Jamlando Held Hostage: The 105.9 Saga Continues

As of this morning, when my iPod dongle’s batteries died and so I foraged forth into the wastelands of Orlando FM radio, 105.9 was still airing its “History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” syndicated pre-recorded series.

I’m never sure what the thinking is behind these “breaks” between formats…there was a station back when I lived in Chicago that played “American Pie” on repeat for a day or two when it changed formats, and I remember another station (maybe here in Orlando?) that did the same with “Hey Jude.”

Why not just switch formats and be done with it? Do our Benevolent Media Conglomerate Overlords not realize that there are bootys upon bootys across this fair city waiting to once again be shaken in a manner akin to that of a Polaroid picture???

More as this critical story develops.

4 Comments so far

  1. Rachel (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 9:31 am

    I work in TV – but I think radio might kind of be the same way when there is this type of switch.
    A lot of times they are upgrading equipment or changing offices or if someone is taking over the station, moving their stuff in and other stuff out, and all this would probably cause the station to go off the air or to at least lead to some really crappy programing. I’m pretty sure they use a system that works as a bypass for a day or two while they set up just to avoid dead air and let people know about the switch.

  2. Matt (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

    That’s an interesting point. Next time, I think they should give ME the controls for a few days. I would make their ears bleed.

  3. Terry Howard (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

    Now there’s a free marketing idea to promote and gain attention to a new format station. While we get set up a random listener gets to pick the music. The free press on that alone would guarantee a nice level of audience listener by the time it’s go-time.

  4. redbone (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

    AHHH CRAP!!!! O-ROCK is going smooth jazz???? Yea, That’s what Orlando needs, another watered down FM station. Not that they were cutting edge before! But, Honestly!! If I wanted to hear the fizzy-haired “jazz flute” of Kenny G, I would go ride an elevator for an hour or two. I’d prefer if they keep playing this “History of Rock” syndicated show that has been filling the airwaves.

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