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Brief History of Our New Home: Broadway Street Richie T |
07/17/2014 | Filed In: X96 | Broadway | Salt Lake City | Name Change

Brief History of Our New Home: Broadway Street

Intern Zach McEntire here, or "Z" as Richie sometimes calls me. I recently talked to the historians of the Utah Historical Society concerning the name and history of 300 S. Street, or more commonly known as Broadway.

According to an article in the old Salt Lake Telegram (former newspaper publication), the idea to change the name to Broadway was proposed and petitioned by multiple local businesses and department stores that relocated to Broadway from Main Street. During the time, there were a lot of updates and changes made to the street, accoridng to the article, "[T]he changes that have been made in the Third South street skyline during the last few months, and the transforming of the thoroughfare from a 'back street' into one of the potentially greatest and busiest streets of the city, by reason of the contemplated transfer of a number of the largest department stores of the state, and other big businesses from Main Street loaction to the new shopping district, persons who revisit Salt Lake City wihtin the next year...will be compiled to ask one of the neatly unifromed policemen...if they dropped from the train in the wrong town."

Because of these changes on 300 South and the relocation of multiple businesses - some of them being department stores such as Paris and Keith O’Brien - these businesses wanted a more distinct name that would draw more people, specifically visitors, into their stores - especially since the street was right next to the train stop. According to the Salt Lake Telegram, “Among the arguments that are offered by those favoring the change is the fact that this thoroughfare is one of the widest business streets in the country: that the view from the Denver & Rio Grande and the Western Pacific passenger station, at the foot of the street is one of the most enticing that can be seen from any railroad passenger station in America: that a large bulk of the city’s retail business will eventually be done on that street; and, finally, that Broadway is a distinctive name, one that commands and holds attention.”

 

However, there were some who were opposed to the name change. According to another article in the Telegram, the Post Office doesn’t agree with the name change stating, “If the name Third South is changed to Broadway it will set a new precedent. New names will be creeping in and taking the places of all our good old-fashioned names. It's all right to name streets after our New Yorkers and brethren from other cities when we can find no other names suitable, but this idea of uprooting our foundation of street names is painful to me.”

At the time, the petition was turned down by the city comission, they thought of it as “ill advised.” So, business owners simply referred to the street as Broadway and after decades of the street being called Broadway, the titlewas added as an additional address name.

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Tool explains WHY it's taking so long to get to music. jon | Mid Day
07/16/2014 | Filed In: tool | slc | utah | new | x96 | jon smith | kxrk

Tool explains WHY it's taking so long to get to music.

We’ve been hearing for YEARS now “oh yeah, there’s a new Tool album coming”. Literally, YEARS. Which is almost long enough for me to have played “10,000 Days” from start to finish.

 

Wait, which one of these is about Prison Sex?

The members of Tool are now opening up and explain that some legal issues have added to the delay, and are mostly to blame for the gap between albums. Maynard and Co. tell the assholes at "Rolling Stone" that for the past seven years, they've been dealing with a series of lawsuits and countersuits. This hullabaloo started when a friend of guitar man Adam Jones wanted credit for artwork he claimed he gave the band. Tool's insurance company then sued the band "over technicalities" in the case, then Tool said “NUH UH” and responded with a countersuit.

 

  

Wait, did he call the people from Rolling Stone assholes?  

This specific case is set to go to trial in January, but Jones says these legal issues have had an impact on the band members' relationships with each other, and adds that it's "hard to be creative when you have something awful nagging at you."

Still, Tool has found time to work on new material for the follow-up to the band's 2006 effort "10,000 Days." Drummer Danny Carey says they hope to have "something really solid" recorded by the end of the year, but he admits he said the same thing last year.  

I suppose we'll wait and see!

 

XOXOX

JONSMITH

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X96 at Fantasy Con Richie T |
07/10/2014 | Filed In: Fantasy Con | Tim Drake | X96 | Sean Astin | Mark Sheppard | The Hobbit | Lord of the Rings | Simon Pegg

X96 at Fantasy Con

Fantasy Con took place last week July 3-5 at the Salt Palace and Radio From Hell sent their intern Hollywood Tim to experience the fantasy! Take it away, Tim!

Fantasy Con was packed with excitement from the start. The long line of fans dressed as various fantasy characters eagerly waited to get in and live out their fantasies. Packed with fantastic celebrity guests and a plethora of exhibits and interactive events, Fantasy Con had something for everybody.

The Fantasy Con Dragon

Welcome to Fantasy Con!

I started my day by checking out all of the booths in the Hall of Heroes. One of the best booths for kids was the “Fairy Tailored” booth where kids could get dressed up like their favorite princess. Every member of their staff was dressed as a Princess or Fairy Godmother making every kid excited to see their favorite princess.

For the adults there were so many great booths with collectibles, DVD’s, large walking monsters and more. One stop that everybody loved was our BFOP’s at Creature Encounters. Lucky visitors got to hold the snakes, bearded dragons, spiders and many other crawly creatures they had to see.

BFOP's from Creature Encounters

Fear Factory brought some of their creatures to wander arounds Fantasy Con that gave the unsuspecting fan quite the scare when they turned the corner to find the monster waiting for them.

The Free Archery Range was a very popular attraction with a continual line all weekend long for fans wanting to channel their inner Legolas and Katniss. 

Throughout the main hall, there were plenty of props for fan photo ops. The most popular seemed to be the Jabba and Ewok props. Fans were able to take pictures with the beloved Star Wars characters while waiting to get in line for autographs with celebrity guests.

Jabba!

Ewoks!

The panels during Fantasy Con were excellent. The cast of the hit SyFy show, ‘Lost Girl’ kicked things off Thursday morning with a hilarious and entertaining panel.

The cast of 'Lost Girl'

Sean Astin’s panel was definitely one to remember. The actor recounted many great stories from The Goonies, Rudy, The Lord of the Rings, and even the locally filmed movie, The Freemason. Two of the highlights of his panel were hearing Sean recite the speech his gave to Froto as Sam Wise in Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, as well as shouting “Goonies never say die!”

Sean Astin

Following Sean Astin’s panel was The Hobbit Whose Line Is It Anyway, featuring members of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings cast. Graham McTavish, Jed Brophy, Ken Stott, John Callen, William Kircher, and Adam Brown entertained the crowd with stories on and off the set of both of the herald films, and insight about a special calendar that they had made for Director Peter Jackson.

The Hobbit Whose Line Is It Anyway

The much-anticipated arrival of the hilarious filmmaker Simon Pegg left everybody in attendance more than satisfied. Simon Pegg’s panel was hilarious as fans asked questions about his classic films from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. Simon gave the crowd an in depth discussion into the psyche of his well-written and beloved characters. For the film geeks in the audience, this was a great opportunity to learn from a great filmmaker about the lengths he goes to for great character development.

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

The last panel I attended was Mark Sheppard from Supernatural, Doctor Who, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. Mark’s main discussion was geared towards playing the character of Crowley in Supernatural. I must say, for being known as the King of Hell, Mark Sheppard was an incredibly nice guy. Mark didn’t have a moderator for his panel and spent the entire panel at the front of the stage with the crowd, where he would continually climb off the stage and hug members of the crowd and even talk to a little girl waiting for her mom to ask as question.

Mark Sheppard

Overall, my entire Fantasy Con experience was excellent. If you weren’t able to make it out this year you truly missed out on a great party. I couldn’t have asked for a better time and can’t wait for next year’s event.

The Fantasy Con Rock Montster

    

The amazing Fantasy Con fountain

Thanks for having us Fantasy Con!

Follow Tim on Twitter @timdrake  

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What Do We Do If The Radio Station Breaks? jon | Mid Day
07/10/2014 | Filed In: Jon Smith | KXRK | X96 | Smashing Pumpkins | Salt Lake City | Radio

What Do We Do If The Radio Station Breaks?

What do you do if the radio station breaks?

Radio stations are one of those things that never stop running. We never close, and there is always someone working to keep this sumbitch on the air day and night. Which means at any given time there are about 50 things that could go wrong and knock us in to the dark. Our team of Ninjaneers or the DJ in the studio can fix most things fairly quickly. But every so often something gets messed up and you're neck deep in suck. Which I guess is why I'm often asked "What happens when the radio station breaks?"

Here at the X96, and pretty much every radio station in the country we have all of our music loaded on to a computer. It makes it much easier for the DJ's to find the music they want to play during their show, and it opens up a little bit of time during the day for me to fart around on the internet and look at cat videos and yojoe.com. (or write a blog). But computers suck, and at some point they all break. That's what happened yesterday at 10:14am. Our computer froze and Nuke Em and I were making this face for about 30 seconds.

 

 

"MOTHERF#&@ER!" 

 

The obvious solution would be to throw in a CD and reboot! Except we're moving into a new studio this weekend and all of our CD's were boxed up. Not to mention that we stopped using CD's about 12 years ago. The only CD's we HAD in the studio were either for an X-Sets weekend, or for the 90's At Noon, and those had been taken out about a week ago. Luckily the Lorde song we were playing was not cut short by the frozen compy, so we had about 40 seconds to figure out what to do. Nuke Em sprang into action and found one of the half dozen or so boxes containing our woefully outdated music collection and we started partying like it was 1999.

   I don't get it...  

 

I'm a little ashamed at how spoiled I've become with the computers. When I first started in radio we didn't even have a computer in the studio. Let alone have one for music. When we did finally put one in, my Program Director at the time, Biff Raff gave us very specific instructions NOT to use it. We didn’t listen of course. But now, we have 4. Only one of which actually controls the music, and it has no back up. Which meant for the next 90 minutes we were flying old school.

   

Look! We’re DJ’s!   

Eventually the system came back, and all was well with the world. It was actually kinda fun, Hopefully the listeners enjoyed the Jon Smith and Todd Nuke ‘Em 90’s party machine while we were making a huge mess and trying not to panic.

           

This is why we can’t have nice things.           

 At the same time it was a little sad knowing that since the CD wont be coming with us to our new studio, I may very well have just played the last CD that X96 will have on the air. So for future reference, it was Smashing Pumpkins “Today”

XOXOX JONSMITH

 

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Richie T interview with Reggie Watts Richie T |
07/07/2014 | Filed In: Reggie Watts | Comedy Bang Bang | Richie T | X96 | Radio From Hell

Richie T interview with Reggie Watts

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE

Reggie Watts

How did you get involved with the Oddball Comedy Festival?

I’ve had a good relationship with Funny or Die and when they were formulating this tour they started grabbing people that they know and people that they like. That was pretty much it. It was pretty mellow. It was just like, “Hey do you want to do this thing?”

Did you start in comedy?

No, I had actually started in music and was very serious about it for a very long time, but I had done some comedy, drama, and improv in grade school and high school. It was definitely part of my upbringing; I just didn’t make it more formal until I moved to New York in 2003.

How did you get involved with Comedy Bang Bang?

I was involved from the beginning. I had done Scott’s LIVE show and Podcast, as well as written the Comedy Bang Bang Theme song when it was a podcast, so it was a natural evolution from there.

You were part of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ last year as a fake director and nobody knew who you were. What was that like?

It was a surprise to me too. It was really, really fun wearing a stupid disguise which I improvised before getting on camera since they didn’t have a wardrobe for me. I just told them to grab me these few things, so I grabbed a woman’s sweater to wear.  

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