I’ve been a part of Indie 88 for almost a year now–I first signed on last April–and it’s been fantastic to see how the station has grown to become a part of Toronto’s cultural fabric so quickly. Damn, I’m proud of the place.
RiffYou.com thought it would be a good time to offer a quick history of the place.
Arcade Fire is one of those polarizing bands that have deep indie roots, but at the same time win big-time awards; sell a bunch of albums; and fill arenas. Some indie circles hold them in high regard for where they came from and what they do, while others would argue – based on whatever evidence makes sense to them – that the band is notindie. This is the same uphill battle being fought by Indie88.
On a weekly, daily, hourly, minutely, secondly basis, those at Indie88 are doing their best to cater to a market that, in the opinion of station Guidance Counsellor and renowned Canadian radio stalwart Alan Cross, has been “underserved in certain segments,” especially music with the indie spirit.
When Riffyou.com spoke with Cross, as well as Indie88 Program Director Adam Thompson, both agreed that classifying indie in a way that appeases everyone isn’t an easy feat.
Keep reading. Here’s a shot of me and fellow employee, Dave Bookman.