KY first aired in 1974 so I don’t remember being without it. Through Jr. High and early HS I listened to their morning show getting ready for school – one of the jocks (Max) remained as half of the morning team until this format change that was announced last Friday.
After college I moved down to Kansas City and within a year or so knew a few people that worked at that station and the sister country station, WDAF. Good people. And I think what drew me to broadcasting in the first place was equally the music and the people. Even when the hammer started to hit and playlists started to become meaningless there were still some trusted DJs out there that made it seem like you had a connection of some kind.
I admire the few folks I know that are still plugging along in radio – Valorie in the Northeast and Jeff down in Arkansas. More power to ya!
We’ve lost that personal touch that DJs gave to music. Sure listening to CDs, mp3s or satellite radio is fantastic, but the connection isn’t there.
You know what they put in KY’s place? Something called “The Boulevard” format (aka adult alternative or whatever they’re calling it.) Why won’t someone grow the balls to truly do something ‘alternative’? We now have 1 classic rock station, 1 (lame) rock station and 1 alternative station (which is SO bad that I’d rather listen to the rock stations if that tells you anyting). I can’t even tell you how many “adult” stations we have, but I know there were already more than 2 before The Boulevard came along.
Entercom Kansas City Program Director Greg Bergen added, “Our newest format is all about the revitalization of a legendary music genre. Kansas City listeners with a penchant for classic hits, but who demand a fresher, more contemporary delivery, are guaranteed to find their radio home with 99.7 The Boulevard.”
Sample of music aired:
U2 – Beautiful Day
Steely Dan – Hey Nineteen
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Refugee
Elton John – Madman Across The Water
The Wallflowers – One Headlight
Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love
Steve Winwood – While You See A Chance
Bruce Springsteen – Blinded By The Light
R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
The Eagles – One Of These Nights
The Clash – Train In Vain
*sigh* – see anything ‘revitalized’ in that list?
Just one more reason not to listen to local (large market) radio. Thankfully there are still some smaller markets in our surrounding area that still have a bit of character and personality left.