Why have I never heard this show before?
Pop Vultures--this should be played on every public radio station. This show is great. It's just a show where people obsess over pop music, but in such a way that people unfamiliar with the music can enjoy the show and learn a lot about the music. But it's also fun for pop music obsessives like me. I mean, they explain how breakbeats were the foundation of hip-hop, something most people don't know and would be interested to learn. And for people who knew that, it's fun to listen to someone mixing all the best breakbeats in the background.
This is the sort of diverse programming that there is an actual demand for from the public that most public radio programmers need to get interested in and now. I guess programmers are afraid of these supposed masses of people who would rather scrape a dog turd off the bottom of their shoe rather than listen to something other than jazz or classical music. And I agree there are a lot of lazy snobs who figure that treating all pop culture with disdain is a perfect shortcut to being "sophisticated", but I doubt they really outnumber public radio fans who would like to hear something new and different.
Dude, they ended a program on Missy Elliot with a song by Suicidal Tendencies. I would love to flip on KUT one day and hear that.