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True Believer


Today I decided I am a radevangelist (or radiovangelist?) for MN's newest radio hope 89.3 FM The Current. I have to admit I was worried when I first heard about MPR's decision to purchase the station and make the station basically an eclectic college station for the slightly older hipster set (20-45 or so). I thought, but that's going to compete with Radio K. But now I think there is room for two awesome stations here in MN. Plus 89.3 is a different animal than Radio K, with mostly I think 2 different audiences, with much crossover to be sure. Also, I'm still going to support Radio K financially, because I still believe in it, but my heart now belongs to The Current.

Any station that plays Lemon Jelly, The White Stripes, The Arcade Fire, The Beastie Boys, The Fall, Johnny Cash, Public Enemy, The Hang Ups, Billie Holliday, The Chemical Brothers, Low, Roy Orbison, The Postal Service & Guided By Voices (!!!) (do you need more?) is the station for me. It's like they came in, took a bunch of stuff out of my own private music collection, and then threw in some stuff I didn't know I liked yet and piped it to my ears from heaven. AND the DJ's - Mark Wheat a favorite from Radio K, Mary Lucia -who has a huge cult following from her days on our previous radio heartbreak Rev 105 that went off the air in 98 or 99 (Rev is a whole other story, it was a great station. Like 89.3 in it's eclecticism, but commercial and therefore too much repeating of the tired "alternative hits" or alterna-corporate rock. + who likes commercials?)

Also Spinning: Thorn, Steve Nelson, Steve Seel, and more!

The Current has put me in an optimistic mood. I feel like music is alive again, things are looking up, there is hope for real radio after all. Clear Channel won't own everything. First Air America, and now the Current, what did we do to deserve such radio gems? The really great thing about radio now too, is that you don't have to live in the area it is broadcast, you can listen online. Anyone can listen to and support THE BEST RADIO STATION EVER, and I don't just toss those words around lightly, I as a Minnesotan have been through the indy radio ringer. 89.3 is the real thing folks, no matter where you live, tune in let the sweet sounds of true radio liberty flow in through your ears and make your soul smile.

The only hole in the steady stream of wonderfulness is the "Morning Show". It is a relic of the classical station 99.5, which I believe is all classical all the time now. I think they perhaps just didn't want to get rid of those guys, and I'll admit, they have a certain odd charm in their oh so dry banter -sometimes bordering on the crusty- but something must be done about the music. The morning should be full of sunny pop and the like not uber-folksy fluff with a little Johnny Cash thrown in. But, I only listened for 20 mins. this morning, so I gotta give 'em another chance.

So I invite you all now, to get out your credit cards (I did say radevangelist) and support this fresh new voice of quirky independence. It doesn't matter where you live, they have CD quality streaming audio. If we don't want to live in a Walmart world, we need to put our money where our ears are, and support Public broadcasting. Music is the song of our human soul, we have been singing and making music since literally the dawn of the human race. We must preserve some novelty in our aural expression, and supporting The Current is one small way to do that. Don't let OUR airwaves become completely clogged with corporate programmed and controlled obnoxiousness, whose cancerous banality eats away at your core while it coats your ears with saccharine.

You may think I'm being overly dramatic, but think about music and it's effect on your life. How your favorite songs make your heart swell in your chest, and you can't help but let it shine on your face. When you're feeling low and only that one particular album will comfort, perhaps even keep you around for another day. Music is a basic requirement for happiness in my book, let's keep it real -for real. Become a founding member like I did (monthly makes is painless) support a true radio revolution. Now.

January 25, 2005 | Permalink


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I have to agree, Lor... it's fuckin great radio. I haven't cared about radio since Rev went off way back when; but this might make me change my mind.

Posted by: JasonC at Jan 28, 2005 1:05:19 PM

Oh, God, no- the morning show is awful, avoid avoid avoid! It makes me wish there was a "Howard n' Chauncey In The Morning" radio program. These guys have all the old-timey cluelessness but none of the charm.

Posted by: Jonathan at Jan 30, 2005 10:21:22 AM


I've been griping about how ridiculous it is to have the Morning Show on 89.3 on the forums, but I could not defeat their armies of "quirky" supporters.

Posted by: Chuck at Jan 31, 2005 2:10:21 PM

I am totally with you on this, guys. Personally I've been sticking with the K in the morning, or my own collection, and then tuning in to 89.3 when Mary Lucia's shift starts. I love her.

Posted by: Sharyn at Jan 31, 2005 4:03:26 PM

Yeah, I gave the morning show like a chance everyday last week, and well, nope. Still don't like it. I don't know where that show belongs, but right now, it's just a weird sybilesque split personality for 89.3. It just doesn't fit.

My problem too is that I also hate the current radio K morning dude Thomas. He always ends up playing screaming muppet music when I've just woken up and that doesn't go over so well.

I still love 89.3 though, in fact, I love it more after a week. Teehee!

Posted by: Lorika at Jan 31, 2005 5:47:53 PM

I don't mind the morning show at all - in fact, it is quite a nice break in format from the rest of The Current's broadcast day which unfortunately is beginning to sound too uniform. A little more quirky stuff to break up the routine is good - that's what makes Radio K a joy. You don't have to love everything broadcast, just rejoice that such variety exists and one's favorite music is available on the local airwaves ...

Posted by: Mark at Feb 14, 2005 11:51:28 PM

I listen to it every morning, and it seems a little bit better than my first impression, but I still would prefer something a little more sunny and poppy in the morning.

Posted by: Lorika at Feb 15, 2005 1:13:52 PM