Bob: Hope you've been well...I was asked to do a piece on the "Vanishing DJ" and it kind of "dovetailed" into a post from "X-roads"...let me know what ya think!
: This looks like an opportunity if there ever was one.
: If the Trio did a version of MTA with the new verse.
: Is there a radio station there that would play it?
: FOLKS, TO ADDRESS THIS QUESTION OF THE TRIO GETTING ANY RADIO AIRPLAY WITH A NEW
: VERSION OF AN OLD CLASSIC, DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH. LET ME EXPLAIN. 42 YEARS IN THE
: BROADCASTING TRENCHES (NOT BBQ MAX, SORRY). IF THIS INCARNATION OF THE TRIO DID
: RE-RECORD THE SONG THEY MIGHT GET THE "HOOK" ON THE AIR VIA A NEWS STORY ON
: A LOCAL TV STATION "IF" THAT STATION CHOSE TO RUN A STORY.
THE SAME GO'S FOR A LOCAL NEWS RADIO STATION. IF THEY "CHOSE" TO RUN A STORY!
THE "HOOK" OF THAT SONG IS WHAT, 10-12 SECONDS AT BEST.
IN TODAYS RADIO FORMAT MARKET, THERE'S NO ROOM FOR A "KINGSTON TRIO".
GO AHEAD START YOUR HISSING NOW. TRUTH BE TOLD, I JUST DID.
: IT'S A "NICHE" ACT. THE BEST ADVICE AS A CONSULTANT I COULD GIVE A CLIENT
: WOULD BE THIS.
: CHANGE FORMATS. WELL, WE KNOW THE TRIO WON'T DO THAT SO, THE NEXT BEST THING WOULD
: BE TO LOOK AT TODAY'S MARKET. WHAT'S OUT THERE. THERE REALLY IS NO "TOP 40 AS
: "I" KNEW IT IN MY CAREER. TODAY WE HAVE HIP HOP, RAP, CLASSIC ROCK, AAA,
: NEWS TALK, ALTERNATIVE, URBAN AC, SOFT ROCK(SEVERAL VERSIONS) BOB-FM, FRANK-FM, ETC;
: AND THE LIST GO'S ON.ALL MUSIC IS PICKED BY CORPORATE PROGRAMMERS AND EACH LIST,
: FOR EACH FORMAT IS TESTED THROUGH FOCUS GROUPS AND YOU END UP WITH A PLAY LIST OF
: ABOUT THE SAME 150 TO 200 SONGS ON EVERY STATION ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. DRIVE CROSS
: COUNTRY SOME TIME AND KEEP PUSHING THE BUTTONS. VARIETY MY ASS!
: IMHO - IF THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP THE TRIO NOW (THE PERFORMERS, NOT BOB) WANT A "HIT"
SINGLE...FIND THE PEOPLE WHO WRITE FOR ALAN JACKSON (OR FIND ALAN JACKSON),BRAD
: PAISLEY,LONESTAR, RASCAL FLATS, BROOKS & DUNN, TIM McGRAW...
: THE CLOSET THING TODAY TO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC IS TODAY'S COUNTRY!!! THAT'S RIGHT!
: SOME TUNES TODAY SOUND MORE CONTEMPORARY THAN OTHERS BUT THAT'S WHAT "WE" HAVE LEFT.
: THERE ARE SOME PRETTY DARN GOOD SONGS OUT THERE. I'M NOT SAYING THE BOYS HAVE TO
: HAVE IT "PRODUCED" OR "SOUND" LIKE NASHVILLE.(BEEN THERE DONE THAT)..
BUT IF THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A BREAKOUT NUMBER (AND I DON'T THINK THEY ARE)THAT WOULD
BE THE WAY TO GO. HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE TO CHEW ON FOLKS...
: Ode To A Dying Breed - The Radio DJ
: By TOMM RIVERS
: August 31, 2010
: Radio DJ's going the way of the dinosaur
: Sooner or later, your favorite local radio music format will be gone. One day,
: perhaps without warning, it will be replaced by talk, news, or some “contemporary”
: format. Popular songs you once enjoyed, or maybe loved to hate, first become oldies
: and suddenly one day a program director somewhere decides the demographic skews too
: old and those songs just vanish from the radio.
: The final cut comes when the format’s premiere disc jockeys disappear. Recently,
: one of the country's top jazz DJs, Dick Buckley from Chicago, died. For several
: decades before his last broadcast two years ago, when it came to jazz he had few
: peers. Like the best DJ of any format - classical, country, rock, R &B - Buckley
: introduced old songs to new listeners and new songs to old listeners. Interspersed
: with his tales of hanging out with Count Basie and Duke Ellington, he typified the
: emotional hold a talented DJ with great music could exert over listeners.
: Author Michael Chabon discusses the power of local radio in his essay, Radio
: Silence, “(The song) "Runaround Sue" by Dion & the Belmonts (1961) was
: my mother’s all-time favorite. We used to hear it sometime on WMOD (“Washington
: DC’s Goldmine”), and she always got a certain look when it came on, something
: between surprise and reverie. All those songs, and even more, their familiarity and
: evident importance to my mother- the associations and memories they stirred, the
: good feelings they engendered – came to mean something to me. Their lyrics, their
: instrumentation, the outmoded crooning or falsettos of their vocalists, their
: monaural shimmer, became part of my understanding of the era that had produced them,
: and my understanding of my mother, and of the way she saw and talked about her
: Unfortunately, formats pass on. AM radio stations that once filled the airwaves
: with 1940’s favorites, the Andrews Sisters or Dorsey Brothers, are long gone. That
: music may as well be Gregorian chants. 1950’s formats that made their bones on
: doo-wop, Chuck Berry or the Everly Brothers and even the late 50's early 60's great
: Kingston Trio now have become distant memories like poodle skirts and saddle shoes
: and your college daze.
: The 1960’s, which popularized FM, were the decade that was supposed to change it
: all. But you don't even hear much 1960’s music on local radio anymore. A few
: warhorses like "My Girl," "Satisfaction," or "I Heard It
: Through the Grapevine" survive, usually on FM, but they are token exceptions.
: Even Beatles and Stones’s play lists have dwindled to an overplayed few. The
: legendary AM stations like WABC or WLS in Chicago, which once hooked Boomers on rock
: and roll, don't even play music anymore.
: The 1970’s are on their way out, also. "Black Magic Woman,"
: "Stairway to Heaven" and "Ramblin’ Man" may still be around, but
: it means scouring the dial to hear them, if you're willing and haven't grown tired
: of them yet. Take note, Billy Joel, Prince, and Phil Collins, your days on local
: radio are numbered.
: Who cares, you may ask? Besides satellite radio, it’s possible to download any of
: these artists, and thousands of others, anytime on your iPod. Your MP3 player will
: play "Purple Rain" all day if you like. People with iPod buds wander
: ubiquitously through suburban malls (resembling nothing so much as those emotionless
: drones from the Invasion of The Body Snatchers, the original "pod people."
: Without question, musical choice is more varied and available than ever.
: But something has been lost, which brings us back to the disc jockey. Chances are,
: no matter where you grew up, some DJ affected your life at some time - was it Cousin
: Brucie? Larry (Uncle Lar) Lujack in the Midwest? Early "The Soul Man"
: Wright in the Delta? (The Real) Don Steele and the "best of the best"
: Robert W. Morgan in L.A.?
: The best of them were shamans, communicating from a spiritual world, conjuring
: powerful magic. Their medium might have been Wagner, Beethoven, Hank Williams,
: Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen or B. B. King. But the magician behind the curtain
: was that DJ.
: Precious few shamans remain. Jonathan Schwartz remains one of the best things about
: satellite radio. For years, he could switch seamlessly between AM and FM, playing
: Sinatra and discoursing on Sinatra songs all the way back to Frank’s 1930’s Hoboken
: days. Then, he might segue smoothly on another show and play Frank Zappa (Google
: please, if you're under 40).
: The best DJs, like Dick Buckley or Jonathan Schwartz, don't just play music; they
: are artists producing indelible aural memories. Soon, like their formats, they will
: disappear and we shall not hear their like again. The iPod and the MP3, and
: whatever technology comes apace will doubtless provide more music, better quality,
: and easier access. But no technology will ever recreate the great DJ’s and the
: intimacy of local radio. Future generations will be poorer for it, having missed
: out on one of life’s little pleasures.