Connecticut has never been all that awesome when it comes to radio stations. Recently however, hope was renewed when 104.1 was switched from a Hip-Hop station to an Alternative Rock station. Unfortunately, the hope seems to be misguided. While the station remains a refreshing escape from the ear-bleeding pop stations, the overwhelming surplus of classic rock frequencies, and the occasionally too talkative (though with a fair bit better music selection) 106.9 WCCC, 1041 seems to have lost the ‘rock’ part of their claim and also fallen into the uncomfortable habit of playing the same songs too frequently.
Shaun L. and I carpool to work between the times 7:25pm-8:00am and 5:05pm-5:45pm. Here are some of the things we’ve noticed.
Firstly, they overplay the big requests
– We can’t make it through a day without hearing Heartless by The Fray
– We can’t make it through a day without hearing Kids by MGMT
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy both of these tunes. But the scenario has occurred where we hear one of these songs on both the commute to work and the commute home… for multiple days. Too much 1041!! Too much!
Secondly, they overplay their random filler content – these songs aren’t new and if I were to hear them more than once every few months I’d be surprised.
– We tend to hear Criminal by Fiona Apple at least once a week
– We tend to hear Zombie by The Cranberries at least twice a month
All this leads me to the obvious solution:
We must start playing 1041 Bingo.
So, I looked up some song titles via lyrics and came up with my board. Check it out:
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Now, just for kicks I thought I’d head over to the radio station’s website and look at the last 100 songs that they’ve played and see how my bingo chart fairs. Check the bottom of this post for the full 100 songs listed out.
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Granted, 100 songs is a fair amount of time. They played 13 tunes from 11:00am until noon, so for 100 songs we’re talking 7.5 hrs or so. But! What especially amazes me is that both Zombie and Criminal were played. AND, Heartless was played THREE TIMES. 22 of my songs were played (including repeats). That means that over 1 in 5 songs falls within my set of 25.
If anything, this graph just goes to show that I didn’t do a great job with some of my choices. I thought Closing Time and the Ramones would hit for sure, but perhaps I just consider their occasional play time as near-constant because I loathe those songs. I stand by my Santeria and Vasoline choices – both bands are played regularly, though the specific song the radio station plays is up for grabs.
I wonder how 1041 compares to other radio stations in regards to frequency of play. I guess it doesn’t matter too much… either way, I’m disappointed.