Monday, March 10, 2008

R.I.P. to The Buzz

Well, this past week has confirmed that the once adventurous playlist at 100.5 The Buzz here in Gainesville is no more. They're now playing such artists as Metallica, Alice in Chains, and Fuel - the very bands that they used to make fun of Rock 104 for playing. As I said on my radio show (Stripped, on 94.7fm WGOT every Monday night at 9pm) this evening, I know the smell of a radio consultant all too well.

This was certainly the work of a radio consultant. The airwaves undulate with the trademark foul stench every time I set my tuner to 100.5fm. Oh well - it was fun while it lasted. We'll still have the great memories of listening to Leigh Scott playing stuff by Rilo Kiley and Husker Du. Or of Mojo and Spanish in the morning rocking the Rage Against the Machine and Reverend Horton Heat.

The more that beloved radio formats go by the wayside, the more it comes apparent that our American Idol-loving asses never deserved it in the first place.

As a result of this formatic death, increased burden now rests on those of us in community radio. You can give us the resources to keep the movement alive. We hope to see you at WGOT's benefit concert on St. Paddy's Day (Monday, March 17th) at Club 1982 downtown.

Indie rock is dead. Long live indie rock!


nangents said...

"I know the smell of a radio consultant all too well."

Me too: smells like chicken.

Mitch said...

I absolutely felt the same way, when they started to slip main-stream rock into their playlists, I knew what was coming... I miss the old buzz... actually kept me away from my CDs on several occasions. Back to those CDs.

RIP 100.5 the buzz, you used to kick major ass.