I am a music nut, not a day passes when I have not listened to music. I have a wide range of tastes, I like popular bands but love artists no one has heard of.
I began my music education listening to my dad’s LPs but a large part of my music taste was given to me by listening to the radio. Oh how I loved the feeling that the DJ was talking only to me. Telling me just how awesome The Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana are. Yep, I hung on every word, waiting to discover my next new favorite band.
However, as I got older I grew hungry, I longed to discover music on my own and with my buddies Rick and Matt. Radio changed, no longer did I feel a connection to it. It became background noise as they would force feed the same band into my ears a couple of times every couple of hours.
Then I got into the business. This was my dream as a kid, to bring that satisfaction to someone else. Let them feel that same connection with me. I quickly learned just how much of a business it was. I am not a bitter radio veteran licking my wounds. Not at all, in fact even with all of its flaws, I loved working radio. I recorded my on air time, so sometimes I could tune in and hear myself. I was a geek about it.
I remember I was told to keep my chatter to a minimum. It was all about the music. I am proud of all that I accomplished and treasure the people I met but I never go to connect with the listeners. It is difficult when the most talk I was allowed was to let the area know what the weather was going to be like.
I am not here to foresee the demise of radio. I have already seen the demise of Q101 which was the audio version of a music bible for me growing up. No I definitely think radio has its place. Just not in my life. When I listen it is to listen to talk shows, the news, traffic and weather updates so I can lament wearing long sleeves on a day that will not require it.
Music is something I still discover with friends. We will let each other know about some band we are into and pass on YouTube links to clips. I will never forget what radio has brought me. If it wasn’t for Q101 I would have probably grown up liking Insane Clown Posse or Snoop Dogg. SO for that radio I love you and thank you but my iPod has taken your place when I need music on my night drive on a dark and lonely road.