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Chicago Radio Continues Overdose on Pink Floyd

Updated on April 13, 2011

What Is Going On?

A Pink Floyd Update.

I don't know what's going on. Am I the only one complaining? As soon as I get into my truck and turn on the radio - there it is! Another Pink Floyd song!

Yeah, the radio alternates the songs, but still it's overplay and overkill. I am talking everyday and every hour in Chicagoland this band is being played. WHY?

WHY? i can't stand it! I'll listen to the Loop and there's Another Brick In The Wall. Then I'll flip to the Drive and there's Money. Why can't they play the Moody blues or Steppenwolf or Grand Funk or Damn Yankees or Rick Springfield or Deep Purple or the Yardbirds or Traffic or Tears for Fears or Suzi Quatro or Rory Gallagher or Robin Trower or Uriah Heep or Alice Cooper or Rare Earth or Mitch Ryder or Blood Sweat and Tears or Crow or Pat Travers or Lucifers Friend?

Am I going insane? Am I the only one to see (hear) that the mind-numb robots at the radio stations have Floyd on constant repetition? Are they playing 8-tracks on eternal loops?

Dark Side of the Moon? PLEASE STOP IT!

Does Pink Floyd Own Chicago Rock Stations?

I stopped listening to the major rock stations in the Chicago area about 4 years ago because I was sick of the repeat, repeat, repeat playing of the same old groups/same old songs. I've since gone back to listening to radio to discover new music, old stuff I've never heard, and old stuff I haven't heard in a long time.

Chicago has a variety of stations and that's what keeps me listening. However, nothing is more annoying than the 2 major rock stations that keep playing the same groups/songs DAY IN DAY OUT. I will not mention these two stations but if you live in the Chicagoland listening area, you know who they are.

I have done an experiment with radio and here is what I did and the results:

  1. turn on one station and listen for 15 minutes
  2. write down the groups
  3. do another station
  4. repeat
  5. try a different day and do the same
  6. then flip through each station and note the group

Oddly enough, with the 2 major rock stations the winner is Pink Floyd, followed closely by the Doors, Led Zeppelin, AC DC and Jimi Hendrix. As a matter of fact, I wish my radio station flipping were the Lotto because I bet with my wife that if I turn on Rock Station 1 that Pink Floyd would be on and 7 out of 10 times I was right. Just to increase the odds I would then turn to Rock Station 2 and they would be playing a different Pink Floyd song.

No I have nothing against any of these bands, and Led Zeppelin itself is one of my favorites but why in the world do they have to overplay Zep? I'll get back to a solution for this insane problem in just a bit - back to Floyd.

I understand that radio play increases royalties and the more play the higher percentage rate. So stations 1 and 2 have been filling Pink Floyd's pockets forever. It seems their goal is not the listeners enjoyment or even their advertisers but only Floyd's income. I don't know how it is in other cities but let me ask, does your major rock station play at least one Pink Floyd song EVERY HOUR?

It's not an official Pink Floyd station! Maybe Pink Floyd owns the stations here. Pink Floyd is then like the mob or the Godfather and the stations are the cronies hitting on listeners for "protection". Who knows, but it is nauseating and the stations won't answer my letter "Why all the Pink Floyd?".

I surmise the true answer is that the powers that be are overdosing on Pink Floyd and whatever else they can shoot into heir arms. If I am wrong, then Pink Floyd is a mighty powerful entity. I wonder if Roger Waters was aware of this. Dummy me, all he has to do is look at his bank deposits from Chicago radio stations.

I have 2 solutions for Chicago rock fans.

1. Listen to oldies stations, other stations, internet radio, your own CD's/MP3's and eliminate the major stations once and for all from you FM dial.

2. Protest your stations and offer alternatives

Here are some alternatives: instead of Pink Floyd, thow in some Yes, mixed with Traffic, Moody Blues, and Deep Purple/Rainbow. (Deep Purple made more than one song by the way.)

Instead of Hendrix, play Robin Trower and Rory Gallagher.

Instead of the Doors, play the Amboy Dukes (original band), JeffersonAirplane, Iron Butterfly, even Alice Cooper (who is rarely heard here today).

Cut down on the Zeppelin and play Grand Funk Railroad, Uriah Heep, and the American version of Zep - Cactus.

Eliminate AC DC altogether as they make Kiss sound like geniuses of rock n roll.

Should the stations consider these alternatives (and they won't because they need their hourly dose of Floyd) they would generate more listeners and save money by paying less royalties to Roger Waters.

Hopefully this Hub will motivate someone out there to stop the insanity. In the meantime, I'm going to watch a movie.

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