Classic Rock Radio Stations
Classic rock radio stations are fairly common these days. Many of these stations evolved from progressive rock stations in the '60s, back when DJs could play whatever they liked. Now, these stations play familiar '60s and '70s rock standards. However, the histories of some of these classic rock stations are interesting. Below are a few noteworthy examples of classic rock stations, along with a few juicy historical tidbits.
- 95.5 KLOS - Back in the day, and by back in the day we mean the '70s, KLOS battled it out with KMET for the hard rock crown. Well, KMET went new age, but KLOS has survived as Los Angeles' primary classic rock station.
- Q104.3 - This New York classic rock station was once owned by Starr Broadcast Group, when William F. Buckley was its Chairman. At that time, it was classical music, not classic rock. Buckley admitted loving the Bach more than the rock, however, he knew that rock & roll was better for business.
- WLUP - The Loop 97.9 FM - This Chicago classic rock station has quite a history. It was once owned by L & P Broadcasting, where the "L" stood for Leonard Chess, the man that ran the famous Chess Records label. Emmis Communications owns it now.
- WNCX - This Cleveland classic rock station's call letters stand for "North Coast eXpress." When the station changed it's call letters from WGCL to WNCX, it aired Beatles records non-stop for 72-hours.
- KSHE 95 - This St. Louis classic rock radio station started broadcasting in 1961. The reason why it had "she" in its name was because it played music targeted towards women. The station's mascot is a sunglasses-wearing pig named Sweet Meat.