The Music on the FM Radio

Why do people really listen to that shitty music that’s being played on the radio? FM radio music. What’s it called? Adult-Contemporary? Classic Rock? Urban Rhythm-and-Blues? You know what’s the official business name for that shit?

Corporate Standardized Programming

Just what an art form needs! Derived from scientific surveys conducted by retarded businessmen. Here’s how bad it is. One nationwide chain that owns many radio stations conducts weekly telephone polls asking listeners their opinions on twenty-five to thirty song hooks they play over the phone. Hooks that the radio people already selected, hooks of the short, repeated pop songs that people remember easily. Depending on these polls, the radio chain decides which songs to play on their station’s playlist.

Weeks later, they record the hooks of all the songs that they’re currently playing on their radio stations across the country, label them by title and artist and sell that information to record companies to help create more of the same, bad music.

They also sell the information to competing radio stations that want to play what the big chains are playing. All of these is done to prevent the possibility of Original Thinking somehow creeping into the system.

In the first place, listening to music that someone else has picked out is not my idea of a good time. Second, and more important, the fact that a lot of people in The Philippines actually like the music automatically means it sucks, especially since the people who like it have been told in advanced by the businessmen what it is that they’re supposed to like!

Save me from people who have been told what to like and then like it. My opinion is if you’re over six years of age and you’re still getting your music from the radio something is desperately wrong with you.

I can only hope that MP3 and File Sharing will destroy FM Radio to ground zero the way they’re destroying record companies. Then, even though the air will probably never be safe to breathe again, may it will be safer to listen to.

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