Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I Hate to Say This But…

The version of The Spy that is currently playing on 105.3 FM actually plays better music than the version that is online. I feel kind of dirty now, but I have heard more songs that I know and like on a regular basis on the radio since The Spy shakedown last month. I still completely applaud and support what Ferris O’Brien and company are doing but I like what I’m hearing on the FM dial in my car too. Is that a bad thing?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

105.3 is playing old loops from what Ferris used when he was with Citadel. There's no intentional programming going on there. Of course it's familiar, which is good I guess, but there's nothing fresh and nothing local. I don't expect that anyone is going ot get turned on to anything new on Citadel's 105.3. They might as well call it "classic alternative." Get ready for the endless David Stanely Chevrolet ads avec that "rocking" guitar lead. More corporate radio with ZERO community relationship.

Dave said...

Actually that's not correct. At first they just played old loops but now they are playing newer music (I've heard new songs by Weezer and Against Me, plus newer stuff by Dinosaur Jr.). Again I think that what Ferris is doing is a great thing, I've just been disappointed with a lot of the stuff that he plays. I love his support of local businesses and hold no delusions about what this Citadel version of The Spy will be. I Just like the music that they are playing.

Anonymous said...

There are those who would agree with you about some of Ferris' programming. More variety, that at times that deviates from his personal favorites would go a long way... some old, some new, known, unknown, local, etc., but it's independent radio and that means Ferris gets to do it his way. That's more like art than business and not a bad thing. And I think we agree that Ferris' vision has been great for Oklahoma City. As for the Spy vs. Spy thing... this is my take, Citadel/Last Bastion Trust had a right to stick to their price in spite of the low appraisal, and retain 105.3 KINB, but they don't automatically get to capitalize on what Ferris built with that license/facilities. The Spy, as it is now, is essentially Ferris' intellectual property and he gets to take that with him. The fact that Last Bastion is using the Spy logo and representing themselves to adverisers as Ferris' employees is pure corporate scumbaggery. They won't last anyway.

Dave said...

Anonymous said: ...but it's independent radio and that means Ferris gets to do it his way. That's more like art than business and not a bad thing. And I think we agree that Ferris' vision has been great for Oklahoma City.

I agree 100%.

Anonymous said: The Spy, as it is now, is essentially Ferris' intellectual property and he gets to take that with him.

Hmmm…I’m not sure that I’d agree with you on that though. The Spy was originally a station in Stillwater (93.7 FM) that Ferris became a part of before it changed formats in the mid ‘90s. Then Citadel started The Spy on 105.3 FM in 2002 and at the time the program director was Jake Daniels (from KATT). I corresponded with him via email at the time and sent him song/band suggestions (many of which he included in the playlist). Later on, Ferris came on board and then became the program director until the format was changed. So to say that Ferris owns The Spy isn’t really all that accurate. That having been said, the Citadel folks should make it clear that they are not the same station when they approach potential advertisers. To do otherwise would be unethical.

Again, I totally support what Ferris is going and I think that it has been a great thing for OKC. I was just disappointed with his selections of music.

Anonymous said...

I think the ownership of the Spy legacy thing is interesting. When Citadel starting using the moniker in 02' it was more of an homage to KSPI's legacy than anything else. And nobody in Stillwater seemed bothered. But, KINB wasn't "The Spy" when Ferris leased it. It had been other things, La Indomable and ESPN Deportes. Citadel had abandoned their Spy long before. This most recent incarnation of The Spy was made by Ferris and should remain his. The situation as it stands is weird enough, but it will be interesting to see what happens if Ferris gets another tower and there are two Spies on the air. As for Ferris' daytime programming... not enough Bad Brains and Black Flag for me.

Dave said...

Good point and I agree with you on the Bad Brains anf Black Flag.

Anonymous said...

Are you aware that the Citadel Spy is now airing shows in imitation of those on the O'Brien Spy such as The Toaster Brunch and Juke Joint Revival, using identical names? Those shows belong to local DJs not Ferris. Citadel/Last Bastion/Sean Beall/Larry Bastida/Jake Daniels are straight up stealing from local people. Valeo Favoca -OKC

Dave said...

Valeo Favoca -- Thanks for the info. I actually heard the Citadel Spy's version of Spy Lab the other night. That is just plain wrong to steal those shows. I've actually done a new post on the very topic. You can read it here.