Best Alternative Rock in the Tri-State Area
Favorite thing: WOXY
"97X - BAM! The future of Rock & Roll!"
You might remember that phrase from Rain Man starring Dustin Hoffman & Tom Cruise. Hoffman's character, Raymond, hears the 97X/WOXY DJ spout that on the radio & he immediately mimicks it. Which in turn led to the radio station's use of that film blurb for their station promos!
One of the oldest alt-rock radio stations in the country, WOXY consistently gets voted in as Best on-line radio station in such magazines as Rolling Stone or Spin. Even that great alternative record company Sub Pop Records (home of the Pixies) mentions it on their homepage!
Located in Oxford, Ohio but not a college radio station per se, they are not associated with Miami University yet they do enjoy listernship from the college & from people who've attended Miami & the lucky few who live in this area.
WOXY to me is one of the best radio stations I've ever heard - they are sure to play such alt-classic favorites as REM, U2, The Cure, The Smiths,Joy Division (New Order before lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide), New Order or Depeche Mode as well as playing newer music such as Coldplay, The Streets or Franz Ferdinand.
Fondest memory: I also count on them to put "girl" bands such Hole, Sleater-Kinney, and local favorites the Fairmount Girls into heavy rotation.
I love the 97 Days of Summer and the Memorial Day Weekend countdown! I proudly carry a WOXY sticker on my car (my friend, Jim, in Seattle calls them "WOXY Music"!); just the other day a girl was enviously admiring my keychain!
Last summer there was a horrible shake-up. The airwaves station was sold to a conglomerate who wanted to buy into WOXY's long-held alt-purist cachet. No one could fault the original owners for wanting to sell & retire, sever their ties & see the world; after all they'd been keeping WOXY afloat for over 20 years. But the DJs held close the idea of somehow being able to soldier on as the first-and-only web-only station on the planet and somehow managed to find a backer to keep it running & I SALUTE them every one!
Thank God they are on the web & I can access them from anywhere in the world that 'puters have speakers!
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Best Hard Rock Station in Cincy
Favorite thing: WEBN
Surely the best hard rock station in Cincinnati, playing such great rock oldies as The Doors, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, or any of Ozzy's bands.
You are always guaranteed to hear Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Misfits/Danzig, at least once in a 2-hour period. Occasionally you might hear the Beatles' Revolution and ONCE I heard The Cure!
Bob the Producer & Eddie Fingers are hilarious to listen to on the morning show, there are always great traffic updates; however, I cannot bear the nasal tones of sportscaster, Wildman Walker - yikes! My favorite DJ is Jay Gilbert who is on in the evenings. His humor is not crude like some of the other DJs, it's more quick-witted, dry & gently sarcastic. What's more, he's married to one of my great friends!
Fondest memory: WEBN & Toyota team up to do the Labor Day fireworks on the Ohio River in Cincinnati every year - it's QUITE the tradition and one of the best traditions Cincy has!
I recommend going to the Kentucky side of the river just so you can see the glorious 30-minute blazing display against the backdrop of the gorgeous Cincinnati skyline. Besides, the KY side always wins the shout-out contest anyway!!
Oh, and don't forget your portable radio so you can listen to the music in tandem with the bursts of fireworks!
Photo: September 2005
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The Fairmount Girls
Favorite thing: My favorite local band! Almost an all-girl ensemble, they are known for the swirly, rhythmic pop which reminds me of a cross between the Go-go's & Sleater-Kinney, if you can imagine that.
Besides playing keyboard, Melissa Fairmount also worked at being the chef de cuisine at the Brown House Café which was JUST 2 minutes down the road from where I live, but unfortunately that place is now closed. However, it was cool getting to know one of the bandmembers of a fave band!
Fondest memory: I love seeing the Fairmount Girls & I've seen them 3 times at the Southgate House!
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Procter and Gamble World Headquarters
Favorite thing: The twin towers that house the corporate headquarters of Procter and Gamble are not a tourist attraction, but visitors to our city might find them interesting. P&G, the largest consumer goods company in the world, had it's humble beginning in Cincinnati in 1837. William Procter, a candlemaker and James Gamble, a soapmaker's apprentice, married sisters and decided to become business partners. The large number of hogs being butchered in Cincinnati (sometimes called Porkoplois) gave them plentiful raw material (fat) for their industry. By 1890 they were manufacturing 30 different kinds of soap.
Ivory Soap was invented by P&G personnel, and became their first nationwide brand. The company has continued to grow and diversify over they years until today It manufactures and distributes hundreds of different products in 180 countries of the world. Although their corporate offices are here in Cincinnati, P&G employs 98,000 people in 80 different countries. One of their very best employees is my beautiful bride, Karen, a Customer Logistics and Financial Coordinator for their North American Division, Customer Service.
Procter and Gamble has 16 "billion dollar brands." They are: Pampers, Crest, Tide, Ariel, Always, Pantene, Charmin, Bounty, Iams, Folgers, Pringles, Downy, Olay, Head & Shoulders Wella and Actonel. There are also numerous smaller brands, and all together they are used or consumed 2 billion times a day worldwide. Whenever you see the P&G moon and stars logo - wherever you are - thank Cincinnati.
The distinctive P&G towers can be viewed along I-71 or from 5th Street on the East side of downtown Cincinnati.
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The Beautiful Ohio River
Favorite thing: In the Iroquois Indian tongue "Ohio" means "Beautiful," and that's where the river, and the state on it's northern banks, get their names. The first European to discover the Ohio was French explorer Sieur De La Salle in 1670. A little over 100 years later the river was included in the territory of the United States as a result of the Revolutionary War and the Treaty of Paris, 1776-1785.
The Ohio begins at the confluence of the Monongahela and the Allegheny Rivers at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and flows for 980 miles until it empties into the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois. For more than 200 years the Ohio was the great highway to the west of the American pioneer. Today it is still a working river, and Cincinnati is one of its principal ports. 49 locks and moveable dams have been built along the Ohio, giving it a 9-foot flood stage to river navigation. In this photo, taken from Eden Park, a barge is seen approaching the bridges that span the Ohio at Cincinnati.
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Favorite thing: Topography, architecture and history combine to give Mt. Adams a unique atmosphere and focus among Cincinnati's legendary hills and neighborhoods. It is one of our favorite sections of the city.
Originally called Mt. Ida, the name was changed in 1843 to honor President John Quincy Adams who visited to dedicate the Cincinnati Observatory. At the time it was the most powerful observatory in the United States. In the early 1800s this hill was the site of the Nicholas Longworth Vineyard. The Catawba grape was developed here, and from it came America's first champagne, Golden Wedding. For a brief period of time Mt. Adams was the center of winemaking in America.
In the mid 19th century many German and Irish immigrants settled on Mt. Adams, building their homes to conform to the steep topography, from wood and stone which was quarried nearby. The Mt. Adams Incline, which operated from 1874 - 1948, carried residents from their homes to downtown Cincinnati.
Today Mt. Adams retains much of its historic quaintness and charm. It is a neighborhood of narrow winding streets, well maintained old homes and gardens, spectacular views, and an ecclectic assortment of shops and restaurants. Many artists and craftsmen make their homes here.
Mt. Adams Today
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Favorite thing: The City of Cincinnati was founded in 1788 near Fort Washington and was first called Losantville, meaning "town opposite the mouth of the Licking River." In 1790, Arthur St. Clair, Governor of the Northwest Territory, changed the name to Cincinnati, in honor of the Society of Cincinnati, of which he was president. The Society honored General George Washington, considered a latter-day Cincinnatus.
In 458 B.C. Rome was in deep trouble. An enemy, the neighboring Aequi, was at Rome's gate with new weapons and offensive tactics. Cincinnatus Lucius Quinctius was a Roman nobleman who had retired from public service and returned to his small farm. He was in his field when he learned he had been appointed dictator for six months by the Roman Senate. He laid down his plow and took up the sword to command Rome's army and lead them into victory over the Aequi. After that, Cincinnatus could have become Emperor for life. Instead, sixteen days after he had been named dictator, he relinquished his position and returned to his farm. He is considered a model of Roman virtue. How different from the polititians of today who will do anything just to hold on to their power.
This Statue of Cincinnatus is at Sawyer Point, on the downtown Ohio Riverfront of Cincinnati.
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Cincinnati Flying Pigs
Favorite thing: Just about anywhere in the downtown Cincinnati area you are likely to see a whimsical flying pig. The pig pictured here can be found at Sawyer Point on the Ohio Riverfront. It is "Lucius (Lucky) Quinctus Pigasus," a creation of Eric Reed Greiner, sponsored by the Cincinnatus Association. The flying pigs are tied to Cincinnati's rich history in the pork processing industry, which once caused some people to refer to the city as Porkopolis.
A pig actually did fly in Cincinnati on November 4, 1909. Lord Brabazon of Tara, holder of the first pilot's license in the United Kingdom, took the piglet for a 3 1/2 mile joy ride over the Queen City. The squealer was in a basket tied to a wing strut of Brabazon's Short Brothers biplane. A sign on the basket read, "I am the first pig to fly," disproving once and for all the notion that pigs can't fly.
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University of Cincinnati
Favorite thing: Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio were founded in 1819. The Medical College, later changed to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, is one of the oldest medical schools in the nation. The University of Cincinnati began in 1870, and later absorbed the two earlier schools. UC is a public comprehensive university, and since 1977 has been one of Ohio's State Universities. It is the largest employer in the Cincinnati region and graduates 5,000 students per year.
Many discoveries have been made at the University of Cincinnati which have created a positve change for society. These include:
The oral polio vaccine
The first electronic organ
The first safe anti-knock gasoline
The first antihistamine
I am particularly proud that my son, Christopher, earned his Ph.D. in cellular biology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. As a graduate student he studied and worked in the building pictured here, the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. Today Chris does cancer research at University Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
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Corporate Headquarters for The Kroger Company
Favorite thing: Another large company with corporate headquarters in Cincinnati is The Kroger Company. They are best known for Kroger Supermarkets, the closest thing America has to a national grocery chain. However, in many parts of the country Kroger also operates supermarkets under 16 different labels. And their diversifacation doesn't stop there. Kroger owns 794 convenience stores under six banners, 439 jewelry stores under 4 banners, Price Impact Warehouses on the west coast under two banners, and 42 manufacturing facilities nationwide. Oversight of this vast empire is from their corporate headquarters at 1014 Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is of Fowlers Grocery, the little mom and pop store where we bought groceries and penny candy when I was a kid. Mr. and Mrs. Fowler knew everybody in the neighborhood by name, and they were happy to extend credit and even make deliveries if you needed it. What a different world it is today.
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The 1866 Cincinnati Suspension Bridge
Favorite thing: Few American cities can claim a landmark as distinctive as Cincinnati's Suspension Bridge, and has proudly been a symbol of the city since its opening in Dec. 1866. Images of the bridge can be seen today in all parts of the city hanging in, offices, restaurants, bars, waiting rooms, and as backdrops for the local TV news. More than just a nostalgic decoration, the old bridge remains as important today.
Cincinnati was the first major city in the midwest with its 1850 population ranked sixth in the U.S. ahead of St. Louis and Chicago, and as ferry traffic increased, the necessity of a bridge became apparent. By the time construction started in 1856, a revised charter eased the required length to 1,000ft. and height to 100ft. The ensuing period of construction stretched over a decade, interrupted by financial shortages and the Civil War, during which the city and unfinished bridge were under threat of attack.
The bridge opened in Dec.1866, and the main span was at that time the longest in the world. Not only was the Bridge the world's longest, but it was also the first to utilize both vertical suspenders and diagonal stays fanning from either tower. This advance was next seen on the Brooklyn Bridge, which surpassed the Cincinnati bridge in length and almost every other statistical category in 1883.
Due to inflation, the original deck was built as cheaply as possible. In 1894 tracks were laid across the deck but street cars were limited to 1.5mph. Thus in 1896 a rebuilding of the bridge deck was undertaken, the stone towers were overbuilt and were capable of carrying a heavier load. In order to keep the bridge open and maintain the 100ft. height requirement, the old deck was jacked up while work proceeded. The new deck was built around the old deck, hung from the new main cables, and then transferred over to the cable arrangement seen today. The reconstruction altered the appearance of the bridge, but allowed it to remain useful in the 20th century.
Cincinnati's first Major Monument
Favorite thing: This 43-foot fountain is the oldest downtown sculpture and has become the best known and loved symbol of Cincinnati. Water streams from the out-stretched hands of the 9-foot tall female figure representing the "Genius of Water." Below her, four adult figures dramatize the life-sustaining uses of water, four children illustrate the life-enhancing pleasures of water, and four relief panels depict the industrial uses of water. Four drinking spouts on the lower tier of the fountain once had communal cups for pedestrians to use. Local businessman Henry Probasco selected the fountain design from von Kreling's Munich studio and had it cast and erected as a memorial to Davidson, his deceased brother-in-law and business partner. Originally the fountain stood on an esplanade 30 feet south of its present location. In the late 1960's, as a part of the downtown redevelopment plan, the present plaza was created with the fountain as its centerpiece. In 1971, for its 100th anniversary, the fountain was repaired and re-dedicated.
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Favorite thing: The tallest building in Cincy's skyline, completed in 1931 and located at 441 Vine Street. Construction began in 1929, just before the onset of the Great Depression. To cut costs, buildings switched from a limestone exterior to brick. Still, this is a brilliant Art Deco skyscraper (175 m) and my picture doesn't do it enough justice. A shopping mall is located on the lower levels as well as an observation tower on the 49th floor.
Favorite thing: Formerly known as the Central Trust Tower and the Union Central Life Insurance Building, this great Neo-Classical, 31-story skyscraper dates back to 1913. Upon completion it was the 5th tallest building in the world and until 1931, the tallest building in Cincinnati. The columns on top are a great feature, get a better look at them from the top of the Carew Tower Observation Deck.
Boycott in progress for good reason
Favorite thing: Ohio is very conservative and Cincinnati is very reactionary...Cincinnati is under a boycott for police abuses....Cincinnati has had a crime explosion since 2000 which has made it very unsafe, over-the-rhine is as bad as anywhere in the country when it comes to crime...
Also if you stay in Cincinnati you will not see HBO at most motels
One good thing: The chili is tastier than anywhere else in the country in ohio
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