November 28, 2007: Youth Advisor Elections
Yes, Seven-Second-Delay Listener, the time has come. Your voice has been heard.
For years, your plaintive cries were stopped by the apathetic muttering responses of "I don't care." or "Is this gonna be a long story?" Your hope for free speech on open airwaves has taken a backseat to the quasi-virtual reality of the giftshop at Seaworld. Even for most of you, the years you've spent preserving your testosterone-laden commanding register is stopped short by the slight on-air afterthought that is "Oh, finally. A woman."
Yes, there were times when your choice did matter, like when you chose the musical stylings of Devendra Banhart (a male) over the musical stylings of James Taylor. Or when you fought tooth-and-nail on Radio Hangman to avoid the musical stylings of James Taylor. And it was your tax-deductible donation that got the head of an overpaid Hollywood screenwriter dumped in a flushing toilet.
Well, this past Wednesday, for an entire hour, you participated in a true democracy for perhaps the most difficult decision yet: the future of WFMU on the taxpayers of tomorrow. You listened to the big questions asked across America today (or perhaps watched them instead of that dancing Hindu dwarf again.) You took note of the candidates' stances (putting oil back into the water, $15 vouchers at all border-crossings, we don't kill Iraqis, monsters don't eat us). And, when all was said and done, you picked the one kid who holds the fate of free-form radio in his tiny little hands.
Yes, Seven-Second-Delay Listener, you voted for him... AND YOU CAN'T BELIEVE YOUR VOTE GOT THROUGH!
Andrew, 2008 WFMU Youth Advisor..... he is OUR long-time listener.
(paid for by the Committee to Let Long-Haired Hippies In and Keep Iraqi Orphans Out.)