Most radio stations sound the same thesedays, to be honest that wasn’t really much different when I was a regular radio listener at the turn of the millennium but at least the studios were local and so were the hosts.
As I got into my teens, and therefore more interested in music, it was 103.2 Power FM that I tuned into. The music was the latest pop music. I’d generally have it on in the background while I went about whatever I was doing.
Better still I got to look around the studios when a friend arranged it. As well as getting to speak with the DJ if sister station Ocean FM in the studio in between links, thats the kind of memory that would excite anyone with even a passing interest in the media industry.
I was a regular listener for a good couple of years, even tuning in for the late evening show presented by a certain Jeremy Kyle, when he was known only as Jezza.
But as much as I was a regular listener at some stage I just stopped tuning in. I cant say for sure when that was but I reckon the advent of the internet and the ability to get music for free may have been connected to it.
Power FM today is gone, replaced by Capital Radio South Coast but other than the fact most of the shows are now beaming out of London little has changed in format. For me I have Spotify at my fingertips so a station playing the same songs on heavy rotation no longer appeals.