Ugh, Austrian Radio

Lately, I have been watching Deutschland superstar in the hopes of improving my German. No, really. That’s only reason why I watch that excreble show, I swear.

Anyway, I really like the skinny, gay dude who teases Dieter–Dieter, who is about the biggest sexist asshole I have seen on TV and whose claim to fame is some vapid pop group that was –emphasis on ‘was’–famous years ago.

So, I got to thinking, the music on the show is crap, the contestants are, for the most part, pretty boys and girls, the judges’ criteria for winning is which contestant can best appeal to the lowest common denominator (you can never underestimate the intelligence of the German public). It is like they took the worst music, placed it in a shiny package, and convinced everybody that it is the best thing since Sacher Torte.

Kind of like Austrian radio.

Why does such a cool country have such awful radio? Can anyone tell me?

I have tried to find a station that’s decent, but to no avail. Mostly I hear covers of older American pop songs, sung by American artists no one in America has ever heard of. The only classical station in Slovenian. Can’t find Alternative or Jazz. Don’t really hear music from other European countries except, ocassionally, you can hear some Italian pop crap.

What is going on? Can anyone help?

3 Comments so far

  1. Nolok (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 9:51 am

    For classical music and jazz try Ö1 http://oe1.orf.at/ – for alternative check out FM4 http://fm4.orf.at or Soundportal http://www.soundportal.at


  2. arZan (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

    What about 03…from when i was there years ago, I always listened to it.


  3. Margaret (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

    The raison d’etre – you should pardon the expression – for Austrian radio is that it’s a good pronounciation test for non-native German speakers. Anyone who can pronounce “Oesterreichischer Rundfunk” without tying the back of the tongue in knots and with the appropriate amount of gargle, passes. Even the Austrian announcers themselves avoid it by saying ORF.



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