Kentucky gave the world bluegrass music. Orlando gave the world the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, and the Genitorturers. No wonder the outside world thinks life in central Florida is unreal.
I am saying this because this morning I heard on the radio that a radio station in Orlando has invented a new kind of music. It’s Power 95.3 FM, a station that plays hip-hop and dance music. To help central Floridians find jobs, the station is running a contest where people make videos of themselves singing about the dream job they’d like to have. They’re calling it “careereoki.”
It sounds like fun, but as a fad, I don’t think it will last any longer than the current recession. It’s possible they could find an undiscovered talent this way, perhaps even another Wayne Brady (Wayne grew up in Orlando, in case you didn’t know), but I’m afraid most of the videos will be more like the auditions on “American Idol.” But I could be wrong, so I’ll watch and see. After all, I remember when the first rap song came out, in the fall of 1979 (“The Rappers Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang). Back then it was seen as an interesting novelty; who’d have thought a whole new genre was getting started there?
Today was also supposed to be the day when TV stations all over the country were supposed to switch from analog to digital signals. The date was moved back to June 12, because a lot of folks (including myself), aren’t ready for the change, but about 400 stations switched anyway, because they stood to lose money if they didn’t. I heard that two Lexington stations were switching already, but when I got home from work, I turned on the TV and it looked the same as before. Not that we’d be missing much if they did switch; these days both Leive and I can get all the entertainment we want from the Internet.