Dave Price from the Daily Post noted the demise of radio stations KFOG and KGO in his editorial yesterday. I seldom listened to KGO, but I have been a KFOG listener since the day they went to rock 'n roll. Wikipedia helpfully notes
On September 16, 1982, they dropped the easy listening format for a blend of album-oriented rock which they called "Timeless Rock". The first song on the new format was "Rock This Town" by The Stray Cats. The station featured a wide range of music, from the psychedelic sounds of the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane to newer artists such as Prince, the Eurythmics, and the Thompson Twins. They avoided more commercial bands such as Loverboy, which were widely played on many other AOR stations at the time. KFOG's specialty programming included "10 At 10", ten great songs from one great year interspersed with old newscasts, commercials and film clip, hosted by Dave Morey and more recently Annalisa. A nightly "Psychedelic Psupper" showcased music from the psychedelic era and the "Sunday Night Idiot Show" featured an eclectic collection of oldies hosted by M. Dung. KFOG was inspired by San Francisco's free form rock radio heritage, dating back to KSAN.
I was tuned in on Sept. 16, 1982 as "Rock This Town" played and was a devoted listener for a long time. Unfortunately, KFOG slowly turned to KSLOG for me as the play list seemed to shrink and the "San Francisco Sound" was de-emphasized. Dave Price noted that DJs Annalisa, Rosalee, and the morning team were all let go last Thursday and we now get a station "on autopilot. No live hosts. Music being cued up as if it were from an iPod with recorded announcements every once in a while."
There is a lesson in here for us all. When you start to sound like everyone else (or we start to look like everywhere else) in a Vanilla World of chain stores, chain restaurants and cookie-cutter McMansions, you lose your soul. The end of the good times is soon followed by BORING. Let's not be BORINGAME!