5 Really Weird Things That Used to Be On-Air On 94.5 FMX
Okay, we're going to get into some weird FMX history here.
When you launch a rock station in Lubbock, Texas in 1981, you spend a lot of time figuring things out. Sure, we started off with Led Zeppelin's "Rock & Roll," but we felt a responsibility to be a lot of things to a lot of people. So, here's some of the odder programming we've had on the air over the past nearly four decades.
The Jazz Show was actually very, very popular for many years. It was part of a Sunday morning programming block that for many years also included a comedy hour. We always got great feedback on The Jazz Show because we apparently liked to get up from their Saturday night rock hangovers and chill for just a bit.
The Soul Patrol was a daily 5 or 10-minute featurette that played a couple of soul slammers and kind of related it to the birth of rock (or whatever). You'd hear the original "Soul Man," then maybe "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," and then it was back to music with Eddie Money or something.
There was a time that we had to have a live DJ in the studio at every minute of the day. This means that we've had some real characters in the building.
J.D. was a hippie that wore round, rose-tinted prescription glasses and said the weirdest stuff on the air. I can't even really accurate how strange this guy's show was, but he did it earnestly and he enjoyed some pretty good ratings.
Many, many radio stations carried The Source, which was basically news for 18-34 year-old men. It was supposed to be "hip" and "relatable" news for young rockers. It's just crazy for me to think that FMX for many years ran news every single hour.
Yes, children, when rap first came out, no one knew what the hell to do with it. I still remember getting a big 12-inch single from a band called Run-DMC covering Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." We spun that record quite a bit before we decided it wasn't really for us.