Yeah that’s the moniker for Thunder Bays only and I mean only Rock station Rock 94 and if you’re wondering that would 94 FM on your dial.
Rock 94 has never been Rock. Trust me on that. Growing up in the mid 80’s in Thunder Bay the only good thing about 94 Fm was Monday Nights at 11:30 pm when they would live feed Rockline with the late Bob Coburn who would interview the Rockstars of the Day! The best Rockline has to be from late 1986 when David Lee Roth as well as his whole band was on the show. It was brilliant and funny as hell especially when a caller named Sammy phoned in to ask a question.
One of the more interesting one’s was when David Coverdale was on just before the release of the Whitesnake 87 album and announced that he basically canned the band that recorded the soon to be zillion selling 87 and replaced em all!
I would tape certain interviews but it was worth it to stay up late as this was the only time I would listen to 94 FM.
In the late 80’s I took a Shitty Job for a few months working the Midnight Shift at our local swimming/gym facility called The Canada Games Complex. My job every night from 11:30 pm to 7:30 am was cleaning with a huge vacuum like contraption the pool which was the most fucking disgusting thing ever. Ok the change rooms were real fucking disgusting which confirmed that there were a bunch of SLOBS in this town!
My point to all of this was that considering most of my time was pool side we would pump the radio through the shitty sterile sounding speakers of the Complex just to keep myself and other workers amused as the vacuum pool cleaner sucked up tons of hair and other shit at the bottom of the pool!
The Rock Hits of the day(1988) would be played during the night! Steve Winwood’s Valerie was a big one. How about Mellencamp with Paper on Fire or Cherry Bomb. How about U2? Robbie Robertson was another.
Hey I’m not knocking these artists at all its just it’s 3am and by golly it would have been nice if some one on the night shift at 94 Fm grew some Rock Balls and played Def Leppard. Hell toss on some Cancon like Rush.
How about a nope….
I lasted 3-4 months cleaning that Dirt Factory Complex and then bolted back to our local hospital where I remain to this day! Also back to the safety of my trusty Walkman and Vinyl and my playlist and not having to listen to Lite Rock 94 FM.
From about the late 80’s to about late 2016 I ignored the now known as Rock 94. Walkman-DiscMan-Nano’s-iPOD right there are the four reasons why I ignored local radio thorough the years. So you can see it has been a while since I listened ….
What brought me back to listening to Rock 94 is my current job where the radio is played all the time. Correct, some Rock is better than no Rock but Rock 94 has its faults…
For the record I’m not trashing these artists just stating the facts as I hear em
First up….The Bad…
1- A continuous daily playlist of Three Doors Down especially that ballad like sap track Here With You is a daily tune
2- Creeds’ My Sacrifice’ is on high rotation I hear it if not everyday every second day!
3- I could go on but the same Rush/Def Leppard/Van Halen tunes that are heard. How about Jump/When Its Love/Rock of Ages/Pour Some Sugar/Tom Sawyer/Subdivisions? You will hear these exact tracks daily…if not every second day! Even Audioslave it’s the same oh same with Be Yourself. Great track but it’s jammed down my ear lobes daily..
4-With I Mother Earth coming to town next month up till recently i had not heard these guys now on radio and viola just like that I have heard One More Astronaut over and over. Course there promoting the show but go deeper with IME’s tracks other than the obvious!
1- Myself and pal Frank The Tank first heard Greta Van Fleet and we thought it was a new Zeppelin Track! HAHA…Seriously I will give this station credit as they helped me discover a new band that is actually great!
2- About 5 months ago they played Maidens ‘Run To The Hills’ I just about SHAT myself! Haven’t heard it since! But someone that day went outside the Mainstream 94 Rock Box and I thank you for it!
3- The on air personalities are decent enough. They Got a job to do. I get it and I’m not going to trash them as they seem decent enough.
4-Sloan is coming to town in a few weeks. I will give 94 Fm credit as they have been playing Sloan for a while and not just ass kissing them by playing them as they are showing up here unlike Number 4 of the Bad that I mentioned!
There ya have it..If your from my hometown you may or may not agree with me here but fair enough this is my deal… and for all my out town readers you can find Rock 94 Fm on the web if you need a fixing of Three Doors Down!