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One of the musical treats of Palm Springs is KWXY. It's an FM radio station whose format is Beautiful Music, a format that's mostly instrumental or instrumental with vocalists and was popular from the 60's through the 80's. "Elevator Music", "Muzak:, "Mood Music" and "Easy Listening" describes this genre.

Driving down to the desert, once you hit the outskirts of Beaumont, I tune the radio to 98.5 on the FM dial and out of the speakers flows this "heavenly music" laden with melodies, rich strings, horns and beautiful, clear vocals: from love songs to ballads and lovely harmonies in the backgrounds. Truly it's a genre in its own world and makes the best background music to work or listen to as you go about your day.

KWXY also has some of the best DJ's from the old school of disc jockeys: none of this shock-in-your-face garbage or silly contests: just DJ's who know their music and know their audience which happens to be a very aging bunch of retirees or people like me who really love this uncluttered genre of music.

Last but not least, KWXY was locally owned and operated. These days most radio stations are either owned by networks or conglomerates, like Clear Channel. That's why no matter where you go you'll find the same stations and shows everywhere ("Bob FM" for rockers, Dave Koz for the smooth jazz folks). It's dull and boring.

So imagine my surprise when I turned on the radio on Wednesday morning only to learn that the station was sold and the format would be ending on Sunday
. I was crushed. Where else, other than XM radio could I find beautiful music?

So I did what I always do when I want to find something out: I hit the internet, specifically Wikipedia. Sure enough there was a whole article on Beautiful Music listing many stations that still play this format. Here are some stations that stream these lush sessions online:

http://wktz.jones.edu/

WKTZ Jacksonville, FL.

 

http://www.kahm.info/kahm.php

KAHM, Prescott, AZ

 

http://www.whlc.com/

WHLC, Cashiers, NC

 

http://www.knct.org/knctfm.htm

KNCT-FM

Central Texas


In my opinion, WKTZ and KAHM have the best streaming. XM's "Escape" has the advantage of letting you know what's being played.

So when you need to take a break from rock, jazz or whatever your favorite genre may be, give this a shot. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

Date: 2010-01-30 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joebehrsandiego.livejournal.com
Mark - Thank you for this great post! I am a fan of KWXY as well ...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/joebehr/2732381577/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/joebehr/2771698827/

(these are video clips of me, the Volvo & KWXY)

... and I love the audio feeds you included.

Date: 2010-01-31 08:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunbeam-bears.livejournal.com
We just found that station recently, and I believe they moved the format to their original AM station that they first broadcast on in the mid 60's. I forget what number on the dial, they had an advert for the move last time I was listening.

Date: 2010-01-31 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hotelbearsf.livejournal.com
Thanks for your heads up on this! I checked the Desert Sun this morning and there was a big article on the station. You're right - the format is moving to AM 1340 and they will be streaming in stereo online. Yipee!

Date: 2010-02-02 09:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joebehrsandiego.livejournal.com
1340 AM was the home of the Valley's Air America station. I'm not happy with AA's demise but am glad another cool station is taking its place.
Edited Date: 2010-02-02 09:41 am (UTC)

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