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Indie 103.1 has gone off the air. In between punk renditions of “My Way,” the airwaves previously occupied on 103.1 FM announced that Indie 103.1 on the radio was no longer. It’s very strange to hear news on radio bulletins in this day and age. It feels like there is a strange sense of urgency, in that Alien Invasion B-Movie sort of way.

Though I’m not sure exactly how large a share Britney and Puffy actually hold in 2009 (10% at most), this is unfortunate news. It is quite telling of the difficulties in providing funds for interests that stray from the mainstream. What is the best way to keep special interest on the air? Was Indie’s programming really a special interest? Will Jonesey be all right? Are there other ways to support a program than gathering through donation drives? Is money the final word? Should I start donating to KCRW?

I wish 103.1 the best of luck with their new home on the internet.

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jonesy’s jukebox on indie 103.1 fm in itself is a pretty great listen, mostly for sex pistol steve jones’ free wheelin’ style (barely audible mumblings, complaints about low blood sugar, sighs, and complete radio silence that lasts somewhere in between 5 to 10 seconds). i love tuning in and not knowing what the hell is going on.

this week, jason schwartzman and jonah hill help out with guest dj duties while jonesy is out vacationing or something. you can tell they are having a blast singing along to ‘motown philly.’  they only have two more days left of hosting(until friday). 12-2PM on 103.1, repeats at 6 (i think).

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