Burning Question: Why is the douchebag-to-normal human being ratio so high in the Hilarious Hijinx world of commercial radio? It’s one of the great unanswered questions, like “Why do we need sleep?” and “How does Uwe Boll sleep at night?”
In another display of commercial radio facepalmery, those marketing whizzes at Cox Communications decided to change the format of WPUP, 100.1 FM, Athens’ “Home of Concerts and World Class Rock” out of the blue. What took its place? Why Obama Radio, of course.
Claiming victim to an Obama-led government takeover of the station –- perhaps Obama’s armies of ACORN and Americorps warriors are behind it. The new format is nothing but Obama speeches juxtaposed with soul/R&B/novelty pop and Hawaiian music (get it?). Listen here.
Great idea, guys! Feed the government takeover frenzy that dominated our national “discourse” this summer! And, hey, Obama’s black, so let’s play a bunch of “black music” and pop music and stuff! Because white folks would never dig that! Playing pop/soul/R&B music is funny because it’s not to be taken as seriously as the sterling rock music they used to play on WPUP. You know, classic bands like BTO and Golden Earring.
Me, I like the change in format. I just heard “Superfly” on the radio for the first time in quite a while. Also: Chic, The Dazz Band, and Hot Chocolate. And Peaches & Herb. And Tony! Toni! Tone! I’m down with that. I’ll jam Rick Astley over Lifehouse any day of the week. Furthermore, who doesn’t like the ukulele? I say keep Obama Radio going, just with fewer speeches.