Here in Austin, there are a number of analog radio stations. Being too lazy to get XM Radio, I prefer listening to local stuff, just because its local.
Of course, there are a number of different genres of stations. The hip hop stations are pumping out new bands, country has always something new, the Tejano stations have some new band on the accordians, and the news channels are doing current event discussion. Even the Clear Channel station with Christian music has new stuff (as in bands made the past couple years) being broadcast.
However it seems that the "rock 'n roll" stations in Austin and other nearby cities are caught in some stasis field around late 1996. Unless its in the wee hours during some random broadcast, its going to be music that is older than most elementary school students enrolled these days.
What gives? Are these stations just content with airing the same 100-150 songs for the rest of eternity, only paying license fees for some news shows and their morning talk show hosts (other than keeping their ASCAP/SESAC/BMI license current)? Are they wanting to just voluntarly commit suicide, their faces stomped into the mud by MP3 players and XM Radio? Are they wanting to play the same stuff for so long, eventually the station can call themselves oldies or a retro station?
No disrespect intended for the bands, but 1996 called, wants its music back. (To use an old worn-out SNL skit.) There are plenty of good rock and roll bands out there which deserve airtime... stations should put them on instead of the worn out CD of Nirvana.
There is a LOT of good talent out there that deserves air time in the rock 'n roll genre, be it local or other places. Its just a waste of a tower and FM transmission energy to see yet another crooning of a decades old song rather than something made this century.