Joe Long grew up a 97X fan and started his "Each Note Secure" music blog in 2004... right about the time the terrestrial station signed off. But when woxy.com got its second wind in 2006 (the Lala era), he joined as an on-air personality. He revived Local Lixx, started The Futurist blog, and uprooted his family to stay with the station as it moved to to Austin in the summer 2009. He was still on board when woxy.com ceased streaming in March of 2010. We caught up with Joe to talk about the dot-com era, his Frank Black shuttle service, and his current gig as "Vices Editor" for Uncrate.com.
A self-described "97X listener/scenester/scruffy little punky New Wave dude," Howard started playing in bands as a teenager and has never stopped rocking. His current band, Cereal Killers, played their first gig at Sudsy Malone's on Short Vine in 1989, and their current set list consists predominantly of songs that graced the 97X airwaves back in the day: punk, New Wave, garage rock... We chat with Howard about dropping The Village People for Generation X, college parties and car wrecks (they go together), what 97Xposure meant to his bands, the Modern Rock 500, and his side hustle as a jingle singer/voiceover artist.
In this coronavirus "Local Lockdown Lixx" bonus episode, singer/songwriter/guitarist Rob Fetters (The Raisins, The Bears, psychodots and solo releases) talks about the free house concert live streams he's been doing every weekend, provides some Zen guidance on how to cope during COVID craziness... and tells the tale of the time long ago when Ted Nugent ("The Motor City Madman") brought him from darkness to light.
You can find links to Rob's upcoming house concerts via his website, RobFetters.net. You'll also find links to the YouTube recordings of previous shows, and a great video for his song "Not the End."
(Due to scheduling conflicts, Dave couldn't participate in this interview. You're stuck with the schmuck.)
Robin James is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte and the author of three books... with a book about 97X in the works. She grew up listening to the station from age 11 on, including her time as an oboe major (yes!) at Miami University. Robin still has a fond place in her heart for the 97X/woxy.com music community, and the DIY ethos that made it truly unique. Dave and Damian talk to Robin about her research for the 97X book, the Modern Rock 500 and intersection of philosophy and music.
You can check out some of Robin's writing on her blog, It's Her Factory. She also wrote a great piece about the Modern Rock 500 for Belt Magazine.
Musician. Producer. Recording Engineer. Photographer. Non-traditional college student... John Curley is best known for his work with the Afghan Whigs, but he's also played in a few local bands, and produced and/or engineered music for hundreds, mostly at Ultrasuede Studio. He's still playing, still producing, but recently went back to college as well. We chat with John about all those things -- and the worst radio promotion the Afghan Whigs ever did --- in this episode.
Joe Sampson joined 97X as a Miami University student intern (a.k.a. "Breakfast Club co-producer") in 1993 and stuck around as a weekender after he graduated before moving on to short stint as a writer for CityBeat, and a 12-year career as a news producer at Channel 19 and later Channel 9 in Cincinnati. He now has come full circle as a Miami U. professor. We chat with "Mighty Joe" about his late nights with "Mama Jazz", 97X softball teams, and his undying love for both Steve Baker and another 97X student intern.
Kathie Lucas worked at 97X for a decade, yet was never live on the air. Instead she handled a number of crucial behind-the-scenes roles from 1994-2004... "Director of First Impressions," Traffic Director (i.e. scheduling the commercials), Promotions Director... she even raised her daughter at the station! Dave and Damian chat with Kathie about her many roles (including a starring role in a commercial), her Harlequin romance moment, the infamous "butt coolers" at Lollapalooza, and her amazing warehouse stash of 97X promo items.
A self-proclaimed "bit player" at 97X in the late 80s, Timothy Hiatt joined the station fresh out of high school, stayed for only a year, and has gone on to a great career as a world-renowned photographer based in Chicago. Tim talks to Dave and Damian about how 97X still influences his life, his gigs as a music photographer, and how he came full circle with Bob Mould.
Bryan Jay Miller joined 97X as a Breakfast Club student intern in the mid-90s, and stuck around after graduating from Miami U., working in sales, promotions and eventually managing the station's digital presence (website and stream) and serving as the station's general manager when it went online-only. Brian talks to Dave and Damian about his many roles, testifying before Congress, and living on a boat. We also try to figure out where all the music (CDs, LPs, etc.) that woxy.com owned wound up.
Matt Harris was already a radio veteran when he joined 97X in 1984, having worked in college radio at Ohio U. and the local rock station in Athens, Ohio. He spent a few years at WOXY, doing overnights briefly and then serving as Program Director for a long stint. Matt shares his favorite memories from his 97X days and updates Dave and Damian on his many roles in the radio game.