Rock station goes back to Top-40 format
Duluth radio took a step in the poppier direction this week when Midwest Communications changed its 102.5 FM radio station from oldies album rock to a top-40s “hit music” format.
The changed happened Monday night, returning what was KZIO and what is now KDWZ to the same format it had before November 1996.
The station now plays music aimed at a younger audience, much of it hip-hop, including artists like the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake. The station will compete with MIX 108 (KBMX-107.7 FM) owned by competitor Gap West Broadcasting, which advertises nearly the same playlist.
Midwest also moved the syndicated “Bob and Tom” morning show from 102.5 to the Bridge 95.7 FM.
How stylish is your backpack?
Guess who made the September Fashion directory in GQ magazine — Duluth Pack.
Former Eh? column editor Will Ashenmacher (still in the habit of scrounging for Eh? items) called it to our attention.
“Evidently, Duluth Pack made a backpack for Barneys New York (without its trademark logo, curiously enough),” Ashenmacher wrote.
He says you can see it on Page 136 of the current issue.
Do it at a branch library, too
You’ve been able to do it at the main Duluth Public Library for more than a year, and now you can do it at the branch libraries, too.
You can jump on the Internet using your own laptop or smartphone and free Wi-Fi service at the Mount Royal and West Duluth branch libraries.
Initial funding for the branch wireless connections came from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the librarians tell us. Wireless Internet service has been available throughout the Main Library (520 W. Superior St.) since spring 2009.
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