105.9 Countdown X alt-rock returns on the weekend of July 4th
“If you go to a 4th of July party you can put on ‘The X’ and you’ll have music as well as a conversation starter to the countdown songs,” said Abby Krizner, program director, who started out as a part-time disc jockey. “It can become the party to celebrate Independence Day, listen to great music and talk about a song’s place on the list. Everyone is invited to this party.
For the second year in a row, the resort, which celebrates its 25th anniversary, is counting down the top 420 rock and alternative tracks from the 1990s.
Listeners can tune in to see if last year’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana will defend its No.1 title. The top 5 was completed by “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Jeremy” by Pearl. Jam, “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots and “Buddy Holly” by Weezer.
Last year’s list can be found here.
“There will definitely be some fun surprises this year,” said Abby Krizner, who added that different tunes will be included.
The station will post the full list at the end of the event on the website. The songs were compiled in conjunction with input from listeners and research from station employees.
Krizner said the real-time interaction between listeners and DJs via social media during the countdown is entertaining. The iHeart Radio app connects the station to people around the world.
Throughout the weekend, the station will post footage from the ’90s of past events on its social media platforms.
The countdown will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday until 10 p.m. It will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and start at 10 a.m., ending “around fireworks time,” Krizner said.
“Last year was our first year and it was fun and overwhelming,” she said. “We were pleasantly surprised with the way it was received. We love that people love to listen and are as passionate about music as we are. The DVE Memorial Day 500 discussion was definitely brought up in the meeting when we decided to do it. We like to think of ourselves as DVE’s little sister… and that we tend to behave a little worse.