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May Rock 50 Episode Preview

by on May.16, 2011, under Rock 50

H! Everyone.

The radio show airs on May 21, 2011, 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Because it’s my birthday month, I’m going to play some of my personal favorite songs of all time. I’ve been around for a while now, so be prepared to hear “really old stuff” and really new stuff.

If you like Hardcore Metal, Classic Rock & Metal, the Blues and songs that can lift the heart, check out the birthday show.

P.S. I may be in England at the time of the show. Mike will host in my absence.

That’s it. Stay strong. Stay safe.

–Bill Ward

P.P.S. Our “Great Rock and Metal Bands and Artists” will not be included in the May show. We’ll resume this segment in June, and the band we’re featuring is Rage Against the Machine.

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Apr Rock 50 Preview

by on Apr.28, 2011, under Rock 50

H! Everyone,

The radio show will air Saturday, April 30th, 11:00AM Pacific Time. If you like Metal and Hard Rock, then check us out.

Led Zeppelin are featured in our “Great Rock and Metal Bands and Artists” segment – it’ll be GOOD. Also, there will be a brief dedication to honor drummer Joe Morello. The song “Take Five” shows off Joe’s everlasting technique with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

DevilDriver, Soilwork and Paradise Lost will devastate us. We’ve got lots of other Metal bands and new releases also.

All waiting for you.



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Rock 50 Preview

by on Feb.28, 2011, under Rock 50

H! Everyone.

Our next radio show airs Saturday, March 5,2011.  We play the very best of today’s Metal Hardcore bands.  This month, we’ll be playing Exodus, Heaven Shall Burn, Arch Enemy, Slipknot, The Dream Is Dead and Hatebreed, as well as many more bands.

In the second hour of the show, in our segment “Great Hard Rock and Metal Bands and Artists,” The Who will be featured.  “Baba O’Riley,”  “My Generation” and more will prevail.

If you like Metal and Hard Rock, check this show out.

Stay strong,
Bill Ward

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Christmas Rock 50 Show Preview

by on Dec.07, 2010, under Rock 50

H! Everyone,

I hope you’ve enjoyed our shows throughout 2010. We’ve had some sad moments with the deaths of Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Gray. On a more private level, I have said goodbye to a number of longstanding friends, also. We’ve played some great bands and heard many new albums.

The Christmas show is always dedicated to those who will find it hard this year to make ends meet, and I think that goes for a lot of people all around the world. What I’ve put together in the way of music is sort of a mixture of different artists whom I hope will enlighten you and brighten your day. There will be some of our regular artists who appear each Christmas – Type O Negative, Foo Fighters, Annie Lennox. I’m also going to play about 40 minutes of Beatles music and solo music from George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. There will be some hardcore music, but the show will be very different from our regular hardcore shows.

Check us out, and may peace and cool be in your hearts this Christmas.

Stay safe. Stay strong.


The show is this Saturday the 11th of December from 11AM to 1PM Pacific Time.  Check out my Rock 50 page for a link to listen.

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A couple of Site Updates

by on Nov.26, 2010, under About the site, Rock 50

There’s been a couple of updates today to Bill’s site, thought we’d take a moment and point them out. First of, the merchandise page is back online. The merch page was down for awhile, as the person who was handling this had some surgery and was unable to fill any orders. She’s OK now, and you can now order Bill’s merch again. Check out the merch page here for all of Bill’s items.

Second, the archive of songs that Bill played on the November 2010 edition of his Rock 50 show is now online. You can view the full playlist on the playlist page at the following link. There is also a song sampler widget you can view here, too. Check it out:

A reminder, if you can’t see the widget, turn off ad blocking for this website. We run no advertisements here, and things like AdBlocker for Firefox will prevent this website from working properly. Thank you.

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Rock 50 – November Armistice Show Preview

by on Nov.11, 2010, under Rock 50

Hi Everyone!

Our next radio show will air November 20, 2010, and as usual, we’ll be dedicating the show to Veterans Day/Remembrance Day (Nov 11th).

In the first hour of the show, we’ll have some great Metal bands, including Anthrax, Soilwork and Ministry. We change out the Metal format in the second hour of the show, as we’ll be playing Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Billy Joel’s pinnacle song “Goodnight Saigon.”

We dedicate the show to those who fell, to all the millions who have suffered from war, and to those who serve and protect.

At 11:00 AM, November 11, 1918, the big guns of World War I ceased firing, and a fragile peace was sought. The Armistice show will illuminate through the songs played, passion, experience, and thoughts and feelings towards the dire consequences of the most destructive act of mankind – total war.

— Bill

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Halloween Rock 50 Preview

by on Oct.28, 2010, under Rock 50

H! Everyone,

The Halloween show airs Saturday, October 30. I’ve put a little bit of Halloween in the show with some of the songs. There’s an almost “Best of Metal” kicking ass in the first hour, and we have an eerie segue with Celtic Frost, Behemoth, and Arch Enemy in the second hour. “Sympathy for the Devil” wears its crown, and the Murder Dolls and The Used give their all.

If you like Metal and Halloween, then check us out – hell awaits you.

Stay safe,
Bill Ward

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Rock 50 Sep 11th Preview

by on Aug.30, 2010, under Rock 50

H! Everyone,

Our Rock 50 hardcore radio show airs on 9/11/10. In keeping with the day, we will dedicate the second hour of the show to 9/11, with such artists at The Who, Elbow, Annie Lennox, Pavarotti, Pink Floyd and many more.

Our first hour will be all hardcore metal which is the norm for our show. We’ll be playing new stuff, as well as Mastodon, In Flames and Slayer.

We will NOT feature our segment “Great Hard Rock and Metal Bands and Artists” this month. Also, because of the way we program our Halloween, Armistice and Christmas shows, I may suspend the “Great Hard Rock and Metal Bands and Artists” segment until January 2011.

OK. That¹s it for now. Check us out.

Stay strong. Stay safe.


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August Rock 50 Preview

by on Aug.20, 2010, under Rock 50

H! Everyone,

Our radio show for August is set to go Saturday, August 21st. Our segment “Great Hard Rock and Metal Bands” will feature Metallica – current and classic songs. Also, we’re playing Celtic Frost, Exodus, Nile, Rob Zombie, Mnemic, and Ozzy’s “Latimer’s Mercy.” Check us out. If your musical taste is Metal, then the Rock 50 hardcore show will be a good choice.

Stay strong,

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Rock 50 Update

by on Jul.22, 2010, under Rock 50

Hi! Everyone.

Here’s an amendment to the radio announcement of 7/21/10 in which I stated Celtic Frost and Exodus would be played on the show. I couldn’t fit them in for this Saturday – I will play them in August for sure.

Rock forever,

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