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.
For all those who haven't heard, we have moved studios!!! I know, we have only been talking about moving for the past...uh.. forever; but, just so you know our new office is located at 50 W Broadway(300 S). So, I know what you're thinking and no, you can't pick up your prizes and concert tickets at the old Trolley Corners stations. We won't be there, so don't try. It is a giant building with "Broadway Media" on the side. You can't miss it.
It looks like this!
Broadway street(or 300 S, whatever you want to call it) is full of history. This new building/home to X96 is about to join this historic part of town. Let's take a look at what else is on Broadway!
Pictured above is the old Zephyr club, located on 301 S, West Temple. This club, closed since October 2003, used to be home many great live acts such as Morrisey, 311, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and many more. Now it just sits there and takes up space. There has been talk of turning it into a parking lot, but so far nothing has been done.
This old Deli was established in the 1960s by a german couple, the Linners. Since the death of founder, Erich Linner in 1993, Linner's hasn't had much business and is now closed.
Squatter's Pub(147 W Broadway) has become a hub for local brews in Salt Lake City and has been a longtime advocate of local business for the community and is powered by BlueSky wind power
Broadway Hotel was built shortly after the completion of two major rail depots in the city. Built circa 1905, this is on eof the earliest hotels in Salt Lake City.
Okay, enough with the history lessons. Now let's show you our office and our shiny new toys!!!
(Since when did we get an Atari in the new office?! Oh wait, it's just editing equipment. Maybe I can still get it to play some old pitfall games..)
Hey, Organized Intern here. Just wanted to remind you all, in case we haven't discussed it enough, that we're moving today! Which means that for the next week or two, things might go wrong... so it should be exactly what you're used to!!
But seriously, folks, the podcasts might not be up in a timely manner; if you call in - the interns might accidentally hang up on you; the live video feed may go in and out; the possibilities of what could go wrong are endless. So, please, be patient with us as we transition to the new (and hopefully MUCH MUCH BETTER) studio located at:
50 W Broadway (300 South) Salt Lake City, UT 84101
If you have any thoughts on how our magical new station can make your ear holes happy, you be sure to email Richie T firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know how.
And thanks for listening!
X Organized Intern
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.
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”
Eddie Vedder is a nutty cat. I mean as far as rockstars go, I suppose he's pretty tame, but as a human being? Come on. Just this past weekend he took time out of his on stage performance to drink wine out of a audience member's shoe. Nutty! Since I don't want to get sued for using copyrighted photos of Senor Vedder. I've put my award winning* MSPAINT skillz to work.
In addition to that, recent Pearl Jam concerts have featured everything from a fan getting a haircut onstage to an impromptu cover of "Let It Go" from the hit Disney movie "Frozen." WHY? What the Hell happend to rock concerts man. You wanna drop 50 bucks to see Pearl Jam cut a dude's hair? How about last week when Channel 2 News' Sterling Poulsen introduced KISS on stage? Don't get me wrong. I love Sterling, but I do NOT want to live in a world where KISS is introduced by a weatherman.
KISS is supposed to be evil! Our news anchors and meteorologists should be warning parents about the dangers of KISS, and how Pearl Jam is sticking it to the man! But no, Pearl Jam is giving away free hair cuts and guessing your weight like the guy at Lagoon. Sigh. I digress. As I mentioned already, the latest from Pearl Jam's road tour of wackiness comes from their show on Saturday in Sweden. Vedder took a swig of wine from a shoe that a fan had thrown on stage. Vedder told the lucky fan he would "do you one better" and then poured the wine, gulped it down, and threw the shoe back as the crowd roared its approval. Im not saying that he should have taken a dump in the shoe, but c'mon!
I'll duece in the shoe once I finish this WICKED SOLO
Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron can be seen shaking his head during Vedder's beverage break, but he can't help cracking a smile by the end of it.
Here. You watch and tell me what you think.
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