Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Too Good to Last

I suppose I knew that having a decent commercial station in RTP was something that wouldn't last very long. Sure enough, 100.7 (The River) quietly switched from an adult-alternative format that I really liked a couple of weeks ago to classic rock. That made no sense to me until I flipped past Clear Channel's WRDU (106.1) over the weekend and realized that they've gone country. That brought back memories, since they only came into existence back in the mid-80s after the previous AOR station, WQDR, went country (as they still are).

The Triangle area airwaves are dominated by Clear Channel and locally-owned Curtis Media Group and Capitol Broadcasting. With the format changes in the Clear Channel group, the only stations really playing non-oldie non-country music are G-105 (Top-40 crapola) and Curtis Media Group's 96-Rock, which skews way too heavy for my tastes (not a big Creed fan). There are, of course, a large number of university-aligned stations, but State's WKNC (We Know Numerous Cows) was still even heavier that 96-Rock last time I checked, Duke's WXDU can't really be pulled in beyond 15-501 and UNC's WXYC, once my station of choice, rarely plays anything that has, like, a tune or a recognizable song structure and I don't always want to have to work so hard to listen to music. WNCU at NC Central is a nice jazz station but jazz is not what I'm looking for.

So, crap, does this mean I have to bite the bullet and go XM? This wouldn't have been a big deal the last few years but now that I'm a daily commuter it's become a little more of an issue. Suggestions?


At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as paying the fee stinks, I do LOVE my XM.

XM has lots of music variety, although if you're in it for sports coverage, Sirius may be the way to go.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger mapgirl said...

I don't know I lived before XM came into my car / house / boombox I wish I could carry with me everywhere.


At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bite the bullet, Tony. We only listen to it at the gym, but that alone has proved it a worthy addition to the music system. If I were commuting, I'd have it myself.

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I just think it's odd that people will pony up $8 a month to listen to the radio.

Sure, the airwaves suck but I'd rather listen to road noise.

(This from a woman who can't sleep without the Weather Channel on. Ah, well.)

At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out both XM and Sirius. You can preview them on the net. I started with XM two years ago and just switched to Sirius last month (the new truck came equipped). Both have an amazing playlist, but one thing I noted with XM lately is their trend toward commercialization of many stations.


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