Metroland Best Of
We would like to thank Metroland and its readers for choosing WEQX as Best Music Radio Station. Thanks for recognizing The Real Alternative.(Get the whole scoop here)
We would like to thank Metroland and its readers for choosing WEQX as Best Music Radio Station. Thanks for recognizing The Real Alternative. (get the whole story here)
Best Music Radio Station - WEQX 102.7 FM
Whether it’s attributable to changes in staffing or a shakeup in the lunar cycle, something really good is happening over in Manchester. The station’s live stream is finally back online. They continue making high marks for the new-music show Download, and they’ve added super syndicated shows like Paul Oakenfold Presents and Passport Approved (which reminds us of the long-missed Rock Over London) to their schedule. Best of all, they moved their local-music program, EQX-Posure, to a more- accessible Sunday-night slot (see below), making it easier for local bands to hear their shit on the radio. Good work, team.
Best Locally Minded Disc Jockey - Jason Irwin 102.7 WEQX
Glens Falls resident Irwin pulls the Sunday shift in EQX land, hauling his butt into the wilds of Vermont for a full day of broadcasting. Late at night, he unfurls his pet project and labor of love, the one-hour EQX-Posure. That is, it used to be late at night, but his time slot has been bumped up to the prime-time 7 PM. Irwin packs as many singles as he can from local groups into that hour, and a bulk of those songs come from Capital Region bands. Irwin’s attention to local groups has even prompted the station to play a song by a local act most weeknights at 11 PM. No other DJ in the area gives so much exposure to so many local musicians—pretty darn good for commercial radio. But then again, the fiercely independent WEQX has always marched to a different drummer than the corporate chain stations. Anyone who’s supported local musicians (ask any Metroland scribe) knows that it can be a thankless task. But Irwin seems more than up to the challenge.
readers’pollbest of 2005
Best Local Music Radio - WEQX
Far and away, the readers agreed with the editors on this pick: Something good’s going on at EQX, especially their shows featuring new music and local music.
Best Local Radio DJ – 2. Darwin
Best Local Web Site (Music)
An alt-weekly, a radio station, and an online music zine: it seems the best music Web sites are made by good content and organizations backing them up, rather than a specific technical formula.