Musings: The State of Australian Radio
For Australian music lovers, there’s not much being played on the radio that’s vaguely interesting. The only real place to get good music, other than community radio, is Triple J. A good station, but today I’m going to talk about it’s downfalls as the lone alternative music station in Australia.
First of all I’ll talk about the many downfalls of commercial radio in Australia,
mostly Triple M, because that’s the station I sometimes listen to, other than JJJ. Firstly, stations like Triple M are afraid to play untested music, Kings of Leon was never played until last year and when they were played they exploded and were probably the most played artist on radio, this isn’t because of the quality of the new album, in my opinion it was probably their worst, it’s because Triple M were just to cautious to play an ‘indie’ band. This is starting to change though, early this year Triple J had a jump in ratings and ever since, Triple M has been eager to “test” new music. Playing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Children Collide isn’t exactly ambitious, but it’s a start.
The funniest thing about Triple M is their website, it has photos of concerts and music news, which is fairly normal. But the difference is that it’s focussing on alternative artists that aren’t being played on Triple M. At the moment there’s “Rock Shots” (as they’re called) of an Eagles of Death Metal concert, now I’m almost certain they’ve never been played on Triple M, so why the coverage? I think what it shows, is that the station is starting to turn their head and recognise alternative artists, and hopefully soon they’ll receive some of the airplay they deserve.
The amount of new Australian artists that are being shunned by commercial stations such as Fox FM and Mix FM is scary, Nova and Triple M have a few programs devoted to these new artists, but outside these programs these upcoming artists just aren’t being played.
Now, the pitfalls of the lone alternative station, Triple J. The problem is simply that they are only one station. There’s so many different genres/styles of music out there, it’s just not viable to play all of these bands on the one station. This brings me to the recent Facebook group/petition (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5709019996), it argues that a second station should be set up because artists that aren’t liked by the triple j management have all but no hope at getting their music out there. A second station would help, because it means that a second station could play different genres to the sister station, or even better play all the new music. Triple j’s unearthed is the best place for bands to get themselves known, but there’s so much that triple j can play in the 24 hours available in the day.
Personally, I think triple j’s great, and this is directed at the whole of Australian Radio. Basically, the biggest issue that needs to be resolved is the fact that radio doesn’t play new Australian bands, and thats a real shame because the Australian music scene is really amazing at the moment.