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Losing your favorite station to Jesus is always depressing. The FCC doesn't want to authorize any more licenses since it feels that too many frequencies are in use. What will they do when it's all Jesus?

Thank goodness that WWCD is hanging on still (though there is a religious broadcaster at 'CD's original frequency)

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Jmeck, I picture you as more of a KISS107 kinda guy ...

 

In the early 90s 107.1FM was The Power Pig.  I listened to The Pig solidly for about 18 months until one night it suddenly changed formats to proto-EDM dance music.  The rumor was that it was cutting too deeply into WEBN so the parent company zapped it in an effort to consolidate all angry white guys at just one point on the dial.  It didn't work, at least in my case.  That's when I discovered WAIF 88.3FM and never looked back. 

 

The Power Pig LOVED Helmet...this song was played hourly:

 

I recorded this off The Power Pig and played it on my walkman in my backpack during Algebra class.  I would turn it up during the falsetto "chiny-chin-chin".  Mr. Cappell couldn't figure out where the sound was coming from.  I remember the one time he was convinced it was coming from out in the hall so I turned it off right when he shut the door.  But then a few minutes later...it was back. 

 

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Jmeck, I picture you as more of a KISS107 kinda guy ...

 

In the early 90s 107.1FM was The Power Pig.  I listened to The Pig solidly for about 18 months until one night it suddenly changed formats to proto-EDM dance music.  The rumor was that it was cutting too deeply into WEBN so the parent company zapped it in an effort to consolidate all angry white guys at just one point on the dial.  It didn't work, at least in my case.  That's when I discovered WAIF 88.3FM and never looked back. 

 

The Power Pig LOVED Helmet...this song was played hourly:

 

I recorded this off The Power Pig and played it on my walkman in my backpack during Algebra class.  I would turn it up during the falsetto "chiny-chin-chin".  Mr. Cappell couldn't figure out where the sound was coming from.  I remember the one time he was convinced it was coming from out in the hall so I turned it off right when he shut the door.  But then a few minutes later...it was back. 

 

Hah! Green Jelly. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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WNKU has been sold and will officially disappear. Replaced by some religious station. Sad.

 

The last of the radio stations I listened to. Radio is dead. I'll stick with my (massive; not trying to gloat, honest) iTunes library and some internet stations. Still haven't jump into any of the music streaming services.

 

NKU claims they were forced to sell the station because of state budget cuts for education and the fact that they were subsidizing it at a rate of about $1 million per year. Never mind the fact that they subsidize their athletic program to the tune of $11 million per year. (Add this to the long list of reasons why sports haters like myself hate sports.)

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I am a graduate of the Electronic Media program at UC/CCM. That program was started decades ago as the radio broadcasting program and expanded over the years to include television broadcasting and eventually web design/development. Back in the day, UC used to own an FM frequency (WGUC 90.9), but they sold it in 1994 to Cincinnati Public Radio and it is now a classical station. Electronic Media launched an internet radio station where students could continue to learn about radio broadcasting but it was always a bit demoralizing to us that UC gave up their on-air signal and we were only had the ability to broadcast online where, quite frankly, no one was listening unless they were specifically tuning in to hear you on the air. It seems like NKU did something similar where they started an online radio station for their broadcasting program, and treated WNKU as a professional station. Students could intern for WNKU but it was definitely not a "student radio station."

 

A few years ago I was doing some research on all of the student radio stations in Ohio, to find places where my band could send our album to get played on the air. Much to my surprise, there are a ton of college and even high school radio stations on the air in Ohio, mostly in smaller towns. I just find it odd that all of these rural colleges and high schools can keep a student radio station on the air, but all of the urban universities end up selling off their frequencies.

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WNKU was the only reason anyone in Cincinnati knew Northern Kentucky University existed.  UC and XU never had college radio stations of any influence.  A big reason why alternative music sprung primarily out of Boston in the 80s was because they had many college radio stations where new bands could get airtime. 

 

When I was in school in Tennessee, WUTK got a hard drive with the capacity for about 17 songs.  So over winter break in 1998 or 1999 those same 17 songs kept playing over and over and over again. 

 

 

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Kent State is one of the leading student-run stations in the state -- of course it's in a small town. Culturally, I'm sure Ohio would be a different place with strong signal student-run stations in the 3Cs.

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This is the last weekend for WNKU weekend programming.  Apparently the weekday stuff will continue for another month or so...not sure if it's going to be dead air on the weekends or what. 

 

Last night was the last Mr. Rhythm Man show, after 21 years.  This was really the only great regular radio show left in Cincinnati and the host almost cracked up more than once last night.  He does a usual clever spoken send-off in which takes 45 seconds to basically say "see you next week", and he couldn't pull it off.  It was really, really sad.  I know that there had to have been a few hundred or maybe a few thousand regular listeners around the city who all kind of hung their heads in unison. 

 

So WNKU is being replaced by a station featuring...the Creation Museum/Arc guy, who probably donated to Matt Bevin's campaign.  I think the horror of what is replacing WNKU is part of why it's such an upsetting event.  Bevin is like the kid whose dad owns the swim club who comes over and kicks a little kid's sand castle. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I don't understand how traditional radio stations that have been around forever, even survive anymore. Yeah, some people listen to it in their car but it's nothing like it used to be. Even with Sirius/XM and iTunes/mp3 playlists and CDs aside, people are listening to podcasts and so many alternative forms of streaming content specifically catered to their own personality and beliefs, that it just doesn't seem like any of these stations could obtain enough loyal listeners to make enough from advertising to pay a salary or for equipment and other operation costs. I suppose that's why guys like Alex Jones have to resort to peddling T-Shirts and worthless supplements that are unregulated by the FDA for purity and claims of health benefits - sometimes spending a quarter of the duration of the show just talking about the products they're selling.

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While a lot of radio stations are complete garbage any more, I've found that I get more enjoyment out of finding new music from places like WNKU over streaming services like Spotify. I'd rather not have my music selection hyper-tailored to me based on an algorithm guessing what I like to listen to. Same goes with Youtube suggestions - at some point you completely miss out on whole genres or opinions because these formulas try to rope you in with the stuff they know you like so that they can try to... sell you more crap.


“To an Ohio resident - wherever he lives - some other part of his state seems unreal.”

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While a lot of radio stations are complete garbage any more, I've found that I get more enjoyment out of finding new music from places like WNKU over streaming services like Spotify. I'd rather not have my music selection hyper-tailored to me based on an algorithm guessing what I like to listen to. Same goes with Youtube suggestions - at some point you completely miss out on whole genres or opinions because these formulas try to rope you in with the stuff they know you like so that they can try to... sell you more crap.

 

Some of those algorithms are a lot more accurate than others. Youtube is a lot more dynamic (interactive.) I think YouTube's suggestions are much more helpful; those suggestions are based on the various types of videos you've watched as a result of many keywords you've entered, decisions you've made and matching it with a wide variety of keywords and decisions of others. They can also sort your suggestions by popularity or ratio of thumbs up to thumbs down or however else they want, based on user input. Most of those music streaming services don't receive as much input from the user. Songs are very different, anyway. It's far less accurate suggesting a song simply because it's in the same genre or uses similar instraments or vocal range or tempo or whatever else. It's interesting how music is so hit or miss with all of us, even if we prefer a certain genre. A random related video, I think is much more entertaining and worthwhile than a random, related song.

 

I'm the same way, dude. My musical taste is all over the place. There's no way an algorithm that could determine what I'd like. I just hear a song and like it or don't like it. There's days I'll literally listen to Rap, Classic Rock, Metal, Country, R&B, etc. all in the same day. The only thing that an algorithm from a music streaming service could determine for me is that the new music artists are putting out is absolute garbage and probably not worth the time listening to.

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While a lot of radio stations are complete garbage any more, I've found that I get more enjoyment out of finding new music from places like WNKU over streaming services like Spotify. I'd rather not have my music selection hyper-tailored to me based on an algorithm guessing what I like to listen to. Same goes with Youtube suggestions - at some point you completely miss out on whole genres or opinions because these formulas try to rope you in with the stuff they know you like so that they can try to... sell you more crap.

 

Yeah I prefer listening to a music show that mostly but not precisely covers what I'm already interested in.  I also have listened to the Grateful Dead Hour on WNKU almost every Saturday night for the last 8 years (it's a nationally syndicated show hosted continuously by the same guy since about 1988) and grew to really like the show despite having been in high school when Jerry Garcia died and never liking the scene that surrounds the band.  It was just a really great unpretentious 1-hour show where they played 2-3 15-minute live songs, mixed in interviews, and gave updates on related events around the country.  Last night they had a really great interview with a guy who played with Jerry Garcia before the Grateful Dead was formed.  Talked about how he heard the following song while traveling around the South in the early 1960s from a variety of old musicians, how he taught it to Jerry Garcia in passing, and how he was amazed when it showed up on the first Dead album.  The band ended up playing it live thousands of times.

 

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WOBO is probably one of the most entertaining radio stations just by virtue of the fact that you never knowing what you're gonna get. I was listening at 3:00 on a Thursday one time and got an hour of German music immediately followed by a bluegrass set, and then a few minutes of silence that the DJ later explained was because he couldn't remember how to work the new computer.


“To an Ohio resident - wherever he lives - some other part of his state seems unreal.”

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Don't forget WMKV 89.3. It is a station run by a retirement community so it is a little like a radio museum but I enjoy what they are doing. I use to listen to WOBO when I lived in Amelia but now I have a hard time getting the signal in Deer Park.

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I forgot about WOBO. I used to listen to the Sunday Night Jazz/Monday Morning Blues shows years ago.

 

This is the last weekend for WNKU weekend programming.  Apparently the weekday stuff will continue for another month or so...not sure if it's going to be dead air on the weekends or what. 

 

They are laying off most of the staff at the end of this month but I'm sure preprogrammed playlists will continue until the new owners take over.

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hmm...i'm usually not able to get radio reception except online.

 

wmfu is a staple at home -- when doing weekend house stuff like the dishes and cleaning or cooking. i go to their great annual record fairs too.

 

i stream wqxr classical or wbgo jazz at work when i am writing.

 

otherwise, as far as radio its all about online versions of hot97, various public radio, various japanese radio (yeah their jpop is crap, but i have a sweet tooth for it), sports talk when i can listen at work in the morning like that blowhard francesca, espn, mike&mike (mike&trey?) and anything stephen a because he is always top shelf entertainment, and then a mix of other stations, including ohio stations like wbgu, wcsb, wzak...and others, yadda yadda.

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It's almost August and WNKU is still on the air with live DJ's.  All of the local weekend shows are gone, but the syndicated Grateful Dead Hour is still being broadcast at midnight.  The playlist has even gotten a little adventurous at times because they don't think anyone is listening.  I have heard them randomly play stuff like Public Enemy and The Circle Jerks.  Unfortunately, the general playlist still centers around boring indie rock and all the dumb neo-synth pop. 

 

Meanwhile, Urban Artifact just announced that they're starting a low-wattage AM station dedicated to local music:

http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/northside-brewery-urban-artifact-to-launch-local-music-radio-station

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WNKU is dead as of two weeks ago. Has been replaced by full-time religious programming.  Total crap!  For the creation museum crowd.  Typical of the sort of religious crap you hear in-between cities on a cross-country trip. 

 

My dial has shifted leftward to WAIF.  Today it's just like how it was back in 1993 or so when I started listening to it, except it's on full-time.  Back then there were two different radio stations at 88.3FM.  It switched to WAIF community radio around 6pm each night and got really weird, but awesome.  It was the one place where you could hear Frank Zappa-type stuff on the regular. 

 

I'll never forget my first listen to WAIF.  It changed my life.  That was my introduction to 80s punk and hardcore, which I had previously heard only the thinnest slices of.  WAIF laid it on thick.  I remember having a blank tape in my home radio and recording pieces of three songs from that first listen and then taking the tape to school where I asked an older kid who the bands were.  It was the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag.  The songs were "Riot", "Six Pack", and "TV Party".  I still consider those three songs to be three of the greatest of the genre.  Considering that The Misfits are now bigger than ever and are cashing in on huge shows with their original lineups, it's not hard to imagine that DK and Black Flag reunions with Henry Rollins would set those guys up forever. 

 

 

 

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WNKU is dead as of two weeks ago. Has been replaced by full-time religious programming.  Total crap!  For the creation museum crowd.  Typical of the sort of religious crap you hear in-between cities on a cross-country trip. 

 

You can still get WNKU on 105.9, at least for a few more weeks.

 

I had completely forgotten about WAIF, mostly because I listen to the radio in the morning and they're always gospel then.

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WNKU is dead as of two weeks ago. Has been replaced by full-time religious programming.  Total crap!  For the creation museum crowd.  Typical of the sort of religious crap you hear in-between cities on a cross-country trip. 

 

You can still get WNKU on 105.9, at least for a few more weeks.

 

I had completely forgotten about WAIF, mostly because I listen to the radio in the morning and they're always gospel then.

 

WAIF is nuts.  On Friday nights they play 3 hours (not 3 songs) of "novelty records".  So it's Weird Al, Fish Heads, that sort of thing for...3 hours.  It's intense.  This after 2 hours of 1980s/90s R&B (Keith Sweat, Bel Biv Devoe, etc.). 

 

Sunday nights they have back-to-back Afro/Caribbean hosts.  They're always hyping up some bar in Fairfield called "Lug Nuts", where "all of the Africans in the Cincinnati" come together and dance on Tuesday nights.  It reminds me of listening to local radio stations on the east coast in the 90s and 2000s, before the internet, when each immigrant group had their own radio shows. 

 

So apparently they have a regular Afro-Caribbean night at this unassuming sports bar:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/lugnutz-bar-and-grill-fairfield

 

 

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On Sunday I listened to the WEBN fireworks soundtrack in the car...it was okay compared to how bad so many have been recently.  I am in the habit of recording the road whenever a song I like is on in the offhand hope that something weird happens (auto collision, deer crossing, etc.) so that I can get rich on youtube. 

 

Anyway, this was pretty hilarious:

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Radio died after Bill Clinton signed a bill to allow corporations to monopolize the media.

 

That was in exchange for ignoring his scandals, until Drudge got ahold of one they couldn't without looking clueless.

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Well, WNKU officially gone. Kinda sucked flipping through my presets this evening and just having a wall of static come out of my car's radio when I got to 105.9


“To an Ohio resident - wherever he lives - some other part of his state seems unreal.”

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Sad day yesterday for me as well, as I had really grown to like WNKU over the past couple years.

 

I too switched over to 105.9 several times on the way into work this morning.  I knew I'd only hear static, but I think I still did it out of habit.

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I have been listening to WAIF a lot more along with 99.5 WDJO, which is an oldies station that isn't infested with The Beatles.  Lots of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis, James Brown, etc.  103.5 is typical of the Beatles-obsessed oldies channels around the country that can't go an hour without playing them.  When you load up an oldies channel's playlist with 300 songs in semi-regular rotation and simply delete The Beatles it's a breath of fresh air. 

 

 

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I have been listening to WAIF a lot more along with 99.5 WDJO, which is an oldies station that isn't infested with The Beatles.  Lots of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis, James Brown, etc.  103.5 is typical of the Beatles-obsessed oldies channels around the country that can't go an hour without playing them.  When you load up an oldies channel's playlist with 300 songs in semi-regular rotation and simply delete The Beatles it's a breath of fresh air. 

 

 

 

Insanely talented from Beatlemania! up to Let it Be. There's a reason why they are on heavy rotation. When the Beatles broke up George Harrison immediately released a three-album set. Lennon-McCartney-Harrison wrote so many great songs in such a short period that technology of the time couldn't keep up and Harrison was the "screwed" Beatle.

 

Speaking of Chuck Berry...one of the best YouTube videos is a rehashing of a TV program where Lennon and Berry played together in '72. Yoko Ono is playing the bongo and then begins visceral screaming and Chuck Berry's eyes open like two giant saucers. Best moment is when the sound guy shuts her mike off.

 

Sorry, carry on......

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^^ I don't even consider WGRR to be a real "oldies" station any more, since its rotation is way too heavy on 70s classic rock. If 50's rock and roll and doo-wop and early 60s rock and pop aren't making up most of your setlist, you're just a more boring version of a "purely classic rock" format station, which aren't that exciting to begin with anyway. If I hear the Eagles or Chicago I have to change the station, I'm so sick of them at this point.


“To an Ohio resident - wherever he lives - some other part of his state seems unreal.”

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Yeah, I don't know who these people are who really want to hear goddamn Hotel California 5 times per week.  It's not a good song.  I just blank out whenever that song comes on. 

 

I have never understood how it became popular.  I got sick of hearing it about the 4th time I did, which considering the album rock playlists of the era was probably the same day.

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