Today when I switched from NPR to my usual music station, KCUV, I thought the music was funny today. The Eagles, ZZ Top, Madonna. I wondered if maybe the usual DJ is off for Labor Day. Or maybe I just don’t usually listen in the middle of a weekday, and it’s geared towards a different crowd? When I got back into my car this afternoon, the same, not-my-kind-of-music was playing, and eventually they read the call letters. KCUV, my dear friends, is no longer, and now merely simulcasts Jack FM. Which I think is stupid. I’m all for having a variety of stations, but there’s really no good reason to broadcast the same thing on two different frequencies. And Jack is one of those big stations, and they beat out a little local one. Are there even stations left that will play a request if it isn’t “on their list” of approved songs? I know of KGNU, but it feels a little too alternative (and I can’t always pick it up because it’s an AM station). Who will play Patty Griffin and Wilco and Ryan Adams? Sigh.
Who will I miss more than KCUV, even? Beth and Anne, who head out tomorrow for uncharted territory (okay, the northern Midwest). Much, much more, though I think they’ll love their new home, and I wish them all the best.