Happiness is a kick-ass radio station

I grew up listening to WMMR in Philadelphia. I just rediscovered it through a Yahoo Widget that’s streaming it into my brain, and I’m happy. It still deserves its long-standing reputation as one of the best rock radio stations in the US. It doesn’t have the homogonized sound of every ClearChannel-owned station. It’s as if MMR’s playlist were put together not by a computer, but rather by someone who loves head-bangin’, air guitar-playin’, hair band world tour t-shirt wearin’ rock music. Imagine that.

I can hear it clearer in Tokyo than I ever could over the airwaves. Here in my little world of earbuds and laptop screen, I don’t feel at all like I’m on the other side of the planet. It’s as though I could walk out of the office down to the local Wa-Wa and buy myself a hoagie and a slurpee for lunch.

Update: Cool, the DJ said my name over the radio. I’m like, famous to the tens of people listening at 3am local time.

Rich Pav

Richard has been living in Japan since 1990 with his wife and two teenage sons, Tony and Andy.

4 thoughts to “Happiness is a kick-ass radio station”

  1. You sir rock! MMR is about the only station I will turn on these days. Now that I am 30, I guess all my old faves like Nirvana and Alice in Chains are in the Classic Rock now. MMR has been playing alot of that lately.
    And the reason I say that is because when I was teenager I would bash MMR for playing nothing but *ahem* Classic rock, like Van Halen and REO Speed Wagon. That was before I realized they were actually pretty good bands heh.

    Anyways that’s great that you can still listen to that station while you’re in Japan. Thank [insert your Deity here] for the internet right? 🙂 peace.

  2. Yeah…cool..I love my hometown radio, too! Entirely community sponsored radio for the past 20 years…they call it, ” Unabashed, unafraid, uncensorable, unconventional, uninhibited, unorthodox, unpretentious, unstinting, unsung, untiring, and finally, definitely unique! Here’s to “the uns.”

    Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin (sorta/kinda the Hokkaido of America)

    check it out here at: http://www.wort-fm.org/listen.php

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