Radio rocks. Or at least it can if you pick the proper stations. Tucson has a host of them, some that rile while others soothe.
Since I’m a creature of habit, I usually stick to my top trio of stations, although I’m open to other suggestions.
• KLPX FM (96.1) – www.klpx.com
Billed as “Tucson’s Real Classic Rock,” the station features an awesome Morning Wake-Up Call with Scott Barnett, groovy lunchtime requests and a number of games, contests and events that are fun to listen to if not to play.
One caveat: Playlist is limited, save for lunchtime requests. You can only listen to AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock” so many times.
• KUAT FM (90.5) – http://radio.azpm.org/classical/
Classical music galore, which makes the best background writing, art and cooking. Makes you feel like you’re in a symphony hall while you pound raw chicken for the crock pot.
One caveat: Can easily put you to sleep unless the rousing sounds of Stravinsky are interspersed between the soothing tunes of Debussy and Bach.
• KXCI FM (91.3) – www.kxci.org
Hodgepodge of fun local, independent and non-mainstream artists, you can hear some really, really cool stuff here. The DJs are also all volunteers, which means they are big-hearted, good people who obviously care about the station.
One caveat: The playlist can sometimes get stuck in a rut of several really bad songs all in a row.
What’s your favorite/non-favorite Tucson radio station and why?
What: Ryn Gargulinski on the KLPX Morning Wake-Up Call with Scott Barnett
When: 8:10 a.m. every Thursday
Where: KLPX FM (96.1)
Listen online: www.klpx.com