What do you think of the latest change on KSFI ("FM-100")?
Several weeks ago, the station began a process of meticulously announcing the title and artist of each song as it ends. This tagging process has created somewhat of a stir, if only because it can, at times, make KSFI sound like another station that has been tagging for a long time KJQN ("Jack FM").
Ron Johnston of Morgan e-mailed me to say KSFI's song tagging is "the very worst thing they have done in years (other than starting to play Christmas music in October)," adding the announcements are annoying.
Respondents to the forum on utahradionews also don't seem impressed by the song tagging, either.
"We've done research, and that's what's listeners want," said Bill West, KSFI program director.
He also said the station has been receiving fairly positive feedback.
"Stations all over the country are doing this," he said.
West also said the song tagging has a big advantage, aside from always letting listeners know what they just heard.
"It really allows the personalities to be personalities and not just announcers," West said.
KSFI uses the same female voice to tag all the songs.
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