And the homogenization of modern pop music and the corporate mandated play lists of modern radio definitely excises any joy from the job. And that’s assuming you get work at a radio station that plays music you like. When I was at WTAB/WKSM, I spent a lot of time playing country music (and that, I just realized might be a post all in and of itself) with a lot of acts I had little or no prior exposure to. And in college radio, I was even more clueless.
Still, there was some good stuff with some up and coming bands like REM and U2 and holdovers from the 70’s still making their mark outside of the normal parameters of music, Talking Heads, B-52s. We would reach back into the past for stuff from Genesis when Peter Gabriel still fronted the band and Traffic long before Steve Winwood dominated Top 40 charts with Roll With It and Back In the High Life Again. Also in the mix was The Clash, The Church, The English Beat and The The. (No, I’m not making that last one up at all.) And there was Big Country, Echo and the Bunnymen, Souxie and the Banshees. It was quite the heady time to be on the cutting edge of music in the early 1980’s.
Next week in Radio Daze....my next paying gig in radio was a station with a mission to put the listeners in a coma. More on that in this space in 7 days.
Another post on some damn thing or another will be here tomorrow. Until then, be good to one another.
I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You