Originally Posted by SunDeck
Yes, another tragedy. My radio listening switched to OXY in the mid eighties as I my tastes changed, but that was about the same time that I think WEBN was losing it's edge. I don't really blame them because they certainly remained a hit with my demographic in Cincinnati, which loved what they were playing; Billy Squier, Ozzy Osbourne, Don Henley, Heart, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Twisted Sister. I just found all that stuff to be boring and went from Led Zeppelin and the Who to the Clash and Black Flag. What I discovered was the developing campus oriented and "alternative" music scene, which seemed much more like the music WEBN started with in the 70s (the spirit of it, I mean).
I went the same route. AOR stations got stale playing the same old stuff, so I switched to listening to alt rock and college stations. Clear Channel bought out the AOR stations and made them worse and then bought the alt rock stations and changed their format. Now it's all programmed by computers with playlists chosen by record companies and music listeners fleeing to other outlets. I remember the Christmas episode of WKRP where they show a future radio station with Herb Tarlek at a desk next to a computer running the station. Seems oddly prescient now.
I wish I could afford to resubscribe to XM, but for now it's NPR and an alt station run by high school kids for me.