Friday, August 12, 2005

Perpetuating one of Pittsburgh's worst traditions: moldy radio

Last night the phone rang while G and I were watching Kathy Griffin: My Life on The D-List on Tivo. Somehow, I've become part of ths survey group that molds one of the worst aspects of life in Pittsburgh -- Pittsburgh radio. Pittsburgh radio has about 4 formats: old, older, oldest and country.

The survey involved playing song snippets. After each snippet, I provided a grade: unfamiliar, never liked, tired of, undecided, and liked. The survey started out innocently enough with Three Doors Down, and Green Day. Little did I know that when Pearl Jam came on it was the first step on a miserable, 40-song musical journey that included Ozzy, AC/DC, Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, Bob Seger, Pink Floyd, Lynard Skynard, Guns N' Roses, and Tesla.

At first, I was honest. After all, some of these songs are good. About half-way through, when the music wasn't getting any younger I got tired and infuriated. I was not going to be a part of perpetuating this cycle of moldy radio in Pittsburgh. "Never Liked" with the occasional "Tired Of" became the standard response. Does any city really need 3 classic rock radio stations and an oldies station?


At 6:55 PM, Blogger gsully said...

Uh, you're not supposed to actually tell people that we wasted an hour of our lives watching that Kathy Griffin show. I feel the need to reaffirm my (quasi-)intellect by reading Tolstoy or something.


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