By Mike Bell
August 7, 2014
While not a physician, I’m pretty sure that what Jann Arden suggests is a physical impossibility — perhaps even illegal in some provinces.
But it speaks to the level of anger she’s feeling that all understandings of the anatomical workings of man should be thrown out the window when it comes to the powers that be at Calgary Top 40 station AMP Radio.
After reading news on calgaryherald.com of the station’s weekend switch to a new format called QuickHitz, which features abbreviated versions of popular songs done by Vancouver company SparkNet Communications, Arden went on a Twitter tirade that lasted most of Thursday.
When reached at her home just outside the city’s limits in the late afternoon, she was still angered enough to recommend that those at AMP, er, insert things in places where no orifice normally exist.
“It’s maddening, it really is,” Arden says of the new format, calling it the “massacring of an artist’s work.”
“It happens all the time, but this is extreme.”
As explained to the Herald by Steve Jones, VP of Programming for Newcap Radio — the company that owns almost 100 stations across Canada, including AMP — the QuickHitz format cuts a song in half in order for the station to play more songs, by more artists. The rough estimate is that the new format allows for 24 songs in one hour, compared with an average of 12.
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