After 27 Years On The Air, KDGE Looks Like It’s No More.
It’s the end of the world as DFW radio fans know it.
Around 3 p.m. today, after playing “Out of My League” by Fitz and the Tantrums, iHeartMedia pulled the plug on 102.1 KDGE-FM The Edge, ending the Dallas station’s pioneering 27-year run as one of the country’s first alternative rock hubs.
When the refrains of that song faded out, the station began “stunting” with loops of Semisonic’s “Closing Time” and R.E.M.’s “End of the World as We Know It.” Visitors to the station’s old website are now being redirected to its sister station’s page, the harder-rocking 97.1-FM The Eagle.
There’s no word yet on what’s in store for the station as far as any new format is concerned — but we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out. A new station is set to launch at 102.1 on your FM radio dial at 5 p.m. on November 17, according to reports.
Regardless, this news comes at a bit of a strange time, given that the station had just recently announced that this year’s How the Edge Stole Christmas concert will bring headliner Weezer to Verizon Theatre on December 6. Far as we can tell, that event still looks to be on, although it now seems destined to take on a more mournful tone.
As for how to take this news? We suppose we can just chalk it up to another casualty in a brutal 2016, one that’s seen two major Dallas outlets ditch their full-time music critics — not to mention the countless deaths this year of legendary musical figures such as David Bowie and Prince, among others.
But, well, you know what they say: Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.