See, I could go with the stale “Greatest City In The World” bit when talking about New York, but facts is facts: it’s not. (It’s pretty damn good, I admit, but greatest? Not so much.) That said, it is market #1 and there’s some nice radio going on — and today, clips from several of those FM broadcast stations, thanks to Matt Seinberg and his Big Apple Airchecks.
Before I get to getting on today’s update, I want to take a moment to discuss site contributions.
We were recently taken to task in a site comment on our slow posting time for contributions. I don’t think it was entirely fair, as we’ve made it abundantly clear on both the site itself and the bounce-back e-mail that contributors get that it could be a good while before contributions are published. That said, there is something basically impolite about asking for contributions and then being as far behind on posting them as we are.
I’m of two minds on this: one is to not accept contributions anymore, but that not only hurts the site but reeks of “taking my ball and going home” syndrome. The other is to do what I’m doing as of this evening: closing the site to contributions until we get caught up and then re-thinking the contribution process at that time.
Understand that this is a hobby site. I’ve got two stations to be responsible for. Scott has the eighteen jobs that keep The Museum At Bonnie Brae in hot dogs and diapers. Lou’s got to try not to strangle that freakin’ duck for 40 per, Jeff — well, I don’t really know what Jeff does, but he’s on the road a lot, and Blaine’s got a gig that we simply don’t discuss. *coughc.i.a.cough* My point is this: we all have too much to do for this site to become a drag, and it won’t be. I’ll shut it down first.
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Personally, it’s an interesting five ID update — when I was a country PD back in the day (like, 2003), WCTO was my absolute favorite station in the format, and it’s still a fun listen. There’s also an ID that will make the programmer in you throw up in your mouth a little bit, and then there are others.
And for the record, there is no indication of killing time, filling out forms or standing in line.
When we adopted our second puppy, Chuck, there was a definite negotiation between me and The Lovely Mrs. Tophour. See, we already had one dog and I thought that was enough, but Heather saw Chuck (then named Squeak) and had to have him.
So, in exchange for getting the dog, I got the right to rename the puppy plus a new iPod. (Yeah, I’m a radio guy with an iPod. I gotta have someplace to listen to jingle demos on the road. What of it?) However, in a fit of generosity, I let my wife choose between two names: Chuck and (my first choice) Ike. Heather chose Chuck, and this seems prophetic, as we’d never be able to move to Houston with a dog named Ike, and I’m a man who likes to keep my options open.
So, what does this have to do with Toppy? Well, Voice Guy Chris Rollins was on a trip in early August before the devastation of Hurricane Ike, and he sent along today’s IDs from H-town.
Next week: IDs from some place that hasn’t been bitchslapped by the weather lately.
While Ike is working on giving Houston a beatdown (look for another movie starring Angela Bassett soon), I thought it’d be interesting to check out some IDs from the last market to get a good hard slap from a hurricane: Baton Rouge. These are clips Chris Stelly collected last February, so there’s no discussion of inclement weather in any of them.
Have a swell weekend (and if you’re in the path of Ike or cleaning up after Gustav, good luck).