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    wholeheartedly with what you just said. I hardly ever watch TV because of the commercials. They are idiotic, produced for morons. Many of the shows they try to peddle are the same, drivel. I often would say, just like you, "who watches this stuff?"

    Radio is so bland. I think the wave of the future is to have many of the big boys tank, have some of the real talented radio people buy up smaller assets and have it go more local again. They would gain followers by playing more diverse music and creating buzz. Radio as it is today has had a strangle hold on music in a sense. I often wondered why you didn't hear many of the new artists more often. I had to go search out new artists I liked by doing my own research and spending time on it. There is a market for good radio programming, but this need is going unmet.

    Truth is harmonious, lies are discordant.

    by Babsnc on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:18:23 PM PST

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    •  The best radio I've ever heard (9+ / 0-)

      was when WIBA in Madison used to let it's DJ's program their own playlists (back in the '70s). That freedom really brought out their talents and enthusiasm, and we were treated to a vast array of true musical artists, many of them unknown or forgotten. Add to that, commentary from the DJs who knew about them and the histories of the musical traditions.  Blues, jazz, folk, classical, reggae, .., even if you weren't 'into' that type of music, it was still a joy to listen to, and you came away with an appreciation for that style.

      It seemed like the whole town waited for 'the quiet hour' from 6-7pm, and it was noticable that it had a calming effect everywhere you went. For an hour a day, there was peace.

      A piece of America died when they were bought out and went 'top 40' or whatever.  I occasionally wonder what happened to those DJs, they were truely inspirational in their love of their craft, exemplary of the idea that one could love what they do.  Replaced by an automated jukebox. Such a waste.  

      Sorry to reminisce, but the real loss was that, that music was lost for the future.  Our sons and daughters missed the opportunity to indulge in a rich musical tapistry, and we are all poorer for it.  Generations of musicians may never be heard again, let alone appreciated for how they played, what they went through, how they matured, and what they developed.

      So yea, I hope local programming comes back, but more so, is given the freedom to evolve into something great (again).

      p.s.  Good night Dave Brubeck. You are missed, but not forgotten.  Sweet dreams kind sir.

      ...if you could brighten the day of someone who is lonely or afraid on my behalf that would be something I would love. -Station Wagon.

      by TheDuckManCometh on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 04:57:38 PM PST

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      •  Check out KDHX in St Louis (88.1 FM) (1+ / 0-)
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        Available online at
        Station is staffed by volunteers. DJs play a variety of genres and are incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

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        by blue muon on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:20:38 AM PST

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      •  Hope you don't mind me bringing this up... (0+ / 0-)

        There is a program that is on CBC Radio1, called Randy's Vinyl Tap.

        Vinyl Tap is hosted by Randy Bachman, perhaps most famously of The Guess Who. The program started as a summer fill-in, several years ago, and became so popular it became a regular program.

        Randy bases his program on listener suggestions -- there is usually a theme to them. Last week, for example, it was "cover songs". He is doing 3 programs (6 hours total) on cover songs, where he plays the original artist rendition, followed in turn by selected cover artists, so listeners can compare and contrast the versions.

        Randy frequently regales his listeners with anecdotes about the various people he has met and performed with over the past 40 years or so. I beleive some of the past programs may be available though ITunes.

        You can learn more about the program, and listen to it, through the CBC website:

        The latest edition available from the CBC website is described as follows:

        This week on an encore edition of Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman introduces us to some of the members of the Forever 27 Club.

        The number 27 has great significance in mathematics, art, religion, philosophy and other areas as well.  It is also the age at which several influential musicians died, often at the peak of their career.

        One of the earliest members was legendary blues player Robert Johnson who died in 1938, age 27.

        Amy Winehouse was the latest young singer to join the group that also includes Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison of the Doors and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones.  All died at the age of 27 but it was not until Kurt Cobain of Nirvana ended his life in 1994 that people really began to talk about the significance of the "club".

        Find out more about the Forever 27 Club when you tune in to the Tap.

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