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Best Radio Station St. Louis 2009 - KDHX (88.1 FM)

Readers' Choice: KDHX (88.1 FM)

Nestled at the far left end of the radio dial, KDHX (88.1 FM) is almost too easily taken for granted. But after 22 years on the air, the city's only community radio station continues to be as stubbornly quirky and independent as St. Louis itself. The two-hour blocks programmed by its volunteers transcend (and cross) genres; at any given hour, you can hear shows dedicated to rock, electronica, blues, jazz, metal, hip-hop, reggae, folk or soul. (And forget about mainstream machinations — with album cuts and obscurities in rotation, the tracks you hear are firmly left of center.) Talk shows with a local flair and unwavering aid of local musicians — from having them play at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market to featuring them at the annual Midwest Mayhem concert — further underscore the station's support for creative souls. In recent years KDHX's commitment to St. Louis is drawing some serious attention outside the city: In 2007 the station was one of five in the nation to receive an ongoing Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Station Renewal Project grant in order to help it increase its audience and continue serving the community.

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Lynn R.
Lynn R.

I LISTEN TO YOUR STATION FOR THE FIRST TIME.I FOUND IT TO BE THE MOST ENTERTAINING SHOW EVER.IT'S SO HARD TO FIND A GOOD STATION THAT PLAYS REALLY GOOD BLUES,AND I ENJOYED ALL THE VARIETIS THAT WAS PLAYED FROM WAY BACK WHEN. WHAT A JOY,KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.WOULD LOVE IF YOU GUYS PLAYED MORE BLUES.WHAT WE DON'T HAVE ANYMORE IS A GOOD BLUES&JAZZ STATION. WOULD LIKE MORE INFO ABOUT YOUR SCHEDULE OF MUSIC PLAYED. THANKS FOR THE MUSIC. L.R.

Sheila Schultz
Sheila Schultz

KDHX is also the only local news medium to review community theatre productions as well as professional shows. I've been a KDHX theatre critic for 9 years. Although community theatre companies lack the financial resources of many professional companies, there is talent there. I've seen some terrific acting and directing, as well as excellent production values, given budgetary limitations. These shows deserve publicity and are often more affordable to the public than prof. shows. They also tend to be more "family friendly".

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