Subject: Radio changing Direction?
For the past 12 years, KNDD Seattle (107.7 The END) (www.1077theend.com
) has been a crucial part of the scene in NW Washington and Southern BC. They're the station where I first heard Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit (COAST 1040 "the spirit of radio" was the first in Canada), Soundgarden, L7, Crystal Method, etc...
Over the past few years they have been identical to Vancouver's consultant-heavy 104.9 XFM. XFM failed and The End faltered. After a dismal ratings period, 107.7 THE END did something that caught my ear- loosened up the format! Jocks have say into what they play, listeners are encouraged to call PD Phil Manning and New Artists are being played frequently. I have been turned on to The Postal Service, Modest Mouse, Morrissey (again), The Killers, IMA Robot, and Muse recently while being smacked in the head with the likes of The Jim Carroll Band, Sex Pistols, The Smiths, the Cure and other "CFNY Classics". I heard the Dead Kennedys at 6AM the other week. They even play live sessions during drive time.and changed their slogan to "It's About The Music". Thank Cripes the Americans have figured it out and that We British Columbians (especially ex-CFNY'ers) can get this fine station on cable FM at 107.5 ...oh yeah, they take requests too!!!