In class, we’ll learn about the importance of radio stations and DJs like Alan Freed for the dissemination of rock ‘n’ roll during the 1950s. For your first essay, you’ll describe and analyze how two local radio stations operate today. Choose TWO different radio stations from the list of broadcasters below. Listen to at least thirty minutes of airtime on each station, taking detailed notes on what you hear. Write a well-organized essay comparing and contrasting the two stations. Be sure to indicate the station’s format (i.e., Top 40, Country) and the time of day you listened in your essay.

In class, we’ll learn about the importance of radio stations and DJs like Alan Freed for the dissemination of rock ‘n’ roll during the 1950s. For your first essay, you’ll describe and analyze how two local radio stations operate today. Choose TWO different radio stations from the list of broadcasters below.  Listen to at least thirty minutes of airtime on each station, taking detailed notes on what you hear. Write a well-organized essay comparing and contrasting the two stations. Be sure to indicate the station’s format (i.e., Top 40, Country) and the time of day you listened in your essay.

Here are some questions your might consider as you listen: Who do you think is the target audience for this station and why?  For example does the station seem to cater to younger people? Older people? College students? Men? Women? What kind(s) of music does the station play? What songs were played while you listened?  How did one song segue into the next? What are the deejays like?  How much did they interject between songs, and what sorts of things did they talk about?  What sorts of products (if any) are advertised on the station? If you’re listening online, you might discuss the station website’s organization visual imagery (but don’t substitute this for discussion of what you heard).

N.B.- Organize your essay in a way that makes sense based on your choice of stations and what you heard during your listening session. Do not just slavishly answer the questions above in the order asked.

Writing in first person is strongly encouraged in this paper! (That is, “when I first tuned in to KDAY at noon on a Tuesday, I heard Snoop Dogg’s latest single.“)

If you don’t have a radio, you can listen online through station websites linked below. Look for the “Listen Live” button when you navigate to the site.

88.1 KJAZZ (Jazz) http://www.jazzandblues.org/ (CSULB’s radio station!)
Real 92.3 KRRL (Urban Contemporary) http://real923la.iheart.com/
93.5 KDAY (Urban Contemporary) http://player.listenlive.co/35791/en
93.9 KXOS (Regional Mexican) http://radiocentro939.com/
94.7 The Wave (Urban Contemporary) http://947thewave.cbslocal.com/
95.1 KFRG, “K-FROG” (Country) http://player.radio.com/listen/station/k-frog
95.5 KLOS (Classic Rock) http://www.955klos.com/
95.9 the Fish (Contemporary Christian) http://www.thefishla.com/
97.1 KAMP (Top 40) http://amp.cbslocal.com/
99.9 KOLA (Classic Hits) http://www.kolafm.com/
100.3 The Sound (Classic Rock) http://www.thesoundla.com/
103.5 KOST (Adult Contemporary) http://kost1035.iheart.com/
104.3 MYfm (Hot AC) http://1043myfm.iheart.com/
105.9 Power 106 (Hip Hop) http://www.power106.com/
106.7 KROQ (Alternative) http://kroq.cbslocal.com/

Specifications: 3-4 pages, double-spaced (no additional spaces between paragraphs), 12 point Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins. Include page numbers.