On February 28, 2016, The Ongoing History of New Music will turn 20 years old.
Yep. I’ve been doing this for two decades. If anyone had told me when I started this whole thing that I’d still be doing this in 2016, I would have laughed in their faces. Nothing in radio lasts 20 years, especially during a time of serious upheaval.
When I started writing and producing shows in February 1993, the following things were true:
- Kurt Cobain was still alive.
- Lollapalooza had been staged–twice.
- Only hardcore nerds knew about something called “the Internet.” The term “information superhighway” had yet to be invented.
- No Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram. Google was years from being invented.
- MP3s were still an engineering curiosity in a lab in somewhere in Germany.
- Record stores still stocked pre-recorded cassettes.
- The iPod was eight years off. In fact, Steve Jobs hadn’t been rehired by Apple yet.
- No one had ever heard of Britney Spears.
- Justin Bieber was still 13 months away from being born.
Astute listeners will point out a problem with the math. “If I’m not mistaken, the program debuted in February 1993. That’s twenty-three years ago.”
True. But remember that I went on a three-year enforced walkabout during which time no new programs were produced. Hence this is the 20th birthday and not the 23rd.
So here’s what I’m thinking: a special one-time-only program to commemorate 20 years of this thing and what it’s become.
- What sorts of things/information/music would you like to see included?
- Any favourite episodes?
- Any interviews you’d like to revisit?
- Any questions you’ve always wanted to ask?