Thursday, July 29, 2010
I listened to KJZZ on the drive out, they were playing a Tom Waits song called "Step Right Up." It was a song he was already doing back in 1979.You never really lose KJZZ on the drive South. They have repeaters all the way to Tucson. Eighty miles later in the town of Marana you start to get in KXCI on 91.3. Truly eclectic but leaning Triple-A they're the first "traditional" non-com I've heard all week. Briefly the highway dipped low and I lost them only to hear another station butt in with some gospel, sounded like the Staple Singers. I took a look at what's local... there's no obvious candidate for that "other" station.
KWXL. The format seemed to be automated Classic Hits. I don't want to be dismissive.. but what a waste. KRDX and KCDX and KHYT already have that covered. KGMG runs Rhythmic Oldies, and KLPX runs Classic Rock. That playlist is totally played out. Small non-coms are great for learning, but there are better format selections out there.
SB1070. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is on all of them celebrating his current national celebrity. He certainly seems to like the attention. (For the record I have no problem with deporting illegal aliens. I do have a problem requiring that all Mexican-Americans carry ID to avoid incarceration.) Anyway, the hot topic morphed all the News-Talkers into an unlistenable narrative monologue.
I went back to listening to KXCI then went record shopping at Bookmans on Grant Street. I stopped at a thrift store and bought a guayabera Then I got lucky and found Molcas Mexican Grill, a taqueria stand stand at about the intersection Grant and Stone Streets. It was excellent.