Good Riddance To Indie 103.1

Indie 103.1 in LA is gone. In their announcement they state that they no longer wanted to play the “game”.

Due to these challenges, Indie 103.1 was recently faced with only one option — to play the corporate radio game.

We have decided not to play that game any longer. Rather than changing the sound, spirit, and soul of what has made Indie 103.1 great Indie 103.1 will bid farewell to the terrestrial airwaves and take an alternative course.

Implying that of late their programming was influenced by pay-to-play. Some are clamoring for it to come back. But given the fact that they admitted to abandoning any semblance of “indieness” why should we care?

If people want true indie they could stream WFMU, download any number of podcasts or simply visit blogs and create their own playlist. Am I being cold in thinking that the station doesn’t matter and should be gone? Was it really all that and a bag of chips?

This all reminds me of one of the best modern day songs concerning nostalgia for the way radio used to be. Doesn’t this song by Antsy McClain just nail it on the head and give you goosebumps down the back of your neck?

Captain Midnight [Download]

Bonus video for Antsy McClain’s “I Was Just Flipped Off By A Silver-Haired Old Lady With a Honk if You Love Jesus Sticker on the Bumper of Her Car”

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4 Responses to “Good Riddance To Indie 103.1”

  1. Donewithurblog says:

    Interesting that you would make such a broad assumption as to the intentions of the people at Indie. There were a lot of people trying to make that station the best it could be, while others were trying to turn it into something more corporate in order to get advertising dollars to keep it around. One side won, and it wasn't the good side. So, let's just dismiss the hard work by a bunch of music lovers?

    You just keep your nose turned up. It's so much easier to do, isn't it?

  2. cbonnell says:

    Clearly I was referring to the side that won then

  3. Dan says:

    Wow! That Antsy McClain just blew me away! As one of those guys, who many years ago worked as a “Captain Midnight” at a medium market station, this song sums it up. Those of us lucky enough to have held those positions were the last to be able to program at least a little bit of our own music. We were also able to take requests and try our best to fit them in. We also got to talk to that lonely lady who thought we were her lover, and the guy who'd call every hour asking if we thought it was going to rain tomorrow, even though the forecast called for frigging rain all day. If radio can ever purify itself, Captain Midnight might be back. Many will say that the ship has sailed already, and it's far too late, but I won't give up hope. “Live and local” radio will be it's only salvation.

  4. Kevin says:

    I miss Indie for the times when I'm in my car for ten minutes and don't want to bother with the iPod. And Watsui Rodeo was a great show. But it was only a matter of time…