Apr 24, 2009

Kung Pao Radio?

In the "Either This Is Really Cool or REALLY Racist" department, MAX-FM, the rock station formerly known as WCMS (the country's first country music station), reformatted itself yesterday as Kung Pao FM, airing what they're dubbing "classic Chinese music," though it's mostly sitar music. You can listen to it right here if you like. I'll admit, the music is soothing and zen like, but the joke's going to end soon. BEER's coming . . . I'm thinking May Day, next Friday (considering the current Chinese rebranding and the worker's party ties to May 1, it would be ever so convenient), and will become a classic rock station, though to be honest, I'm fond of the one we've got here already (you cannot hate a station that plays The Beatles, Queen, Earth Wind and Fire, ELO, Stevie Wonder, CCR, Prince, and The Rolling Stones back to back with no ads).

But I'll play along.

POSTSCRIPT: Four days into the change, they shifted to an adult contemporary hits format, HOT 100.5 FM. This too is temporary since they're playing 3000 songs in a row without commercial interruptions. What a strange channel.

1 comment:

E.A. said...

I'll go with the "really cool" assessment, also conceding that it could be really racially insensitive as well.

And, at any rate, as you have already mentioned in your post, this is a brief endeavor which will give way to broader ones.