Friday, May 3, 2013

A birthday love note to Philly's Radio 104.5

104.5-FM in Philadelphia has had a lot of different names/formats over the years. But one that I hope will finally stick is modern rocker WRFF Radio 104.5.

The station is celebrating its sixth birthday May 12 with a concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden with Phoenix, Paramore, Silversun Pickups, Passion Pit, The Airborne Toxic Event, twenty | one | pilots, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Rivers Monroe.

It's hard to believe now that for about two years, which felt much longer than that (the time between Radio One flipping Y-100 to hip-hop in 2005 and Radio 104.5 arriving on the scene in '07), there was a glaring alternative rock void in local Philly terrestrial radio. Too bad it took Clear Channel a miserable failure with the Latin format at 104.5 to finally give modern rock a chance (guess they figured it couldn't possibly get any worse).
Despite their corporate masters, Radio 104.5 sounds like it's doing things right, and hopefully is 
making money. Keep fighting the good fight for good radio, gang!
Here are some terrific songs that I first heard on Radio 104.5, AND I THANK YOU:

The Naked and Famous - Young Blood

The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition

Gaslight Anthem - 45

Several songs by Death Cab For Cutie

Walk The Moon - Tightrope

Morning Parade - Headlights

Atlas Genius - Trojans

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