Hello, thank you.

I am Matthew Bates. Somewhere along the way, many years ago, my nom de guerre became Mat Diablo. Silly, I know. I am professionally interested in the creation, discovery and consumption of music and radio content. I am personally interested in classic motorcycles, anything snow-related, family, and churros.

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On John Hughes (and his musical savvy)

One of the perks of my day job is getting to wake up at 5:30a on Sundays. Seriously. I get to host and program Resurrection Sunday on @91x, the cheekily named "flashback" show that I used to religiously listen to as a younger man. The torch was passed to me by the legendary Steve West, (via the legendary Chris Muckley) and that's something I take pretty seriously, believe it or not. 91X may not resemble or even acknowledge it's storied lineage these days, but this is the one time every week that I can connect the proverbial dots, between the "old" 91X and the "new" 91X.

In any case, I felt it only appropriate to curate a musical tribute to John Hughes this past Sunday. In addition to his skills as a writer, producer, and director...the man knew his music. You will be hard pressed to find anyone in the world of modern day music supervision that is so effortlessly in touch with the soundtrack to a generation, much less anyone that can so perfectly align sound with image in just a memorable way.

Was it predictable to start with Simple Minds and finish with Yello? Yep. But I wasnt trying to win hipster points...I merely aimed to evoke some joyful nostalgia amongst those who grew up with the man's work.

In death, as in life- John Hughes' work speaks for itself. Listen below:

John Hughes- A musical retrospective


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Here is an update on the city http://www.blogofsandiego.com/ . This is the real reason Jerry told Steve to F off.

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwalker

Just wanted to say that I'm a fan of the morning show on weekdays as it helps me in my new 30 minute commute. I didn't know about the show prior to the 7:45 am drive, so thanks for keeping me awake and a little sane through traffic. I'm not the type to call in to the radio, but blogs seem like the way to go to show some appreciation. Keep up the good work and I may have to provide some suggestions because there are times when I do want to call and say something on my mind. I liked the mixologist tribute this morning and you should check out the Alembic in S.F.

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia

Dearest Matt,

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my morning on The Morning Show. I also strongly agree with you that Stephanie Meyers is by far the one of the worst writers in history. <3 Your drunken compositions were very well written and I wish you the best to you and your writing.

Thank you once again.

The gamestop employee that helped you trade-in your old Xbox

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelodie


I just moved to Rabat, Morocco after having lived in Tijuana for a couple of years, and I just caught your John Hughes Tribute on Resurrection Sunday on the internet. Now that's something worth finding on the web; thanks. I agree with you on the impact of John Hughes, and your show brought me back to the mid-80's and listening to the "old" 91X while attending UCSD. Thanks again!


November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon in Morocco

Hi Mat.

I know this is not the right place to ask about the bob but any who....
For some reason the mexican audience (at least me) have no access to see Sammi's bob on your site it masrks an error on the picture, what can we do?
The TJ audience will apreciate if you can help us have a nice christmas.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuanita

I took 1 st credit loans when I was a teenager and that helped my relatives a lot. Nevertheless, I need the consolidation loans again.

March 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDunnNellie27

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