Tuesday, May 24, 2011


I can remember all of the radio stations - numbers and call letters - that I listened to regularly during my youth in Los Angeles:

94.7 - KMET (rock)

95.5 - KLOS (rock)

102.7 - KISS (pop)

105.9 - KPWR (well, they called themselves "Power 106, so I assume those were the call letters) (pop/hip hop)

106.7 - KROQ (new wave/post-punk/goth/alternative)

But I can't seem to get Sammy to understand the concept of "radio." I don't mean that I've tried to explain the waves, the receivers, the amplifiers, etc. I mean, I can't get her to understand that I can't pick what song will come on next, or even skip a song she doesn't like. She has been raised with iPods, DVRs, Pandora, and streaming Netflix. Radio is very confusing to her, and she doesn't like it one bit.

And now I'm starting to understand the real meaning of the concept "nostalgia."


  1. We have the same problem. "Why do the radio peopleguys get to choose the song? That's not FAIR!"

    And they have absolutely ZERO patience for commercials. And movie theaters--why go to the theater when you can just get it on DVD later?

    The TV and radio industries will look a whole lot different when they're adults, won't it?

  2. You should read this:


    It was written by Douglas Adams, the man who wrote 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy', in 1999. It's pretty funny and fairly accurate.