Before 97X, There Was WOXR

Before 97X, There Was WOXR An interesting look at the history of WOXR, the 3,000 Watt radio station in Oxford, Ohio that preceded WOXY 97X at 97.7 on the FM dial. Of particular interest are Chuck Cowdery’s personal recollections from the period of approximately 1972 to 1974, including details about who was at the station, … Read more

U2 has a charismatic leader without portfolio for a singer, an idiot savant for a guitarist, and about the strongest rhythm section you can imagine. Distinctive and impressive today, they started out scruffy and rather anonymous. … U2 grew up in the 70s watching bombast replace emotion, ritual replace thought, and pretension replace meaning. They watched, that is, rock ’n’ roll becoming stupid and careless, and resolved not to be a part of it. ¶ I know what you’re thinking: so they’re punks. But what’s interesting about U2 is that they aren’t punks, never were.

Bill Wyman, “U2: the grace of another time” (1992)