About Us

What even is a "radio" anyways?
 
Well, besides being a great song from Rancid, modern radio has changed quite a bit in recent years. Radio was traditionally a broadcast signal that one could "tune-in" to through an electronic device also known as a radio receiver.
 
Chances are you are probably reading this page on a portable device that picks up radio signals and provides you with entertainment and information in a very similar fashion. Although now you can interact with the information on a screen instead of being a passive listener. So while things may have changed, they've also remained the same.

Pop Punk Radio aims to provide the same great music and entertainment, although we are changing with the times and revamping the methods in which we bring it to you. Online streaming services have revolutionized the way in which human beings interact with music. We certainly have no desire to fight this phenomena. In fact, we are embracing it.
 
However, we do believe that there is still an interest in hearing music that was not chosen directly or indirectly by the listener. There is still a joy in discovering and being exposed to new music of a similar genre but is different enough that it won't be included in your One Direction playlist (don't worry, we won't tell anyone!). Computer algorithms may be helpful in many ways, but they will never fully replicate the human experience. 
 
One might own every Green Day album in existence, but rarely find themselves deciding to pull out an album and give it a listen. However, if one of those songs randomly pops on while driving or exercising, it absolutely gets cranked it up!! Because there is something exciting about having decisions made for you sometimes.

Pop Punk Radio will continue to evolve. We continue to aim to expose listeners to great music, thought provoking content, and "a place to go."

If you've been a fan from the early days, thank you so much for your continued support!
 
If you are just discovering us for the first time, thank you so much for checking us out!
 
I hope that fans new and old are able to find some enjoyment in what we are doing.
 
Cheers!
 
-JD
 



What is pop punk?
Pop-punk is the fusion of pop music styles with the energy and chord progressions of punk rock. A somewhat edgier and more aggressive form of pop-music or a softer, but catchier form of punk rock. 
 

What bands are considered "pop-punk" bands?
This list could go on forever, but some of the more notable bands you may have heard already include Blink-182, Green Day, Sum 41, Jimmy Eat World, New Found Glory and Fall Out Boy. The Ramones are generally considered the pioneers of pop-punk. Although they may or may not have been the first pop-punk band to exist, they were certainly one of the first to bring the style of music to the masses.
 

What styles of pop-punk exist?
The various styles of pop-punk can primarily be explained based upon certain generations or eras.

Old School Era (70s-80s): This basically includes bands such as The Ramones, Descendents, The Queers, The Riverdales, Screeching Weasel & The Buzzcocks. The music was simple, but energetic and played WAY FASTER than much of the music that exist previously.

California / Skate Era (Early-Mid 90s): This is the style that explode into the mainstream with the success of California bands such as Green Day, Offspring, Pennywise, NOFX, Bad Religion & Face to Face. This style was very popular in extreme sports videos and absolutely dominates Tony Hawk's Pro Skater soundtracks.

Mainstream Era (Late 90s-Early 00s): Pop punk was never more prevalent in mainstream culture. Bands such as Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, & Sum 41 dominated the airwaves.

Emo Era (Mid 00s): This style was ushered in, and largely defined by bands such as My Chemical Romance, New Found Glory, & Fall Out Boy. Green Day would also see a major resurgence with their "emo" album, American Idiot.

Midwest Indie Era (Late 00s-2018): This era was largely dominated by bands from the mid-western United States which often include a blending with indie music styles, performed by bands such as Mixtapes & Modern Baseball. We also witnessed the rise of "easycore" which blends pop punk with hardcore, and includes bands such as A Day To Remember, Four Year Strong, & Chunk! No Captain Chunk.

Electro-Pop Era? (2019-Current): The current era of punk is starting to see a blending with electronic elements, Green Day's latest album Father Of All Motherfuckers or Silverstein's A Beautiful Place To Drown are two shining examples. As well as Machine Gun Kelly's latest album Tickets To My Downfall, which features possibly the biggest pop punk single released in 2020 ("Bloody Valentine"). Past attempts to merge elements of electronica or rap with rock music have notoriously not gone well aside from a few exceptions. Emerging musical technology has changed the landscape and electronic elements in rock music will only progress as we move forward.

No matter what your preference is, pop punk has been around for decades. Pop punk is not going anywhere and will continue to adapt and hook new listeners generation by generation.


What does Pop Punk Radio do?

Pop Punk Radio aims to re-define the outlook of what pop punk is and can be. Gone are the days when one would walk in to a music store and find artists segregated into multiple different categories of pigeonhole specific genres. The advent of streaming media has largely allowed listeners to discover varying styles and influences mixed together without discrepency.

Some 90's kids grew up in an era when "pop punk" was essentially a dirty word that was typically used by elitist gatekeepers ("melodic hardcore" anyone?) to discredit or shame bands and the fans of those bands into unwelcoming territory within the so-called "punk" community. Just as society is evolving past racial stereotypes and prejudices, so is our music. Pop-punk is for everyone.

If you have a band that you think would be a good fit for Pop Punk Radio: contact us!

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