The Soapbox


Editor’s Note:  Like everything that comes with The Soapbox, the following Soapbox piece is purely the view of the writer and the writer only…although I am pretty sure there’s a lot of people who probably would agree with the subject matter.  Enjoy.  And, if you feel offended in any way, just remember this:  I have total control what feedback lands at the bottom.  So keep it civil and I won’t deny your voice?  OK, here we go…


By Winfield Dean

Top 40 radio charts include Flo Rida, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Adele, LMFAO, David Guetta, and Nicki Minaj, just to name a few of the constantly played pop-stars today. I’m not sure when dance club music became the thing to listen to while driving, or when it became acceptable to overplay a song so much that I don’t even want to listen to it on my own anymore.  I’m sorry, but I don’t want to hear ‘E.T.’ six times on my two hour drive to Chicago, and I don’t want to be told to ‘raise my hands in the air’ or to ‘shake it’ while I’m driving 80 mph down I-65.

I could hear ‘Rolling in the Deep’ on three different radio stations at the same time, but I couldn’t find a decent rock station if I tried. Granted, I do live in West Lafayette, IN, but even so, I want to know what happened to variety in radio? Yes, I could just listen to my iPod in the car, but for the 80% of the time that I forget to throw my iPod in my bag, I would like to listen to something other than pop songs that all sound the same.

Obviously pop music is not my favorite, so I rarely turn on the radio to something that I really enjoy listening to. I don’t understand why we need so many pop stations if they all play the same few songs. I recently discussed the topic of top 40 and pop stations with some friends of mine, and to quote my best friend “top 40 radio sucks”. I remember in high school, driving around with the windows down and listening to top 40 stations, but I don’t remember them being the way they are now. Maybe I’m just getting old and have changed opinions of what good quality music is.

I guess all I can do now is wait and hope that either pop stations get better or rock music can somehow re-emerge and make a comeback on the radio. I would love to see radio stations play a variety of music for people who like to listen to different things. Until then, I will burn as many CDs as possible and always know what song is coming next.

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