The X KXRX

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THE X KXRX
Type Radio network
Country United States
Availability International
Slogan Extreme Rock of Seattle
Owner Radio Domination Streaming Network
Key people
Jayden Prince
Launch date
November 5, 2009
Official website
KXRX.net

The X KXRX is a modern rock public radio station playing a mix of new and old music online via Winamp, RealAudio, Windows Media Player, and QuickTime. The station is based in Seattle, Washington and is owned by the Radio Domination Streaming Network (RDSN) and Rockstar Multimedia.

History[edit]

According to the SeaTac Radio Blog[1] The X derived its name in homage to the now silent KXRX 96.5 FM Seattle which debuted January 5, 1987 with the largest entry level ratings share in Seattle market history.[citation needed]

KXRX's relatively short tenure in the Seattle market was a momentous one, with "The X" establishing itself as one of the first major radio stations to play "grunge," a wave of popular music originating in the Pacific Northwest and soon spanning the globe. The station helped launch the careers of groups such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, and featured a high-profile corps of deejays that included Mike West, Robin Erickson, John Maynard, and British-born Norman B. (Batley), who introduced listeners to "Seattle Blues," a Sunday night show that drew a large and devoted following.[2]

Bart Becker of The Seattle Weekly wrote that Norman B. was "stirring up the Sunday night radio waves" and "breaking the sound barrier."[3] Prompted by the success of "Seattle Blues," KXRX unveiled a new weekly new music show hosted by Norman B. called, "The Xtra Hour."[4]

After seven years of "feisty, personality-oriented album rock," KXRX was sold by Shamrock Broadcasting to Alliance Broadcasting.[5]

Streaming[edit]

Streaming costs are subsidized by private donations and Rockstar Multimedia in an effort to keep The X as commercial free as fiscally possible. Technology services such as the web site and related IT services have been provided through a strategic partnership with PacWest Media.[6]

Programs[edit]

For the bulk of its schedule KXRX (The X) broadcasts a commercial free mix from a variety of rock genres which include Alternative, Classic, Indie, Modern, and Metal. The station also offers several content driven shows.

The Marty Riemer Show[edit]

The Marty Riemer Show hosted by Marty Riemer[7] & Jodi Brothers who have worked at KMTT, KZOK, KJR, KROK, and KNDD. Marty may be best known for being the first person to report the death of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain when he worked at KXRX-FM in the 1990s.[citation needed]

DubRRadio Show[edit]

DubRRadio Show hosted by Rick "Double R" Robertson[8] who has worked for WNEW-FM, WQHT, KQBZ, and KISW where he became well known for several outrageous on air stunts one of which left him with a WNBA Seattle Storm logo tattoo on his butt.[citation needed]

The Big Rock Show[edit]

The Big Rock Show hosted by Tina Peek[9] one of the rock music journalists in the country, each week Tina brings in musicians and other industry types to chat about everything music.

Floydian Slip[edit]

Floydian Slip[10] is a one-hour, weekly radio journey through the history of Pink Floyd.

Green Jelly[edit]

The band Green Jelly owes its big break to The X KXRX. The station in Seattle, Washington, played "Three Little Pigs" as a joke, but instead the station's phones lit up and it became a local hit. This caused Zoo to issue the EP Green Jellö SUXX, consisting of four songs from Cereal Killer, which in turn led to the "The Three Little Pigs" becoming a hit on The Box (A pay-per-play cable-TV jukebox network). By early 1993, the song was gaining airplay around the country, and after appearing on MTV Headbanger's Ball, everything exploded. MTV added the video and the full-length audio album Cereal Killer Soundtrack was finally released in April 1993.

References[edit]

  1. ^ SeaTac Radio Blog http://haveyoureadmyblog.com/blog/2010/11/kxrx-net-new-media-pays-homage-to-great-radio/
  2. ^ "Seattle Blues," Jim Kelton, Everett Herald, November 18, 1988
  3. ^ "Stirring Up Sunday Night Radio Waves: "Radio Rebel, Opinionated FM Deejay Norman B Breaks the Sound Barrier," Bart Becker, April 5, 1989
  4. ^ "X-tra, X-tra, Read All About It," Seattle Weekly, February 22, 1989
  5. ^ "KXRX Begins a Slow Fade As Top DJs Bid Farewell," Chuck Taylor, Seattle Times, May 27, 1994
  6. ^ Company Website http://www.pacwestmedia.com
  7. ^ Official Web Site http://www.martyriemer.com
  8. ^ DubRRadio Show http://www.dubrradio.com
  9. ^ Official Website http://www.thebigrockshow.net
  10. ^ Official Website http://www.floydianslip.com