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 “rocks” 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 I’m hardcore into rock music and know a lot of underground bands that do have that 70’s - 90’s mainstream sound and it’s 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, 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?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.Request it, email us, and get involved...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...
I get all of that, but recently I've heard songs like "Rockstar" by Nickelback and "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock on WAAF. Those songs are in heavy rotation in pop and in Kid Rock's case, country stations. "Addicted" by Saving Abel is getting heavy rotation in Top 40 stations as well now. When a song goes to pop, hasn't it jumped the shark on WAAF? Shouldn't it get tossed into the trash and replaced with something else?
The question is... should it? If you llike the song so much, that it becomes so sucessful that Top 40 stations play it... Why should we drop it... It's 'our song' if we played it first right? Not our fault, or the bands, if other 'non-rock' stations pick up on it...
Besides, we stop playing it, when you guys stop telling us you like it.
When you get sick of it, or stop requesting it.
Tons of bands have crossedover to Top 40, Linkin Park, Shinedown, Staind etc. Why punish the band for success...
Kid Rock gets played everywhere, he's one of a VERY FEW artists that can pull that off!
At the end of the day, you make the calls, your feedback tells us what to play and what not to play.
Request something else, and we'll play that.
kelly connolly, lpn
you rock girl. i luv listening to you and now that ive finally gotton to check out the blog, reading you too. dont forget there's plenty of awesome rock from the 60s and 70s as well. keep on rockin'
SLAYER is a big selling rock act with a huge following of LOYAL fans and do sell more albums than many bands you play. They also have 2 grammys to boot. Why do you tiptoe around this band and not give them any airplay? Instead of playing that Pearl Jam song you've repeatedly beaten your listeners down with, throw 'em a bone and play a Slayer tune.
Tom, we don't tip toe around them... We really don't get a ton of requests for Slayer. We had Harder Faster on the air for a while... It was a great metal show, and Hsu played Slayer every night. But not enough people listened to the show to keep it on the air. Slayer isn't a 'radio band' and they really don't want to be. We play the music that we play, because that's what 'you the audience' tell us to play. Well, maybe not you Tom... But in general... a lot more people request Pearl Jam than Slayer...I'm sorry to say it, but it's true!
Mike Hsu likes both, and so do I!
Keep requesting it though, and if we get enough, we'll play it.
We're here to make you guys happy!
Thanks for asking...
I'm always here, if you ever have a question about the music at WAAF.
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