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Stupification of commercial radio in Canberra

By SimonSmith 25 September 2012 44

I’m a community radio listener but over the weekend my son flicked past a commercial station where I heard them say that “Captain Underpants” is giving away tickets to an upcoming Canberra production of War of the Worlds.

Now, I’m not a prude and I like a bit of fun as much as the next bloke, but really, do we have to sink to “Captain Underpants” to promote the superb music of Jeff Wayne and the classic Orson Welles story?

It’s trite and juvenile and so typical of what’s heard on commercial radio in Canberra.  Please, if you can’t think of anything more creative than “Captain Underpants”, just give the tickets away to the first caller.  We don’t also need the nauseating visuals of “Captain Underpants” inflicted on us.

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Overheard 12:27 pm 27 Sep 12

Anyhoo, back to radio. Tune in to 92.7FM now for one of the best in the business. Phil Birch-Marston doing his usual Thursday and Friday Arts Café show until 1.30pm.

Disclaimer: I’m not currently on any radio station and left Artsound in May.

Overheard 12:22 pm 27 Sep 12

RiotFrog said :

Overheard said :

RiotFrog said :

Overheard said :

Speaking of ‘stupidification’, I jumped in the car at lunch-time and THE very first words I heard when I turned on a commy station were ‘very unique’.

Grrrrr!

Right up there with ‘myriad of’.

It’s not English, people. NOT English.

Oh but it is. Take a look at the Macquarie Dictionary’s definition of “unique”…

You lost me at “Macquarie Dictionary”. Unique is binary. It is or it isn’t. No shades of grey.

Overheard said :

RiotFrog said :

Overheard said :

Speaking of ‘stupidification’, I jumped in the car at lunch-time and THE very first words I heard when I turned on a commy station were ‘very unique’.

Grrrrr!

Right up there with ‘myriad of’.

It’s not English, people. NOT English.

Oh but it is. Take a look at the Macquarie Dictionary’s definition of “unique”…

You lost me at “Macquarie Dictionary”. Unique is binary. It is or it isn’t. No shades of grey.

My point exactly. It says

“unique
// (say yooh’neek)
adjective 1. of which there is only one; sole.
2. having no like or equal; standing alone in comparison with others; unequalled.
3. remarkable, rare or unusual: *A well-planned bush picnic can be a unique experience for a city child. –betty preston, 1968. [French, from Latin ?nicus; replacing earlier unic, from Latin ?nicus]
–uniquely, adverb
–uniqueness, noun

Usage: Some writers insist that unique cannot mean `remarkable’ and that phrases like very unique are therefore nonsense. There is nevertheless ample evidence of its use in this way.”

And lots of people say ‘alternate’ when they mean ‘alternative’. They’ll even use the Macqaurie dictionary to tell you that ‘agreeance’ is extant.

Doesn’t make it right.

To paraphrase the MacDic’s footnote: “There is nevertheless ample evidence that many people are ar$e hats and couldn’t find their anal orifice without a road-map and a theodolite.”

Just sayin’…

RiotFrog 11:54 am 27 Sep 12

Overheard said :

RiotFrog said :

Overheard said :

Speaking of ‘stupidification’, I jumped in the car at lunch-time and THE very first words I heard when I turned on a commy station were ‘very unique’.

Grrrrr!

Right up there with ‘myriad of’.

It’s not English, people. NOT English.

Oh but it is. Take a look at the Macquarie Dictionary’s definition of “unique”…

You lost me at “Macquarie Dictionary”. Unique is binary. It is or it isn’t. No shades of grey.

Overheard said :

RiotFrog said :

Overheard said :

Speaking of ‘stupidification’, I jumped in the car at lunch-time and THE very first words I heard when I turned on a commy station were ‘very unique’.

Grrrrr!

Right up there with ‘myriad of’.

It’s not English, people. NOT English.

Oh but it is. Take a look at the Macquarie Dictionary’s definition of “unique”…

You lost me at “Macquarie Dictionary”. Unique is binary. It is or it isn’t. No shades of grey.

My point exactly. It says

“unique
// (say yooh’neek)
adjective 1. of which there is only one; sole.
2. having no like or equal; standing alone in comparison with others; unequalled.
3. remarkable, rare or unusual: *A well-planned bush picnic can be a unique experience for a city child. –betty preston, 1968. [French, from Latin ?nicus; replacing earlier unic, from Latin ?nicus]
–uniquely, adverb
–uniqueness, noun

Usage: Some writers insist that unique cannot mean `remarkable’ and that phrases like very unique are therefore nonsense. There is nevertheless ample evidence of its use in this way.”

Overheard 11:28 am 27 Sep 12

RiotFrog said :

Overheard said :

Speaking of ‘stupidification’, I jumped in the car at lunch-time and THE very first words I heard when I turned on a commy station were ‘very unique’.

Grrrrr!

Right up there with ‘myriad of’.

It’s not English, people. NOT English.

Oh but it is. Take a look at the Macquarie Dictionary’s definition of “unique”…

You lost me at “Macquarie Dictionary”. Unique is binary. It is or it isn’t. No shades of grey.

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