Look - the whole concept of "indie rock" or "music you don't hear everyday" is that it's actually going to piss off more people than it pleases. It's not music for the masses.
I have to disagree. At CD101, it IS
music for the masses. Music that won't offend. Music that can be played in the background of a secretary's desk. Music that the GENERAL PUBLIC
will listen to.
I'm not asking that they cater to my specific tastes. But I would like to be exposed to new music, so that maybe I hear about new bands and expand my horizons a bit. So that maybe when Ben Lee or The Datsuns or Stephen Malkmus come to town I might catch their shows because I heard them on the radio. I can't get that if they're always playing the same songs.
I give Tom and Rudy all the kudos in the world for what they do. They have a fantastic specialty
show. Yes, they play music that doesn't normally get airplay, and that's a good thing. And I enjoy the witty banter between the two DJs. They're both extremely knowledgeable in what they play. But to say that their specialty
show, great though it may be, makes up for the way the music is selected for the rest of the week is innane. That would be like saying "because we play one hour of reggae, you reggae fans out there should be satisfied," and thus declare themselves a "reggae-friendly" station. Maybe that's a bad example, but hopefully you get my point.
We're lucky to have CD101. And those of you who say without it, what would we listen to, you're exactly right. They play music (The Strokes, The White Stripes, and all other "The"-starting bands) that no one else in town will touch. But just because we have something good, doesn't mean we can't want it to be better. There are a lot of holes in CD101's programming -- one glaring fact is the need to reduce the amount of airplay given to "CD101 artists" -- like Pearl Jam and the other outdated and overplayed bands from the 90's.
I've only been a listener for the last seven years, so it probably isn't right for me to compare how it is now to how it used to be
. But just in the last few years, or more rather ever since they switched their tagline from "Stuff you don't hear everyday" to "The Alternative Station," I see that as being their breaking point. What isn't alternative these days? CD101 plays (or has played in the last year) the exact same songs heard on 97.1, 97.9, Qfm96 and TheBlitz. Argue with that all you want (I'm not saying their entire playlists were identical, but the number of cross-over "alternative" artists was ridiculous) but the fact remains they weren't playing "stuff you don't hear everyday." They were merely tapping into the already over-saturated "alternative" listener pool of all the other stations in town.
1) We're lucky to have CD101.
2) We have the right to want to see it to its full potential.