I wanna K-Rock!

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Listeners tuning in to 92.3 FM yesterday evening expecting to hear the usual spiel of talk were in for quite a surprise: At approximately 5pm, the station switched formats, returning to its rock roots as well as adopting its former station name. Ladies and gentlemen, after a nearly year-and-a-half absence, K-Rock is back on the airwaves.

Not surprisingly, the majority of the former Free FM's talk-radio hosts were let go; only shock jocks Opie and Anthony were retained to continue their morning show (which has continued to broadcast despite their 30-day suspension from XM Satellite Radio), presumably to keep things "edgy." (Resisting...the urge...to make...snarky comment... Oh, shoot, I guess I just did.) Hard rock and alternative are once again the station's focus, with Nirvana's "All Apologies" being the first song played after the switch.

Personally, I was never a huge fan of K-Rock—my tastes don't jibe with their format, nor am I a fan of radio jocks who rely on crass titillation for amusement—but considering that K-Rock was (and still is) one of the few stations in New York City playing mainstream rock music, its return to the airwaves is definitely welcome. Variety is, after all, the spice of life—and that includes the occasional Pearl Jam fix.

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