It's been going on for a few months now; according to some volunteers, they've been told that it's an FCC regulation--every other radio station across the country, commercial or not, does it, but now it's suddenly "illegal." It's ridiculous to hear a DJ on the air say "And that was Galactic--you can see them ... somewhere in west Salt Lake in February." What's next? Don't hint at the date? What other station is going to give out such info on bands actually worth hearing? If you can name another station that plays music worth hearing, I'd love to know about it. Ditto if you can find that bullshit FCC regulation.
Other volunteers have speculated that KRCL just wants to punish venues that don't underwrite the station--which sounds vaguely evil and not at all what a "community" radio station should be doing, so I'd rather not believe that one.
Fact: KRCL is the best music station in the market, period. Another fact: The masses don't like good music, so the station isn't exactly a ratings juggernaut--but its audience is fiercely loyal. This "Nix the Venue" practice is testing that loyalty, which is always a dumb-ass move. Plus, most of the indie artists KRCL plays survive on touring, not album sales. Why cut them off, too?
If you agree, let the station know--call 'em, e-mail, drop by the studios: KRCL, 1971 West North Temple; 801-363-1818; Contact@krcl.org. But, if I'm alone in this thinking, go ahead and let it slide--you can still find free concert info in City Weekly, after all. (Bill Frost)