Another Voice(s) Silenced

971-fm-talkLast month saw the demise of Indie 103.1.  Now it is being widely reported (and confirmed by an on-air personality’s Facebook status) that as of Friday, February 20th, 97.1 Free FM will be closing for business.

Luckily, the station will be reformatting to an AMP Radio affiliate, playing Top 40 hits by the likes of Britney Spears and Katy Perry. Because what the world needs now is more Katy Perry. Wait…What?

Beyond Adam Corolla, Tom Leykis and the rest of the 97.1 air personalities being out of a job, does this affect you personally? Did you listen to FM Talk? Will you miss it? Are you looking forward to more Rhianna on southern California’s airwaves? What do you think, Los Angeles?

12 Replies to “Another Voice(s) Silenced”

  1. I rarely listened to 97.1 after Stern switched to Sirius. Frankly, I’m surprised they lasted this long. Corolla’s talented, and I hope he resurfaces elsewhere, but the rest of the station is unlistenable.

  2. This is where Heidi, Frosty & Frank were? Dude, I remember hearing them on my mom’s car radio decades ago when she’d drive me to elementary school in the 80s. But I think the lineup was a little different. It is too bad to see more stations flipping to pop. Ideally, local terrestrial stations could super-serve the locals with *local* music of all stripes–jazz, blues, electronic, pop, alt, indie, rock, etc, all hailing from SoCal–and leave the major international acts to iTunes, Pandora, satellite and HD radio.

  3. This is where Heidi, Frosty & Frank were? Dude, I remember hearing them on my mom’s car radio decades ago when she’d drive me to elementary school in the 80s. But I think the lineup was a little different.

    You might be thinking of Jamie, Frosty and Frank, which was simulcast from Denver a lont time ago before it got moved to Star 98.7 (though I don’t think it was on in the 80’s?). Frosty, Heidi and Frank has only been on 97.1 since 2000, after Frosty and Frank got unceremoniously booted from the Star show in favor of Danny Bonaduce.

  4. To be a bit more fair and balanced than my previous (asshole) comment, I should add that the Conway and Steckler made me laugh through many a horrible nighttime commute back in the day. It never felt the same once they replaced Steckler with Whitman. And while I wasn’t a fan of 97.1 FM Talk overall, it does upset me to think of all the unemployed folks this format change will create.

  5. I didn’t listen to 97.1. Honestly, I barely listen to radio in L.A. I liked Indie 103 a lot, but couldn’t get good reception most of the time.

  6. Tom Leykis lost his job?

    Awesome!

    Leykis really morphed from when he was on KFI–a smart, occasionally “controversial” political talker–to when he was on 97.1–all misogyny, all the time!

    Like JC, I miss KLSX. Breakfast with the Beatles with Deirdre O’Donoghue on Sunday mornings was great–I know it’s on KLOS now, but it’s not the same.

  7. STEPFORD AIRWAVES… seems like “they” taking away anything with a direct effect on the public. Talk radio made you think, you formed your own opinions whether you agreed or not; it was stimulating your brain more then “pop” music could ever do. Is big brother helping us become mindless robots?
    I was a fan of indie, mostly because they brought a sense of individualism to an already conformed media. Now with this news::I will definitely be looking for radio alternatives.

  8. AWESOME.. the more radio stations move to the one true format (can you smell the sarcasm?), the more people will move to SiriusXM and keep that beast afloat. At least there will always be choice there.

    Personally, I’ve switched to listening to podcasts and music via my ipod, so radio is 100% useless for me. The way I see radio (terrestrial and satellite), it’s time is limited – just like analog tv.

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