Crap From The Past is one of my favorite radio shows broadcasted from Minneapolis, Minnesota, a state I’ve never visited. But the wonders of the internet and streaming audio, and documented podcasts, make it possible to listen and appreciate from afar. The show, on KFAI.org, is hosted by Ron “Boogiemonster” Gerber, and as the title suggests, the show is focused on playing pop music “crap”, which in this case means rarities, obscurities, one- and no-hit wonders. It goes back to a time when radio was more open into playing anything and everything, which coincidentally declined with the rise of MTV. Boogiemonster is also influenced by those rarities MTV’s used to present, and it’s great to hear this, mixed in with knowledge about the music, and realize there’s someone who is still making shows like this. I’ve been a fan of the show for a few years, but has been in existence since 1992, so I highly recommend it.
I’m shining the spotlight on a show that was done on July 16, 2010 when a radio industry convention was being held in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Boogiemonster brought in some of his radio friends to speak about the greatness of the airwaves, featuring a lot of inside information that will make you go “aaah, so that’s why they do that.” They also touch on the cliches of radio, but the one thing I found of interest is that as they share inside info, they reveal why the current state of radio is at the place it’s at, which isn’t exactly good. The means of wanting to make money by intense research and marketing lead to “careful programming” and “qualified restrictions”, and that unfortunately has taken away the integrity that was perceived years ago. While the show normally is a music show, this one is primarily talk and is very informative.
If you love “the spirit of radio” but find it difficult to find a quality radio show anywhere, listen to this episode of Crap From The Past. You can download the show in or stream it by clicking to Archive.org.