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Internet-based radio station WOXY shutting down today

I was shocked when I stumbled upon the news that Internet-based indie radio station WOXY will shut down today [via the Daily Swarm]:

Due to current economic realities and the lack of ongoing funding for WOXY’s operations, we’ve been forced to suspend our live broadcasts as of March 23rd.

What seems so strange is that this appears to be happening without much warning, in a fashion almost eerily similar to when DC’s alternative rock station, WHFS, shut down in 2005. (At least, in this case, there does appear to be more warning.)

I discovered WOXY close to two years ago, and I felt like I uncovered a hidden gem. I would listen to WOXY at work, and the station helped me discover so many fantastic bands: Florence and the Machine, The Seedy SeedsFrench Miami, Pomegranates, Mother Mother, and countless tiny little acts I may have never stumbled upon on my own. It was great when they played new music that piqued my interests, old indie favorites, and groups I hold near and dear. It’s the one station I found that would play the Evens and Q-Tip within an hour of each other, and that’s an (unfortunate) rarity.

In the announcement, the folks at WOXY also made this brief statement:

We’re continuing to explore options to keep The Future of Rock and Roll alive.

Here’s hoping an option comes to fruition.

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