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Saturday, January 08, 2005

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.

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1/08/2005

 
Blogger eRobin said...

I like Studio 360. It's an arts show hosted by Kurt Anderson. He brings in one guest, talks a little with him/her, then rolls some other stories. After the stories, he get the perspective of the guest on them. It's neat and I always hear something I didn't know before.

1/09/2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to admit that I am in the dog-turd-scraping population. I don't mind hearing occasional world music in addition to classical music, but pop music by its nature DOESN'T NEED public airwaves to promote it. Let the commercial stations do what they do best, let the non-commercial stations promote music that has too small a market to make it elsewhere. And I believe in the education function of non-commercial radio - to expose people to outstanding music that has stood the test of time (Western classical music), to new music that has no commercial outlet (the occasional Philip Glass or John Adams composition, contemporary "world music"), to music of historical interest (eg, a series on the development of African-American sacred music, with historical recordings), to serious music of other genres (eg. Indian classical ragas), etc. I don't think that music which aims to be popular and commercial but doesn't quite make it to the commercial lists qualifies.

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1/10/2005

 
Blogger Amanda said...

NancyP, I think mostly I want there to be more critical analysis of pop music on the radio instead of just the typical DJ blah-blah. Some history is nice, too, especially for kids who like modern hip-hop and rock and know nothing about its marvelous history.

Plus, there's just tons and tons of really good "pop" music that isn't popular because it has no promotion money behind it. College radio fills in some gaps, but again, they have a much more limited audience than NPR.

1/10/2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have three or four low-watt college stations, one univ high watt serious jazz station, one independent highish watt non-profit station that plays world music, obscure pop music, local bands, and so on, all dj'ed by volunteer experts in their genre (good commentary), one very high watt all-news NPR station, and one commercial classical station that plays only top 100 classical, and usually plays a movement of this, a movement of that, rather than the whole symphony. Never plays serious chamber music, new music, etc. Classical is the missing piece here.
The independent station also does webstreams - it is KDHX-FM, and you might like it. www.kdhx.org

NancyP

1/10/2005

 
Blogger Amanda said...

The major problem is that public radio isn't big enough to accomodate everyone, I think. I agree that obscure world music, jazz, roots, etc. needs to be played. And definitely classical. The problem is that most towns try to shove everything plus talk shows plus news shows onto one channel.

1/10/2005

 
Blogger Amanda said...

Oh, and I agree that if you're gonna play it, do it right. We have a morning program where he plays some classical, but he is far too fond of movie soundtracks for my taste.

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