97X was a small but mighty station in many ways. Being on the outskirts, in the fringes, left of center, off of the strip (to paraphrase Suzanne Vega) with a small (but dedicated) listener base allowed us to get away with stuff that other stations couldn't or wouldn't do. Not just with our music playlist (or lack of a playlist, really), but also with the other stuff that made its way to our airwaves, like having a 5th grader do the weather report, doing live "remote" broadcasts from the lobby, throwing birthday parties for Abe Vigoda and sharing secrets from romance novel cover model Fabio. Dave and Damian chat with the weatherperson, play some bits, and also announce the winner of the 97X 10th Anniversary "name the 4th band" contest.
John "J.J" Jesser worked side by side with The Bakerman on the Breakfast Club morning show in the early days of 97X... and he's got the coffee mug to prove it. He started out as a part-timer during his Miami University undergrad days, and did news, DJ shifts, production... and played in local bands as well. Dave and Damian talk to him about those early days, find out what he's up to now... and discuss his "metal name" and pet poop.
Barb Abney spent more than a decade at 97X and woxy.com, starting in the summer of 1994 and doing middays from 1998 through 2006, when she moved to Minneapolis to work for The Current for 8+ years. She continues to play great music and support local bands as the morning show host at KFAI-FM in the Twin Cities. Dave and Damian talk to Barb about dressing for success, her collection of 97X paraphernalia, stalking the Afghan Whigs and lessons learned in the station bathroom.
Dan "Danny Crash" Reed is the self-described "Forrest Gump" of the music business. He was a young DJ at 97X when it changed formats in 1983, and later became program director (while also playing in local bands). After leaving 97X, Dan worked at Bogart's, WNKU, WFPK (Louisville) and is now the afternoon host/music director at WXPN in Philadelphia and talent manager for the syndicated World Cafe program. He has 101 stories about the old days - which is why we had to make his interview a two-parter. You can follow Dan on Twitter: @WXPNDanReed and Instagram: WXPNDANREED
Matt Shiverdecker, a.k.a. Shiv, ran the gamut at 97X... from boyhood superfan/long-distance listener to station intern to part-time DJ to full-timer at 97X, then woxy.com, where he worked until the bitter(sweet) end in Austin, Texas. Dave and Damian talk to Matt about his journey, get his take on the online station's untimely demise, and find out more about middle school broadcast camp and the top-secret WOXY historical archives.
Jae Forman ruled the evening shift in the early to mid 90s, and also served as the music director during the grunge era, a pivotal point in the station's history. She also was the Queen of 97Xtrabeats, bringing her club DJ skills to that popular Saturday evening show. Dave and Damian chat with Jae about how she got the job, the grunge explosion, picking songs as music director, her first in-studio interview with a band, life after radio and... yes, Dave's favorite topic: butt coolers.
There were dozens if not hundreds of DJs at 97X/woxy.com over the years. Robin Plan was easily the most unique. A free-spirited person who took freeform radio to a whole new level, every evening after midnight, Robin transported 97X listeners far, far away from the ordinary, to an entirely different universe, and a magical place called Planet X. Dave and Damian talk to Robin about how she pushed the limits throughout her radio career, and what the station meant to her.
More of Dave and Damian's conversation with Steve "Daedalus" Stenken, the original program director when WOXY-FM became "modern rock for Cincinnati" (and Oxford!) Steve talk about disco barns, horse racing, Robin Plan, the Jockey Club... and why Damian was his stalker for years.
Steve "Daedalus" Stenken was working as the nighttime DJ at WOXY back in 1983, and doing a weekly one-hour "modern rock" program... he suggested that the station should change the format to all modern rock. The rest is radio history. Steve joins Dave and Damian in the party dungeon to talk about those formative years... and bust some myths along the way.