Monday, November 6, 2006


In the last year or so, I've changed my favorite radio station in this area. For the longest time, there was no station that I liked to listen to throughout the day. Then, a few years ago, a classic rock station debuted: 92.7 The River. W... something or other, I don't know.

Then, a year or two ago, they were bought or something, and changed frequency. They became 95.7. Still used the nickname "The River" and still played classic rock. So, I followed them up the dial.

The thing is, either I've aged (don't even go there, okay?) or they've changed. That is, they're sounding more like Rock 103.

Now, Rock 103 is the rock station at 102.9 on the dial. WVRK. The only reason I listen to them at all is because they carry John Boy and Billy in the morning. I've listened to The Big Show for years. I used to listen to them at I-95 in Savannah years ago, before moving to this area. And was thrilled to find a station carrying the Big Show.

Until 10:00 AM hit. Or a little after 10:00, since JB&B never end on time.

That's when some Alice in Chains or some other noise of that type started blaring from the radio.

So, that's how life was for a while: listen to JB&B in the morning, then start scanning ... or just turn it off ... at 10:00.

Until The River arrived on the scene.

Then, I had a station that played good stuff.

Until they moved up the dial. The signal was harder to pick up. And they started playing more Rock 103 kind of crap.

That's when I discovered that Boomer 95.3 had grown up. I'd listened to them on occasion. But they played really, really old stuff. Not Glenn Miller old. Though at times that would have been an improvement. They'd play some Beatles, some Beach Boys, some Supremes, and such. And lots of other stuff that either was too old for even me to remember ... or wasn't that big a hit to start with.

But times change. Boomer now plays 70s music, too. And that's the music I used to play when I worked at the radio station in my home town. They sound more like The River used to.
I wonder how long it was they went from playing traditional "oldies" (mostly 50s & 60s) to playing songs that I grew up with (60s & 70s). However long it was between their slight format change to my discovering it, that's just time I've missed. I'm enjoying the heck out of them.

I still listen to John Boy and Billy in the morning. JB&B are like old friends. But my new friends at Boomer take up the rest of the day.

It's so nice to have a station that I can enjoy and listen to.

1 comment:

  1. I am glad you found Boomer again!! I have been working as a weekend DJ at Boomer for 6 months - I am on the air on Sat/Sun from 2-6pm - glad to have you listening.

    Merry Christmas!

    Glen Robinson


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