As some (or most) of you know, I was blessed to start a new job this past Monday. I’m now working at Aveda up in Blaine in their microbiology lab. We do testing on the products that come off the lines and make sure that they are not contaminated with any “bugs”. My duties include supporting the principle microbiologists by doing the lab upkeep and making media to grow samples on. I also handle plating controls and water samples from the plant’s water purifiers. So far, I really like it….except for one tiny thing.
The staff in the lab like to listen to the radio throughout the day and the station of choice is the one pictured on the right. Being a self-confessed music junkie, this station is like pouring hydrochloric acid directly into my cochleas. First of all, Dave the morning show DJ is one of the most annoying people I’ve ever heard on the radio. On Thursday morning, one of their segments featured a woman calling in saying her current live-in boyfriend was constantly mentioning his ex-girlfriend and she worried he wanted to go back to her. The DJ’s called the boyfriend and blatently lied to him, telling him he’d won a dozen roses to be delivered to any one in the country. He asked for them to be sent to his ex. This prompted an on-air tirade from his current girlfriend and some light DJ banter on the subject! Ugh!! They also feature an hourly segment of “Dirt” on celebrity gossip (mostly having to do with Britney Spears or Anna Nicole Smith’s estate) and seemingly constant speculation about American Idol.
Then there’s the music. I heard the same song 5 times today between 7am and noon: “Don’t Matter” by someone called Akon. The hook plays about 10 times during the 3 minute song, so I heard the chorus about 50 times. The lyrics are: “Nobody want to see us together, but it don’t matter…no (‘cuz I’ve got you)”. Seriously, 50 times. Also, the only guitars I have heard thus far belonged to……Nickelback. Apparently they are the only rock band the kids like these days. But “it don’t matter” that all their songs are the SAME SONG!!?! To prove it, here’s a mix of their first two hits played at the same time:
I realize I sound like an old man telling the kids to get off his lawn, but I am seriously concerned about how this station is affecting those who listen to it. Particularly those under age 18 or so. And since I’m assuming that most of the people who may read this don’t listen to the station, I feel it important to expose the issue.
But hey, at least it’s not a country station….