Louder: Zach Sang, the Ryan Seacrest of the Youth, Wants to Save Radio

Plus: Romeo Santos, Marcus King, Moneybagg Yo and More
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By Caryn Ganz

Pop Music Editor

Is a 29-year-old with a gift for chatting with pop superstars the future of radio? Jon Caramanica visited Zach Sang, whose syndicated program aired on around 80 terrestrial radio stations across the country. In March, he began broadcasting on Amp, Amazon’s still-in-beta radio app. “I want them to understand that there’s a better version of radio out there,” he said of listeners he’s yet to reach. “Radio that doesn’t play the same songs every 42 minutes.”

Our fall preview started to roll out this week, with Jon’s feature on Moneybagg Yo (the biggest rap star to emerge from Memphis in a generation) and Giovanni Russonello’s conversation with Ahmad Jamal, the 92-year-old pianist who has always avoided looking back … but is making an exception this fall with two archival live releases.

Plus: Alex Pappademas profiled Marcus King, whose new album is “a collection of brawny hard-rock songs in the audibly hirsute tradition of the James Gang, Grand Funk and early ZZ Top”; Jon spoke with the singer-songwriter whose “Complex” love song exploded on TikTok; Taylor Swift dropped news of a new album; and our New York Today newsletter brought word of a Whitney Houston-related softball team.

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