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Saturday, March 22, 2008

We're Back! (That's Good News, Right?)

Hey there...

Altrok Radio is back on the air.

The smoke has cleared, the skies have parted, and as it turns out, we have a future.

What happened? A few things:

- Lots and LOTS of encouragement. I mean LOTS, and I thank everyone who sent a thoughtful message or two for taking the time to do it. It's very much appreciated.

- Some of the obstacles that seemed so insurmountable Wednesday night turned out to be less formidable than expected.

- I saw a future without Altrok Radio, and it wasn't pretty. I *had* to fix that...

What remains to be done?

- The station is pretty much what it was when it shut down, and there won't be any new playlist adds, or airings of the weekly show, for a couple of weeks. Finding new tracks and producing the show take up the lions share of the time I have to do the station, so this'll free up the time I need to fix things I think are broken.

So, we're not entirely out of the woods yet. But there's music coming from the station now, and a plan to go forward. We'll do what we can to keep that happening.

Of course, you can keep helping in all the ways I've mentioned previously: tune in and stay tuned in, use our link at if and when you buy things from Amazon, and check out our advertisers at, too. Your interest in them helps put money in our hands.

And if I wasn't emphatic enough before, thank you for sending a note or two about what you'd be missing without Altrok Radio. That helped a lot; it really did.




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Welcome to, also available at and Here's where the remaining listeners of several fine radio stations have retreated, regrouped, and built a replacement strong enough to stand on its own. It builds on the independent legacy of New Jersey's FM106.3, New York's WPIX and WLIR, Oklahoma's 105.3 The Spy, the pre-buyout mindset of KROQ, WBCN and WHFS and of every other alternative station that was destroyed at a moment's notice - not because they weren't making money, but because there was bigger money to be found elsewhere.
We've stood by as truly independent alternative rock radio died. Sure, something called "alternative" took its place, but we know for sure that anything that "tests well" with soccer moms just ain't alternative. (Even if some of us happen to be soccer moms.) So we've taken matters into our own hands.
This really is independent alternative rock radio, visible here at and audible at our web radio station. It has the classic music that fired our passions back in the day - or that we maybe only heard about from our elders - but it's mostly made of the new music that does precisely the same for us now. We're paying attention to scenes all over the world, watching the energy build, and waiting to see what it creates. Wherever it happens, we'll make sure you can hear about it here. We've been slowly building all this since 2001, and now that you've noticed us, we're glad you're here.
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