Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Follow up: Q-101 New and Improved? or...

The verdict is in: I'm convinced this station is a sinking ship. After they expanded their playlist on April 1, I programmed Q-101 into my FM presets to periodically check out their new(old) sound. After almost two weeks, I've probably listened to it for a total of about 20 minutes. As I mentioned on the first day of the format tweak, listening to the station completely maddening...in fact, now after checking it out a few times, it's actually become predictably bad. Digging that classic new wave track?? Better keep your finger on the dial, because the next track is almost guaranteed to be some nu-metal/hard rock BS. Shuffle my ass! Sounds like they're purposely arranging the playlist so that you always hear 1 new track, 1 80's track and 1 90's track in every 4-5 song set. It's really frustrating because some of the old songs they've dug up sound great...last night I heard "Cut You Up" by Peter Murphy and I totally cranked it up. But then they followed it up with "Enter Sandman" by Metallica!?! End result? Radio goes off, CD goes in. Luckily, I'm not the only one who thinks that Q-101's programming dept. is on crack. According to today's Feder column in the Sun-Times, many industry experts agree that the station's iPod-like "now on shuffle" modus operandi is seriously flawed: Should a medium that's already universal be comparing itself constantly to a new gadget that's in the craze phase?" the trade publication Inside Radio wondered Tuesday. "Radio in the '70s and '80s didn't compare itself to 8-tracks or cassettes...Mancow Muller, the Q-101 morning star who's missing from the current marketing campaign, finds his bosses' strategy downright hilarious. "Now I'm trying to talk them into sending XM and Sirius Satellite radios to everyone," he said with an evil laugh. So if anyone from the Q-101 staff is reading this, I'll reiterate what I said before about their brilliant plan to be a radio station that's "like an iPod on shuffle" Why would you want to listen to someone else's iPod that's stuck on shuffle and doesn't have a "skip" button?? Wouldn't you rather just listen to your own iPod that's filled with all of your favorite songs? ------------- Speaking of follow-ups, here's a quick Lollapalooza Chicago update: The pre-sale "bargain" tickets for $35 are already sold out. The 2000 that were alloted for the pre-sale sold out in about 90 minutes. Never being one to buy tickets ahead of time, I totally flaked out on this and didn't get to the website before they sold out. Oh well, the artist line-up still hasn't been announced, so I'm not kicking myself just yet. Plus, according to the website, there are still more "deals" to come. We'll keep you posted...

2 Comments:

Anonymous Bill V said...

I remember say almost 15 years ago when that station was almost listenable, but holy crap does it suck. Nice post! I got a deal on some XM equipment a few months ago, and have totally been digging it. It's nice to put the cds and ipod on the side and check out their alternative, alt country and new wave mixes. I have not turned on a Chicago station since.

4/14/2005 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Jessie said...

After putting about 1,000 miles on my car this weekend, I am officially fed up and sad about this newest trend in radio. One of my favorite things about traveling by car is getting a break from my CD collection to hear some new, or at least different, music on the radio. (My car is old, near death, and has no CD player). It's usually interesting to hear what's popular in different areas in the country. And one of the great things about radio is (was) that you can change the station to fit your different moods. But NOW, so many stations are playing "whatever they want," but they all apparently "want" the same music - they are all starting to sound even more alike than before! Everyone is playing everyone's favorite old songs we've already been hearing for 20+ years. Sting, The Police and other bands from that era, bands I once enjoyed, are now getting overplayed on far too many stations because nostalgic listeners are requesting them. I wish stations would at least stick to their format, and just give us a greater variety of NEW music.

4/18/2005 05:13:00 PM  

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