Say hello to ALT 93.3, Clear Channel's newest Twin Cities alternative rock radio station

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Via Alt 93.3's Twitter

Imagine a world where Beck, Passion Pit, Coldplay, 311, Alien Ant Farm, Mumford & Sons, and Green Day (post-Dookie) are played on repeat all day.

Finally, a place where dingbat radio DJs can be free to spend 15 minutes discussing the finer points of "Sex on Fire" and how Paramore's Haylie Williams remains the most bangable redhead on the planet. Everyone who missed 93.7 the Edge more than REV 105 is so ecstatic right now.

If you're enthusiastically nodding your head at the prospect of such a world existing, you're delusional, but also in luck. This morning, Clear Channel, everyone's favorite monopolistic media corporation, quietly launched Alt 93.3, a new Twin Cities alternative radio station set to feature on-air hosts Meatsauce and Liucas JD Greene.

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Until July 7th, Alt 93.3 is featuring a commercial-free broadcast. If you're interested but aren't ready to blindly subject your ears to potentially traumatizing music, you can check out their song history on Twitter

"There is a big appetite for the kind of music that ALT will play," said MICHAEL CRUSHAM, Market President, CLEAR CHANNEL/MINNEAPOLIS.  - See more at: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/130560/alt-93-3-debuts-in-minneapolis?ref=mail_bulletin#sthash.Fx2aizqo.dpuf
LIUCAS JD GREENE

As Chris Riemenschneider of the Star Tribune pointed out, 93.3 had yet to play a single female artist. (Florence & the Machine since got mixed in.) What they have played is bad -- like, universally regarded as bad. And that's coming from the girl who brought you "18.2 reasons why Blink-182 is the greatest band of all time."

Still, some locals have already taken to the station. Twitter user Landon Hoover wrote, "Can I borrow a Shovel because I am diggin @alt933fm Minneapolis." Nice one, Hoover.


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MplsListener
MplsListener

I've been listening on my commutes to and from work since the channel started, and I have yet to hear a single female artist other than Florence and the Machine. Even the "rock" station here will play more female artists than this station. It's ridicluous.

staticradio
staticradio

Drive 105 was decent for the first 2 years (i.e. I'll wait to see if Alt 93.3 plays Lucinda Williams...or even Cities 97, where she should be heard).  Give me 88.5, 89.3, 90.3, 770, and Radio Heartland (91.1 HD2),

elmi0001
elmi0001

uh oh - a station not hipster approved?!?! whatever will we do.


I get it, you hate Clear Channel but here's the dirty little secret - 89.3 kinda sucks a fat one too.


Half the music I've heard on 93.3 would be a big hit on 89.3 because some wannabe DJ hipster made you listen to it instead of a Clear Channel employee.

Peter Wehrle
Peter Wehrle

Mumford and Sons? Ugh! BARF! Alien Ant Farm? They had one good song... not exactly enough to merit mention when creating a format for station.

Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane

Exactly. It'll just be less than mediocre like all the other stations they own.

DjEn Fuego
DjEn Fuego

Dear Clear Channel: "Meh".... sincerely, The Twin Cities.

Jim Bjerke
Jim Bjerke

It's about time SOMEONE plays the Goo Goo Dolls!

Ryan Wachtel
Ryan Wachtel

wow cuz where else ya gonna go to hear quality garbage like Linkin Park?

Stone Blue
Stone Blue

Does that mean 93x is going start playing metallica and pantera again? You know good music

Stefanie Megan Brown
Stefanie Megan Brown

Linkin Park & Coldplay were exciting for about 3 minutes and now.....BORRRRRINGGGGG

Stefanie Megan Brown
Stefanie Megan Brown

.......meh. It is Clear Channel so when they say "on repeat all day" they MEAN it. Internet radio still wins.

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

But we already have a government radio station that plays alternative rock and other useless crap. Silly capitalist.

Ian Royal
Ian Royal

Why would anyone ever choose to listen to the radio, in this day and age? In a world where one has access, legal or otherwise, to the incessantly increasing vastness that is recorded music, why would anyone, ever, have someone else choose the soundtrack to thier life?

Jason Husby
Jason Husby

agree that meatsauce is a terrible choice for a dj on here. i haven't heard a second of the station, but maybe this can evolve into hat cities 97 used to be when it was good. before the new program director turned it into a poor man's ks95.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

You are not a tree. You can move.

Brittany Nicholas
Brittany Nicholas

Linkin park called the cops on sublime with rome for smoking pot.

Vince Trovato
Vince Trovato

We used to have B96 but they changed into hits, then variety.

Meggan Rohret
Meggan Rohret

Oh, thank goodness they play Linkin Park. #itsnocurrent

Bradley America
Bradley America

Hey The 90s Preservation Society how many actual tapes of actual 93.7 The Edge do yall have

boredchem
boredchem

Linkin Park? That is passing for alt these days?


Gross

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Coldplay = rock, much less alt rock?

If I were 15 and wanted to write sad letters to ex girlfriends I'd listen to the Current.

Mike Green
Mike Green

I guess it's better then country. Well to be honest anything is better then country.

Christopher Ray Hunnicutt
Christopher Ray Hunnicutt

Imagine a world where every woman you've ever wanted to have sex with tells you she's actually a lesbian, and then takes a dump on your chest, one by one, one by one, one by one...

Edward Brian Johnson
Edward Brian Johnson

I can imagine. ..its called the current. fuck clear channel, ticketshafter and live nation

Ryan T Good
Ryan T Good

The poor quality of music played on commercial radio is just an example of how herded the public has become (the Current is great but I still hear them play Coldplay). I wish there was a terrestrial radio revolution to break the mold Clear Channel and other media giants have made since the telcom act of 96.

Antoine Smoot
Antoine Smoot

How about a hip hop station. ..Man I cany stand Minnesota smh

Ryan Siverson
Ryan Siverson

I heard The Black Keys three times in under two hours... I may drop off some of my CDs over at their studio later.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Right after you learn English.

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