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Tuesday, February 08, 2005
It ain't Clear Channel, it's the people listening to Clear Channel
Local corporate-owned radio station KGON is celebrating its birthday by rolling through a looooooooooong set of the top 923 classic rock songs ever recorded. The entire list was printed on a back page in today's Portland Tribune.
Unlike Rolling Stone magazine, which ran a similar list back in November, the Portland station left the voting up to its listening audience. As such, there's a few highbrow-raisers in the top ten. Coming in at # 9 isn't Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady" or the Stone's "(Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (# 25). Instead it's Rush's "Tom Sawyer." Aerosmith has two songs in the top 6 and somehow a ZZ Top track beat the Beatle's entire catalog. Bob Dylan, the Doors and David Bowie didn't even make the top 100. Golden Earring, on the other hand? Its "Rader Love" came in at # 55.
So this must be why acts like Boston and the George Thorogood get the same amount of airtime as Hendrix, the Who, Pink Floyd, etc. KGON's programmers are giving their audience exactly what they want. Yet another reason to switch back over KNRK? Not really. They keep playing the Dave Matthews Band for some strange reason...