Friday, May 13, 2005

Everything Oldies is New Again

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2005 at 2:16 PM

I really like the oldies station. If I’m listening to the radio, 90% of the time it’s probably the oldies station. No matter where you are in the country, the local oldies station plays the same music – the same Diana Ross, Rolling Stones, Turtles, etc. Makes for instant car trip sing-a-longs. In Nashville, the oldies station is 96.3 FM. It’s programmed as No. 1 on my radio. Driving back from lunch, I turned on my radio, hoping to squeeze a little Aretha or Mick in before work. Instead, Alanis Morrissette starting singing to me. I stared at the radio. Had I pressed the right button? Yes, yes I had. So what was wrong?

Alanis had one hand in her pocket. That song came out in 1995. By no means is “Hand in My Pocket” an oldies song. It’s not even an 80s song. It’s not even “retro” yet, just a little dated. Why was she on the oldies channel? Has the format changed? 96.3 was still the oldies station yesterday. Is it one of those “all the hits from yesterday and today” stations now? What happened to my oldies?

After Alanis came a U2 song. U2 is a tricky band. They don’t qualify as oldies either, but sometimes their early work sneaks onto classic rock stations. And this was an early song.

I didn't know what was happening. Then I was back at work and had to get out of the car.

Does 96.3 have some special 80s/90s blastback thing on Fridays that I've never before encountered? What’s going on?

Also, as long as we’re telling unfortunate animal stories:

When I was 9, I had a hamster named Thunder. One day, my next door neighbor came over and put the hamster in a sock. She swung it around (she said she wanted it to “ride on a roller coaster”) and accidentally let go, slamming Thunder against a basement wall. My mother rushed Thunder to the emergency small animal vet that just happened to work 20 minutes away from my house. Two weeks, $300 and some tiny hamster-sized painkillers later, the hamster was good as new. Well, sort of. One of her eyes was a little squished and she wasn't quite as quick as she used to be. She lived for two more years and from then on, we called her Thud.

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