Two comments from the road
Comment No. 1: About a year ago, I moved what sometimes feels like half a world away from home (where I didn’t have access to any terrestrial sg radio) to a place that … you guessed it … also doesn’t have terrestrial sg radio. So I still get/have to listen to it only when I travel by car. Yesterday I had to drive several hours north for work and so spent part of that time picking up different sg radio stations.
At the bottom of the hour, one particularly podunk station I was listening to played an execrable three minutes of some all-star church-basement band covering an old hymn (the saxaphone sounded like a whoopie cushion most of the time) … and then nothing. The air went dead. And stayed that way for a minute, and then two, and then three. At five minutes I was bemusedly curious and vowed to wait it out for the purposes of empirical avfl research. At seven minutes I started getting disproportionately frustrated, like this was one of those “stress positions” that George Bush swears isn’t torture. At nine minutes I said something very unChristlike and switched the station. I came back three minutes later. Still dead. Finally when I checked again five or so minutes after that, one of the churchy Chucks (Swindol, Colson, Stanley … I dunno) was on.
This is not the first time I’ve (not) heard this happen on a sg station. But it is the worst instance I can recall. What is up with this? Really. Is there any remotely charitable explanation for this kind of incompetence? Radio people, speak up. I just don’t get how a station can be fastidious enough to copiously collect four dozen prayer requests and pray over them individually, ON AIR for many many awkward minutes at a time, but can’t figure out how to keep things from completely disintegrating between 10:29 when Buster and the Blowhards wrap up their take on “Send the Light” and 10:40-something when syndicated programming takes over.
Comment No. 2: Add “Osama Bin Laden” to the list of terms for which songwriters should avoid trying to find a rhyme.
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