News Fans Say Farewell To Popular Radio Station That Is Changing Formats

Several friends and I were discussing the demise of our favorite local radio station, which has been sold to a Christian broadcasting company. We will miss the eclectic mix of alternative rock, pop, and folk on the station, and we began to wonder what would be an appropriate last song to play before the change in format.

Here are ten tracks, all from bands who were often heard on the station, that would serve as a fitting coda.

One More Last Song by Kaiser Chiefs

This indie rock tune from Education, Education, Education and War epitomizes the station’s dedication to alternative acts.

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by the Smiths

Morrissey’s band, born about the same time as the station, has always been a favorite artist on it. The title sums up how many of us will feel after that final song is played.

Losing My Religion by REM

Some folks rely on spirituality for comfort, but many supporters of the station turn to the radio for that very reason. This title also makes sense in that a Bible company bought the station and will begin airing a Christian format in April.

Where Will You Go? by the Minus Five

This title from Down With Wilco is the question many of us fans are asking right now, for the radio choices in our city are rather narrow.

Up the Junction by Squeeze

Lyricist Chris Difford took this Cool For Cats title from a common British phrase for being in a troubled situation without much hope.

Troubled Times by Fountains of Wayne

Before “Stacy’s Mom” became a huge hit for this New England indie rock quartet, our station had several tracks from their first two albums in heavy rotation.

No Sunlight by Death Cab For Cutie

Ben Gibbard and all of his projects remained favorites of the disc jockeys, who will unfortunately be no longer a bright spot on the radio dial.

You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go by Bob Dylan

In dark times there is no better record to play than Blood On the Tracks, which features this poignant heartbreaker.

1985 by the Minor Leagues

Ben Walpole’s band fills two characteristics of the station, in that they are a local band as well as an indie rock act.

Not the Same by Ben Folds

The oldies station plays “Brick” occasionally, but it was our station that brought us dozens of other tracks by the guy who recorded “Rockin’ the Suburbs.”

Whatever serves as the last song, as soon as it ends we agreed that we will all need to find a different station for the preset 1 button on our dashboard radios.