Britney Spears sucks, and yes, so does Madonna. Metallica are
haters and Dre gets no credit either. Snoop Dogg has sold himself
out worse than Missy Elliot and her Gap jeans. 50 Cent is the worst
live talent to hit the circuit in the several years, and G-Unit is
just cruisin’ on his coattails.
I hope I’ve offended most of the people who I want to read this
article at least to the point they will read it purely out of
It is absolutely amazing that we still insist on listening to
the crap that corporate radio stations like those owned by Clear
Channel continue to shove down our throats. Phife Dawg and G. Love,
both artists for whom I have tremendous respect, have openly panned
corporate radio. But even here at CSU I don’t really think many
people care about what they’re listening to. So many are stuck in
the hype, so into MTV, that they have lost a realistic grasp on
I am openly a fan of 50 Cent’s work. I think G-Unit has a few
good songs. I chronically listened to Dre and Snoop growing up.
Madonna and Metallica have both proven themselves to be artistic
innovators. But the thing is that’s where most of you get off the
boat. What the radio doesn’t play, you don’t hear.
I have the answer to the question that rings in your head. The
one that asks you whether or not you’re being force-fed your music
by the man. Yes. You are. And my magic elixir? KCSU.
KCSU is our own student-run radio station right here in the Lory
Student Center. It’s a non-profit organization and it’s rad. You
will never hear KCSU say “stay tuned for our seven-song-super-set.”
They play the whole set, even the whole super-set, but without any
commercials. However, they don’t play the thirty songs that you
hear on any other station.
In addition to playing all kinds of music that you can’t hear
anywhere else, including local acts such as Listen, Sweet Nectar
and Mission 19, we also happen to have an outstanding group of DJs
and broadcasters. Recently KCSU was honored by the Broadcasters
Education Association with several awards. Students receiving
honors included sportscasters, newscasters, DJs and several others
who produced excellent pieces. Just last year KCSU’s Mike Santos
received the BEA Award for “Best of Festival.”
So not only do we have a radio station that plays underground
and lesser-known artists (a good thing remember), but we have some
competent peers running the joint. This sounds exactly like the
kind of thing we should want to support. I personally am a big fan
of Monday night’s “Beer and Pizza” program. It’s funny, they cover
subjects that are relevant to me and I feel like I’m helping
support somebody trying to get a start, just like the rest of
It might be that some of you are just too plugged in. For those
people I recommend listening to a radio station where there are no
live DJs, just a computer being run by somebody in another state.
But for those of you who still believe in supporting local
commodities, including artists and media, give a listen. If you
don’t have much time in your car, point your browser to
www.kcsufm.com and check it on the Internet; the quality of the
programming as well as the streaming music connection is quite
Remember that the man can only get you down if you let him.
Fight the power.