I assume “given the opportunity” doesn’t mean “awarded a governmental grant for the purposes of a social scientific study”, but rather “Lisa asked me to DJ”. It does happen more often than you’d think, though I’ll usually put in something both of us can enjoy, like Billy Joel, instead of something I know she hates, like the Beta Band. Lisa has surprised me by how much of “my stuff” she likes, though. Maybe it’s only because I’ll listen to show tunes with her every so often, but I’ve even heard he sing “that boy needs therapy!” a la The Avalanches.
If you were to get into my Lumina, The Green Weenie, you’d see I have 6 radio pre-sets on FM1. I don’t really use AM or FM2, since I don’t like talk radio, and there are fewer than 6 stations in Buffalo that warrant their own button. On FM1, here are the stations I’ve pre-programmed:
- 88.7 – Buffalo’s only jazz station, and the home of NPR. I wish they’d play less cool jazz stuff, the sort of saxophoney thing you might hear in an elevator or at a buffet, and more big band, swing, bluegrass, or even blues that wasn’t performed in the last decade. But I reiterate: it is Buffalo’s only jazz station. I’m also an NPR junkie. Car Talk is funny too, but I’m never listening to the radio when it’s on.
- 91.9 – this is the frequency on which I transmit whatever mix is on my (Lisa’s) iPod.
- 96.9 – I like classic rock, and though “97 rock” is guilty of relying far, far too much on bands like Rush and too little on bands like, say, The Beatles, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt since they’re better than their few alternatives.
- 99.9 – Canadian station No. 1: this is the one “easy listening” station you’ll find on my pre-sets, and really only there to fill in a gap. It will occasionally play stuff I haven’t heard before, and in music, I look for novelty above all else.
- 102.1 – Canadian station No. 2: I lucked out with a car whose antenna is just strong enough to pick this station up regularly. Yeah, they are pretty corporate, but they play stuff like The Trews and Hawksley Workman, which you’d never hear from a station on this side of the Falls.
- 103.3 – such promise, down the tubes. There was a time when I loved “The Fox”, for being Buffalo’s alternative station, but in recent years they’ve gone dark. If they aren’t playing Staind, Nickelback, or other modern greaseball groups, in recent years they’ve started playing the greaseball groups of yesteryear. Do we really need to revive G&R? This is the genre to which “alternative music” was the alternative, and I mourn the passing of Buffalo’s last true arena for those of us who occasionally don’t want heavy metal, easy listening, gangsta hip hop, R&B, or (shudder) country/western.
So there you have it. And before you suggest it, I’m not about to get satellite. For one thing, I can’t afford it and I don’t think I should have to pay for it anyway. For another, I like my city to have an identity, and you can’t do that with national coverage. There are other reasons, but this post is already too long.
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