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 Do Your Local AM/FM Stations Play Metal?

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PostSubject: Do Your Local AM/FM Stations Play Metal?   Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:21 pm

I've lived in several cities in my life- Born in Saint Mary's, PA, Grew up in East Peoria, IL, Went to college in Normal, IL, then moved to Grand Haven, MI, then Tempe, AZ, and finally back to East Peoria, IL.

In Saint Mary's, where I still go back occasionally to visit relatives, the only decent stations are Megarock, a classic rock station which occaisonally plays Zeppelin and AC/DC, and does a 2 hour show called Rock Hard Saturday Night, and a classic hits station, WQKY 98.9, the River, based in nearby Emporium, which plays Dee Snider's House Of Hair on Thursdays. There was also another station in the 1990s call the Revoltion, an alternative/modern rock station coming out of State College, which occasionally played metal, usually the mallcore variety, until it changed formats sometime around 2005.

In Normal, the main rock station, WIHN plays mostly alternative music(It's a college town), emo, and mallcore, though they do occasionally play some old Metallica or Priest or Maiden in addition to airing House Of Hair on Sunday mornings(when most people who'd listen in are either sleeping off the night before or in church!). The Illinois State University(Where I went to school) station, WZND, though does have a heavy metal show on Thursdays, though it's only available thru cable radio or online. WESN, the college station for Illinois Wesleyan University in next-door Bloomington(Franklin Street, running thru both towns, is the ONLY street in the entire world with a university on both ends), which was available over the open airwaves, did have Death by Volume on Mondays and Saturdays, which included Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Metal Church, Helloween, Mercyful Fate, Megadeth, and Manowar.

In Grand Haven, the best station available was WKLQ in Grand Rapids, which had Out of Control Saturday Night(Which admittedly played a lot of mallcore), Rock Hard Sunday(Featuring 80's hair bands), and New Metal Monday(which SOMEHOW saw fit to include Insane Clown Posse!!). Sadly, WKLQ got rid of those shows and went downhill and finally changed formats. WMMR in nearby Muskegon plays House Of Hair on Sundays.

In Tempe, the best station is KUPD, which every Sunday has Into The Pit, a 2-hour metal show with some pretty raw stuff. Another station, KDKB, plays House Of Hair on Saturday nights.

Back in East Peoria, until 2006 the best local station, WIXO, really doesn't have a metal show, although they do play metal, although most of it's more like mallcore and nu-metal bands like Saliva, Papa Roach, etc. A new station, WDQX 102.3, MAXfm, which is at least not corporate owned, plays some pre-sellout Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pat Travers, Rainbow, etc.

And last but not least, the local album rock station, WWCT, which I grew up listening to, and was the best local station at the time, and played Sabbath, Priest, Riot, etc., had taken a nose dive from the early 1990's until about 2003 when they switched to an all-request format, playing requests from Suicidal Tendencies, Slayer, Megadeth, to Johnny Cash(!!), and also had House of Hair on Sunday mornings, until it changed formats in October 2006 to adult hits and finally 2 years later to alternative rock.

I should also add that back in the early-mid 80's, I was able to get WLUP from Chicago by running speaker wire from the cable connection on my TV to my stereo. Back then the Loop played Riot, Michael Schenker, the B'zz, Saxon, Motorhead,...In fact the Loop was the first place I ever heard those bands.
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PostSubject: Re: Do Your Local AM/FM Stations Play Metal?   Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:07 am

Lived in UAE and Malaysia...and so far no stations that play anything close to metal.
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PostSubject: Re: Do Your Local AM/FM Stations Play Metal?   Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:47 am

WROQ 101 does classical rock and 93.3 the planet does shitty metal like korn and hard rock, but they have a good talk show in the morning.


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PostSubject: Re: Do Your Local AM/FM Stations Play Metal?   Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:26 pm

One local station plays "hard rock". The closest to metal is that they play the song Master of Puppets once in awhile.



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PostSubject: Re: Do Your Local AM/FM Stations Play Metal?   Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:59 am

yeah that happens....There is this cafe around here that sometimes plays Van Halen, Guns n Roses and Led Zeppelin....but that's as far as it goes.....and that's not radio so....yeah
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PostSubject: Re: Do Your Local AM/FM Stations Play Metal?   Tue May 01, 2012 2:48 am

I used to run a metal show on the local radio station here. That's 10 years ago now, and as far as I know, there haven't been any metal shows since.
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