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Live Blogging 30 Minutes of Country Radio, Part II

More training for the ACM Awards Live Blog: Pacific Edition on April 5. I tuned into my local country station at 9:30 this morning and typed away for a half hour. If you missed the first installment, you can read that here.

  • 9:30 AM: Turning on the radio
  • 9:30 AM: Credit counseling services commercial
  • 9:31 AM: They’ve helped 4 million people get out of debt
  • 9:31 AM: Are there even 4 million people not in debt right now?
  • 9:32 AM: Oh no… “Where I’m From” by Jason Michael Carroll
  • 9:32 AM: The airplane encounter between a hayseed and an uptown fella
  • 9:32 AM: “Where are you from?”
  • 9:33 AM: “I’m from the front pew of a wooden white church…”
  • 9:33 AM: “Yeah, actually, I just wanted a location.”
  • 9:33 AM: There wasn’t a topic in this world they did not cover.
  • 9:33 AM: I find that hard to believe.
  • 9:33 AM: Quantum physics?
  • 9:33 AM: Oh no, a brother with cancer.
  • 9:34 AM: I don’t get how people can think this is a great song.
  • 9:34 AM: Not even people from the country.
  • 9:35 AM: Oh wow, the uptown fella used to be a hayseed himself.
  • 9:35 AM: That is shocking.
  • 9:35 AM: Someone needs to headbutt Jason Michael Carroll for me.
  • 9:36 AM: They didn’t even finish that song… cut it off to begin “Big Star” by Chesney
  • 9:36 AM: They should have cut it off about three minutes earlier.
  • 9:37 AM: Kinda weird how this song sounds autobiographical, but it’s about a girl.
  • 9:37 AM: I cannot say any more on that topic.
  • 9:37 AM: I don’t think Garth Brooks in a skirt would sign many autographs.
  • 9:37 AM: I think people might be creeped out a bit and try to avoid him.
  • 9:38 AM: I would, at least.
  • 9:39 AM: Okay. That’s enough of this song.
  • 9:39 AM: Let’s move on… please.
  • 9:40 AM: “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” again
  • 9:40 AM: This showed up in my last country radio live blog too.
  • 9:40 AM: I don’t have anything new to say about it.
  • 9:41 AM: But I do think it’s weird how so many singers seem to have turned to singing careers after having their athletic dreams shot to hell.
  • 9:41 AM: Jake Owen was a golfer who sustained some sort of injury.
  • 9:41 AM: There are other examples, none of which come to mind at the moment. Oh, but Chesney thinks he was too short to be a famous football player. So there you go.
  • 9:42 AM: Sorry. I blacked out for a minute there.
  • 9:43 AM: Whoa. “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” again
  • 9:43 AM: This also showed up last time.
  • 9:43 AM: This is not cracking up to be a very eventful 30 minutes.
  • 9:44 AM: I googled “Lost Highway lyrics” a few days ago and most of the top results were Bon Jovi.
  • 9:44 AM: It made me pretty sad.
  • 9:45 AM: Kristian Bush and Bon Jovi have pretty similar singing voices.
  • 9:45 AM: Though I’m sure Bush thinks he’s the superior singer.
  • 9:46 AM: Uh, “You Look Good In My Shirt” now
  • 9:46 AM: Which also showed up last time
  • 9:47 AM: In an entirely different time block
  • 9:47 AM: Urban’s performance on this song is lots of fun.
  • 9:47 AM: I prefer this recording to the earlier one.
  • 9:48 AM: While this song plays, I’m going to check the first live blog for a second…
  • 9:49 AM: Okay, we’re still due for some Rascal Flatts.
  • 9:50 AM: I could do without the ba-ba-bow-bows at the end of the Urban song.
  • 9:50 AM: Now the DJ is talking.
  • 9:51 AM: Commercials
  • 9:51 AM: Electric leaf blower, beer, Easter supplies. Sounds like a party.
  • 9:52 AM: Ad for school buses and how you should ride them to save the environment and get beat up.
  • 9:53 AM: The Lion King is coming to this area… the big theater production
  • 9:53 AM: Target ad. Do country fans shop at Target?
  • 9:55 AM: Wells Fargo bank ad
  • 9:55 AM: Only five minutes left!
  • 9:55 AM: They probably just have time for one more song, so it better be a doozy
  • 9:55 AM: If this commercial break ever ends
  • 9:56 AM: Casino ad
  • 9:57 AM: Jessica Simpson will be in this area on May 8!
  • 9:57 AM: I am so excited.
  • 9:57 AM: I should go see her and write a snarky concert review.
  • 9:58 AM: “Bye Bye” by Jo Dee Messina
  • 9:59 AM: I have no feelings about this song one way or the other.
  • 9:59 AM: Which, as far as country radio goes, is an improvement.
  • 9:59 AM: Almost a ringing endorsement, really.
  • 10:00 AM: Time’s up, but I’ll just wait around to see what’s next.
  • 10:00 AM: I saw Phil Vassar at a fair a few years ago. He’s lively.
  • 10:01 AM: Ah! Jimmy Wayne song! Abort, abort!
  • 10:02 AM: Final song count: 6. Songs not heard in last random sampling: 3.
  • 10:02 AM: Not bad… if there were only 20 songs in existence.
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  1. Well, you escaped Rascal Flatts this time, so you’re ahead there.

  2. I love this feature. That was awesome.

  3. Great again! I’m appalled by the Carroll song as well. They managed to roll the awesomeness of small town living in with cancer all into one annoying song. While I didn’t see the cancer thing coming, I certainly was not impressed by the surprise. I only doubly groaned.

  4. The radio is on in my kitchen, and literally 30 seconds after reading this, “Where I’m From” started playing. Why do radio stations feel the need to play the same 6 songs over and over and over again? I don’t like this song at all (and I could say that for a lot of others that are out right now), but I find myself hating even the few good songs after I’ve heard them 900 times during one week.

  5. Doug,
    That’s how I feel too. Even when a song is decent, it wears out its welcome with me when it’s played to death.

  6. That’s why I only listen to country radio for a few minutes in the a.m. to hear Nashville Kat (country gossip and occasional recipes, what am I? a chick?). After that, they pretty much always play Tim’s “Down on the Farm”…I have no idea why.

  7. Terrestrial radio is now programmed to please the casual listener who only tunes in once in a while. In order to make those people familiar with the songs, they have to play the same ones over and over.

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