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What Difference Does It Make

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Dave and Holly, your 80s music aficionados, talk to the artists and music industry insiders that made it the greatest decade for music. We are a proud member of The Pantheon Network - Podcasts for Music Lovers

195 Episodes | 2018 - 2023

The Rock Report with Rita Wilde

February 3rd, 2023


Rita Wilde is simply put, a radio legend, having spent over 25 years as a DJ, Music Director and Program Director at 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles. She epitomizes the rock fan's dream of playing and talking about the music …

Having A Sit With Buzz Knight

January 27th, 2023


Usually you can hear Buzz Knight "Takin' A Walk" as he does on his own podcast but today we "have a sit" with this radio executive. We find out about how he got his start in the business and what he has learned over the …

The World Famous KROQ in 1986

January 20th, 2023


The year is 1986, and the music on the radio for the kids of LA is going through some changes. KROQ has a new next-door neighbor on the dial, called Power 106. The music KROQ is playing has a little more rhythm in its …

Pop Culture 1986

January 13th, 2023


1986 was quite a year for collaborations: Aerosmith and Run DMC, Siskel & Ebert, Tom Cruise and his need for speed. It all adds up to another …

Craig Rosen New Year, Old Friend

January 6th, 2023


We welcome back music journalist and friend-of-the-show, Craig Rosen, into the What Difference Does It Make garage with a toast to the new year. Craig is hitting a milestone year, so we ask the author of The Billboard …

New Year's Music Favorites

December 30th, 2022


Another holiday classic filled with some great 80s music! We discuss our new year's traditions, new year's resolutions, the history behind toasts and …

Christmas Music Favorites

December 23rd, 2022


What Difference Does It Make, the 80s music podcast, celebrates our favorite 80s Christmas songs. Holly tells us how she wooed her future husband …

David Is Out In The Wild

December 16th, 2022


David Wild steps out of his comfy zone writing for The Grammy Awards and the upcoming TV salute to Paul Simon (airing on CBS on December 21), and …

The Adventures of Mark Thompson

December 9th, 2022


Mark Thompson grew up loving radio, comedy, and with an appreciation for the absurd. These qualities made Mark uniquely qualified to create one of the most iconic morning radio shows in history. The Mark & Brian …

Happy Holidays 80s Music Favorites

December 2nd, 2022


It's the holiday season once again so Holly and I present to you this timeless classic with actual music! Dave's favorite holiday song …

Elton John at 75

November 25th, 2022


If you're still "high as a kite" from watching Elton John's final US show at Dodger Stadium, we just might have the podcast episode for you. Gillian …

Thanksgiving Music Favorites

November 18th, 2022


We talk turkey....and pie...and candy and occasionally about songs that make us think about Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving episode from 2018 reminds us of how fortunate we are to have food, friends and music in our …

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November 14th, 2022


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Michael Lockwood finds Lions and Ghosts

November 11th, 2022


Michael Lockwood has lived a full musician's life. Starting out with the band Lions & Ghosts, he lived the dream of getting signed to a major …

Steve Rapport: Mostly Rock n' Roll Photographer

November 4th, 2022


Steve Rapport's camera has taken him on quite a journey, from the very beginning, shooting Robert Plant's Honeydrippers while he was at University, to being in the camera well at Live Aid, getting shots of Freddie …

Halloween Remastered 80s style

October 28th, 2022


It's not a repeat if you haven't heard it before, so this is the perfect time to revisit Dave's favorite holiday and the one Holly tolerates because …

Guy Pratt and Gary Kemp hold a Saucerful of Secrets

October 21st, 2022


We continue our two-part look at Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets with two guys from the band. One guy is Guy Pratt. He's played with Pink Floyd, …

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets

October 14th, 2022


Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is bringing early Pink Floyd music back to life by taking it on the road with his band, Saucerful of Secrets. The Rock …

Stevie Nicks: Mirror in the Sky

October 7th, 2022


There is no denying that Stevie Nicks has captivated audiences since she first burst onto the music scene in the mid 70s. It is a combination of a …

The Smithereens Have Been Found

September 30th, 2022


The Smithereens dominated modern rock radio in the early 80s to mid 90s with songs like "Only A Memory" and "A Girl Like You". Despite the tragic …

Lost 80s Live In San Diego

September 23rd, 2022


Thanks to Rob Juarez, founder of the Lost 80s Live concerts, this is quite possibly our most 80s music episode ever. We went down to San Diego to learn why the artists and fans keep coming back to these shows. We talk …

Heathers: The Musical

September 16th, 2022


Director Andy Fickman has brought Heathers back to life. Yes, the beloved dark comedy classic, Heathers, is now a movie musical and it is so "very". Andy takes us through the ten year process of making this daydream a …

David Bowie at 75

September 9th, 2022


This year, David Bowie would have turned 75. To recognize this occasion, Rock Historian/Author/Podcaster Martin Popoff has authored a coffee table …

Workin' Overtime music for Labor Day

September 2nd, 2022


Even though it's Labor Day, we think every day is a Manic Monday. We're Takin' Care of Business over here at What Difference Does It Make, so we say, Let's Work!, as we recognize songs that salute the Working Class …

The Brother Brothers go Cover to Cover

August 26th, 2022


Twin brothers Adam and David Moss have been harmonizing together since their days as kids trapped in their parents car, forced to listen to 60s folk …

LOST 80s LIVE has been found

August 19th, 2022


Rob Juarez is the mastermind behind the Lost 80s Live shows. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the concert series that features so many of your …

Steve Diggle finds harmony with The Buzzcocks

August 12th, 2022


One wouldn't blame Steve Diggle if he decided to pack up The Buzzcocks name after the death of vocalist Pete Shelley back in 2018. But Steve is …

MTV Anniversary Part 2

August 5th, 2022


We continue our look at the first songs played on MTV by reviewing videos 16 to 25. In this episode, we agree that Iron Maiden segueing into REO …

MTV Anniversary

July 29th, 2022


It was the early days of MTV, and it was also the early days of our podcast, circa 2018, when we dissected the videos played on August 1, 1981, the day MTV was launched. This day was so important, we made it a two-part …

Simon Morrison takes us to Avalon

July 22nd, 2022


Simon Morrison is a Professor of Music at Princeton University, with an emphasis on the musical, cultural, and political histories of the Soviet …

Carla Olson rides the Americana Railroad

July 15th, 2022


Carla Olson is a true musician. She might be best known to our listeners for her work with the Textones, but she has had and is continuing to have …

BottleRock Festival

July 8th, 2022


Our summer got off to a great start with an invitation from the good folks at Podopolo to hang out at the Feast It Forward house in Napa, …

80s Summer Song Favorites

July 1st, 2022


In this classic episode, we welcome special guest Chelsea Cantos into our What Difference Does It Make studio. Holly's daughter just wanted to tag …

John Easdale of Dramarama

June 24th, 2022


John Easdale of Dramarama has quite an origin story. Local Jersey kid and his high school friends work at a record store and dream of being in a …

Father's Day Music Favorites

June 17th, 2022


We love our Dads. We wouldn't be who we are without their constant presence in our lives. Naturally, that also means we've incorporated their music …

Paul Myers Record Store Punk

June 10th, 2022


Paul Myers is many things: Artist, Author, Producer, Podcaster, but above all else, he is a music and comedy fan. You can currently hear Paul as host …

Hans Everling is the SOB taking on KROQ from 1985

June 3rd, 2022


Hans Everling is the owner of SOB Audio Imaging in Amsterdam, and this week he takes on the challenge of giving his professional and honest opinion of songs #20 to #11 from the 1985 KROQ year-end playlist. Can any of …

Gen X Summer Song Favorites

May 27th, 2022


Friend of the show, Craig Rosen, keeps us on our toes as we ping-pong back and forth from proms to fashion to movies. We try to stay on target as we discuss our favorite summer songs from the 70s and 80s.

Grab access to …

Hear at Home with Andy Chanley

May 20th, 2022


Hear at Home is an artist interview segment hosted by Andy Chanley on 885FM, but today we switch roles with Andy and WE talk to HIM about his radio …

David Wild Is Totally Naked

May 13th, 2022


David Wild has many friends, including us. He has just released a podcast with his good friend, Phil Rosenthal, entitled Naked Lunch. Fortunately, …

Mother's Day Music Favorites

May 6th, 2022


Whether we like it or not, our moms shape who we are, and influence how we feel about so much in our lives. This episode is devoted to the music that …

Ann Wilson Of Heart Finds Fierce Bliss

April 29th, 2022


Ann Wilson, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Heart vocalist, isn't one to rest on her laurels during a hiatus with the band. Finding inspiration …

Suzi Quatro Is Stumblin' In To Our Podcast

April 22nd, 2022


Suzi Quatro has been rockin' for over half a century and is showing no signs of slowing down. As the recent documentary, Suzi Q, shows, she is still as passionate today about her music as the day she strapped on her …

Martha Wainwright Tells Us Stories She Might Regret

April 15th, 2022


How does Martha Wainwright survive growing up in the shadow of not only her father, Loudon Wainwright III, and her mother, Kate McGarrigle, but also …

Thomas Robsahm Takes On A-HA

April 8th, 2022


Thomas Robsahm, Director of the just-released documentary, a-ha THE MOVIE, is our guest this week. Depending on where you live in the world, the band a-ha may be considered an 80s one-hit wonder band, but that is simply …

April Fools' Day Music Favorites

April 1st, 2022


Happy April Fools' Day! What songs make you smile? For Dave it's a knowing wink from an artist that knows this music can be ridiculous and yet, still …

Palle Bo: The Radio Vagabond

March 25th, 2022


Palle Bo is a radio legend in Denmark. He's been in the game since the 80s, and now this "Radio Guru" is taking his act on the road, traveling the world and sharing his exploits in a podcast called The Radio Vagabond. …

Bob Waugh Dares To Be Different

March 18th, 2022


Bob Waugh's radio career brought him to the best of the best radio stations at the perfect time. When the excitement of New Wave first struck New York in the 80s, Bob was spinning records at "Dare To Be Different" WLIR …

St. Patrick's Day Music Favorites

March 11th, 2022


We use the holiday of St. Patrick's Day to recognize a number of our favorite artists from The Emerald Isle. While we have a hard time pronouncing …

Keith Coes - Music Director for Lightning 100 in Nashville

March 4th, 2022


Keith Coes was destined for radio ever since he "won" a shift on the Vanderbilt University radio station, without ever actually attending the school. …

Zeb Norris is Classic Hits Vermont

February 25th, 2022


Self-Proclaimed "Hippie, Rocker, Seeker", Zeb Norris, enters the What Difference Does It Make virtual studio. Zeb was a K-Pop star long before any member of BTS was even born. In Zeb's case, KPOP was a radio station in …

Tami Heide and KROQ 1985

February 18th, 2022


In 1985, Tami Heide was a host on WBCN, Boston's #1 rock radio station at the time. Today, Tami steps into the What Difference Does It Make virtual studio to discuss her career trajectory from Boston to Los Angeles, …

Valentine's Day 80s music favorites

February 11th, 2022


We at What Difference Does It Make love love and what better way to say it, than with a song from the 80s? We discuss a number of our favorites that make us feel all warm inside. Happy Valentine's (and Gal-entine's) Day!

Brad Savage bringing Akron Quality Rock

February 4th, 2022


Brad Savage is a self-described radio nerd, traversing the United States sharing his love of music via his love of radio. He's been with REV105 and …

Larry "The Duck" Dunn Dares to be Different

January 28th, 2022


Larry "The Duck" Dunn steps into the What Difference Does It Make virtual studio to provide some insight into the New York 80s music scene. Larry started his career at 92.7 WLIR, where he became the Music Director and …

1985 KROQ songs 106.7 to 101

January 21st, 2022


It's a new year in more ways than one for the What Difference Does It Make podcast, as we go "back to the future" and begin our look at the songs KROQ in Los Angeles played in the year 1985. In this episode, we look at …

1985 in Pop Culture

January 14th, 2022


1985 was a year filled with incredible highs: LIVE AID!, The Breakfast Club, Eddie Murphy, and some soul-crushing lows: New Coke, the Super Bowl …

Greatest Hits of 2021

January 7th, 2022


Welcome to our greatest hits episode! First time to What Difference Does It Make? This is the perfect start to discovering our 80s music podcast. We look back at the highlights from 2021, as we talk with some of our …

Christmas and Holiday 80s music favorites

December 17th, 2021


It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Holly finds a couple Hanukkah songs favorites via friend of the show, JC Douglas. We talk "Baby, …

It Never Ends with Tom Scharpling

December 10th, 2021


Fans of Tom Scharpling might think they know him well. After all, he's hosted his own radio show/podcast, The Best Show for 20 years. Turns out, we only knew about a small portion of his life. It Never Ends is an …

The Wild, the Phil and the What Difference Shuffle

December 3rd, 2021


Friend of the show, David Wild, returns, and he wanted to bring along his bestie, Phil Rosenthal. Phil is the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, and Somebody Feed Phil, so first thing we do is throw him a food …

John Illsley: Life in Dire Straits

November 12th, 2021


John Illsley knew he wanted more out of life than a safe career working in the logging industry. His life took a major turn when he met the Knopfler brothers; Mark and David. With John taking the bass, and Pick Withers …

Michaelangelo Matos Can't Slow Down

November 5th, 2021


Michaelangelo Matos realized at the age of 9 how magical the year 1984 was by simply listening to the radio, and loving each and every song he heard. His latest book, Can't Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop's Blockbuster …

Gina Schock: Made In Hollywood

October 29th, 2021


Gina Schock, drummer for The Go-Go's, may have been "Made in Hollywood", as the title of her new book suggests, but she was without a doubt, born in …

Who cares about Joe & Kristen of Who Cares about the Rock Hall?

October 22nd, 2021


We care about the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, but not nearly as much as Joe Kwaczala and Kristen Studard, hosts of the Who Cares About The Rock Hall?

David Wild knows people

October 15th, 2021


To tell you the truth, David Wild knows everyone in Hollywood. Because it was our first time talking with him, it felt like a first date. David laid …

Jude Cole and his Coup De Main

October 8th, 2021


The coup de main, or surprise attack, for Jude Cole, is that after 21 years, he's released two records in 2021. Coup De Main is an album of …

Alec Wightman: Music in his Life

October 1st, 2021


Alec Wightman may call himself a corporate lawyer, but he's also a huge music fan. He's chronicled his personal journey of fandom into a memoir entitled Music In My Life: Notes From a Longtime Fan. The book details …

Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister writes a Bizoir

September 24th, 2021


Jay Jay French may be best known as the guitarist in Twisted Sister, but he's used all the experience he's acquired throughout the course of his life …

Paul Rees discusses John Mellencamp

September 17th, 2021


Journalist and author Paul Rees has previously written about Robert Plant and The Who's John Entwistle; two rock stars that kept a low personal …

The Tubes' Fee Waybill Rides Again

September 10th, 2021


Fee Waybill, lead singer of The Tubes takes us on his musical journey as the band moves from cult status to striking it big, after landing producer …

The Vinyl Answer

September 3rd, 2021


This week, we step back from the task of asking questions, and instead let Bob Bland of the Bend & Scoop podcast inquire into our record …

Lawrence Gowan the key man in Styx

August 27th, 2021


You might know Lawrence Gowan as the keyboardist and songwriter for Styx for the past 20 years. Canadians know Lawrence Gowan as the artist with two top-ten albums from the 80s, Strange Animal (1985) and Great Dirty …

Gary Myrick Adventures

August 20th, 2021


Gary Myrick has had quite an adventurous musical journey. This Texas native left for greener pastures in Los Angeles and formed Gary Myrick & The Figures. Any fan of the film Valley Girl will remember their 80s …

Carl Almasy Coccaro has 80's in the Blood

August 13th, 2021


This wasn't an average conversation with your typical musician, as Austin-based musician Carl Almasy Coccaro is also a licensed Psychotherapist. First and foremost, he is a Psychotherapist that loves him some 80s music. …

Kurt Larson of Information Society

August 6th, 2021


Kurt Larson, lead singer of Information Society, is quite an interesting guy. First of all, he's only a part-time rock star, as he spends most of his days composing music for video games. We learn all about video games, …

Miles Copeland

July 30th, 2021


If you're a fan of 80s music like we are, you might say some of your favorite bands are The Police, REM, Squeeze, The Go-Gos, The Alarm, The English …

Pop songs: 1984 vs 2017

July 23rd, 2021


Most people believe the year they graduated high school was the greatest year in pop music history. We put that theory to the test as we match up the …

Gary Kemp INSOLO and in Spandau Ballet

July 16th, 2021


Most of us initially learned about Gary Kemp though his work as the musical architect for the 80s band, Spandau Ballet so naturally we wanted to touch on everything surrounding the band. But first things first, as we …

Mary Gauthier: Saved By A Song

July 9th, 2021


Grammy-nominated folk singer and songwriter, Mary Gauthier, steps into the virtual What Difference Does It Make podcast studio and gives us inspiring …

Midge Trubey: Rock Star Caterer

July 2nd, 2021


Midge Trubey has quite a story. Back in the 70s, Midge found an opportunity to create a business by providing Rock Stars everything they need when they come into town. Turns out stars like Lionel Ritchie and Kenny …

Matt Easton of The Jenny Thing

June 25th, 2021


What do you do when the creative juices are still flowing twenty years after your band breaks up? Well, in the case of The Jenny Thing, you get the band back together and release a new album. Lead singer/songwriter Matt …

Kristin Hersh is Seeing Sideways

June 11th, 2021


Kristin Hersh might be best known as the singer-songwriter in the band 80s music band, Throwing Muses, but she is also an acclaimed author. Her latest book, Seeing Sideways, takes us on an emotional journey as she …

Richard Blade Talks Up Imposters

June 4th, 2021


It turns out Richard Blade may just be an "Imposter". Los Angelenos know him as the voice that introduced a generation to 80s music bands like Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, INXS, and The Cure. In fact, you …

Darren Brady-Harris And The Music From 1984

May 28th, 2021


Darren Brady-Harris gained fame as nerdy Cliff in the iconic 80s teen movie, 16 Candles. He's also one of the most passionate music fans we've ever met. Darren loves to talk 80s music, and he calls it like he sees it. …

Kat Goldman is Off The Charts

May 21st, 2021


Singer/songwriter Kat Goldman has a unique insight into the music industry, and writes about it in her book Off The Charts. Like anyone who has …

Annie Zaleski loves Duran Duran

May 14th, 2021


Her name is Annie and she dances on the sand...whenever she hears the album Rio by Duran Duran! Writer Annie Zaleski joins us in the virtual What Difference Does It Make podcast studio to talk about her 33 1/3 book, Rio

Dan McGrath is Master and Servant

April 30th, 2021


Simply put, Dan McGrath is a huge Depeche Mode fan, I mean his initials are DM. The Creative Director of No Sheet Music and soon to be member of the duo cover band "Master and Servant", that plays only music by duos, …

Jorge Perez Navarro loves the 80s

April 23rd, 2021


Many of you know Jose Perez Navarro as the original anchor of Contacto Deportivo or as the play by play announcer for World Cup games since 2002. What you may not know, is his career started in radio back in his …

Swedish Chris Modig

April 16th, 2021


People listening to KROQ in the mid 80s got the good fortune to hear "Mega-mixes", a medley of songs from artists like Duran Duran and Pet Shop Boys that stretched out into one ten minute jam. The man responsible for …

Marc Mookie Kaczor of 885 FM

April 9th, 2021


Our favorite Los Angeles radio station is 885FM, so it was very cool to get Marc "Mookie" Kaczor into our virtual What Difference Does It Make …

JC Douglas: Haligonian Superjock

April 2nd, 2021


JC Douglas, steps into the What Difference Does It Make virtual studios to discuss songs 60 to 51 from the 1984 KROQ year end list. This ten song …

Nöthin' But A Good Time: The '80s Hard Rock Explosion

March 19th, 2021


We continue our celebration of March Metal Madness with Nöthin' But A Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. Authors Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock did an intensive dig into the musicians …

Long Live Rock: Celebrate The Chaos

March 12th, 2021


We all miss the connection of live music, and that's why we're so happy a movie like Long Live Rock has been released. This rock documentary pays tribute to the many factors that explain our passion for rock music AND …

The Alternate Side Of Russ Borris

February 26th, 2021


Russ Borris, Music Director at WFUV in New York enters our virtual studios and immediately throws down some knowledge. 1) "Duran Duran is Life" 2) Flight of The Conchords are Hall & Oates 3) When it comes to Masters …

Kyle Meredith with WDDIM Podcast

February 19th, 2021


Kyle Meredith, Music Director at WFPK in Louisville and host of his own podcast Kyle Meredith with... is ready to step in the ring with Holly and …

1984 music countdown with guest Carmel Holt

February 12th, 2021


Carmel Holt, creator and host of Sheroes Radio, steps into the virtual What Difference Does It Make studios. We dig into Carmel's musical origin's …

Melissa Gould: Widowish

January 29th, 2021


Dave knew he had found a new friend when he saw Joel ...clad in a Wilco his daughter's soccer game. They bonded easily over music and sports. Dave was also happy to discover another good friend, in Joel's …

KROQ 1984 Countdown with guest Mike Marrone

January 22nd, 2021


You might know Mike Marrone as the guy that created and hosted The Loft for SiriusXM for 17 years. He first established a name for himself in 1984 at Your Rock Alternative FM 106.3 WHTG, a free form rock station in New …

1984 music KROQ songs 106.7 to 101

January 15th, 2021


Our cover photo boy this week is Swedish Egil The jock from KROQ in Los Angeles kicks off our countdown with a song that time has forgotten, 'Erotic Egil'. Time has forgotten it because it is nowhere to be found. …

1984 Pop Culture

January 8th, 2021


Season Premiere! In anticipation of our upcoming dissection of the songs played on KROQ in 1984, we wanted to set the table so to speak, and take you back to what we might have been doing back in the day. Dave was …

Greatest Hits of 2020

December 28th, 2020


If bands can have greatest hits albums why can't podcasts have a greatest hits episode? We talked with so many talented artists in 2020 so this is a look back at what the year was like for What Difference Does It Make, …

Mark Goodman: Big 80s Icon

December 11th, 2020


We couldn't be more delighted to talk with self-described "Big 80s Icon", Mark Goodman. Of course, we all know him as an MTV VJ, but his roots are in …

John Lennon 1980

December 4th, 2020


Like many significant moments in our lives, we remember where we were when we heard the devastating news about John Lennon. We tell our stories and then turn it over to a couple people that surrounded the event of …

Jules Shear Slower and Unplugged

November 27th, 2020


Jules Shear created a name for himself as a pop songwriter in the 80s writing Top 40 hits like "All Through The Night" for Cyndi Lauper and "If She …

Aerosmith at 50. Interview with author Richard Bienstock

November 20th, 2020


November 6, 1970 marked the first ever gig for the band Aerosmith. It was played at Nipmuc Regional High School Gymnasium in Mendon, Massachusetts. …

Strum and Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987

November 13th, 2020


What Difference Does It Make celebrates the release of Strum and Thrum by talking with members of the Bangtails, The Ferrets, Great Plains, and The Darrows as well as Captured Tracks label head, Mike Sniper. The Strum …

Bob Gruen: Rock and Roll Photographer

November 6th, 2020


Bob Gruen has snapped so many iconic photos of our rock and roll heroes from Tina Turner to John Lennon to Led Zeppelin to Green Day. His memoir is …

Dylan Jones: A New Romantic

October 30th, 2020


Dylan Jones new book "Sweet Dreams: The Story Of The New Romantics" covers our sweet spot of music fandom 1975-1985 and so we have many questions. The book is not only an oral history of the music scene in the UK but a …

Immediate Family Cruel Twist

October 23rd, 2020


The cruel twist in this episode is that our talk with The Immediate Family had to end. Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Steve Postell share their stories of the rockin' James Taylor tour of …

The Immediate Family

October 16th, 2020


If you're familiar with the names Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, James Taylor, Keith Richards and Carole King then you are familiar with …

Eddie Van Halen Tribute

October 9th, 2020


You don't need to know anything about the guitar to know that what Eddie Van Halen did when he placed his fingers on those strings was something …

Peter Himmelman presses on

October 2nd, 2020


Singer-Songwriter Peter Himmelman takes us on the journey that led to his latest album "Press On". We talk about the songwriting process and the discipline that Peter needs to keep pushing himself to become a better …

BrownMark: Bassist for Prince and The Revolution

September 25th, 2020


As we continue our talk with BrownMark, we get into his complex relationship with Prince, There are good and bad times in the studio and concert stage. BrownMark learns some valuable lessons about the music industry …

BrownMark and his life in Prince's Purple Kingdom

September 18th, 2020


BrownMark, bassist for Prince and the Revolution joins us to talk about his book, My Life In The Purple Kingdom. We get into the influence his …

Jefferson Starship Mother of the Sun talk

September 11th, 2020


David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Cathy Richardson, Chris Smith and Jude Gold known collectively as Jefferson Starship join us again for the final part …

Jefferson Starship Interview

September 4th, 2020


It's Part 1 in our two part chat with all five members of Jefferson Starship. In on our Zoom call is David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Cathy Richardson,

Josie Cotton Returns from the 80s

August 28th, 2020


Josie Cotton's iconic 80s record is Convertible Music but she is much more than just that one album. We get into her Russian send up song "Ukrainian Cowboy", recording songs in her studio, "Kitten Robot" and why she …

Josie Cotton: 80s music icon

August 21st, 2020


This week's talk is with Josie Cotton, best known for the songs "Johnny, Are You Queer" and "He Could Be The One" which appeared in the movie Valley …

Joel Graves: Earlimart, Everest, New Monkey Studios

August 14th, 2020


Joel Graves: musician, recording studio owner and most importantly, composer of the What Difference Does It Make theme, virtually steps into our studios. Joel has spent his career with the bands Earlimart and Everest

Talking Heads Chris Frantz

August 7th, 2020


Our talk with Chris Frantz continues as we get into why Talking Heads initially passed on signing a record contract, the genesis of Tom Tom Club and the making of the 80s music classic concert film, Stop Making Sense

Chris Frantz of Talking Heads

July 31st, 2020


We are so thrilled to talk with a member of Talking Heads, drummer Chris Frantz. Chris' book "Remain In Love" is out and we get into the details of how a guy growing up in Pittsburgh puts down his artistic paintbrush, …

Craig Rosen is back

July 24th, 2020


Craig Rosen, journalist and friend of the show, returns with more stories involving Pete Buck and a beer, keeping Johnny Cash off of a speaker phone …

The Pandoras return from the 80s

July 17th, 2020


Melanie Vammen, Karen Basset and Sheri Kaplan Weinstein are back to talk all things Pandoras and what happens when a band that created a loyal …

80s Garage Band: The Pandoras

July 10th, 2020


Melanie Vammen, Karen Basset and Sheri Kaplan Weinstein join us for a talk about their band, The Pandoras. They share their experiences as a young Southern Californian band coming of age in the 80s music scene and keep …

Nick Egan: Punk Rock Video Director

July 3rd, 2020


Sure he's directed videos for Kylie Minogue and Bon Jovi (just don't tell Thom Yorke) but Nick Egan takes a punk rock approach to his videos. This leads to some clashes (pun intended) with Oasis and memorably Alanis …

Nick Egan Visual Artist

June 26th, 2020


Self-proclaimed "creative vandal" Nick Egan has created some of the most iconic 80s album artwork from The Clash and Bow Wow Wow to INXS and Duran Duran. In part one of our two part interview, we discuss how Nick got …

Alison Ellwood Director of Laurel Canyon documentary

June 19th, 2020


We talk with director Alison Ellwood to discuss her latest documentary centered around the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 60s and 70s. Alison provides some great insight into what it takes to bring a documentary such …

Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go's Part 2

June 12th, 2020


Our conversation with Kathy Valentine continues as she looks to the future as a Mother, Musician and Go-Go. We start off talking about the music she composed for her book "All I Ever Wanted", which leads to family …

Kathy Valentine of The Go-Gos

June 5th, 2020


Anyone that has listened to our podcast for even a short period of time would probably recognize that we are huge fans of 80s music icons: The …

Doug "Cosmo" Clifford Drummer for Creedence Clearwater Revival

May 29th, 2020


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Doug Clifford joins us at What Difference Does It Make.  Our discussion starts with the Golliwogs, the band that …

Drummer Glen Sobel talk continued

May 22nd, 2020


It's another great talk on What Difference Does It Make as Glen Sobel tells us the secret to getting into Alice Cooper's Band, his experience on a …

Glen Sobel Interview

May 15th, 2020


Glen Sobel, drummer extraordinaire for Alice Cooper and Hollywood Vampires tells us about his start in the business and the prep that needs to be …

Valley Girl 2020

May 8th, 2020


We got the opportunity to talk with Producer Steven Wolfe and Director Rachel Lee Goldenberg for the just released re-imagining of the 80s film,

Andrew Gold "Something New" Part 2 talk with Leslie Kogan Gold

May 1st, 2020


Our talk continues as Leslie Kogan Gold tells us all the exciting ideas she has to keep Andrew Gold's music fresh and exciting. Besides the new album

Andrew Gold album "Something New" talk with Leslie Kogan Gold

April 24th, 2020


To celebrate the release of "Something New: Unreleased Gold" by Andrew Gold, we got the opportunity to talk with Leslie Kogan Gold. It was a real …

Music Journalist Craig Rosen Interview

April 17th, 2020


We talk to Craig Rosen, the man literally wrote the book on Number One Albums and R.E.M. We dig into Craig's origin story as a Valley Boy Hebrew …

JC Douglas answers some questions

April 10th, 2020


If you've listened to our show at all you know that Holly and Dave ask each other music trivia questions at the end of each episode. JC Douglas from …

JC Douglas Interview

April 3rd, 2020


We are thrilled to get the opportunity to talk to Nova Scotia radio legend, JC Douglas. We talk about all things radio including first jobs, favorite …

KROQ 1983 Top 106.7 songs 10 to 1

March 27th, 2020


Please, please tell me now! What was the number 1 song on the World Famous KROQ's, Roq of the 80s 1983 countdown? Well you'll just have to listen to …

1983 KROQ Top 106.7 Songs 20 to 11

March 20th, 2020


Well in this time of social distancing we heed the words of David Bowie, "I don't want to go out. I want to say in. And get things done". We do our best by consuming bagels and talking about haircuts, the German …

1983 KROQ Top 106.7 Songs 30 to 21

March 13th, 2020


Did you see the video? Holly continually swats away the question. Okay maybe she didn't see the videos, but she knows the songs. We discuss the most …

1983 KROQ Top 106.7 Songs 40 TO 31

March 6th, 2020


This week's episode feels just like the video for "The One Thing by INXS as we devour Randy's donuts and try to figure out how to pronounce the dessert known as blancmange. In between donuts, there's talk of South …

1983 KROQ Top 106.7 Songs 50 to 41

February 28th, 2020


This episode includes talk of cover songs, alcohol and break-ups. No we have not switched formats to country music but each song we discuss this week …

1983 KROQ Top 106.7 Songs 60 to 51

February 21st, 2020


Counting down the hits from 1983 as played on radio station KROQ in Los Angeles entails more rabbits holes to go down. We end up analyzing the number …

1983 KROQ Top 106.7 Songs 70 to 61

January 31st, 2020


This episode is dominated by Austrian superstar, Falco. We try to talk German, Alles klar? Der Kommissar and fail miserably. Falco talk naturally …

KROQ 1983 Top 106.7 Songs 80 to 71

January 24th, 2020


This episode we debate the significance of the age seventeen and the importance of the marimba. We wonder if Peter Garrett is 8 feet tall (he's …

1983 KROQ Top 106.7 Songs 90 to 81

January 17th, 2020


This week we talk about songs we totally love like Aztec Camera and songs we that left us oblivious. Plus more parenthesis talk! However, instead of being positive like (Keep Feeling) and (Go For It!), the directions …

1983 KROQ Top 106.7 Songs 100 to 91

January 10th, 2020


From haircuts (A Flock of Seagulls vs. Kajagoogoo) to TV and Film actors (Spandau Ballet) to literally parenthesis telling you to (Go For it!) and …

KROQ 1983 Top 106.7 of the year songs 106.7 to 101

January 3rd, 2020


We start off our KROQ countdown of 1983 by talking about mullets and the Love Boat. Don't worry it all makes sense. There are some lost classics …

1983 Pop Culture Part 2

November 8th, 2019


The "olds" try not to be poseurs and stay woke in this Part 2 special looking back at Pop Culture of 1983. We are primed and ready as continue to …

1983 Pop Culture Part 1

November 1st, 2019


We kick off a new season of What Difference Does It Make by diving into the year 1983. Before we do our deep dive into the music we go down the …

Dan McGrath Interview Part 2

October 18th, 2019


Holly and Dave continue their lively talk with Dan McGrath, composer of The Strictly Come Dancing series in the UK and self-proclaimed 80s music …

Dan "The Sound Man" McGrath Interview

October 11th, 2019


The week we talk to Dan McGrath, composer of The Strictly Come Dancing series in the UK and self-proclaimed 80s music nerd. Dan talks about his love of Depeche Mode, Gary Numan and Yazoo and shares a few encounters he's …

Nick Bedding: Record Promotions Guy Part Two Interview

October 4th, 2019


In part two of our interview with Record Promotions Guy, Nick Bedding, we talk about how Nick learned his chops from some of the best promo people around like Phil Costello, Jeffrey Naumann and Claire Parr.  It's a fun …

Nick Bedding: Record Promotions Guy. Part One Interview

September 27th, 2019


In the first part of our interview, Nick Bedding talks about his first exposure to music in his hometown of Croydon which is South of London to his move to Valencia, California which is north of nowhere. We'll hear …

Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek Tribute

September 21st, 2019


Holly and Dave celebrate the music of Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek. Two artists that knew how to exhibit their own brand of cool and were able to …

Trevor Steel of The Escape Club Interview

September 13th, 2019


We are very happy to welcome Trevor Steel of The Escape Club into our studios. Trevor was happy to share band stories including where he was when he found out "Wild, Wild West" had hit number one, the terror he faced …

Pasadena Daydream Wrap Up Show

September 4th, 2019


Dave and Holly venture outside the studio to experience an actual concert going experience. The Pasadena Daydream Festival curated by Robert Smith of …

Pasadena Daydream Preshow Podcast Part 2

August 28th, 2019


For part 2 of our Pasadena Daydream Festival Preshow tailgate party, Dave lays down his rules for preparing for a concert. Holly provides the …

Pasadena Daydream Preshow Podcast Part 1

August 21st, 2019


Dave and Holly have a drawing to determine which 5 of the 10 bands that each will discuss for the Pasadena Daydream Festival curated by Robert Smith …

Nick Longo interview on Artist Logos Part 2

August 16th, 2019


It's the final part of our  "What Difference Does It Make Podcast" interview with Nick Longo of Longo Designs. Nick lets us know that sometimes fonts work for bands like NWA and Pink Floyd, most hair metal fonts had a …

Nick Longo Interview on Artist Logos Part 1

August 9th, 2019


What makes an iconic Artist Logo? It's a lot to consider but sometimes simplicity is best. Branding Specialist Nick Longo of Longo Designs breaks it down for us and lets us know why KISS, AC/DC and Aerosmith, among many …

Nick Longo Interview Album Covers Part 2

August 2nd, 2019


In part 2 of our interview with Nick Longo of Longo Designs, we dissect the two iconic Rush album covers, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures and …

Nick Longo Interview Album Covers Part 1

July 26th, 2019


In part 1 of our extensive interview with Brand Builder Nick Longo, we discuss why the What Difference Does It Podcast logo works so well, after all he is the person that created it. We also talk about what defines 80s …

KROQ 1982 Countdown Song Numbers 10 to 1

July 19th, 2019


In our season 3 finale, we wrap up the year that was 1982 on the KROQ charts. The Go-Gos take a vacation, Sparks make some predictions and Foster Farms gives a unique twist to Human League's "Don't You Want Me". Plus …

KROQ 1982 Countdown Song Numbers 20 to 11

July 12th, 2019


Dave and Holly discuss going to a Go-Go with The Rolling Stones, Aidan Quinn and Darryl Hannah dancing to Romeo Void and Toni Basil strutting her …

KROQ 1982 Countdown Songs Numbers 30 to 21

June 21st, 2019


Summer is here so Holly and Dave start imagining going on a Duran Duran type tour and heading to Sri Lanka or hanging out to the beach and listening …

KROQ Countdown Song Numbers 40 to 31 from 1982

May 24th, 2019


In our "bits and chunks" episode of What Difference Does It Make, we discuss a couple Levis commercials, Principal Vernon from The Breakfast Club and …

1982 KROQ Countdown Song Numbers 50 to 41

May 17th, 2019


A lot to unravel in this episode. Tattoos on Jews, John Cusack or Adam Levine, Stan Ridgway singing inside a pot full of beans and we learn about …

1982 KROQ Countdown Song Numbers 60 to 51

April 26th, 2019


Holly and Dave try to get water? milk? blood? from a turnip in this episode and discuss Inglorious Bastards, Area Codes, prank phone calls and …

1982 KROQ Countdown Song Numbers 70 to 61

April 19th, 2019


Dave and Holly have an "interesting" episode. They begin by wondering if the word "interesting" is an effective word to describe something of …

1982 KROQ Countdown Song Numbers 79 to 71

April 12th, 2019


In this episode Holly and Dave discuss how nice it would be to be Nick Lowe and unexpectedly receive a million dollar check for a song you wrote 20 …

1982 KROQ Countdown Song Numbers 90 to 80

April 5th, 2019


Holly and Dave are back at it going back to 1982 and talking about the songs we heard back in 1982 on KROQ Roq of The 80s in Los Angeles. In this …

Rock Hall Inductees 2019 Part 2

March 28th, 2019


In anticipation of the 2019 Inductees, Dave and Holly spend most of their time talking about wanting to see Janet and Def Leppard in Vegas and The …

Rock Hall Inductees Class of 2019

March 22nd, 2019


Dave and Holly talk about the the seven Inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2019. In this episode, we start off our conversation with …

1982 KROQ Countdown 100-91

March 1st, 2019


Simon LeBon may have said being on a boat for Duran Duran's Rio video was a joke but Holly and Dave knew this something to aspire to. We should all …

1982 KROQ Music Countdown 106.7 to 101

February 22nd, 2019


Dave and Holly talk about the songs that we heard on KROQ, Roq of the 80s in 1982. The first song on the list "I Had Sex With ET" by Barnes and …

Freddy Snakeskin of KROQ Interview Part 3

January 25th, 2019


In the final of our 3 part interview with Freddy Snakeskin. We talk about more about the air talent including Richard Blade and Swedish Egil and the beginning of the end for the ROQ of the 80s format. Freddy discusses …

Freddy Snakeskin of KROQ Interview Part 2

January 16th, 2019


Freddy Snakeskin talks about helping the innovator of the "ROQ of the 80s" format, Rick Caroll manage KROQ and then taking over for Rick and becoming …

Freddy Snakeskin of KROQ Interview Part 1

January 9th, 2019


Holly and Dave get to interview one of their radio heroes, the one and only Freddie Snakeskin, air talent and PD for KROQ Roq of the 80s. In part 1, …

Favorite Albums from 1982 Part 2

November 9th, 2018


Dave and Holly continue their talk about their favorite 80s music records from 1982. Holly seems to favor bands from Down Under like INXS and Split …

Favorite Albums from 1982

November 2nd, 2018


Dave and Holly talk about their favorite 80s music albums from 1982. Holly liked to dance and swoon citing Yaz and ABC. Dave liked to feel morbid …

KROQ 1981 Top Songs 20 to 11

October 12th, 2018


We've reached number 11 as we do our deep dive into the top 106.7 songs played on KROQ in 1981. The women reign supreme as Chrissie Hynde, Lene …

KROQ 1981 Top Songs 30 to 21

October 3rd, 2018


Dave and Holly continue to count down the songs played on KROQ in 1981. Dave reminisces about The Waitresses and Square Pegs, attempts to remind …

KROQ 1981 Top Songs 39 to 31

September 26th, 2018


Holly and Dave discuss songs 39 to 31 of the KROQ countdown from 1981. Strange but true KROQ played Rush's Tom Sawyer in 1981 so Holly gets to geek …

KROQ 1981 Top 106.7 songs 69 to 40

September 19th, 2018


Holly and Dave continue their discussion of the top 106.7 songs played on KROQ in 1981. In this Ep we go through songs 69 (wink) to number 40. So …

KROQ 106.7 Top Songs of 1981

September 10th, 2018


Holly and Dave talk about the top 106.7 songs played on Los Angeles radio station KROQ, Roq of the 80s in 1981. In this first part we get up to song …

Jeff Lynne's ELO

August 31st, 2018


Holly sees Jeff Lynne's ELO and we see if there's any difference between shows from 1978 and 2018. Holly frets about the alleged meaning behind …

80s Tribute Bands

August 22nd, 2018


Dave and Holly discuss tribute bands. And would Holly actually take a couple Sheryl Crow albums as her Desert Island Discs? Would Dave take The …

The 80s Retro Futura show with ABC and Modern English

August 15th, 2018


Dave and Holly discuss the expectations and realities of seeing a nostalgic 80s show featuring ABC, Modern English, Tony Lewis of The Outfield, …

1980 Yacht Rock Oingo Boingo and Abba

July 23rd, 2018


Dave & Holly continue to discuss their love (and hate) of music from 1980. The year has a wide variety of genres and we get into a few. We …

Our Favorite Music from 1980

July 5th, 2018


Dave & Holly discuss more music from the year 1980 and we discover that we need an assistant to help us remember everything.

Listen to the …

KROQ 106.7 Best Songs of 1980

June 25th, 2018


Dave and Holly discuss the 1980 KROQ playlist and love that both Squeeze and AC/DC are on it. Plus, why does Holly hate Devo?

Don't forget to …

What Difference Does It Make -Trailer

May 28th, 2018


Welcome to What Difference Does It Make, the 80s music podcast.. Dave and Holly talk all things 80s, but mostly music.

You can find us on your …

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