I'm about three years too late with this comment but the saddest part of this story was entirely left out.
Tim Kerwick. The real legend behind this Charleston hot-spot and local entity. If it hadn't been for Tim, Sinan Raouf wouldn't have stood a chance when his original partner almost bankrupt the Cumberlands on 26 Cumberland Street. Luckily, Kerwick stepped in to buy back what he sold months prior to Sinan and Phillip, affording Sinan a chance to redeem what he nearly had to eat in the way of monetary investment and time.
Unfortunately, another greedy landlord scenario would soon force the original Cumberlands from its long time home (over 7 years since its original inception under Kerwick and his wife at the time) near Market Street. With another new location in mind, Kerwick had higher hopes for Cumberlands 2 that didn't include subletting from Grannies. But, Raouf's idea won out & Cumberlands soon found a troublesome but do-able new home just a 10 minute walk from the original.
Then - chaos. One twisted scenario after another lead to Kerwick being undermined, literally, by his business partner. Sides were taken and Kerwick was forced to leave the place that he had spent over 12 years creating and managing. A handful of employees stayed, siding with Raouf, while the other half left on account of the disloyalty they had just been witness to.
And then, within a year, the very foundation of the business so easily gained by Raoufs' cunning and ruthlessness crumbled. Leaving no trace of Kerwick and no trace (at least to the knowing onlooked) of the original Cumberlands.
What looked like a winding down really came to a screeching halt - as it should. Cumberlands never stood a chance without Tim Kerwick.
I was disappointed that they took Dennis Miller of the Charleston airwaves. I've always liked his unique wit.
AM 1390 was real find and thanks for pointing it out. It would be better on the FM dial so that a fuller sound would come in over the airwaves, but there is also something nice about listening to a "classic" AM signal.
That plane might be the coolest thing I have ever seen.
Heck yea! I will be there!!!!!
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Great article. Wall of Voodoo are too overlooked. They were a genre busting group in LA when punk ruled and hardcore was forming. Dark Continent and Call of the West are friggin' great. Listen to "Longarm" live off of the index Masters. I seriously thank MTV and Urgh way back when for introducing me to them.
I was stationed in Charleston in the late 80, and early 90's. 96 WAVE was the only decent radio station in the city. I recently started planning a trip to visit my favorite city, and to my horror discovered that the best radio station had become some nightmarish version of a radio station. Something akin to a bad zombie horror flick. WTF?!?!?! 96 WAVE is what defined Charleston. Bring it back!!!
Well the thing that does suck is commercial radio. Look what it’s done to you. You turn it on and are bombarded with the same songs over and over. The songs that you speak about are very good songs in their own rights. But, I’m right with you. You can turn on any classic rock station and hear the same tunes over and over until we all end up feeling the way you stated, just sick of hearing it. All those stations that you mentioned are guilty of over playing the same 15 to 20 songs in a day. There is so much good classic rock that these stations could play to make their programming diverse, interesting and enjoyable day after day, but they just aren’t. Who knows why? But if they need some help on some good tunes to drop on the air, I would welcome any of the programmers to come dig through my vinyl collection.
Yow's current project, QUI, just rocked the Earl .. he's still full of whatever the hell keeps him going. Check them out.
HOLY CRAP! Charleston won't be the same without 96 Wave or, another entity like it...EXACTLY like it. One of the things to love about this city is the way it welcomes (presents opportunities for) the "little guy", the "artist", the "underdog". The drastic change at 96 Wave is absolutely contrary to that, and it will not work in the long run. Unfortunately, we (the music lovers and listeners) will have to suffer until someone fills the void. The void being the unfilled need/market for a radio station that is really about the music, the musicians, the local culture ect...will never go away....96 Wave, COME BAAAACK...or get on sattelite radio!
The station that advertises that it plays PINK and PINK FLOYD...TOGETHER! Ugh! What kind of crap is that???
96 WAVE was the only station that actually played BUFFALO TOM. Now I'm in Myrtle Beach and all I have is 101.7 - who have never even heard of BUFFALO TOM and will only play 2 BECK albums. It's such a shame, I really loved 96 WAVE.
What is the world coming to?!?
I moved out of the area to Myrtle Beach. But whenever I was around Georgetown for work or around Lake Marion, I could always count on 96 WAVE to have something great on the radio. But to my HORROR, now it's 96.1 CHUCK FM. The station that plays Pink and Pink Floyd - together! What????
Can anyone tell me if there is any other stations like 96 WAVE anymore? 96 WAVE was the only station to play Buffalo Tom - where else can I hear music like that? Damn you Apex!
bring back the wave. up chuck sucks.
I tuned in to what I thought was 96 Wave, and found Chuck FM, I will not support anyone who advertises on Chuck FM, its enough to make me listin to country.
So what is the deal with 96Wave? What is this up-Chuck thing? I moved out of the area for work and had been streaming it for the past few months. If I wanted to listen to the crap the music industry execs think is good, then I could listen to the radio here in Sydney. I can't describe how disappointed I was to go to steam 96wave only to hear Cher come over the up-Chuck.
Apex is clearly far-removed from what the local market wants (and NEEDS=NOT another classic/contemporary soft-rock station!) If you live by the numbers you've missed the opportunity to personally connect with local listenership. It'll be interesting to see what up-Chuck's numbers look like based on the crap they play.
Get a real job that pays you enough so you don't have to be a dj on the side. Working in terrestrial radio today isn't exactly the wave of the future. Radio people are crumbsucking losers.
FM radio is the wave of the past. Thanks for the update on the squabblings between local crumbcatchers. Maybe you folks should find real jobs that pay you enough/work you hard enough so you don't have to moonlight as djs during the last gasps of terrestrial radio...just a thought...
Looks as though someone elses feathers have been ruffled.
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