A few years ago, I got a job in Princeton, NJ and spent about two and a half years working there. One of the highlights of that job was my hour-long commute. For reals. You see, though I was by myself in the car, I wasn’t alone. I had the radio to keep me company. And I kept that radio tuned to WPRB 103.3 FM – the radio station of Princeton University.
Though I would originally listen to Q104.3, the classic rock station based in New York, it would often break up as I traveled west towards Princeton. Each day, I would do my usual search for a new station; every time the seek button brought me to a new one, I would either hear a commercial or static. One day, though, I landed at 103.3. I heard this really weird song that sounded like it was being sung by Lisa Simpson, and I was hooked. (I would later find out that the song was Only Skin by Joanna Newsom.)
I kept the radio on 103.3 for the rest of my commute, and I kept hearing all these unusual songs. They were like nothing I had ever heard. Upon getting home, I looked up 103.3 to find out what it was all about. I learned that it is the student-run radio station of Princeton University, known as WPRB. As I had been so accustomed to conventional radio, where I would often hear the same songs over and over, this new (to me) station was a real awakening.
For the remainder of my time working in Princeton, I would listen to WPRB whenever possible. I was exposed to all different kinds of music, as delivered by the station’s many different deejays. You see, they have a different set of deejays and different programming each day. On top of that, every deejay is only on for like two hours. Although I was only able to listen to the station from 8 AM to 9 AM and from 5 PM to 6 PM (meaning I would hear the same shows each week), I still got a good sampling of music I had never heard before. Read the rest of this entry »