WFMU, the world’s greatest freeform radio station, needs our help! For decades the station has been home to Nachum Segal and the JM in the AM show, but now that show, and its financial supporters, are leaving WFMU in December. This leaves a huge whole in the station’s funding, so they are this month hosting a ‘silent’ fundraiser in order to raise money to fill the hole that JM in the AM’s leaving puts them in.
I gave up on radio a long time ago. Commercial radio, that is. It’s been unlistenable for decades, ever since the corporations did to radio what they ultimately end up doing to anything that is good and decent in this world: they destroyed it. Mega-mergers led to most radio stations in this country being gobbled up by a small number of giant media companies, then homogenizing and watering-down terrestrial radio in order to maximize listenership and ad revenue. Blandness sells, and commercial radio has become as bland as Wonder Bread. There’s a very clear reason you can drive from one end of this country to the other and find the same 10 or 12 songs playing on every single commercial radio station; they’re all programmed for conformity, and since they’re all owned by one of a very few companies, they’re all programmed to sound exactly alike. And I’m sorry to say, but if you’re relying on radio to give you something new, something different, something interesting in the world of music, you are losing out.