Meet the new crew, same as the old crew... Left to right: Lou Niles, Tim Pyles, Andrew Rowley, and Al Guerra.
  • Meet the new crew, same as the old crew... Left to right: Lou Niles, Tim Pyles, Andrew Rowley, and Al Guerra.
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After eight years hosting FM 94/9’s Sunday night show The Local Pyle, which featured San Diego bands, Tim Pyles dropped a bomb on his bosses yesterday when he told them that he was leaving 94/9 and jumping across town to rejoin 91X where he would become the lead host of Loudspeaker, San Diego’s oldest locals-only radio show.

Pyles was previously a co-host of Loudspeaker. “Tim is coming home,” says 91X program director Mike Halloran. Pyles returns this Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m.

Halloran wants Loudspeaker to do more than just spin songs by local artists. “We want to up the ante.”

To do that Halloran has brought back three former Loudspeaker hosts — Al Guerra, Lou Niles, and Andrew Rowley — to join the show as in-studio and in-the-field co-hosts, going out to clubs, live shows, rehearsal spaces, and recording studios and coming back with audio and video accounts of the local scene.

“We want to do it better than it’s ever been done before,” Halloran tells the Reader. He says that the retooled Loudspeaker will help identify which local artists deserve to be folded into the regular 91X rotation throughout the week.

Halloran says that Weatherbox, Dum Dum Girls, Schizophonics, and Blackout Party are some of the local artists likely to get regular exposure on 91X throughout the week.

And 91X's Resurrection Sunday chair, recently abdicated by Steve West, was filled last Sunday by Todd “Mad Max” Ralston, who was at 91X when that station signed on 31 years ago. Halloran says it has yet to be decided whether Max will return to host the show every week. But, he said, Resurrection Sunday will be a live show, to compete with Steve West’s Legends of Alternative show, which is also live.

Coincidentally, today marks the 12-year anniversary of FM 94/9. It was Veteran’s Day 2002 when the station dropped ’80s oldies for modern rock. New DJs Anya Marina and Mike Halloran promised San Diego this new station would be light on talk and be “all about the music.” As 94/9 progressed, it played cuts by My Morning Jacket, Black Keys, and Interpol, artists ignored by most other commercial alternative stations across the country.

Rolling Stone magazine eventually noticed, saying it was one of a handful of stations “that doesn’t suck.” A lot has changed, however. Now more mainstream, 94/9 currently plays bands like Fall Out Boy. “We would have never played that when I was there,” says one former staffer.

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Ken Leighton Nov. 11, 2014 @ 8:52 a.m.

The way that 94/9 announced this on its website is to remove Tim Pyles' photo on its home page and replace it with a photo of Steve West. If you look at the five talking heads you see Steve West on the right. To the next to him is Jeremy who is on the air in the afternoons. The biggest head in the middle is Woods who is on in the mornings and is the lone surviving holdover from the Mikey Show. To the left of him in glasses is Hillary, and on the far left I assume is Christy Carter who is on at nights. It's interesting to note that the biggest image on the homepage is the iPod which has become 94/9's major promotion and image. If you go to the Locals 949 page no mention is made of Tim's departure. And no mention is made of his replacement assuming 94/9 will keep the show. Three of the possible hosts (Rowley, Guerra and Piles) are already claimed by 91X as Pyles' co-hosts.

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AnotherFormer949er Nov. 11, 2014 @ 9:47 a.m.

I didn't have a big role working at 94/9, but I was there for a while and it's really sad to see it wither away like it has. Musically, it introduced the comforts and benefits of a college radio setting to people who wouldn't normally seek out non-mainstream music. You could hear the Dead Milkmen, Massive Attack, The Specials and Black Flag in a given hour. So I guess looking back, 94/9 won many battles, but ultimately 91x won the war.

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Ken Leighton Nov. 11, 2014 @ 10:18 a.m.

And then some might say 94/9 blew itself up when its image became The Station-that-has-the-Mikey-Show. After that, who cares what you play? Fall Out Boy? Paramore? Evanescence? Come on down! I wonder what has had the strongest impact on 94/9's image...The iPads, Mikey Show or the same 20 year old Red Hot Chili Peppers song played twice a day.

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AnotherFormer949er Nov. 17, 2014 @ 2:37 p.m.

Yup, I was gone before the Mikey Show fiasco, but do know that a wacky morning show was not a feature the original creators of that station wanted.

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Yetanotherformer949er Nov. 12, 2014 @ 3:49 p.m.

Now I didn't have a big role either working at 94/9 either but I worked my butt off for nothing. It's karma the way I see it plain and simple. You open up your availability and work the events no one wants and they still let you go the day before a major holiday for working too much. Where's the logic in that? And to top it all off someone goes of stealing the idea you created. The way I see it, the station is going downhill fast. I'm not even ashamed to say this but whoot congrats 91X!

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