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Tuesday, 24 April 2007
A open letter to KQRC98.3 DJ Neanderpaul's weblog...
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: the late rerun of The Tonight Show
Topic: musings on radio

A response to Neanderpaul of 98.9KQRC re"F'ing Music Snobs"
Current mood: discontent
Category:
Music

This is in response to a post 98.9 The Rock DJ Paul Marshall's recent posting on his My Space weblog, which you can read here:

From Paul's Blog...F&*!ing Music Snobs!!(4/21)

First of all...if you happen to read this, Paul, dont take this as hate mail or anything.  You and Johnny Dare are the the two main reasons I listen to The Rock anymore--rather than the music--cause you both can put on a great, entertaining show.  In fact your show reminds me more than anything of the Mighty Z-Rock from days past(in spite of your using Atomic Opera for voiceover music!)

Maybe I am a bit of a "music snob," being a prog fan, but while Id like to hear Dream Theater or Neal Morse on radio I know that aint gonna happen.  My beef is how restrictive active rock radio's format is.  Maybe more people like 3DG, Breaking Benjamin, et al than Testament, etc but do have to hear the same artist(if not the very same song) EVERY 60-90 MINUTES??  At what point did 90% of music made between 1980-1994 become something that had to be rationed out or avoided all together?  And could it be that the reason the overwhelming majority doesnt give a flying F about Converge, Lordi or Caradle of Filth(or for that matter many new bands) is because rock radio wont play them?

Radio to me quit reflecting the preference of its consumers over 15 years ago.  Between things like computer automation making it more economical to fire DJ's and voicetrack(pre-record) whole shows, ownership laws loosened up so that the majority of america's radio station are owned by a small group of large corporations(such as The Rock being one the 8-plus stations in the Entercom group), and(as Paul mentioned) the tons of money spent on "market research,"focus groups and(as the media has quietly found out)PAYOLA, radio is about the bottom line-ad revenue-therefore the stations are made to be as inoffensive as possible so we wont switch the channel. 

Sure there are alternatives if youre ready to spend monthly fees for XM or Sirius, or streaming internet radio(at least until royalty fee increases drive most of the edgy shows off).  So why not just pry open that playlist a leetle more rather than calling us all dirty names?

I had such high hopes when 97.3 was The Max.  I was actually pleasantly suprised to hear something I hadnt heard for years every once in a while, or something new..case in point--Lacuna Coil, whos coming here next Mon.  Supposedly a song from their new album was one of last year's Top 20 songs on Active Rock radio...not that we'd hear them on The Rock!  But then again The Max's ownership has issues so's thats another story.

And given Gene's prostitution of the KISS name for cash Ill take his word as a businessman but not on what good music is....

I go out and buy Kings X, DT and cds from other talented bands...but I still long for a day when radio will take a chance on new bands again and stop settling for the musical "least common denominator" and telling we the people thats what we really want....A guy can dream cant he?

 

Currently listening :
Sola Scriptura
By Neal Morse
Release date: By 06 March, 2007


Posted by antmaster6000 at 2:49 AM CDT
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A open letter to KQRC98.3 DJ Neanderpaul's weblog...
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: the late rerun of The Tonight Show
Topic: musings on radio

A response to Neanderpaul of 98.9KQRC re"F'ing Music Snobs"
Current mood: discontent
Category: Music

This is in response to a post 98.9 The Rock DJ Paul Marshall's recent posting on his My Space weblog, which you can read here:

From Paul's Blog...F&*!ing Music Snobs!!(4/21)

First of all...if you happen to read this, Paul, dont take this as hate mail or anything.  You and Johnny Dare are the the two main reasons I listen to The Rock anymore--rather than the music--cause you both can put on a great, entertaining show.  In fact your show reminds me more than anything of the Mighty Z-Rock from days past(in spite of your using Atomic Opera for voiceover music!)

Maybe I am a bit of a "music snob," being a prog fan, but while Id like to hear Dream Theater or Neal Morse on radio I know that aint gonna happen.  My beef is how restrictive active rock radio's format is.  Maybe more people like 3DG, Breaking Benjamin, et al than Testament, etc but do have to hear the same artist(if not the very same song) EVERY 60-90 MINUTES??  At what point did 90% of music made between 1980-1994 become something that had to be rationed out or avoided all together?  And could it be that the reason the overwhelming majority doesnt give a flying F about Converge, Lordi or Caradle of Filth(or for that matter many new bands) is because rock radio wont play them?

Radio to me quit reflecting the preference of its consumers over 15 years ago.  Between things like computer automation making it more economical to fire DJ's and voicetrack(pre-record) whole shows, ownership laws loosened up so that the majority of america's radio station are owned by a small group of large corporations(such as The Rock being one the 8-plus stations in the Entercom group), and(as Paul mentioned) the tons of money spent on "market research,"focus groups and(as the media has quietly found out)PAYOLA, radio is about the bottom line-ad revenue-therefore the stations are made to be as inoffensive as possible so we wont switch the channel. 

Sure there are alternatives if youre ready to spend monthly fees for XM or Sirius, or streaming internet radio(at least until royalty fee increases drive most of the edgy shows off).  So why not just pry open that playlist a leetle more rather than calling us all dirty names?

I had such high hopes when 97.3 was The Max.  I was actually pleasantly suprised to hear something I hadnt heard for years every once in a while, or something new..case in point--Lacuna Coil, whos coming here next Mon.  Supposedly a song from their new album was one of last year's Top 20 songs on Active Rock radio...not that we'd hear them on The Rock!  But then again The Max's ownership has issues so's thats another story.

And given Gene's prostitution of the KISS name for cash Ill take his word as a businessman but not on what good music is....

I go out and buy Kings X, DT and cds from other talented bands...but I still long for a day when radio will take a chance on new bands again and stop settling for the musical "least common denominator" and telling we the people thats what we really want....A guy can dream cant he?

 

Currently listening :
Sola Scriptura
By Neal Morse
Release date: By 06 March, 2007


Posted by antmaster6000 at 2:48 AM CDT
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Wednesday, 12 October 2005
Musings on Kansas City Radio
Now Playing: Invasion on ABC
Topic: musings on radio
Its been very interesting to watch the KC radio scene this month. KZPL 97.3 fm, formerly know as The Planet, became The Max and plays a mix of classic, 80s and Current hard rock. I thought at first sice it was jockelss that it was a "stunt" until they figured out which format they were playing, but with the addition of Mancow as their morning show theyre going to be a rock-oriented "Jack-FM."
Ive listened to em non-stop in my car since, but after reading Hearne Christopher's columns in the Star Im listening to see how The Max is influencing 99.7KY and 98.9 The Rock. Supposedly 99.7 is moving from AOR to a little more 80s stuff, but in what little ive heard I aint hearing it. Aside from appropriating "everything that rocks" slogan from the Max, and a couple of deep cuts here and there, no diff.
And The Rock? Still the same "flavor of the month" crap. Honestly, for the most part they are still playing a lot of the same stuff they did when I left here in 99. The Active Rock format SO needs to DIE!!!!
More Later.

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THE GROOVE MACHINE-Back on Wednesdays!
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Invasion on ABC
Topic: musings on radio
Sorry I didnt get this up here earlier, but due to my 2 new jobs(PRAISE GOD!!) Ive had to move the show back to Wed nites from 7-9CDT. Heres what I played tonight...

Torman Maxt-The Foolishness of God
Dream Aria-Blue Lady
Illuminadi-Kto Mnie wyzoli?
Argyle Park-Drive He Said
Syzygy-vertical loop
Vertical Alignment-Fell the Light
Titus-Breath of Life
King James-Pale Beyonf the Door
Crunchy-Love(Comin out of our Ears)
Stryper-Reborn
Galactic Cowboys-Ants
Valedictory-Prelude in Blood(1st & 2nd movements)
Rob Rock-Eagle
Destra-Souls for Sale
Awakening-Before I Leap
American Gomorrah-Good & Faithful Servant
Malachi-A Nation of Stars
Magdallan-Revolution Mind
AD-Time Line

THE GROOVE MACHINE-Now Wednesday nights from 7-9 CST!!

Posted by antmaster6000 at 9:05 PM CDT
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