Music/Popular Culture

30-Day Song Challenge, day 17: a song that I hear often on the radio

Okay, I’m afraid I have to punt on this one. Fact is, I never listen to music radio anymore. Never. There’s just no point. Once upon a time, if you wanted to get your ears on the latest, coolest tuneage, you turned on the radio. Now, if you want to get your ears on the latest, coolest tuneage, radio is the absolute last place you turn. So I never hear songs on the radio, except for whatever the sports talk shows play as they come out of commercial breaks.

The best I can do, then, is to remember back to a time when I did listen to radio. Of course, this opens the field wide up because now I can pick anything that I ever used to hear often on the radio.

Let’s see. How about late 1985/early 1986, back when I worked at Z-93 in Winston-Salem, NC. For a few sparkling months we were actually the coolest radio station in history, as we were actually one of the first commercially operated Alternative stations anywhere. Yeah, it crashed and burned thanks to a variety of asshat management issues, but man, the incredible stuff you could hear on the radio. Like this, from Let’s Active.

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  1. I the rare occasion I do listen to the radio, it’s usually 102.1 out of Toronto, I got into the song “The Cave” by Mumford and Sons from that station.

  2. Not so much any more, but She’s My Man by Scissor Sisters was a real staple for a while there. Always cheered me up. Great songwriting, great guitar licks, great singing–it all works. And you can dance to it.