[Blues-l] Sad State Of Affairs

James McGrath mcgrat2003@yahoo.com
Sun Aug 24 13:46:51 EDT 2014

Thanks for the "Ocky Update". I guess I missed that day. To me it was always a mix of DJ and music and that is certainly missing now. But keeping an eye on radio stuff on line it wasn't always that way and to me doesn't have to be now. Oh well I'm old. Another generation or less and no one will know what it can sound like.

On Sunday, August 24, 2014 1:24 PM, P.W. Fenton <pwfenton@radiofreeradio.org> wrote:

I pretty much agree with you, Jim.  Radio is now programmed by software and business managers, and not by on-air personalities.  Although I would call myself a radio lover, I hardly ever listen to music on the radio anymore.  I was always more interested in the personality that was sharing the music, and exposing me to new things, and new information.  If I just wanted to hear random music I have a hard drive filled with more music than I can probably listen to in my remaining time on Earth. 

Oh… and “Ocky” was a Blues-L subscriber that went by the name “Ocky Milkman” who sole purpose appeared to be making other subscribers angry.  So my nostalgia is very much “tongue-in-cheek”.  

P.W. Fenton
Hudson, FL

On Aug 24, 2014, at 12:41, James McGrath via Blues-l <blues-l@blues-l.com> wrote:

> I guess I am one of those who just reads stuff here but hardly ever responds but this thread led me to voice my opinion. And it is my opinion only. 
> I am of the belief that "radio' is a big cause in the decline of Blues. And I mean radio overall. 
> AOR, Classic Rock, FM Rock et al used to have groups that played Blues-Rock. Not for the whole format but some. That is not the case anymore. There used to be some DJ freedom of choice but not any more. And before you say so what Blues-Rock is what I am railing against that music would lead people to more Blues stuff. Either the person bought the CD/LP and looked at the writer credit and followed that or wanted to hear another version of the song or after reading the liner notes saw this artist was influenced by another and then followed that thread. I don't think that happens nowadays. Or maybe the listener heard a segue into another song and said to himself "I liked that first song and it led me to this song which I never heard before". 
> On the non-commercial side I think NPR is Americana based and will air any faux Folk music in the name of "format adherence " discounting Blues for the most part for being outside the scripted format. Which leads me to Blues shows. I have heard from a lot of DJs that "I play everything at least once" which I believe is a dilution of the genre that doesn't need to happen. If you play everything then nothing is special. Listeners come to DJs for their expertise, their taste in music, their ears. So not making any judgement makes you a human iPod not a DJ. They count on the DJ to "separate the wheat from the chaff" as it were. Don't get me wrong I am not telling anyone what the wheat is. Maybe the DJ is a guitar fanatic and every song played has great guitar licks in it but that's the call of the DJ. Liked minded listeners will tune in. But throwing in other stuff that isn't as good takes away from the program and ultimately the genre. 
> The Blues has been around for a hundred years and will be around for a hundred more. It might not be what any certain person considers Blues but it will be here. There will be people playing and singing the Blues. 
> Finally, who is Ocky?
> Jim
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