BREAKING: Indie 103.1 No More?

Twitter is abuzz with news that Indie 103.1 is seizing their broadcast on that frequency.

RT @vickistep just says “Thanks to everyone who made Indie 103.1 possible. We love you all.” new splash page on says 30 days until something. hmm???

UPDATE: Indie’s Tedd Roman Twittered “Rumor is the sation will now be El Gato 103.1.”

UPDATE 2: RT @TeddRoman: It’s official. All jocks cleaning out offices, lockers, etc. Online will be no DJs as of right now. Spanish flip tomorrow afternoon

UPDATE 3: RT @TeddRoman: This is posted on the Indie studio door.

UPDATE 4: RT @TeddRoman: About to turn the keycard in to HR and grab a final check. FRANTICALLY attempting rips of EVERY possible album in to my computer.

UPDATE 5: RT @TeddRoman: The shelves are quickly being emptied. We are all in shock. I feel like I need to puke.

35 thoughts on “BREAKING: Indie 103.1 No More?”

  1. This is pretty much the worst news ever. I can hardly listen to KROQ anymore, so I guess it’s iPod only in the car from here on out.

  2. Verbatim from the official site:

    “This is an important message for the Indie 103.1 Radio Audience –

    Indie 103.1 will cease broadcasting over this frequency effective immediately. Because of changes in the radio industry and the way radio audiences are measured, stations in this market are being forced to play too much Britney, Puffy and alternative music that is neither new nor cutting edge. Due to these challenges, Indie 103.1 was recently faced with only one option — to play the corporate radio game.

    We have decided not to play that game any longer. Rather than changing the sound, spirit, and soul of what has made Indie 103.1 great Indie 103.1 will bid farewell to the terrestrial airwaves and take an alternative course.

    This could only be done on the Internet, a place where rules do not apply and where new music thrives; be it grunge, punk, or alternative – simply put, only the best music.

    For those of you with a computer at home or at work, log on to and listen to the new Indie 103.1 – which is really the old Indie 103.1, not the version of Indie 103.1 we are removing from the broadcast airwaves.

    We thank our listeners and advertisers for their support of the greatest radio station ever conceived, and look forward to continuing to deliver the famed Indie 103.1 music and spirit over the Internet to passionate music listeners around the world.”

  3. From someone that has been in radio for 13 years as an on-air personality and been blindsided by format changes and trigger-happy corporate decisions, I can tell you that this is very tough for all involved. My thoughts are with the air staff and everyone behind the scenes.

  4. as a former radio dj (very recently formered! grr) i totally know what every single person on the staff is going through. i am so sorry to see such an amazing station go dark. i would totally take all of the indie jocks out for some heavy drinking were I in LA and you know, not broke.

    keep your heads up guys. my thoughts are with you.

  5. Lately, I’ve been noticing that their playlists have sucked, and that KROQ has been playing more Indie like music… which was very weird… maybe this explains it.

    The more I look at this and layoffs in other media the more I believe that the fault lies not in lost audiences, but in the failures of ad reps convincing the same buyers that the new avenues to place ads are as valuable as the old.

    Indie’s audience is dedicated, and very niche and reliable. That it wasn’t enough for its corporate overlords is perplexing.

  6. I’ve been bitter ever since they let Dicky Barrett go, but still…this SUCKS! Granted, I also still mourn the demise of KSCA 101.9 in ’97. (I guess I don’t get over things too quickly!)

  7. Funny (not ‘ha ha,’) Jodi. When I read this, the first thing I thought of was that I still miss KSCA.

    This sucks not only for Indie 103.1 listeners and staff, but for what it says about where radio is (and has been) headed. Very disappointing. I don’t even know where to begin…

  8. One can only hope some smart media company (or is that an oxymoron?) snaps up the team and lets them get back to the business of attempting to make good radio. The Jones, Rollins and Crystal Method shows were some of the best original, unfettered, balls-out programming on air in L.A. Now what do we have to turn back to? KCRW and the weak-signal college stations, I guess.

  9. Only station I even bothered to tune in while driving. KROQ is the BIGGEST piece of shit and not even an option.

    Guess it’s news or iPod from here on in.

  10. Yeah, because what LA desperately needs is another Latin station. Thank you, Clear Channel, for being so fucking awesome!

    I’ve noticed recently that I’m pretty much only listening to my Slacker portable, or my iPod when I’m in the car. Even XM is starting to suck since they merged with Sirius.

    I can’t listen to KROQ for more than five minutes anymore. That’s not KROQ’s fault, it just means that I’m old and lame and not in their audience anymore. INDIE wasn’t perfect, but at least it was an alternative. Now that it’s gone, KPCC and KCRW are really the only reason to even turn the radio on.

  11. I really can’t believe this is happening – in terms of over-the-air radio, this basically leaves me with KCRW.

    I hope they keep going online (which they’ve said they’re going to). One better would be if they developed iPhone and other phone apps like Pandora and Last.FM. I’d gladly shell out $5 or $10 for an Indie 103.1 app.

  12. Have no fear, I’m sure Clear Channel will attempt to follow the skinny-pantsed, geeky-bespectacled dollars on this one.

    At least, that’s what I’m…guessing.

    Honestly, though, I wonder if 987 will step in earnestly and really try to woo this audience. I guess we’ll see. I’m watching what unfolds with interest.

  13. True story, lucindamichelle: about two weeks ago, I was having one of those days where the radio was just pissing me off. I kept punching through my presets and couldn’t get anything good, so I hit the [scan] button.

    The station it stopped on, that played music that didn’t piss me off? It was 98.7.

    I know they changed format and everything, but boy did I feel old and lame when that happened. I switched it off in horror and shuffled the Left of the Dial box set on my iPod for the rest of the day.

  14. “Due to these challenges, Indie 103.1 was recently faced with only one option — to play the corporate radio game.”

    Indie 103.1 was corporate from day one. They played some decent music for the most part, and had good branding.

    The real independent rock station in LA is KXLU, 88.9. It’s also real college radio, unlike KCRW.

  15. “Yeah, because what LA desperately needs is another Latin station. Thank you, Clear Channel, for being so fucking awesome!” Concordia cum veritate.

    Well, actually, we do need a Cumbia station, now that you mention it. Welcome to Latino Los Angeles, Mofos!

  16. ¡El gato volador!

    ya y
    ya no te traen nada para cantar
    solamente le trae la historia
    del gato volador (4) y dice asi
    cubana-hubana-ana. . .fue horrible, cubana-hubana-ana. . .y dice asi
    hago como iguana
    hago como mosquirto
    hago como pollito
    hago como ballena
    hago como vaca mu
    pero ustedes lo que quieren es
    Hubo una fiesta en mi barrio
    llego don gato,
    llego el gato tom,
    llego el gato felix,
    llego silvestre,
    tambien vino garfield, pero hacia falta un gato
    saben quien es?
    el gato volador
    el gato volador
    porqueria de cancion
    el gato volador
    el gato volador
    dice asi

    cubana-hubana-ana, cubana-hubana-ana. . .fue horrible

    Esta es la histotia de una gato
    del que no se sabe nada
    nadie suponia lo que le pasaba
    llamaron al gato con botas pero las pelotas parecian PPJ
    no sabia lo que pasaba
    ni lo que sucedia
    cuando ese gato a mi casa se metia
    no caminaba
    ni se arrastraba
    el volaba por que es
    el gato volador
    el gato volador
    el gato volador
    el gato volador
    sabes como haces que yo me ria
    largate ya de aqui
    largate de aqui hombre

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