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22 August 2005

memories, all alone in the moonlight.

when i was in elementary school and junior high, and part of highschool, i used to call the local freeform radiostation (r.i.p. KOTR 94.9 'the otter') in the middle of the night and request songs i already owned, just because i liked hearing them on the radio. i knew that the commercial station (r.i.p. KSLY 'sly' 96) wouldn't play anything from like, three imaginary boys. but the otter always played my requests. and then when i was in highschool, in the early/middish 90s the commerical stations (both sly 96 and KZOZ 93.3) started an 'alternative' night on sunday nights from 6-10, respectively the other side and the inner edge. both very, very alternative names for alternative shows. so they played things like my bloody valentine and dinosaur jr. of course, all this time the campus radio station (KCPR 91.3) would be playing awesome music all the time, but this was before my internet and their high-power, so being 12 miles out of town with a big volcanic mountain in between meant i couldn't get it. so anyway, i had to swear allegiance to the other side, because i used to call and win original tapes off that radio station like, all the time. that's how come i have styx, .38 special and bad company tapes. but i also got to pick my tapes sometimes, because the dj got to know me cuz i called so damn much, and so i got depeche mode, B52s, weezer and some other early 90s mainstreamish bands. so this was like, 1994 or 95, and i was listening to the inner edge one night (the one that i didn't have allegiance to, but the other side was playing like, early sarah mclachlan or something) and they decided to have a contest to win 7 cds, all you had to do was creatively make something that could be sent in the mail saying what your 7 favorite 'modern rock/college' bands were. i forget what i did and what i put, but i ended up being one of the winners. and my cds sucked. i didn't get to pick them. you didn't get the albums that you entered with. i don't even remember what i got but i think one of them was that same sarah mclachlan album that came out around that time...possession i think? in any case, those 2 alternative shows didn't last long, probably because the commerical stations realised that kcpr and the otter were so much better, 100% of the time and they were just ok one night a week for 4 hours. the moral of this story is that i sort of want to do an all-nighter, because then maybe some young kid would call and request things he or she already owns just because it's so fucking cool hearing it on the radio.


Anonymous dmc said...

My sentiments exactly.

22 August, 2005 22:28  
Blogger .francesca said...

i don't get the connection.

22 August, 2005 22:59  
Anonymous dmc said...

Did you listen to the song?

22 August, 2005 23:55  
Blogger .francesca said...

part of it. it was boring.

23 August, 2005 08:41  
Anonymous dmc said...

So is your blog. Oooooh, SNAP!

Really, Dar just wrote a song about alienated teen-aged girls listening to college radio late at night in their bed-rooms, and finding a deeper connection to the voice in the æther than anything in their real lives. That's all I wanted to say.

There's also this.

23 August, 2005 14:03  
Blogger .francesca said...

it wasn't college radio i was listening to. you totally missed my point.

23 August, 2005 15:34  
Anonymous dmc said...

Nor was it pirate radio. I don't think I missed your point, so much as was expanding on it. I think it still applies. The song doesn't actually mention college radio, anyway.

You don't like Dar Williams, that's fine.

23 August, 2005 17:01  
Blogger jessica said...

I liked the post.

I owned a Dar Williams CD once. Maybe I'll go look for it. I might have sold it.

23 August, 2005 19:37  
Blogger .francesca said...

i don't even know who dar williams is.

who's dar williams? besides someone who thinks she knows what i'm talking about.

23 August, 2005 22:26  

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