WOXY, Cincinnati’s alternative rock format radio station, is leaving the airwaves this week. The station hoped to carry on in internet-only format; but monetary restraints are preventing that from happening.
WOXY has been a big supporter of local boys The Afghan Whigs and continued to spin Dulli with The Twilight Singers.
The Cincinnati Enquirer is running a story called WOXY Memories today. It includes a statement from Greg.
Greg Dulli, former leader of the Afghan Whigs: When I was a teenager, I would listen to WOXY nonstop. The DJs befriended me, encouraged me to push it musically and finally let me come up to the studio to spin records in the middle of the night. Sometimes I would play side one of Van Halen II, just to light up the phones and (anger) the punk rockers.
The (annual Modern Rock) 500, the 97Xposure (Local Band of the Year contest), the hands-on recruiting of fringe acts to come play to a musical scorched earth (southern Ohio), was an inspired display of gallantry. The inevitability of this happening to such a righteous wild card saddens and angers me. But the age of innocence is as fleeting as true love, and it was better to have 97X for as long as we did than to not have had it at all. So, viva WOXY. You messed me up good.
Update: 97X to become X97.7 – New Rock First. Cincy Post