sounds of WOXY 97X 1985

Did ’80s music suck? Not on Ohio’s modern rock WOXY 97X; what I heard there in ’85 alone was remarkable. Here—in 14 hours across 5 mixes—is how it sounded.

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Throughout life, but perhaps most profoundly in our youth, we encounter things or people that click on a cellular level—a movie; a book; a group of friends that awakens, challenges or reflects our feelings or worldview in ways that help define our identity. For me, it was a radio station.

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Because what’s better than crate digging?

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In the spring of 1986, 4 months after its release, I picked up Cocteau Twins’ Echoes In a Shallow Bay EP at a shop in Jacksonville, FL. Shortly thereafter, in a desperate bid to understand what Liz Fraser might be singing, I forced a friend’s Mexican houseguest (a foreign-exchange student) to listen to “Melonella” and […]

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Had to update the LP wall in anticipation of finally seeing Paul Weller in concert for the first time; driving back to Bogart’s in Cincinnati in order to mark the occasion with friends.

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Birthday Bowie, January Jones. (Station To Station, btw, is signed by both Earl Slick and the New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain. At a Dolls in-store appearance at Cincinnati’s Shake It Records, I asked Earl (who was playing with them at the time) to sign it and Syl insisted on pitching in.

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The LP wall honestly never expected to add a new Sprouts LP to the collection, but it’s a life of surprises.