It's been a while since I've posted or read here. I was drawn in by a thread that I found on google about an old Seattle station from the early 80s called KEZX. They did singer-songwriter, jazz, and some NW acoustic new age. I'm not a radio professional, but I think what they were up to was an early form of AAA.
I LOVED them, & miss them a lot. I've since downloaded some of the 'soundcheck' files available. For listening these days, someone here turned me on to 91.1 "The Avenue" in Appleton WI. It's GREAT, and is now my new go-to station.
Finally getting to the point, one of the things I love about The Avenue is that it is **from Appleton WI. I'm stuck down here in the hustle & bustle of Chicagoland, and by tuning in I can at least sorta mentally "be there" and not here. Back to KEZX, they were GREAT about tapping into that 'mood' of where they were from. I recall this wonderful female voice cooing, "from the north side of Lake Union." I didn't really know where that was, but it sure sounded great. So, for me, at least PART of the joy of a great AAA station is more than just the programing… it's where they're FROM.
Maybe it's a strange and/or subjective question, but I'll ask it anyway…. does any one have any suggestions of great stations that not only do a wonderful job of AAA programming, but also emanate from some place we'd all rather be????