Hang the DJ (figuratively speaking)

As a 14-year-old who lives near Asheville, I am utterly disgusted with the quality of the music on the radio. Even Charleston, S.C., has better music and they are a conservative town!

The rock stations only play songs that have been served up so many times it makes me want to bang my head against a wall, and will be the future songs that my generation will remember as being played a million times. The pop stations, my God — is there any new music that you guys can play? I hear the same songs five times a day, and I’m not exaggerating.

It seemingly takes forever for the stations to release any new songs. When they do, it sounds exactly the same as another one of their "top songs.” Eventually, they all begin to blend together as one obnoxious, auto-tuned, badly synthesized song that lasts forever. Even my appreciation for the artists I do enjoy listening to (such as Lady Gaga) begin to agitate me with familiarity. I learn words to songs I don’t even enjoy because of their repetitive airplay.

The rawness of rock ’n’ roll on the radio seems to have faded, sadly. When I was 12 years old, I desperately sought good music. I needed it like a druggie needs a fix, like an old lady needs to adopt more cats. Since then, I have immersed myself in punk rock. The rawness and liberating energy appeals to me.

I am begging someone to please create a radio station and bring back great music! David Bowie, The Black Crowes, The Clash, Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, all the good stuff! I hope most of you agree.

— Zena Redmond

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