Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Christian Radio: It's the pits

I have to ask is there anything more inane and annoying than Christian Radio stations (excluding KFUO)?

Every single one that I have ever listened to is the exact same bland, white bread, and vacuous pop sound with equally bland DJ's. In fact, I have noticed that nearly every major station sounds so much a like I am beginning to think that it is Houston's KSBJ being rebroadcast in other towns with new call letters. The DJ's all sound alike and even the jingles and promotions are the same. It is enough to drive you mad!

Of course, it does not help that my preferences are toward the heavy side of music and they play cookie cutter pop music. Have you ever noticed how all the female artists sound like Rebecca St. James and all the male artists sound like Steven Curtis Chapman?

I'll be honest, it really does bug me because if you want to listen to the radio, you only have a choice between the raunchy dj's and not so wholesome music of the Rock stations or the questionable quality of white bread Christian Stations. The only thing that has preserved my sanity while driving is that I have an adapter for my Ipod. BTW, if you are ever on the east coast of Florida and you see a guy in a bluish green Grand Prix wearing a clerical collar and headbanging, that's me.

Now, the inane music isn't the only part about Christian Radio stations that bug me. Their theology is enough to drive me to drink. Oh wait, that is too easy. It is enough to drive me to wear burnt orange the day after Thanksgiving (I am an Aggie, folks) . My wife actually banned me from listening to KSBJ because she was sick of every car trip becoming a rant about the evils of decision theology and the latest drivel from the Left Below crowd. Arggh, sometimes it seemed there was better theological thought on Oprah.

In short Christian Radio is the pits no matter how you look at it.


Anonymous said...

Well, I feel sorry for you that your so angry at something that is trying to be positive for most people.. I love a more up beat, rock type of music myself but, just the fact that i hear someone singing so beautifully about God and hope for this world makes me smile.. and love it for the message!! You know instead of complaining about it you should look into making your own Christian station, instead of being so negative towards others... GooD LUcK!!

Dr. Luther in the 21st Century said...

I'll be honest it is hard to take anybody who posts a contrary opinion anonymously seriously.

They are trying but not succeeding and when it comes to talking about God, there is do or do not; there is no try.

Singing about God? Maybe, most of it is indistinguishable from the vapid love songs of secular pop. The only reason most people guess they are singing about God is the artist claims to be Christian.

Maybe, people need to start holding musicians and stations to higher level of standards, instead of settling for things that make us feel vaguely good. I like happy songs myself but if they want to call it Christian maybe they ought to actually make it clear who they are talking about rather than the vague "you" most of them are singing about. And before anyone throws around the well why don't you write your own, I am.

Actually, I have looked into my own station, problem is, I don't have a couple million to spend. Nor do I have the backing of thousands of people satisfied with cookie cutter meaningless songs.

Lutheran Lucciola said...

I totally understand what you mean about the music, and much of the content, on Christian radio. This modern contemporary music is boring as all heck. But for some reason, just because I'm Christian, I'm supposed to like it.

Good Christian music to me would span many ages, from ancient to gospel country and rock. But the contemporary variety makes me want to take drugs or something. Might as well go completely numb!

Dr. Luther in the 21st Century said...

I am not a big fan of country, but you are right good Christian music does span the ages and genre's. Unlike, the drivel played on the Christian stations today, it is pleasing to the ears and it has a good strong proclamation of the Gospel, not this lame I want to be with you, whoever you are, pop.

The next thing they need to do is get rid of the sappy talking heads who sit behind the mikes.

b said...

ah yes ... remember when composers like J.S. Bach were influencing the world around them.

Where are those composers today?

Lord could you send one?

TulipGirl said...

In the early 90s, San Antonio had a fabulous independent Christian station. Played a wide range of music (including the underground or harder stuff) and also played local bands (Like Sixpence None The Richer before they went big.) I miss that.

In the car I usually listen to lectures on my mp3 (Covenant Worldwide and Berkeley are great for lectures!) or Moody Radio for the Heart of Florida, which I'm sure you can hear with the older DJ voice that announces it. Okay, so no headbanging there, but they do play decent hymns from time to time and very little Jesus-is-my-girlfriend music.