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14 June 2006 @ 03:32 am
Buzzkill. Literally.  
Me driving to work on Friday morning: "Wait a minute. This does not sound like rock and/or roll. Buhwhuzzat. Need coffee."

Way back when I discovered 105.9 The Buzz, it quickly became my favorite radio station. State College has other modern rock channels, but The Buzz played a unique mix of hard rock and more mellow rock, such as Coldplay, that coordinated well with it. It had the Chris and Jim morning show, which was local, long-running, and popular.

So what did its owners do? If you guessed that they switched it to "hot country" with no warning whatsoever - let alone a chance for fans to try to save the format - you win all the empty pop cans on my desk. (There's also a sleepy Chester, but he's not for sale or trade.)

Yeah. Because the first goddamned thing that comes to mind when you run the radio dial in central PA is that there isn't enough country. And because there's no such thing as Froggy 98, a well-known country station with a huge fan base and a signal that reaches up here loud and clear. And because dull crapola like "hot country" is going to magically appeal to fans of modern rock. You know, I do like some country. If it's a good song, I'm not going to hate on it just because of its genre label. Example: Garth Brooks' "Thunder Rolls". But that's the type of country found on Froggy, which is not a "hot" station. The "music" they were playing on 105.9 when I thought the morning show was pranking somebody? Boring shit with a twang.
 
 
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Pixiepixie_bee on June 14th, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)
they also play RAP.

which is why i deal with it and listen to quickrock. i really wish wmmr was recieved in our area.
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on June 14th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
Wait...is there a such thing as country rap now? I really should not be reading LJ before caffeinated. That might be too scary of a concept for my brain to handle.

I listen to QWK Rock, too. They were better when Fish was around (before Forever took over and canned him), but at least they still have Jerry Valeri. Speaking of rap and stations that play it, I gave the former Rev another shot, and their mix still comes off like the musical equivalent of Ninja Turtle pizza.

Are you talking about this WMMR? It looks like they broadcast over the internets. That wouldn't solve the problem of what to listen to in the car, but it would give me more awesomeness to listen to while working on my crafty stuff.
Victoria Maeve: alex // hardcoresyncopated_time on June 14th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
WMMR is my local rock station of choice. Sadly, it's the only REAL rock station in the area since Y100 (format equivalent - the old Rev 101.1) switched to "urban contempory" with no notice.

MMR is pretty good though. Good mix of new stuff and classics.

Anymore though I prefer my iPod. It ensures I don't have to hear the same Nickleback song 6+ times a day. ;)
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on June 14th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
Yeesh. Nickelback. I liked "This Is How You Remind Me"...and then some of their other singles came out, and I decided that they got their name because "That was a total waste of time...give me my nickel back". That damned pants around your feet song that made me feel slimy when I paid attention to the lyrics! LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH! Aaaaarrrrggggh! *asplodey*
Victoria Maevesyncopated_time on June 14th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
I think you were the one that mentioned (maybe a year or so back?) the Nickleback mashup with one song in the left channel and another song on the right channel -- and it all FIT? That just blew my mind, until I listened to some more Nickleback (*twitch*) and realised it's the same 5 chords, smae structure... Yeah.

Oh, if you like modern rock alternative, www.y100rocks.com is a pretty sweet webcast with some deep cuts and otherwise nifty tunes.
Admiral Biyotcharafel on June 14th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
It is SO not fair when that happens. Radio stations turn over with some frequency (har!) here in the NY metro area, and it sucks to tune in only to find some itinerant preacher interspersed with crappy Christian rock where there once were some good tunes. Bah.
eve11: sga_wtfeve11 on June 14th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
ugh, that totally sucks. way back in the olden days of yore, I used to listen to 106.1 getting ready for school. It was rock or pop or something like that (every day at 5:30am they played Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem). Then one day I about missed the bus because for no reason they switched to "cool jazz 106.1". Ugh.

In the 'burgh here we've got independent granola contemporary WYEP which actually is pretty good. And a new one is Bob FM with the catchphrase "We play anything." They are actually pretty cool too. I like them better than WDVE which is the classic rock station.
dreaming_anyadreaming_anya on June 14th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
Love your SG Atlantis avatar. :)

Anyway, they did the same shit down here. They changed a well-known rock station (Zeta) and changed it to a spanish/dance station. Heh, b/c you know, that S. Fla is lacking in that type of music. -_-
Shikgonadsandstrife on June 14th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
A freind of mine is operations manager for G101 (formerly Revolution 101) here in State College,. The new format is top 40. HE HATES IT. He hates top forty, he's a techno/dance/trance/DnB guy. He has to listen to the station CONSTANTLY in case they fuck up or go off the air because he has to fix it. The station is being sold soon & he keeps saying, "I can't fucking WAIT to be out of radio. Sometime I'll be asleep...& I'll wake up in the middle of the night & turn on the radio JUST to make sure we're still on the air."

Radio is dead. With my 11,701 songs on my iPod I'm my own better radio station
barawnbarawn on June 19th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
While switching from rock -> country suddenly is pretty shocking, I still don't think you beat out the switching that happened to The Fox in Columbus about a year ago.

That station was classic rock, and a freaking good selection, too. It was easy to have an entire ride home where there wasn't one song that didn't make you go "man, I love this song." Plus Bob & Tom in the mornings, so that's perfect.

Then, one weekend morning, we turn on the radio, and what do we hear but Ted Danson. Ted Danson? Then Kirstie Alley. What?! Yeah. The audio from Cheers. OK. We figure it's some ad that they're running, and ignore it.

Nope. Three days later, they're still playing the Cheers audio. And then in the fourth day, suddenly, it's just... well, top 40 crap. I quick go to the website... and there's just a "Coming Soon: The Brew!" which wasn't even there the days before. Days pass, and still nothing - and I quickly find out that the station shifted over, and yeah, they pulled the Bob and Tom show in the mornings.

Took about a month before another station picked up Bob & Tom, but I still miss the song selection. Nothing really the same out here.

Still, though. Cheers? What the hell?