Even seen that Simpsons where the KBBL brings in the computerized “DJ 3000” which utters, “How 'bout those clowns in congress. What will they do next?” Or some such thing.
And the live DJ goes, “How does it keep up with this stuff?”
All right, I can deal with Jack-FM taking over in every single market in the US, kicking old stations and jocks to the curb in the name of business. That’s just what happens.
But don’t try to sell it to me as anything other than carefully market-researched music, put together by committee, and played almost non-stop with the occasional commercial and no on-air talent.
What brought this on. . .
Apparently, they might be aware that people are reticent about the idea of the station not being “local”. I mean, that’s one of the remaining selling points of terrestrial radio, right?
They’ve apparently hired some total schmuck to write some “local quirkiness” bits which they pipe in occasionally between songs.
For example, a few things I’ve heard on Baltimore’s new Jack-FM. . .
“Anyone heard from Parris Glendening lately?” (Parris was our former Gov who has been out of the media since his term ended.)
“Jack-FM, the official station of the JFX.” (The JFX is a major artery coming into Baltimore, like if they said, “the official station of the Lincoln Tunnel,” which they probably do say up there).
What is my response supposed to be. . .“hey honey, did you hear that? They said Glendening. I haven’t thought about him in a long time. They’re really tapped into the local vibe. And I thought this station was the result of some cold corporation from afar.”
The clincher, I heard yesterday. This is almost too embarassing to repeat. . .
“Jack-FM: The suits just don’t get it.”
Did he really just say, “the suits”?
Yup he did.
Then they played a Prince song I hadn’t heard in years. It rocked.