2007-01-12 / Columnists

The Music Beat

Commentary by Leanne Edwards

Leanne Edwards has been following music and musicians since her early teens. The Nassau Community College student will fill you in on upcoming concerts, new groups, albums and local groups each month in this space.

As an aspiring music journalist searching for a station to listen to, one that plays hard rock and perhaps a little metal, and introduces new upcoming artists, I have found that those stations no longer exist. Then, I thought I found the right radio station when I tuned into K-ROCK.

I first heard of K-ROCK when I was in sixth grade, and listened everyday. The station introduced me to new bands, played the metal I liked, and reached out to their audience. Up until about a year ago K-ROCK was the only station I was tuned into. But now that has all changed.

In this day and age, I can honestly say that I no longer have a radio station of choice. I don't even listen to radio anymore, come to think of it. K-ROCK is not what it used to be and it has changed for the worse.

The station doesn't even use the K-ROCK logo anymore and no longer has anything that really reaches out to the kids.

I mean, I like Led Zeppelin just as much as the next person, but honestly, if I hear "Dazed and Confused" one more time I don't know what I'm going to do with myself.

With the options of IPODS, Downloading Services, and Satellite Radio it's hard to understand why the radio stations like K-ROCK wouldn't be doing everything in its power to keep themselves on free radio.

Those other services aren't free but in reality much more convenient than flipping through the channels trying to find something you like. I don't turn on the stereo in the car. I grab a CD and enjoy from there.

Satellite radio is going to be the death of anything on free radio right now. Even I have contemplated buying Sirius radio, but I think music on the radio should be free! I hate not being able to hear anything I like. I don't want to pay for the satellite radio, but that's what its coming down to. And there are so many channels categorized by the music you enjoy listening to. I like a lot of underground alternative bands, music that I can relate to. And K-ROCK used to be the station I turn to until now.

In 2007 the radio stations we have all come to enjoy are slowly disappearing. No longer can alternative music be enjoyed without putting a for sale sign above it. The new and upcoming bands have no outlets on free radio.

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