This afternoon at 3:00PM, long-time Dallas/Fort Worth market alternative station KDGE 102.1 Fort Worth-Dallas began stunting with looping Semisonic’s “Closing Time” as preparation for a new format. KDGE signed on originally June 30 1989 on the 94.5 rimshot facility targeting D/FW from approximately 50 miles north of downtown Dallas. At that time, 94.5 had been the North Texas affiliate of the 24/7 satellite-fed Z-Rock hard rock service (as KZRK “Z-Rock 94.5”). A few markets in the US had a modern rock format (Los Angeles’ KROQ 106.7) then, but most didn’t. The format became widespread starting in the early 1990s. So, in many ways, KDGE was an influential pioneer to that generation of alternative rockers. KDGE’s calls and format moved to the stronger 102.1 Fort Worth facility in November 2000.
So, a little tribute by going back to the early days before big time corporate ownership. The first aircheck is KDGE 94.5 from July 3 1989, a few days after sign on. No DJs yet…just some imaging and music.
The next aircheck is from August 2 1990. DJ: Jerry Lentz.