Tonight in Seattle:  

Megan Seling named new host of The End's "The Young and the Restless"

Sometimes I'll channel surf in my car and switch radio stations when KEXP plays some folkie, beard rock or too earnest for its own good indie rock. I'm not saying I'm proud of it, I just do. Now doing so will a little easier on my conscience. 

A very necessary, but no less sincere, congratulations are in order to The Stranger's Megan Seling for being named as the new host of 107.7 The End's local music show, "The Young and the Restless," replacing current host Chris Travis.

To quote Line Out (and to mostly reiterate what I just wrote but with more humor):

The Stranger’s own Megan Seling, long-time local all-ages booster, podcaster extraordinaire, and regular guest on the End’s local music show, the Young and the Restless, will be taking over said show in a matter of weeks. Rationalizing about how this job totally won’t make her a soulless corporate shill, Seling says, “I don’t have to play Paramore! In fact, I can’t play Paramore, since they’re not local—it’s against the rules.”

This is a great decision for The End - Seling has been an excellent voice for local music at least as long as I've been reading The Stranger regularly (6 or 7 years now). She's a very smart writer who knows her shit. She's also written the best article The Stranger has ever published.

Congratulations are in order to everyone involved. To Megan for earning this excellent opportunity and to The End for more than making up for their decision to fire DJ No Name a second time.

"The Young and The Restless" airs Sunday nights from 8-10pm.

that WAS the best stranger article ever!!

Talk about media consolidation!

To me, this represents the local music scene becoming even more insular and more clique-ish. The two radio shows in Seattle that feature ONLY local artists are hosted by just two people. And it just so happens that the same two people are the music editors for our only two weekly newspapers.

Nothing against Hannah Levine or Megan Seling, but this is NOT A GOOD THING for the local music scene.

I see what you're saying cb. (Hey, those are my initials, too.) I'm very fond of both Megan and Hannah and trust that they'll keep diverse playlists. Their track records as writers show that they've already championed countless bands outside the norm. I also don't think either are opposed to taking requests or answering to criticisms of their show.

For the record, though, neither are the music editors at their newspapers. Brian Barr is the music editor at the Weekly and Eric Grandy is the music editor at The Stranger.

I stand corrected on the fact that neither are editors, but they are both widely read and influential columnists.

Regardless of what anyone thinks of Levine or Seling, if you are an unsigned artist in Seattle, your chances of getting airplay or press are shrinking.

Great, now we don't have to read all about Megan Seling's friends, we can tune in and listen to them! While she may be a champion of the local music scene, if you are a friend of hers you will be pumped up like there's no tomorrow. Chris, if there is one thing that riles the both of us up, it is people using the power they have in the industry to push their friends, as we have discussed many times. And it is certainly not a secret to aware citizens of the Seattle music scene that Megan is a big offender of this habit.

Ah well, tis the life of the music industry.

NSG - You're correct that we both get riled up by people promoting their friends' bands or whatnot. It's a practice that I can't and won't defend and it's certainly something I've complained about numerous times privately.

I do know that The End made the previous host of "The Young and the Restless", Chris Travis, sign a conflict of interest agreement because he has his own small label and could terminate him for using his show's influence inapproriately. I suspect that Seling will be under a similar arrangement.

We'll see what happens once she takes over the show.

i was on here compiling a concert calendar for my last y&r tonight and i noticed this blog. bottom line, megan's great - we've known each other for quite awhile and i have no doubt she'll do a great job with the show. yep, we all know she has friends in bands, but i also know that like myself, she'll do her best to give equal opportunity to quality local bands on the show. that's all we really can do because really, who doesn't have friends in bands in this city? with myself moving to the UK, I lobbied for her to get this job and i'm glad she did. if you think a band is great, let her know about them... she'll listen, guaranteed.

i was on here compiling a concert calendar for my last y&r tonight and i noticed this blog. bottom line, megan's great - we've known each other for quite awhile and i have no doubt she'll do a great job with the show. yep, we all know she has friends in bands, but i also know that like myself, she'll do her best to give equal opportunity to quality local bands on the show. that's all we really can do because really, who doesn't have friends in bands in this city? with myself moving to the UK, I lobbied for her to get this job and i'm glad she did. if you think a band is great, let her know about them... she'll listen, guaranteed.

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