Thursday, July 19, 2007

Open Thread #34

Anything interesting that you want to comment on or share with us?

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

I heard a rumor that Space Aliens plans to open a location on S 42nd St kitty corner from Choice Financial.

I'm also wondering why are there so many Country and "Top 40" stations on the FM radio in GF these days? XL93 (92.9), Y94 in Fargo (93.7), and 104.3 (which was until a month ago and now it's dentist office music) are all top 40 stations playing the same 10 songs over again. I remember when there was Magic 96 back in the day, and the classic rock station on 96.1 right now is usually good. And there's 5 country stations around here (94.7 classic country, 97.1, 99.3, 100.3, and 105.5)

Anonymous said...

Ditto the above. Whatever happened to Sinatra and the likes on 1440?

Guess it all comes down to advertising dollars, but one would think there'd be room for some easy listening stuff on the dial.

"Be here when the stars come out." I miss that.

dale said...

It's worth the $13 a month I pay to have XM Satellite Radio. My last straw was a number of years ago, being unable to find anything non-offensive on the radio whilst driving my daughter to school in the morning.

Anonymous said...

In GF you basically have two choices: either country music on FM or right-wing talk and religious broadcast on AM. I guess everyone else has moved on to podcasts, mp3s and satellite.

Anonymous said...

Come on over to Talk Radio, people. The BEST station in town is 1440 AM -- The Fan. It's our of Mineapolis, but NOTHING beats their shows.

Anonymous said...

One of the best things about living in Grand Forks is you can get 4 different public radio stations. 2 North Dakota Public Radio Stations and 2 MN Public Radio Stations.

Anonymous said...

Talk radio, unfortunately, has become blase'.

Same ol', same ol'.

Bring back the crooners and music with understandable lyrics.

(And no, I'm not over fifty. :o) )

Anonymous said...

Dale, try 104.9 FM. It's contemporary Christian pop and rock music with non-offensive Christian centered lyrics. They have one right wing nut talk show from noon to 3 during and Focus on the Family (another religious right wing show) for about 15 minutes during the week otherwise its all music.

Anonymous said...

90.7 (ND public radio) is my fav. Plenty of indie and world type music.

Anonymous said...

I do love all the public radio stations. I'd be lost without the BBC radio.

Anonymous said...

False Reporting: A report from the Health Dept in Minnesota states that"sexual violence" costs $8 Billion a year in Minnesota ! It states 61,000 victims each year in Minnesota. The highest "cost" was "suffering and lost quality of life" for $6.4 Billion a year in Minnesota ! Having to work in the Domestic Violence Field in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Hawaii; these statistics and numbers are complete nonsense. It might be $8 Million, but no way $8 Billion ! A few people are inflating statistics to increase their funding. Other costs listed : health, diseases, abortions, and suicides. They list $139,000 for each adult case. To view entire report go to : www.health.state.mn.us/svp. greenglass4.

Anonymous said...

False Reporting: In addition your taxes will increase if these reports are not challenged. The other statistic not mentioned is that 70 % of sexual assult cases are "false" according to ND, Mn, and Nat Crime Stats, reported by Att Gen, FBI, and local police depts. See a study by Dr. Ken Dawes of Social Work Dept at UND, he was Dept Head at the time. greenglass4.

dale said...

One of the best things about living in Grand Forks is you can get 4 different public radio stations.

My wife is a huge MPR fan, and I listen to the stream at home once in a while, but it seems like every time I'm listening to them, it's pledge drive season, which is super annoying. And that's from someone who gives them money.

Dale, try 104.9 FM. It's contemporary Christian pop and rock music with non-offensive Christian centered lyrics.

I actually do listen to this station when I take my wife's car and forget to bring along the XM. It's definitely a good station (I particularly like the small-town flavour afforded by them being locally announced and based outside of Grand Forks,) though I don't know that they were around when I gave up on over-the-air many years ago. However, non-stop Praise Music can grate on the nerves as well, and there are no commercials on XM, a big plus.

Anonymous said...

greenglass4 what expertise do you have to dispute those statistics?

Oh yeah, are you still a holocost denier too, or have you seen the light?

Anonymous said...

104.9 rebroadcasts a Fosston, MN station called Q107 (107.1 FM there). But, they have a studio, sales staff, and a DJ in Grand Forks so it's a Fosston and Grand Forks station. Q107 has been around in the Fosston area since the 1997 flood (correct me if I'm wrong), and they branched out in Grand Forks (104.9 FM) sometime in 2005.

If you listen it them during the evenings and nights, it's mainly Christian rock music, but during the day it's mainly praise music (along with religious right wing talker Janet Parshall during noon to 3PM and Focus on the Family)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like somebody is weirdly defensive about sexual assault claims. I wonder why.

Anonymous said...

bah, well, hum, ber, uhh....

Anonymous said...

It sounds like someone at the GF Industrial Park or EDC screwed up big time. It appeared LM Glasfiber wanted to expand further in town, but there was no land available in the park, so will take their 1000 new jobs to Little Rock instead. Someone's head should roll over this. There was no guarantee they would have built here, but GF no doubt would have been at the top of the list. SHAME!

Anonymous said...

"but GF no doubt would have been at the top of the list."

I doubt that, given the package Arkansas offered. ND talks big when it comes to economic development, then they fold their cards, and tell higher ed to be the engine. Bearing in mind what other states and cities do to attract businesses, ND will always be sucking hind tit.

Anonymous said...

You've got to put yourself in the game. Someone dropped the ball.

Anonymous said...

LM Glasfiber needed capacity to make a larger blade size. Transportation of these even large blades entirely on interstate highways was not feasible. The Arkansas River's access to the Mississippi River offers barge transportation as an alternative.

Anonymous said...

What is going in next to the Colu

Anonymous said...

What is going in next to the Columbia Dairy Queen?

Lynsey said...

What is going in next to the Columbia Road DQ? I've seen that question posted at least twice on GFL, but nobody seems to know.

I hope it's not another Subway.

Anonymous said...

the best radio talk show is BOB AND TOM-yes there offensive, but its hilarious!

Anonymous said...

I think the best radio talk show is THE BIG DOGS. 1. they are local.2. they dont care what they say or make fun of 3. they are out to get anyone and everyone which is funny as hell

if you dont liek them get the hell outta here says fat mars...

WOOF

Anonymous said...

SPeaking about LM, the Herald reported they still plan to expand in Grand Forks in the future.

I have heard that the building next to DQ is going to be a branch of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

And Bob and Tom is on a Fargo station (101.9 FM). Bob and Tom were going to be on 104.3 along with Alice Cooper's evening show (which was on The Box 101.9 until they became Rock 102), though they changed their plans to be a "lite rock" (adult contemporary in radio industry lingo) instead of classic rock.

Anonymous said...

I doubt the Mayo Clinic is building a branch in Grand Forks.

Interesting slant North Valley Family Medicine in EGF puts on its apparent poor performance by stating they are excited to be merging with Meritcare EGF thus being able to offer better services. These guys left Meritcare about a year ago to offer better services ...but now this remarkable plan to merge?

GrandForksGuy said...

"I have heard that the building next to DQ is going to be a branch of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester."

Is that a joke or have you actually heard that?

Also, construction seems to have just started on the empty lot south of the Red Pepper/Dakota Textbook building on North 42nd Street. The plans for Campus Place (this particular development) call for a building almost exactly the same as the Red Pepper/Dakota Textbook building, but flipped so the round corner is on the northeast side. I still wish something could be done about Loaf and Jug...that whole corner has gotten to be really nice looking but the gas station is not so attractive.

dale said...

I still wish something could be done about Loaf and Jug

They can start by changing the name. That's the worst name for a convenience store I've ever heard. Whoever came up with that one should really re-evaluate their crack dosage.

dale said...

If you're looking for something to do over the next week or so, head over to Red River at 8PM for Les Miserables, put on by the Summer Performing Arts program (SPA.) HMS Pinnafore, done last week by the 9th & 10th graders was excellent, but Les Mis is absolutely stunning, and not to be missed.

SPA keeps getting better, year after year, and is one of the shining lights of the community. According to something I saw there tonight, one in seven GF students, elementary to high school, is involved in SPA.

Support the kids, their dreams, and take in a truly awesome show to boot.

Anonymous said...

"I have heard that the building next to DQ is going to be a branch of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester."

Is that a joke or have you actually heard that?


I actually heard that, but it I doubt it's true.

Kroger bought out the Mini Mart chain and rebranded them as "Loaf N Jug", which is the dumbest name I have heard of for a convenience store. Almost as bad as Hugo's "triple fresh" beef (grinding them three times doesn't affect the freshness, and they don't even do that).

Anonymous said...

My sister nicknamed Loaf N Jug "Baby Diaper".

Any questions? Take a good look at the logo.

Elucidarian said...

My two bits on radio stations.

First, 104.3 has changed format more times than I blink in a day. I think the best incarnation had a great 80s motif (this was only a few years ago) and a really fun, boisterous DJ (not overly-reliant on crude jokes like the Big Dogs, who have their moments). Nothing good lasts long.

In addition to Northern Lights 90.7 campus station, I usually enjoy listening to 90.1 Pioneer Radio out of TRF. Their variety is refreshing. While some of the the DJs sound like illiterate kids who know nothing about music, there is a charm about their presence on the air. And who else is going to have
They Might Be Giants, Johnny Cash, and Cyndi Lauper on the same playlist, quite possibly in that order?

Anonymous said...

I agree with dale...if you miss Les Miz (SPA's final summer show)
you miss one of the major jewels of GF.

Check out Tom Dennis editorial this morning....

Anonymous said...

Kum and Go is the dumbest name for a convenience store.

C. Y. said...

North Valley Family Medicine

The doc's left Merit Care over a dispute and now the dispute is settled. I don't think either of them benefited from the split, it was just more obvious at NVFM as they were the "start-up" and Merit Care wouldn't have asked them back if they weren't feeling it themselves.

Fireball McFane said...

Any word on what is going on with the old hardees buildings?

Lynsey said...

I've been hearing the rumor that the flip-flopped Red Pepper/Dakota Textbook Co. building will be a Starbucks and an unnamed tenant. I first heard it more than a year ago, and I heard it again recently.

Anonymous said...

I know who dies in Harry Potter.

Anonymous said...

I disagree, Kum and Go is the COOLEST name.

Anonymous said...

There may have been a dispute at Meritcare but they were not busy at all at NVFM and there was talk of how long they could make it on their own. So spin as you wish.

radio insider said...

I have heard that the building next to DQ is going to be a branch of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

That would be a good idea. A lot of patients at Altru and the new Aurora medical complex (soon to be a hospital) are referred to Mayo in Rochester.

First, 104.3 has changed format more times than I blink in a day. I think the best incarnation had a great 80s motif (this was only a few years ago) and a really fun, boisterous DJ (not overly-reliant on crude jokes like the Big Dogs, who have their moments). Nothing good lasts long.

I was a radio DJ in the past so I am familiar with why stations change formats. Commercial radio stations get their money from advertisers. The advertisers want results in which listeners check out their business. There is a semi-annual radio survey by Arbitron that tracks which stations have the most listeners (ratings). 104.3 has been usually on the bottom of that list for many years (because they change their format so many times).

I know the rundown of most of the formats on 104.3 KZLT. It was "adult contemporary" (yes, radio lingo for light rock a.k.a. dentist office music) K-Lite until about 2000, when it became "hot adult contemporary" (a mix of regular adult contemporary with more newer pop music as heard on Top 40 stations like XL93). as Cities 104.3 until about 2001. Then KZLT became an 80's Rock station (I agree, their best incarnation) as Z104 trying to get some of KJ108's listeners. 104 went back to adult contemporary as "Breeze 104.3" until about 2006, when it became Top 40 as "More Music 104.3" trying to steal XL93's listeners (in which they claimed that they "played better songs than XL93"). The "More Music" incarnation was on the dead bottom of the survey (besides some out of town AM stations) so they went back to adult contemporary as "Lite Rock 104.3". In a nutshell, 104.3 was trying to recreate their adult contemporary glory days or trying to be poorly presented competition for the top station (XL93 and KJ108).

This brings up why 100.3 flipped from oldies "Kool 100.3" to country as "Cat Country" a few years ago. Although Kool 100.3 did fairly well in the ratings, but the main age group of listeners (over 35 years old) aren't what the businesses want to advertise to, and 97 KYCK was usually the top rated station or closely behind XL93 and KJ108. So 100.3 went "Cat Country", and became ahead of KYCK in the ratings race just over a year.

Commercial radio wants profit, that's why stations usually change formats. That's also why a lot of them don't play lesser known songs, since they're scared of alienating their listeners.

Anonymous said...

As for radio, don't forget AM 990, CBC Winnipeg. They have some great content. 680 AM, CJOB from Winnipeg is also interesting to get a talk radio spin from Canada.

Anonymous said...

I agree, check out talk radio, CJOB has a gret show on Sundays (was from 10 am to noon) now from ! pm to 3 pm: show is Crime and Punishment by Mike McIntire also a writer for Winnipeg Free Press. How about conversation on local talk show hosts. I like Big Ed and Joel Heitkamp both on KFGO in Fargo, Scott on WDAY, and Mac on KNOX. I have done a few in studio interviews with the above hosts. I like Big Ed the best. Mac was seen on I-29 trying for his spot awhile back, but lost out to Joel H. Nat hosts I like Bill O'Reillyboth radio and tv. Anyone have insight into these guys ? greenglass4.

Anonymous said...

The docs at NVFM took a huge risk going on their own. The majority of the docs there are great physicians and very compassionate. Sometimes the business management side of things can be overwhelming and that shouldn't be the docs role to do that side and need the right people under them rather than overzealousness.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what you mean by needing the "right people under them rather than over zealousness". They, as physicians, made the decision to go on their own. It surely was a business venture and it failed. I doubt the people "under them" had anything to do with it.

Anonymous said...

Dakota Huesby on KNOX is pretty articulate.

Ed Schultz's head is so full of ego, it's going to pop soon.

K-Lite/Cities/Z104/Breeze/More Music/Lite Rock/whatever the hell 104.3 is now has never known what they're doing.

Anonymous said...

On the topic of gas station names, I was always a fan of either "Pump and Munch" or "Hop n Sack" (saw them often in the southern plains)

Anonymous said...

50th Comment!

Coffee Guy said...

"Loaf and Jug" is not such a dumb name when you think about the whole phrase. It's actually quite romantic, and lends clever air to it's usage.

dale said...

Personally, it makes me think of hillbillies.

"A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou." I'm sure that Omar Khayyam had run down convenience stores in mind when he penned that. I guess that the full phrase reminds one to buy condoms, at the least.

Coffee Guy said...

I think Kum & Go is more of a prophylactic reminder.

Lowell said...

Relative to the comment of decent radio programming: 90.1's Sunday afternoons: lots of the Rat Pack, Bobby Darin, and such.

The guy gives a fair amount of interesting info along with the artists, too.

Why are radio stations so reluctant to programming music of that genre? There has to be enough people of that era living in this area.

Kelly Clow said...

Okay, (Wiping eyes after uncontrollable laughter)

"Pump and Munch" is, by far and away, the funniest name, EVER!

Anonymous said...

In regards to what is being built next to the Dairy Queen on Columbia...sorry, it's not a Mayo Clinic branch. Or another Subway (whew...). It's an office building that will be renting out spaces.

Anonymous said...

ho-hum.

Hinky said...

The funniest store name I've ever seen is Hinky Dinky. It's a grocery store in Wahoo, Nebraska. Not sure if it's still there; it's been a few years since I drove by it.

Anonymous said...

There is a Hinky Dinky store also in Bozeman, MT, right across the street from 3 large dorms of Montana State. All the beer distributers dropped off hundreds of beer/girls in bikini posters the first week of school at the Hinky Dinky then they would quickly find their ways onto the dorm room walls.

Jeremy said...

90.7 is THE BEST.

kudos for not playing top10 format. listen to something new, you drones.

Anonymous said...

New is good...

Lasting? That might be something else, again. I like the variety on 90.7 and 90.1, but so many of the indies are here today, gone tomorrow.

Give me some lyrics, some rhythms that don't jar my hearing...and, with the greatest of respect for a man knowledgeable in his field, it does get a little redundant hearing, "I'm Mike Olson, and you're listening to 90.7."

Heck, I KNOW I'm tuned into 90.7!

Jeni.Ann said...

Personally, I'd like to get a radio station that played something harder than Metallica. This is a market that is completely ignored in Grand Forks, and only slightly touched on in Fargo. 93X in Minneapolis goes to a good level.

As for names of stores, what about the old Pay & Pak that used to be in town? It's now the Poppler's location after they left downtown. They were really the only place in town that you could but a Zero candy bar.