Aaron Axelsen, a longtime fixture on Bay Area airwaves and an icon in the alt-rock radio world, has finally parted ways with Alt He was one of the holdovers from the legendary Live , which was the center of all things modern rock in the Bay Area for decades. But the station lost the Live and adopted the more-generic Alt brand in , operating under the Entercom umbrella. Axelsen was involved in more than just what was played on air.
There are shelves tightly packed with countless records, and the walls are covered with concert posters. An autographed setlist from The Killers rests in a frame. At the center of it all is A xelsen, a man with multiple careers that all stem from his relentless obsession with discovering and sharing new artists. When Live launched in October , Axelsen would blast it on his boombox while skating around the East Bay. Having a local station dedicated to playing acts like New Order , Depeche Mode , and The Cure was something of a revelation for him, and before long, he knew he wanted in. That same year, he would join forces with Eric Shea, Jeremy Goldstein, and Omar Perez to launch Popscene — a club night dedicated to the music all four were obsessed with. Popscene spent its first two years at the Cat Club on Folsom Street.
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KITS Owned by Entercom , it broadcasts an alternative rock radio format. Its HD2 subchannel airs classic alternative rock, known by the station's previous moniker "Live The station's original call sign was KBCO , beginning on December 28, , when it signed on the air. Levine as president. In January , Apollo Broadcasting acquired the station. In , the station changed hands again, this time acquired by Entertainment Communications, Inc. At the time, the Spanish-speaking community in San Francisco was growing, but only several AM stations were broadcasting in Spanish. In February , Entertainment Communications now known as Entercom decided to go in a more mass-appeal direction.
Klein does, however, hint at some semblance of a future for the show away from Alt He adds, "We look forward to filling your ear-holes again in the future. Nearly 30 years of "Live " were washed away in an instant just before Christmas, as the longtime rock station brusquely rebranded as "Alt The change was announced largely by two of the station's radio personalities, show host Dallas Osborn and music director Aaron Axelsen. LIVE is dead. The radio station has been known to put on large-scale live events, like the long-running, one-day summertime festival BFD and the multi-day December concert series Not So Silent Night. Fortunately for its fans, the radio station doesn't appear to be changing its musical programming or cutting down on those concerts. Same big shows.