Has the almighty internet killed the radio star?
In a word, no. Sure, with the emergence of Pandora, Spotify and a variety of other streaming or subscription services for music lovers, it would be understandable if local radio regressed. But based on Nielsen’s Winter 2016 numbers, ample ratings still exist for Buffalo-area stations across all genres; and once summer arrives, local radio’s influence is asserted with a bevy of concert productions.
WEDG presents (insert guitar-geared rock act here). WBLK presents (insert hip-hop act here). WYRK presents (insert most of Darien Lake’s schedule here). Regardless of infringement by a variety of other providers, Buffalo frequencies are still tastemakers for summer’s concert schedule, and which station you listen to — or what kind of listener you are — may lead you to a variety of shows.
In recognition of this influence, here’s a handy listener identification guide, as well as some station-friendly suggestions to add to your season’s to-see list.
92.9 Jack FM
Genre: iPod shuffle
For those who like: songs by the Offspring, Styx and Depeche Mode — in succession; enthusiastically singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” at weddings or bars; or yelling out “I love this song!” in a car.
Three shows for Jack listeners:
Barenaked Ladies, Howard Jones and OMD – June 14, Artpark
Whitesnake – June 28, Artpark
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge – July 26, Artpark
93.7 WBLK – The People’s Station
Genre: Hip-hop, urban contemporary.
For those who like: songs by 2 Chainz, Rihanna and Lil’ Wayne; the impressive vocational versatility of comedian, pageant host and morning DJ Steve Harvey; or ample servings of woofer-served bass.
Three shows for WBLK listeners:
Public Enemy – June 23, Canalside
Drake – Aug. 12, First Niagara Center
Coolio – Aug. 18, Canalside
Genre: Modern and classic pop.
For those who like: songs by Justin Timberlake, Pink and Taylor Swift; listening to some (but not all) of your kids’ music; or gleefully singing ’90s pop in a minivan full of horrified tweens.
Three shows for Mix listeners:
21 Pilots – June 21, Canalside
Coldplay – Aug. 1, First Niagara Center
O.A.R. – Aug. 3, Artpark
Genre: Classic rock
For those who like: songs by Pink Floyd, George Thorogood and Lynyrd Skynyrd; deep evening cuts and barstool commentary from Slick Tom; or believing that most music released after 1979 is worthless.
Three shows for 97 Rock listeners:
Bad Company and Joe Walsh – June 7, Darien Lake
Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa – July 7, Canalside
ZZ Top and Greg Allman – Aug. 23, Darien Lake
Genre: Modern pop
For those who like: songs by Ariana Grande, DNCE and Lukas Graham; post-dinner dance parties with DJ Anthony; or screaming at eardrum-bursting levels for boy bands.
Three shows for Kiss listeners:
Kiss the Summer Hello with Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea and more – June 19, Canalside
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas – July 17, First Niagara Center
5 Seconds of Summer – July 6, Darien Lake
102.1 The Edge – Toronto
Genre: Canadian-accented alt rock
For those who like: songs by Arkells, the Sheepdogs and Arcade Fire; discovering new bands or overlooked northern classics; and patiently listening through static while waiting for clear reception.
Three shows for Edge listeners:
Frank Turner, July Talk – June 16, Canalside
Blue Rodeo, Basia Bulat – June 21, Artpark
Lowest of the Low – Aug. 11, Canalside
Genre: Office-appropriate pop rock.
For those who like: songs by Katy Perry, the Weeknd and Adele; keeping cubicle-hosted hits at a reasonable volume; and quietly humming the catchiest tunes between trips to filing cabinets.
Three shows for Star listeners:
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals – July 12, Artpark
Ben Folds – July 13, Artpark
Goo Goo Dolls – Aug. 20, Darien Lake
103.3 The Edge – Buffalo
Genre: ’90s-accented alt rock.
For those who like: songs by Silversun Pickups, the Killers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers; wearing black concert tees on evenings and weekends; and gradually realizing that good music has been released since 1999.
Three shows for Edge listeners:
Edgefest – July 31, Canalside
Bush – Aug. 2, Rapids Theatre
Blink 182 – Aug. 24, Darien Lake
Country 106.5 WYRK
Genre: Modern country.
For those who like: songs by Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean; lyrics about worn boots, warm beer and four-wheel drive; or double-fisting Fireball while donning a cowboy costume.
Three shows for WYRK listeners:
Miranda Lambert – June 23, Darien Lake
Frankie Ballard – June 30, Canalside
Zac Brown Band – July 3, Darien Lake
Alternative Buffalo 107.7/104.7
Genre: Millennial glam-accented alt rock
For those who like: songs by Cage the Elephant, Tame Impala and AWOLNATION; using iPhones to needlessly film live performances; or nights resplendent with skinny jeans, bushy beards and backing synth.
Three shows for Alt Buffalo listeners:
Boy & Bear – June 10, Town Ballroom
Borns – June 14, Waiting Room
Kerfuffle – July 23, Canalside