Seeing that it is already August 1st (craziness), I thought I would post a fun blog I wrote in Feb ’07 about my thoughts on Christian Radio here in Louisville. So enjoy and laugh and enjoy the first day of a new month:
But today’s real rambling is about Christian radio. I pretty much now listen to sports talk radio but during those commercials, I will flip over to the 2 Christian radio stations we have here. Here’s my rant with them: There are more artist out there than Third Day, Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns, and Barlow Girl!!! But yet, this is almost all I hear. And we have 2 [now 3] stations. It’s really starting to get annoying. At one point a few weeks ago, Beth and I were trying to think of the last time we heard a new song on either station. The newest song was released back in December, we think. So, here’s what I’m gonna do. I am starting my list of ways I would run my station if I had one. Please feel free to add your thoughts and comments.
– No songs over 15 years old. So this year, nothing older than 1992 can be played . . . except during Oldies night on the first Friday night of the month. This whole night can be dedicated to all these “classic” oldies. You know, when Micheal W had long hair, Twila Paris won a Dove Award, and the synthesizer was the bomb. Then in the last week of December, we would have a “retirement party” countdown for all those songs that reach 15 years old. EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE: DC Talks songs don’t count. Why? They are Beth’s favorite.
– I would have selected “special hours” during the day. A Praise and Worship hour maybe about mid-morning or afternoon would be good. Also I would have a “Who was that?” hour dedicated to only playing songs from new bands you might not have ever heard of. Then I would have to have the Albert Mohler program on also. He’s the man.
– If a song has been re-made more than twice, it’s not allowed. I can not tell you how many times I have heard “I Will Give You All My Worship” or “Better is One Day” by mulitiple artists. I mean foreal; it’s getting out of hand. So, you want your song on my radio, then don’t redo one that’s already been redone. Same goes for those who take secular-christian songs and make them christian . . . ala Josh Groban and Rascal Flatts remakes.
– Finally, I would put a cap on how many times a song can be played in a 24 hour period. Right now I am leaning toward 3 times, but I am willing to drop that down to 2.