97X - Rumblings from the Big Bush
Joe ”Rock the” Voet, Model Citizen

Joe ”Rock the” Voet, Model Citizen

December 12, 2021

Joe Voet was a mild-mannered student in a small Midwestern college town, working at the Miami U. student radio station and listening to 97X... until one day Rictile turned him into Joe "Rock the" Voet, political correspondent. That led to a Breakfast Club co-producer role, with highs (a meeting with The Cure) and lows (reading the news on-air without any prep).

Joe claims he was the worst Breakfast Club co-producer ever, but we beg to differ. We talk to him about his 97X memories, and learn how he's used his IT skills to build a mini-97X radio station that he listens to every day. We also learn that Damian sucks at geography. 

A second helping of Barb Abney

A second helping of Barb Abney

November 25, 2021

Here's more from our chat with 97X/woxy.com alum Barb Abney. In this episode, Barb discloses her 97X souvenirs, we try to solve the mystery of where 97X's music library wound up, a secret prankster is revealed, and we get more scoop on Barb's new podcast "Tied to the Tracks." 

Talking Tracks with Barb Abney

Talking Tracks with Barb Abney

November 13, 2021

Barb Abney, who was on-air at 97X and woxy.com from 1994-2006, returns to talk about weird promotional giveaway items, why corporate radio still sucks... oh, and her great podcast "Tied to the Tracks." Barb has some great podcasting pointers for Dave and Damian... which we will probably ignore. 

On Barb's podcast, she and co-host Augustus Watkins are joined by a different guest each episode and they dive deep into one of their guest's favorite albums, song by song. Tied to the Tracks is available wherever you get your podcasts, including on Spotify, Apple Music and iHeart.

Getting (un)familiar with Matt Lacefield

Getting (un)familiar with Matt Lacefield

October 23, 2021

Matt Lacefield played cutting-edge music on a Cincinnati radio station... but it wasn't 97X. While Dave and Damian were on the air at 97X in the 90s, Matt was a DJ for Nightwaves, which aired overnights on WVXU-FM. So we were kindred spirits... and still are, because Matt loves discovering new music. He's sharing his favorites via his blog/podcast called "The Unfamiliar." We chat with Matt about his radio days and how he finds and shares the latest and greatest indie tunes. 

Jayne Sachs, Stellar Songstress

Jayne Sachs, Stellar Songstress

October 9, 2021

Jayne Sachs credits her discovery of 97X (thanks to her now-husband) with putting her on the singer/songwriter path. She's been able to carve out a career in music, and has picked up plenty of accolades along the way, including winning 97Xposure in 1995 and garnering two first place wins (in different years and different categories) in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. We talked to Jayne about her Xposure spoils, her performing career, record label interaction, and her current songwriting work in Nashville. 

You can keep up with Jayne's latest songs on her website and her Facebook page. 

The legacy of 97X

The legacy of 97X

September 19, 2021

This is a shorter episode, but it's deep. The culmination of our conversation with 97X station owners Doug & Linda Balogh includes Doug's "big thought" about the legacy of the station... and how the listeners and the station alums will always be a connected community. 97X Forever! 

We dig Doug, we love Linda

We dig Doug, we love Linda

September 6, 2021

Here's Part II of our second interview with 97X station owners Doug and Linda Balogh. (It's like a Star Wars triple trilogy... the subtitle for this one is "Episode 5: Revenge of the Good Guys.") In this podcast, we talk about 97X's memorable artwork, the outside-the-box thinking that went on at the station, the diversity of programming, and we find out if Doug and Linda ever thought about getting back into the radio game after selling 97X.

Doug & Linda Balogh’s 97X-cellent Adventure continues

Doug & Linda Balogh’s 97X-cellent Adventure continues

August 22, 2021

Yes, we've interviewed 97X station owners Doug and Linda Balogh before (check out Episodes 56 and 57). But they are such founts of 97X knowledge and stories that we had to go back to the well. In this episode, Doug does a 97X role call, we talk about 97Xposure, the station's charitable endeavors, a Riverbend-adjacent party, and one of Linda's decidedly unglamorous yet crucial behind-the-scenes role on the prize patrol.

Mike Jacobs, indie rock promoter extraordinaire

Mike Jacobs, indie rock promoter extraordinaire

July 11, 2021

Mike Jacobs is a legendary independent record promoter who ran campaigns for alternative success stories like The Offspring, Rancid, Nine Inch Nails, Bush and No Doubt, among others. He also was CEO of MCA joint venture Way Cool Music from 1995-98, where he signed Blink-182, and was a lifelong friend of Rick Carroll, who started the pioneering modern rock radio station KROQ-FM in L.A. We chat with Rick about his time in the trenches, his memories of 97X and the modern rock format. 

Randy the Redneck, the Forrest Gump of 97X

Randy the Redneck, the Forrest Gump of 97X

June 19, 2021

"Randy the Redneck" - the name pretty much sums it up. He's like a hillbilly Forrest Gump, and had the uncanny knack for showing up at pretty much every 97X event ever. Concerts at Bogart's, B&B Riverboat Cruises, Rock & Bowl, Breakfast Club Home Invasions... somehow he even managed to attend an music industry convention with 97X program director Phil Manning. In short, if 97X was there, so was Randy.

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