From an e-mail exchange between me and Dave:
C: At one point [approx. 10:30 a.m.], while listening to the radio in the car, I heard “Just What I Needed” by the Cars on both the classic rock station WCSX and 93.9 The River, the Canadian station that purportedly plays a wide variety of rock. WCSX is my preset #2, and The River is #8, which means they’re the same button on my radio. That means that one of them could’ve been completely off the air for all the good it did. Gah.
D: At 2:45 this afternoon, classic rock station WSFR was playing Manfred Mann’s cover of Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light”, a track that I always loathed. (I don’t even like the original.) So I turned over to *our* 93.9, Classic Hits … and they were playing Manfred Mann’s cover of Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light.” … So it ain’t just you.
I’ve heard one station play a song, and then another play the same song a few minutes later, but this is the first time I’ve heard two stations play the same song simultaneously. In the last few years, I figured that each radio station employed someone who listened to other stations so they can keep up with competition. This may have just been confirmed, or worse: It’s the same programmer on several stations all at once.
You realize, we are but a hair’s breadth away from hearing Van Morrison’s “Moondance” on every FM station at the same time, don’t you? Then FM radio will probably implode and disappear from the air completely.
Realize, I hate all three songs mentioned in this post. Something about each of them being played approximately 3.5 billion times more than necessary in the last forty years. I might feel differently if it had been a Mozart piano concerto or a song by Richard Shindell, Stan Rogers, or Jo Serrapere. But, probably not.