*this* radio station saved my life

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im canadian. we only have one station. y'know? eh?

tree four, Saturday, 6 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

if i had ever been to england i might suggest that one of the bbc incarnations would fill my ear waves with joy but i haven't, so i live between midnight and four a.m. in canada.

tree, Saturday, 6 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

to bnw i can attribute the early knowledge of such luminary bands as 'six finger satelite', 'doo rag', kool keith, the fresh prince of bel air (sorry, the fresh prince and dj jazzy jeff -caught in northamericanism), im just grabbing...

eef, Saturday, 6 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Definitely WXPN (U. of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia) c.1978-1991. Mostly 1978-1983. Don't expect it to be mind-blowing today. It stays plays things outside of the mainstream, but is pretty singer/songer-writer oriented. Adult contemporary or something. But back then, it was a connection to a larger world, while I was living in a nasty place that was moving from being rural to being suburban. In some ways it may have also ruined my life by reinforcing my disconnectedness from the culture of my fellow junior high and high school students.

DeRayMi, Saturday, 6 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I've gone camping in the desert with Patti from Brave New Waves a couple of times... the second time somebody recognized her voice and practically fell on the ground in a fit of we're-not-worthy.

Douglas, Saturday, 6 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Radio never saved my life, but the skits/interviews on the Best Show on WFMU are hysterical and have made many a dull night at work more interesting. The best things are actually out on CD now (Rot, Rock and Rule and the other one whose name escapes nme) but they have a show archive here so you can still listen to some of the funny stuff for free. I recommend the interview thing with Giles Palermo where he plays the "rare" records.

Alex in SF, Saturday, 6 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

try KEXP www.kexp.org

Ron, Saturday, 6 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

WDVX

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 6 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

No salvations, merely endless revelations. Whether it was the Mighty 690 or KLA.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 6 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

seventeen years pass...

This didn't save my life by any means but I was reminded of the format change that happened when I was in high school and how freaky it was. did not know there was a documentary about it?!
May 12, 1992 -- I felt like it was in spring and was pleased to discover I was right!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WENZ

107.9 The End

107.9 The End logo
On May 12, 1992, the station changed its callsign to WENZ and flipped its format to alternative rock, branding itself as "107.9 The End".[3] Both the branding and callsign reflected the station's position on the FM dial. In March 1996, Ardman would sell the station to Clear Channel Communications. Both the inception and the demise of The End were stunted: with both format changes, the station broadcast a 24-hour loop of R.E.M.'s song "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)". A documentary film made about The End, entitled The End of the World As We Knew It, was released in 2009 and featured many of the former staffers and jocks.[4]

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 14 February 2020 14:31 (two weeks ago) link

The radio station that actually changed my life was 89.1 WAPS

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 14 February 2020 14:37 (two weeks ago) link

dumb question maybe but did that used to be a common thing, for stations to announce a format change by playing one song on repeat for an extended period? I remember when I was in high school one station we all listened to did that by playing "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc on repeat for a few days straight and we were all excited and baffled, and then when it stopped it was a new station.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Friday, 14 February 2020 15:19 (two weeks ago) link

WTJU in Charlottesville VA definitely changed my life

sleeve, Friday, 14 February 2020 15:37 (two weeks ago) link

I'm grateful for WFMU every day. Discovered it about 17 years ago.

Miami weisse (WmC), Friday, 14 February 2020 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

yeah can't say it 'saved' my life exactly but FMU certainly looms larger over the course of my life than any other single music-related entity

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Friday, 14 February 2020 18:04 (two weeks ago) link

WXDU actually did, plus soft spots for WFMU, KFAI and CKUT

mookieproof, Friday, 14 February 2020 18:10 (two weeks ago) link


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