Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 439: Turn Up the Radio

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Wardlaw as we discuss the decline of rock radio. Listen to the episode below or download directly.

Show notes:
- Recorded via Skype
- Check out Matt's podcast Lost Together
- Matt first got into radio as a kid in Odessa, TX
- Jay: Started listening to AM rock stations in Toronto in late '70s
- Matt later moved to Cleveland area, heard a lot of Canadian bands on radio there
- The enduring popularity of Trooper's "Raise a Little Hell"
- The thrill of the chase: hunting for B-sides and imports
- Learned about music via radio and magazines
- Countless hours in record stores
- In Boston, the rock stations have dwindled
- Cleveland's WMMS has gone part talk, part classic rock
- Curated radio experience is becoming more rare
- Jay: Listen to combo of podcasts, college radio and online stations
- Matt had a metal show for several years
- Classic rock acts can't get new stuff played anymore
- Playing new material live vs. "the hits"
- Billy Joel stopped making new music in early '90s
- Touring is where the money is for classic rock acts
- To be continued

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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