When the station that calls itself “The Rock Station” broadcasts syndicated talk shows for at least 45 hours a week – and that is DOWN from the point when they played talk for at least 60 hours a week.
…when the funky, ecclectic independant station (where you could hear just about anything at any given time, including new releases from unknowns, world music, folk, blues and local artists) gets bought out by one of the biggies and the playlist shrinks to about 1/4 of its original size, and they have the nerve to use the slogan “we play the full range of rock”. No you don’t. You used to come close. Now you suck aardvark genitalia. No pie for you.
And every damn day, they play either “Levon” or “Tiny Dancer” usually right around 3 pm. Kentucky-fried Christ this drives me nuts!
I hate local radio in any major city i’m in. Between the repetative corporate playlists and the cookie-cutter radio “personalities” i’ve resigned from it all. Now it’s straight cd’s and XM radios CNN, FoxNews, or various channels.
And now, an answer to the “Tiny Dancer every day about 3PM” rant:
When I programmed KDLX, I had a certain category of songs we used for special occasions.
They were called “Shit Songs.” No, not because they were crappy songs.
Each song was over 6:30 in length, hence, Tiny Dancer, Hotel California, Stairway to Heaven, etc. (Sorry, but it’s the end of the work day and my brain’s fried. Otherwise I probably could think of some more.) So, the songs being so long, you could visit “Studio P(ee)” and meditate for a few minutes.
Methinks you’ve found someone who likes to take a 6 minute potty siesta around the same time each day.
Stations where you hear the same three songs going TO work and coming FROM work.
Or the entire state of Alabama. I once drove across it, scanning the dial frantically, and I don’t think there as a moment when that crapass Courtesy of the Red White And Bluecountry song wasn’t playing somewhere.
I remember when FM radio was first getting popular, back in the late 60’s. The DJs all sounded like they were strung out on some type of downer. They “spun sides” back then, played a whole side of an album at time. There were VERY few commercials, and the few commercials they did have were about something cool. So the side would play on and on, then it would end, there was always at least 10 seconds of silence, usually more, then the downed-out DJ would finally come out of his stupor and say something softly and slowly like “Wow man, that was heavy”.
The local rock station, KATT, still does this, pauses, lax tone-of-voice and all! They play seven albums on Sunday evening in their entirety, with the deejay announcing the full album title, tracklist, and running times of both the album as a whole and each track. Catch the stream sometime.
Chicago doesn’t do too bad. But it could be improved upon. We have a great jazz station out of a college, and we have WXRT for eclectic rock. And we have the Drive for oldies. Everything else pretty much blows moose udders in hell.