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Lebodome: Enjoying the Radio Waves of the District

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From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome. Email him at scott@borderstan.com.

Every few weeks or so now it seems like there is a moderately funny list online with a title like “You know you were a part of 90′s if” or “Thing you will never see again” and I always look at it and think about the good old days. The days of no one having a smart phone and MTV actually being centered around music videos.

One item that I see on these lists that pains me is people remembering their childhood radio stations and how they filled many carpools and roadtrips with sing-a-longs and funny prank calls. Sadly these days, thanks to iPod jacks in cars, Spotify and satellite radio, the traditional AM/FM radio has become nostalgic.

I drive a fairly old and beat up Ford Taurus that has no audio jack so I have come to know and love our local radio stations. Coming from the tri-state area, I have had a long love for radio thanks to disc jockeys like Howard Stern and FunkMaster Flex. DC doesn’t have the wide variety like NYC has, but what we have is pretty good and worth a listen.

What’s on My FM Dial?

Here is just what I have on my FM dial, ranked in order of my listening preferences.

  • 101.1: This is my morning ride to work with Elliot in the Morning. I also have a great respect for this station in general as it was the one that gave Howard Stern his real start and thus appreciates quality humor. Besides Elliot, this station is a very mainstream rock channel with a fine mix of 90′s hits and the occasional classic rock. I will say that this is generally my music taste so I am biased into liking it, but Elliot in the Morning is hilarious and can really fill a long commute.
  • 93.9: The next best morning show for me is Russ Parr in the Morning. This hip hop station has a packed morning show that also takes extended breaks for music blocks which can be a nice change of pace at 8 am. I also love this station in the afternoon ride as their 5 to 6 pm block is just a DJ and a mix-tape, no commercials.
  • 99.5: The Z100 of DC; the mega pop station. In the last few months, I’d say I have heard “Gangnum Style” playing at least twice a week. Terrible DJ’s, but when you want to hear “Call Me Maybe,” this is your station.
  • 100.3: The classic rock station. I would like to rate this higher on the list, but frankly their song bank is very limited. I can only listen to “Hotel California” and “Don’t Fear the Reaper” so many times.

I sadly don’t know the AM stations that well and I have never been a NPR person. But, the next time you are in a car or at home and want to jam out, turn on the radio, if you still have a working one, on.

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4 Responses to “Lebodome: Enjoying the Radio Waves of the District”

  1. M says:

    I think they put the audio jack into Hondas the year after mine so I feel your pain. Elliot is on DC101, which is 101.1, not 101.3. Actually, I can’t stand him. Between his fake laugh and his childish use of the word “gay” to mean “uncool,” I’d rather listen to classic rock, classical, or even CDs. Can anyone recommend a good jazz station?

    You did not mention WTOP (103.5), which IMHO has the best traffic reports and has kept me out of some nasty traffic jams. Google maps or Apple maps give more up to date info but they are dangerous to look at while driving and they can’t tell you what lane not to be in.

    Also, MTV stopped being music video centered in the late 80s, not the 90s. Uggggg…I’m old!

  2. WhoddaThunk says:

    DC101 is at 101.1, not 101.3.

  3. ZK says:

    So useful. I’m not a fan of morning shows but, since I bike anyway, that’s not really an issue. Now I won’t have to surf the dial felling like a stranger in my adopted town b/c I don’t know the radio stations.

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