I’m probably opening myself up for non-stopping ribbing by admitting to this, but I listen to country music radio. At least I did until KZLA — who have always called themselves “America’s most listened to country station” — abruptly became “Movin 93.9” last Thursday.
I listened to KZLA’s morning show on my way to work Thursday morning but when I got back in my car to head home that evening I was shocked to hear “Mambo #5” coming out of my speakers. My first thought was that it was on the wrong station, however a quick glance and the pretty purple LCD screen told me that I was still on 93.9. Something was wrong. Very wrong. I promptly turned the volume down and called my husband on my cellphone. When I got home, I checked the headlines online only to find that it was even a surprise to the station air staff.
Now, I realize that I’m the only ‘Loper that would find any of this surprising or upsetting but this presents a very real problem for me. I listen to a wide variety of music. I’m surrounded by music lovers, exposing me to lots of music, new and old. I have a wonderful husband who loves to play DJ for me and loads up our Audiotron with not only music that he likes, but music that he thinks I will like. He’s about 95% accurate. However, he does not listen to popular country music. He thinks that some of it is trash, which is true, but some of it is also pretty wonderful. Either way, my only real exposure to current and new popular country music is listening to the radio.
Now I don’t even have that. What is a country fan supposed to do? I do have a CD player in my car, but that doesn’t really allow for discovery of new songs or new artists. Generally, I buy a CD because I’ve heard at least a couple of songs elsewhere. KZLA is still available on HD radio, so I could invest in an HD receiver for my car. Or I could try satellite.
But the one thing that is not an option, and speaks volumes about the current state of terrestrial radio, is going down the dial to another radio station. I’m covered on all other musical genres through several other sources. I get traffic and news off the internet. I just need a way to get my country fix. And who knows, maybe I’ll discover something else with satellite or HD.