I honestly don’t have a better title than that.

But since I heard yesterday morning that Jimmy Baron is the most recent DJ to leave the station, I thought I’d pay homage to other dearly-departed jockeys from the once interesting station. I’m not saying it’s horrid now, because I remember the Power 99 days, but the whole alternative thing is kinda passe, right?

In any event, here are the more recent casualties:

First, (Steve) Barnes left. Then he came back to Dave FM. God, how I wish he had stayed gone.

Then, (Fred) Toucher left. I’ll miss Toucher. His bit imitating JB (Tuh-chay!) was priceless. The entire reason I listened to him on the radio. I liked the Don Miller thing he did at first if only because I like non-sequiturs.

Now Jimmy Baron, probably the most polarizing of all three former 99x morning show hosts is out as well. [Press Release via 99X Watch].

At least we still have Leslie and Axel (and Steve Craig!).

Is anyone out there still a 99x fan? I’ve certainly come back into the fold now that the neverending Korn/Limp Bizkit crap.

But I know this isn’t the end of the station, just this chapter. Or is it? It seems like the new ownership is forcing some changes, which seem associated with cutting salary, but I’m no expert.

I still remember and miss Sean Demery, Yvonne Monet (who’s good friends with my brother) and Will Pendarvis.

Yes, I should really listen to Album 88 or get Sirius satellite radio, but I’m a homer.

What does everyone think? Is worsening radio in Atlanta an inevitability? Are things getting worse or better? Do you still listen to FM instead of XM?

Additionally, there’s a good discussion on Access Atlanta concerning Jimmy and the future of 99x. You should also check out 99x Watch and the Toucher, Jimmy, and Leslie Morning Show Fansite.

17 Comments so far

  1. dead (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 11:09 am

    Commercial radio grows more stagnant every year. Anyone who saw the “Cobain Lives” billboard has shuddered to its death knell as well I can imagine.

  2. Greg (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    To be honest, I’ve barely listened to the radio in the last year, in the car we have XM or the iPod, we don’t need anything more.

  3. E (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 11:49 am

    I stopped listening when Toucher came on. That guy was such an arrogant bully and he made me seriously angry. I will begrudgingly admit that he was funny sometimes, but he ticked me off more times than he made me laugh.

    I do, however, think Steve Craig is the best DJ in all of Atlanta. He has a great wealth of knowledge and seems to really love what he does. I’d be heartbroken if he left.

  4. Day (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 11:53 am

    I stopped listening to 99x because of their morning show. I knew that Toucher had left, but now that Jimmy is gone too, I might give it another try. In the meantime, I’ve been listening to the Buzz or to CDs.

    I’ve never been in love with any radio station. Album 88 is too obscure for me, and all the other radio stations are too mainstream. Oh well.

  5. Cap'n Ken (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 11:56 am

    You still listen to commercial radio? Sad.

  6. Nikki (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

    Yeah, Toucher drove me away from 99X’s morning show after years of faithfulness. I would pretty much rather listen to fingernails on a blackboard, so his departure wasn’t such a big deal.

    But Steve Craig? If Steve leaves, or Axel for that matter, it will be the apocalypse for Atlanta radio. DaveFM is passe, everything else is, well, commercial. Steve and Axel are the only reasons left to listen to 99X, except for the iPod Shuffle Weekends.

  7. Tony Simon (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    I stopped listening after Will Pendarvis left.

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    When I Moved here from Huntsville, AL in 1995 99x was a treat. I was loyal to 99x for many years, but when they gave less attention to the local scene an alternative became the norm I wandered. Thanks to an iPod and podcasts I’ve never gone back to commercial radio.

  9. Tony Mc (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

    Will Pendarvis is on Sirius, Alt Nation channel

  10. plumdrank (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 6:12 pm

    v103 yall

  11. Eric (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

    We moved away from Atlanta for six years and whenever we’d come and visit during that time, listening to 99x was listening to the same 10 songs over and over, let alone the lame morning show.

    After more than two years with Sirius, so long to so -called terrestial radio.

  12. cindy (unregistered) on April 29th, 2006 @ 9:45 am

    AM Radio, usually 750, sometimes 640. Neal Boortz & Clark Howard is good, O’Reilly’s OK occasionally, and that Mike Savage is priceless.

    Why AM? Because FM sucks.

  13. plumdrank (unregistered) on April 29th, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    shitty grunge rock >>> right wing douchebags

  14. Dignan (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

    I am baffled to hear about so many people listening to commercial radio. Atlanta has long been one of the worst radio markets in the country. There is an appalling lack of diversity on the air here. We have no AAA station, no 24-hour jazz or classical stations. Why bother when you can listent to exactly what you want when you want with XM/Sirius/MP3s?

  15. jonathan peterson (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 9:19 pm

    Steve is great, at least for the hour he gets to play something other than the standard 99x playlist.

    I listen to 88.5 a lot, but it’s nowhere near what it once was. WCLK is really the only radio station worth listening to.

    I mostly listen CDs I burn of hour long hunks of RadioFG from Paris, Digitally Imported and other streaming MP3 stations.

  16. karsh (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 7:43 pm

    99x has been on the decline for years now, feverishly trying to reach out to their target audience especially since On the Bricks went the way of the dinosaurs. I listen to 88.5 nowadays when I can stomach it as well as Tech’s WREK, CAU’s WCLK and 90.1 to get my news fix.

  17. grasshopper (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 9:42 pm

    All you guys that said negative shit all suck big fat dick! Toucher was hilarious, and it is sad that Jimmy is gone now as well. Also, yes, of course people still listen to fm radio. Not everyone wants to waste money on stupid bullshit like satellite radio, you idiots. Get a freakin life.

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