Wednesday, June 15, 2005


On my drive to work which is only about ten minutes I scan the radio looking to hear some music ANY MUSIC THAT IS DECENT!
How many times have you done this and you have exhausted the entire radio spectrum in your town. YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT NOT ONE OF YOU FUCK STATIONS CAN BE PLAYING SOMETHING DENCENT!
Keep in mind Snoop has a WIDE range of musical tastes. From hard core Rap, to Metal, to Bluegrass to Jazz, I will even listen to some disco.
But the quality of radio has deteriorated greatly. I mostly listen to talk radio but on occasion I will scan the dial.
Also the radio dial is full from stations out of Topeka, Lawrence and the Kansas City Metro area.
I don’t know how many stations that covers but don’t you think that I would be able to find a station playing SOMETHING I can listen to without having a D.J run HIS OR HER FUCKEN MOUTH!

The Problem: The elimination of regulations that caused the current corporate glut of radio monopolies. Original FCC regulations strictly prohibited these radio monopolies. Owners could not hold more than one or, later, two stations in one market. In addition, the station owner had to be a legal resident of their listening area. As a result, radio stations had more local control, were more competitive with other stations and as a result had much better programming. Each station had its own staff (more jobs and more creative individuals working in the industry) and its own advertising.
Because of the residency and anti-monopoly requirements, only people genuinely interested in the operation of a local radio station would bother to get involved. This meant that the value of a radio station was more like that of a small business. Because of the comparatively low cost to run early stations (essentially just the FCC license, staffing, electricity and the building), they were highly profitable.
In a wide sweeping effort to bolster Big Business, deregulated radio ownership requirements and brought about the audio crap we call modern radio.
When the residency requirement was shelved, we got massive amounts of absentee radio station ownership. Distant media lords looked at numbers and nothing else, so they demanded cuts in spending.
*No more local news departments.
*Few if any locally-produced programs.
The big bosses did not have to listen to the stations, but they did not give a shit.
When the anti-monopoly rules were lifted, they bought up all the stations they could. Because the stations were profitable, their sale value rocketed. With a higher debt load on the stations, it took more profits for an owner to pay off his investors. Guess what that meant? More cuts, more bottom line shit.
Corporations learned that with automation, one D.J. can cover the shifts on two stations, or even three. So they automated everything.
Almost all stations today are located at one building.
The entire reason for having radio regulations at all are the fundamental principle that the airwaves belong to the people of the United States. If we do not want corporate America bastardizing our local stations, we should say so. BUT the reason satellite radio is gaining popularity is the variety of channels. Very few if any commercials!!!! No loudmouth deejays. My biggest pet-peeve about FM radio in its current form. Why do disc Jockeys have to be funny? Morning drive time at times is simply moronic especially when all I really want to hear is music.

My good friend MO is about to peep a job at a local station. I hope she has fun and enjoys the experience. So she need to keep quiet to keep her job. But the rest of you feel free to peep your local station management on Snoops rants. I’m sure they would love to hear from you.