Series – The Radio: 94.5 The Bull
For the first in the series, today I listened to an hour (11am-12pm) of 94.5 The Bull online. This isn’t exactly a local radio station – I think it comes out of Wingham via London, or some such thing, but it’s definitely aimed at this area.
They play classic rock, mostly, with a few new tunes thrown in. It’s rare that I’ll tune in, and only in the car. I prefer my own CDs. But when I temporarily worked in a factory here in town, the Bull was on all the time out on the lines, and I heard a ton of it. What I noticed was a lot of repetition (as though Led Zeppelin only wrote three songs, etc). I also remember thinking that, just because it was recorded in the 70s by some nominally rock-oriented band, that didn’t mean it was worthy of radio play. Some of it was really, really bad. But that was a while ago, so I’ll be interested enough to see what I get today.
According to the station’s web site, the DJ while I’m listening is Drew Stefani. But then the DJ identified himself as Scott Thomas, so I assume this is Stefani’s slot and Thomas is filling in? He never said as much, though. Anyway, it is currently 24C (feels like 32C), with winds SE at 9.7.
Alright, it’s 11 am, so here we go!
Styx – Come Sail Away
David Bowie – Golden Years
CSNY – Ohio
Supertramp – Breakfast In America
Genesis – Abacab
Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
Wings – Band On The Run
Chilliwack – My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)
Rick Derringer – Rock ’N’ Roll Hootchie Coo
Payolas – Eyes Of A Stranger
commercials (5: tires, beer, home renos, cars, tires again)
Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
Van Halen – Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love
commercials (5: upcoming concert, tires, slo-pitch tourney, art supplies, tires again)
Guess Who – Shakin’ All Over
And here we are at 12pm, time for news. It is currently 25C (feels like 33C), winds SSE at 11.3.
In that hour, we had:
4 times the dj talked (also reminding us of the station)
7 reminders of the station to which we’re tuned
10 commercials, some longer than others.
As for the songs, all were songs/artists everyone knows – very safe, middle of the road shoe-in choices. No new music, in fact nothing past the 1980s. In all, not a totally unenjoyable hour. I mean, Van Halen, Deep Purple, CSNY…
Most of the interruptions to the music were (mercifully) brief, but they were numerous. The DJ kept it tight, which surprised me, actually. So, thank you, Scott Thomas, for not constantly gibbering about nothing. If I were stuck in a car without CDs and this was the only station I could pick up for entertainment, I could do a lot worse than this. I’m still not going to put it on all that often, though. Not when I have an MP3-CD deck as well as an iPod AUX jack for my 120GB ipod.
* pre-recorded between-song reminder of station identification
** DJ talking between songs.