One of the side effects of this blog is that I've gotten to know Calandro. Calandro is a complicated individual. I say that because nearly every time I read something he writes, I want to vomit. Yet, I consider him to be a friend--a self-promoting morally retarded friend--but a friend none-the-less. Here's his thoughts on 99X:
During my undergrad at the University of Iowa, I was the program director for the campus' student-run alternative radio station, KRUI. When I graduated in 1993, I sent my tape and resume to every P1 New Rock radio station in the country. One of those stations was 99X.
Six years later, the Regular Guys would bring to me to Atlanta. Every day after the morning show I'd close the door to my office and listen to Sean Demery doing the midday. I listened to Axel (and sometimes Toucher) on the way home. After the Regular Guys and I parted ways in March of '01, Leslie Fram and Jay Harren called me at the beginning of the summer to see how long it would take to pass a drug test.
"I thought you'd never ask," I told them.
I was up close and personal for the end of one of the greatest and longest running morning shows, The Morning X with Barnes, Leslie, and Jimmy.
I was in the 99X Master Control Room when the second plane hit the towers.
I was there for the beginning of Toucher's transition to broadcast greatness.
Despite the fact (and partially because) it was a gig that nearly killed me, my four-year tenure at 99X was rich and rewarding.
I learned a tremendous amount from Leslie, Jimmy, and Steve from The Steve Show.
With 99X's rich history and heritage, I'm proud to say I was a part of it, and I'm sad to see it go.