does this make my pint glass a collector’s item?

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so, 96wave is no more. which blows.

i was never a huge fan of the station (and it’s been going downhill for over a year, anyway), but this really sucks. who’s going to put local bands on the air now? i haven’t listened to the new format yet – but i can’t believe it will last. from descriptions i have read, it sounds too much like my iPod (with the loud stuff deleted). i really hate what corporate radio is doing to our airwaves.

some folks will say, “switch to satellite radio.” which gets you much better rotation and format choice – but what about the local music scenes? what about traffic, and weather, and live remotes where you can get free schwag? i really didn’t like the switch to the syndicated Free Beer and Hot Wings show in the mornings (although i did enjoy the show itself), simply because of the local disconnect.

i’d almost like to see (hear) somebody local start an internet radio station that hewed to the “classic” 96wave format – but with the legal morass that is internet radio right now, there’s really no way that could happen. whee! welcome to uninterrupted corporate radio!

not sure if i want to cry or spit, really. guess i’ll just tune back to NPR now.

quote of the day:

“I never tried to prove nothing, just wanted to give a good show. My life has always been my music, it’s always come first, but the music ain’t worth nothing if you can’t lay it on the public. The main thing is to live for that audience, ’cause what you’re there for is to please the people.” – Louis Armstrong

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2 Responses to “does this make my pint glass a collector’s item?”

  1. this has been a rough year… « i’m not drunk enough for this. Says:

    […] 96Wave was replaced with the horrible excrescence that is “Chuck FM,” and now Cumberlands is […]

  2. jeff dykhuis Says:

    Again, great point, these mega conglomerate radio stations that phase out the local activity complain that advertising revenue is down and then lay off the human factor. if the listenership is down, who’s going to want to advertise even if they can afford it? I remember growing up with AOR radio and one or two local college stations. They could play what ever they wanted the album oriented rock stations could play any track off any album and the college stations actually had shows where they would play an entire new release. now its up to the program director in his office chair in new york city who thinks he has a finger on the pulse of the huge demographic 3 or 4 states away. Even sirius and xm have canceled great channels and replaced them with mass market crowd pleasers. Thank god for internet radio like radio free texas, internet radio is the only thing i turn on anymore.

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