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The Meltdown Breaks Into The Rock Vault This Friday: Wes Derby In For Brice

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Wes Derby on hisparents’ couch, Thanksgiving Day, on a visit to Arizona.

It’s nearly Friday. What better way to kick off your weekend than with The Rock Vault! This week, Brice is away, so Wes is stepping in, and you never know what might happen. Join the fun, starting at noon east/9:00 AM Pacific for three hours of speaker-blowing rock to get your work week finished, and your weekend started, on the right note. Visit Wes’s request page to let him know what you want to hear. Then, visit the Magic 109 homepage for listen and contact links. Alternately, you can tell smart speakers “Play Magic 109 on TuneIn”, or find Magic 109 on the TuneIn Radio App for your smart phone.


There will be a brief artist feature on Def Leppard, highlighting early and live work that you don’t often hear on radio. As for the rest of the show, all forms of rock are welcome. Southern, hard rock, metal, Christian rock, alternative, classic rock, pop-rock, country-rock. Make your requests, or he’ll gladly pick all the music with which to fill your ears!


See you in the Rock Vault. Please don’t steal any of the diamonds, cash, or jewels as a souvenir; pockets will be checked upon departure.



Celebrate Fathers’ Day, The Life of UFO’s Paul Chapman, and Some Musical Birthdays On The Meltdown!

The Meltdown will be action-packed this week! Join Wes as he pays tribute to the late Paul Chapman of UFO/Waysted, gives you a Fathers’ Day set, and celebrates the music of a couple of icons from very different genres. Cover Comparison will have The Rolling Stones battling ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. Of course, your requests are welcome!

Join Wes for Wes’s Musical Meltdown Tuesdays at 7:00 PM East/4:00 Pacific and Arizona On Magic 109 by finding your media player of choice among the listen links. You can also find Magic 109 on the TuneIn Radio app for your smart phone, or you can tell your smart speaker “Play Magic 109 on TuneIn”. Listeners are welcome to interact through Twitter or Facebook. You can also email the DJ. TeamTalk details, if you wish to join the conversations on-air, will be made available upon request.

The Meltdown Becomes More Interactive; Now Introducing TeamTalk On-Air!

Welcome to a new week. Tomorrow, I’ll bring you another awesome episode of Wes’s Musical Meltdown starting at 7:00 PM East/4:00 Pacific on Magic 109. In addition to our Cover Comparison, tons of new and classic tunes, and your requests, I’m now set up to bring listeners on-air with me. Want to engage in discussions about current events, music, or other topics of interest? Even if we disagree, as long as you keep it respectful and classy, your points of view are welcome. Thanks to help from one of our management team, my set-up is working for bringing those who come into the TeamTalk room to hang out with us on-air. If you’re in the Bunker with me and don’t wish to speak on-air, you’re welcome to mute your transmission during voice breaks. However, if you want to participate in on-air discussions, I welcome you. For listen links and info on how to get onto the TeamTalk server, visit Message me via text or Twitter DM if you follow me and let me know you’d like to come in and chat, and I’ll move you down to the appropriate studio.

As far as the music goes, anything goes. Get your requests in at Cover Comparison will pit two classic rock icons, Head East and Rainbow, up against one another. Visit the Magic 109 website for listen links, find Magic 109 on TuneIn Radio, or tell your smart speaker “Play Magic 109 On TuneIn”.

See you tomorrow night!

Wes’s Musical Meltdown Gets Topical; Last Tuesday’s Show

Normally, I don’t post the podcasts of the Meltdown to the announcements list, but due to all that’s going on in our society, I felt it was important to share Tuesday’s show with all of you. We played the usual great mix of tunes, had the cover comparison, and your requests. Also, I touched on topics affecting our nation and the world as a whole. Some of you may not agree with what I had to say, and some of you may. Throughout the course of the episode, I do offer you ways to reach out and have your opinions heard, either via text or by sending me a voice recording I can air. For that reason, I’m sharing both the MixCloud and non-MixCloud links to the show for those of you who missed it or would like to hear it again. Our discussion of current events starts at around 2 hours and 40 minutes into the show.

The show opened with a Christian set, meant to set the tone for the evening. If you have comments, concerns, complaints, or would like your voice heard, follow the instructions given throughout the show, and I’ll try to get your thoughts aired in coming weeks. Coming soon, we’ll also be incorporating TeamTalk into the on-air side of things, so you the listeners will be able to join me live for discussions both serious and fun.

For MixCloud, go to to grab the show. If you’re not a MixCloud user, you can subscribe via iTunes, Google, or RSS by visiting

Enjoy, and I welcome your thoughts. Find contact info on my DJ page, and mentioned throughout the program.

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Dealin’ With Derby Instead of Groovin’ With Izzy This Week On Magic 109; Wes’s Musical Meltdown Fills In

Normally a listener of Groovin’ with Izzy on Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00 PM East/3:00-6:00 Pacific? Unfortunately, Izzy won’t be with us this week, but I’m stepping up to bat, and trying my hand at a fill-in for her awesomeness. Musically, we’ll be all over the place. Rock, country, Christian, secular, pop, and anything else we can pull out of the musical hat.

Visit for listen links, find Magic 109 on TuneIn Radio, and tell smart speakers “Play Magic 109 on TuneIn”. Want to hear something? If you’re a regular listener of the Meltdown, and for the new listeners who normally listen to Izzy, just visit to fill out the request form and let me know what YOU want to hear. Alternately, you can still go to and select Wes Derby from the drop-down instead of Izzy, and send your requests that way. Anything goes. Not all material will be suitable for all ages, but we’ll do our best to keep it somewhat family-friendly.

See you tomorrow night on the radio!

The Last May Meltdown of 2020; End of the Long Weekend, So Let’s Crank Some Good Tunes

Welcome to Tuesday…Feels kind of like a Monday after the holiday weekend, but it’s most definitely Tuesday. Join me tonight at 7:00 PM East/4:00 PM Pacific on Magic 109 where I’ll bring you a wide variety of tunes old and new, and will play just about anything you submit through the request page. Visit throughout the day to get your requests in, and then tune in tonight at 7:00 East/4:00 Pacific. There are several ways to catch the show. Visit for listen links, find Magic 109 on the TuneIn Radio app for your smart phone, or tell the smart speaker in your life “Play Magic 109 on TuneIn”.

We’ll have new stuff from Reckless Kelly, Thomas Rhett, Metallica, Craig Campbell, 10 Years, and many more. Our cover comparison tonight sees The Cars going up against Tim McGraw. To see what else I pull out of the musical hat, you’ll just have to tune in. See you tonight!

The Meltdown Pays Tribute to Ronnie James Dio and George Strait, Plus Your Requests and More!

It’s that time again…Time to get ready for another Wes’s Musical Meltdown on Magic 109. As always, we’ll start the show Tuesday night at 7:00 PM East/4:00 Pacific. To make requests, visit or Anything goes. To listen, it’s for listen links, find Magic 109 on TuneIn Radio on your phone/tablet, or tell the smart speaker “Play Magic 109 on TuneIn”.

This week on the show, we’ll devote a significant amount of time to the late Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio, Rainbow) in honor of the 10Th anniversary of his death. On a totally different note, for his 68Th birthday celebrated on May 18, we’ll feature some George Strait. In between, lots of time for your requests, and plenty of other great tunes along the way.

I look forward to having you join us for this week’s Meltdown!

The May 12 Meltdown Will Rock Your World…And Country It Up As Well

Welcome to another week. Birds are out, things are starting to open back up, and another Wes’s Musical Meltdown comes at you Tuesday night at 7:00 East/4:00 PM Pacific.

This week, we have new rock from L.A. Guns, The Black Moods, Pop Evil, and others. New country comes at you from Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen, Luke Combs, Waterloo Revival, and more. Of course, we’ll have the Cover Comparison. This week, Duran Duran and Adrenalin Mob go head-to-head. As always, we welcome and encourage your requests. Pop, country, metal, Christian, Secular, old, new…It doesn’t matter. Visit to let me know what you want to hear!

To listen to the show, visit for listen links and other info. You can also download the TuneIn Radio app for your iPhone or Android device, and tell the voice assistant on your phone “Play Magic 109”. Got an Alexa or Google Home smart speaker? Tell it “Play Magic 109 on TuneIn”, and we’ll blast into your living room, bedroom, or wherever else you may need us. So many ways to listen to and interact with the show. I hope to see you there!

The Meltdown Invades The Retro Arcade For A Classic Rock and Metal Party Friday

Hello, faithful Magic 109 listeners! I know, it’s weird to see me taking the airwaves on a night other than Tuesday, but our own Z Man is out this week, and has asked me to take over the Retro Arcade for the week. We’ll start at 6:00 PM East/3:00 Pacific Friday! Don’t worry; I have no plans to swap out your favorite video games or anything of the sort. This week, it’s going to be a classic rock Arcade. Get your rock, hard rock, and metal requests from the 60’s through 1999 in to me. Feel free to search my library at And of course, you can listen by pointing your browser to for listen links, find Magic 109 on TuneIn Radio for your smart phone/tablet, or tell smart speakers “Play Magic 109 on TuneIn”.

In addition to your requests and whatever other gems I might pull out to play, we’ll celebrate the 75Th birthday of Bob Seger, and celebrate the life of late Bad Company and Ted Nugent vocalist Brian Howe. Otherwise, what may happen is anyone’s guess.

Join me, 6:00-9:00 PM East, 3:00-6:00 Pacific, for The Meltdown’s Invasion of the Retro Arcade. See you there!

It’s a Chaotic Country Meltdown Coming At You Saturday

Your ears and eyes don’t deceive you. Yes, it’s Wes Derby, announcing a fill-in for Mayflower this coming Saturday. Join me from 2:00-5:00 PM East, 11:00AM-2:00PM Pacific, Saturday as I do my version of Country Chaos so the awesome Mayflower can attend to some other matters.

As always, your requests are welcome. As I’m moving my site to a new provider, for this week, please submit your requests at, and I’ll do my best to get them on for you. Anything country goes. New, classic, Americana, bluegrass, southern gospel, outlaw, and beyond.

Tune into the show by pointing your browser to and finding listen links there. Alternately, you can find Magic 109 on the TuneIn Radio app for your smart phone or tablet, or you can tell your smart speaker “Play Magic 109 On TuneIn”. See you Saturday!