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May 19, 2011 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Nothing beats cruising in the car with the windows rolled down and the radio turned up while belting out a great song. But it’s frustrating when you can’t find something good to jam to. Stop hitting the seek button, and use this guide to help you find the perfect FM radio station, no matter what mood you’re in.
What: 93.1 and 103.5 Jack FM
Call: 660-882-6686 or 573-442-9310
Jack FM plays 24 hours of eclectic music. This station provides a variety of classic rock and today’s smash hits, which makes it hit-or-miss for listeners. Stick around long enough, and you’re sure to hear something you like — eventually.
What: 100.1 The Buzz
The Buzz is all music all the time with today’s alternative hits and bands such as Hinder, Cage the Elephant and 30 Seconds to Mars. There aren’t any hosts thanks to the 24/7 music format, so there won’t be any chatting to interrupt your listening experience.
What: 102.3 BXR
BXR plays more mellow rock. If your favorite artists are The Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson or The Talking Heads, this is your station. The station hosts the BXR Morning Show with Simon and Leslie from 6 to 9 a.m., Lunch Online at Noon with Spencer Kane and What’s New for Dinner with Paul Rotter weekdays at 6 p.m.
What: KCMQ 96.7 Real Classic Rock
Call: 800-455-1967 or 573-875-1967
The hair bands are blowing up 96.7 with artists such as AC/DC, Aerosmith and Van Halen. Weeknights at 7, Alice Cooper hosts Alice Cooper at Night, in which he interviews rockers and plays classics.
What: 97.7 Power 97.7
Call: 660-826-5005 or 877-310-9700
The rock 'n’ roll of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s is alive and well on Power 97.7. In the evening, there’s a good chance you’ll hear The Eagles, The Beatles or Eric Clapton on The Drive Home with the Suhr Thing with Laurie Suhr.
What: 101.5 Soft Rock KPLA
Call: 573-442-1015 or 800-480-1015
Wake up at 6 a.m. with Chris and Monica in the Morning Monday through Friday and Tim Murphy in the Afternoon at 2 p.m. as the hosts discuss what’s happening in the world and Columbia, interview the locals and mix in a little soft rock.
What: 105.5 KZZT
Behind the classic rock featured on KZZT, every Friday morning beginning at 8 attorney Gillis Leonard heats it up with his take on current events and politics and gives his two cents with his “griminal defense” during his show The G Spot. Then the big hair bands come out for the Daily Haircut weekdays beginning at 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to midnight.
What: 94.3 KAT Country
You’ll be able to stay in the know about today’s hottest country songs with 94.3 KAT Country. The station sets aside two hours of its week-long smash hits radio to remember the oldies with Retro Country, which airs Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m.
What: 95.7, Country 96 KWWR
It’s not the cliché country song — lost my wife, lost my truck, lost my dog kind of deal — station. Country 96 plays more current country tunes. Every Monday from 12 to 1 p.m., the station hosts New Country at Noon that highlights the newest songs to keep you in the know about country music.
What: 99.3, Clear 99
If you’re looking for country that’s likely to top the pop charts, this might be your station. Scotty and Carissa in the Morning play the hits and entertain on weekday mornings at 5:30.
What: 104.1, Jeff 104.1 KVJF
Country music and NASCAR are a natural pairing. During the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, catch Jeff 104.1’s live coverage of every race. And when races don’t fill up all the airtime, there’s always country music to listen to.
What: 92.7, Mix 92.7
Call: 573-302-1993 or 800-613-9993
The Big Show with Mike and Jeff plays from 7 to 10 a.m. The station features chart toppers such as Maroon 5, P!nk, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, just to name a few.
What: 106.1, Q106.1
Call: 573-449-1061 or 800-786-1061
This station plays a mix of hit artists ranging from Rihanna to Train to Ke$ha and the Black Eyed Peas. Kidd Kraddick in the Morning plays 6 to 9 a.m. followed by Damon Knight on weekday afternoons.
What: 106.9, Y107
This station is stuck on replay. It seems to play the same 40 hit songs all day long, which could be a good thing if there’s a new song you’re obsessing over. The syndicated On Air with Ryan Seacrest airs every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m.
What: 97.5, Cool 97.5
For all the oldies fans out there, 97.5 is dedicated to chart toppers from the ’50s and ’60s. The artists who shaped the industry, such as Elvis, The Supremes, The Eagles, Rod Stewart and The Doors, are all featured on Cool 97.5.
KJAB Christian Radio is a Southern gospel station that broadcasts feel-good music, worship services and sermons all day.
What: 92.1, Switch FM
Switch FM broadcasts an on-air ministry that discusses moral and social issues with Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer at 11:30 a.m. and live worship with Pastors Tom and Vicki Leuther with Family Worship Center at 11:45 a.m.
What: 107.7, Spirit FM
If you need to catch up on the latest Christian rock, turn the dial to Spirit FM’s program, The Weekend Top 20 Countdown Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. with Kurt Wallace and The Morning Show with Jim and Jack weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. Wind down on the ride home from work with music and fun with The Afternoon Drive with host Fred Young beginning at 2 p.m.
What: 88.1, KCOU FM
Call: 573-882-8262 or 573-882-7820
In a town overrun by students, KCOU FM is run by MU students. The station never has to take a break for commercials, so there’s no more cutting off your favorite song. KCOU plays genres such as reggae, funk, techno, country, punk and hip-hop, just to name a few.
What: 90.5, KWWC Sweet 90.5
Sweet 90.5 plays an eclectic variety of music. Jazz kicks it in the mornings until noon. Then, it’s old radio serials (radio soap operas) that people used to crowd around the radio to listen to back in the day. Disco, boogie, ’80s hits and electric music play after 12:30 a.m.
What: 89.5 KOPN
If you tune in and the hosts aren’t speaking English, it’s OK. It’s probably Deutsche Welle or Radio Netherlands, two of KOPN’s news programs. This station also plays show tunes, blues, jazz, classical, pop, punk and more.
What: 91.3, KBIA
Call: 573-882-9136 or 800-292-9136
KBIA is an NPR affiliate with a full-time staff that trains students, primarily from the MU School of Journalism. It’s the only station to also have alternative digital channels in the Columbia area. KBIA and KBIA-2 produce news and classical music while KBIA-3 plays adult rock hits and the lesser-known songs from classic albums.
What: 93.9, The Eagle
Call: 573-874-9390 or 800-529-5572
The Eagle provides its own news programs in the form of Wake Up Columbia with Tom Bradley and The Eagle Eye Drive at 5. The station also hosts a syndicated Glenn Beck program on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
What: 100.5 KTGR, ESPN radio
ESPN Radio is sports 24/7. The station covers sports news across the globe but also keeps tabs on Columbia sports.