You see, when she and I visited St. Louis a handful of times from 1994-1998, she tolerated my obsession with 105.7 FM The Point (er, and Vintage Vinyl and West End Wax -- see, I'm old school) with grace and patience. (For those curious: I had surgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital back in the day; ask me about it sometime if you see me, I'll certainly talk about it -- but I won't show you the scar.) As a music-obsessed teenager, I listened to the radio constantly, and being able to tune into the Point was one of the highlights of my many trips here. In fact, I have fond memories hearing the Breeders and Paul Weller (and, er, Crash Test Dummies), as well as XTC on the flashback lunch. I was heartened this morning, then, to wake up to the news on the Point that the Cleveland-based syndicated show Rover's Morning Glory was no more. (I love my hometown, but that show was a painfully unfunny, shock-jock trainwreck.) In its place, the station is going to have Donnie Fandango, an on-air personality from 1996-2001, preside over a show that's — gasp — "music intensive," according to a press release I received from Kristi Carson, Public and Community Relations Director of Emmis in St. Louis. (Emmis Communications is the parent company that owns the Point.)
Music in the morning? In St. Louis? A non-syndicated morning show? What's going on?
The announcement goes on to say that "Donnie will have free reign over the music and will be experimenting on-air with different playlist themes, on-demand requests, and listener input on which band or artist to play next."
With the commercial radio stations in this town growing ever-impersonal, I can't help but think that this move — no matter how it turns out — is a positive step forward. Sure, one can mock the Point because they still play too much shitty metal, but I also heard the Dead Milkmen's "Bitchin' Camaro" a few weekends ago. So I'll certainly tune in for the possibility of hearing more stuff like that.