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Soundwaves Pulled from ScheduleEdit

With no fanfare or announcement, production on Soundwaves was halted following the Christmas special due to Willis' suspension from PCT. The crime: One videotape, needed to complete a reel for the fundraiser ... taken from a locked closet without permission. The punishment: Six months' suspension and a loss of key privileges.

While technically on the wrong side of the law, Willis offered up the informtion "to be honest," and was disciplined by then-general manager Jack Shafer. "I was infuriated. I mean, we were doing a fundraiser the next day and nobody was around at two in the morning! He didn't have to be like that."

This only exascerbated the tension between Willis and Shafer.

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1997 EpisodesEdit

Once Soundwaves resumed production, it came out of the gate like a charging bull. The show aired four summer episodes before shifting into a 4-week countdown hyping the new format. Once "Evolution" aired on October 15, 1997, it marked a stylistic shift from the grungier vibe that had defined the more casual episodes from 1995-96.

The overall aesthetic of pop and hip-hop music videos had shifted to a more colorful, glamourous style, so the order of the day became to dress sharp and embrace a looser delivery style. "Return of the Mack" marked the return of Joe McCaffrey after a 9-month absence. "Evolution" introduced new host Juli Tolleson.

EP# AIR DATE TITLE
255 7/09/97 "Return of the Mack"
256 7/23/1997 "The Coast Is Toast"
257 8/12/1997 "The Making of Soundwaves"
258 8/24/1997 "Make It A Video Plus Night"
259 9/10/1997 "The Countdown Begins"
260 9/24/1997 "Countdown 2"
261 10/1/1997 "Countdown 3"
262 10/8/1997 "Countdown 4"
263 10/15/1997 "Evolution"
264 11/4/1997 "Life Goes On"
265 11/26/1997

"Tales From the Fishbowl" (featuring lost Tupac Shakur footage, Guest: Big Shrimp!)

266 12/20/1997 "Christmas Preview" (Pedro Point sunset, no hosts)
267 12/20/1997 "8x Pre-Game Show"
268 12/20/1997 "8th Annual Soundwaves Christmas Party"

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