"A free form rock format, like a free form classical format, or a free form anything format gives the announcer such control over the records to be played that it is inconsistent with the strict controls that licensee must exercise to avoid questionable practices."
Now I kinda wish I'd named my show "Questionable Practices."
In 1997 David Sedaris published a funny story called 'Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol,' narrated by a merciless drama critic who takes it upon himself to expose the appallingly low theatrical standards of elementary and middle school Christmas plays. The story is subtitled 'Trite Christmas:
At some point I'm going to get real curious about Google+.
Mark Zuckerberg’s new political group, which bills itself as a bipartisan entity dedicated to passing immigration reform, has spent considerable resources on ads advocating a host of anti-environmental causes — including driling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and constructing the Keys...
I rarely listen to contemporary country & western music but sometimes I'm in places where it's on the radio. A fair percentage of the songs seem to deal with the accoutrements of the rural/southern/blue collar workaday and recreational world. There are lots of songs that illuminate the sartorial, transportational, recreational, mind altering and romantic habits of the demographic which these songs seek to reflect and to which they're apparently marketed to. I find them illuminating.
But I can't help but wonder where the analog can be found for other cultures. Why doesn't retail-store and restaurant radio teach me, similarly, about the sociology of say...urban hipsters or shopping mall goths for example.
Takin' Off is the debut album of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock originally released in 1962 for the Blue Note label as BST 84109. The recording session included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and veteran Dexter Gordon on tenor saxophone. The album was a typical hard bop LP, with its characteristic two h...
Please join me tomorrow at noon Eastern for the premiere of Hinky Dinky Time with Uncle Michael on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio. If you can't take the day off from work, you'll want to be sure to pack your earbuds in the morning.
If you’re looking for previous episodes, click here.HHinky Dinky Time on WFMU’s Give the Drummer Radio, episode 1: Friday, May 3, 2013 at noon, Eastern Time.