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Old December 14th 03, 04:37 PM
Mark Roberts
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Default St. Louis: P-D commentary on radio

A very funny article in today's St Louis Post-Dispatch -- and one
that will get the Conventional Wisdom Crowd's underwear all in a knot --
as one of the P-D's columnists, Daniel Finney, listens to
local (FM) radio for a week and writes of his impressions.

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Highlights (fair use excerpts):

About country station KSD-FM: "One of the DJs let loose a pretty
loud belch after shilling for McDonald's. Already, I can hear
what I've been missing the past half-decade."

Of heritage rocker KSHE: "Along comes another commercial for
mortgage refinancing. I begin to wish I had a house to
refinance. The station returns to "Bob and Tom." Ah, it's
good to be in touch with this local programming. I mean,
it's not like I could hear a syndicated show from Indianapolis
on the air in Des Moines."

Of AC KYKY: "A series of unremarkable soft songs played in a row
until Blues Traveler's "Run Around." KYKY, like seemingly every other
station, is giving away $10,000. I think about ways to spend
the money - mostly on new albums so I won't have to wait for
commercial radio to play a song I even kind of want to listen to."

Regarding modern-rock KPNT: "I'm told this is the station all the
hip, young people are listening to. It sounds more like the station
the marketing people want you to think all the kids listen to."

Finally, on KDHX: "Of course, the next day, I tune in to hear
Serbian pop music and lose all my interest. Still, I've got
to admire a station that tries to be all things to all people.
There's got to be room for a place with a mix that eclectic."

Interestingly, no AM stations were covered in Finney's column (not even

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