There are many sins in programming music on radio stations, but here are a few biggies: "Train wrecks," where the second song is jarring and takes the listener out of the moment; "Ramps," when the deejay talks over the instrumental lead of the song; and failing to program Journey's "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" and "City of the Angels" back to back.
Loving Journey's 1979 classic rock masterpiece Evolution may not mark me as a musical connoisseur, but I wear my affection for this one proudly. The fact that Journey's Evolution is on the list is a happy accident of fate. Sure, I heard Journey all over the airwaves living near St. Louis. They were a staple on Album Oriented Rock (AOR) stations like KSHE and KSD. But I discovered Journey thanks to finding a discarded 8-track tape in a building my dad rented briefly for sign painting and other work.
It's a miracle the 8-Track didn't wear out or disintegrate from overplaying. First, as a youngster with a pretty small music collection, I tended to put things in very heavy rotation. Second, it's a damn good album, and I never got tired of popping it into the stereo and attempting to match Perry's amazing vocals. Spoiler alert: I never really could.