In reaction to this radio consultant's article
http://www.edisonresearch.com/home/arch ... print.html
Re-posts from another messageboard:
Modern Rock's problem is not that it's too hip for the room. It's problem is that it's not hip enough for the room. There's nothing modern, or alternative, or hip about Nickelback. There are a lot more putative Alternative listeners who are turned off by Nickelback than would be turned off by the Shins or Flaming Lips or Wilco or Stars or Thievery Corporation or Phish or Belle and Sebastian or any number of other often big-selling bands who can't get a second of airplay on the commercial stations.
You hit the nail right on the head. CFNY used to introduce new acts to North America, and other stations would look to 'NY and model their playlists accordingly. The edge waits 'til someone else has broken it, or until one of the majors is pushing it before making an add.
The Arcade Fire is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the pathetic Can-con situation. Instead of playing something new and interesting, they play something that sounds like Nickleback (Theory of a Deadman), mall punk (Simple Plan), or some hoary can-con standby (Tea Party).
Then there's the undereducated, unentertaining on-air people. If you're trying to keep/attract university educated listeners, it would help to have smart and/or knowledgeable DJs.
Dumbed down music. Dumbed down hosts. Dumbed down station.
If you want to hear what CFNY would sound like (musically) today: WOXY.COM
Speaking Arcade Fire, the BDS data from R&R says that KROQ played "Neighbourhood Fire #3" 21 times this weak and 28 times the week before that. Still not listed on the CFNY BDS data. Now that they've broken through in the states and made every year end critic's list in the world, wouldn't it be time to consider it, especially now that the CD is in every mall in the country? BTW, looking at the BDS spin data for CFNY and CHUM-FM, it was CHUM-FM that played more independent titles.