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ᅯ search Hardcover ్ Radio On: A Listener's Diary  ᇳ Kindle Ebook By Sarah Vowell ሉ ᅯ search Hardcover ్ Radio On: A Listener's Diary ᇳ Kindle Ebook By Sarah Vowell ሉ Vowell s survey of the current state of American AM and FM radio concentrates on the Chicago area airwaves and Montana State University s KGLT in Bozeman Aside from Nirvana, Hole, and KGLT, Vowell doesn t find much to like NPR is too stodgy, Garrison Keillor too sappy, Republicans and Rush Limbaugh simply too much She likes Chicago s quirky, low powered WZRD, though, especially its airing of the Church of the SubGenius Hour of Slack, and also establishment rock critics Greil Marcus and Jim DeRogatis Vowell expresses her opinions strongly and forthrightly Her criticisms of NPR and Keillor, for that matter, are hard for even their fans to disagree with, but panning Keillor while praising smarmy NPR elder newswoman Susan Stamberg seems odd, and getting the call letters of Chicago s all sports station wrong casts doubt on her objectivity and thoroughness Oh well, if you worship at the altar of the media god Alternative and take radio really, really seriously, Vowell s rant is just the thing If you don t, it is still stimulating reading Mike TribbyBe ready to hit the scan button repeatedly with this wildly uneven, day by day by day diary of a year 1995 spent listening to the radio Like strip malls and superhighways, radio has become such an integral part of the American landscape that we rarely notice its sheer ubiquity Between our houses, our cars, our offices, even our elevators, there are than 500,000,000 radios in this country, all spewing a 24 hour a day hodgepodge of everything from rock to religion to right wing ranting Any account of this vast cacophony is necessarily subjective, but Vowell, a music columnist for San Francisco Weekly, spices her impressionistic stew with unhealthy dollops of narcissism and jejune banality I only conceived this diary as a means to say that I m just as confused and overwhelmed as my elders, just as ill informed and worried and perplexed and lacking in answers but willing to look as people twice my age In these limited terms, the book is a roaring success As Vowell spins her way around the country, tuning in to the local radio stations, she reacts like the perfect poster girl for Generation X I mean, don t you just hate Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich and all those mean Republicans And how about National Public Radio, isn t it, totally nonadventurous and establishment And doesn t Top Forty completely bite What little wisdom there is to be found in this landscape apparently comes mainly from grungy Seattle rockers like Nirvana and Pearl Jam those who believe that truth resides in rock lyrics will be particularly taken with this book By the end, Vowell is justly sick and tired of radio, of the noise and chatter, the hate and spew and all the stupidity Unfortunately, one of those rare books in which subject and author are in near perfect harmony Copyright 1996, Kirkus Associates, LP All rights reserved. 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    • Radio On: A Listener's Diary
    • 1.3
    • 46
    • Hardcover
    • 245 pages
    • Sarah Vowell
    • English
    • 04 November 2017

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