I can say that I was near the time of the creation for something. During the period that ran roughly from 1979-1990, college radio was
really created and I was a part of that for a period of time. It’s not that there were not college radio stations before this and that they played their own brand of rock and roll. But, it was during this time that college radio can really be said to have created its own artists and own channels of communication for talking about this music.
I was a good part of it for the years from 1984-1987. When I fall for something I fall had started getting involved in what was then termed “new wave’ music around 1984. Since I was always into accumulating knowledge for its own sake and what is often called, “trivia,” I found myself with a body of knowledge to accumulate and accumulate it I did.
Many people can boast that they were part of vibrant music scenes and got to see the artists who populated the college radio playlists on
a regular basis. I cannot. My college radio memories were from the perspective of a college radio station in the middle of Central Wisconsin. Seeing many artists often meant a road trip of many miles to Milwaukee, Madison, or Minneapolis. We were mostly confined to playing the records of these artists and spreading their message on a second-hand basis.
We were like underground evangelists. We were trying to spread the word of great new music to our outpost in central Wisconsin. These new artists were our heroes and we were trying to get their word out. What I will be doing on a hopefully regular basis will be talking about the artists, label, and music that made us excited about what we were doing in our little outpost of the world.
We did see bands come to our neck of the woods and we were able to experience great music first hand. We had our holy scriptures that we referred to and argued about. These were exciting times during which to be excited about what was going on in the music world and
it’s great to see so much of the music from that time be preserved in all of the digital formats that we have available today. I hope I can be an evangelist again for this music that I loved so much