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.

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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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