When I moved to Raleigh back five years ago, one of the things I excitedly told people about the place I was moving was that they had a good radio station. I had been subjected to “adult contemporary” out in the Hamptons for way too long, and the closest thing we had to a rock station was WBAB, a “classic rock” station that wouldn’t play your music if your band formed after 1984. 96Rock was different. It played current music, but it also played older music – not older as in “from the 60s and 70s”, but older music as in from 10-15 years ago. Bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Oasis. This was the music that I listened to during my high school and college days, and when I worked in a music store. I never heard this stuff on the radio anymore, and I was happy to hear it on what would be my new local station.
So I’m listening to my favorite (music) radio station, 96 Rock (WBBB) in Raleigh, and I hear the word “classic” in regards to one of the songs – something by Hendrix or someone like that, so it’s not a question of whether or not it’s a “classic”. The thing that sticks in my head is “how long is this going to be called ‘classic’?” Continue reading Where is our “classic rock”?