Freaking out-of-towners with no sense of history…

Seen on the recommendations on KZEP’s Facebook wall:

Why don’t you guys add more quality classic rock bands to the station? Like the Grateful Dead, Traffic, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, The Guess Who (there’s more than just American Woman), The Kinks, Jethro Tull, David Bowie, N. Young, Supertramp, Steely Dan, Janis Joplin. The Beatles??!

In other words, “Hey, KZEP, why don’t you ditch what makes you stand out from other classic rock stations and play the same overplayed, overrated shit they do?”

Seriously, I for one got more than enough of all those bands on pretty much every other classic rock station I heard before I moved here. I am very, very glad that KZEP plays Iron Maiden and Judas Priest rather than the Beatles and Steely Dan. God knows I have done way more than my fair share of bitching about what the corporations have done to radio — both in general and to certain radio stations — but every now and then they do it right.

And KZEP is one way they have done it right. As has been noted before, San Antonio itself has played a very big part in hard rock and heavy metal history — Thin Lizzy, the Scorpions, Rush, Judas Priest, and my beloved Queensryche were just some of the bands that Joe Anthony and Lou Roney discovered and promoted to national and international stardom when they were at KISS. That’s the great thing about KZEP — it may be a corporate-owned station, but with playing those songs it still pays tribute to this city’s role in shaping the American musical landscape. I’d guess it gets them good ratings or they wouldn’t keep doing it.

Thank God for that, too, because it would really suck if they just became another clone of every other classic rock station in the country.

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3 Responses to “Freaking out-of-towners with no sense of history…”

  1. mattexian Says:

    Jeeze Louise, I think you about summed up the playlist for 106.9/107.5 outta Houston, with just a minor substitution of Tom Petty and Van Halen for Jethro Tull and Janis Joplin. I listen to them mainly out of self-preservation, since 104.5 switched from “adult contemporary” to “ghetto trash” (Ok, they might call it R&B-Hip-Hop), and their simulcast station at 103.3 is now comedy!?! Pretty much leaves 94.1 for pop, 106.1 for rock, and 95, 96, 99.5, and 101.7 for country around here. And from a friend’s remark on FB, I was reminded that KLOL in Houston is gone, since I missed their annual playing of “Alice’s Restaurant” and nobody else around here does that.

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    104.5 switched

    That sucks! I listened to that station now and then and it was pretty good.

  3. mattexian Says:

    For a while they had switched 103.3 back to AC, but somebody at their office must think we’re lacking a comedy station in our area, so they changed it back *again*. Bleh.

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