I'm a child of the 80s and I take great pride in it. I've always scored above average on the various "80s purity test" sites. As a result, I have a particular fondness for the popular music of the 80s--especially the one-hit wonders that seemed to make up a fair amount of the Billboard charts.

One of the few local radio stations that I can tolerate (there are exactly four) has been playing only 80s music this weekend, calling it their "totally 80s weekend" and I'm loving every minute of it. Even the not so good stuff they play. Let's face it, not all 80s music is good.

I've long wondered why there isn't an all 80s station out here. I know they exist in a few markets, but I haven't figured out why we don't have one in or near the San Francisco Bay Area.

At least for this weekend, all praise Mix 106.5 FM!

Oh, here's a bit of trivia. I once owned the domains the80s.org and eighties-music.org (or maybe it was .net?). I never got around to doing anything with them so I let them expire. Now, of course, I'm kicking myself. I still don't have time, but I could probably at least get the ball rolling...

Posted by jzawodn at March 28, 2004 07:06 PM

Reader Comments
# Aristotle Pagaltzis said:

the80s.org has been grabbed by a domain squatter. :-/

on March 28, 2004 10:25 PM
# david said:

Going up (that is, north of sunnyvale)- I don't think we get that at all...its a different station I think (don't have a radio handy).

Wikipedia has a nice listing (I might be wrong on all of this) of music from that period..I can't really remember those artists (I was born into the mid 80s), but i'm pretty sure i'd be able to remember a tune on hearing it.

As for the domain squatters..yah, I feel your pain too. Thats why i'm never letting go of a few of my domains (sans my registrar going dasies or my card going to hell).

on March 28, 2004 10:37 PM
# Brandon said:

There was an 80s station in the bay area for a short period of time a couple years back on 104.9, and they had some weird lack of DJ's going on, but then the changed formats and pointed people to 101.3, but they didn't stay 80s for long, they can't seem to figure out what type of station they are. Clear Channel, what does one expect.

on March 28, 2004 11:08 PM
# brandt said:

hilariously, i justified not playing "If You Leave" by Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark on my radio show yesterday just because of the existence of those 80s weekends. i believe i told one of my fellow station members that "if the caller wants to hear that, he can call Clear Channel. I'm playing 'Messages'"

most of the good stuff from the 80s doesn't get played during those weekends. Orange Juice anyone?

on March 29, 2004 05:52 AM
# pmp said:

XM Radio has a bunch of stations exclusively for 80 alternative.

Eighties - Ch 8 - All 80's

Fred - Ch 44 - Deep Classic Alternative
Ethyl - Ch 47 - Alternative Hits
Lucy - Ch 54 - Classic Alternative Hits

I personally love ch. 54... all the oldies and commercial free.

on March 29, 2004 08:19 AM
# Joe said:

Oh yeah, Wang Chung, Was (Not Was), Timbuk 3, and here I am listening to Warrant DRFSR right now...

on March 29, 2004 12:44 PM
# Bill said:

For those in MA, RI, and some of CT, 107.3 WAAF has the 'Saturday Night Hair Ball' from 7 pm to midnight.

on March 29, 2004 02:38 PM
# Nelson said:

Jeremy, were you moved to post this by the 80s lyrics quiz? Because if not, you definitely need to try it out.

on March 29, 2004 03:47 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:


Oh, yeah. That is a fun quiz. I did pretty well on it but was kicking myself for some of those I missed too. :-)

on March 29, 2004 03:54 PM
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