Six St. Louis Radio Stations That Are Better Than Channel Surfing
1430 AM - KZQZ
Have you noticed that many FM oldies stations don't really play, well, oldies? They've turned into "superhits" mush with the Beatles, Billy Joel, Boston and Jim Croce. That's all fine and dandy, but where the hell is our sock hop and doo-wop? Time to take our poodle skirt over to the AM side of the dial, where Chubby Checker, Buddy Holly and the Chiffons reign supreme. The golden oldies from the '50s and '60s take center stage daily at KZQZ, with a special all-Elvis hour happening each Sunday night. Rock and roll certainly is here to stay; you just have to look for it, you square.
94.7 FM - KSHE
For more than 45 years, KSHE has been a national leader in playing progressive and album-oriented rock. Styx, The Who, Tom Petty, Rush and Van Halen are staples on the station, anchored by relevant rock news from on-air personalities with deep knowledge about their favorite acts. But it's Rich Dalton's The 7th Day program that really pulls us in. Every Sunday at 6 p.m., Radio Rich plays full albums without interruption, taking us back to a time when music was judged on complexity and completeness, not just on singles. We schedule grocery runs each Sunday evening, and listening to Led Zeppelin II on the radio gives us an excuse take the scenic route to the store.
88.7 FM - WSIE
Over the years, listeners have looked to college radio for guidance on what's cool. WSIE carries on the tradition, but you won't find R.E.M. or the Replacements at this station on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; instead, you'll enjoy smooth jazz that's perfect backdrop for driving to the mall, writing in a coffeeshop or nuzzling with that special someone at home. While more of a community station than a traditional college station, WSIE still provides training to students, putting their fresh takes alongside programs by longtime jazz aficionados. St. Louis' only jazz station certainly has sax appeal.
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