Andy, Cheryl, Llz, Dave, Miss Holley King, Paul Riopelle and the gang (too numerous for my brain to hold on to at the moment!) congrats on being voted the NEW TIMES BEST INTERNET STATION! IT"S WELL DESERVED AND LONG OVERDUE!
ANDY OLSON'S A VALLEY TREASURE & IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF ANDY, HIS WONDERFUL, DEDICATED AIR STAFF AND SUCH VAST KNOWLEDGE AND LOVE FOR MUSIC THAT THE MAGIC OF RADIO FREE PHOENIX HAPPENS AT ALL!
MUCHO LOVE TO Y'ALL!! LET'S KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD! SUPPORT RADIO FREE PHOENIX!! The Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame does! www.azmusichalloffame.org
BEST INTERNET RADIO STATION (2007)
RADIO FREE PHOENIX
You know a radio station is free from crappy, corporate play lists when it airs a weekly show called "Zappa Universe," honoring the music of Frank Zappa. Or when it plays The Earps, an abrasive, local cowpunk band, right after classic-rock fogies like The Marshall Tucker Band. Or when listeners play DJ and pick a pile of weekend songs (and the station actually plays them).
Welcome to RADIO FREE PHOENIX, an Internet station that plays everything from New Wave to blues to folk to psychedelic jams (and a bunch of amalgamations in between), spanning the '60s through today. Where corporate-owned radio stations use a computer program called Selector to determine their playlists (based on time, genre, and even gender limitations), RADIO FREE PHOENIX'S DJs actually choose the music they play.
So instead of hearing "hit singles" all day, listeners get gems like the new song "I Think I See the Light" by Yusef Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) which will never ride a Clear Channel frequency along with special programs like "Rock-A-Billy & Beyond," hosted by former AZ resident Miss Holley King. There's also "Jukebox Cantina," which dishes out ditties by the likes of locals Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Truckers on Speed, and The Pistoleros. With programs like these, and on-air personalities like Liz Boyle (also on-air at KOOL FM) and Andy Olson (formerly of defunct PHX stations KRIZ and KRUX), RADIO FREE PHOENIX has truly Net-ed a winner.