Houston Needs a Real Country Station, Not More Bull
It doesn't have to be this way. After the switch, my colleague Craig Hlavaty and I started talking about how cool a fictional Houston country station could be by combining classic rockers like the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and even Led Zeppelin's rootsier tunes with the country-legends crowd à la Willie, Waylon, Conway Twitty and the Hag. I'd toss in Janis Joplin, Tanya Tucker, the Judds and Reba, too.
It could work as easily with a station that programmed newer music too, maybe Eric Church next to Kings of Leon next to Miranda Lambert next to Alabama Shakes. All that market research never seems to uncover the fact that people will always respond to music with a pulse. Or they ought to, anyway.
Instead it continues to treat music as nothing more than something to fill up the space between commercials. So please, please tell us. readers: If you have a curious mind, and are interested in music at all -- country, pop, rock, whatever -- why are you still listening to Houston FM radio?