I am officially old. Yesterday WHFS died and everyone is in shock! It became the "El Zol" Spanish station (how obvious!) after 35 years of alternative. Mind you, I have not played HFS for several years - their recent idea of alternative was often Blink 182, which belies the very word alternative. This was the station where I first heard Tim Buckley (note that his son Jeff Buckley's song "Last Goodbye" was the final track played), Suzanne Vega (before she "lived on the second floor") and Winter Hours. Remember Bob Waugh, Weasle and Damian, the beloved DJ with the speech impediment? They even played NRBQ! Who actually listens to NRBQ!?
I read that the DJ's were told just one hour before it happened at noon, and then a chirpy Spanish voice came on the airwaves. Good God. What a crass world we live in.
Article from WaPo
Alternative to this sadness: WFUV in New York - this is much more like what HFS was in the 80's and you can listen online. It's Jim C's fave, for those who know him.