The state of Springfield radio is not good. I learned quite a bit about this ruthless industry from someone I know who used worked for Power 96.5 Jams
. Power is owned by the Journal Broadcast group, and operates Power
, and Z
Admittedly my opinion of radio is changing, I've matured and I'm having a hard time finding "my music." I've never been one to seek out new music on my own (I leave that to guys like Vapor
.), I've just been one of those sheep that listen to whatever was being played. Growing up I was pretty much a fan of the typical top 40 stuff, pop, contemporary, rock, and some alternative. These days I'm having a tough time finding a station I can keep on the dial for extended periods of time.
I obviously don't fit the demographic for Power 96.5 Jams. There's way to much hip-hop for my tastes. Occasionally I'll catch a top 40 song on that station but it's in between songs about bizzos
and clubs. Nothing I can relate to. That being said, I feel too young for stations like Alice
or even worse, KGBX
or one of the oldies stations.
I don't listen to any of the Christian or gospel music stations as again, I don't really fit the demographic (though there aren't many bizzo
and club songs).
I do find myself listening to KSMU
on my daily commute. However, as I previously ranted
, the afternoon guy's voice annoys the heck out of me.
I'm going to have to admit something a little embarrassing in order to proceed with this rant. Since moving to the country (see my blog Geek Acres
) I've... well... I've started listening to country music. I don't know what it is, but the country life and the country music seem to go together. That being said, occasionally my radio will be tuned to KTTS. Other than not knowing some songs and not liking others (still can't handle too much twang), my biggest complaint with KTTS is with the morning show. I wonder if the co-hosts can go a single commercial break without using the EXACT SAME audience cheering track break after break, day after day.
Much to the chagrin of the local blogoshpere, I do listen to NewsTalk KSGF as well. As much crap the morning show host, Vincent David Jericho, gets from the local bloggers, he does have a good show put together. Compared to the other talk station, it's a well-produced and well-engineered sounding station. I can only take Vince for so long though, especially way he goes off the deep-end with some of his super-Christian or anti-science rants.
I used to enjoy listening at lunch time to the Bill O'Reilly show on KSGF, but that has been moved to 9 PM at night for some silly reason. I rarely listen to the radio at home. Again, I find Bill's show entertaining and informative, and while I may not always agree I thought it was a good show. It was replaced during the noon hour by Laura Ingram. I can't take listening to Laura Ingram or Sean Hannity waving the party flag no matter what. The Savage show can sometimes be entertaining but mostly it's maddening. My favorite show, of which I get to listen to very little, is the Neal Boortz show. I just finished his Fair Tax book, and I'm a supporter for sure now (more on that in another post).
None of the "alternative" rock stations get much time on my dial either. It seems like most of today's rock is about pent up anger or aggression. I don't like listening to music that makes me mad. It was good when I was a teen, but now I want a little more from my music.
What's your favorite station? Are you a satellite radio user, and if so do you think it's worth it? I'm thinking it might be worth investigating.
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