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WKPX
City of license Sunrise, Florida
Broadcast area Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood
Branding WKPX
Radio X, "WNSU"
Slogan South Florida's Radio Alternative
Frequency 88.5 MHz
First air date 1982
Format Educational
ERP 3,000 watts
HAAT 30 meters
Class A
Owner Broward County Public Schools
(off-hours programmed by Nova Southeastern University)

WKPX 88.5 FM "South Florida's Radio Alternative" is a non-commercial educational, non-profit, high school radio station owned and operated by the Broward County Public Schools with studios and transmitters located inside Piper High School, northwest of Fort Lauderdale in Sunrise, Florida. The station broadcasts with the talent of students, school days from 7:30 am to 6 pm and also sometimes after school hours. After hours, broadcast students from Nova Southeastern University man the station, under the name Radio X.

WKPX broadcasts to Broward County and has a transmission capacity of 3,000 watts, extending its reach to include part of Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. The station averages about 20,000 listeners in South Florida.

WKPX 88.5 FM is about education. Piper High School conducts radio classes that educate high school students in journalism, business management, radio production, communications, music review, and censorship. The students operate the station with the assistance of a faculty advisor; the program currently involves approximately 200 Piper students.

WKPX 88.5 FM supports the community, and serves the community in other special ways. It offers a variety of programming including rock, blues, reggae, international music, news, sports, and public service announcements. The PSAs range from giving information on cultural events, educational programs and special not-for-profit events, to announcements that run the gamut from health and emergency information to helping people learn how to cope with life's problems.

Throughout its thirty-year history, WKPX provided and continues to provide, a positive educational influence on its student based staff, in addition to a positive impact on the community.

History: 1983 to 1987[edit]

The station was conceived by its Chief Engineer, Warren Exmore—a child prodigy earning his FCC Engineering license while still a teenager—who served as an electronics and computer instructor at Piper High School. Also instrumental in putting WKPX on the air was its first Program Director and broadcasting instructor, Sheldon Shores. Exmore and Shores, working with the hard politicking skills of former Piper principal Robert Beale, and a proposed yearly budget of a $120,000, the station had its maiden broadcast on Valentine’s Day 1983.[1] Upon the departure of co-founder Shores in the summer of 1985, Bill Foreman joined the station as its Operations Manager and its high school program Broadcasting Instructor during its formative years.[2]

Initially, the station broadcast Top 40 and Classic Rock formats on a 24-Hour schedule from 1983 to 1985. However, staffing a 24-Hour Operation with high school aged students (in the days before computer automation) proved to be difficult, and presented risk management issues to the school board.[2][3] Another contributing factor in reducing WKPX from a 24-hour operation to a 12-hour operation was to cut the stations operating costs, which threatened to silence the station permanently.[4] Thus, WKPX was successful in petitioning the FCC to broadcast on an sunrise/sunset schedule, usually reserved for AM Radio operations, of 7 A.M to 7 P.M.[5]

The first FM student-run, high school radio station to be licensed by the Federal Communications Commission is WNAS 88.1; broadcasting live since May 1949.[6]

Notable Alumni

Several of WKPX's students moved onto successful broadcasting and media careers; the most notable being 1992 alumni and Production Manager of WKPX at the time Michael Biggins (born as Michael Bigansky) who is better known as his actor/artist name Blackout. He was the first FCC licensed under 18 student to be granted a mixed format comedy talk & music show called 'No Class' that took LIVE phone calls with no on air delay. He went on after WKPX to release several albums of crank / prank calls as well as both talent and technical work in radio, TV, music, theater, film, and the internet. He currently runs his own multimedia production company Blackout's Box Studios in New York City and was one of the pioneers in internet streaming and Internet Radio including being the first person to stream real time audio of a prank call over the internet. Much of his work from his time at WKPX is still popular and circulating today—given away freely on his http://blackout.com website. Blackout / Biggins was heavily involved in the fight to keep WKPX alive and on the air when they were sued by media giant CBS several times over an 8.5 year battle by CBS to attempt to take the high school station down because they claimed it interfered with one of their local conglomerate stations.[7]

Other notable alumni include Linda “Energy” Emery, a 1984 high school program graduate,[1] who worked at New York’s “Power 95,"[8] as well as South Florida’s WHYI “Y-100”[9] and WBGG “Big 106."

Steve Robertson, an adult education program graduate, went onto to work for the defunct South Florida rock station, Miami’s WZTA 94.9 FM “Zeta 4," and became the music director for WJRR in Orlando, Florida. Inspired by WKPX’s programming philosophy of giving airplay to local unsigned artists, Robertson used the airwaves of WJRR to break three of the top selling alternative rock acts of the early 1990s: 7 Mary 3 (“Cumbersome”), Collective Soul (“Shine”) and Matchbox Twenty (during their days known as “Tabitha’s Secret"). His ability to pick hit bands led to a successful career in A&R with Atlantic Records.[10][11]

Rich Pierce, an adult program graduate, who served as the first host of the hour long, local rock block program KPX Goes Local (later known as Locals Only) went onto become a critically acclaimed guitarist with endorsement deals for Schecter Guitars, Krank Amps, Knucklehead Strings, Scratch Pad Protectors, and Guitar Star Wear. Rich Pierce’s son, Robert (then 6 years old) stars in the video for song “Lunchbox,” from Marilyn Manson first album, “Portrait of an American Family.” Robert also sang on the Manson song, “My Monkey.” Rich Pierce also received acclaim for his work with the southern rock styled band, Rambler; their 2004 debut album "First Things First" featured drummer Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Other notable graduates from WKPX's high school program also found success in the acting world: Todd Allen, the host of the weekday/afternoon drive, chart tracking show, The Modern Music Countdown, became a multiple award winning actor in the South Florida theatre scene, and went on to earn roles in the South Florida based TV Series, “Burn Notice,” “Graceland,” “Magic City” and “The Glades.” Allen’s classmate, Gregg Stewart, the host of weekday/afternoon drive, The Alternate Route, also won several local theatre awards, and had a recurring role on “Magic City,” along with roles in “Burn Notice,” “The Glades.”

Other notable graduates (non-radio) produced by Piper High School include musician Jessicka Adams, of the band Jack **f Jill; Bernie Blades, who played in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions; his brother Brian Blades who played his 10-year professional football career with the Seattle Seahawks; actor Daniel Franzese, who appeared on episodes of TVs "Burn Notice," "Missing Persons" and "CSI"; ESPN NASCAR commentator Shannon Spake; and musician Wally Voss, who played bass in the solo bands of Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and guitarist Joey Tafolla.

Format flips to alternative music: 1987[edit]

Regardless of the hour reductions, the weekends still presented staffing difficulties for the station. At the time, Piper High School also served as an Adult Education/Community School, so an Adult Education Program in Radio Broadcast Journalism was developed in 1987 to recruit and train adult aged/college graduates from the community to build a weekend air staff. It was during this period that Helaine Blum, an English teacher from New York, who also worked as an English instructor at Piper High School, was appointed as the station program director and broadcasting instructor.

During those first night school classes held in mid-1987, Scott David, a rock club disc jockey and record store manager, would became the first graduate of the adult education program to air college/alternative rock, and independent music at the station. The show proved to be popular enough that Helaine Blum flipped the station format to alternative rock music 7 days a week (back in the pre-alternative days when the format was known as "College Rock"). Steve Robertson (later of WJRR Orlando), graduated from the first adult education classes, alongside Scott David.

In an effort to offer alternative programming heard nowhere else in Broward, she developed early morning specialty block programs (also known in radio programming as "Dayparting") during the adult weekend programming hours, airing Blues, Jazz, and Reggae. In addition, she developed the immensely popular Wednesday afternoon Heavy Metal program Overdrive hosted by Amy Downing, and The Bump Show, a Rap/Hip-Hop Bass program that aired on Friday afternoons; both aired during the station's high school student staffed hours.

WKPX Airs Local Music

In addition to the format flip to alternative/college rock, the station began airing unsigned local bands championed by Scott David on his program, The Alternative Beat. David is noted as the first DJ to air the music of Marilyn Manson (signed to Nothing/Interscope) and Collapsing Lungs (signed to Atlantic). Other local Miami/Fort Lauderdale bands first aired on WKPX, then signed to major labels, include; Nuclear Valdez (Epic), Mary Karlzen of Vesper Sparrow (Atlantic), For Squirrels from Orlando (Epic), Saigon Kick (Atlantic; Top Ten hit “Love is on the Way), Manson protégés Jack Off Jill, known on the air at 'KPX as "The Jills" (Risk Records), the Mavericks (MCA), the Silos (RCA), the Vulgar Boatmen from Gainesville (Warner Brothers/East West), and Crease from Fort Lauderdale (Roadrunner). Drummer Sam Forgarino, formerly of the popular South Florida band and WKPX favorite, The Holy Terrors out of Miami, appeared on the David Letterman Show as a member of the band, Interpol. WKPX also conducted the first ever, on-air interview with Marilyn Manson in 1990 on Scott David's program, The Alternative Beat, heard Saturdays from 4 to 7 pm.

Geordie White, whose Coral Springs based thrash AmBoog-a-Lard aired on the WKPX hard-rock, weekday specialty shows Tea Time with Yvette Lam, Iron, Led and Steel, and Overdrive with Amy Downing, moved onto a successful career with memberships in Marilyn Manson, A Perfect Circle (fronted by Tool front man Maynard James Keenan), and Nine Inch Nails. White also auditioned for a spot as bassist in Metallica, which is featured in their documentary film, Some Kind of Monster.

Station's rise in popularity: 1989[edit]

The station’s rise in popularity wasn’t without its problems. The first problem arose when broadcasting giant CBS planned to complete their purchase WCIX Channel 6, effectively on January 1, 1989.[8][12]

It was the contention of CBS that WKPX’s 3,000 watt signal on 88.5 was too close to Channel 6 on the FM band at 87.7, and the radio signal would interfere with the already weak television signal in Broward. This opinion was based on the FCC’s rules that are supposed to keep the low end of the FM band clear in areas that have television channel 6, and that WKPX should have never received its construction/operating permit six years ago, in 1983. As result, WKPX was not able to become a fully licensed facility. In late September 1991, the Federal Communications Commission granted a permanent license to WKPX.[7]

While WKPX and the School Board battled the FCC, the staff of WKPX and the school board administrators had a battle of their own behind the scenes.

As result of the adult education program graduates working as a volunteer staff at the radio station, according to School Board policy, those volunteers needed to be fingerprinted and subjected to background checks for insurance and risk management purposes.

Another issue was the servicing of music to the radio station by record companies.

During the pre-Alternative Music years of the station from 1983 to 1989, the music library was the culmination of records purchased by the station, and the personal collections of the air staff. As result of being the only College Rock/Alternative formatted station in South Florida, records companies sent massive amounts of compact disc, LPs and cassettes for airplay to the specialty show disc jockeys. As result, Piper administrators instituted a tracking system of cataloging and distributing the music sent in among the adult education/weekend specialty show air staff; which required the opening of mail addressed to particular individuals by others. It was the management's position the music was the property of Piper High School.

Adult Educational Airstaff Quits

The fingerprinting and the opening of mail resulted in an air staff revolt. Scott David, the man responsible for bringing the alternative format to WKPX quit in protest. Vic Paul, host of the Uncommon Groove, an Americana/Roots Rock show, joined David. Then Joe Disano, the host of the techno/rave program Dance Therapy, misplayed a song that violated station policy against airing any music with profanity; he was fired. Disano’s firing resulted in his replacement host J.J Cruz (a graduate of the first classes in 1987) going on the air with a highly politicized on-air commentary the following week regarding the changes in station policies; he was fired.[13]

At that point, Helaine Blum quit as Program Director, and most of the adult/weekend air staff walked out in solidarity. The disgruntled adult educational program staff members—along with its listeners and several local bands—began a campaign of protests outside the grounds of the radio station in mid-1990. Rick Myers, the adult educational program's Music Director, even went as far to mount an unsuccessful campaign for a seat on the Broward School Board to change the policies affecting the station.

Since the adult educational program classes in broadcast journalism were proving to be more of a determent than a benefit to the station, the night class program was cancelled by Piper Community School. WKPX did, however, retain the college rock/alternative format, and continued to support local/unsigned musicians in South Florida, as initiated by Scott David and Helaine Blum.

Upon the cancellation of the Piper adult educational night school classes, the then enrolled students remained on the air for several more months by pooling their personal financial resources (supplemented by spot sales) and purchasing/time brokering blocks of Friday night airtime at the brokered/variety formatted WSRF 1580 AM under the specialty show name, "R.A.W - The Radio Alternative Workshop.[14]" At that time WSRF was still located inside the abandoned station facilities of the then dominate AOR station in Fort Lauderdale, WSHE 103.5 FM, in the old Silver Lakes Trailer park in Davie, Florida. WSRF "Surf 16" was formerly the AM sister station of WSHE 103.5 "She's Only Rock n' Roll."

1990[edit]

While the weekday high school staffing went through changes as result of graduations; the adult weekend air staff that abided by the new station policies solidified. It was during this period from 1990 to 1997 that WKPX cultivated some of its longest running and best remembered weekend programs and disc jockeys: Yvonne Ortiz’s Techo/rave/avant-garde dance rock program Beauty of the Beat (who took over for the fired Joe Disano/JJ Cruz), Keith MacIntosh's College Rock/Punk n' Techno program Uncommon Groove (who took over Vic Paul’s roots rock/Americana program Uncommon Groove time slot, who quit in protest), R.D.B’s indie lable/underground punk/noise rock program Over the Edge (in place of the similarly formatted college/indie label rock, and departing Chuck Vertuoso’s One Step Beyond). New hosts also took over and continued the popular reggae, blues and jazz programs initiated by Blum. Yvonne Ortiz, Keith MacIntosh, Genie White and R.D.B are all graduates of the second session of adult education classes held in 1988.

It was during this period that Dar Lopez would begin her reign as WKPX longest running weekend/adult disc jockey, a feat formerly held by Genie White with her punk/new wave oldies program Saturday Rewind which ran for ten years from 1992 to 2002. Prior to Genie White’s successful run, R.D.B served on the air for eight years from 1988 to 1996.

Dar Lopez was hired as the Blues D.J for the station upon the departure of its former host, Steve Robertson, who moved onto successful stints at Miami’s WZTA 94.9 and Orlando’s WJRR 101.1. Since 1993, WKPX has been the home for The Sunday Blues with Dar, a volunteer effort initiated as part of the old adult program of Piper High School. The nationally recognized show is a three-hour weekly broadcast that airs Sundays from 10am to 1pm.

In February 1993, the station celebrated its 10th Anniversary.[15]

1996 and beyond[edit]

1996

  • As a series of new administrators were brought in as operational directors for the station, a decision was made to return WKPX to its original mission to being an educational facility; to turn the weekend programming into a continuing educational program for the Piper High School seniors who graduated from the high school based radio journalism program. These changes result in the departures of Yvonne Ortiz, Keith MacIntosh and R.D.B, from the adult weekend program, but the programming changes also brought back the popular retro, hard-rock/heavy-metal program Amplified. Hosted by Beth Jordan, Amplified specialized in preserving the A.O.R inspired glam/hair-metal format of the 1980s—the only show of its kind in South Florida. Between Jordan’s high school years with the high school program, and her continuing education years, she’s noted as the longest running program/disc jockey cultivated from the high school program.
  • Halon 121, an active-rock, hard-rock/heavy-metal show hosted by Dennis Heard and produced by Mark Salzman, both from the high school journalism program, debuts. On the air for seven years until 2003, Halon 121 became a nationally recognized show that featured interviews with the bands GWAR, Testament, Fear Factory, and Korn. The show was also nominated for the A.I.R Awards (Achievement in Radio). Halon 121 ranked in the Top 5 of all college radio shows in the South Florida area in the category of "Best Student Talent."

1998

On September 4, Nova Southeastern University’s student run radio station, WNSU, went on the from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. through the transmitter of 88.5 FM WKPX, while Piper High School continued to use the frequency from 7 a.m to 7 p.m, daily.[16]

The eight-year old WNSU went on the air in August 1990 as a closed circuit/campus radio station, initially known as WNKR (Nova Knights Radio; after their athletics teams/program) on 101.1 FM. The station broadcast over the 101.1 frequency via radio splitters provided by Jones Intercable Systems in Davie, Florida. The agreement to allow WNSU to use the WKPX transmitter at night was about five years in the making, since 1993, with FCC, NSU and School Board attorneys writing a contract that worked for all parties, assuring educational benefits to both Piper High School and Nova Southeastern University.[16]

WNSU’s “Radio X” continues on the air to this day, broadcasting from 6 a.m to 12 midnight.[17] As result of WKPX’s use of computerized radio automation starting in 2002, WKPX returned to 24-Hour broadcasting for the first time since 1985. Initially, when not on the air at 88.5 FM, WNSU remained available on Comcast cable at 92.9 cable FM during the day.[16] It now broadcasts at 24 hours a day over the Internet at Live365.com when not utilizing the 88.5 FM frequency.

1999

The Weekly Paper, New Times Broward Palm Beach, voted WKPX as "South Florida's Best Radio Station."[18]

2000

  • The Weekly Paper, New Times Broward Palm Beach, voted WKPX as "South Florida's Best Radio Station."[19]
  • The “Sunday Blues with Dar” voted by New Times Broward Palm Beach as “Best Show on the Radio.”

2001

Dar Lopez of the “Sunday Blues with Dar” voted as a “Hall of Fame DJ” by defunct, Broward based, City Link Magazine.

2002

With the rising operating costs of the station, which included a scheduling of substitute teachers as operational supervisors on the weekends, WKPX instituted a cost cutting measure utilized by many stations, both commercial and non-commercial — broadcast automation. WKPX incorporated the broadcast software, Audiovault, in which the DJ portions were pre-recorded, and the music was played from a broadcast automation computer system. The station also changed its weekend music format to the more popular Alternative and Punk genres.

And with that, the remaining weekend air staff—a few leftovers from the adult educational program and mostly high school graduates—were let go. As result of the impending dismissal of Dar Lopez’s Sunday Blues with Dar Program, the blues loving community of South Florida pulled together to cover the programs operational costs to keep it on the air. Beth Jordan was also able to raise enough funds to put her show on the web only at amplified-radio.com where it continues to air to this day.

2003

The "Sunday Blues with Dar" voted "Best Radio Program" in South Florida by New Times Broward Palm Beach.[20]

2005

According to a July 2005 Sun-Sentinel report, WKPX filed complaints with the FDLE and the Federal Communications Commission regarding two pirate radio stations at 89.5 and 88.7 FM interfering with WKPX’s signal since May. According to rwonline.com, The State of Florida previously passed an “Anti-Pirate Radio Law,” in July 2004 making it illegal to operate unlicensed radio station in the state. Radio piracy in Florida, South Florida in particular, was a serious, growing problem.[21][22] According to the FDLE (as per the Sun-Sentinel article), the complaints filed by WKPX resulted in what was likely to be the first arrests under the new, recently enacted state legislation regulating pirate radio stations, making said operations of a pirate station a third degree felony. The sun-sentinel.com and rwonline.com articles are achieved at worldofradio.com.[21]

2006

Radio journalist Michael Hibblin wrote a print story for the Miami Herald, in addition to producing a radio version for public radio station WLRN 91.3 FM. The report concerns the impending, proposed move of WKPX from its Piper High School location to the McFatter Technical School located in Davie, Florida. The link to the mp3 of the report is available at www.hibblenradio.com.

2007

Broward Teen News did a story on WKPX. The video of the news report is available on the web at schooltube.com.

2009

  • The Weekly Paper, New Times Broward Palm Beach voted WKPX as "South Florida's Best Radio Station."[23]
  • In June, the nation made a historic switch to digital television for all 971 full-powered TV stations in the U.S.[24] Upon the FCC instituting DTV (digital television), and the abandonment of analog broadcasting, this led to the abandonment the local Channel 6 by NBC (WTVJ Miami). As result, the FM frequency which broadcast the audio for Channel 6, 87.7 FM, was cleared; WKPX applied to the FCC for a facility change (power increase) for 88.5 FM. At that time, as reported by the radio industry paper allaccess.com, the request was denied.[25]
  • By November 2009, WKPX's request to increase its power to 25 kW (25,000 watts), was granted by the FCC.[26]

2013

February 14 marks the station's 30th anniversary as "South Florida’s Radio Alternative."[27]

Other popular shows[edit]

Weekday programming on WKPX included Not Real, which focused on alternative rock with comedy; on the air for 10 years from 1996 to 2006. During 2005 to 2007, WKPX showcased the popular weekday morning show Breakfast with Frankenstein, with its refreshing mix of punk, alternative, and comedic sketches.

During the same time, the station was also recognized for their highly popular weekend hip-hop programs which included: Sichop and, later, The Asylum, hosted by Sydney Crawford, Curtis Steele, and Gerald Dagher. After two sets of graduating classes, and the loss of their popular on-air personalities, WKPX saw a decrease in its hip-hop listeners. However, hip-hop remained on the air in 2003 with the popular show, Urban Airwaves.[28] More recently, there were variety shows hosted by the Music Directors of each corresponding year: from 2001 to 2010 - Noise Pollution (Punk Variety), 2008 to 2009 - Special Delivery, and 2008 to 2010 - Dead Air.

Another popular show airing during the early 1990s was the weekday program No Class, hosted by Michael Biggins, known on the air as "Blackout," with his co-host, "Geekhead." Blackout's popularity was fueled by his studio based, Weird Al inspired music projects, Blackout's Box, and the Rooksnitzien Society; the projects produced two of the stations most popular local tunes,"I Ain't Got No Turkey" and "Little Dead Jesus Fish."

Equally popular shows from the high school based programming schedule included the weekday, all request, program The Power Lunch, hosted by Brett Rose,[15] weekdays at 11 AM til Noon in the early '90s; Ground Zero, an 80s Retro/New Wave program hosted by the then high school program’s News Director, Jason Specland. Like Gregg Stewart and Todd Allen before him, Jason parlayed his radio experiences at WKPX into a career as an award winning theatre actor. In 2000, the hugely popular program Subliminal Messages, hosted by SP, ended a successful three year run spinning club oriented electronica/electronic music on WKPX. Julie Davis, the stations Music Director from 2001 to 2005, was another popular on air host cultivated from the high school program. Serena Milisci was another well respected DJ among listeners. She conceived the show Current Impulse, in the early '90s; a dance music program that aired Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. when school was in session; and from 1 to 4 p.m. during the summer and holidays. The upbeat dance tunes aired for two years on Current Impulse proved popular enough with the listeners, that the show continued with new, up and coming DJs from the high school program.[29]

Another popular early '90s program cultivated from the adult educational classes was Native Noise, hosted by Edie Murphy on Saturday mornings from 10 to 1 PM. In addition to airing the music of unsigned local talent from the Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, the show also conducted half-hour interviews with local bands, in addition airing In-the-studio performances, which were pre-taped and pre-approved by station management prior to airing.

On early Saturday mornings, WKPX continued to provide classic rock specialty programming blocks from the late ‘80s until 2002. With the their personal album collections offering a wider music variety of music, John Gregory, the host of Face the Music, and then John T, the host of The American Way (both adult educational program graduates), gave South Floridians "a radio alternative" to the limited libraries and repetitive playlists of commercial classic rock stations. In addition to airing deeper cuts of the familiar artists of the format, they also aired bands that were no longer heard on the radio. Both programs provided a unique, non-commercial twist on the classic rock format, providing listeners with a taste of what progressive rock radio sounded like in its infancy in the late 1960s.

The format of WKPX still varies in music genres. Listeners can request songs at the station's request line which is (754) 322-1818. Currently, WKPX broadcasts with the talent of students, school days from 7:30 am to 6 pm, then from 6 pm to midnight, broadcast students from Nova Southeastern University man the station, under the name “Radio X.”

In addition to its branding as "South Florida's Radio Alternative," WKPX Sunrise also aired a series of ID's from 1989 to the mid-1990s, branding itself as a Modern Rock outlet, as:

  • -- "The Station that Makes Modern Music"
  • -- "The Station where the Music Makes the Difference"
  • -- "Tomorrows Music Today"
  • -- "Modern Music for Modern Minds"
  • -- "Giving You an Alternative to the Alternative" (after WSHE 103.5 and ZETA 94.9 flipped to alternative formats in the early 1990s)
  • -- "South Florida's Original Home for Local Rock n' Roll" (after WSHE 103.5 and ZETA 94.9 began airing Sunday Night Local Music Block Programming, inspired by WKPX's success with local music).

Many national bands touring South Florida—both indie and major label—provided personalized station IDs for WKPX, as result of the station being the only Alternative Music outlet in the Fort Lauderdale area, and only station that would play their music: The Buck Pets, the Connells, Christmas, Dumptruck, Fetchin’ Bones, Fishbone, Iggy Pop, Jane’s Addiction, Mary My Hope, the Meat Puppets, Murphy’s Law, the Ramones, the Rhythm Corps, Scrawl, the Screamin’ Blue Messiahs, Seven Seconds, the Smashing Orange, the Soul Asylum, the Sugarcubes, Sugarsmack, Velocity Girl, and Yo La Tengo, all told the listeners to keep it locked on "South Florida's Radio Alternative," during the height of the station's alternative music years from the late 80s to mid-1990s. During their South Florida appearances, both Korn and Sonic Youth also conducted phone based interviews with the station's high school based program.

The Sunday Blues With Dar[edit]

Since 1993, WKPX has been the home for The Sunday Blues with Dar, a volunteer effort initiated as part of the adult education program of Piper High School. The nationally recognized show is a 3-hour weekly broadcast. A listener supported program, it airs Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm in the Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties of Florida through WKPX 88.5 FM and around the globe online at blueatheart.com. The show broadcasts a mix of old, new, acoustic and electric, Delta, Chicago, jump swing, and rockin' blues music, including at least 30 minutes of a local talent showcase every week. Produced and hosted by Darlene "Dar" Lopez, The Sunday Blues With Dar is the longest lasting live show on WKPX.

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Steve Robertson - A&R Atlantic Records, Orlando, Florida
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  16. ^ a b c Wnsu Up All Night - Sun Sentinel
  17. ^ Radio X - About
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  19. ^ Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach Best Amateur Radio Station - WKPX-FM (88.5) - Best Of Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach - New Times Broward-Palm Beach
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Coordinates: 26°10′41″N 80°15′22″W / 26.178°N 80.256°W / 26.178; -80.256