From JOX to R.E.M.: 100.5 FM’s change

08.15.2008 by André Natta · → 14 Comments

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Whitney and her guest contributor pal Arik Sokol are here to clue you in on this morning’s transition on 100.5FM from a sports format to “alternative rock”.

Why do I hear TOBY KEITH? KIIIIIIDDING.

So, as of 10:05am this morning, 100.5 is now Live100.5, Birmingham’s modern music complete with an opening setlist featuring REM’s Radio Free Europe (because that’s modern, in a classical sense) and Death Cab for Cutie’s I Will Possess Your Heart.

Tune in for less talk, more of a radio-friendly alternative vibe, complete with former WRAX programmer David Rossi’s expertise and Scott Register’s famous radio show once a week.

So what does man about town Arik Sokol think about this change? (and I quote): “I was ready to turn the beat around with some Gloria Estefan. But’s it’s good that rock and roll is back. I’m going to hope that my iPod gets a little rest and my radio gets cranked way up!”

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rice bax
rice bax

bout time that kid got some press. I say let em rock.

rice bax
rice bax

bout time that kid got some press. I say let em rock.

Whitney
Whitney

@ Dave: AHAHAHA. I second you on the whore sentiment, and also INTERPOL ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOMG. They are my favorite band. And that is not hyperbole. I'm so serious. If any station even remotely considered playing INTERPOL in our town, I would effectively have to quit my job and begin admin-ing some heroworship/fanpage for them!

Whitney
Whitney

@ Dave: AHAHAHA. I second you on the whore sentiment, and also INTERPOL ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOMG. They are my favorite band. And that is not hyperbole. I'm so serious. If any station even remotely considered playing INTERPOL in our town, I would effectively have to quit my job and begin admin-ing some heroworship/fanpage for them!

Dave(not that one, the other one)
Dave(not that one, the other one)

yeah, can we get some Interpol on that station? Also, isn't calling Sokol a "man about town" just a nice way of calling him a whore?

Dave(not that one, the other o
Dave(not that one, the other o

yeah, can we get some Interpol on that station? Also, isn't calling Sokol a "man about town" just a nice way of calling him a whore?

Ben
Ben

I just heard Rock n Roll Lifestyle by Cake. I AM SOLD!! This is so much better than anything else we have on the radio in Bham!

Ben
Ben

I just heard Rock n Roll Lifestyle by Cake. I AM SOLD!! This is so much better than anything else we have on the radio in Bham!

Whitney
Whitney

JC, I'm with you on that one. That's sort of my fear always. I tend to be pleasantly surprised with Reg (esp. after hearing the new Kings of Leon AND a Jeff Buckley cover this morning), but as for the other programming... we'll see if it's nu-metal or a real alternative. I HOPE IT'S AWESOME.

Whitney
Whitney

JC, I'm with you on that one. That's sort of my fear always. I tend to be pleasantly surprised with Reg (esp. after hearing the new Kings of Leon AND a Jeff Buckley cover this morning), but as for the other programming... we'll see if it's nu-metal or a real alternative. I HOPE IT'S AWESOME.

jc
jc

I'll give it a listen. But I swear -- if I hear Marcy Playground, Nickelback, Sister Hazel, or Godsmack...there's gonna be trouble.

jc
jc

I'll give it a listen. But I swear -- if I hear Marcy Playground, Nickelback, Sister Hazel, or Godsmack...there's gonna be trouble.

CJ
CJ

I am SO STINKING EXCITED about the format change. SO, SO excited.

CJ
CJ

I am SO STINKING EXCITED about the format change. SO, SO excited.