The Sound of silence: Classic rock station The Sound FM 100.3 played its final songs and left the air on Thursday
By Peter Larsen
When most radio stations get sold, change formats, or otherwise go away it’s usually a sudden switch. One minute you’re listening to eclectic rock and and roll, the next there’s a Spanish-language broadcast in that spot on the dial.
So listeners and employees of The Sound had it better than most when after the classic rock station at 100.3 FM was sold in September to a Christian broadcaster it was allowed to stay on the air for weeks, giving everyone a chance to make peace with its departure, say their goodbyes, and on Thursday morning pick the final songs The Sound would ever play.
When The Sound 100.3 FM goes off the air soon its DJs, many of them longtime presences on Southern California airwaves, will at least temporarily be without an on-air home. Seen here, left to right, are Cynthia Fox, Mimi Chen, Uncle Joe Benson, and Rita Wilde. (Photo by Keith Weiner/The Sound)
Mimi Chen has been a DJ on Southern California radio since she moved from the Bay Area in 1994 to join the staff of KSCA-FM/101.9. When the Sound 100.3 FM goes off the air soon she will at least temporarily be without an on-air home. (Photo by Keith Weiner/The Sound)