KGSR: Attack of the One Hit Wonders

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It's been ages since I've listened to radio for long periods of time. Maybe I'll catch ten minutes here or there while driving around town. When I'm at home, I tend to listen to my own music or Internet streams. Lately, I've been working a lot at my girlfriend's house, away from my CDs and MP3s, on a laptop with tinny boppa-boppa-boppa speakers. For a while I kept KGSR on in the background. Now, I'd rather have silence.

You can't tell how inexorably bad KGSR has become from brief commute-time snippets. If you listen for any extended period, the blandness becomes stunning. Edie Brickell, Warren Zevon and John Hiatt--some of my favorite musicians--all have new albums out. Thanks to KGSR, I'm sick to death of them. KGSR picks one track and plays the bleeding thing into the ground--while completely ignoring the remainder of the album. KGSR has taken some great musicians and spun, folded and mutilated them into a Top-40 format.

It's fashionable to bash Clear Channel Communications over the state of broadcast radio. If KGSR is any indication, the smaller owners aren't doing much better.

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re: KGSR: Attack of the One Hit Wonders

I DEFINITELY see you as a Warren Zevon fan...

me too!

I don't listen to the radio, period. The morning commute is unbearable if I don't have my iPod since, you know, they don't play music in the morning, anymore... (ok, yes... NPR is a decent alternative, but some mornings are too groggy for NPR).

So here's my ironic confession: I freely admit that I spend enormous amounts of time downloading the Howard Stern show, in its entirety, from newsgroups. I have a disturbing collection of CDs filled with archives of the show dating back to the 1980's... for many of those years, my collection is "complete" and I often go on hunting and trading sprees to find specific fills (anyone have a March 14, 1994?)

I obviously have recused myself from the radio complaint table.