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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Leary would be proud

Dennis Leary would be proud: Ok. I get it. The Rolling Stones are coming to the Pepsi arena. The 'Stones aren't my favorite band, not even my favorite British invasion band, but I like them. I own a bunch of their records. I enjoy it when I hear them on the radio. I'm in awe of Keith Richards ability to still be living. I do indeed consider them the "greatest garage band of all time." I might even go to the concert.

But the radio frenzy has got to stop. CBA is bitching about press coverage of the Geisel case (aren't you supposed to be live-blogging that? -ed. Slow news day.) but the real papparzzi move this week has been the endless stream of 'Stones hits that you can't escape on the dial - i'm not just talking PYX 106 and 94.5, it's everywhere - 99.5, 104.5, 98.3, I even heard a 'Stones song on 103.9. Throw in the contests on every morning show, and I'm about to break. This morning, a promo on 99.5 said the following:
It's just not your music morning show, your full variety morning show, without the Rolling Stones!
Emphasis mine. Memo to 99.5: You never play the 'Stones in the morning. That just started. So don't give me "it's just not my usual morning show without them" routine. Second, adding the Rolling Stones to your straightforward rock 'n roll playlist doesn't add any variety at all. It's like adding prep-school white kid from New England to your sailing team.

I guess it could be worse: Supertramp or REO speedwagon could be causing this effect.
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At 8:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

nice rant    



At 3:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hate how Clear Channel has ruined radio in this area and across the country. I mean just look at the whole SONY/BMG Payolla thing that just went down. Everything is now played on a loop a billion times a day, with more commercials than one can shake a stick at. Seems like one can't differentiate between radio station playlist themes because they're all under one company and all play what they're told as the playlists get shorter and shorter... guuuh.    



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