Some more ITP loving, via my Herald blog: Yoon vs. Flaherty: A mayoral musical debate on ‘FNX
It will be the most anticipated segment of “My Song Is Better Than Your Song” on FNX 101.7 FM radio’s Sandbox Morning Show since yours truly got schooled by Sponge a few months ago. Ok, it’s probably a bit more anticipated than that.
Mayoral candidates Sam Yoon and Michael Flaherty will be in the FNX studio in Lynn Thursday morning around 9 a.m. to play “My Song…,” a weekly segment where each contestant selects a song to be played and listeners call in, text or instant message their vote to determine a winner. It could foreshadow some Election Day results, or it could just give insight into these guys’ musical tastes.
According to the FNX presser: The candidates will each be interviewed about their mayoral run and each will have 30 seconds to tell our listeners why the song they chose to play is better than their opponent’s. The Sandbox will play each song on the air and then take phone calls, e-mails and comments online to vote for one of the candidates.
The winner of each week’s “My Song…” gets invited back the following week, selecting a new song and going up against a new challenger.
Yoon has been on a five-week winning streak, starting his run last month with Radiohead’s “Electioneering” (slick move, champ!). He secured victory last week with Violet Femmes’ “Blister In The Sun”, beating out the Smith’s “Panic.” Thursday will mark Flaherty’s debut.
It’s worth noting that listeners don’t know which song the candidates will select until the segment is aired.
And for the record, I won my first “My Song…” week on-air with Ride’s early ‘90s shoegaze classic “Vapour Trail,” but lost then in Week 2 when Sponge’s “Plowed” took out my pick of the Chameleons UK’s “Swamp Thing.” Sometimes, as in life and elections, these contests are unpredictable.