As a lot of you know, I was on air at Indie 103.1 FM. I created the Gig Guide and was the behind the scenes mastermind of a lot of the local acts programming…that is until I left under dire circumstances. More about this will be in my upcoming book.
I read this post on their website this morning:
Thanks to everyone who made Indie 103.1 possible. We love you all.
More information to follow but word has it that they will become internet only.
While it is a sad day for Los Angeles indie rock, it is justice for Dicky Barrett, myself and many others who were duped, or abused by the people that worked there. I always believed in the spirit behind a great Los Angeles radio station, but the reality of what really went on there, and their not so secret, but denied, ties with Clear Channel, would curl your toes.
I feel for the hard working, undiscovered, and up and coming bands out there who are heartbroken, and for the listeners who would rather hear the Indie playlist than listen to KROQ or 98.7. Fear not. Something better will come along for all of you. And remember that you have the power to continue the spirit of good music in Los Angeles. I have made it my sole mission since leaving. If the music is good, it will rise to the top. Believe it.
As the industry changes, old models become obsolete but newer models will appear and I URGE everyone to embrace them. Blogs, websites, podcasts and internet programming are only the tip of the iceberg. I will be involved in a seminar and workshops about this very subject soon and will post details in a later blog.
So don’t look at this as a death, but a birth of something better…and hopefully with better people at the helm.
The power of good music is stronger than it’s medium.
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Ali, I agree with you and LifeMUSICLove is going to be part of that. Technology is going to drive the industry and the more the labels embrace it, the more money the bands will make. Thought it’s becoming easier for bands to be Independent, and as well they should be. 🙂
Good luck on whatever you end up doing. If you ever find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’d love to have you on as a guest.