Danville’s getting a brand-spankin’-(semi-)new radio station complete with fancy website! ‘Tis a shame that Lakes Media doesn’t pay attention to all of their stations that way.
FYI: The station’s website is actually http://www.1045thedan.com, not what’s listed in the article.
The station isn’t on the air yet but they are streaming live over the internet. Fancy new website, eh? You’re able to see their entire playlist, view song lyrics… nice! Now compare that to another Lakes Media station’s website, WHLF (which ironically will be where all of the Danville station’s programming will be keyed into the computer). WHLF used to be a real community radio station when it was owned by Johnny & Cathy Cole. When Lakes Media bought the station, they pretty much eliminated all of the local aspects of the station. The news is pretty much “Let’s read what the newspapers and internet are saying about the area”. Nick Long is the station’s general manager and still has his morning show, so there’s a little local flavor left.
Did you look at WHLF’s website? Waaaaah waaaaah! Gotta love that oversized pixelated graphic on the main page, but it’s gets lamer! Click on the “Programming” button and you’ll read about Kelly Redd’s “Birthday Thang” every weekday at 4:20 PM. There’s one problem with that. Kelly quit her job over two years ago. In a final bit of irony, the same company built both station’s websites. Heh.
Let’s get back to the “new” Danville station. Here’s my favorite quote from the R&B article.
One difference listeners may notice at 1045 The Dan will be the lack of disc jockeys. Lakes Media wanted to focus on music instead of radio personalities, but will eventually broadcast Danville and national news and sports between 6 and 9 a.m. Birch plans to air public service announcements at least once an hour.
That means “We’re not going to pay for an employee when everything is ran by a computer that sits 30 miles away.”