Six St. Louis Radio Stations That Are Better Than Channel Surfing

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Robert Ashworth
Music radio is much maligned in St. Louis. According to many of our friends, local radio stations have heavy, predictable rotations, feature annoying DJs and ignore entire formats. And, yeah, we occasionally agree with those sentiments; we can recall quite a few times when our index finger has gone numb from continuously channel surfing our car's pre-sets. Maybe Elvis Costello was right about radio trying to anaesthetise the way that we feel.

But the radio star isn't dead, despite what the Buggles declared. The greater St. Louis region has around 60 radio stations that focus on music, which means there's plenty of variety if you go digging -- even during certain hours on the stations you already think you know. Moreover, many of these stations stream music online, so you can listen even when you're not in the car. So cancel your SiriusXM subscription and put your iPod away -- we're going to help you find music programming beyond Big Radio's corporate playlists by turning the dial just a few more clicks..

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88.1 FM - KDHX

KDHX's significance to St. Louis isn't a secret. After all, the independent 88.1 FM was voted "Best Radio Station" by the readers and the RFT staff in this year's "Best of St. Louis" issue. But if you poll folks about their favorite KDHX shows, you'll get a delightful variety of answers: EDM on "Beep Beep Boop Boop," rockabilly on "The Greaser's Lunchbox," zydeco and calypso on "Howzit Bayou?" and so many more. You know how you open your refrigerator and stare at its contents, unsure of what you're craving? KDHX has around 80 genre-specific shows that can satisfy nearly all of your hunger pangs and still provide plenty of sweet two-tone ska and local music for dessert. This fridge is never empty.

http://kdhx.org
https://www.facebook.com/881kdhx


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95.5 FM - WFUN

This station has "fun" in its name, and it's not lying! 95.5 FM stands out as an old-school R&B station sandwiched between two album-rock channels. Once the morning show finishes up, you'll be shaking your ass to Prince, the O'Jays, Aretha Franklin and Run-DMC all day long. Be real: when was the last time you heard "Computer Love" by Zapp & Roger on the radio? If your answer is "never," we feel sorry for you. Get thee to WFUN stat!

http://oldschool955.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Foxy-955-FM/113374062026937


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105.7 FM - KPNT

We'll be the first to say that 105.7 FM isn't always our cup of tea; the confused "alternative" format and morning-drive shenanigans induce plenty of eyerolls. But come midday, Donny Fandango's immense music knowledge, varied playlists and affinity for deep '80s and '90s tunes put more than a little grungy pep in our step. And we're not gonna lie -- we're "Wayback Weekend" devotees! But when we're craving something a bit more recent than Nirvana, we count on Les Aaron's Fandango's "New Music Sunday" for a glimpse of the next big things.

http://www.1057thepoint.com/
https://www.facebook.com/1057thepoint



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Nicholas Goldschmidt
Nicholas Goldschmidt

um ok. u don't even no me Sorry that I don't like to sit and listen to the same songs over and over again trying to relive the glory days when jagger and springsteen weren't puppets on a string selling tickets to pay the mortgage on their mansions. Sorry that I don't want to listen to a full album on the radio that i haven't listened a billion times over. Sorry that I don't want to listen to weak modern "rock" that is being produced by d bags such as kings of leon and shinedown(the hell is a shinedown anyway.) I'm not going to buy into their corporate BS making money off of kis too young to be born during the "classic rock" era(whatever that means) and men too burnt out from those years to actually look for anything new. Don't get me wrong i love queen, The Doors, the who, etc., i grew up on that stuff, but i decided to "broaden my horizon." I love other bands and types of music because i didn't want to be exclusive to an era that I wasn't even born in. If KSHE was half the radio station it posed to be it would support musicians(especially local) who actually need the money instead of the knuckle heads playing weak version of songs written 20+ years ago(except for roger waters, he's cool.) You being in a "band" and all should know this. KSHE doesn't care who you are. They aren't going to play your music because it wasn't made at least 20 years ago or it's not at the top of the charts. btw i'd like to reiterate: i don't know who you think you are but u don't no me. For the past 3+ months i've lived in STL i can't find a single music station worthy of anybody's time except KDHX. Every other station has long commercial breaks that way out the amount of music being played every hour. Isn't that a problem? idk man maybe i'm high on all the nicki m i've been listening to but i think i've right on this one. but hey if u love them for what they are(which is a monster feeding off nostalgia) then go ahead and listen to that. i prefer KDHX where i can listen to all the music i love and more. P.S. i don't have twitter. should i get one? what are ur thoughts? does ur son have one? P.P.S i don't have tv either. do u like MTV? i heard that Jersey Shore is very good. Should i get cable?

LarryTheVomitor
LarryTheVomitor

Not even a fond remembrance for the ghost of Classical Music in St. Louis?

Once upon a time we had one of the oldest FM stations in the USA--- KFUO FM 99.1 MHz

The station existed until the tongue talking, evangelical, Jesus freak wife of Albert Pujols made a slimy deal with the greedy Lutherans to sell out the station and change the format to ... you guessed it --- Jesus Rock.

Drift over to 107.3 FM  for the resurrection of the Classics in St. Louis. {Or stick to the mindless faith healing crap on JOY 99.1 and make Pujols' wife ecstatic with your conversion}.

Postscript ---research the old KDNA St.louis Double Helix connection for KDHX. It was a wild ride!

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

If you listen to NPR, then you will love www.theqnow.com

RadioactiveWolves OfChernobyl
RadioactiveWolves OfChernobyl

go watch mtv and tweet about 16 & pregnant. kshe will outlast all these radio stations as it always has, i can promise you that

Mike Sadlo
Mike Sadlo

105.7 on my way to work and flip through whatever doesn't have commercials on on the way home

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Just so the radio isn't tuned into Kevin "the Moron" Slaten.....

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

I actually had a Radio just like that. It was called a "Super" Radio. One of the Best Ever. They still sell them on line, used of course.....

Ronda Evansco-Brooks
Ronda Evansco-Brooks

When I go to St. Louis, I listen to KSHE, 105.7 The Point, and sometimes 107.7.

Colin Feeney
Colin Feeney

KDHX--the only station left in St. Louis worth listening to.

Christy Beem
Christy Beem

I love the music 105.7 plays, but... yeah, some of the DJs are just awful. I can never listen to it in the morning. And it's a little annoying how they play the same songs every TWO HOURS (really, check the recently played section on their website), but that's not so big of a deal if you're only listening for a commute, and not at work or at home.

Matthew Hicks
Matthew Hicks

Now that I've had satellite radio for years, I couldn't live without it!

Allison Babka
Allison Babka

We knew it, but ownership didn't play into our selections. As you noted, we were going purely for programming within a station when possible, unless the station had a general niche or was uber-eclectic.

Christy Beem
Christy Beem

I can get 100.7 as far as Maryland Heights or so on a good day (maybe further east - I don't go further often), so there's hope if you go a lil west. :)

Ken Rose
Ken Rose

Some good AAA stations: XRT from Chicago and the Current from Minnesota Public Radio.

Kelsi Feltz
Kelsi Feltz

88.1 for the music, 90.7 for the news.

Jay Ejh
Jay Ejh

My 16gb USB-drive w hand picked songs and dj sets!

Chas Schranck III
Chas Schranck III

Remember when Joe and John crashed the Howard Stern press conference?

John Kastan
John Kastan

I can leave on 88.1 KDHX for weeks at a time, hear incredible music, and not hear the same thing twice... and no commercials!

Craig Aye
Craig Aye

The article gives the nod to KSHE and KPNT onl because of specific programs on the station, at any other time these channels are garbage. Bush and Motley Crue several times an hour. Did you know they are owned by the same parent company?

Rebecca K. Edens
Rebecca K. Edens

Every time I come home to the STL I listen to KPNT and KSHE. I haven't lived down there in almost 10 years and they're still programmed on my radio in my car!!!!

Windel Mathes
Windel Mathes

KPNT and NPR - and the occasional KSHE hit when nothing else appeals to me at the moment

Christina Toth
Christina Toth

Listen to Kshe/KHITS/1430 in the morning on my way to work. Point/1430 on lunch, Kshe/kdhx on way home. Whatever strikes my mood

Reed Radcliffe
Reed Radcliffe

KDHX, Frank O. Pinion (because I'm into sophomoric humor) and just in case there is rap on the x I will listen to NPR.

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