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Category Archives: Radio
Tweet We either celebrate or cringe when Christmas music is piped through the speakers of any given shopping center before Thanksgiving. Why do we react the way we do? The music of the Holidays is part of the routine we … Continue reading
Tweet All photos by Randy Stern Sports on the radio has one of the deepest histories attached to it. Before television, radio and the local newspaper were the only ways to know what was going on with your favorite team … Continue reading
Tweet All photos by Randy Stern A couple of weeks ago, Google created a “doodle” – the graphic on top of their main page – to celebrate the 44th anniversary of Hip-Hop. Little did we know that the music and … Continue reading
Tweet All photos by Randy Stern What is your definition of “public” radio? It depends on where you live. But, traditionally, public radio is one that is funded by a governmental source with its main priority to fulfill primary functions … Continue reading
Tweet The top station in the Twin Cities at the Minnesota State Fair – All photos by Randy Stern Remember Clear Channel? The largest terrestrial and viral radio broadcaster in the USA is still going strong. They recently re-branded themselves … Continue reading
Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern One of the first things I do when I receive a vehicle to work with is to program the presets on the radio. Depending on the number of presets available – either per band … Continue reading
Tweet Photo by Randy Stern It is summer. You are heading out on the highway. You prepare for a road trip, only to think of what to listen to on the way. We should be thankful for today’s advances in … Continue reading
Tweet For as long as I have been in an automobile, the radio has been the driver for adventure. On V&R, I talked about the past and present of radio broadcasting with an automotive context. While we feed our infotainment … Continue reading
Tweet Tom Stryker on the air in La Crosse – Photo by Randy Stern When I was a kid, I wanted to be a radio air personality. They called these men and women “disc jockeys” in my day. They had … Continue reading
Welcome to Minnesota, where its public radio entity has three channels to choose from. The first two you’ve already guessed, but how about a commercial-free, ecclectic music station that does not play “weird stuff” all of the time? A station that starts with the Olympic Hopefuls, goes into John Hiatt, then Michael Franti or The Roots, then Michelle Shocked…you get the picture.
They call this The Current. And, I like it! Well, so do many of my fellow 25-45 year old demographic friends and acquaintances.
Radio has been my friend for years. Without it, I wouldn’t have discovered a lot of the music that has forged my life throughout the years. As a kid in Reseda, that Montgomery Wards stereo worked hard to get KDAY and The KAT (later KKDJ) from the AM dial straight outta South Central. If it weren’t for those two seminal stations, hip-hop wouldn’t have been a part of my soul.
When KDAY blasted the long version of “Rapper’s Delight,” I thought I was heaven. Nowadays, when the Black Eyed Peas come on one of these corporate-owned FM jukeboxes, I just want to cringe.
What has changed? Let me go back a few years… Continue reading