Some of you may have the impression that a lot more big, newsworthy events happen in New York City than anywhere else in the world. Well, you're right. Here's the Friday front page of one of New York's dailies.
Sure, it's am New York and not the New York Times, but still..."Rock is Reborn in New York City?" A full-page ad on the cover? As someone who studied journalism in college, let me say--that is AWESOME! I dare you to try and read that headline in a normal voice--it's hard, isn't it? That's a sentence that has to be read in an over-the-top radio announcer's voice. With some sound effects at the end.
It's not an important story by any means, but it actually got me to stop and grab a copy of am New York, which I almost never do, despite the fact that it's free, and that they have real-life Newsies handing them out at the entrances of subway stations. (I was very disappointed by the lack of Newsies my first time in NYC.) Fifty papes!
You should probably also know that the back cover lists RXP 101.9's "9 commitments to New York," which include these doozies (bold print in original, Jeff's comments in parentheses):
1. We'll play music that passes one primary filter: that it is good rock
2. Our on-air staff will play a direct part in choosing the songs that we play (how do we know we can trust them to choose good rock?)
3. We will respect you with an intelligent product (but we'll disrespect you with our blatant pandering)
5. We will be upbeat & fun but never cheesy and dumbed-down--edgy but never with attitude (what does that even mean?)
6. We will take the music we play seriously--but not ourselves (except in this full-page ad)
This great moment in journalistic history reminded me that, when I was here five years ago, the radio station I listened to in my dorm room ran a "Top 500 songs of the 80s and 90s" marathon countdown over Memorial Day Weekend. I still have a printout of the full list in one of the boxes under my bed in Provo, but I can't find it online. I do, however, remember that "Livin' On a Prayer" was #2 (a relatively worthy choice), and the #1 spot went to--yep, you guessed it--"Smooth" by Santana and Rob Thomas. Seriously. Feel free to express your disdain and nominate a better top song in the comments (especially you, shabba shabba).