CaD wrote >>
The satellite 'alternative' stations introduce me to new bands/music ages before I hear it on the radio here. You'd figure at least one programming guy at the radio station has satellite radio and can connect the dots.
I rarely, if ever drive, though I'm in friend's cars from time to time who play the radio. So, personally I don't have much use for satellite.
I work online, pretty much all day, so music is huge part of my day. I would go nuts if I had to hear the same thing over and over again, no matter how much I like the band.
Thus, music discovery is a big deal for me and my sanity. I suspect a lot of you are in the exact same boat.
In addition to KEXP, my discovery also happens by reading blogs like Pitchfork, I enjoy Done Waiting. I also think the iTunes store does a decent job of suggesting like artists I wouldn't have otherwise known about.
Obviously, Pandora does an ok job at this and automates the process reasonably well.
Anyhow, with CD101, I see an opportunity to step up the programming to support discovery of better music because I think it's a significant problem and one that lots of people seek out.
Millions upon millions have been invested in technology to solve the problem and at the end of day, the human touch still wins in my opinion.
This is the opportunity.
DJs used to be taste makers, and some still are, but most radio is too cookie cutter.
I don't think CD101 is cookie cutter, but the programming is average at best. On very rare occasions, I'm surprised by what's being played. Otherwise it's way too predictable.
Anyhow, I don't care if it's alternative or not, and I would imagine by improving the programming it could be an alternative to the other crap across the dial and might be a destination that people outside of the city actually want to stream.
P.S. There should be a 10 year freeze on playing The Postal Service to preserve everyone's sanity.