Yesterday at 6:00 p.m. 101.1 FM Bulldog radio in Athens, Georgia introduced a new radio format to the public airwaves: All-Obama. The station switched from rock to Obama radio, a mix of Obama’s IPOD, Hawaiian music and clips from the President’s speeches.
“Some people think the government’s done such a great job with everything from banking to the auto industry, maybe they want to give the government a shot at radio,” said Steve Sinicropi, a VP at Cox Radio.
When The Daily Swarm tuned-in we heard an eclectic mx of ‘70s funk songs like “Play That Funky Music,” by Wild Cherry, “Keep On Trucking” by Eddie Kendricks, “Superfly” by Curtis Mayfield as well as commercial radio rock/pop staples like “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba and “Steppin Out” by Joe Jackson. The radio station’s promo tag line, “Athens Georgia, the new home of Obama Government-Controlled Radio” seems crafted to provoke both liberal Obama supporters and conservative conspiracy theorists alike and may point towards the format change simply being a publicity stunt.
WPUP‘s receptionist Jan, who answered our call, said she is having a rough day. “You better believe it,” she said, “there’s some mean people out there and they’re not very happy. This is a college town and they want their rock station. I had a guy call who said ‘Where’s my Motley Crue?!’”
Hear the all-Obama format for yourself here.