"Do you remember rock and roll radio?"  

rm_CauseISaidSo 48F
341 posts
10/25/2005 5:04 pm

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"Do you remember rock and roll radio?"

That's a song by the Ramones, a band you would never be expected to know of if you got your music knowledge solely from listening to today's airwaves.

I learned today from listening to Howard Stern that K-Rock, the second to last bastion in NYC rock radio, is quitting the rock format January 3rd and switching to all talk. I find this incredibly sad.

First WPLJ, then WNEW (which was a REAL shocker when it dropped the rock format), now K-Rock..it is really sad how marginalized real rock music has become on radio. Q-104 is now the last big station in NYC to play a rock format, much less the big rock artists on a regular basis. Truly, it's like they are trying to make rock irrelevant, I find it very sad that classic acts like The Kinks, Eric Clapton, the Who and The Beatles seem to have no place on radio anymore. And Clapton only gets on the radio now and then because he is playing more of a pop-oriented sound. His more bluesy songs don't seem to get on so much. I wonder, if Bowie were ever to write a decent single again (and I love him, but that's asking a lot these days), if HE could even get on the playlists in NY outside of Q-104?

I should also take into consideration the bands like Slipknot, or the other harder, more modern acts who have almost no chance of being played here anymore with the death of K-Rock's music format.

I feel like the vultures are circling for rock and roll.

CBS FM, which was really the only oldies station in NY left..they would play 50's and 60's, and was beloved to many NY'ers, redid THEIR format too, to much outrage, a few months back. For decades, it was a real pillar of NY radio, but now it has been overtaken by the behemoth known as Jack-FM..coming to a town near you soon. Jack FM is almost entirely automated and plays almost EVERY type of music.

I have to secretly say that I am kind of digging Jack FM, because you can be going from Metallica to the BeeGees to Bob Marley, then Donna Summer, Blondie, back to No Doubt, back to back to back. Howard Stern called it akin to accessing someone's random IPOD playlist, but I kind of dig the notion of hearing everything, trainwrecky as it may be at times, particularly since the walls are closing in on radio everywhere else it seems. I do mourn the progressive loss of rock and roll as a radio format, though, the increasingly identical music charts, and the loss of the quality stations that are dying/caving in to Top 40/talk radio all around.

MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
10/26/2005 11:27 am

I had no idea that WCBS-FM changed their format. People will write and complain, I'm sure. If you remember, a number of years ago, K-Rock decided to go to the automated format and played the same songs over and over again on an hour loop. It was an alternative format. By the time they stopped, I had stopped listening to them. I had switched back to WNEW-FM, then they went to the talk format.

However, the last I heard, they were no longer doing the talk format, but a rock format. However, it's the same 5 bands over and over again.

When I moved up here, I started to listen to the Seton Hall station. I could finally get it in. It's not as good as Upsala College used to be, but as bad as radio has gotten in the NYC area, it's the best you can do.

Unless they've changed their format, where I used to live, the only rock station that was any good was WZZO in Allentown, PA. I miss that station. My only objection was that on Sundays, they carried *gag* Nascar.

rm_PastingAway 55M

10/30/2005 1:43 am

I remember the old days when progressive rock stations were the rule. They would play the Beatles, Zep, the Doors, the Ramones, the Clash, Deep Purple, and Vangelis all in the same cluster. They would break new artists too, I remember hearing Prince before the popularity phase of his career there too. Not that i'm a huge Pronce fan, but it was great to hear the new unknown artists mixed in with Bowie and Queen and the like.

But as George Harrison sang many yers ago, All Things Must Pass. I too am sad that WCBS FM changed formats. I am saddened to hear that K Rock is too. Just as television has changed, as newsmedia reporting has changed (like say how can the words FOX and NEWS be in the same sentence without provoking laughter and ridicule), the music has changed too. Blame it on MTV, blame it on satellite radio, blame it on the FOX-ing of our culture, they are all to blame, and there are many other reasons too.

Just as I now no longer will watch any mainstream media news coverage, I no longer listen to mainstream music stations. As the scenery changes, my habits have changed to reflect my tastes. I do occasionally watch mainstream newsmedia but I do not trust them. I love how FOX NEWS (LO says "we report, you decide" ... what a dose of clap that is. ANYONE who believes that they do not have any bias or slant is a fool. Just as NBC and CBS and ABC, they ALL have their own agendas which factor into whatever they "report", and I do not believe them AT ALL. NEWSPAPERS too. Same deal. I look for any actual facts and do away with all the other garbage they "report" in their "stories". I do the same with radio. Just the way things are these days. Not much I can do other than to boycott and not patronize the businesses that sponsor this kind of garbage.

Radio used to be a great thing. It is now so splintered, like TV is, that it all loses any effect it may have had on my life. It also has lost it's usefulness.

Thank goodness for the internet and CD burners.

digdug41 49M

10/30/2005 9:35 pm

WOW sorry for the late post didnt know you were into rock n roll but then again I didnt ask, kewl. as far as the radio goes its been dying and when howard switches over to sirius its gonna all but be dead for me because thats about all the radio I listen to anyway. anything I like I just download onto my puter and will burn eventually but at least I have it.

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rm_mikey5174 42M
1 post
11/6/2005 8:21 pm

Speaking as someone who worked in radio, I can't tell you how sad it is to see the demise of radio as we know it. Variety is gone, personality is gone, and creativity is dead. Ipods rule the music world today, but if you aren't hearing new songs on the radio first, how do you know what to go and download? I am stumped. If you are looking for a great alternative to the garbage on the radio, check out XM Satellite Radio. I know I may sound like a commercial for them, but I can't tell you how great the programming is, and there are no commercials. As I write this, I am listening to XM playing a restored Wolfman Jack show! The downside, you have to pay to play, but as someone who spends quite a few hours each week behind the wheel, I find it indespensible. Long live New York rock and roll radio!

rm_Bronze330 40M
27 posts
11/13/2005 12:22 am

Really miss WLIR. Left one week, ca,e back the next and it was gone. Then WNEW, then the rest. Going to XM now...

rm_RidinFree183 58M
1 post
11/20/2005 10:56 pm

I long for the days of Allison Steele.(sp?)

greatnsexy69 47M

3/25/2006 8:11 pm

Satelite radio is pretty good right now. However I can see a time when they will succumb to the same industry pressure that all the other radio stations mentioned have. Right now sirius supposably has about 4 million listeners. If they manage to manage to get to the number of listeners that Stern did at the hight of his time at k-rock, then you will see the same things begin to happen.

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