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Posted: May 22, 2006 4:40 am
 
this town doesn't have one. that's kinda bullshit.
Posted: May 22, 2006 5:22 am
 
Yeah, instead it has a community radio station which is much better than having to listen to a bunch of stupid twats play retarded shit.
Posted: May 22, 2006 5:49 am | Edited by: indiepop
 
nothing wrong with wevl at all. but sometimes stupid twats play retarded shit you like more than once or twice a week.
Posted: May 22, 2006 6:19 am | Edited by: sherman
 
WEVL has an extra 40 hours a week of unused slots they could program. I'm still not sure why they don't. Fedex has no problem getting thousands of people to work all night. Why can't WEVL get 6 people a week to do the graveyard shifts? Reactionary posts like Sambeaux's keep many people from posting on this board. While I realize it was partly meant in jest (maybe not?), there is a disarming lack of new music on Memphis radio that could be met either by an expanded WEVL format, or, by U. of M. , if they actually had a "college radio" format instead of its current jazz-only programming. While WEVL has benefited greatly from the current dearth on other stations, they have not gone out of their way to recruit (new) djs who play, for lack of a better term, "modern" music.
Posted: May 22, 2006 8:14 am | Edited by: elle
 
i would venture to say that wevl maybe can't afford to be on the air the rest of the hours it is not currently. obviously, there would be tons of people who would probably love to do shows on wevl. seeing how it is a volunteer position, it would mean that they wouldn't be paying for the people to work the stuff. i don't think that is the problem.
Posted: May 22, 2006 8:19 am
 
I think college radio is an unclear term when you are talking about Memphis radio. The only real college radio station Memphis has ever had, in the sense that is being discussed here, was WLYX at what was then Southwestern at Memphis from 1973 to Memorial Day 1982 when it was shut down by the school. And that wasn't really college radio since most of the jocks didn't attend Southwestern. The U of M station has always been a place to teach students how to follow a format which seems kind of pointless because you can train an ape to follow a format clock in about a day. It has nothing to do with music. It's about doing radio and there's a big difference.
Think about it. When was the last time you heard new music on the radio that really got your attention? Been awhile hasn't it? And community radio stations that mean well but are suspicious that anyone wanting to play new music is some kind of secret agent for commercial interests isn't where you are going to hear such music in the future. They'll let you play it when it's over ten years old or the artist is dead, unless you want to do some kind of show where instead of letting the music speak for itself, you try to teach a class or talk about history culled from liner notes.
Posted: May 22, 2006 2:15 pm | Edited by: sherman
 
WLYX went off the air in 1990. WEVL did not even make a blip outside of mid-town til WLYX went off the air. No competition on the left of the dial has been very good for WEVL's bottom line. I don't know the incremental cost of broadcasting a full 24 hours (Judy can speak to that--she reads this board), but it would not be nearly as expensive as the value added to the station--even if they had the djs pre-record for quality control or whatever has been preventing WEVL from expanding. In fact, I do believe there are many people who would love to be on WEVL, but their outreach program for new djs is, at best, non-existent and, at worst, personal and biased against anyone wanting to play music recorded in the last 10 years at any period.

WEVL has gotten back into internet broadcasting meaning that it is a far more valuable station worldwide & a better promotional tool for Memphis music & Memphis bands. The flip side of this improvement is that it now makes even less sense that they close down at midnight 6 days a week. Extra listeners worldwide=extra potential members/donors and a more valuable resource. It is a decision made not by funds but by a lack of vision & improper division of resources (control), I believe. While I am impressed that WEVL has stepped up to the plate for getting back on the net, it is long overdue that they are a 24/7 operation in a 24 hour economy.
Posted: May 22, 2006 3:16 pm
 
I love me some Pajama Party on Saturdays.....Rebecca plays the coolest stuff..........
Posted: May 22, 2006 3:23 pm
 
In fact, I do believe there are many people who would love to be on WEVL, but their outreach program for new djs is, at best, non-existent and, at worst, personal and biased against anyone wanting to play music recorded in the last 10 years at any period.
....

even if they had the djs pre-record
.....

(hand from back of the class raises and flails wildly)
Posted: May 22, 2006 4:46 pm
 
I sent out my application last week, as a matter of fact, they sent it to me last year and I just let it sit on my desk.

Might as well get out of the house during daylight once a week!
Posted: May 22, 2006 5:16 pm
 
U92 plays some good jazz. its college radio without the college music. ive been listening to it a lot lately. as well as am1210 music of yer life. that new gospel station, 95.7 i think, plays some excellent trad. gospel.
Posted: May 22, 2006 5:17 pm
 
Oscars Chuck did a radio program for a bit in college.
Posted: May 22, 2006 5:18 pm
 
for U of M?
Posted: May 22, 2006 6:01 pm
 
for U of M?


I think so, but I can't remember. He did a pretty good job, but it was difficult to pick up.

There was also a "bandit" radio station for a bit, where they drove around in a van transmitting. Someone inmvolved might know more.
Posted: May 22, 2006 6:14 pm
 
Well, I was going to start a podcast - but I would have to pay royalties and the cost would be too high.

There definitely needs to be another voice on the airwaves for "modern" rock other than FM 100, 93X and Rock 103.
Posted: May 22, 2006 7:14 pm
 
every college town within spitting distance of memphis has a radio station that plays something other than jazz and even supports local music in regular rotation.

what the fuck is wrong with memphis that we can't have that too?
Posted: May 22, 2006 7:21 pm
 
i'd like to add that while i love wevl and support them, i remember when i had a show on the station about a hundred years ago. we got some albums from this label called def jam into the studio and they went into the giveaway pile, a 12-inch of the Beastie Boys "She's On It" and a full-length of Public Enemy's "Yo! Bum Rush The Show". I was instructed not to play these records. i had to go into the off-air studio and tape them so i'd be able to listen to them on my free time. i even wanted to play something by this band called Boogie Down Productions and I was told it wasn't part of my show's format.

i'd like to give a shout out to the two local 13-year-old listeners who called themselves Dirty Toenails, though, for sending me a casette of their classic "I Belong To Al-Anon". i was admonished for sharing this on the air as well.
Posted: May 22, 2006 7:47 pm
 
Duuuuude... Dirty Toenails! That was me! That was the high point of my career!
Posted: May 22, 2006 8:44 pm
 
ANOTHER TEARFUL REUNION THANKS TO THE GONER BOARD
Posted: May 22, 2006 10:25 pm
 
wevl has at the very least one show that supports memphis music and you can catch them playing river city tanlines and harlan on those shows, along with other local "indie" type stuff like lucero, cory branan, snowglobe, etc.

usually i catch something like that a couple times a week.

plus janet's planet is a show that supports more "modern" indie music. and then there is doug's high fidelity show, where you can catch anything from joy division to buzzcocks to a lot more newer indie/modern rock stuff.

i usually can catch one of those two shows a couple times a week.

i will say it WOULD be nice to be able to tune into that all the time, but at the same time, it would interfere with my hot 107 listening time. heheh.

i would like to hear some different hiphop stuff that wasn't necessarily dirty south style hiphop, maybe have some old school and some newer stuff that was good, like blackalicious and aceylone, etc.

format, schmormat. i think there should be more room given to other types of music beyond what they necessarily have on wevl, although i must say they give a pretty fair representation to a lot of different types of music. but really...is there really that big of a crowd that listens to traditional hawaiian music? would it kill them to add some hiphop in with the reggae show? i don't know...
Posted: May 22, 2006 11:40 pm
 
You know what I don't like about WeVL? Celtic music. I fucking hate Celtic music. Luckily I'm never awake when they play that crappy white-people stuff ..
Posted: May 22, 2006 11:42 pm
 
Oh, and Chad 'Mr.' White had an actual specialty program (jazzy club gear) on U92 for a few months. I've considered following in his footsteps, but only if I could do my own thing. I'm not tryin' to format the Diana Krall and Harry Chronic Jr. tunes.
Posted: May 23, 2006 1:07 am
 
While WLYX was on the air until 1990, it's last incarnations bore no resemblance to the station's first nine years when it was on the air 24 hours a day seven days a week with an all volunteer staff. The station was shut down in May 1982 because the administration wanted a classical radio station that they could tune in and show visitors how classy they were. They also wanted a totally student run operation. With no notice, they had security guards escort the folks on air out of the studio on the fourth floor of the gym and changed the locks. Prior to that, the radio station was exactly what a lot of people here have been talking about... new and interesting music wasn't just available in one block a week. Except for some specialty programming that included all kinds of jazz, bluegrass and what's now called world music... it rocked. It was the only station in town playing the Sex Pistols album when it came out... ditto U2, The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads etc etc. It was one helluva record library.
Posted: May 23, 2006 1:25 am
 
I have a 90 minute cassette of WLYX from sometime in 1989...it's some Rhodes student playing mostly bad prog rock. Better than classical, but I'm sure it's not what you're talking about.
Posted: May 23, 2006 2:12 am | Edited by: fierydrunk
 
Gotta say, Hot 107 (if it hasn't changed much in the last 2 yrs) is KILLER at what it does. Ryan and I spent hours listening with slack jaws during our last visit. They don't play anything remotely sounding like that out here--the DJs sound crazy, the music sounds crazy, the call in listeners sound crazy...it is fucking amazing.

But yeah, WEVL is just snoresville most of the time and always has been. The pre-record option is a great idea. I did a radio show like this at UTK ("Unradio") for a couple of years. We set up 2 turntables, a tape recorder, a Radio Shack 4 track mixer and headphones in a back room at a record store I worked at and up to 6 of us would record 1 or 2 half hour slots on cassette. We'd then drop them off at the studio and whatever kid was manning it would just pop em in and play from Midnight until whenever--likely 4AM . There were no rules as to what we could play, except the obvious "No blatant cursing" rule. We didn't date them usually so we could replay if we liked the set or got good feedback about the set.
Posted: May 23, 2006 2:15 am
 
WLYX was the station my parents would listen to National Lampoon Radio Hour on, likely fried out of their brains.
Posted: May 23, 2006 3:43 am
 
hey fiery, you can still listen to hot 107 online. i didn't realize it had such a huge following out of state on the internet until i went to school up in indiana and one of the RA's in my dorm said he listened to that shit all the time.

i did a radio show while i was going to school in bloomington. it just aired over the area of the campus and you could listen to it online via winamp and shit. had turntables hooked up and a cd player. i am horrible on the air though because i say LIKE too much. hah. but i got to play whatever the holy fucking hell i wanted to as long as i didn't cuss. it was fantastic. i had my friends call in from wherever cuz they'd listen to it online. entirely too fun.
Posted: May 23, 2006 4:45 am
 
I agree that it would be great if Memphis had a college radio station that played newer music and didn't stick to one format that many people in the community don't listen to regularly. As has been said, we do have WEVL. Because the format varies so widely, it is hard, unless you're a diehard listener, to keep up with the schedule and find the music you like. So here's some help. You can find the program schedule online at URL.

If it's Memphis music you want, the most obvious choice is the Memphis Beat. But a lot of the other programmers are local musicians (like Jeremy Scott and Nancy Apple) or big fans of local music and regularly mix it in with the rest of their lineup.

If you want new or modern music, Hi Fidelity, Janet's Planet (which someone mentioned above), The Modern World, and The Music Lovers, might float your boat. You can check out playlists for these shows at URL.

Of course WEVL's not perfect. It doesn't play every genre, but sometimes it is only because no one has volunteered to play it or the person who was can't anymore. If there's something you really want to hear, maybe you should take Rachel's lead and fill out an application. You can download it at URL

By the way, I do volunteer regularly off air at WEVL, so I am biased. But no one put me up to this. I just love the station and appreciate the fact that lots of individuals with full-time jobs and families take at least two hours out of every single one of their weeks to play me music.

Sorry that my post was so long. If you're still with me, I hope that this helps you find some of the music you've been missing on the radio, even if you can't get it 24 hours a day.
Posted: May 23, 2006 7:24 am | Edited by: Jack Stands
 
apryl,
I gather you work there. I want to broadcast the shit I record in town. Stuff happens here. It should be released to those who can't make it. Whether it be the blind man that can't drive, the shoeless girl that can't walk, the college frat dude that hasn't a clue, or the shmoe like me who can't get to a show every time. I proposed this to WEVL way back. Never heard a word. Well, I've collected a shitload of great stuff to listen to in my car. From Pow-Wows to bagpipes to gospel to rock n' roll. Alone in my car on mix tapes.
Tired of no one hearing it.
If I had a radio show elsewhere on another station, I'd do the same thing.
Posted: May 23, 2006 10:26 am
 
not only that but its a way to get our music that is being done here in memphis reported in national reporting -- like CMJ. its not like CMJ is the best thing out there but for college music, it's where a lot of up and coming bands get their start. if a local college station was reporting spins to CMJ, think about how much easier it would be for a lot of local bands to book shows on the road. they could go, "see, our shit is being played on this station", something a lot of local bands don't have because they cant afford publicists and lawyers n shit.
Posted: May 23, 2006 10:54 am | Edited by: indiepop
 
oh and since i can't edit my post (?!?!) let me also say again: i respect wevl and support it. i always have. but it's not a substitute for college radio. a few hours a week of programming vs. seven days a week of primarily open format college radio isn't the same thing, and that's not a dis to wevl. it's just the reality. seattle, for example, has the best of both worlds (sort of) with kexp. it's the college station AND it's listener supported radio. this format would work in memphis really well.

http://www.kexp.org
Posted: May 23, 2006 1:01 pm
 
Aren't you people on Myspace? New music is crap!

WTUL in New Orleans was impossible to listen to. Bad post-rock over and over, playing crappy garbage because it was "new" or had some member of some garbage 90s band that sucked anyway. Stupid kids who were always acting annoyed that they had to be on the radio this week when they had something better to do, filling time until the next dj showed up. And you couldn't get a show unless you were somehow affiliated with Tulane (which made for a great pool of dj talent let me tell you...)

Except Matt and Lord George's show - the best radio there EVER was.
Posted: May 23, 2006 3:03 pm
 
College radio is the only place you'd hear Sons of Thunder on the air in Memphis.
Posted: May 23, 2006 7:17 pm
 
I just heard Chinese Crawfish on WEVL. I forgot he says "Boudin". I still don't want any.
Posted: May 24, 2006 2:53 am
 
College radio is the only place you'd hear Sons of Thunder on the air in Memphis.

Bunch of tasteless douches.
Posted: May 24, 2006 4:03 am
 
indiepop-im glad you brought up internet radio stations like that seattle one. I listen to it for a couple shows here and there, but I generally listen to radio online all the time, WEVL is totally on that track, what that other station gives as far as a up-to-the-minute playlist is going to happen to every station and has already happened to a couple big public stations (Philly,MSP.) I listen almost half of WEVL shows, most of them have been on the same night for a long time.
Posted: May 24, 2006 10:04 pm
 
internet radio and satellite are both great, but KEXP was and still is a regtular radio station local to seattle.

they have some programming, but the jist of their format is "variety" programming whcih means you get a good mix of stuff all throughout the day. that includes local seattle artists who may not even be signed to any kind of record deal, major or indie.

we have that going on exactly where in memphis 24/7
Posted: May 24, 2006 10:41 pm
 
Ahh...WLYX... I had a show on Thursday nights there even though I didnt go to Rhodes and was still in High School... was sad when they shut it down.

I got in a lot of trouble when I interviewed Scream and Pete Stahl said "keep your dickhole clean"
Posted: May 24, 2006 11:27 pm
 
I love a handful of programs at WEVL - but it would definitely be great to hear something new.

I hope the application process has loosened up a bit since I put in my application at WEVL five or six years ago and couldn't get a phonecall returned.
Posted: May 25, 2006 3:17 am
 
we have that going on exactly where in memphis 24/7

valid point, college radio djs are known for all night shifts, my hats off to all of them.

i think its funny that wevl is downtown, since most of their listeners live within walking distance from the head shops. nobody i know that lives downtown has heard of wevl or cares.
Posted: May 25, 2006 8:40 am
 
Vinyl R, about what year would that be?
Posted: May 25, 2006 2:54 pm
 
Vinyl R, about what year would that be?

I was there in 88 and 89
Posted: May 25, 2006 6:34 pm
 
I did a morning jazz (!) show in the summer of '87 there even though I couldn't spell "Miles." They had an amazing station with an incredible library & equipment & their one employee, Karen Luvaas, was super cool. They forced her out around '88 or '89, I think.
Posted: May 25, 2006 8:20 pm
 
I did the weather on Peter Louton's show "We Are The Weird"
Posted: May 25, 2006 8:37 pm
 
I agree that there are a handful of good shows on WEVL, but I swear to god more often than not when I turn it on its like bluegrass, folk, country, more bluegrass and then womans hour. All of these have a place for sure but it just seems like the meat of it. There would be many more listeners if they added some shows and formats for sure. My dad had a show on WEVL when it was still in a house over in midtown somewhere I think on Montgomerty Street. I had to hang out while he got high, played tunes and read poetry.
Posted: May 25, 2006 8:48 pm
 
WEVL was on Montgomery? I lived on Montgomery across from Tech HS in the late 70's. What a drug den that was. I know I have posted ad nauseum on here about getting shot at thru our sunroom, being burglarized every 5 seconds, the porn movie house up the street that burned and all the strips of nakedness on 35 mm left in the rubble...awesome neighborhood!
Posted: May 25, 2006 8:59 pm
 
Didn't Katie Furlotte live over on Montgomery?
Posted: May 25, 2006 9:00 pm
 
Not positive about what street it was on. Montgomery some how rings a bell though.
Posted: May 25, 2006 9:10 pm
 
i had one of the best slots ever on WEVL tuesday afternoons from 4-6pm. i think my show was called Difficult Listening Hour (because I started with an hour and they bumped me up to two hours). i forgot to find someone to fill in for me the week after i graduated high school and i lost my slot. but i loved that little house on montgomery.
Posted: May 25, 2006 9:19 pm
 
She did with Robert Fortner and Mindy and some other folks in the early 90's. Jimmy and I Dj'd a party at their house in like 90 or 91 and the shit was nutty.
Posted: May 25, 2006 11:15 pm
 
That was when Myles and all them lived there.
I seemed to remember her living there with her folks back in the day.

Jim Spake had a great program on WEVL.

And damn I miss Whillex.

You're in tune with STRAIGHT no Chaser!
Posted: May 29, 2006 7:50 am
 
hey it's radio rhodes 1988
Posted: Jun 7, 2006 5:22 am
 
I did a radio show like this at UTK ("Unradio") for a couple of years. We set up 2 turntables, a tape recorder, a Radio Shack 4 track mixer and headphones in a back room at a record store I worked at and up to 6 of us would record 1 or 2 half hour slots on cassette. We'd then drop them off at the studio and whatever kid was manning it would just pop em in and play from Midnight until whenever--likely 4AM .

Yeah, Fiery. I remember that show and loved it. Half the time WUTK's cassette player would go on the fritz. I remember Desmond Dekker (RIP) cranked in the left channel with only a faint hiss in the right. I can't hear "The Israelites" any other way again.

I too miss radio oddities past 2am. Now there's just sleep to fill that void.
Posted: Jun 8, 2006 12:07 am
 
so who does the petition need to be sent to?
Posted: Jun 8, 2006 8:11 am
 
It's like this: I've talked to a bunch of current and former U of M students in that program. It's like a brick wall. The sheer mention of this issue causes professors to shush their classes, and the people running the show are very tight-lipped about it.

Sounds to me like someone died and left the program some money with the caveat that the radio station stays Jazz forever or something. These people are immovable, and until someone steps up and takes the initiative to organize against the University, it will never change.

If you've ever been a student at Tiger High, now's a good time to step up and demand some satisfaction from your tuition dollars.
Posted: Jun 8, 2006 5:53 pm
 
this issue causes professors to shush their classes

Getting defensive about Boney James, Weather Report and Kenny G is bullshit. If UM Radio was worth is salt and had consistantly good jazz I'd defend it, otherwise I call it a shitcan.
Posted: Jun 8, 2006 7:23 pm
 
I remember Desmond Dekker (RIP) cranked in the left channel with only a faint hiss in the right. I can't hear "The Israelites" any other way again.

I am sure this was me. I had first heard him when I was doing Unradio and all of the other, older hep dudes (I was the only girl allowed--wheee!) who did the show would have considered that track far too obvious to play!
Posted: Jun 8, 2006 8:26 pm
 
Man, I'm with Sambeaux all the way on this one. I did a college radio show for 4 years and I was station manager of a college radio station for a year. If there was a college station in memphis you'd all be bitching about how awful it was, I guarantee. College radio fucking sucks unless it's done at a university that's full of creative overacheivers, like MIT or something.

We had a community station there (WORT) that was 1,000 times better, and it always will be. The goal should be to make WEVL better, instead of striving to get a bunch of college idiots to play noise and listen to themselves speak for hours on end.
Posted: Jun 8, 2006 8:33 pm
 
I think the difference may be is (like "the other" recent contentious thread) is we have a battle of the tastes: Some people really want to hear the new Eels LP or the Be Your Own Pet record or the Mates of State EP and others have absolutely no interest in those bands and would think they were derivative pieces of shit and complain.
Posted: Jun 8, 2006 8:51 pm
 
my experience with college radio is usually that there are a few shows a week that appeal to me, but the rest is just plain offensive. with a community radio station generally the shows you aren't interested in are at least listenable and serve as decent background music. with college radio you have to wade through so much completely unlistenable crap just to hear the occasional moments of brilliance. you're right though, it's all a matter of taste. but I don't know many people who can listen to WTUL all day long. when the DJs start talking I want to shoot the radio.
Posted: Jun 8, 2006 9:14 pm
 
Believe me, I understand. It was the same with UTK. They stuck us on after 10PM on a Saturday...when only kids stuck at home or unsociable geeks would ever listen. That was obviously our target audience anyway, but I played Melvins and the first Nirvana and Big Black and Unsane and all that madness that some "normal" kids would have liked had the program director had the balls to have given it a chance. I also played new pop shit like Unrest and Heavenly! Nope. They prefered the boneheads playing whatever was popular pre-alternative at that time (1990)...hell if I know what it was.
Posted: Jun 8, 2006 11:28 pm
 
Radio Rhodes was cool. Sorry you guys had a bad experience with Tulane's station. You guys probably wouldn't have like it anyway.
Posted: Jun 14, 2006 1:50 am
 
i know the world is in utter chaos right now but i'm surprised at the apathy expressed in this thread. ok so college radio isn't perfect but isn't that the whole point? it's people trying to learn something and getting lost on the way. that's how cool shit happens -- by accident. accidents can't happen if you don't crash, and you can't crash if you don't have a vehicle. without college radio, there's 100% chance of no cool shit happening on the radio in memphis anywhere except WEVL and it's really too bad.

i love you memphis, but how many times am i supposed to give up on you before you get pissed off and put changes in motion?
Posted: Jun 14, 2006 2:02 am
 
????? Did I fall into the Goner poetry section by accident? If you want something done in Memphis, ya gotta do it yourself. Look at no car mommie! She has 30 or 40 people fired up about reopening a mediocre amusement park. 1) You can either take over the U. of M. station. Watch out for cobwebs. 2) Get a show on Wevl. Lord knows they have plenty of open slots 3) apply to rhodes & get it going that way. 4) do your own internet radio station.

I'm not sure what you wanted the goner board to do for your college radio station.
Posted: Jun 14, 2006 2:18 am | Edited by: indiepop
 
im just surprised at the apathy of some of the people who posted. i half-expected to see someone jump up and scream about this and that was all i meant. the goner board can't do anything for my idea by itself, but its got a lot of people who feel the same way reading it. unfortunately for me, most of those people don't go to school at the u of m or rhodes so it don't matter.

what can i say sherman except you're right, the goner board can't do much for it except empathize or criticize. its just the internet.
Posted: Jun 18, 2006 12:54 am
 
I still believe that WLYX was killed because of the punk and indie shows and DJs playing things they couldn't and having indie artists on the air and the College feeling like they lacked the ability to edit or censor them.

Several FCC violation type incidents happened and the school sold the air slot to the libes. Control issue pure and simple. I helped with a show or two back in the day and have several stolen from lyx labeled records.
Posted: Jun 18, 2006 2:25 am
 
Pirate radio anyone?

Or the podcast. Hey, it is the newfangled shit, but an iPod and a cheap ass Radio Shack cassette player converter=better than radio radio!!!!!
Posted: Jun 18, 2006 4:25 am
 
Love Gun(me and Jack's first band) played live on Wally's WEVL show when it was on Montgomery. Oblivians played live on Bob's show 10 or 11 years ago. Neither band had a record or so much as a casette. We were just local bands lookin for an outlet. Both of these fine weirdo music lovers were long since fired. Live rock bands are almost completely out of the question on WEVL these days. WEVL is OK now, but mostly like a highly specialized oldies station. Not that I care that much. I don't live there anymore. Nor do I listen to tons of modern music. In fact, the one thing I hated about owning a record store was feeling enslaved to listening to tons of modern crap, in hopes of finding something good to order, in hopes of selling it, in the hope that the person buying it would leave the store so I could play more 5 Royales records.
Posted: Jun 18, 2006 4:48 am
 
You hit the nail on the head of why I quit the whole indie store/distro scene as a career (ha) and loved my shit job at Barnes and Noble for 2 years.
Posted: Jun 19, 2006 4:10 pm
 
If you don't like what WEVl plays, learn to use some equipment, shut up, and start a show!
Posted: Jun 19, 2006 4:22 pm
 
learn to use some equipment
done.
shut up
no.
start a show
harder than it seems.
Posted: Jun 19, 2006 4:39 pm
 
Or the podcast
Working on that, actually...
Even though I don't own and Ipod...
Posted: Jun 19, 2006 5:49 pm
 
I never knew the iPod would be so great until we got one and that cheap Radio Shack converter as described. Screw satellite radio, man.
Posted: Jan 31, 2008 9:00 pm
 
i realize that this message board is extremely old, but there is now a new college radio station in memphis: Rhodes Radio. right now it is only an internet station, but soon we will have a microwatt transmitter and after that will be on the FM radio waves. so tune in at rhodesradio.org
Posted: Jan 31, 2008 9:10 pm
 
Don't sweat it. This topic has come up every few months for a few years now.

Somehow it always ends up being about sacred cows.
Posted: Jan 31, 2008 9:55 pm
 
We (Metro Waste) played live on WEVL when it was on Rayner St. That was some fun shit. Bill Curry gave me recording of it a while back- brought back great memories.

Couldn't do that now...
Posted: Jun 6, 2008 5:38 pm
 
The cool thing about WLYX was that while we had songs and artists that all of us knew and loved, you had total freedom to play whatever was in the station\'s library, which was several thousand LPS, or what you wanted from your own stash. I remember playing \"Fanfare for the Common Man\" by ELP with the windows open to the station, icy air blaring in during an ice storm around 78 or so....I may have been broadcasting to 10 people, but so what ? It was power and people loved it. There were some FCC violations, (the whole place smelled like beer one Monday morning, I told them to not spill anything, but, damn...)
Posted: Jun 7, 2008 11:45 am
 
I've got a WLYX trucker hat and you don't.
Posted: Jun 7, 2008 7:35 pm
 
I remember those. They were original trucker before the trucker hat chic onslaught.

The record library was marvelous. I still remember when the TSOP stuff and BOMP stuff started coming in.
Posted: Jun 9, 2008 12:30 pm
 
I've lived all over midtown for about 15 years & not once have I been able to get a decent WEVL sound from my stereo. I have found I can only pick it up in East Memphis. Stupid. I use to love the hitch-hikers guide that Graflin & OD did in the early 90's!
Posted: Jun 9, 2008 2:42 pm
 
WEVL is for foolish hippies too cheap to buy the first 6 RAMONES records, and liberal faggots too stupid to listen to AM600 while they do the dishes.
Posted: Jun 11, 2008 11:23 am
 
I've lived all over midtown for about 15 years & not once have I been able to get a decent WEVL sound from my stereo. I have found I can only pick it up in East Memphis. Stupid. I use to love the hitch-hikers guide that Graflin & OD did in the early 90's!

I will pass on the props to OD. He'd love to hear that.

WEVL's tower is in Cordova. Anways, Midtown is a weird spot for any radio signal. Probably some military radiation test goin' on.

I've got a WLYX trucker hat and you don't.
So you're telling me that Rhodes students actually wore then-un-trendy trucker hats? Nice.
Posted: Jun 11, 2008 11:33 am
 
So you're telling me that Rhodes students actually wore then-un-trendy trucker hats? Nice.



My band played a WLYX benefit in the early 80's...actually we did a LOT of benny's for WLYX...and they gave me a trucker's hat...
Posted: Jun 11, 2008 11:59 am
 
I use to love the hitch-hikers guide that Graflin & OD did in the early 90's! --seconded.
Posted: Jun 11, 2008 12:19 pm
 
yeah, I use to work at the Pump n Save gas station in Cordova & would get in trouble all the time for dancing in the little box I had to sit in to collect payments. I would listen to OD & Graflin coming down off LSD after a long night of dancing at Red Square and still keep dancing to the beats. Good times.
Posted: Jun 13, 2008 7:55 pm
 
'Tis BS indeed. Memphis is heralded worldwide as the bastion of musical creativity, yet there is no radio outlet in which to showcase this creativity? The idea is to have a station with an "experimental" feel that isn't held back by commercial/corporate constraints. Folks who think creatively & are in tune with the current musical pulse, not automatons forced to follow a playlist developed by out-of-towners who don't get it. College radio would be the perfect place to hear the product of the immense local talent. The local live shows are GREAT, but let's get this stuff played on the air. Just makes no sense that Memphis doesn't have this. The station has some big contributors who don't want the format to change, I'm sure.
Posted: Jun 14, 2008 8:47 am
 
I was just reading that there is a local station (Channel 55) in northwest Alabama that has a new show called "The Scene" debuting June 19 which is planning to showcase indy-rock, garage & underground music. The host is 26-year-old Drake Busby (phone: 205-300-3777).

If a small, low-power TV station in northwest Alabama can do this - why can't Memphis?
Posted: Jun 14, 2008 9:01 am
 
yeah! why can't somebody else get off their asses and do this already!
Posted: Jun 14, 2008 9:35 am | Edited by: Vinyl Ritchie
 
Memphis is heralded worldwide as the bastion of musical creativity

yes, but is there REALLY a need for a station to play music by bands that barely get 12 people at their shows? I am really questioning this demand for a radio station to showcase this stuff. When was the last time, outside of the odd Harlan show, that a local act had a full house? It seems that only out of towners really like local music. No one goes to shows here, so why pander to these people by providing them a free outlet for this music? I know, I know, "but if it got played then perhaps then more people would attend the shows"...dont forget this is Memphis, no one goes to anything around really...
Posted: Jun 14, 2008 11:26 am
 
Yeah, we've tried nothing and we're all out of ideas!
Posted: Jun 15, 2008 4:36 pm
 
If a poor guy in Alabama can get up off his ass and put together a show on a low-power TV station to try to give publicity to indy rockers, why couldn\'t some creative folks in Memphis collaborate to do SOMETHING besides butt heads, whine, bitch, complain - and blame everybody else because no one is doing anything? Hey - why even bother?
Posted: Jun 15, 2008 4:42 pm
 
Hey Ritchie, what shows are you talking about? I've been to plenty of packed shows. Who are you going to see?
Posted: Jun 15, 2008 4:46 pm
 
Oh, here's Drake Busby's MySpace page for his new TV show, "The Scene"...

www.myspace.com/theoriginalscene
Posted: Jun 23, 2008 1:52 pm
 
I wonder what Rachelandthecity has to say about this.....wait, I take that back.
Posted: Jun 23, 2008 7:26 pm
 
College kids aren't listening to much over-the-air radio these days, are they?

Columbia, Mo., where I went to school, had a great college station but still got very few indie-rock type shows (esp. compared to our hated rivals in Lawrence, Kan.). I don't think one has anything to do with the other, contrary to some people's "Bright Ideas."
Posted: Jun 27, 2008 4:58 pm | Edited by: mesaboogiewes
 
Just FYI.

Drake Busby is a CON. His page looks really nice and he has some time paid for on a low power station that hardly covers one county in bama. Last year he set up a "scenefest" in which he charged approx. 10-15 bands $75 each to sign up - and then the show never happened and the money "disappeared". We ran him out of birmingham, now he's doing it again in Jasper. Spread the word guys.

you guys can read about it at www.bhambuzz.com/forums
Posted: Jun 27, 2008 10:57 pm
 
bamalama probably = Drake Busby
Posted: Aug 13, 2008 9:47 am
 
No, I'm not Drake Busby. I just found the story about his show in a newspaper. If he really did that to you guys, you should kick his ass!
Posted: Aug 13, 2008 9:56 am
 
drake busby does have a classic debonair con man name, at least.
Posted: Aug 13, 2008 1:06 pm | Edited by: Mark Rochambeaux
 
It occurred to me the other day, when people talk about Memphis needing to have a "college radio station," they're really talking about a CMJ format station, right? Not an actual station where students play what they want, but a lame format station with approved music. Right?
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I like it when spam bots hellbump posts I made that are actually still worth talking about from four years ago
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