My Pandora stations need a retool, and the MP3 CD in the Technical Writing Express needs a refresh. So I turned on WTAK, the local “classic rock” station, yesterday. I’ve listened for a total of perhaps two and a half hours. Here are some of the things I’ve encountered:
- “Come Together” on both my drive home last night and my drive in this morning.
- “T.N.T.” and “Hells Bells” 15 minutes apart.
- “Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Over the Hills and Far Away” an hour apart.
- “Foreplay/Long Time,” further cementing the tragic overexposure of one of the greatest records ever.
It’s comical, really. This is the same station I turned off five years ago. (Oh, except for the occasional questionable addition like “Nothing But a Good Time.” What? You didn’t know Poison was classic rock?) It feels like there are 40 or 50 different songs, and they’re all ones you’ve heard, and heard, and heard.
Is this all because of megacorp ownership? Are terrestrial “classic rock” stations so ploddingly homogeneous everywhere now? Is there even any respite in a big city? You can keep it classic rock and be a lot more interesting than this.
Are there really people who listen to stations like this every day?