See, people are happy that the DJs are going away. But, to me, the DJs are what seperates my radio from my iPod.
You want a wide variety of uninterrupted music? Put in a CD, tape or iPod.
In the past, radio stations had personalities, and personality. But then it started. Media giants Clear Channel and Infinity started taking away the uniqueness and varying musical tastes of different markets. Playlists were faxed and emailed in from faraways locations.
My friend worked at an alternative rock station when the corporate takeovers first started. He used to call me at home, ask me to call the station, and request a specific song. The stinking playlist was already set; the station just wanted to keep up appearances that listeners still had a modicum of programming control. I asked my friend if they ever actually put on listener requests. He said, “Only if the requested song was coming up.” Sometimes they would record a caller requesting a song, and save it for sometime in the next couple of days.
Then the advent of increased syndication began. DJs were consolidated and piped to multiple markets. People lost their jobs; radio markets lost a little more of their soul.
Now even more people are actually losing their jobs because some idiot corporate hacks think the only way to compete with iPods and multi-disc changers is to become exactly like the iPods and multi-disc changers. If I want to listen to the Bee Gees followed by Dr. Hook followed by Rob Base, I’ll burn a CD.
Homogenization is not progress. I remember going to different parts of the country and hearing music I didn’t hear very often (or ever) back at home. Now, I can drive from Detroit to Springfield, IL and hear Mr. Big’s “To Be With You” in seven different markets in the same day. The first time you hear a long-forgotten ‘oldie,’ you think, ‘Wow! Haven’t heard this in a while.’ Then you keep driving, and you hear it again. And again. And again. And you’re reminded of the homogenized corporate playlist society we actually live in.
ugh this is becoming a rant. Forgive me.