Many of the hosts are musicians themselves, so they can often craft together some amazing programming. CJSW (U of C's student station) is a definite good choice, the programming ranges a huge amount but the variety is nice. I would hate to see yet another "lite 96" station or a vibe wannabe set up.College radio is often a treat every listen as well. I'm currently rotating between X and Energy when I feel like music, which is getting less and less. For now, I am listening to X if only for the "no nickleback guarantee." But what I really want is a station that will play more edgy music, lots of metal and lyrics that tell of greater things than "getting dumped by that chick and then hating myself alot." I know X in regards to their signal is still waiting for their tower to be built.
Also, look for Rawlco radio to be launching their folk station later in the year.
I used to be jealous of the radio stations in Calgary until Sonic comes along. I know alot of Calgarians were envyous of that station.
I guess X has come along since last time I actually tuned in to a Calgary radio station.
Driving to Calgary, I listen to Sonic till roughly Red deer, and then my CD collection till I'm back within Sonic range... I'm glad you guys brought up Energy and Fuel, which I'll try out, but I'm getting less and less interested in the local stations. 90.9 has its moments and I'll check out CKUA, but it's only a matter of time before I go to satellite.
Just 4 total since last fall (X at 92.9, Fuel at 90.3, Energy at 101.5 and the new CBC somewhere around 100, plus also the new Airdrie one but you can't pick it up if your anywhere south of Country Hills Blvd, or outside the valley in Cochrane).
The CRTC decided that the population was large enough to support a few more stations a while back so we get a huge influx now. I would hate to see yet another "lite 96" station or a vibe wannabe set up.
What will be interesting is to see how the market share changes, Vibe and CJay both got new direct competition that will probably eat a chunk of their listener base. For now, I am listening to X if only for the "no nickleback guarantee." But what I really want is a station that will play more edgy music, lots of metal and lyrics that tell of greater things than "getting dumped by that chick and then hating myself alot." Commercial radio in general sucks...
My only complaint is that the new stations don't have as clear a signal as the older ones, theres many spots around the city where I can barely pick up Energy 101.5 and even X can be fuzzy in the far NW. You get five minutes of commercials, two to three songs, and that's followed by DJ's who usually don't shut up, sound extremely pretentious on the air, talk to callers about dick-all and play the same 50-60 songs all day, all week.
They also don't have much in the way of music knowledge, they just play what someone tells them to play.
I've gained an appreciation for stations in Alberta like CKUA (I think it's 93.7 in Calgary, 94.9 in Edmonton).
Literally no music is out of bounds on this network.