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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Radio Radio

We don't talk about the radio too much here at Pop Culture Junkette. Maybe because it's an increasingly irrelevant medium and Washington, DC is a notorious wasteland for radio. But I was pleased to discover that there have been two format changes to our local stations in the past couple of months.

104.1, which has been through numerous format changes, but was most recently playing classical music, has changed to George 104 playing "70's, 80's, and whatever we want." I'm sure the classical music people are up in arms, but since it's clear to anyone with any sense that 70s and 80s music is superior to classical music, this is obviously an improvement.

More confusingly, 94.7, which had long been D.C.'s classic rock station, changed to 94.7 The Globe, which now plays "World Class Music" and is "green-focused." What does this mean? Well, they seemed to have retained the same DJs, but now play more recent alternative music as well as some classic rock. I'm not 100% clear on what it means for a radio station to be "green-focused," however, except that the DJ commentary seems to be peppered with remarks about recycling and energy savings. It's no 80s-era WHFS, but it's better than what we had before.


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