- ‘Tis the season of giving — UAB launches holiday blood drive
- How a cybersecurity expert protects his smartphone
- ASC presents Take 6, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Dec. 15
- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
- Enjoy Christmas at the Alys Dec. 2, “The Season’s First Jingle”
- Engineering’s Ning wins ASTM International award
- Collat School of Business unveils sign at celebration
Viewpoint: Nothing is ever on the Radio
As a person who grew up lying on the floor listening to my mom’s old stereo, it really is a sad thing that listening to the radio isn’t an exciting experience anymore. And with today’s state of jazz and the annoying corporate focus of radio, it’s impossible to find a viable reason for the family to sit Indian-style on the floor together while listening to the radio.
What I’ve learned from my own personal experience is that having exposure to plenty is what expands any audience. It only makes sense. If you had never heard any Ke$ha songs, would you be listening to her? Would you waste $30 on a movie if you hadn’t even heard of it before?
The radio used to be a means of giving people the exposure to everything. Now, you can really anticipate “Call Me Maybe” to come on just about twelve times before a day’s ending. With only 6 corporations basically controlling our media consumption, it’s really hard to get exposure to anything but what they want us to listen to.
What about jazz radio? Why is jazz always reserved for NPR? Does anybody really want to be exposed to new music by the sound of a nonchalant voice that sounds like they don’t even care about the subject at hand? (Don’t get me wrong, I love NPR, but those voices…) What caused jazz radio to become less entertaining than the sound of an auction announcer? Does it even concern the older listeners that possibly, one day, no one is going to even care to preserve their music because they are sometimes “too boring”?
I think younger musicians are doing a great job on focusing on trying to expose their music to more people, but still, I’ve never heard some of my favorite younger musicians on jazz radio. The radio stations I’ve ever heard to play “jazz” are usually playing some unknown organist or old Miles tracks, or…dare I mention…smooth jazz. It’s unfair to the younger generations of musicians that are working hard to make quality music, but can’t even get their tracks played on these bland radio stations.
I hate to use puns, but I think the radio markets need to be “jazzed up” a bit. It’s a little bit uncomfortable for people like me that have a general interest in this genre of music but can’t even look forward to hearing more progressive “jazz” music. This lack of progressiveness is showing in many of the radio markets.
Something needs to be done about this, before jazz actually dies the real death that it’s claimed to have suffered from over so many years.