When you think of Connecticut’s radio scene, several stations immediately come to mind. Some nod to rock stations like 991 PLR and 102.9 The Whale. Others think of urban music on WYBC or of today’s hits on Star 99.9. However, when it comes to alternative music the options are… kinda lacking.
Well, until now.
— Mod 102.3 (@Mod1023FM) September 18, 2017
Mod 102.3 went live this week, filling in that critical indie/alternative music void. This new station, broadcasting out of New Haven, promises to play a blend of old and new alternative hits. So, you don’t have to worry about hearing Pearl Jam every other song.
But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
However, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Connecticut clearly lacked a station that fully immersed itself into the indie/alternative scene. Especially in the New Haven area. So, the radio gods heard our wishes and gave us Mod 102.3.
Regional Operations Manager Keith Dakin explained:
“There is so much music out there that people are streaming, going to see live, and buzzing about that isn’t on the radio. Mod 102.3 will fill that void. Alternative/Indie music didn’t die in 1997. It is alive and well and being ignored in New Haven. We are extremely excited to have Mod give these sounds to that audience.”
Dakin, who also was the final programming director of Alternative 101.7 WFNX Boston, already stocked Mod 102.3’s music library with Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Arcade Fire, Twenty One Pilots, Coldplay, Bastille, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Florence & The Machine, and more.
As for the voices you’ll hear in between songs, the personalities manning the ship are Ed Oliviera and Christian Turnquist. Oliveira also moonlights as the late morning host at 1360 WDRC while Turnquist acts as producer for the Anna & Raven show on Star 99.9. So, the station’s in pretty capable (albeit witty) hands.
— Mod 102.3 (@Mod1023FM) September 19, 2017
Oliveira was practically gushing with excitement about his new gig at a “true alternative station”:
“I can’t wait to see Mod listeners at shows in New Haven. It is so much fun to be able to play the biggest alt songs along with new favorites and breaking artists.”
So, Connecticut welcomes Mod 102.3 to the state! If you’ve been itching for a reliable alternative/indie station, this is it.