Deeds plays white blood cell, attacks “The Virus”Don Day | September 11, 2009
Michael Deeds, in today’s IdahoStatesman, jabs at KQLZ/99.1 The Virus. Repeatedly. (Bold emphasis is mine)
The temporary cowpoke radio gag may have been amusing, but it felt like a spur in the ear to potential Virus listeners.
When I explained to Statesman sports columnist Brian Murphy that 99.1 wasn’t a country station after all, he wondered why Impact would spend days building up hype to a format change, then confuse us for the first few hours: “Seems brilliant,” Murphy remarked. “I just wiped it off my dial.”
Reception can be iffy in certain parts of Boise.
(W)hat exactly does “alternative” even mean these days?
“Linkin Park,” Fuentes adds, “you’re going to hear on this radio station a lot.”
True, unfortunately. And it feels a little odd to hear Linkin Park back to back with R.E.M. Or within a few songs of the White Stripes.
All that’s left to do is sit back, sample The Virus, and hope for pleasant symptoms of infection. Just be sure it’s not swine flu.
There is a shot at KQXR in the piece – but it’s quickly backed up with a defense.
“There are a lot of radio stations that call themselves alternative. This is not the radio station where you’re going to hear AC/DC,” (Fuentes said).
Zing! The X plays AC/DC. Not so long ago, The X was considered alternative. Nowadays, it’s evolved (or, devolved, depending on your perspective) into what’s known as an active rock format. “We stopped playing that stuff for a reason,” Nicolato says.
If The Virus decides to “come over and twiddle in our territory a little bit, then so be it,” Nicolato adds, before jabbing: “We’ll just have to kick their ass.”
Gotta love it.