fimmtudagur, janúar 13, 2005

how i learned to stop worrying and love the beyoncé

Its parent company Norðurljós shuttered my favorite rock 'n' roll radio station, Skon Rokk (90.9) today. They also shut down X 97.7, the most WAAF-like (and most likely to play Beastie Boys). With last week's sudden dead-air demise of Radio Reykjavík 104.5, this leaves Reykjavík with nothin' but crappy pop stations. I considered Skon Rokk's music mix one of the finest I had heard, rivalling San Francisco's KFOG. My apparent commute time to work just doubled...

5 Comments:

Anonymous Nafnlaus said...

Það byrjar rokkstöð í hádeginu í dag, FM 91.9 svo þú getur andað rólega! ;)

Kv. Nína

14.1.05  
Blogger JB said...

Já, ég hlustaði á þetta stöðina um hádegi. Er ekki saman... hræðilegt AC/DC...

14.1.05  
Anonymous Nafnlaus said...

Iss, ég hlusta bara á FM957!!

Kv. Nína

14.1.05  
Anonymous Dad said...

Need more background on what is happening with these stations. Politics, cultural control, lower revenue or what? D.

13.2.05  
Blogger JB said...

The parent company said they were losing money and just closed them one day. It did always mystify and amaze me that a city of around 180,000 could support so many different FM radio stations, maybe 1/2 or 1/3 as many as Boston metro, which has 3 million people. Also, there seems to be far less advertising on the radio here to support the station. On the state radio stations (RAS 1 & RAS2) the announcers dispassionately read ads at the top of each hour, before the news. They deadpan something like:

"Hamborgarar, hamborgarar. Hamborgara Bullan."

(Hamburgers, hamburgers. The Hamburger Joint.)

"Útsala, útsala. Laugavegi 45."

(Sale, sale. At 45 Laugavegur Street.)

But those stattions are also supported by public tax dollars, and the radio & TV tax that we all have to pay. The commercial stations, I guess, weren't all successful.

13.2.05  

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