Commentary/Opinion, Complaint, Music

Adult Contemporary


SantanaLike many businesses, my office has music being piped throughout the entire building. It wouldn’t be so bad but their choice of station leaves a lot to be desired.

It’s KOST 103.5, Southern California’s Soft Rock with Less Talk, and it’s the reason I wear my iPod pretty much all the time while at work. Remember that weird girl you dated with the crazy eyes and the Thomas Kincade, Wyland, and Anne Geddes prints all over her apartment? This is the station she listened to while she read her romance novels. (And no, I’m so not speaking from experience there…)

To put it quite plainy, their playlist sucks. I mean, really sucks. There are only so many times any sane person can listen to this song before they go crazy and yell, “Blind or not, musical genius or not–fuck you, fuckin’ Stevie Wonder!” They also tend to trim the songs if they sound to “edgy” for the station’s format. Screw you, I say. I like my Journey songs with full guitar solos, not completely removed as they shamelessly did to “Lights,” making it at least 30 seconds shorter and only a shell of its former self. Might as well not even play the fucking song if you’re going to do that. I also like Santana, not Carlos Santana featuring some Top 40 Douchey McDouchenozzle, which barely even qualifies as a Santana song.

At present, I take my 8GB iPod Touch to work because I use many of its apps on a daily basis and the battery on my 30GB iPod is almost dead. And up until yesterday, I was beginning to think that the capacity was a bit on the small side–until I hit Shuffle. That makes me happy because the chances of me hearing the same song two days in a row are definitely lower than the chances of KOST torturing the office with another gem from their vast music library.

Ahem. Sorry about all that. Here’s some earwash, or at least something that will get that Celine Dion out of your head.


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4 thoughts on “Adult Contemporary”

  1. We have no piped in music. Our owner thinks “white noise” background is more appropriate for an office. Yup. I can’t even use an iPod with headphones because we are told that the headphones make us look “unapproachable.” Personally, I think it’s the scowl on my red face that makes me look unapproachable, but I am just a peon…

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    1. That sucks about the music, or lack thereof. I would go nuts in that place and would imagine that it makes for a very long work day. We’re just the opposite–almost everybody there has an iPod or other music device. Peon? Please! I’m a mail monkey! I don’t even have an official title!

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  2. Does KOST know they are doing this??? If the whole building is getting this, they must pay a fee according to AFTRA. A small business, like a Subway, can play a station as long as it is 4 speakers or less. Anything above or “mass distribution” calls for a fee paid to the station for usage of the “product.” Pass that on to Barney as he groves along to another guitar solo-less tune along…………….THE KOST!

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