Thursday, July 29, 2010

Time for a change.

As you may have surmised, the recent symbolic death of Fidel and Raul signals the beginning of a new era in the history of The LAN Party. But fear not, for as the Good Book says, "How can I tell that the past isn't a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensations and my state of mind?" As we figure out what to do with those pesky leftover symoblic bodies (wheres Dexter when you need him?), let us regale you with a history of The LAN Party leading up to this point.

DJ White Wizard conceptualized and started the show sometime in 2005. Along with his cohort, MC Hut, the show enjoyed various timeslot changes and the addition of yours truly (then operating under guest status and known as MC Michelangelo) as well as the occasional appearance by DJ Donatello. Around fall of 2006, White Wizard departed the show and left me to fill his not inconsiderable presence. Along with DJ Donatello, I have continued to occupy the timeslot and provide music to you, the WIDR listener. At some point we changed our DJ names to Fidel and Raul Podcastro. I have to admit that it pains me to abandon those names, for they were excellent names, but both of us have realized it is time for a change and the old format as well as those names are behind us.

We have been stewards of the format White Wizard created. In this sense, the show has not been our own. My co-DJ was apt in his remark that we operate as employees, not the boss. I would be lying if I were to tell you that every week's show has been an absolute joy. In some aspects the show has begun to feel a bit like a chore. This isn't a good situation for myself, my co-DJ, or our listeners. Consider the show bought-out and to be under new management. Agressive expansion is in order.
In the spirit of WIDR's motto, Radio Evolution, we are allowing the show to evolve into a similar yet different presentation that we are excited to bring to you every week. The name of the show is still fitting, as we are still two dorks behind computer screens playing a unique mix of music for you every week. Perhaps a slight change is in order. The LAN Party2.0 or something similar? We'll see.

Another aspect of the show that needs addressing is the rather marked decline in seat time for co-DJ formerly known as Raul. After all, in the history of our involvement with WIDR he was here first. If we are to make this work, we should both get fair time in that captain's chair. His endless combing of the internet yields many, many awesome songs that deserve playtime. I look forward to what he will choose to play every week. I hope our listeners feel the same.

Many of the artists we played on the previous iteration of The LAN Party will still be present, for we love the music as much as you do. (Who in their right mind could abandon Flight of the Conchords, Brendon Small, MC Chris and all the others? Not us!) What we would like to add to the show is more progressive, engaging, thought-provoking music that may not be labeled outright as nerdy but is still music we hope you will appreciate.

Tune in tomorrow at midnight, right after The Reggae Revolution to hear our new interpretation of what The LAN Party can be!

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