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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WRXP: (Mostly) Sold

Well, all we've got is data points. We can't tie them all together, but here's what's we've got:

WRXP's owner, Emmis Broadcasting, has announced the sale of a majority stake in WRXP and two Chicago stations (including alternative Q101 and classic rocker The Loop) to "Merlin Media", which then magically got sold partly to an equity group, and partly to a group headed by Randy Michaels.

Randy Michaels will, in our opinion, do no favors for music fans of any stripe. The consolidation of Clear Channel was his baby, and we know what wonderful things that's done for radio listeners. We welcome any attempt by him to prove us wrong.

There's also been a new web domain registration that could indicate future direction, or could just be a domain squatter:

And that's what we've got - make of it what you will.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

In The Last Few Hours, We Played These Bands

Here's a laundry list of bands for you...

808 State, Arctic Monkeys, Art Brut, Bedouin Soundclash, Bibio, Daft Punk, Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, Dead Snares, The Dig, Elvis Costello, Foster The People, Front 242, Green Day, Gypsyblood, Hammer No More the Fingers, Here We Go Magic, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Garland Jeffreys, Katie The Pest, Keren Ann, Liam Lynch, Little Comets, Mark Ronson, Modest Mouse, Quincy Mumford, Nine Inch Nails, Oh No Oh My, Plain Jane Automobile, Re-Flex, Saint Motel, Seapony, Shirley Bassey with Propellerheads, Sondre Lerche, The Cars, The Clash, The Comsat Angels, The Cure, The Hold Steady, The Joggers, The Joy Formidable, The Killers, The King Blues, The Kooks, The Postelles, The Ukrainians, We Became Actors, Weekend, XTC

...what links them together? They all got played this morning on Altrok 90.5 HD2.

Did you miss them? Fix that, and tune in. I'm sure what we've got coming up is just as good...

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

New Music. Altrok Haz It.

We've just added more.

Yes, more.

We do that.

Go forth and listen.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Got An iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad? Get HD Radio For $20

Radio Shack just put the Gigaware HD Radio attachment for your Apple touchscreen of choice (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad) on sale for $20 - go get 'em!

Gigaware™ In-line Control with HD Radio for iPhone®

(Then tune in - or just do that here.)

Thursday, June 02, 2011

A Bunch Of New Music Hits The Altrok Airwaves

Being more diligent about letting you know what we've added is probably a good here's the new stuff:

Bedouin Soundclash - Mountain Top
Big Talk (Ronnie Vannucci from The Killers) - Getaways
The Cars - Free
Dredg - The Thought Of Losing You
Emily's Army - Broadcast This
Endless Wave - The Rising Tide
Falcon - Say Goodbye
Green, Cee Lo - (You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care
Hunger, Sophie - The Beat Is Full
Hush Now, The - Constellations (from their newly remixed release of their 2009 album)
Lemuria - Pleaser
Liam Finn - The Struggle
Mazes - Most Days
My Morning Jacket - First Light
Plain Jane Automobile - Every Dirty Hand
Postelles, The - Can't Stand Still
Radical Dads - Walking Wires
Seapony - Dreaming
Sondre Lerche - Private Caller
The Hundred Days - Sex U
White Apple Tree - Circles

...and from May 24:

Art Brut - Lost Weekend
The Death Set - Can You Seen Straight [EFC]
Dengue Fever - Uku
Here We Go Magic - Backwards Time
Hooray For Earth - Sails
Intimate Stranger - Under
Kissing Cousins - Throw Her Body In The River
Little Comets - Adultery
Man Man - Knuckle Down
Mansions - Blackest Sky
The Postelles - 123 Stop
Sleeper Agent - Proper Taste
Stepdad - Squares

All this can be heard by a reasonably patient (yet oh so forward looking) listener by tuning in to us at Altrok 90.5 HD2 either on your HD Radio, or here on the Web.
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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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