I'm not one to buy in to conspiracy theories in the least bit, but this doesn't seem like a completely sound business decision. While it's true that KPOJ has been among the 3 or 4 lowest rated stations in town on a regular basis, under the old format the station was unique to the market with only one quasi competitor in OPB (the lowest rated station in town). Rated just ahead of KPOJ on a consistent basis are The Game and The Fan, two other all sports talk stations.
A few years ago, there was only The Fan and its ratings were reasonably high. Since The Game came in to town the market split and both stations have struggled and gone through line-up change after line-up change to get a leg up. It's not worked as pretty much everyone who was going to listen to sports talk already was and both languish toward the bottom of the pile.
The bottom line is that Portland isn't a big enough sports market to support 2 all sports stations, let alone 3 and, while it only had a very small audience under the progressive talk format the station owned that niche with an average Arbitron rating of at or just below 1. Combined, the other two stations average about a 3. It's unlikely that any significant amount of listeners will stay with KPOJ through this changes, so it's likely that the new format will simply have to compete with the Fan and the Game for their established audiences. If they all split the audience equally KPOJ would more or less maintain its audience. Considering that the Fan and the Game are both established and already have the highest rated nationally syndicated and best local hosts wrapped up, I think an even share is highly, highly unlikely -- at least for quite some time.
I do not think that it's very likely that the Romneys or some other evil conservative power broker is launching a quiet assault on progressive thinking in Portland as a result of losing the presidential election, but I do find it interesting that people in the radio industry would make a move that looks so questionable business wise. I understand that national ad buys across multiple stations can be where radio companies make a lot of their money, but knowingly making the decision to reduce ratings is an iffy proposition. Perhaps they feel they need the sports niche to land the big accounts over Entercom and Alpha Broadcasting and that might be true, I suppose.
Bakesale is their best album by a mile. I used to really love Harmacy, too, although I was in an ugly car accident with it playing, so that sort of ruined it for me.
I don't know why I deserve the tickets more than anyone else, in fact, I am probably slightly less than average in any sort of worthiness study re: Sebadoh ticket giveaways, but here's a really cool video of Lou playing Magnet's Coil with Bob Mould on 120 Minutes. Pretty godhead. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoufLbl-DHg…
Charming Birds are mounting a conspicuous attack on hearts, minds and ears of music fans with a hook-laden wall-of-sound. Giving a nod to the many great Northwest bands of the last two decades, this band hearkens back a little further to time and place before bearded bicyclists and brooding flannel clad long-hairs dominated the radio waves. Upon first listen, one would assume Charming Birds posters might have adorned telephone poles at the height of the infamous scenes in Minneapolis, Boston, Athens or Chapel Hill. Yet, they are distinctly modern and distinctly Portland. Beneath grizzled vocals, Danko-esque harmonies, ear-bleeding guitar and synth, and a heavy hitting rhythm section, reside clever rock songs that will stick in your head like a television jingle. And, yes, there are a few beards and a few flannel shirts in this band. Next time you’re jonesing for the likes of Mould, McCaughan, Martsch, Mascis, or Moore, go see Charming Birds. They might just be the next best thing Portland has to offer. - Jimmy Tucker
Stuck Between Stations is the most heavily played song on my iPod according the my 25 Most Played List. The Swish is #6 and Knuckles #7. Being now in my, hack cough, late 30's those songs make me remember a little bit what it's like to be 19. Thanks for that. All that said, I tend to agree with The Guilty Carnivore a little bit, even if that song doesn't get as much play in my ears.
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