My blood pressure had started climbing, my grip on the steering wheel tightening one shade shy of white-knuckled. My first instinct was to bark a quick "fuck!" at the windshield, at nothing and no one in particular.
Was it an accident up ahead tying up I-64 West as far as the eye could see? Was it any other of the thousand or so reasons Kentucky drivers were named 3rd most careless and 7th worse drivers overall in the county? Don't I fucking wish.
For whatever the hell reason, Louisville's 100.5 flipped their format to Christmas music this past Friday. Yes, I too thought it an odd switch to make on Veterans Day, but that's why I host a show instead of working on the programming end. Like programming a radio station in Louisville is a challenge. This will probably run until the damned Super Bowl teams are determined. Fuck.
Louisville's WLGX 100.5 FM, or as it's better known, Gen X Radio, was a brief distraction once it launched a year or so ago, before quickly settling into its traditional corporate radio routine with the rest of the crappy stations in Louisville. You know, the kind with the two dozen or so song playlist you could damn near set your watch day. Seriously, it can be a drinking game: drive around on any given day in Kentuckiana, ANY GIVEN DAY, and once you hear five songs from Nirvana's Nevermind or Pearl Jam's Ten albums, then you get to party like it's 1990.
The classic rock version works kinda the same way, only it's unofficial unless you hear at least six different Led Zeppelin songs and Flirting With Disaster by Molly Hatchet. After 12 years of living down here, not only am I not flirting with disaster, I'm still waiting to hear on the status of my Emergency Protection Order against disaster...
Why...why the fucking Christmas music? Once I heard the temporary format change, my mind immediately started mocking the Gen X Radio advertising hook, only my version goes:
If you can remember when the Christmas music started in December, you're a Gen X-er. I hope they can handle the irony. Then again, this X-mas music fiasco is the dumbest thing I've heard from WLGX since they called REM grunge music. Yeah, Jethro Tull winning a Metal Grammy makes a lot more sense now, doesn't it? Kind of...?
At any rate, catch you suckers in January. I'm going into talk radio hibernation...
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