Friday, March 21, 2008

My Favorite Atlanta Radio Stations

Yesterday during my lunch break, I set my radio buttons. They were all messed up because I got in a car accident earlier this year (which I'll post about later . . .). Anyway, I had forgotten to set them until yesterday, and I thought it might be fun to tell you what stations they're set for. So here they are, in order of frequency:

  • 90.1 - WABE, Atlanta's Home for the Classics and NPR News. It's oddly entertaining to listen to Lois Reitzes in the morning, and I love "All Things Considered" with Robert Siegel, Michele Norris, and Melissa Block. It makes for a nice drive home.
  • 92.9 - Dave FM. I like listening to Mara Davis's lunch-hour radio show. She's a nut, and I like her for it. Other than that, this rock station is pretty good. But I miss the old "Z93" days.
  • 94.1 - A.K.A., Star 94. This station plays popular music. It's okay sometimes, but I'm more of a rocker, so it's never my first choice. I don't know why I hate to admit it, but I like listening to "The Cindy and Ray Show" sometimes after work. Especially on Wednesdays with Dr. Blue. I like his accent.
  • 96.1 - We used to know this station as "96 Rock," but now it's something ridiculous like "Project 9-6-1." Lame. This station was really good once upon a time, but now they play crazy stuff sometimes, like screamo. Yuck. I still sometimes stumble upon something good now and again, though.
  • 97.1 - The River. My Atlanta rock station of choice. They play Led Zeppelin a fair amount, so you know they're good. I'll never understand the nickname, though. "The River?" River of what?
  • 98.5 - B 98.5. This is Atlanta's soft rock station. If you hear "Escape (The Pina Colada)" song on the radio, you can bet you're on 98.5. It's also the new spot for Delilah, who used to be on "Peach 94.9." That was a good station, too -- one of the only ones that played Christmas music. :(
  • 99.7 - Known as "99x" until this year, when it became the frequency for "All the Hits Q100." 99x was good, but it had started getting annoying. Q100 is okay; they play popular music. It's sometimes the gross popular music -- like dirty rap songs and "rock" music. Sometimes they have good stuff on, though, and they sponsor good concerts. Mostly I keep them on my queue because my friend Lyndel works there as an intern. (Hi, Lyndel!)
  • 100.5 - This was, of course, the home of Q100, but since they use 99.7 now, there's speculation about this station. Word on the street (or the Internet, rather) is that it's going to be a rock station. Yesssss.
  • 106.7 - True Oldies. This frequency used to be a favorite of country fans. Fortunately for me, it changed this week. The switch is so new, in fact, that they don't even have an official Web site.
Can you guess which station is my favorite? That's right -- it's True Oldies 106.7. Yesterday they played Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." So you know it's a quality station. I really, really love it. Try it out sometime!

Readers, what are you listening to?

Thing I'm thankful for: The weather today; it's lovely!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, thank you, Sara, for telling me!!!! Really!!! Oldies back on Atlanta radio?!!! It's too good to be true!

I hate what happened to Atlanta radio and I miss my oldies the most.


12:55 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I know, I know! I really think this one's going to succeed because it's not just oldies from the '50s and early '60s, it's oldies up to the '70s, too. So it's basically all the great musical decades rolled into one station!


9:16 AM  
Blogger Jacki said...

I love Dr. Blue too! You are at my house right now and I already told you that, but I am going to tell you here too!

I really like the Georgia State Station 88.5 & Clark Atlanta 91.1. 88.5 plays some unique music which is a nice break sometimes and 91.1 is jazz. Speaking of jazz, I do like 107.5 smooooth Jazz too!

Then on Tuesdays I tune into Dave Ramsey on 640am, but I guess that is for another post.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara: Thanks for the tip about True Oldies 106.7. Atlanta radio has been on a downward curve since Randy and Spiff got cancelled. I heard "Be my baby" by the Ronettes on the way to WalMart early this morning and thought of your Mom! You have such classy taste in music.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the 4th movt of Beethoven's ninth is set to Friedrich Schiller's poem Ode to Joy, or Ode to Freedom... and Schiller adapted the play Turandot into the form that Puccini composed the music to for the opera...

Beethoven also wrote Hallelujah Chorus which is brilliant, and I believe you heard it today. A song very fitting for a day like today, Easter.

It is great to have the creations of those who have gone before to enjoy today.


9:28 PM  
Blogger Lyndel said...

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6:03 AM  
Blogger Lyndel said...

Thanks for the shout out sara! And guess what- now i'm not so much an intern, but a producer for the show... best part is that I get paid now!

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sara,

I'm so mad that 92.9 changed the format of their morning show. I think the new hosts are so annoying!! I guess my favorites are 97.1, 92.9 and 98.5. I don't get what's with the name "the River" either. And it's not so new anymore, so would they stop saying "the new 97.1, the River?"


6:55 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Music is awesome! It would also be awesome if the FM radio worked in my car. And even though my radio is not fully functional,
I am so excited there's an oldies station again! I used to ride around with my Dad in his pick up truck and listen to Fox 97! Those were the days. Fun post!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Queen said...

I love your blog. We love listening to 107.5 WJZZ Jeremiah asks me to listen to the music with no words in it. I love WABE Fresh air is my favorite. I love sappy love songs, so I listen to Delilah when I'm in the car at night.

6:47 PM  

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