Best Radio Station After Midnight - 2006
WIL (1430 AM)
Rhinestone cowboys and Wichita linemen are best heard under cover of darkness, their dusky twang and lonely lyrics the very embodiment of solitude and/or desolation. No one knows this better than St. Louis country music stalwart WIL (92.3 FM), which in 2005 decided to flip the format of its sister station, 1430 AM, back to the "Country Legends" concept it favored during the 1980s. Tune in to the station and you'll hear the likes of Johnny Cash, Freddy Fender, Tammy Wynette and Merle Haggard ? faraway voices that crackle and pop, burdened by cheatin' lovers, too much whiskey and unending heartbreak. Think vintage jukebox cranking out sad hits at a deserted diner at 3 a.m., or endless stretches of rural roads lit only by your headlights, and you'll have an inkling of the night-owl atmospheres conjured by WIL's AM outpost.