Rock Radio's New World
To all of you fans of fifties rock in general, and vocal group harmonies in particular, guess what ? You have been erased ! In clearly Orwellian style circa "1984" you are all un-persons. You see the powers that be, the ones who decide what goes out on the "people's airwaves" have made the decision that you are all too old and unworthy of the advertising dollars spent to keep programs on the air. You are not what they are looking for - your "disposable income" is not worth their time or money so you are out of the picture. From now on radio stations who are using the "yesterday's hits today" format, or "all oldies all the time" are changing their frame of reference but not their format. From this day forth, "oldies" will be defined as music recorded from the mid seventies and sooner. In other words rock oldies will begin during the disco era. Gee, what historical correctness ! Of course they will make a few exceptions like The Beatles, Stones, and RCA era Elvis. Just think - a whole new generation of listeners will now grow up believing that Aerosmith invented rock 'n roll music. How nice - no more Fats Domino, Shirley & Lee, Chuck Berry, or Little Richard. And everyone will know that The Penguins are a hockey team in Pittsburgh, The Ravens a football team in Baltimore, and The Cadillacs are people that make Escalades and DeVilles.
This sad state of affairs was the big radio buzz here in the first week of August, 2002. Don K. Reed's "Doo Wop Shop" is being kicked off the air after close to 30 years on the big CBS-FM station in New York in keeping with the new edict and so the sounds of the vocal groups will only be available on alternative stations such as college radio if you can find them. Such is the case in New York with WFUV from Fordham University burying Dan Romanello's show in an odd time slot in a show that goes back in principle to the early 60s with Tom & Joe's Time Capsule. So first it was the forties, doing away with WNEW-AM and their American pop standards (Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jo Stafford, etc) and "music of your life" formats, and now they have turned to the fifties and the birth of rock 'n roll. Pretty soon they will clean out the sixties too, you'll see-and Aerosmith will be replaced by Van Halen, Rush, Michael Jackson, or whoever as the inventor of the music. You think the originators are overlooked now, just wait. It's a whole new world order.
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