Differences: Nothing on the Radio

According to my research (yes, really) on American culture, radio plays a big part in US life. I was hopelessly disappointed with American radio for one main reason: too little songs. All the stations I’ve listened to had their own sound. Every sound, however, consisted of just one hour’s worth of songs. Radio stations played about 8 songs an hour, threw in some commercials and played the same 8 songs for the next hour too. If I hear Katy Perry or Pitbull sing one more time, I’ll send them an angry letter, for sure.

Of course the music itself was different on some levels. Country music was a new thing for me and although I’m not converted, it had even more variation than the popular music stations. For me, driving from Saint Louis to Kansas City was more of a culture feast when a banjo was playing along. One of the songs that I kept humming (halfly embarrased by this) was Luke Bryan’s Rain is a Good Thing. To introduce everyone in the same feeling that I had, imagine yourself driving on a highway. The sun sets, semi-trucks are passing by, you’re confronted with the Stars and Stripes every mile and billboards and big yellow Ms are fighting over your attention. THEN listen to the song.



3 thoughts on “Differences: Nothing on the Radio

  1. In de VS is radio zeer commercieel en daarom draaien ze iedere 20 minuten meestal dezelfde nummers. Ook zijn prijsvragen en grappen en grollen (via de telefoon) erg belangrijk. Het gaat allemaal om de luistercijfers en vervolgens om de poen die met reclame wordt opgehaald. Anders wordt er niets verdiend. Dit speelt met name bij de radiostations die te vergelijken zijn met Radio 538. Er zijn ook radiostations met een ander publiek: zoals je al aangaf Country. Publieke radio bestaat ook in de VS maar dat zijn praatprogramma’s over meestal (linkse) politiek. In het zuiden en midden van de VS heb je heel veel religieuze (protestants-christelijke) en (rechtse politiek) georienteerde radiostations (vooral op AM).

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