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Old 01-28-2010, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I just listen to my i-pod. Radio has too many commercials.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:00 AM
 
Location: DC
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Clear Channel owns all the stations. They are a monopoly now. It was an experiment that failed. No plan of action has been developed to correct the failing market as of yet.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I mostly listen to WAMU (NPR) and DC-101. I miss the classic rock station. WINC-FM is pretty good if you can get it.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:21 AM
 
Location: St Pete
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The rock stations here are lame. I listen to sirius.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:30 AM
 
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Since I got satellite radio, I never went back to Terrestrial. I don't think I know any stations now except DC 101.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:32 AM
 
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The radio stations around here are stuck in the past. They use studies & statistics to target the music to certain demographics. The problem is that they are always behing the times. People don't always know what they like until they hear it! If you only target certain groups of people then you will lose out on everyone else. Not to mention that the DJ's get their hands ties because they are forced to stick to the program. Free form radio is the best. We need good DJ's who will play anything they want, whether its on the playlist or not.
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:14 AM
 
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I only listen to really two stations here. 91.9 which plays comtemporary Christian music and 104.1 which plays black gospel music. 91.9 is good. 104.1 plays too many commercials and their traffic reports completely avoid Northern VA.
For Contemporary Christian, I prefer 90.5 out of Fredericksburg (they also have a station on 97.7 in West End Alexandria). They're more uptempo compared to 91.9.

I should have mentioned in my first post that I also have XM and that makes DC's lack of good radio much more tolerable.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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I think radio all over the country is pretty homogenized and you won't see many variations. Most radio stations are owned by mega corporations that seek to copy formats from market to market. In the Roanoke, VA market the soft rock/adult contemporary station plays all Christmas music in December just like WASH FM in DC does. Every Adult Urban Contemporary R&B station plays a "quiet storm" format of slow love songs at night. So anyone who thinks DC radio sucks probably thinks all radio sucks . I listen to satellite radio. But when I'm in the DC area I like to listen to WTOP news station to see what new is happening in the area.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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I like WAMU 88.5. Outside of WBUR in Boston, it's the best NPR station I've listened to.

But for music? Ugh, local radio is the pits. I listen sometimes, but with so many commercials and so few songs on the playlist, I can't say I really *enjoy* it. And I'm not a music snob at all, I'm happy to listen to homogenized mainstream stuff...but even I need something other than the same 10 songs all day.

And those commercials! If I never hear the words "Shady Grove Fertility" again in my life, it will be too soon.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:28 PM
 
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It's amazing that a city like Las Cruces, NM has better classic rock than DC. I kind of figured it was because the royalty fees for a very large "affluent" area were high.

Every time I visit DC, it's the same old Bob Seger--no thanks. Idiotic commercials targeted at people with low IQs.
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