I don’t normally listen to radio. However, when I do, I listen to it in the car and in the car only.
Recently, I got tired of the music I had in my car and keep neglecting to burn myself a new CD, so I’ve been listening to the radio. Occasionally I find some new stuff that I like, but normally I just end up annoyed with the crap that gets broadcast over our airwaves and remember why I quit listening to the radio in the first place.
The biggest reason I don’t listen to radio is commercials. When I’m in the car, I want to be listening to music, not idiots telling me to buy their product or, even worse, commercials that attempt to be funny but inevitably fail miserably, and that’s worse. Although I have found out at work that you can tune into Q95 from Indianapolis (the flagship station of Bob and Tom) via iHeart radio and they have very few commercials and play a lot of Bob and Tom pieces during the commercial breaks. I can deal with that even though they play a lot of the same pieces over and over (and over and over again).
The second thing that pisses me off about radio is that most stations don’t tell you the name or the artist of the song that is about to play or just finished playing. If I hear something I like how am I supposed to know who the artist or song was so I can purchase the music? Radio stations do their listeners and the musicians a disservice by not performing this one simple task. The only station I know of in the Nasty Nati that does this is Q102, which sucks so I don’t listen to it. Even worse is when the station gives only half of the information. For example, I was listening to 96Rock on the way home yesterday and the DJ says, “Here’s some Soundgarden” without saying the name of the song. I did happen to know that song, but what if I didn’t? Sure I can look online and figure it out, but if you take the time to tell me who the artist is why the hell can’t you spare an extra fucking second to tell me what the name of the song is?
Lastly, DJ’s suck. They go on and on and on about stupid shit. Then they try to be funny as well, and it’s just painful to listen to. DJ’s should not attempt to be funny. If they were funny they’d invariably be comedians and not DJ’s. For any DJ’s out there that might by some freak coincidence read this: stop talking and play the damn music. I don’t want to listen to your sophomoric and lame attempts at humor. Tell me the name of the song you’re playing and then play it. When it’s time for commercials, don’t talk. Just get them over with so you can get back to music.
Luckily, I asked for (and received) a gift card and some extra cash to get a new car stereo for Christmas, so I’ll be getting one with a USB interface. This way I can have all the music I want with me without having to resort to turning on the radio. Well, except for Bob and Tom, of course…