I’m with Carolyn Kellogg on this one. There’s been a lot of talk here, in posts and in the comments, about Indie 103.1 and if they are the best/worst thing to be happening to LA Radio. While I’ve recently come around to actually listening to the station because their programming is so damn good (due 100% to the DJs I’m sure), I’ve stopped short of voicing support for the station itself or the people behind it. I got a lot of shit from people early on for saying it was a ClearChannel station and I didn’t want anything to do with that. There was some argument about how much or little ClearChannel was involved but it’s obvious at this point they are involved. Which is why I would never send them a cent or wave any “Save Indie 103.1!” banners and yes, I’m still insulted that they use the word “indie” when they are anything but. So back to the topic at hand – Carolyn posted a few reasons she could care less if the station stays or goes. She says:
“1. ClearChannel explicitly said its goal was to suck ad dollars away from KROQ — to screw with the smaller conglomerate that owns KROQ. (Audio link). They don’t want to create an alternative rock station: they just want to weaken and kill someone else’s alternative rock station.
2. ClearChannel COULD keep Indie 103 going if it gave up one of its other 8 stations in the LA market. But they’re attached to KBIG, KFI, KIIS-FM, KOST, Star98 and the rest.
3. There are so many musical alternatives now (iPod, satellite radio, music on ye old internet) that it doesn’t make any sense that smart, creative Angelenos like Sullivan and rocker/blogger Dave Navarro have fallen under the spell of a corporate behemoth that’s just trying to crush the opposition.”
There’s a lot of names that I’d like to add to that list of people who need a good solid smack and to be asked “what the hell were you thinking climbing in bed with ClearChannel!!” but that’s a whole other issue isn’t it. The fact remains that ClearChannel is benefitting from this station and while flipping on the station is slightly easier than plugging in my iPod, if it went away tomorrow I wouldn’t be losing any sleep over it. The DJs are smart enough to figure out something else to do if need be.
Hell – I’ll even make the offer – Steve, Dave, Dickie – we’ll host your podcasts if you want to do that. Just think of the 10’s of people you could reach!!