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Hard Rock for the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2012 by edwinforyouthrights

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area should have a hard rock radio station of its own. Baltimore’s 98 Rock can be heard in the area but from where I live, the signal is weak. In addition, I believe there is a large demand for hard rock in the suburbs of the Washington, D.C. From Loudoun County to northern Montgomery County to Charles County and to Stafford County, there are people who want to listen to hard rock with a good signal. I like many bands from alternative rock and this is a good genre but I also like hard rock. I think there is also a mismatch between Washington, D.C., a great city, and the suburbs. While the city is probably more popular with alternative rock, the suburbs are probably more popular with hard rock and metal. If this is not the case, then there should still be a hard rock station for this large metropolitan area. Among people in the radio business, I am requesting an active rock station. In this radio format, bands like Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Egypt Central, Lacuna Coil and All That Remains can get airplay.

Washington, D.C.’s DC101 is a good rock station but hard rock receives rare airplay. System of a Down is sometimes played but only “Aerials” is played. Chevelle is less heard and the two songs that receive airplay are “Jars” and “Send the Pain Below”. On 98 Rock, “B.Y.O.B.” from System of a Down is heard and for Chevelle, “Hats off to the Bull” is heard. Other than the reason of the weak signal in parts of the metropolitan area, Washington, D.C. should have a hard rock station because Washington, D.C. is a populous city. 98 Rock will always continue to be the way it is because Baltimore has a metropolitan area. In addition, the radio station’s signal can probably reach southern Pennsylvania and for certain, part of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and northeastern Maryland. Regarding DC101, if the radio station does not want to change its radio format then another radio station with a different frequency can be created. I remember when DC101 played Slipknot in 2004 so the idea is not too far off for change there.

If there is a refusal by the radio station companies to create a hard rock station for the metropolitan area, then something can be done. 98 Rock can agree to create a repeater station with a signal tower in Anne Arundel County to better reach the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. I believe there is a demand for hard rock in the suburbs and this should be satisfied. 

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2 Responses to “Hard Rock for the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area”

  1. I agree with you. I listen to DC101 while I’m at work in Rockville, and DC101 plays some good alternative rock like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and the Offspring. I especially like DC101’s “90’s at Noon”, which comes on during my work day. But the Washington DC music market is missing a huge library of music; heavy metal (except Metallica and Guns N Roses). DC101 will not play Motley Crue or Poison, nor will DC101 play much of the newer metal bands like Avenged Sevenfold. Big 100.3, the classic rock station in DC does play glam metal bands like Motley Crue and Poison, but very rarely. 98 Rock actually has a relatively strong signal where I live in upper Rockville, but 98 Rock’s signal will not pick up anywhere south of Rockville. Washington DC has several adult contemporary stations; I suggest that the radio companies replace one of the adult contemporary stations with a 98 Rock equivalent for the Washington DC area. Why do we need 3 or 4 adult contemporary stations?

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