The end of world as we know it and we don’t feel fine

In the last few months I have experienced some great personal loss. I will go into this at another time. On a smaller scale, I have experienced the loss of one of my favorite radio stations. KMTT The Mountain. Sure the station exists but in name only. Our friend Shawn Stewart who I have interviewed and spoken with at length about the radio business and music was let go on November 18th. The format has changed to another Classic Rock format. I am a fan of classic rock but don’t we have enough stations dedicated to the genre? I think we do.

Back in the day KMTT stood out from the crowd. When they had full on air staff and were on top of their game they were one of the best stations in the U.S. In 2006 Rolling Stone thought so as well and recognized them as being one of the best in the land. The bond that long time listeners had with The Mountain has been broken, perhaps forever.

I wrote a piece on examiner.com so you can read more about it here…

KMTT ‘The Mountain’ comes crumbling down

Shawn Stewart is a class act and truly has a passion for the music. In my humble opinion she was the heart and soul of KMTT. I will always appreciate her giving me a personal tour of the studio back in 2009 when I was writing a piece on the station as well as talking to me at SMI Radio. We have now doubt that she is destined for greater things if that is her wish. Perhaps in the future and if she is willing we will have her on again to talk about KMTT and the state of radio in general. In the meantime she is keeping busy and being very creative. Check out her new blog. 

On our website, I list links to some of our favorite radio stations. The category is GREAT RADIO. Now that Shawn is gone and they have abandoned what once made them great. I no longer consider KMTT great radio and thus I have removed the link. Shawn Stewart and long time listeners deserve better than the current version of KMTT.

I along with my friends at NWCZ Radio and Night Out / Wave Radio are going to do our best to shine the spotlight local artists and quality music throughout the region and beyond. It is our passion that drives us. We are not beholden to big corporations or focus groups. We are beholden to you the listeners and the artists that we champion.

KMTT’s old slogan was “Passion for the Music.” This no longer holds true for them but it still does for you and for us and that is why we do what we do.

 

Not only is he a multi-media journalist, he is also an accomplished musician. He is the founder of SMI and drives the creative look, feel and branding for the publication. His years of writing, arranging, and performing live music in a variety of genres inform his ability to communicate the message and the mechanics of music. Roth’s work on SMI reflects his philosophy that music is the universal language, and builds community. He believes it has the power to unite people of every race, religion, gender, and persuasion.

6 Comments

  1. Sean Mason

    November 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with you, Mr. Roth. Over the years I have rotated around the dial but always not far from 103.7. The Mountain. I consider myself a snobby audiophyle and it doesn’t take me long to get annoyed with radio stations and their DJ’s. I always gravitate back to ‘The Mountain’ because they never have done that to me. Their DJ’s are cool, knowledgeable, subdued yet informative, and rarely over the top.
    Well, I’ve noticed a change as well. This station has gotten almost as bad as the top 40 stations with their favorite songs. If you doubt that, try to listen for an hour without hearing Adel’s, ‘Rolling in the Deep’. It’s still my favorite local station but if they keep heading in the direction they are going, I’ll be listening less and less.

  2. Greg Roth

    November 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you Sean. Yes it is really a shame. I got turned on to so many great artists from listening to KMTT for many years. It is really sad to see what the station has become.

  3. Chris Mays

    April 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Dear Greg,
    Thanks for the two articles about KMTT. I started The Mountain 21 years ago today, at 2pm. We signed on with Jackson Browne’s “Rock Me on the Water” 4/10/91. The loss of The Mountain has been deeply disappointing to me also. I love Marty and John, and mourn the loss of a once great station. It didn’t have to go down this way. A series of bad management decisions and egos that refused to admit they made a mistake- and here we are. They might say that ‘the ratings’ don’t support stations like KMTT. I am living proof that this is untrue. KINK had terrible ratings when I got here in the fall of 2010. We’re doing just fine now, thanks to a talented staff, whom I’ve allowed to have some FUN, taking some musical chances and ‘a passion for the music’ that will not quit. RIP KMTT. And Happy Birthday!
    Chris

  4. Greg Roth / SMI

    April 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you for the kind comments Chris. You built something great with KMTT. Whenever I came up to visit from LA in the 90’s I always had the car dial tuned to The Mountain, When I moved up here in 1998, It was the de-facto channel in my car and at home. I discovered some amazing artists by listening. A lot of what I downloaded onto my iPod are tunes that I heard on KMTT and no where else.

    It is a shame what happened and truly sad. On the upside, KINK FM is doing great things and has become one of my favorite stations to listen to when I am working. Keep up the great work and keep the fire burning!

    Thank you for the Birthday wishes Chris!

  5. Colette

    April 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve been noticing for the past few months that the musIc on the Mtn is “canned

  6. Johnathan

    September 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Late to the game here but so sad to see what really was a bright light in radio gone. I was a comitted listener. What a shame.

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