Tuesday, February 05, 2008

More Radio News

After 20 years, CD 101.9 in New York has changed formats - from soft jazz to what's being described as a mix of classic rock and new music (more formerly known as AAA - Adult Album Alternative). In other words, they're a challenger to 107.1, The Peak.

They've already posted their first hour of music:

1.The Velvet Underground - Rock and Roll
2.REM - Supernatural Superserious
3.Elvis Costello - Pump It Up
4.Tom Petty - Mary Jane's Last Dance
5.Blondie - Call Me
6.The Bravery - Believe
7.Bruce Springsteen - Blinded By The Light
8.The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize
9.U2 - Angel Of Harlem
10.Nickelback - Rockstar
11.Red Hot Chili Peppers - Zephyr Song
12.The Black Crowes - Hard To Handle
13.The Killers - Somebody Told Me

Frankly, I'm unimpressed. If you're going to put Nickleback in this mix, then The Peak has nothing to worry about. At best, this hour of music is lackluster. Sure, I love Bruce, and REM, and playing the Velvet Underground is cool, but that's about it. You're going to choose "Angel of Harlem" to be the first song to represent U2?

I appreciate variety, but be careful. Nickleback is a one-way ticket to nobody's-listening-ville.

I'll reserve judgment beyond that. The New York radio landscape is in a little bit of flux right now, with this and more. It's exciting and crazy all at once.

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