What radio station do you listen to?

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I listen to a lot of online radio stations like WMMR out of Philadelphia Pennsylvania and KSJO out of the Bay Area in California. My local favorites aren't online but I usually listen to 96.1 out of Raleigh. What do you listen to and what format is it? Rock, Country, something else?

-- Renee (justme@justme.org), January 31, 2001


1430 KOZI (AM) Denver, Colorado -- the oldie but goodie station, but now a good part of the oldies are from the eighties. Anybody remember the words to A Bicycle Built For Two or In My Merry Oldsmobile ? ? ?

-- Denver doug (ionoi@webtv.net), January 31, 2001.

Daisy, daisy, give me your answer, do
I'm half crazy all for the love of you
It won't be a stylish marriage
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet on the seat
Of a bicycle built for two ...

Er, yeah, I remember the words!

I don't listen to the radio much because I never heard a DJ I didn't want to strangle. I used to listen to the AM oldies station, but then it turned into a country station. The FM oldies station plays disco. What's a girl to do?

-- Beth (beth@xeney.com), January 31, 2001.

You know, I don't like what "Oldies" has apparently come to mean, at least to the radio stations.

Here in the San Jose area, there's a station that plays "oldies"-- "The greatest hits of the 50's, 60's & 70's." Somebody explain to me when Paul McCartney & Wings (post Beatles!) became "oldies." Somebody explain to me when Michael Jackson's Billie Jean became an "oldie."

People, I was born in 1967; as far as I'm concerned, "oldies" go from, oh, post-WWII, let's say 1950, up to roughly the British Invasion, say 1962 (or 5 years before I was born).

The Rolling Stones and Elton John and such are not "Oldies"!! Old, yes, but isn't there a different classification for their music?!

-- Michael (mwalsh@lynx.neu.edu), January 31, 2001.

Thanks Beth. Michael, I came on deck in 1921 and the sound systems were wind up Victorolas with the ? orthophonic ? amplifiers which were thin diaphragms which the needle vibrated and the small sound was was carried out to the outside by a horn shaped tube, the needles would wear and have to be changed often. Mom and Dad had some of those old thick records, they had some Caruso pieces, one speaking voice one I remember was by the Two Black Crows, they had the song that Beth just gave the words to and many more of the ones that were oldies for them. I remember when the classification of American popular music was Cowboy, Hillbilly, Folk and Spirituals plus the music of the day. Seems to me that it is all lumped into the weird thing called Country-Western. Being born and raised in Denver "Tumblin' Tumbleweed" made the damn weed tolerable at least when I saw one blowing across fields I would think of the song. Another song I remember from that era I think was titled, "Cool Water" that one took me out in the drylands and made me thirst for some of that cool, clear water. Another one used here to advertise Morey Mercantile's Solitaire" brand foodstuffs was "Four Leaf Clover." Who nowadays remembers Al Jolsen ? I think the first "talking picture" that I went to see featured him as a singer. The music in my head is not old it is petrified, ancient to most people now.

-- Denver doug (ionoi@webtv.net), January 31, 2001.

I've never known the words to 'A Bicycle Built for Two' but my Gram did....

Michal - I call Elton John and Rolling Stones EASY LISTENING. heh. At least I am old enough to have actually owned a record player.

When it comes to DJ's, there are few stations I can stand. Especially with the type of music I listen to, the DJ's usually like to talk about things like "Whip 'Em Out Wednesday's" and nudie bars and crap like that. I abhor that kind of thing.

There are only two rock stations in this area: 103.5 and 96.1 and I don't listen to 103.5 BECAUSE of what I mentioned above. 96.1 seems to have more restraint. WMMR out of Philly is also really good. Especially Pierre Rober or however he spells his name.

Oldies to me are The Beach Boys, The Platters, Everly Brothers and stuff like that.

-- Renee (renee@gardengeekgirl.com), January 31, 2001.

I'm old enough to have owned a record player too.

And I knew the words to Bicycle Built for Two, too, but Beth already posted 'em.

Beth, do you remember Daisy's answer? Someone once told me it in college, but all I remember is the end of the verse:

... but I'll be damned if I'll be crammed on a bicycle built for two!

Dd, Of couse I know Al Jolsen's name, and that he starred in The Jazz Singer, the first "talking picture" ever made, but I confess, if I've ever heard his recordings I don't know it.

The thing about oldies is, I'm not saying I mind 'em; shoot, I have really fond memories of going to the barber shop and listening to the AM stations playing stuff from the 40's & 50's. What I mind is that the term is now encroaching upon the songs that were popular while I was in high school.

I suppose, from the other side, folks who went to high school in the 40's & 50's might not enjoy the music of the day now being called oldies, but my original point was, in my mind, "Oldies" always referred to a period, not a recording's age.

Oh, and I never answered the original question.

I listen to the radio almost only in my car, but sometimes around the house, weekend mornings. I listen to the local NPR station, and also flip among six "music" stations, all of which basically play pop from some time period or another (including the earlier-mentioned "50's, 60's & 70's" station). Most of the station's djs don't bother me much, none of them draw me in, and a couple I can do without. What annoys me most of all instead is the commercial breaks.

They're too long, and the commercials are all too stupid.

Remember that scene near the beginning of the movie City Slickers? Billy Crystal's character sells airtime at a radio station, basically approving what commercials get played. His boss comes in and criticizes him for accepting this one spot, explaining, "It's crap! It makes people change the station!"

I think that scene should be required viewing for anyone who has anything to do with advertising in any way. TV... radio... any commercial that makes me change the channel/station should never have been made. (IMO)

-- Michael (mwalsh@lynx.neu.edu), January 31, 2001.

I barely remember it..something like,

Johnny, Johnny, this is my answer true, I'm not crazy over the likes of you. If you can't afford a carriage, then let's call off the marriage, cos I'll be damned if I'll be crammed on a bicycle built for two!

-- Lynda B (lyndacat@bigfoot.com), January 31, 2001.

No way! They didn't say "damned" on the radio way back then did they?

-- Renee (renee@gardengeekgirl.com), February 01, 2001.

I live in the Denver metro area of Colorado and listen to all the rock stations like 93.3, 96.5 (80's!!), 105.9 and 106.7 (hard rock).

-- Amethyst (honeybee@journalist.com), February 02, 2001.

Is there any particular DJ that you like from any of those stations?

-- Renee (renee@gardengeekgirl.com), February 02, 2001.

A story I remember from my childhood. My Dad had a bunch of 78 records, and when the 45 and the LP took over in popularity, he and his mates took these 78s out into the field and practiced skeet shooting.

Pull! Original Australian release Buddy Holly records from the 50's... Smash!

Pull! Insert name of other cool 78's that would be worth some considerable dosh if he'd kept them now, not to mention the Coolosity Factor... Smash!

I have one 78 left somewhere, it's a Woody Woodpecker, have to ask Mum if they kept that one.

As for favourite radio station over here, I listen to the local NPR (That's National Public Radio for the Non USA'ns) station, NJN. Lots of news, overseas stuff too, like the BBC world service hour, and a couple of really interesting varied news shows about the USA, like All things Considered. I listen to this in the car and at home. If the talk show is one I'm not interested in, I have half a dozen local Jersey/Philadelphia stations on the dial that I surf through. Couldn't give you a name or a call sign, it's one song here, another there.

A cool radio station on the web is Triple JJJ, it's an Australia wide station, lots of alternative stuff.

This site has lists of a bunch of different radio stations, world wide including the USA, that have their service on the web. This one is the local University station in Adelaide, my home town, and I used to volunteer with their Satruday night rock show, about 15 years ago! SOme of the names are still familiar, which is cool.

-- Amanda Page (amanda@amandasprecipice.com), February 02, 2001.

Renee asks if there are any DJ's I particularly like from my above mentioned stations. I like Jackie Selby from 105.9 and that is about it. Most DJ's are pretty annoying. I was excited at first to know that Nina Blackwood (one of the original MTV veejays) was going to be on 96.5 when it went all 80's recently but you know what? She is damned annoying.

-- Amethyst (honeybee@journalist.com), February 03, 2001.

Nina Blackwood, that would have been a bummer. I asked for specific call letters because I surf this site quite a bit and wanted to know for that reason.


Very neat site.

-- Renee (renee@gardengeekgirl.com), February 04, 2001.

I listen to Bay Area Radio Station 96.5 KOIT for easy listening.

-- Reggie (reggie@sfcu.org), April 09, 2001.

I listen to KOIT radio station and it great. I listen to it in the morning and afternoon and evening. You are the best so don't change. You keep planing all of my favorite music and I like that. I listen in the car and at home and I listen on my walkman CD player. everywhere I go like when I go fishing, camping, hiking, boating. So do my family listen to the station too.

-- Maria Lusia Santos (grizbr1@pacbell.net), July 06, 2001.

I listen to a lot of online station like christian radio station like klove and a lot around the world on my computer and a lot from the 50's 60's 70's 80's and 90's of all kind of music thankyou terry

-- TERRY MCINTOSH (terry01@attcanada.ca), August 21, 2001.

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