I understand that WYEP may have been cutting edge in the past, but that station, at present, is really of no more use to anyone in the local music scene(except maybe Rusted Root or bands that Hugh guy takes pictures of) than WDVE or 3WS.
When people come to their defense, it sounds to me like people defending smoking in bars here, as if the way things currently are here is the only way ithey can be.
A noisy rock band I am in was recently in St Louis and were able to visit the local WYEP equivalent, KDHX. THey have a shiny new building similar to WYEP. During the day and evening, they play typical bland crap, but they let weirdos play whatever they want at night. They allowed us, at the bequest of one of the late night djs, to do a live-in-the-studio performance. The tracks and photos from this are hosted on their website, along with dozens or hundreds of other bands.
I doubt we would be able to get as far as WYEP's lobby with a pry bar.
It looks like WYEP does have some kind of "live in house" thing, but I suspect participants are searched at the door and distortion pedals confiscated. Those who resist are handed ukeleles.
Having said all that, I am not a hater, per se. I listen to WESA all the time, especially when driving around for work. I actually prefer the all day news to the previous jazz format, myself.
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