As some of you know, I live in the Triangle area of North Carolina, so named because of the three cities that form the backbone of the area: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Our market is currently blessed (cursed?) with the presence of not just one, or even two, but three sports talk radio stations. What is even more amazing is that there doesn’t seem to be any lack of things to talk about, at least at this time of year, with the NFL playoff race, the start of conference play in the ACC (men’s and women’s basketball teams are worth following this year), the surprisingly hot start of the Carolina Hurricanes, and lots of action in the hot stove league.
As I was listening to one of these shows the other day, listening to random callers spout nonsensical opinions as to why Coach K doesn’t know what he’s doing, it occured to me that if there were three radio stations in our medium-sized market devoted to letting listeners share their opinions about sports, why weren’t there any radio stations devoted to letting listeners share their opinions about music? I know people like to debate music — that makes up 90% of our post and comment volume here, it seems. And the great thing about debating music on the radio is that you could back up your points almost instantly by playing a relevant track or two.
So here’s a business plan for one of you young whippersnappers — call-in music radio. Or has it been done already? I don’t know. I just listen to sports talk radio.