The REAL Deal is HERE w/ Big G
With every minute that passes, terrestrial radio fails us more and more, like a great hush rolling across the fruited plain. Like a slap of duct tape across the mouth, or the zippering of our souls.
As truly local radio stations fall to the onslaught of Jack FM and other such pre-formulated nationalized Tang-flavored formats, the regional taste of music falls as well, leaving one corpulent but ever greedy monster of homogenization, searching through the rubble for every last morsel of originality to gobble up until it has a complete monopoly on our sense of taste.
But out there still, if you look hard enough, you can find living breathing human beings still in charge of radio, spinning local flavor, or God forbid, whatever music they want; laboring against the dying of the light. Like little coals winking at the bottom of a late Fall fire pit, they shine against the impending darkness. And with the right stoking, any one of these glimmering coals could ignite into a raging fire.
One of these such coals now exists in Junction, TX at 93.5 on the dial. That is where “The Real Deal” resides, with “Big G” Gordon Ames at the wheel.
Big G can truly boast that this is something you’ve never heard before: regional Texas-flavored tunes with some national, more recognizable stuff thrown in. It’s the music you love, and the music you will love once you hear it. Its like an education and a recess all wrapped into one. It’s radio the way it was meant to be.
The ember might exist in an outpost on the way to West Texas, but the fire rages on the world wide web. Like the X radio stations of old that had to sneak across the border so they could get closer to their listeners, real radio is infecting the internet to reach those who don’t settle for that which is served to them on a spoon. If you click here (or click on The Real Deal icon at the top of the page) you can listen from anywhere around the world. Clicking that link is like tipping your candle to your neighbor at a candlelight vigil for the death of real radio: the flame spreads. And spreads. AND SPREADS.
Burn baby burn, and let us know that there’s still light out there pushing back the darkness. There’s still REAL music out there, and it lives on The Real Deal.
March 23, 2010 @ 11:40 am
Cool. I’ve totally given up on radio, the iPod rendered it obsolete for me. No need to flip around the dial being constantly disappointed when I can listen to exactly what I want when I want. But I’ll head over once in awhile and give this a listen, both as a means of support and to check out stuff I probably haven’t heard.
March 23, 2010 @ 12:13 pm
Only a child of the seventies would know about that Tang flavor, ha ! Right on, Big G and keep the radio waves open with Real Country.
March 23, 2010 @ 2:53 pm
I think the future of radio is not in local broadcasts or satellite, but people being able to stream local radio stations like this from their car or their computer. Even with the dizzying amount of options with satellite, it never seems to fit anyone perfectly.
March 24, 2010 @ 6:20 am
WOBO FM 88.7 out here in Ohio and on the internet spins some good classic country and bluegrass every morning 8-noon and some nights,check out their website for schedule.
All volunteer DJ’s.
March 24, 2010 @ 8:17 am
Thanks Thunderkiss, you can listen online here:
March 24, 2010 @ 9:36 am
The Real Deal with Gordon is one of the few radio programs that radio stations across the USA should use as a model for their future growth aspirations in broadcasting.
Most broadcast radio stations throughout the nation that play music are slowly losing their listening base to programs now available on Satellite, Internet and to Terrestrial shows like The Real Deal.
But so many stations are in the same ole mindset of (Lets play only the top 40) over and over and over until our radio station finally drives most of our fans to new listening options, where they can find a larger variety of artists and new hot music to enjoy. Plus area artists that they can afford to go see live at local venues throughout the year.
Shows like the Real Deal on KOOK are the future for radio.
Gordon has been around the block and he knows that there are so many talented artists out there for fans to enjoy, and if the music is good he will give it a spin.
Keep up the good work Gordon. We are out here listening.
Roots Music Report
March 24, 2010 @ 9:56 am
thanks for the tip. i gave them a listen. good stuff. i’ll visit again.
as a historical note, tang has been around since the 60’s.
i was there. lol.
March 26, 2010 @ 6:35 am
one time in Vegas, I met this dude named Big G at an Unknown Hinson Concert…radio has been better ever since…Ohio Rob listens to the Real Deal. Thanks G for keepin’ it real
May 6, 2016 @ 10:19 am
I work a swing shift but Dig BIG G and The REAL DEAL everytime shift rolls around! SALUTE BIG G and thanks TRIGGERMAN for recognizing REAL Radio!