If you ran a noncommercial campus radio station, what kind of music would you play, and why?
First off, I’d just like to state that this is probably one of the best questions I’ve ever been asked in an academic setting.
If I ran a noncommercial campus radio station, lets just theoretically say in Norman, I’d focus on promoting local and regional acts. Norman and the OKC metro area has a fantastic music scene that truthfully doesn’t get enough recognition. Without having to focus on being commercial, I think it would be interesting to give a voice to local music.
We have a wide variety of music in our area. Honestly, I was shocked by the diversity in the Oklahoma music scene. Whether you’re into alternative rock, hardcore, electronic, or rap, there really is something for everyone.
One of my favorite local bands is a group called The Dresden Bombers. Funny enough, I found out about them through a Facebook group for linking up with other musicians. They’re one of the few OKC areas that fall into that weird post-punk, new wave niche that my band does. They recently dropped their first EP, and boy, does it sound great. In my personal opinion, it doesn’t come close enough to capturing their raw, live energy, but the songs themselves are just so good. I highly recommend checking out the EP or one of their live shows.
If your tastes lean more on the heavier side, the Oklahoma City metro area has a surprisingly vibrant hardcore scene. One of the most popular bands from this area is called Sledge, and while I’m not a huge fan of the genre personally, they’re very highly regarded in the scene and tour all around the country. Their music can even be bought on cassette at either the Norman or OKC Guestroom Records.
In summation, I’d love to showcase our own live music scene because it helps build up and support the artistic community of Oklahoma, which ultimately makes our city and state a more culturally rich place as a whole.