I got this question from Bob...I have a really good question for you Carrie. How come it seems that rock stations in the Boston area have more of a alternative rock lean more than a straight out rock n roll / metal lean? Like in my own opinion when i hear a station claimed to be a rock station and have the title ârocksâ as a slogan I would think of a station that will play more of big time classic rock hits and classic metal hits mixed with new rock / metal bands that have that same vibe of the music that was big and mainstream back in the day. Well anyways Iâm hardcore into rock music and know a lot of underground bands that do have that 70âs - 90âs mainstream sound and itâs just shocking that they are not being played on stations known to make new artist big like WAAF has been known to do through out the years.Bob...Thanks for taking the time to write and thanks for listening.Boston is a city like no other... You already know that, you live here. With the amount of college students here among other demographic things, Alternative music is popular here, but it's popular in most places, big and small.WAAF has been, and continues to be a Rock station. It's who we are, and what we're good at.If you've been listening over the years, you'll notice some music trends that come and go, and some that stick around.For example, for a while in the mid to late 90's Rap Rock was HUGE...Now, only a few of those songs ie: Limp Bizkit 'Nookie' have stood the test of time and continue to be songs that you tell us you like.Other Limp Bizkit songs and artists like Limp have not stuck around because YOU guys have told us, you don't like them anymore...On the flip side, GRUNGE came in the early to mid 90's and continues to be requested, and is still selling 15+ years later.Nirvana and Pearl Jam are turning into the Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath of the 90's, the few bands that stick around and stay just as popular...The same way that Metallica and U2 did in the 80's and continue to prove today...There is a difference between, having a hit song or two, and becomming part of the Rock N Roll fabric of our twisted society...Only a select few artists ever make it that far!Our slogan... WAAF Rocks, is perfect for us...Everything we play, fits that slogan...Artists like Slipknot and Mudvayne, just because they are heavy... doesn't mean that you (the audience) are going to like them... They have to prove themselves the same way a more Alternative artis like Weezer has to...C'mon, your iPod is filled with more than just Metal...I bet you like all kinds of music... and many of those artists would be considered Rock.We're trying to be well rounded and interesting with our music...Sabbath, Metallica, Slipknot is a natural transition through the decades...But in one type of Rock (Metal)...But, just because you like those 3 bands... Doesn't mean you don't like RHCP, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Foo Fighters. All 3 would be considered Alternative. But all 3 are great... so why wouldn't we play them...?Music cannot be held back by categories or labels that define their 'type'. Why pigeon hole them like that?And should we continue to play music that we played first, but that people don't seem to like anymore?The internet has changed the way Radio is used...Now,Â I look at our job, and mine in particular as the Music Director, as a filter for all of the music out there...Hopefully we are filtering out the bad stuff, and delivering the best of the best...No matter the type of Rock that it may be called.At the end of the day, the songs have to be GOOD!!! No matter who wrote them.and to that same point, because a great band wrote a BAD song, should we play it?Â
So, how do you get the music that YOU like played more???Buy it, go see them live, buy their T-shirts for starters...When we are making programming decisions, we look at all of those things, to see how much passion there is for an artist out there.Â
Request it, email us, and get involved...Â
But, if you want to just turn on the radio and know that you are going to hear the 'best of the best' make sure you turn on WAAF...Otherwise, you never know what you'll get...
Well, you may or may not have known this... But besides being on the air in the afternoon...I am also the Music Director of WAAF.What does that mean?It means... Â I, Â along with the Program Director, am involved with programming the music that you hear on WAAF.So, if you've ever wondered why we play or don't play something...I'm the person to ask.Just send me an email: email@example.comOr leave a comment on my blog,and from now on, I'll try to answer your questions on this blog, so that you can see how, Â and why things happen the way they do around here.I'll also use this blog to show you some of the 'music business' news thatÂ I think you'll be interested in...Like this,Yesterday, Joe Satriani filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Coldplay in LA federal court.Satriani claims that the Coldplay song (for which they are nominated for several Grammy's) incorporates "substantial original portions" of his 2004 song, If I Could Fly.Satriani, is seeking a trial by jury, damages and "any and all profits" attributed to the alleged copyright infringement.So, what do you think?Are the Coldplay guys, closet Satriani fans?Wanna hear for yourself?Take a lookAnd tell me what you think...
Can you believe it's been 9 years already?I can't!I was on the air at night back then, and I got a call from the diner next to the fire...I heard the alarms that firefighters were lost inside...It's not a good sound.9 years ago tonight, we lost 6 very brave men... and if they had it to do all over again, they would!That's the job.We always hear about 'Homeland Security', and 'First Responders'...Well, 9 years ago tonight, we lost 6 of the best!On the bright side, 9 years ago, Denis Leary started his Fire Fighter Foundation...He's done so much good, both here in Massachusetss and around the country.Denis along with his staff, and your donations, has done things that they shouldn't have to do...Things that should already be taken care of with our tax dollars.In this time of economic panic...Just remember who's lives are on the line the next time a fire starts!It's you that they are protecting, so why cut the funding to the people that protect you?Remember what happened 9 years ago tonight!Leary Firefighter Foundation
Back at the studio after 4 days at home, visiting family.It's always weird to go back to Leominster, and sleep in my childhood bedroom.So many memories...Gone are the Bon Jovi posters that covered my purple walls, and the faint smell of Aqua Net hairspray that was my way of life in the 80's.Now the place is covered in flowers and sham pillows that my Mom likes on the bed. There's a piano in there, and pictures of my grandparents... looking at me from the grave... kinda creepyI forgot where all of the furniture is in the dark and where the light switches are.I had to struggle to find the right key to get into the front door.But, after a night of drinking at a class reunion, I remembered how to sneak into the house drunk, and how to quietly have sex without waking up my Mom...The holidays bring back such nice memories from our past, don't they?Oh c'mon, I'm not the only one that did that this weekend!You did it too!At least now my Mom can't say anything about it, I'm married to him!I would have been SO GROUNDED!I can't wait for Christmas!Here's my picture from High School, when Aqua Net ruled the world!Enjoy the laugh at my expense!