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Making song requests on the radio

TGIF!… I haven’t blogged anything in almost 2 years. Seeing that it is Friday and I have something brewing in my head, let me write about it…

Sometime last year, thanks to my wife, I discovered this really cool local radio station that plays only old music (for us old people). Actually, this station plays a ton of 80s and 90s popular music… stuff from my teenage years, hence my affection for it. It is called Mix 93.8 FM and it broadcasts from Midrand. They play 60s and 70s music as well, but hardly anything from the present day.

So I totally got into listening to this station during my work commute. And at least a handful of times, I was tempted to call in and make song requests. One or two were played, one was forgotten (or ignored) and another one was replaced with a more popular song choice. All said and done, this is radio after all. The popular song choices will always win compared to the more obscure fan favourites. I think I requested something fast-paced from U2 and dropped the song title ‘The Electric Co.’ as well. They ended up playing their standard station favourite ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ which isn’t fast-paced by any stretch of the imagination and not at all what I requested for! Still, I was happy that they played a good song from one of my all-time favourite bands. But would it hurt if they venture out a bit, away from the typical classic rock anthems that have been played 16 trillion times already?

In other words, if I want to listen to R.E.M.’s ‘Disturbance at the Heron House’, my best bet is to dust off my CD copy of ‘Document’ rather than wait for it to be played on the radio. That said, every now and then it is refreshing to hear random songs played by a radio DJ. For instance, this morning Mix FM played Steve Miller Band’s ‘Rockin’ Me’ which I have to say I quite enjoyed listening to despite not caring much at all for Steve Miller Band’s music in general. But I hadn’t heard that particular song in several years and it was nice to listen to it.

A personal music collection trumps everything but it is still nice to have a good radio station on every now and then.