Not that there’s anything new under the sun… this concept occurred to me after an off-hand remark during my show last week. “Thanks for letting me do things my slow way.” It’s true. Being a strictly not-commercial operation, Asheville Free Media rewards its listeners and volunteers with room to breathe.
Dead air? Simply a chance to catch our breath. While a million ad-selling stations run on the old axiom “Time is Money,” and feature over-caffeinated, fast-talking pitchmen… you know the guy that can rattle off the obligatory legal stuff in those used car ads at speeds that make a courtroom stenographers head spin… I love the pregnant pause.
And why not? In an age that glosses over the good stuff, reducing greatness to a sound-bite, why not hesitate for a moment of reflection… let it sink in. The music, lovingly curated, speaks for itself. But all the thought and care that goes into selecting the best tunes gets lost in the medium far too often.
My formula is habit. I’m one of those slow-drawling southerners that gets type-cast as an idiot anyway. Why not let the audience decide if there’s anything going on in that hollow gourd on my shoulders? A script? No. An outline? Maybe, but rarely written down.
So, what comes to hand? Slow Radio… just like the fashionable Slow Food movement, and with much in common. Slow Food, in contrast to Fast Food, is all about the synergy or dynamic between the preparer and the consumer, and of course a high regard and respect for the ingredients. Isn’t Asheville FM much the same?
It takes me literally hours of research each week to unearth new old tunes. Sometimes it means money out of pocket. Fine. I love it. The rewards are a chance to hear some of the better neglected music ever made… like a mouth-watering dish of the finest, painstakingly procured delicacy.
So, when the show hits the air its supper time. Welcome to our little table. Here’s the backstory on this fine meal we’re about to put down. Hold your horses there, hoss! Don’t gulp that soup. Don’t rush me away to fetch you another glass of iced tea just yet. I’ve got a lot riding on this little feast and I need time to reflect. You need time to appreciate what’s about to be put in front of you.
Until now, our internet presence has catered to this way of presentation. Most folks are seated at their computer, carefully and intentionally choosing to listen with their full attention. So, is this going to change with the coming broadcast signal? Not on my part. Just because you’ll have a chance to listen in the car doesn’t reduce our status to that of a cheap burger grabbed at the drive-thru and eaten at the wheel. Slow Radio is completely portable. When you’re stuck in your car with time to think it’s the perfect opportunity to absorb and digest good radio content.
Let Slow Radio feed your brain and soul. Get thoughtful. Grow smarter. Think about what you’re hearing and the people responsible, whether the teenage kids with dreams of rock ‘n’ roll stardom who made that giddy trek to a studio 3 hours away fifty years ago, or the dude who dusted off their record and played it in the Asheville FM studio last week.
It has taken a lot of work to tend our little garden. Farm-to-Table ain’t got nothing on Asheville FM! We Support Free Media (WSFM) and so should you. Tell a friend about us. Are the airwaves all warmed up yet?