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The Sounds of 97X WOXY, 1985 Pt. III

The Sounds of 97X WOXY, 1985 Pt. III

Playing tracks by

R.E.M., Eurythmics, Vitamin Z, Fear, Black Flag and more.

Chart positions

This show was 5th in the global alternative rock chart, 7th in the global indie rock chart and 20th in the global indie chart.

Welcome to the third installment of this series, intended as companion pieces to a 1985 article about 97X WOXY (here:, a pioneering modern rock radio station in SW Ohio.

It's also a love letter to another era… not simply to the music (most of which has aged surprisingly well), but to a time when a married couple with a nest egg might think of owning a radio station; when DJs had a remarkably free hand, digging deep to unearth the subterranean oddities that listeners wanted; when commercial radio could be a source of constant surprise instead of comforting familiarity.

PS: Within 24 hours of posting this mix, I suddenly remembered a beloved song that I'd neglected to include, and then I remembered another, and on it went until I realized I’d inadvertently skipped enough stuff to fill a fourth mix. So thanks for listening, and please stay tuned.


Dennis Shipley

It would be nice if commercials and DJ banter were included.