Radio Days

How odd.  I had no idea (or had somehow forgotten) that Atlanta’s 99X was changing formats, essentially putting an end to one era of (commercially viable, post-Nirvana) alternative music in Atlanta.  The station provided me with a decent introduction to alternative rock back in the early 1990s when I was an M.A. student at Georgia State University, but as the station increasingly began to play heavy alternative, I sort of lost interest.  Still, it’s sort of sad to see the station disappear from Atlanta’s airwaves, even though Album 88 and WREK have been better for a long time.  It’s also sort of lame that they signed off with “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” the Green Day song that became a good-bye cliche around the time that Seinfeld stopped making new episodes.


  1. JM Said,

    January 25, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

    I have a number of cassettes sitting in a box somewhere of local folk doing their first radio interviews on 99X. [wrek, too, but at least they’re still around, right??] Maybe this will motivate me to digitize them for keeps. Kind of sad.

  2. Chuck Said,

    January 25, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

    Yep, WREK is still around and available online. 99X will also continue to “broadcast” online only, but it’s disappointing to know they won’t be available on the radio dial anymore.

    That collection of cassettes sounds really cool. Their Live X and Locals Only segments were always quite good (as was/is Album 88’s Georgia Music Show).

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