Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Please, Make it Stop.

As I drove into work today I cruised around the dial for some easy listening. Of course, all I heard about was the following:

1) Michael Jackson apparently doesn't like molesting kids.
2) Katie Holmes is converting to Scientology, thanks to Tom Cruise.
3) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are a couple? Oh, oh, maybe they're not. Wait, maybe they are but they don't want anyone to know. Gosh, aren't they both so cute?

Honestly, I couldn't find a solid music set on the entire FM band. Everybody was talking about these three lame subjects. Isn't there a group of crazed terrorists out there? Isn't there rampant slavery in Chad and Niger? Aren't people being killed in droves in Sudan? Whatever happened to that nutball that was sending Anthrax in the mail?

Why do we care about these three subjects? I understand that entertainment is important, but really -- these three stories are pathetic. Aren't there other things worth thinking, laughing or debating about? Why has radio degenerated into mindless drivel?

21 Comments:

Blogger FantasticAlice said...

I'm with you, I hate the fact you can't find music anymore on the radio, especially in the mornings (when driving to work). I would much rather listen to music or on another station current world affairs... I can't even stand listening to the mindless dribble of political talk shows.

My kingdom for a station that just plays music.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Try satellite radio. I gave up on traditional AM/FM last year, and I'm very happy with the choice.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Lily said...

Try 93.7 Mike-FM, from what I hear it is all music, no talk. I haven't given it a listen yet but they allegedly play all different types of music.

Try NPR is you are looking for news.

Personally I like 105.7 WROR (classic-ish rock), sure it can be mindless, but I don't want the weight of the world on my shoulders first thing in the morning.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Rattie said...

On this side of the border a Canadian woman has been kidnapped in Haiti, a statue of a gay icon is causing a stir in Toronto, a cabbie hits a kid on a bike because of road rage, sickos are slaughtering endangered bald eagles in B.C., and Canadian serial killer Holmoka is being released soon...how's that for interesting news? heh heh heh.

Radios are also becoming like television with their bombardment of annoying commercials - 10 minutes of marketing dribble for every 2 minute song.

3:04 PM  
Blogger actonbell said...

I think it's appalling that even the newspapers don't seem to carry much news about Africa, let alone the radio stations. And, yes, all this stupid celebrity gossip crap is iritating! I listen to NPR a lot, too, but it's not always what I'm in the mood for.

3:26 PM  
Blogger LoraLoo said...

I have one word for you - Sirius. I couldn't take another day of the same mindless babble from the local dj's... not to mention the endless commercials. I fought and kicked and screamed at the idea of paying for radio, but two years later, I'll never go back.

4:03 PM  
Blogger RT said...

Two words, baby: Compact Discs!

I don't think I've listened to the radio in five years or more (unless I'm with friends.) I listen to the music I like, and let people who know my musical taste pick out the new tunes for me...

Funny you should mention the MJ case, though. My boss asked me today what I thought of the verdict and I had to say "I don't know, I didn't know there was a verdict." That'll teach me for not keeping up on current events, lol.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I usually end up flipping through countless channels to get decent music. That is what music stations are for. Correct?
I would love to get satellite radio. Maybe in my next car.

5:03 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

I think there is a reason for entertainment news... it's a way to sucker people into a topic because a majority of people know who these stars are. You hear less about Bill Frist wearing a new tie or Harry Reid's home remodeling in Searchlight, Nevada.

I used to avoid the news. Then I got sick of music stations that played the same songs to death, so I went to CDs. Over the last few years, I have started switching between CDs and AM talk radio. Yes, Sirius is probably in my future.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People have ipods for music now.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Moose said...

Welcome to the 2000's! Anything of actual value has been replaced by useless pop drivle!

7:34 PM  
Blogger FJ said...

Over here, the radio stations I get are not that much better.

AM is talkback every time I'm in the car and about the only times I actually get to hear the music on AM is on Saturday and Sunday nights when they have their Jukebox Saturday Night (But not during football season) and Sunday 70s.

FM is full of modern "music", and I can't stand it.

I listen to alot of CDs, in the car and at home... at least that way I know I'm going to be able to hear music I like.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

The radio has turned into mindless drivel because our society holds that in high esteem. Who cares about important topics, when they can escape reality and listen to celebrities problems?

8:47 PM  
Blogger Raine said...

It's because the tragedies in Africa are unsexy. Read Nicholas Kristof if you want to know what's going on over there.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Merry Stitcher said...

Sounds like it's time to get Sirius.

Meanwhile, Bay Area radio leaves much to be desired.

11:24 PM  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

I have Sirius Satellite Radio, and I love it.

Go to the website (www.sirius.com) and sign up for free internet access to their channels for 2 days.

60 music channels - NO COMMERCIALS. Live DJs on some of the channels, so you can call in requests.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

I guess these subjects are more popular with people these days rather than depressing news happening in other parts of the world. People just don't care anymore or maybe because they already have enough depressing stuff in their lives.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I have never understand this fascination with the love lives of strangers. I don't go out on Saturday night, look at all the people that are out, pick out couples and think,"Ohmygosh! I just have to know if they are dating, and what they ate for lunch and where they bought those clothes! Eeeee!" So why should I get all excited about that just because I saw someone in a movie?

7:59 AM  
Anonymous little john said...

Really interesting post V. There is a great article out right now by Terry Teachout entitled "Culture in the Age of Blogging". Radio is a great example of his thesis. There is no more common American culture. Remember when we all knew the hits songs of our era because they were played on the big AM radio station? Now we have fragmented every genre into such specialized niches that we have radio stations that play, "Hits from the 70's and 80's but no disco or punk." Satellite radio...60 stations...all bluegrass all the time.

9:20 AM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

This is a complex subject why we love to read about the private, sexual and difficult lives of others. Couple that in with celebrity status and there is a recipe for attention.

Entertainment, you say? You bettcha!

10:58 AM  
Blogger European said...

Listen to NPR! I love the mix of geeky random stories and serious news and their weekend shows are excellent entertainment.

Oh.

Did I just say I loved NPR.

Must go contemplate life. Am dork.

Oh, and Brad Pitt is a scumbag.

11:02 AM  

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