Friday, July 25, 2008
On the Radio
One of the local lite-rock [sic] radio stations has begun following each song with a disembodied female voice reciting the artist and title: "Deniece Williams, 'Let's Hear It for the Boy.'" The recording is a bit staticky, I think to help signal that it's not one of the DJs; I assume that whichever broadcasting conglomerate owns (and presumably programs) the station has supplied each of its affiliates with this service.
It's a bit creepy. She sounds like the woman you used to be able to call up and get the time from. I don't think you can do that any more.
In other local radio news, I have discovered that there is still a station that plays American standards and post-Beatles pop hits of the older, mellower variety, which would help explain the failure of Martini on the Rockies. It's Studio 1430 on the AM dial, which means I don't generally stumble across it while flipping through stations in the car, but this kind of thing belongs on AM, doesn't it?
They played the Andrews Sisters' "Rum and Coca-Cola" the other day, which is off the hizzy, although one reason I love that record so much is that it was a central focus of Paul Taylor's "Company B," which is still the finest modern-dance performance I've ever seen. Do you know who wrote the lyrics to that song? None other than our old friend Morey Amsterdam. But I digress.