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Farewell Jack [Sep. 17th, 2012|08:14 pm]
Beemer
So I realize that 105.5 Jack FM was not so much a radio station as basically just an iPod Shuffle loaded with Top 40 hits and plugged into a radio transmitter.

But it being such, it meant the odds were significantly bettered that when all the other stations were managing to be talky-talky or commercial-riffic all at the same time, there would be at least one station that was playing Music I Don't Hate.

Now it's all sports talk or something. Sports talk is very definitely NOT Music I Don't Hate.

So boo to that!

There's probably a rant or maybe even a thoughtful essay to be written about how our modern interconnected electronic lives are all dependent on these services that can just suddenly vanish due to corporate turbulence, and and how it would be nice if business culture recognized a moral obligation to provide smooth transitions or whatever, but mostly, boo! I'm annoyed that I'm gonna have to change my radio presets.
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2012-09-18 02:30 am (UTC)
Kept meaning to check if maybe it just moved to another frequency? Any chance of that? No?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-09-18 04:34 am (UTC)
Not as far as I can tell. :/
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2012-09-18 04:16 am (UTC)
KITTEHS!
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-09-18 08:34 pm (UTC)
Coming soon, I promise!
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2012-09-18 11:50 am (UTC)
The online version is currently playing C&C Music Factory. Are you sure you're not just experiencing dead air at that frequency?
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2012-09-18 11:52 am (UTC)
Wiki says that it's supposed to become ESPN radio...???
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-09-18 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Boo, I say.
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[User Picture]From: kybearfuzz
2012-09-18 12:28 pm (UTC)
Sports radio? Gag...
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-09-18 08:48 pm (UTC)
Inorite?
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From: ajfbs
2012-09-18 12:35 pm (UTC)

Radio Ga Ga

I feel your pain.

It's been a total mess in the Greater Boston Area. WCRB (Classical Radio Boston) is now run by WGBH, (which many argue is an improvement). When WBCN went away (now "Mix 104.1," Adult Contemporary) WFNX shifted to appeal to BCN listeners before it was bought by Clear Channel this year. It's now an automated station playing "adult hits" under a different call sign (FNX still exists as an internet station). 'Oldies 103" is now AMP radio, which is apparently required to play Niki Minaj and Flo Rida at least once per hour.

Clearly, I've taken all of this far too seriously. Technically, I've had a few years to adjust, but my radio presets are useless and I just listen to far too much NPR. #getoffmylawn
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-09-18 08:40 pm (UTC)

Re: Radio Ga Ga

I will admit to actually liking a couple Niki Minaj tracks -- but probably not enough to listen once an hour, every hour.

It's not changing the presets; it's surfing through the spectrum to try to figure out what the hell to change them to...
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[User Picture]From: nitasee
2012-09-18 03:53 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it's the same where you are, but down here "sports talk" radio is often code word for Republican radio. It's as if "sports talk" is the gateway drug to more noxious things....
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-09-18 08:47 pm (UTC)
It's ESPN-branded, so I think it's less talk and more sports.

Talk radio is terrible no matters its political leanings. There's at least one liberal talk radio station in Boulder, and even when I agree completely with what they're saying, the way they say it still makes me want to stab things.
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[User Picture]From: nitasee
2012-09-18 09:55 pm (UTC)
You're right. Talk radio is the most annoying thing on the planet no matter the leanings. 'Course living in a redder than red state all talk radio is conservative. Even our sports radio segues in conservative commentators between games. (Which is why I said its a code word for Republican radio.) We even have a state congressman who got his start as a sports commentator.

All of this means that my subscription to XM radio has been money will spent: I can listen to whatever music I want no politics. Unless, I really, really want to go there. (I don't.)
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[User Picture]From: thedragonweaver
2012-09-21 04:11 am (UTC)
Oh, but you know what talk radio is GOOD for? Gardening shows!

Seriously, in Sacramento, it's the best thing on the radio IMO. And it goes for three and a half hours across two stations (literally next to each other in the hallway, not much of a walk.) Of course, that's largely due to Farmer Fred, the master gardener (and old-school radio DJ from the days when you needed a license of your own). He's hilarious and full of useful information.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that he gives me things because I work with him. Like tomato plants. And a bike he had in his garage. :)
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2012-09-18 07:02 pm (UTC)
One Monday morning in the 90s, I woke up, put on my very favorite indie and Britpop station that I loved like almond cream cheese wedding mints, and heard:

Don't hurt my heart
My achy-breaky heart...


I shut the radio off and haven't turned it on since.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-09-18 08:43 pm (UTC)
I can see why you would be traumatized.

Please don't play that song
That achy-breaky song
The most annoying song I know...
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-09-19 04:48 am (UTC)
Yeeeesss, hmmm, I wonnnnnder...

Sadly, though, it does not work in my car. Curses!
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[User Picture]From: thedragonweaver
2012-09-21 04:13 am (UTC)
We've got a Jack FM in Sacramento, and I can verify that it IS just (the high-tech equivalent of) an iPod Shuffle. Seriously, it doesn't even have a studio. I think it has a closet somewhere.

I even submitted a liner for our Jack. We'll see if it gets recorded.

"They just took us on a tour of our beautiful new studios. Then they shoved us in a closet and locked the door.

It's dark in here."
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