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Saturday, February 23, 2008


Daddy Radio

A friend of mine once told me, "If I want to hear music, I'll just turn on the radio.

I don't remember what happened after that. I either involuntarily tackled him to the ground or I just fainted dead away.

I haven't listened to music radio since 1982, except for a 3-year stint as a college DJ at KUOI when I listened, but only to myself. That's where I learned that my face for radio goes along with my voice for print.

Anyway, on those rare occasions when I punch the wrong button on the car radio and tune in to some local rock station, I find either the same old dreck or completely brand new ear manure. One thing surely hasn't changed in 25 years... They just keep playing songs that make my ears bleed.

It's like that Morrissey song:

Hang the blessed DJ
Because the music that they constantly play
It says nothing to me about my life

And it's weird, because I have an extremely wide range of musical tastes. There are nearly 38,000 songs on my hard drive. How come I can find the good stuff, but the program directors can't?

My kids don't listen to the radio either. No, they have Daddy Radio to entertain and educate them. I program our family iPod with all types of songs, from children's to new wave to classic oldies.

I take requests, but I don't do weather reports. For that, they can look out the window.



Anonymous Dan said...

Your kids are a bit old now, but the bbc do a daily three hour program called CBeebies radio which is excellent (and available online). Not particularly for music granted, but for spoken word for kids it can't be beat.

Also i was interested to hear about your past as a DJ phil. Howabout a podcast of kids music hosted by your good self?

12:23 PM  
Anonymous becky said...

I haven't listened to the radio in a while either. On Friday night I went down to the basement to clean and there wasn't any music on. It was a bunch of hockey games and some talk radio. I couldn't believe it. On a Friday night? So I just want back upstairs and grabbed a cd.

p.s. I'm with Dan ..podcast( lol)

3:31 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Dan's got a point. I could see a podcast every now and then that features 10 songs we've never heard before. Dan did something similar a few times but then gave it up for some reason. I would encourage him to do the same (hint hint).

8:22 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

I don't ever listen to the radio either. The closest thing to it is the jazz station on XM through DirectTV.

Somehow I stay current though.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Dad Stuff said...

It is quite difficult to find a music radio station that is different and/or interesting. I find myself tuning in to talk stations just for the change.

6:25 PM  
Blogger toadman said...

I have the exact sentiments regarding the radio as you do Phil. Radio makes me want to barf. On the rare occasion when they DO play something good, it's usually sandwiched in between jabber jabber or commercials. Ick.

Radio isn't about music anymore anyway, which is sad. It's about marketing, focus groups, target audiences, market share, which all leads to pleasing their god, which is advertising.

Sad. Very sad.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Melany aka Supermom said...

I used to listen to our radio station a lot. They always played similar music to my (our) taste and I loved being able to hear the news every now and again. But then I found myself flipping over to my CD's all the time whenever they played a bad song and it's probably been a year that I have not listened to the radio at all. Can't say I miss it either

5:39 AM  

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