I used to Be a Yes Freak, a Floyd Nut, a HiFi Freak and Music Snob, Big time, All Album Rock all the time. And I though Top 40 was a joke and that good Music was over, all good came from the old days!!!
I remember in the laundry room of my Childhood home on the work bench where I would put Models together, there was an old Tube Radio that my Dad had painted white with enamel paint. It would kinda smell funny and the Tubes would glow orange and I would tune into WLS (AM)and listen to Top Ten hits in the mid Sixties. Larry Lujack, remember him?
Fast forward, it’s now the 70’s and I’m listening to Zeppelin, Bowie and Black Sabbath. I avoid top 40 and Album Rock was just evolving. I listen to FM on the Pioneer Receiver and Vinyl on the Thorens.
Now it’s the Eighties and I developed a healthy respect for my Sony ICF-9740W table radio, which I set under my 13 Inch RCA Color TV and wired to pick up MTV off the FM Band. It sounded surprisingly good and it was fun, certainly better than the TV Speaker would have been and the whole 80’s music scene was so excellent anyway.
Like MTV and Reagan in the Eighties, Modern Top 40 is a counterpoint to the Dumb Fundie Cracka Politics in America with Tronald Dump in the WH! I think Top 40 is very excellent right now, it’s been building up for years. Justins, Bieber and Timberlake are adults now and actually produce decent music. Top 40 is quite well produced and talented and Remixes can be just as revolutionary and exciting as any music from any post 50’s setting. I tend to look for good Remixes on the Computer.
So anyway, I listen to 101.5 WBNQ-FM on a Sangean WR-11SE AM/FM Table Top Radio 40th Anniversary Edition, on the headboard shelf, in the bedroom when the sun goes down to relax. Maybe if the timing is wrong I’ll have to listen to some ads, but then I generally get 5-6 songs straight and I do this once or twice a day, often in the Dark to just Chill. I think this would work with other types of Music on other Channels but I really like Top 40 these days. It’s new, it’s well done and I can’t really think of any song I just hate (Knock on wood). It’s like I’m laying there, in the Dark, the Music washes over me in waves. I can hear all the parts clearly because it really is a decent little radio. So I hear Rihanna, Love on the Brain for the first time and I’m like OMG, it doesn’t get any better than this! It sounds right because the whole cabinet is a tuned port like a good Boom Box and WBNQ comes in good and clear with good sound. It’s a little radio so I can’t annoy the neighbors but I hear everything clearly and it’s therapeutic, relaxing.
I’m thinking of bringing some of this action into the living room with a Sangean WR-12 AM/FM Analog Wooden Cabinet Receiver (Stereo) and using this unit to produce sound for a Digital FlatScreen once the 27 inch tube unit blows up sooner or later.