I’m sure there are hundreds of radio stations that broadcast in the metro Los Angeles area, but the electric antenna on my car doesn’t work, so I only receive about ten of them. Of the ten, only two come in clearly without much static.

One of them is KCRW, a public radio station out of Santa Monica College. I usually listen to it on the way to work in the morning and on the way back home in the evening. As my regular readers know, I go through phases of NOT listening to NPR because all their broadcasts start to sound the same, no matter what the day. Every morning of late, I can be assured to hear a story about how the President sucks and everything that’s wrong in the world is his own personal fault.

To me, broadcasting this information daily shouldn’t count as “news”, because they say the same thing over and over. It’s as if a new radio station came online and all they ever talked about was how much Spam (the luncheon “meat”) sucks. People who already think Spam sucks don’t need to be reminded of it on a daily basis. Who are they trying so hard to convince? People who like Spam start to think they’re the only ones who like it, even though if that were the case, it wouldn’t still be sold in the grocery. Someone must be buying that stuff. There really are other news stories out there to be covered.

In order to break free of the wearying NPR daily “news”, I set the radio to Scan to see what else was on this morning. It stopped on 98.7, “Star Music, Real Star Variety”. I listened to the station for thirty full minutes of my life that I can never get back.

The radio personalities, Jamie, Jack and Stench, were interviewing Jessica Wu, noted cosmeceuticalist or some such. They briefly discussed the benefits of Botox injections, but mostly they discussed how fabulous Dr. Wu is. The interview took less than five minutes. The remaining 25 minutes was literally taken up entirely with commercials.

And one song.


It was “The Metro” by Berlin. Because, you know, bands from the 80’s are automatic qualifiers for the “Star Music” label.


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