This won't be of much interest to those outside the Triangle, NC area (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill), but for one reason or another I thought I would address it. Growing up WRDU 106.1 was the classic rock station here. It was a great station, nice mix of classic and modern rock, good morning show, blah blah blah. It was voted into Rolling Stone's Top 10 list several times.
It started going downhill in the mid to late 1990s (ClearChannel took it over), and for the last few years its been unlistenable. Frankly, I gave up on it a long time ago and moved to sattelite radio. But this past weekend somebody flipped a magic switch and it went from "The Triangle's Home for Classic Rock" to (sigh) "106.1 The Rooster" - a country station.
I haven't listened to 106 in a long time, but its still sad watching the fixtures of your youth go away. I guess the Tower Records thread made me think of it.
wow.... that sucks..... i used to love that station. i could at times pull in it down in wilmington and i always listened to it while traveling to walnut creek. it was a good station. but i guess i miss the clear channel years it has been a while since it tuned it in.
No more Blade. No more Hacker Golf Tournament. Remember his friend "Johnny" that would call in and request Skynyrd and Black Crowes, while making strange bubbling/inhaling noises? Funny stuff.
Everything changes, I guess. The people who will feel the biggest impact are the songwriters. A dramatic decrease in royalties for "Radar Love" or "The Joker", etc.
(IMHO, you can only hear "Black Dog" so many times without being desensitized.)
At any rate, The Home of Rock and Roll is missed.
Wonder where Blade went, he was w/ RDU from the start.
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