When I first moved to NYC from Louisiana I was convinced that one of the local NPR stations, Fordham’s WFUV (Fordham University Voice) was a radio station that I could have done the programming for. They played all my favorites from the Old 97‘s to Johnny Cash, introduced me to quite a bit of folk, including John Prine (check out “The Glory of True Love”), some gospel, and even some more “adult” sounds like Bruce Hornsby. I was convinced that radio stations just didn’t get any better, especially north of the Mason-Dixon line.
I had no idea how much better it could be. While googling the lyrics to some song a year or two later I came upon a play list for WSGE, the radio station of Gaston College in Dallas, North Carolina. Whatever the song was, I found it, but even better, I realized that I could just look at any of their play lists and reconstruct hours of WSGE’s programming by pulling up those songs on Rhapsody, my streaming music service and still one of the best deals on the internets. The thing that’s so amazing about WSGE, is that it hits music I will love, like WFUV, but trolls much wider spectrum of of the music scene for its programming thereby exposing me to so much more of what’s out there. Sadly, a while back they got a new station manager who ended the practice of posting the play lists online. Thankfully a WSGE employee let me know that I could go to yes.com which is a website that somehow seems to track every song on every radio station and then tries to make money by linking to iTunes (with the stations seeing no revenue from this, unfortunately). You can see what’s playing on WSGE here.
The best programming on WSGE is the Eclectic Blend which you can catch from 6am to 6pm and at least from 11pm to midnight EST. Best of all, it streams.
Oh! And if you need some new music, just check this out!