Radio Stations Definition of Variety

Recently two of our radio stations have been revamped, one being bought out completely by Kelowna’s Castanet, and the other revamped and renamed by management. The latter has changed over solely to 80’s and 90’s music, but sadly, it’s already starting to sound repetitive!

I’ve sent the following in, and let’s see where it gets us! 🙂 Hold on to your hats Kelowna, and let’s hope for some more nostalgic songs to come across our radio waves, then just the common known songs.

Good Morning,

I have been extremely pleased with this stations newest selection of music. But sadly, just as every other station, this one seems to be playing the same set of songs from the 80-90s. I’m going to be extremely frank, can we please not have the same songs repeating all week long? Already people are groaning when I turn this station on, and it will soon become just another station that plays no variety. Variety doesn’t mean 200 songs played over and over. There are 24 hours in a day, which means there should be at least 300-400 songs played a day, which means there should be at least 2100 songs in your list. This shouldn’t be that hard, as in 1981 alone, 380ish albums were released.

If this radio station plans to stay successful, and not just be another station gone to the way-side, please stop repeating songs within reason.

Thank you!

Update November 23rd 2017

-I received an email response right away from the Program Director, though I wanted the time to put some thought into my answer. His response was an explanation in the science of music, which ended with an open invitation to provide the songs I would like to see in their playlists, and ‘Maybe we can get some on the air.’

“To be honest – we have about 400 active songs in our playlist, and over the week some of them will play 12-15 times, this is on par with our competitors. The thing is, as much as I personally love some deeper cuts myself, the historical fact is the majority of listeners want to hear those big songs more often, statistically the average listener will hear the ‘big songs’ 2 times a week (by design) and believe it or not; they tune out when we start to get to play too much variety, if we played 2000 songs actively we would be floating around the bottom of the ratings. To be fair we aren’t claiming to be a ‘variety’ station but we do play a pretty wide variety, considering.

“There is a reason there aren’t true variety stations – you and I are in the lower percentile of people with a great love of lots of different songs, however we have to program to the majority, as all the other stations do.”

This response shed light onto something related I see daily, but never understood. Some people may know the tunes, or know a few of the words, but unless they are really into that artist, they don’t subconsciously pick up the words then listen to them, or their meaning until someone else points it out.

I appreciate the insight given, and now every time I hear a repeat…I know why…

The Privileges of Modern Day Communication

Last year Facebook asked me what’s on my mind, and when it came up in my memories, I thought I’d share my thoughts from then.

Social media, and and other forms of networking.
-How they changed how we get to know one another.

In our modern era, the topics of ‘How dangerous social media can be’ and ‘You don’t really know who is on the other end’ are very prominent. I’m not denying cons such as the ones mentioned above, but I’d like to show some pros on the matter.

I sometimes (most times *cough*) have a problem expressing myself out loud, often leading people to confusion of what I am trying to say.

The capability to type out a sentence, look it over, maybe reword, then hit send and have our words travel instantly around the globe is something we did not have in the past. With our safety net of technology, it allows us to feel comfortable in expressing our innermost thoughts. Through this we are able to deliberate our thoughts in almost essay like texts, emails and posts that let others see things they may never have been able to hear from you in person, as sometimes certain topics can be to personal to say outloud.

Also, as a busy gal, with a lot of hard working busy friends, (whom I appreciate so much but sadly never get to spend the quality time I wish with each one of them), having the ability to open up Facebook, and see them enjoying themselves and loving life, is thrilling!!! And when one is feeling down, being able to send one a message, or post a word of encouragement, even if our lives our too busy to arrange a face to face, we still get to keep in touch.

And well…Facebook asked…;-)

Rona – ‘Prime’ Wood, or Shit?

So I’ve been doing limited construction work since I was small as my family did a TON of renos. So when I started dating my partner Todd, who has had over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, it was neat to see from an on site perspective.

One thing that hasn’t changed is Rona’s quality of wood. As a child we always got the discount bins of bent wood, and I believe one was a returned pallet of wood. I thought it was because of my mum’s thriftiness that we had to sort through the wood, always excited on the deal.

But what I didn’t realize is that the ‘Prime wood’ is just a little bit better then the wood that we sorted through. One of the biggest annoyances is their unproperly marked two by fours. The blue paint mark that should signify 104 and a 1/4 inch long, but these lengths vary anywhere from a sliver to 3 inches off.

So the next time you go to buy a pallet of two by fours, go in person. Get them to show you the pallet. Then measure it. If they can’t produce a proper product, then they don’t deserve business. Companies need to be made aware that they can’t get away with their malpractices.