89.3 The Current Confirms Lame Programming
If you have noticed a bit of unwanted consistency on 89.3 the Current lately (i.e. their tendency to play songs over and over – as Josh recently pointed out) this interview conducted by Gimme Noise’s Andrea Swensson with some staff members may shed a little light on what’s long been suspected – that the station has started putting most of its programming on auto-drive. Here is how DJ Mark Wheat puts it: “this music is good enough, it should be able to stand being programmed in a way that a mainstream audience expects hit music to be programmed.” I remember early on when you could expect the unexpected from the Current – like hearing Louis Armstrong back to back with the Sex Pistols, followed by a Public Enemy jam. Sadly those days appear to be over. I am not sure who is more to blame though – the listeners who demand that they get to hear “Horchata” every time they turn on the radio, or the station who seems to have lost its guts.
And wow, could they have picked a less-flattering photo of Mary Lucia?
— Jon Behm
P.S. I am still a fan of the station in some ways – including its commitment to covering local music, its giving back to the community, and its artist in-studios. Actually listening to the station though is just something I don’t do much anymore these days.