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Obama gets his own radio station, courtesy Slacker.com

October 24, 2008 |  3:55 pm


Sentiment for Obama in these last couple weeks, especially in creative circles, is running at fever pitch. All the hope reminds me a little bit of those heady days in the late '90s, when everyone thought they'd have cushy Internet jobs forever (my job in '99 had "Beer Fridays," woo hoo!), but this time, we've got nothing but piles of money on fire, foreclosured homes and job cuts based on "redundancies."

If the man doesn't win the thing on Nov. 4, we could all be in for years of very glum or very angry music, or a whole lot of this, but for now, there's at least one radio station pumping out positivity 24/7.

The Obama station at Slacker.com is all based on Obama's tastes. The DJs at the interactive radio service programmed the station using songs from his speeches, campaign trail efforts, Obama's writings and interviews, plus campaign rally music and the "Yes We Can" CD.

I tuned in last night for about an hour, and here are the first 10 songs it played:

Marvin Gaye "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
India.Arie "There's Hope"
Nina Simone "Sinnerman"
Stevie Wonder "If You Really Love Me"
Natasha Bedingfield "Unwritten"
Aretha Franklin "Think"
Elton John "Crocodile Rock"
Bruce Springsteen "American Land"
Bob Dylan "Meet Me in the Morning"
U2 "City of Blinding Lights"

I've asked Slacker if it's got a McCain station in the works, and I haven't heard back yet, but in the meantime, anyone want to leave any programming suggestions for Station McCain?

--Margaret Wappler

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