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Radio Still Lives

I heard a very good block of songs on WZBC this morning; it was an indie pop show that featured “soft” psychedelia, b-esque-pop, punk-oid stuff, and even the more melodic variants of glitchtronica that are kicking around out there (from Iceland, of course !). Programming that strings together pieces by feel instead of format or scene is what makes radio worthwhile. It's still more of a thrill to actually hear a group like the Clientele than to sift through reviews and messages about how great they are. Words can't convey the pure pop buzz that you can get from a song like “Soldier Girl” by the Polyphonic Spree (if you're into that sort of thing).

I was actually kind of lucky, because the person who did the show normally is on Thursdays 12-3. Too bad WZBC's signal is so dodgy at the office.



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Dec. 31st, 2002 10:38 am (UTC)
When it's done well, radio is magical, exactly as you point out. Sometimes hearing a song played in the right context will help me "get" it, sometimes it's just hearing a song played many times :-) Even though we have several college radio stations here, I don't listen to them much anymore. Most of the really good and imaginative programming seems to be on at night, when I'm not really in a mood to listen -- daytime stuff is by-the-numbers pop-punk or garage rock, or genres that don't really interest me, like blues.
Dec. 31st, 2002 10:45 am (UTC)
WZBC is different
Their pop-song-oriented shows are imaginative and a lot of the night stuff is very free-form indeed. My one pet peeve is that the sets are very long, so sometime you've got to wait twenty five minutes to figure out what the played.

Too bad they don't have a net feed right now, although the DJ is normally available at wzbcdj on AIM. That comes in handy when they're playing something that's hard to spell:
rkrajewski: did you play a song called "the hornet" shortly thereafter ? I couldn't quite get the name
wzbcdj: Kippi KaninusThe Hornet that Burned Me
wzbcdj: off of Huggun
(no subject) - all_askew - Dec. 31st, 2002 10:49 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 31st, 2002 11:16 am (UTC)
You are now entering a >> WZBC DEAD ZONE <<
Ever hear their "dead zone" promos ? If course, if you're in a dead zone, well... ;)

From here in Kendall Square, the signal is in stereo but noisy. You're a little closer to Newton so it shouldn't be too bad...
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