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102.5 has changed formats … again?

I like to listen to Bob and Tom on the way into work. Today on my way home I thought the song they were playing was a bit odd for a classic rock station. They then announced the call letters as KDWZ or something like that. I cannot find any info on the Midwest Communications site. Does anyone know anything about this transition, and if they will keep Bob and Tom in the morning? From the two songs I heard it seemed to be another top 40 station. I think it’s a bit humorous that 102.5 has come full circle from KZIO in the mid ’90s. Somehow I doubt “Album Side Thursday” will survive this transition which is a bit of a shame.

35 Comments

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

It was still KHQG last week, but there's definitely been a format change.

As of this morning, the website still said "The Northland's classic rock" and "Album Side Thursday coming October 7th. Make a request!"

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

I tried to call Mark Fleischer this morning. He replaced Corey Carter as operations manager for Midwest Communications in July. He wasn't available, but the person who answered said the format change happened at 5 p.m. yesterday, Aug. 30.

It's now KDWZ-FM and it is indeed playing top 40.

Zeito

about 9 years ago

Luckily I found Bob and Tom on 95.7 this morning.  It would have been a shame if they left the market, I really enjoy the comedians they have on that show.  Duluth's Maria Bamford was on this morning.  I would have preferred the Classic Rock to the new top 40 dreck, but quite frankly I never listened to the station much after the morning show was over.

Danny

about 9 years ago

I'm just amazed that there are people who actually enjoy Bob and Tom.

Gary

about 9 years ago

They should get Ken Buehler back on there.  That would complete the full circle.

Barrett Chase

about 9 years ago

I appreciate Bob & Tom because when they play a funny song, they leave the mics on and fake-laugh the whole way through. That way we know the song is supposed to be funny.

Chad

about 9 years ago

So, basically, now they have the same playlist as 107.7.  It'd be great if this radio station would do something to set itself apart rather than imitate other, more longstanding stations in the region.

Danny

about 9 years ago

Barrett...thank you for that comment.  Right on.

spy1

about 9 years ago

Oh boy!

Presser:
Today's Hit Music Returns to 102.5 FM Duluth/Superior November 7th, 1996 is a date that will live in Twin Ports Radio infamy forever. That was the last day of Top 40 radio on 102.5 KZIO-FM in the Duluth/Superior Market. Almost 14 years later, Today's Hit Music has returned to the 100,000 watt station 102.5 FM; where Monday, August 30th at 5pm, 102.5 KDWZ-FM was launched, offering the Twin Ports a true "Hit Music" channel. "People have been demanding a station that plays today's top artists and we're delivering!" said Operations Manager Mark Fleischer at Midwest Communications. KDWZ artists include; Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Daughtry, The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Nickelback and more. KDWZ will introduce a staff of compelling radio personalities in the coming week.

Rougement

about 9 years ago

I can't figure out the local radio scene. I have heaps of production experience and would love to snag a job at a local station but all I see are sales exec jobs. How are these stations set up?
Just a room full of execs and a few jocks?

BRB

about 9 years ago

Local radio seems to be obsessed with Ozzy Osborne, AC-DC and of course Faith No More's song "Epic" and other way out dated garbage of the same genre. I wish we could hear more independent music ... Low comes to mind. 

Our local radio rotation is pretty embarrassing if you ask me, but since no one has, I'll keep it to myself.

TimK

about 9 years ago

The part of "commercial radio" that tips their hand is the word commercial. Songs on the Top 40 are essentially commercials, not music (IMHO).

Barrett Chase

about 9 years ago

I don't care what type of music a radio station plays as long as I can hear 40 minutes of Sonju Two Harbors commercials for every 20 minutes of music. I really just listen for booming voices, sirens, honking, and lasers. The music doesn't matter to me.

Pablo Diablo

about 9 years ago

Remember when it was KZIO?  Those were the days. On Sundays, they'd play stuff that was on a par with the college stations.  Lesser known early 90s alt-rock...stuff like that.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago



Choice quotes from likers of Northland's Classic Rock 102.5 on Facebook:

"Ummmm ... why does the music coming out of 102.5 right now sound like I have been transported into Wet Seal?!"
--Amanda Wenberg 

"WTF ... This is the only rock station in the twin ports ... all other stations suck ... Please tell me it's not a format change ... I won tix for Ted @ LCO."
--Tony Finley 

"Imagine my surprise when I cranked up the radio and was immediately transported to HELL! I almost hit a fuel tanker on the High bridge. You guys seemed so ... happy being straight. What made you change?"
--John Dahl 

"I may vomit - what is that, that ... ugh... coming out of my speakers!!??? Where is the best rock station??? If you guys reformatted I may have to get violent! Please say it ain't so! You are the only good station up here!"
--Shannon Marie 

"102.5 what the fuck happened!!! You were the best station in town!!! We don't need this fake synthesized pop sorry ass excuse for music!!! This sucks!! Totally ruined my day!!! No one actually liked this shit, it's just a passing fad that won't mean anything in 6 months."
--Nate Michaels ‎

"Who's fucking upper management dip shit decision was this? Your new music sucks and so do you!"
--Jason King 

"Yuck yuck yuck yuck yuck."
--Christopher Polston

"This crap will never be classic anything! By the way this will be my last post, I'm hitting UNLIKE!"
--Jim Powell


Zeito

about 9 years ago

One of my favorite stations around here is KAXE out of Grand Rapids, unfortunately the signal doesn't quite make it to Duluth.  I really wish MPR would start broadcasting The Current up here...
As far as Bob and Tom in the morning, it is kind of like the Wal*Mart of morning radio.  Go ahead and judge me tastes, I don't give a fruck.

j

about 9 years ago

I was pretty pissed to hear bob and tom on the bridge.  It kind of ruined the idea of listening to a local station for me.

Danny

about 9 years ago

I'm usually pretty pissed when I hear Bob and Tom anywhere.  I guess that makes me angry.  Crap.  Now I'm gonna get banned by the city council.

Forrest

about 9 years ago

The Bridge remains the only local station I will listen to and even they border on the top 40 garbage a bit too much sometimes. Love the acoustic selection though. Keep it coming!

Gary

about 9 years ago

Yeah the Bridge plays a pretty good mix, even putting some newer stuff in there like Phoenix and Mumford and Sons.  I do miss the days when they played some Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Diamond on a daily basis, but I guess change is the name of the radio game!

Danny

about 9 years ago

"I guess change is the name of the radio game!"

Somebody needs to let KQ know that.


"Coming up we've got some Tom Petty for ya, followed by some Eagles, and we'll wrap things up with a tune from Tom Petty."

-Berv

about 9 years ago

Don't forget the Foghat

girlfromnorthcountry

about 9 years ago

Even the classic rock played locally is 20 years behind the times.  I really shouldn't have to listen to that Lumberjack song ever, ever again.  egads.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

Here's a question: When does a song become "classic." Five years? Twenty?

I think "classic rock" is a sound, even though that doesn't make sense. Elvis Presley and Little Richard aren't classic rock. Jackyl isn't classic rock. Wilco isn't classic rock.

Steve Miller Band, Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Who, Guess Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Steely Dan, Manfred Mann, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers, etc. are all classic rock forever, for some reason.

c-freak

about 9 years ago

Two words - Dionne Warwick.

girlfromnorthcountry

about 9 years ago

Bring back WAKX 98.9!

Jake

about 9 years ago

I guess they think all thoze KDWB listeners moving up here for college will be happy to only have to change one letter of their favorite station.

adEm

about 9 years ago

Response from MPR:

"I'm sorry, but due to the lack of open FM bandwith in Duluth we can not offer The Current. We are going to offer The Current on HD radio in Duluth."

Signed Craig Rhode. Is the world big enough for two Craigs?

So the answer to my question of "What do we need to do to get The Current in Duluth" is, get rid of some other station.

Tyler Nelson

about 9 years ago

I agree that MPR should start broadcasting The Current up here. KUMD isn't so bad; I've come to enjoy the variety they play.

Patricia

about 9 years ago

I hate it. It repeats songs almost even more then 92.1.

Back Home

about 9 years ago

I just moved back home to return to college from Phoenix, AZ. I am thrilled that 102.5 is top 40 again. I grew up most of my life with "Hit Radio KZIO" and I love the fact that 102.5 KDWZ is "Hit Radio" once again. A truly wonderful welcome gift if you ask me! I'm listening today and love it! Great job to the guys at Midwest Comm!

double barrell darrell

about 9 years ago

Got the turntable fired up, paid an enjoyable and productive visit to the record sale this morning, and will be cranking out mix tapes for tooling around town in the old buick.  Who needs radio?

Guest

about 9 years ago

The new format is horrible - I hate it. While I didn't listen to Bob & Tom, we listened to the station for the classic rock. We preferred their playlist to 95 KQ. Really liked the Deep End program, too. There's nothing left to listen to as far as radio. KQ for just as long as I can stand all the commercials and lame song choices, and KUMD the few times a week they have some good programming. I personally don't know anyone that would listen to top 40 and I'm in my early 30s.

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