This sucks: 89X, Windsor’s alternative rock station, will die November 19 at noon.

Windsor has been lucky to have an alt-rock radio station for 30 years. And so have the people across the river in Detroit. How many Motowners were able to learn about Canadian music from 89X?

Sadly, as of noon tomorrow, 89X will be no more. They’re flipping formats to something. Country, maybe. This also means there are no Canadian rock stations to be found in Windsor. Goddammit. (Via Noel)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “This sucks: 89X, Windsor’s alternative rock station, will die November 19 at noon.

  • November 18, 2020 at 3:35 pm
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    93.9 the River (CIDR) is also planning to do something at that time.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 11:44 am
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    Windsor/Detroit was a DEAD zone for “modern music” pre-89X.

    There was CJAM, but few people care for “college radio”, and they had a VERY week signal, so unless you lived near campus, you were out of luck.

    Legendary late night CBC Stereo programs Brave New Waves and Nightlines saved the radio day in Detroit pre-89X.

    David Wisdom took Nightlines on the road a few times, and one of those remote broadcasts was from the campus pub in Windsor. i went to check it out, and the pub was filled with people from Detroit. i made friends with many!

    Think about that: people crossed an international border to attend a radio show!

    Oh radio, you were beautiful and powerful once upon a time!

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