January 13, 2005

Barely Coherent Thoughts For Thursday

Two extremely large cups of coffee into the day and I'm starting to feel slightly more alive. Apologies if you didn't see me around or hear from me yesterday...you see, it was a shitty day plagued with utterly frustrating meetings and email issues.

I won't bore you with work stuff but have you ever had one of those days after which you feel completely and utterly defeated? That was my day yesterday. Oh, and it was another one of those 11-12 hour ones too. Regardless, that's done and, since I've pulled so many epic days recently, I think I'm taking tomorrow off.

For those in the DC area, one last, sad note...in case you haven't heard, the legendary 99.1 FM WHFS has gone off the air. For over 30 years, WHFS was one of the most progressive rock radio stations around. If you tuned in for an hour and it wouldn't have been a surprise if you heard indie, emo, alternative, metal, folk, and classic rock. And the HFStival, an annual day-long concert featuring an incredible lineup of musicians, became an institution. At 12:00 PM yesterday, after playing Jeff Buckley's "Last Goodbye," WHFS left the airwaves to be replaced by an all-Latin format. Sad days...especially when good music is sacrificed for advertising dollars.

Posted by Chris at January 13, 2005 08:36 AM
Comments

What? WHAT? HFS went off the air? I had no idea that was going to happen. I did hear some salsa music briefly this morning before I switched to NPR, but I thought the Junkies were just screwing around.

Posted by: keepergirl at January 13, 2005 08:57 AM

I didn't know about WHFS. That is sad... I used to go to the festival every year in high school. So no more HFestival either?

Posted by: Liz at January 13, 2005 09:00 AM

That really does suck. They've done that to us a few times around here with the legends and it truly is a sad day when they give way to the all mightly dollar. I don't really listen to the radio too much anymore because of it.

Posted by: Jade at January 13, 2005 09:18 AM

I can sympathize with the defeated days... I've been having some off and on for the last couple weeks. Things are changing around my office, and it's looking like it's not going to be a good thing.

Posted by: amber at January 13, 2005 09:31 AM

I was sooo confused last night when I got in the car and WHFS was playing salsa music. While they've gone more mainstream in the last few years, HFS was the radio station of my youth. They introduced me to such a wide range of music I might never have discovered otherwise. I went to the HFStival for years, starting back when they were at Lake Fairfax, and the music was called Progressive, not Alternative. It makes me feel sad (and a little old) that they are gone. So, I guess I pin my hopes on satellite radio now?

Those work days that leave you completely and utterly defeated suck. I hope today is better.

Posted by: bad penguin at January 13, 2005 10:04 AM

what in the hell is it with radio stations?? they did that a while back to THE rock station here, and replaced it with like, oldies.. or somethign. when we already have an oldies station. and then! after thanksgiving! it played NOTHING BUT CHRISTMAS MUSIC! *ahh*. sucks. :(

Posted by: Manda at January 13, 2005 10:21 AM

Is the radio station owned by Clear Channel? That EXACT same thing happened to our rock channel here in Houston. There was no warning, no announcements. They were playing the good rock music and the next morning it was Latino shit. As if we need another Latino station here.
People got pissed. Online petitions were signed, complaints were made to Clear Channel.

The good news? A competing company saw/heard the outrage of the public and there's a strong rumor that they are making one of their stations back into the rock station that got canned. Complete with the same DJs. Coming soon! So hopefully that will happen with you guys!!

Posted by: Kitty at January 13, 2005 10:27 AM

WHFS is gone? NOOOO! I know many DC natives who will be sorely disappointed. Heck, I'm sorely disappointed, and I don't even live there!

Posted by: Dawnie at January 13, 2005 10:29 AM

See, it's the people like bad penguin that I feel bad for. The people that had NO idea about the format change and are now listening to Salsa #47 or De Colores and thinking, "What the hell?" Because that is the most confusing thing ever. I must say, a format change to latin music is almost as bad as a change to talk radio. For me anyway.

Posted by: smartjuice at January 13, 2005 10:40 AM

Damn that sucks. Get satelite radio if you can. It's worth it :)

Posted by: Colby at January 13, 2005 10:56 AM

Thanks for leaving a comment. I hope today will be better than yesterday!

Posted by: JustAgirl at January 13, 2005 11:38 AM

DUDE I HAD THE EXACT SAME DAY YESTERDAY! I was here for 6 hours yesterday working on fixing email and other technology snafus before I actually started working! Then it was five more hours of problems.

Something cosmic maybe?

I like latin and all but I think I'm gonna have to unprogram 99.1 from my car dial.

Posted by: Heather at January 13, 2005 12:22 PM

I'm just wondering WHY life is structured so that we all have to work so damn much? LOL

(Too many 930-730 days at work followed by being up until 3am writing makes Amy a tired and SICK OF THE DAY JOB girl.)

Posted by: amy at January 13, 2005 12:28 PM

"Last Goodbye's" a good song to go out on, tho.

We have 'XRT out here, and I want to say they're Emmis-owned. I know it's not Clear Channel. Anyway, so far, it's still remained pretty true to its message, with a little mainstreaming here and there. But I'd be bummed if they ever took off.

Posted by: Broad at January 13, 2005 12:37 PM

I can't believe HFS is gone!!! That is all I listened to when I lived in DC. This is a sad day. On a happier note, the boyfriend loves his "No Tolerance for Asshats" tshirt, and wore it proudly to work yesterday. Gracias!

Posted by: Heather at January 13, 2005 02:04 PM

KeeperGirl's Twizler (hehehe - that sounds funny) told me about that this morning - so it sounds like they are just as miserable.

But hey, when did Latin Dance Music = Big Advertising Dollars?

Posted by: Zoot at January 13, 2005 02:14 PM

Oh my, progressive rock switched to latin music? Way to know your target audience asshats! Sorry to hear you lost your station...if they pull my station for latin music I'll be pissed!

Posted by: tone at January 13, 2005 02:21 PM

Haven't posted before, but this news hurt. I don't live in DC anymore, but grew up there and the HFStival was a huge part of it all. So sad that no others will get to enjoy it. And I was so excited that my 15-year-old sister would probably go for the first time this year!

Serious bummer.

Posted by: Catharina at January 13, 2005 02:45 PM

Damn, now I REALLY miss WHFS! I never found an acceptable replacement for it when I moved to Seattle... I tried 107.7 THE END, but their Endfests were all about 11 year old girls baring their breasts for Kid Rock.

And Latino music? Do ya need another Latino station? I guess easy listening... or even countless hours of banjo music would be worse, but still....

*respectfully bows head*

Posted by: Princess at January 13, 2005 02:57 PM

i'm still stuggling with this. my friend called me yesterday and told me. i think i'm still in shock. it feels almost as if a family member died... lol. i really don't know what i'm gonna do w/out my HFS, HFStival, and HFSmas Nutcracker....

Posted by: Judy at January 13, 2005 03:27 PM

IMHO, HFS sold out to commercial radio years ago. Back in the day, HFS was "da shit" and I used to hang out with my friends at the little station on Admiral Drive in Annapolis with Tommy T, the DJ. I was always the person with all the HFS bumper stickers to give away at parties. Over the last decade though, the content has been way too mainstream for my taste. Still it is sad to see them go off the air. Good thing we got XM Radio for christmas this year!

Posted by: Geezitron at January 13, 2005 11:33 PM

My beloved WLIR, a progressive station on Long Island, turned into a salsa station a few years ago. I feel your pain. Since I am here in the big apple, you would think there are good stations here. Think again.

For listening pleasure at work or home, tune into www.woxy.com in Cincinnati. They were almost goners as a broadcast station on the radio, now they are totally internet based. They rock. As for the commute to/from work? Talk/news radio and CDs for me.

Posted by: bd at January 14, 2005 09:09 AM

HFS hasn't been good since around '95...in the past few years, they'd play the same 15 or so sh!tty songs over, and over, and over...no big loss, as it hasn't been a true alternative station since the early years of our last true President. Try listening to WRNR (103.1), other than that, the DC area is pretty lacking. Now that I live in Chicago, it's great actually have real stations to listen to...

Posted by: Chris at January 14, 2005 11:39 AM

yeah, HFS has slowly turned into a more mainstream station, but it was STILL a fixture in all our lives, most of us pretty much since birth. Im 27 and I cant remember when there was no HFS. (before this anyway)...What I'm mostly upset about is the send-off they got. It was super, SUPER harsh. No warning, just "so long, good luck". The song they played at the end (jeff buckley's last goodbye) was the sadest but most apropriate move they could have made in that situation. Usually, i've said that jeff buckleys music is a little "gay" for my taste, but now this song will always have a special meaning for me. I still get sad when i hear it....and its been playing in my head about 10 times a day since this happened. This is the end of an era, people....hope you never forget the "good old days"... I know i won't. R.I.P., HFS. What an f-ing shame.

Posted by: keef at January 16, 2005 03:49 PM

Wow that is happening here in my area...Great Rock n Roll to Latin! And we are talking old stations! Stations that I have listened to my entire life! Shesh I mourned for days! I have to get an iPod and satellite radio to hear good stuff anymore!

Posted by: Gypsy at January 17, 2005 04:07 PM

It does suck that HFS is off the air, but it was only the third best rock station in the area. 98 rock was better and DC 101 is light years better. I will miss HFS though, especially all the Beastie Boys they always played. Bye HFS.

Posted by: LG Boogie at January 17, 2005 08:59 PM

ITS BAAAAAAAACK!!!! ;)

Posted by: keef at January 26, 2005 06:11 PM