January 13, 2005

The Death of HFS

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.

4 comments:

The Dancing Kids said...

I am just DEVASTATED. I remember when it was 102.3 and you had to do all kinds of yoga moves to get the signal - and it was so great - you used to hear cuts off of albums that weren't the singles - like I remember driving to h.s. one morning and being THRILLED because they played "Kite" by Kate Bush!

I mean really when I think about it, this radio station moulded a large part of my personality as it relates to the music I listen to. Even though I haven't lived near it's signal in about 15 years (OLD!! level 9!) I will miss it.

The Dancing Kids said...

Also interesting that "Last Goodbye" was the song this time - when it went off the air (from 102.3) the last song was "Afterhours" by the Velvet Underground...

xolondon said...

When I mentioned Suzanne Vega, specifically I remember Weasel (sp?) playing a live, unreleased version of "Gypsy" at least a year before that 2nd album came out. I taped it and "Island Of Jewels" by Winter Hours on one cassette from the radio.

This is all funny b/c you just know that in 1985 there was someone saying, "This industry is in the crapper. It's all about money now." Little did they know...

small squirrel said...

well where the fuck have I been (don't answer that!!!) that I had no idea this had even happened. I suppose I don't listen to radio that much anymore, so... but still... sad... even if it does save us from being tortured with more Hoobastank.

El Zol? Me no get it...