The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Outlets today for Spirit-era music
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by Dave Holden »

Unfortunately, no. There's some copyright / territory issues in the U.S. and neither 107.7 THE END, nor KNRK (Portland) webcast. KNRK just started doing what THE END did, going local / alternative. I even told The End they should broadcast via subscription. If I could run my cable FM through my iBook and stream it to you I would. Especially when they go HD Radio next month! (not DAB, HD on the FM Band)

email me any time!
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by Dave Holden »

Here's the kind of things KNRK is asking their listeners.

I hope that link works.

The revolution will not be televised.
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by Dave Holden »

Sidebar: The End just played Ned's Atomic Dustbin "Grey Cell Green" at 1:55 today. followed by Nirvana's "Man Who Sold The World".
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by Dave Holden »

Another one down the coast!
KWOD 106 Sacramento posted this on the "Komment Line" part of their site:
"We've taken thousands of your calls and you've said you wanted to hear more 90's music, a few hip 80's songs, plus all the cool new KWOD music. Well that's what we've been doing and we want to know if we got it right. After all, It's About the Music. "

Sounds like they're doing it too. btw- KWOD 106 MD Marco Collins was the MD at 107.7 The End Seattle and was the host of "Loudspeaker" and "The Young And The Restless" Indie show in the early 90's (at the station's launch)

He'll do a great job if KWOD (another Entercom station) follows The End's lead and "localizes"

I think we'll need about 20 US stations to do this before it's "safe enough" for Canadian PD's to follow suit and loosen up and trust their MD's and Jocks... oh yeah, and their listeners"!!!
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

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Artist Interviews on 107.7 the end's "Morning Alternative" (by DJ No Name) include:

King Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys: mp3
Slash and Duff of Velvet Revolver: mp3
Mike McCready: mp3
John D. Luerson, author of 'River's Edge': mp3
Brandon Flowers of the Killers: mp3
Gary Jules: Real
Henry Rollins: Real
Noodles: Real
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Real
Mark from Blink 182: Real
Pnut from 311: Real
Jem: Real | Win
Pat Wilson: Real | Win
Brandon Boyd: mp3

Kurt Cobain Tribute:

Butch Vig: mp3
Charles Cross: mp3
Jon Ponneman: mp3
Steve Albini: mp3

These can be found at:
Please post your thoughts.
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by Dave Holden »

What does alternative radio mean to Portland, OR listeners?

Here are NRK's survey results...
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by Dave Holden »

Tell me these guys haven't got "the spirit":

1077 THE End's Alternative Declaration

1077 The End first came on the air in August 1991, dedicated to playing alternative music for Seattle, and providing something different on the radio dial.
Over the years, radio just got too predictable and corporate. You deserve better than that. Over the past several months, we've gone back to you, our listeners, to reaffirm and reclaim our alternative beliefs. Taking your feedback and suggestions to heart, we, the entire staff of 1077 The End make this Alternative Declaration

1 Music- It's About The Music

2 We Listen To You- We will listen to our listeners and treat them with respect

3 Artist And Title Of Every Song- we will tell you the title and artist of every song we play

4 Support Local Music - We will support local bands music and shows

5 Never talk over the songs - We will respect the music, the artists and our listeners by never talking over the songs

6 New Music - We will seek out and support new music

7 Knowledgeable deejays - We are dedicated to constantly learning and living the music we choose for you

8 Musical Diversity - We believe in diversity and will be open minded about what music we can play

9 More than just hit singles - We will play any good song on the album, not just the "hit" single

10 Surprise you - We will surprise you with the songs you haven't heard in a while

11 More songs less often - We will play more songs and repeat them more often.

© 2004 Entercom Seattle, LLC. All rights reserved.
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by Dave Holden »

This weekend, 107.7 The End ( is letting the CD player pick a track randomly from the first album played in each set of music. ..could be a single, could be a b-side, could be a track never heard on the radio before. Pretty fun idea! Sounds like a "54 in '84" kind of idea!
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by Dave Holden »

I had a blast at 107.7 The End's "End Fest 13". Reminded me of the "Bring Back The Spirit Of Radio" days at Molson park. Anyway, this year (yes, '04)'s line-up was:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, X, Violent Femmes, Franz Ferdinand, Psychedelic Furs, Metric, Presidents Of The United States Of America, Muse, Harvey Danger, to name some...

fun! fun! fun!
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by Dave Holden »

oh my god, I can't believe it's 2004 and a radio station is asking their listeners these questions!!!! That's the Spirit! ... rveyID=259

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by smokalotapot »

wow i just found CKRG 89.9 york U Exellent radio. check it out and see what you think!

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by dtradio »

If the digital webcasting gods glow upon WEVL Memphis, I could help with the ol' Spirit Of Radio through my show ( In the meantime, only the online playlists and personal recordings of The Modern World are available (unless you live in the Memphis area). You would be surprised at how many callers here keep telling me how they wished there was a CFNY where they lived.

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by DP »

When did the End stop streaming, they used to stream....I guess I will just have to listen to the Funky Monkey, I like the end but I am not within FM range right now...
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

Post by Dave Holden »

The End and most US stations stopped streaming a few years ago because it got too expensive. The US government was lobbied, and special interest prevailed (as usual). The royalty rates on internet radio are 3x (apparently) the royalties of broadcast, so a lot of stations stopped streaming. The End is waaaaaaaay better than funky Monkey and is in Vancouver, Victoia, the Valley, etc. on Cable FM 107.5. Also 94.7 NRK Portland is amazing now.
Dave Holden

The Spirit Of Radio equivalents in 2003.

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94.7 KNRK Portland sounds more CFNY than CFNY does now,,, (they just played Istanbul Or Constantinople from They Might Be Giants...) Here's the 94/7 Mantra:

The MUSIC comes first
We LISTEN. We want and respect your ideas
We actively SUPPORT our community
Music in the MORNING
prepare to be SURPRISED


KNRK is singing a different tune

Indie and nonstandard alternative rock replace shock jocks, and listeners are taking notice

The Oregonian, Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Flipping across your FM dial it's likely you've caught the slogan: "It's different here."

And if you've lit on 94.7 long enough, you've heard the proof: Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," and then The Killers' "Mr. Brightside." Greg Glover, "Alternative Mornings" co-host (and local label Arena Rock Records' founder), giving a two-minute history of an Australian band called INXS. Disc jockey Tara Dublin allotting Monday morning airtime for "The Blower's Daughter" -- a Damien Rice track that has yet to crack any of the trade's alternative rock charts.

Welcome to the new KNRK.

In the past seven months, since the triple-firing of deejays Marconi, Tiny and producer Nik J. Miles for their broadcast mocking of hostage Nicholas Berg's beheading, the Portland radio station has undergone a complete sonic makeover.

Gone is the coarse morning banter, and the harder-edged sound of bands like Korn and Godsmack, what station manager and programming director Mark Hamilton terms "Muppet rock."

Hamilton now encourages new on-air staffers, such as Glover and Dublin, and returning talent, such as Gustav, to delve into alternative rock's 25-year history and reach into its indie-rock future. And to play what they feel, even if what they're feeling doesn't fit into the industry's current, standard alternative-rock format.

"What we're doing is something no one has really done before, or is doing," says Hamilton, 42, who joined KNRK in May 1995, two months after it hit the airwaves, and prefers to call his on-air staff "presenters" instead of deejays. "So we're kind of going into uncharted waters here. We're writing the rules, making mistakes, right as we go along."

Though KNRK could have stuck with its former format, Hamilton chose a different path, citing the falling interest in "shock radio," a drop in the artistic quality of harder-edged alt-rock, and the station's own slipping ratings. Add to these the fact that radio competes with new sources of music like the Internet and satellite broadcasts.

"There was this opportunity after the Marconi incident," says Hamilton, "to serve and super-serve an audience in Portland that wasn't getting the music that it wanted."

Call it the alternative to alternative. It's the listeners, Hamilton says, who fueled KNRK's nearly-DIY-programming approach.

In June, the station conducted an online 50-question survey, asking 8,000 listeners everything from what they wanted in an on-air personality to the amount of contests they'd prefer. More than 7,100 surveys were returned in 10 days.

Result? Music mattered most.

So now there is a more of it (an average of 11 to 13 songs per hour), and talk has been stripped back to comments and news -- and maybe a little gossip -- about music. The style of In-Your-Face-Through-Your-Ear chatter is now left to other stations.

"I remember someone telling me that the first hour of my show was going to be up against Howard Stern," says Dublin, who came on last July, "And I was kind of like, 'Wow, OK, that's the biggest name in radio.' But I try not to think about that. I know I enjoy what I do and I love the music, and I hope that comes across."

The station's daily playlists span a broader spectrum of sounds as well.

Though Korn is banished, Green Day, Depeche Mode and David Bowie are mined. "Deeper cuts," that is, tracks from new albums that haven't yet been issued as singles, are allowed airtime as well. And Gustav, 34, is able to champion local bands, like Crosstide, via his afternoon show.

"(Portland) is such a hot spot musically," says Gustav, "and to be able to share that music now is astounding."

Though his morning show at KNRK with Daria O'Neill ended in 2003, his name topped the listener list of people they wanted back. ("Heartwarming," says Gustav).

"My first few days back, I was a little afraid," says Gustav, "I was so used to a preset format. It's like deejaying with your pants down; people see more of who you are by what you play."

Another move, and perhaps the savviest: KNRK added indie.

While independent rock acts like Ambulance, LTD., Keane, and the Killers ruled live venues and late-night talk show musical slots this past summer, and logged countless comments on rock blogs and chatrooms, finding these bands' tracks on the nation's radio dials was next to impossible. Active rock and traditional alt-rock formats, for much of the year, virtually shut this music out.

"KNRK was one of the first six stations to play (the Killers') 'Somebody Told Me,' " says Christine Chiapetta, vice-president of Modern Rock promotions for Island Records. "It totally arrived from the West Coast. It was San Francisco, KROQ in L.A., The End in Seattle, KNRK in Portland, and 91X in San Diego. 'NRK was one of those very early stations that played it, even before the band had a video done, before it took off at all."

Breaking bands is one thing. But are the changes helping where it counts: the ratings?

The most recent Arbitron book shows the station lost some teen listeners, a drop the station says it expected. But October 2004's cumulative numbers (which tracks listeners for this past summer) show KNRK ranked seventh overall for 18-49 year-olds, Monday through Sunday, 6 A.M. to midnight. This is a jump from the station's 10th-place ranking in the previous book, issued in July. More females are tuning in, too.

"It's nice to know that people in modern and alternative rock radio are doing things the old-fashioned way," says Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci, "and that there's deejays taking chances."
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