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Friday, April 16, 2010

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90.5 FM/HD1 Tonight: The Altrok Radio FM Showcase

There's a bumper crop of new tracks we'll be premiering on tonight's show at 90.5 The Night - music that'll challenge you, make you move, and generally change your world. Sprinkled in among them, of course, will be classic tracks that you shouldn't ever have to do without.

Specifics? That would be telling - and in most cases, if we told you, you'd say "who?" Though we think you might like the classic Pailhead we dug up. We like Nice Nice, too.

Find out more about "who" - tune in tonight for The Altrok Radio FM Showcase: two whole hours of the good stuff, starting at 11PM on 90.5 The Night.

And in the meantime, remember to check out our lil' slice of heaven at Altrok 90.5 HD2 - tune in with an HD radio (cheap!) or (if you're able to read this) tune in online. All day, all night, in terrifyingly refreshing stereo, or mono, if you prefer.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Malcom McLaren, 64

Malcom McLaren died today, aged 64, according to the New York Times. Say what you'd like, swindler or no, rock is what it is today in no small part because of him.

90.5's Future Requires Your Help

It's time for 90.5's pledge drive, and thus we ask your indulgence and support.

Your assistance will provide more fuel for not only 90.5 The Night, but also Altrok 90.5 HD2 and Brookdale Student Radio at 90.5 HD3.

Any amount is welcome at 877-905-4905, and the pledge page has a number of attractive pledge options as well.

Do tell 'em Altrok sent you (it can't be bad for us to be associated with income, y'know...)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Down For The Third Time

This is a bit of a shock - is going dark...again. I don't know whether it's simply a bad economy, or complications from its move to Austin, TX, or what, but they are throwing in the towel and, this time, it looks like it's for good.

Hope not. They've done a stellar job, and I hope they can figure out how to continue to do so. We've held a long-standing respect for them here at Altrok (and, in fact, their Program Director, Mike Taylor, has graciously contributed to Altrok in the past.)

To put it another way, as I just mentioned to Mike in email:

"Good luck to you and the rest of the staff - you've fought the good fight for far longer and at a higher level than many others have had the resources to, and you haven't ever compromised."

We'll keep you posted.
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Welcome to, also available at and Here's where the remaining listeners of several fine radio stations have retreated, regrouped, and built a replacement strong enough to stand on its own. It builds on the independent legacy of New Jersey's FM106.3, New York's WPIX and WLIR, Oklahoma's 105.3 The Spy, the pre-buyout mindset of KROQ, WBCN and WHFS and of every other alternative station that was destroyed at a moment's notice - not because they weren't making money, but because there was bigger money to be found elsewhere.
We've stood by as truly independent alternative rock radio died. Sure, something called "alternative" took its place, but we know for sure that anything that "tests well" with soccer moms just ain't alternative. (Even if some of us happen to be soccer moms.) So we've taken matters into our own hands.
This really is independent alternative rock radio, visible here at and audible at our web radio station. It has the classic music that fired our passions back in the day - or that we maybe only heard about from our elders - but it's mostly made of the new music that does precisely the same for us now. We're paying attention to scenes all over the world, watching the energy build, and waiting to see what it creates. Wherever it happens, we'll make sure you can hear about it here. We've been slowly building all this since 2001, and now that you've noticed us, we're glad you're here.
Of course, it's only here because you want it to be here, and it can only stay if you help it along - especially by checking out our advertisers (they support us) and by listening (the more that listen, the more visible we are.) Please use the "feedback" link above to let us know whether it works for you, and what you want it to be as the future unfolds. (And if you need help hearing it, let us know that, too.)