Sunday, June 5, 2011

Power 106: Where The Wake Up Show No Longer Lives

Los Angeles, CA. 11:52 PM. I haven't listened to the radio in a long, long time. It feels strange hearing clean edits. It feels even stranger knowing that tonight is the final episode of Sway & Tech's World Famous Wake Up Show on Power 106. The writing had been on the wall for a good minute I suppose. For a while already, the station had been playing syndicated episodes or no episodes at all - just the regular ol' daytime-type shit. The death of underground shows on mainstream radio should be no surprise to anyone. But the finality of this curtain call is the real tearjerker. I wouldn't have known about the show's grand finale had it not been for this tweet. It truly is an end of an era. The show began with Tyler, The Creator's "Yonkers", which is a bittersweet selection when you think about it. On the one hand, it sounds so antithetical to my depiction of what a Wake Up Show set list should include. But on the other hand, "Yonkers" (1) is an underground track - yes, technically - and (2) it is by a local artist - remember, these OFWGYMCA (shouts to Bol!) cats are from Los Angeles. Indeed, internet killed the radio star.