The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 31, 1991, Page 6, Image 6

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Independent music scene
fluctuates, has good future
By Mark Nemeth
and Anne Steyer
Staff Reftorters
Alternative music in Lincoln ei
ther inspires one to criticize the
term or talk about the past.
Though it’s an abused and non
descriptive term, alternative is of
ten the word used to describe radio
programming of independent and
imported music.
Independent music, nationally
and internationally, grew exponen
tially following the emergence of
the Sex Pistols in 1977, inspiring
anyone who could make a sound
to do so.
Though the original intentions
of independent bands may be to
lake a stance against the music on
the radio, it is through the radio
that these bands often gel the most
Independent music became
Copular, independent record la
els were created everywhere, and
eventually even major record la
bels began picking up the bands.
Lincoln community-based and
community-sponsored radio station
KZUM was founded in 1978. Its for
mat is free form, allowing for a di
verse array of programming, which
has always included new music.
KZUM disc jockey Josh Bercey
said the station often seeks out the
music from the smallest labels.
“We’re covering an area that’s
already covered by KRNU, so we
provide the alternative to the alter
It wasn't until 1986 that a local
commercial radio station featured
an all-alternative music program.
KFMQ (101.9) attempted a pro
gramming showcase of the mde
pendent bands that were getting
record deals in 1986, called “The
New Music Show,” but it only aired
for 6 months.
It wasn’t until 1988, however,
that a Lincoln radio station pro- !
grammed a full-time new music
show, “The Cutting Fxige" on B101
“The Cutting Edge” DJ Ken o
Williams said he “tries to present
alternative music in a fashion that is ,
accessible to the average person.”
Williams said his show adds credi
bility to the Top-40 music the sta
tion usually plays.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
college station KRNU initially pro
grammed Top-40, but shifted for
mats to “alternative" programming
in 1988.
“With our alternative formal,
we’re trying to please everybody
We have Public Enemy in rotation
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