I have, in recent history, pretty much forsaken FM radio. But some of it is good!
I am a sports nut in a sports nutty town (Boston) so Sports radio has been ‘my thing’. And, it still is ‘my thing’ a great deal of the time.
I was listening to sports talk radio so much though, that I was becoming woefully out of touch with music. I would hear a song and have no clue what it was. Not that I was all that interested in keeping up with Top 40 music, but it was still becoming disconcerting.
Last year, I started working a part time night shift gig. For five hours a night I push electronic paper. Once I became comfortable enough with the workload/expectations/feel of the place I realized that the job provides ample opportunity for radio/music listening.
I was not fond of listening to sports talk, it either required too much attention or the callers were flaming IDIOTS. I started to station surf. Before long I found UMASS Boston’s station. Good old public radio.
They carry a NPR show produced out of Philly called World Cafe ( www.worldcafe.npr.org ). It’s a University of Pennsylvania product, WXPN. The host is one David Dye, a guy who seems pretty encyclopedic about it all, while still staying cool. Would be a cool guy to have a beer with and you could just listen and soak it all in.
World Cafe is on two hours a night, here on WUMB (UMASS’s station) it is 9-11PM. Works well since I get off work at 11.
If you have never heard of World Cafe and you like music, especially “indie rock” for lack of a better label, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Sure, come summertime I will still listen to a Red Sox game over World Cafe. There is just something about baseball on the radio! Otherwise though, I am all about World Cafe. It’s two hours of greatness most nights.
Benefit of World Cafe?
The Cat Empire
Steve Earle (never gave him a chance before)
The New Pornographers
Glenn Hansard & Marketa Irglova (if you haven’t seen the movie “Once” go out and get it)
Iron and Wine…
…all bands/artists that I either never heard of or never gave a chance. They are all artists that are now in heavy rotation for me.
OK, I am done gushing now.