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    elwior, ColoTim, Miggles, Dissentinator

    Are we talking about people who live in or pass through small towns? If you pass through them, most local stations are only powerful enough to last 10-15 minutes before they fade out. What can you possibly get out of that? And for locals, I'm guessing they have other, more interactive ways of connecting to other locals.

    When I drove cross-country 20 years ago, it was still mostly crazyass religious shows about fornication and JEEZus!, really bad country music, and idiotic talk radio about soshulizm and big guvmint. Is that something to miss? Radio hasn't been a big part of US culture outside the wingnut sphere for decades.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:44:29 PM PST

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    •  Stopped Listening To Radio in the 90's (9+ / 0-)

      I stopped listening to radio in the early 90's. Most of the channels played the same few songs, within a fairly narrow segment of popular music. Whether it was Adult Contemporary, Country, Solid Gold, or Oldies, or whatever, the variety was replaced by bland sameness. Talk radio even then was dominated by stupidity, sensationalism, and inanity. And every damn radio station had their version of The Morning Zoo, a concept that is intolerable when badly executed by unfunny copycats. Then, without the old FCC mandated limits to commercial time, gradually more and more ads began to take over programming, and soon there was almost 15 minutes of commercials for every half hour. Thank goodness for the calm at the low end of the FM dial - the local NPR stations, which at least presented a solid hour of news, and unique programming on weekends. But still, my tape deck, then the CDplayer, and then my MP3 player are what I've spent my time in a car listening to.

      Every now and then a small, miracle happens. In my town, one of the religious stations gave up, and new ownership came along, and they're trying an old standards format: Mel Torme, Sinatra, Diana Krall, Michael Bible and the like. I listen to it now and then, but they are tiny, and trying to use the public radio approach, with public funding. I don't have much hope they will last. A month ago I spent a week in Baton Rouge, and this little station -- also on the low end of the dial -- played some kick-ass Louisiana boogie all day long: a hellacious mix of blues, swing, and zydecko. I wanted to hop right out of my car and dance in the street.

      Big Radio sold their soul to the devil when they created automated formats, pre taped shows, centralized broadcasts, and dirt cheap talk radio created for ditto heads. (If you really watch WKRP in Cincinnati, this is the essential conflict that drives the show. Big Mama Carlson was always threatening to fire everyone and turn the station over to an all-talk format. Most people think fondly of this show because it was so funny and had indelible characters, but it also painted a very accurate picture of the radio business.) I feel no pity for these stations, and can't wait for their demise. Dr. Johnny Fever was right.

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