is am radio where it’s at?

i am not sure how the existence of am 1690 atlanta’s voice of the arts has escaped me for so long. the other week when my friend adam and i went to see spring awakening, adam picked me up and of all things he was listening to am radio. as we drove along from north ormewood toward the willy’s at edgewood where dinner was going to be consumed, i was blown away by an eclectic mix of bluegrass, soul and even some indie rock.

so apparently out there on am radio, am 1690 has been playing the most interesting mix of music, interviews, book reviews and more for years and i have just missed it.

the other day on the way back from the marta station i listened to a great interview with jeff garland about his new book my footprint. it was long and rambling and perfect.

anyway, my radio has barely left it since then and i have to recommend checking it out.

2 Comments so far

  1. Jim (unregistered) on March 16th, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    My wife and I have been listening to WMLB since we found it about two years ago (I think it may have been due to an article in the AJC about it). We love the mix of music, interviews, poetry, book excerpts, etc. It’s short on local news but makes up for it somewhat with CBS network news.

    They also give a lot of time to local arts events and local music, even hosting shows helmed by local music experts, like the guys from “Stomp & Stammer” and “Paste” magazines.

    One of our favorite things is the different nature sounds they use to signal the top of each hour, from the black capped chickadee to the alligator to “the human baby.”

    For those who haven’t checked it out, you should. There’s something for everybody.

  2. Stephanie (locaboca) on March 16th, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    I can’t wait to get in the car at lunch and check it out!

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