Maybe I watched way too many episodes of Kung Fu.
Or I just love heavy-handed irony and Chinese classical music way too much to worry about the trade & diplomatic repercussions of a FM radio station riffing on the Cultural Revolution.
But here it is: Kung Pao 100.5 FM ditching the previous rock format for Chinese classical music.
Give it a listen and you'll find it replete with goofy gong-bashing segues and giveaways like the Kung Pao Cash Cow.
And DJs intoning nonsense like "Kung Pao 100.5 FM--Listen every now and Zen."
Or "Made in China--exclusively for Hampton Roads."
The station website likewise pours it on with hooks like the People's Party and the Insurgent Club.
Not to mention the soon-to-be-popular Take Your Bills And Divide Them Among The Community contest: "Send us your paycheck and listen for your name to get some of it back."
Things gets a bit broad now & then, like when the Station Manager alludes to drinking sake. (Eh, um, dude, sake's a Japanese beverage, do your market research.) And sometimes we're hanging with Cuban DJ 'Che or Suon Pheakdei, the Cambodian Ryan Seacrest.
But it's all for laughs (& well, for me, the music).
And no Mickey Rooney in Breakfast At Tiffany's moments quite yet.
The station's slogan is: You Will Listen. And indeed you may.
Expect to see many drive-time listeners down in the Old Dominion clutching their Little Red Books.
Many thanks to the Daily Press article for the heads up.