I meant to post all of this nonsense Friday night, before we went to Husser, but for now i shall just pretend it was Saturday’s post.
The discussion on the KLSU listserv has brought up some issues that I’ve ignored. The people who run the station, the actual faculty staff that administrates it, not the student staff, insist that they regard KLSU as a lab for training people in radio broadcasting. They pretend not to care about the actual content of programming, saying that they would just as soon have it be an NPR affiliate (which Baton Rouge already has) or play jazz (another format that Baton Rouge already has.) All they want is to make certain that the students who pass through the radio station have some practical experience. This is not true.
Between the hegemony of Clearchannel and the advancement of technology towards pure computer control, there is no job market for these communications majors that they are training. What’s the use of training a bunch of people who will have no chance at a job, regardless of their skills?
One person has said that all they care about is keeping their “underwriters” (advertisers) and keeping the money rolling in. I still don’t really know who listens to the station, aside from me. I doubt whether anyone’s calling in to request Dave Matthews, as time after time, it’s more likely just to be a DJ with bad taste, between the testimonies of their fellow DJs and my listening habits, pinpointing that they play the same “requests” at the same time every day. This puts a damper on the presumption that there are packs of sorority girls out there slathering for Dave Matthews, with their itchy fingers hovering over a redial function on their cell phones.
It makes me wonder if the reason why KLSU cannot be a freeform station is because of the zealotry of the progressive DJs. They seem so reactionary at times that they sabotage themselves. One of ex-music directors even freely admits that his reactionary, ironfisted behavior is what caused his ejection.
I found a new country song to hate. It’s that one that has the chorus with something about his sister and brother, father and mother, and is about getting even for September 11th. It sounds like someone managed to make “American Pie” sound belligerent and completely transparent. The fucking bells ringing are almost so over-the-top that it could almost be turned around into a comedy song for me. All of these hollow threats make me think of the inevitable truth of something as opaque as Bob Dylan’s “A HArd Rain’s Going to Fall” as there’s more truth in that then a bunch of empty threats to an enemy that this ignorant wannabe shitkicker.
Today it became clear that Coldplay is the Dave Matthews of the remnants of Britpop. Yeah, yeah, I was calling a band that I actually like quite a lot, the Flaming Lips, the new Styx the other day. KLSU played Coldplay today, and I heard Dave Matthews voice singing it. I truly believed it was the same band. It makes sense to me. They both were the last outgrowths of a corporate boom, alterna-pop in the mid ‘90s for DMB, and Coldplay for the post-Britpop landscape.
I cannot lose to win. I managed to request the Beta Band (only to be corrected in pronounciation, being told it’s Bay-tah instead of Beh-tah, the wrong way that I used to say it, as I learned in Britain, but I kept my mouth shut, so as to not play the Who’s the Biggest Nitpicking Geek game) to ask what songs are on the database, only to get the answer, “Just ‘Squares’.” I asked for it, even though I didn’t really want to hear that song. It just seemed like a good band to probe the limits of their playlist.
I need to ask just how large that harddrive is.
My petty little vendetta is not being salved by one of the new bumpers that they have, a distinctly unfunny skit of a caller asking where his request is, with gratuitous bleeped expletives tossed in.
Does MD Rusty want to work for ClearChannel? The only two Radiohead songs that they seem to have are “Paranoid Android” and “Karma Police”
Not only is there a Dave Matthews tribute band and a Weezer tribute band in Baton Rouge, but now it seems that there is a Phish tribute band as well. There seems to be more tribute bands around than ever. They used to stick to older stuff… Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, but this is getting ridiculous. These bands are still touring! Anyway, the Phish tribute band is advertising a website on which one votes for requests. I vote that they cover Crooked Rain Crooked Rain note for note like Phish did…
Lou noticed that Peter Jennings was putting on airs yet again yesterday. He was reading the story of the trial of the Kennedy relative, then came to a quote from someone who was apparently relevant to the trial, a quote that stated that this case would not be national news if it was not for the cult of celebrity. Peter Jennings felt the need to make it clear that he agreed with this sentiment, in a most archly arrogant manner. However, he had no business aligning himself with this sentiment so snottily, as he was reading this news on a major network anyway. If he hates his job so much, and will not do anything to change the content of the news, then he ought to stand by his alleged principles and loudly resign on air the next time he has to read something he finds distasteful or unworthy. No one is holding a gun to his head… not yet at least.
I’ve never thought much of Peter Jennings either way, but Lou’s attentiveness to his consistent hypocrisy has me loathing the bastard too now.