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WTSQ 2nd Anniversary Party

WTSQ’s 2nd-anniversary party at the Clay Center Sculpture Garden Saturday, July 15th.

Local artisans, local brews, and 8 hours of local & regional music.

We know how to party, last year sold out, so what are you waiting for?  Get your tickets now!

Chris Long

May 15th, 2017

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Five Albums That Turned Me on To Metal Music

Just Press Play article courtesy of Charleston Gazette-Mail & Bill Lynch

By Harry Glaspell, Host of Harry’s Heavy Metal Haven

Led Zeppelin – IV

In my humble opinion Led Zeppelin is the greatest band in the history of music. This is one those albums that shaped my musical tastes. My parents listened to wide range of music so I was never pigeon holed into one genre of music. I listened to FM 105 (now ROCK 105) a lot as a kid and of course they played Led Zeppelin. I bought this tape with a gift certificate from Camelot music my aunt gave me for my birthday. I was just completely enamored with this album. It is infamous because of Stairway to Heaven. Although played to the brink of extinction, it still remains one of the greatest rock songs today. But Misty Mountain Top and Black Dog are the songs that really got my juices going and made me want to rock out! This album is essential to any rock and metal fan. If you have young ones and want to raise them right, keep this album on heavy rotation in your household.

Black Sabbath – Paranoid

The creme dela crème of all metal albums. 99.9% of the metal heads out there will tell you this album was essential in their headbanging upbringing. I was the age of 12 listening to Ozzy and my sister’s boyfriend gave me a copy of this album and it changed my life forever. For over a year I listened to that album day and night. I had finally found my music. When this album was released in 1970 no other band sounded like Black Sabbath at that time. A new genre had been born. The guitar tone on this album is so deep and dark. In part due to Tony Iommi losing the tips of his middle and ring fingers in a factory accident when he was a teenager. Black Sabbath’s music was a reflection of their lives in Birmingham, England. As a kid listening to this album I could almost see and feel the degradation and depression that surrounded Birmingham at that time. Tony Iommi may not play like Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhodes, Dimebag Darrell, or Zakk Wylde, but he is a guitar God and the originator of heavy metal. The rhythm section consisted of my all-time favorite bass player Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward which rounded out the unique Black Sabbath sound. Ozzy’s vocals were perfect for that music and it all blended well. I just love the rawness of the record. Hearing the fingers squeak as they moved up and down the strings and the thundering of the bass guitar still make my metal juices flow today!

AC/DC – Highway to Hell

When my sister’s boyfriend gave me Black Sabbath Paranoid it was on a 90 minute cassette. Side 2 of said cassette was AC/DC’s Highway to Hell. You could say that this album (along with Paranoid) was my gateway drug into heavy metal music. I would listen to all of Paranoid, flip it over, listen to Highway to Hell, rinse, repeat. Highway to Hell is a great rock album and to this day I will argue with anyone that Bon Scott AC/DC is better than Brian Johnson AC/DC. Highway to Hell would make me grab my baseball bat, jump up and down on my bed, and rock out! So raw, so powerful! The only band that could play the same three chords on every song and still make them kick ass.

Metallica – Kill ‘Em All

Now we get into the nitty gritty. After immersing myself into Black Sabbath, AC/DC, and Led Zeppelin, a friend of mine came to my house one day frantic saying, “You’ve got to listen to this!” It was a blank tape that had Kill ‘Em All hand written on the label. My first thought was, “What is this garbage?”, but after putting the tape in my radio and pressing play I was immediately blown away and hooked! That album is so raw and full of heavy metal attitude! It is that attitude that made me want to eat, breath, and sleep metal. This is the album that started the Thrash movement in the 80’s and unleashed a fury of great metal music. Kill ‘Em All is what a metal album is supposed to be and remains my all-time favorite metal album to this day. If someone were to come to me and say, “I want to listen to heavy metal, where should I start?” I would place them album in their hands and send them on their journey.

Slayer – Live Undead

After I heard Metallica I went on a search for more metal music. This was waaayyyy before the internet so I had to search out music the old-fashioned way: music magazines and trading tapes (it’s what we did before Napster, kids). I quickly discovered Slayer and ran to the nearest record store. The only Slayer tape they had available at the time was Live Undead. It was not necessarily a live album per say. It was recorded in a room full of people and some have speculated that crowd noise was added. It contains songs from their first two albums Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits. The album opens with Black Magic which remains my favorite Slayer songs today. Mainly for nostalgic purposes as it was the first Slayer song I ever heard, but a great song none the less. Even though I had been listening to Metallica; Slayer was definitely a different type of metal. Satanic imagery mixed with fast angry songs. Think Circle Jerks meets Judas Priest meets Venom. Wow, was I blown away by Slayer. Plus, my mom hated them so that was an added bonus! This album, along with Kill ‘Em All, was on heavy rotation in room and started me down a path to which I would never return.

Harry’s Heavy Metal Haven airs on WTSQ 88.1 FM, The Status Quo, every Saturday night from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Harry Glaspell

May 5th, 2017

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Thank You, Charleston!

Chris Long

April 9th, 2017

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WTSQ APP Available Now!

WTSQ’s new mobile app is available on Apple and Android.

Features:
Real-time display of Artist, Song, and Album Art of current and previously played tracks.
Links to our Store, Donation, Facebook, Requests, Contact, and Call Station button.
Higher bitrate of audio than other streaming apps (TuneIn, iHeart, etc) with NO commerical breaks!

CLICK HERE FOR: Android Play Store Link For WTSQ App

CLICK HERE FOR: Apple iTunes Link For WTSQ App

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Chris Long

September 3rd, 2016

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WTSQ Program Guide

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New Shows 9-5-2016:
Sunday 1pm-2pm Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour
Sunday 5pm-6pm Trop Rock with Sailor Rob
Wednesday 6pm-7pm Generation Why?
Saturday 6am-8am Folk Music
Saturday 8am-9am Bringing Sexy Bach
Saturday 11am-12pm Home Grown
Saturday 4pm-6pm The Anti-Hour
Saturday 9pm-10pm Welcome The Night

Chris Long

April 9th, 2016

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WTSQ Cinco de Mayo Event

  Cinco de Mayo Block Party Celebration POSTPONED due to inclement weather.   Rescheduling of event & details to follow.

Chris Long

May 2nd, 2017

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Noise Brigade Coming Back? Stay Tuned…

Hello friends and lovers, as you know I ended my ska show Noise Brigade. I had my reasons at the time. Seemed a good idea at the time. No need to run through the reasons in my head, but I had felt the show had ran its course. It wasn’t until the show ended, however, ...

Steven Allen Adams

April 15th, 2017

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2017 Fund Drive – Click Graphic to Donate!

WTSQ is more than a radio station. We are a hub for the talent and creativity in our community. We serve Charleston, West Virginia and the greater Kanawha Valley with independent music curated and hosted by fifty passionate volunteers. We’ve been on the air for a ...

Laura Allen

March 30th, 2017

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Boulevard Tavern Addiction Awareness Benefit Around the Corner

Boulevard Tavern Addiction Awareness Benefit Around the Corner

Just a friendly reminder that the Addiction Awareness Benefit concert at the Boulevard Tavern is less than two weeks away. Tonight’s show will be normal, but a week from today we’ll have member of 69 Fingers on again via phone, as well as (hopefully) other ...

Steven Allen Adams

February 20th, 2017

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My First Post (With Actual News)

My First Post (With Actual News)

Hey ya’ll, looks like my blog section finally works. Woo hoo! This is solely just to test out the functionality. But hell, while I’m here I hope you listened to the show Monday, January 30th.  We had on Steve and Brian from the 69 Fingers, a former hometown ...

Steven Allen Adams

January 30th, 2017

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December Art Walk

Join us on Thursday, December 15 from 5:00-8:00 for the final Art Walk of 2016. Mick Wiseman and the WTSQ Crew will be live at Romano & Associates with music and merch to make your holiday shopping experience special. Give the gift of good musical taste with some WTSQ ...

Shanen Wright

December 12th, 2016

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The Afternoon Show Test Post

Chris Long

November 22nd, 2016

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