Saturday, August 11, 2007

Terrestrial Radio Worth Listening To in DC

In my opinion, D.C.-area terrestrial radio died the day WHFS went off the air a couple of years ago - at least in terms of music programming. I'm originally from the DC area (before leaving on my lap around the nation) and grew up on WHFS - or at least converted to it after discovering there was more music in the world than Pop. I can still remember going to one of the first 'HFStivals at Lake Fairfax Park - it was the first time I ever heard The Tragically Hip and have been a fan ever since. When all the other stations were playing hair metal or bubblegum pop in the mid- to late-80s, HFS was playing The Smiths, The Pixies and Jane's Addiction. Unfortunately, in their later years, HFS had morphed into an awful clone of DC101 - both seemingly playing all Linkin Park, all the time.

Well it appears that WHFS has been virtually reborn (although a bit older like the rest of us) as a new station in the D.C. area called 94.7 - The Globe. It brings back to long-time HFS DJ's in Weasel and Cerphe and plays "world class rock" - as I write this David Bowie is playing, before that I've heard 10,000 Maniacs, R.E.M, Cheap Trick, Edie Brickell, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, old U2 and even some Zeppelin.

If you guys live in San Francisco or Boston - it's like DC *finally* got our version of KFOG or WBOS. It's about friggin' time.

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