I'm one of those insufferably pretentious people who makes lofty statements like, "I don't listen to commercial radio." The only thing that drives me crazier than the inanity of most commercial radio DJs is hearing the same song five times a day. I'm probably the only person in Australia who isn't sick of Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know.
Now that I've established myself as a serious consumer of entertainment, you're probably assuming that I listen to serious stations like ABC Radio National. Nope. But close! My dial is forever stuck on Triple J, and here are some reasons why you should consider making the switch.
Hear it First
I always giggle when I hear a commercial radio station make claims about playing new music first, only to play a song that I heard six months ago on Triple J. If, like me, your secret guilty pleasure is channelling your inner hipster and scoffing that you heard that aaaages ago, Triple J is the station for you, my friend.
Support Aussie Music
A huge portion of Triple J's air time is dedicated to Aussie bands; 'We love Aussie music!' is an oft-repeated catch-cry. As well as general airplay, Triple J also has a show dedicated to Australian artists (Home and Hosed), and many of their weekly feature albums are by Australians.
And speaking of supporting Australian acts... Unearthed started as an annual competition to find the best unsigned talent in Australia. Grinspoon was one of its first winners in 1995; since then, Killing Heidi, Rhubarb and Missy Higgins have gotten their big break through Unearthed.
In 2011, Triple J launched Unearthed Radio, a digital radio station dedicated to unsigned acts. Independent, unsigned artists can upload their songs to the Unearthed website where users can listen to and rate them, giving musicians an unprecedented opportunity for national radio play. Artists who started on Unearthed radio include Bleeding Knees Club and Art of Sleeping.
I know that Karl Kruszelnicki has a bunch of other radio shows, but only on Triple J do listeners ring in with questions like, "Why does my beer get warm more quickly when I'm in the beer garden?" and "Why do farts smell worse in the shower?"
Triple J's Hottest 100
If you're in a certain generational demographic, you've probably attended a Hottest 100 party, even if you don't listen to the station. Well guess what? The countdown is a lot more fun if you know the music. Crazy, right?
Like a Version
Rather than explain to you why Like a Version is must-hear listening, I'll leave you with some proof:
Sarah Blasko singing Hey Ya
Pictures singing Milkshake
Philadelphia Grand Jury singing 99 Problems (language warning)