What’s on the Radio Anyway?

Nathan Angelo gives his opinion.


Hello, my favorite folks!

I thought I’d check in with YOU GUYS (in my best Long-Island[one word] NY accent)!! There have been a bunch of things swimming through my mind lately. I thought I would share one of them with you and then get your thoughts so that I can move on with my life. 🙂

I go through phases of listening to and then not listening to the RADIO. It’s a pretty interesting thing to me to think that there are people sitting in offices – probably in NY or LA (or Nashville if you are into country music) – who have a monopoly on who they think will “blow up” on the radio. They get to decide who gets a shot and who doesn’t. I guess I’m not as interested in that as I am in why some songs “blow up” and why others don’t. 

I started wondering if the songs were memorable because they were good songs or because they were being played a million times. When I go through those phases of listening to the radio, I find myself singing along with a number of these songs, and I wonder to myself: “Am I singing along with this song because it is a good song or because I have heard it 12 times today and 37 times over the course of this week?” It’s kind of like the old saying: What came first, the chicken or the egg?* What is the reason for a song being so popular? Is it because it is truly a great song or is it just the best song out of all the other bad songs on the radio? Or is it stuck in your head because you have heard it so many times lately? 

Take the Fray for instance: I personally thought that there first song, “Over My Head” was a much better song than “How to Save a Life.” But “How to Save a Life” was twice as popular. You couldn’t go anywhere over a year ago without hearing that song. 

And then you’ve got Taylor Swift. So the first 10 times I heard “Love Story”, I very much so disliked it. Now I find myself wanting to be swept away by Romeo every time the song plays. ha 

So what can we take from all of this? I guess the tough part is that independent musicians have to work hard to really sell a song well because they don’t have the luxury of being heard 10 times in one day by every single warm-blooded American. People who check out my music might only listen to half of one of my songs before they make their judgment on whether or not they like what I do or not. 

But hey, I’m not too worried about it! We’ve got a good thing going. 

If you have any interesting thoughts, definitive statements, pointless ramblings or amusing assertions concerning the radio, send them along. I’d love to hear what you think!!!

Yours truly,
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