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Title: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 23, 2008, 11:41:32 PM
Growing up, I was a dedicated listener of my local Top 40 channel. I listened to American Top 40 every Sunday (starting early in elementary school) and spent New Year's Eve writing down the year's top hits. Although in high school I had my classic rock phase and started to make the transition to U2, R.E.M., and the Indigo Girls, I was still familiar with the current hits. Then I went off to college, started listening to 97X, and my musical taste was forever changed.

So torture myself, I'm listening to our local Top 40 station. To make it worse, the morning show is the most offensive radio I've ever heard. I'm already shuddering thinking about it. You may have heard about the host encouraging drivers to terrorize bicyclists in 2003; he's been suspended several times for comments made on air.

So on Friday, October 23, I'm making the plunge. There will be a break in the middle of the day for a staff meeting and lunch, but I expect I'll end up with about 8 hours total.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 24, 2008, 12:51:12 AM
yay!
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 24, 2008, 08:13:03 AM
So on Friday, October 23, I'm making the plunge.
So you're doing this next year?
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 09:24:48 AM
No - today. I just can't type.

So I've tuned in. The hit music channel doesn't play music. So far I've heard two traffic reports, a weather report, a trivia game, listener shoutouts, and now an interview with Greg Proops, who is doing a show tonight. This part is at least tolerable. Oh, there's been a lot of ads, too.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 09:28:53 AM
I just had another meeting schedule, so a reprieve - even before I've really started. Another weather report and more ads. It's been a thrilling 30 minutes.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 24, 2008, 09:34:15 AM
Literally NO songs?
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Butter on October 24, 2008, 09:39:39 AM
Greg Proops?  He's still alive?
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 24, 2008, 09:40:39 AM
Greg Proops?  He's still alive?
Yes, just ask Colin and Ryan.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 01:23:23 PM
 Finally back at my desk. While currently I've just heard several ads, there was a song - Dangerous. I've never heard of Kardinal Offishall.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 01:56:45 PM
So not so bad at this point, but that's because it's all new.
Beyonce - If I Were a Boy (from her upcomig release)
Flyleaf - All around Me (who?)
Ne-Yo - Closer (no clue)
Miley Cyrus - 7 Things (they play her on the radio?)
Rehab - Bartender Song (another I don't know)
Nickleback - Gotta Be Somebody (got to have a little "rock")
Pink - So What (I kind of like this one)
Old School Track: Biz Markie - Just a Friend

now we're back to ads. 4 so far
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 02:06:19 PM
That was a lot of ads. I need to time them next time.

Artist I know - Rihanna - with song I don't - Disturbia.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: foolsgold on October 24, 2008, 02:12:27 PM
Are you getting the political ads because that would suck harder than the odd Nickleback track. 
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 02:31:17 PM
Yes - political ads, but not as bad as TV.  The current ad is for a Wine and Beer Festival. This set had one for Elizabeth Dole.

Since the last ad break I heard

Secondhand Smoke - Fall fot You (who?)
Daughtry - What about Now (American Idol entry 1)
Chris Brown - Forever (a good dance beat)
Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats (American Idol entry 2)

more ads 

Now it's Katy Perry - Hot N Cold.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 02:53:48 PM
My first repeat - Dangerous. At least it took an hour and 15 minutes.

Before that was
Leona Lewis - Better in Time (didn't she sing at the closing cermonies at the Olympics?)
Tonic - If You Could See

Then I got
Paramore - That's What You Get
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
and repeat #2 - Ne-Yo
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 03:19:49 PM
A new one: September - Cry for You (another artisit I don't know)
A repeat - Pink
Now an acoustic version of Matchbox 20 or similar band (it doesn't show up on the playlist)

9 ads. This was the democratic break with Obama and our senate race
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 03:24:45 PM
Wow - it's quiet on the boards today.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Bronzetree on October 24, 2008, 03:39:01 PM
Random observations:

I'd say about half or more of the stuff you've heard today is in my playlist at clubs and high schools.

The acoustic track - do you remember any of the lyrics? I could most likely tell you what it is.

The Rehab tune is called "Sittin' In a Bar."

Nobody ever seems to remember any part of the Kardinal Offishall song except for the parts that Akon sings. Kinda funny.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Butter on October 24, 2008, 03:44:39 PM
I know like 1 song per list.  And that's generous.  Knowing the general lean of the artists, though, I couldn't sit through this garbage for more than an hour.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 03:46:35 PM
The repeats keep coming. Secondhand Serande is so earnest. Ugh.
It's the Benny Hill theme during the banter. Bizarre.

I also heard The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up. I just don't get this group.
I also heard "new music" from Kevin Rudolf. More I donlt know.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 03:56:03 PM
For the unknown song, it's one of those really popular in the late 90s. I could sing all the words, but I can't come up with them now since it's Chris Brown again.

Just heard David Archuleta (America Idol entry 3). And the other Paramore song - Misery Business.

Ooh - Hey There Delilah. I've actually heard this one before.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 04:09:20 PM
The ad blocks are about 4 minutes long, every 20 minutes or so. I thought once upon a time it was 10 minutes per hour. That's actually the worst part so far. They're for cars, a bridal show, food (McDonalds and Bojangles), jewelry, and Halloween costumes.

Katy Perry again. And now another that has stumped the playlist.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 04:13:01 PM
I can thank the DJ for identifying Jordin Sparks (American Idol entry 4). Now it's Gavin Rossdale. Where has he been the last 10 years?
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Bronzetree on October 24, 2008, 04:14:38 PM
Now it's Gavin Rossdale. Where has he been the last 10 years?

Inside Gwen Stefani.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 04:22:19 PM
Dangerous - again. I'm glad I wasn't able to listen all day. The repeating could get really annoying. And I get annoyed when my iPod repeats in the same week.

Another familiar tune - Evanescene. I don't know the title, but itls the one with "Wake me up inside".

The only lyrics I could come up with for the mystery tune are "If you could see me now", but I'm sure I can google it at home tonight.

Ads, again. Ugh.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: whigsgeek on October 24, 2008, 04:24:21 PM
Now it's Gavin Rossdale. Where has he been the last 10 years?

Inside Gwen Stefani.

ROFL!!!!!  :laugh:
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 24, 2008, 04:32:52 PM
The only lyrics I could come up with for the mystery tune are "If you could see me now", but I'm sure I can google it at home tonight.

Could it be P.O.D?
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Butter on October 24, 2008, 04:35:12 PM
The only lyrics I could come up with for the mystery tune are "If you could see me now", but I'm sure I can google it at home tonight.

Ooh, ooh!  The Carnival Cruise Line song by Kathie Lee Gifford!
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 24, 2008, 04:41:06 PM
LOL, NO! It's the song from Gypsy!
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 04:43:01 PM
More likely to be P.O.D., but I'll have check tonight.

More repeats from NepYo and Pink. Third time for both songs. I also heard the crossover hit from Taylor Swift (available on eMusic) and that classic from a few years ago: Boulevard of Broken Dreams. I actually don't mind Green Day and still have Dookie in my CD collection.

Traffic reports have started for the afternoon. I'm not leaving for 2 hours, though.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 05:07:42 PM
Beyonce again, followed by 3 Doors Down - It's Not My Time and Rihanna again.

Now it's a listener's choice block. She started with Tony Toni Tone. I haven't heard them in years.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 05:22:16 PM
She also had R.E.M. - It's the End of the World and Seether - Rise above This. Another one that's new to me.

ads

Ooh - Paper Planes by MIA. There's a self made video for this on YouTube that is rather unfortunate.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 05:43:28 PM
The Bartender song again. Wow, it's bad. Then Dangerous for the 4th time! And Leona Lewis and Nickleback agian. Another painful one.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 06:13:16 PM
Yes, I'm still going as I still have more to do at work.

A new one: Metro Station - Shake It. Are you surprised it'a a dance tune?

I liked Pink initially, but after the fourth play today, I'm over the song.

More Rihanna, in case I'd missed her in the past 70 minutes.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 06:32:25 PM
Jonas Brothers - Burnin' Up. Nice use of the apostrophe
Secondhand Serenade again - does nothing for me
Linkin Park - What I've Done (still not a fan)
Chris Brown yet again.

And ads.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 06:46:41 PM
I get excited when September's Cry for You starts, because they've sampled Bronski Beat and I'm hopeful a favorite from the 80s is actually getting airplay. No such luck.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 08:26:42 PM
After September was

Katy Perry - Hot N Cold
Buckcherry - Sorry
Kardinal Offishall - Dangerous (w/ Akon) (5th time!)
Paramore - Misery Business
Christina Aguilera - Keeps Gettin' Better (I know who she is!)
Ne-Yo - Closer (Starts off like it might be a good dance song, but then looses the bass. It just doesn't seem right.)
Helen Reddy - I Am Woman (for like 20 seconds - I don't know what the DJ was doing)
Pink - So What (I think I've learned the words, now)
Kevin Rudolf - Let It Rock (w/ Lil Wayne)

I stopped by the bookstore at that point, and missed a few. Jesse McCartney and Saving Able, I'll just have to learn about you later. Don't worry, Rihanna, The Pussycat Dolls, and Secondhand Serenade - I didn't miss you. I am sad I missed Coolio - Fantastic Voyage, though.

Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 08:30:20 PM
To finish up the day, I'm listening to the "Popularity Contest" - the top 8 countdown. Any guesses on number 1?
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 08:32:06 PM
8. Metro Station - Seventeen Forever
7. M.I.A. - Paper Planes
6. Jesse McCartney - It's Over
5. Katy Perry - Hot N Cold
4. Nickelback - Gotta Be Somebody
3. Beyonce - If I Were A Boy
2. Britney Spears - Womanizer
1. T.I. - Whatever You Like

This must be requests, since I didn't either of the top 2 all day.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 08:36:29 PM
The total is 30 minutes this morning. 6 hours at work and on the way home, and 30 minutes to finish up the night.

In those 7 hours, I'm now back in touch with popular music in Raleigh/Durham. I can't say that I've been missing anything. I'd forgotten how limited FM playlists are. Growing up, I guess I only listened for an hour in the morning, and another couple of hours in the afternoon/evening, so I didn't now how much it repeated.

Wherle, I can't imagine having to play these songs routinely. Shudder.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 08:46:42 PM
Since you may know that DJs (other than at woxy) never seem to announce songs, how did I know what was playing, especially if I'd never heard it before? I'd like to thank yes.com, which tracks playlists for many stations in the country. They also have an automated chart of the 100 most played tracks for this station. Some entries I could have tolerated, but didn't hear today:

37. The Killers - Mr. Brightside (That's right, a 4 year old song is still in their top 40 rotation)
45. John Mayer - Your Body Is A Wonderland (overplayed - and now I know why - but I still like him)
60. Live - Lightning Crashes (wow - that's an old one for this demographic!)
71. Outkast - Hey Ya! (it still makes me dance)
74. Train - Meet Virginia (again terribly overplayed, but it makes me laugh for multiple inside jokes)
85. Green Day - When I Come Around (yep, ancient Green Day)
89. Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) (even more!)
100. House Of Pain - Jump Around (what?!)

You can check out their entire 214 track playlist (http://www.g105.com/iplaylist/playlist.html?net=1).
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Bronzetree on October 24, 2008, 08:52:00 PM
A new one: Metro Station - Shake It. Are you surprised it'a a dance tune?

Guess who the lead singer is? Miley Cyrus's older brother.

Wherle, I can't imagine having to play these songs routinely. Shudder.

Tell me about it. You get used to it, though. I'm leaving the house to go spin for the dance crowd right now. Then I get to do it about six times over the next week. Yay!

The acoustic tune, could it be Tonic's "If You Could Only See?" I think you mentioned it early in your posts, but I know there's an acoustic version out there, too.

"If you could only see the way she loves me, maybe you would understand
Why I feel this way about our love, and what I must do
If you could only see how blue her eyes can be when she says
When she says she loves me"

Alternately, there's an acoustic version of a new song by a group called SafetySuit called "Someone Like You" that I actually like, and is infinitely better than its heavier original.

"If I could be with someone like you
Would you, would you be strong enough for me
And if I could stay with someone like you
Would you, would you be strong enough "

Dunno. Just throwing it out there.

Either way, kudos on your torture!
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 08:59:52 PM
Yep - Tonic. I don't know how I didn't recognize it, even though I posted I heard it. I wasn't expecting a song from the mid 90s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBgNfOOOvK4

The playlist order didn't match the actual order. It was listed about an hour earlier. I wonder what song I actually heard at that time.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 24, 2008, 09:01:14 PM
A new one: Metro Station - Shake It. Are you surprised it'a a dance tune?

Guess who the lead singer is? Miley Cyrus's older brother.
And I actually kind of liked it. But I only heard it once. Nashville hasn't been anywhere near this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpU78IeTx_c

On a second hearing, I don't think it will become a part of my dance mix collection.
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: trixi on October 24, 2008, 10:07:50 PM
Sorry I missed your suffering today.  I had been contemplating doing the Pink song as my torture since I've  heard it way too much and it drives me crazy.  Metro Station doesn't bother me.  I'm surprised you didn't get to hear the John Mayer cover of Tom Petty's Free Fallin'
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 24, 2008, 10:24:19 PM
So not so bad at this point, but that's because it's all new.
Beyonce - If I Were a Boy (from her upcomig release)
Flyleaf - All around Me (who?)
Ne-Yo - Closer (no clue)
Miley Cyrus - 7 Things (they play her on the radio?)
Rehab - Bartender Song (another I don't know)
Nickleback - Gotta Be Somebody (got to have a little "rock")
Pink - So What (I kind of like this one)
Old School Track: Biz Markie - Just a Friend

now we're back to ads. 4 so far

HATE HATE HATE that Bartender song. It literally gets played about once per 2 hours on this butt-rock station I'm forced to listen to via co-workers sometimes. It might not be bad for you once, but try 70 quijilpion times....in a day
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 24, 2008, 10:29:29 PM
Now it's Gavin Rossdale. Where has he been the last 10 years?

Inside Gwen Stefani.

OHH!!!!

(http://blogs.tampabay.com/80s/images/2007/07/05/diceman.jpg)
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: JohnnyRoyale on October 24, 2008, 10:33:25 PM
Nice Job Ella, and thanks for playing!
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: rva on October 25, 2008, 01:04:27 AM
M.I.A sucks ass. 
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: whigsgeek on October 25, 2008, 02:30:00 PM
Great, job, Ella! Congrats!
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: Dan on October 26, 2008, 12:40:44 PM
This thread was entertaining for me b/c I think I recognized about three songs and maybe 14 artists. Man I feel so out-of-the-loop.

I recommend that Kardinal Offishall song for your torturethon next year!
Title: Re: The Hit Music Channel
Post by: va-vacious on October 27, 2008, 09:58:14 PM
So sorry that I wasn't able to cheer you on!  I loved seeing the station's playlist, or at least the parts you shared.  Too bad they didn't play "Meet Virginia" it IS the best song ever, seconded by "Only the Good Die Young" and "Country Roads" :)

I still want a graph or pie chart representing the music.  Come on, be a statistician!