I’m just too burned out to put enough passion into this post to make it worthy of a Pit thread.
Pittsburgh radio stations.
You know, we are considered to be a medium to large city. We have a population of over a million people. If you take out all of the Yinzers, we’re pretty well diverse, too (the gene pools in Pittsburgh are as murky as the Mon on a bad day.)…
Why do our radio stations suck?
I have specific examples. There are two types of listening media that give me pleasure: talk radio and techno (“discoteque” for you Europeans). Neither is good in Pittsburgh.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We have KDKA - the first official radio station, ever, and obviously, the longest running. Believe me, it’s programmed on my car radio.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Pittsburgh radio gave the beginnings to such notables as Fred Rogers, Gene Kelly, Jim Neighbors, and Rush Limbaugh, et al.
But KDKA sucks. Traffic checks every five minutes? Is this necessary? Does anyone change their traffic pattern because of these? Raw sewage could be fountaining out of the Parkway West - I’m driving right through it.
After the traffic check, ten minutes of commercials. Yeah, ten minutes.
WPTT is no better, nor is WPIT. Our AM personalities are so hollow. Well, 1410 has some good poignant segments on it, including a Radio Mystery Theater sometimes on Saturday nights. They also have rebroadcast War Of The Worlds on occasion.
But let’s flip to the FM half of the spectrum. What are our serious choices here? B94, 105.9, 100.7, and 96.9. I have purposely left out WDVE. They are not all that and a bag of chips. Same with 96.1.
Here are my standard listening patterns:
Howard Stern on 105.9 and NPR during the commercials for my morning commute. Eh. It gets me to work.
Mike on KDKA during my lunch hour. He’s entertaining. My lunch ends before Rush comes on.
Evening commute is channel surfed between 105.9, 100.7, and 96.9. Why do I channel surf at this time? Because 105.9 inevitably plays a Pearl Jam song. Then 100.7 inevitably plays an Eagles song. Then 96.9 inevitable plays a Who or Journey song. No, I do not like these bands. I usually give up about half way home and just put 90.5 All Things Considered on for the latest news.
Weekends. My radio listening on the weekends is primarily for the non-profit stations. 89.3, 90.5, and 91.3. I catch Rush’s Saturday Best-Of show, I catch Car Talk, What Do You Know, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and Garrison Keillor.
But I am neither a sports fan, nor a Christian fundamentalist, so talk radio on the weekends is strictly out of the question.
Okay, Chicago, pull it together. You are digressing.
So, let’s get to the music. The Oldies stations suck. The New Rock stations suck. The Classic Rock stations suck. The Top 40 stations suck.
And there is no techno. I have searched and searched and searched during all hours of the day, and have yet to find a single true techno song on any Pittsburgh station. One caveat: there was a brief AM station, 820 or 840, that played a good portion of semi-techno. The AM seemed to increase the bass. But, alas, that station is no longer there.
So. Pittsburgh radio listeners. Do you know of a radio station that plays a good portion of techno?
Also. What is your favorite talk radio show in Pittsburgh. If I haven’t already listened to it, I will give it a try.