If you’re an LA denizen or have many Los Angeles based friends in your facebook, you might already know about the death of 103.1fm. Otherwise, I regret to inform you that one of LA’s finest radio stations has passed away. It’s a great loss for Los Angeles’ better-than-average radio landscape. The only silver lining I can see is that the station will continue to broadcast online. The worst part of all this is the loss of Jonsey’s Jukebox, a beautiful radio show hosted by Steve Jones, one of the founding members of The Sex Pistols. Here’s the official statement from the 103.1fm website:
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
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
www.indie1031.com 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.”
RIP, Indie 103.1fm. We were lucky to have you as long as we did.