Colorado – where the recreational use of marijuana is legal – just got its second “pot lifestyle” radio station: KBUD AM 1550 & FM translator at 94.1. It is SMOKIN’ 94.1 – the home of 4:20 News and Big Hits. [LINK]
I know this isn’t a big deal but I find the whole idea of a for-real all-things-pot radio station fascinating. Seriously, I never thought I’d ever see this happen. SMOKIN’ 94.1 lit up the airwaves for the first time Monday, June 1, 2015.
Marco Broadcasting operates SMOKIN’ 94.1. The programming originates on 1550 AM, licensed to Golden, just west of Denver in the foothills. The AM programming is then repeated on FM translator K231BQ – 94.1. The 250-watt translator transmits from 2,000 feet and covers a good slice of Metro Denver:
COLORADO’S FIRST POT STATION IS NO LONGER ON THE AIR
Last April 16 we reported about the debut K-HIGH, 1580 AM in Colorado Springs. [LINK] K-HIGH didn’t last long. According to press reports, on May 16 K-HIGH ceased broadcasting and became an online-only station.
K-HIGH vanished from the airwaves because there was not enough ad revenue to keep it going. Local authorities were fine with K-HIGH. Press reports had this revealing quote from one of the station’s on-air hosts:
I smoke on the air pretty much throughout the day.
I guess those Federal drug-free workplace rules don’t apply in Colorado.
WHAT SMOKIN’ 94.1 SOUNDS LIKE
SMOKIN’ 94.1 is 24/7 thinking about getting stoned, being stoned, screwing while being stoned and places to buy more weed. Hosts include Ed Blaze, Gary Ganja and Stoney Reynolds.
MUSIC: Classic rock songs that EVERYBODY knows: Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Hendrix, Led Zep, Queen and Foreigner. Surprisingly, old boomer tunes. Almost entirely up tempo MALE rockers. No girls, except Pat Benatar. No sissies, except Queen.
HOSTS: Dumber than Dumb & Dumber. Less articulate than Beavis & Butthead. SMOKIN’ 94.1’s jocks make Garth and Wayne seem like Rhodes Scholars.
SMOKIN’ 94.1 pipes in Bubba the Love Sponge for morning drive.
OUTLOOK: Denver is a much bigger market than The Springs. No doubt there is LOTS of weed money in Denver. But, I fail to see a sober business plan at work.
We had friends at our house Monday night. I put the streaming audio feed of SMOKIN’ 94.1 on the speakers. The SMOKIN’ 94.1 listening-session lasted less than an hour.
The OH WOW factor doesn’t last long. Boring-While-Stoned set in after about 20 minutes. One of my friends said: Is pot the only thing they think about?
Yes it is.
COULD THIS BE MY FUTURE?
I have this fantasy about applying for work at SMOKIN’ 94.1.
My on-air name would be TY STICK.