]
  6. Rico Richie, Both Ways (Feat. Verse Simmonds) [Request]
  7. Jason Derulo Feat Snoop Dogg, Wiggle [Request]
  8. Adelitas Way, Dirty Little Thing [Request]
  9. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Get Low (feat. Ying Yang Twins) [Request]
  10. Chumbawamba, Tubthumping
  11. ZZ TOP, Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers [Request]
  12. Kiss, Strutter [Request]
  13. McAuley-Schenker Group, Save Yourself (single edit) [Request]
  14. Charlie Robison, New Years Day [Request]
  15. Rednex, Cotton Eyed Joe [Request]
  16. Dropkick Murphys, Black Velvet Band
  17. Dropkick Murphys, Finnegan’s Wake
  18. Shawn Mendes, Mercy [Request]
  19. 5 Seconds Of Summer, She Looks So Perfect [Request]
  20. Maroon 5, Sugar
  21. Mark Ronson, Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) [Request]
  22. Pitbull, Feel This Moment (feat. Christina Agruilera)
  23. Taio Cruz, Dynamite
  24. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton) [Request]
  25. 3 Doors Down, It’s Not My Time [Request]
  26. Barenaked Ladies, One Week
  27. Matchbox 20, 3 am (Acoustic)
  28. High Valley, She’s with Me [Request]
  29. Kelsea Ballerini, Square Pegs
  30. Kelsea Ballerini, Legends [Request]
  31. R5, Do It Again [Request]
  32. Disney, Kiss the Girl (The Little Mermaid) [Request]
  33. Bruno Mars, Grenade [Request]
  34. twenty one pilots, Stressed Out [Request]
  35. Twenty One Pilots, Ride [Request]
  36. twenty one pilots, Heathens [Request]
  37. Kane Brown, What Ifs [Request]
  38. Seething Fuck Patties, I Fucked a Sasquatch [Request]
  39. Seething Fuck Patties, Double Flusher
  40. Kevin Bloody Wilson, Amazing Grass
  41. Kevin Bloody Wilson, You Can’t Say Cunt In Canada
  42. Kevin Bloody Wilson, Festival Of Farts

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]
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