Thank God for College Radio
Perhaps you’ve never lived in a little college town (although, if I know you’re reading this blog, you probably have). But for the uninitiated, allow me to describe the radio options out here:
- Syndicated Clear Channel pop crap
- Mass-produced Nashville country
- All Nickleback, All the Time (which doesn’t even come in well)
- More Clear Channel Nashville Pop Country Crap
- A mediocre NPR station (they try hard, but if you’ve even been to a city with good public broadcasting, well…)
- College Radio
Now, the nice thing about our college radio station is that it’s totally freeform, as near as I can tell. DJs seem to have an immense amount of freedom, no enforced playlist here. Really, no format at all. Jazz, rap, electronica, classic rock, alt rock, pop music, hip hop, more rap, different alternative… we got it all, and you can never tell from show to show what you’re getting. In fact, inside a show, you may not know.
I just heard, in a row:
Hurt by Johnny Cash
Common People by William Shatner
A disco version of Comfortably Numb that is so fabulous I can’t even think straight
And Cum on Feel the Noize. (which, apparently, you can't buy on iTunes)
Genius. Sheer genius. I actually listened to about the next hour of material, because it pretty much kept being good like that.