Series – The Radio: 92.3 The Dock
For today’s instalment in the Radio Series, I am listening for the same hour, 11am to 12pm, to 92.3 The Dock.
This is a bit of an odd one. They’re supposed to play music’s Greatest Hits all the time, but to me that’s a pretty nebulous term. Music has a lot of greatest hits, over the course of human history, and in a lot of genres, and surely they don’t play all of them?
So I’ll be curious to hear what it is they think are the Greatest Hits worthy of having their own radio station to play. My hope is that it’s a really eclectic amalgam of classical, big band, rock, punk, metal, country, jazz, pop, you name it. Not unlike my iPod on Random Play! The reality is likely to be a whole lot less interesting (almost guaranteed).
The Dock’s web site has big picture links for local news, upcoming events (such as this weekend’s Summerfolk festival), as well as the station’s Twitter, Facebook and announcer blog pages. OK then.
So it’s 11am, it’s 15C with winds W at 25.75 km/h. This site also gives far more info than the other stations’ sites (so far this week): It’s currently cloudy, with a forecast of rain showers. Today’s high is 17C, the low 10C. Humidity is 82, pressure is 1007.2 and something called Rising is 1. Whatever the hell that is. Visibility has a space but no entry. Also, Sunrise today was at 6:22 am, and sunset is expect to be at 8:32 pm. Whew!
Let’s get in there and give ‘er.
A song was already playing through 11am…
(mid-song) Gin Blossoms – Follow You Down
Harry Chapin – Cat’s In The Cradle
Honeymoon Suite – Love Changes Everything
Blondie – Heart Of Glass
Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down
blather (Rick Ringer is the DJ)
commercials (5: cars, signs, gymnastics club, Tim Hortons, pizza)
Elton John – Crocodile Rock
Bryan Adams – One Night Love Affair
Bruce Springsteen – My Hometown
commercials (4: ct scanners, cars, bruce telecom, a&w ms fundraiser)
Spirit Of The West – Home For A Rest
Bonnie Raitt – Something To Talk About
station id (short)
Billy Idol – White Wedding
blather (and ad for wiarton wednesday sale)
commercials (4: autobody shop, home renos, office furniture, impaired boating arrive alive)
Jeff Healey Band – Stuck In The Middle
Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
It’s now 12pm and we’re done the hour. Time for news. It’s still 15C, high of 17C, low raised to 11C. Winds are W at 20.92 km/h, cloudy with forecast of rain removed. Humidity still 82, pressure now 1008.6, Rising 1.
Here’s what we got:
3 times the DJ talked (included station id)
11 station IDs
It was what I figured, their idea of Greatest Hits is so middle of the road, play-it-safe the mind actually boggles. Ah well, it could have been worse. Much, much worse.
I enjoyed the Gin Blossoms, Spirit Of The West, Jeff Healey, and the Honeymoon Suite was a real throwback (Deke was just talking about them on his blog). I remember buying that tape on a class trip to Ottawa in grade school.
14 station IDS, and 13 commercials, but the DJ was pretty good, didn’t ramble on stupidly just to fill air time. Thank goodness.
Will I tune in again? Unlikely. Unless I’m bored. I have most of these songs on my iPod anyway.
Another hour of radio survived. You could say I only have two more days left, but I’d say I still have two days yet to go. It’s an important distinction. I’m gonna need some sort of medal, if I survive this whole week.