In 1995, I was 12 years old and mad as hell. I wrote my sixth grade essay on the women's suffrage movement and decided that I was a feminist who would no longer tolerate being tormented by my male peers due to my frizzy triangle hair and unfortunate way of dressing. I turned off B-96, and tuned in to Q101.
Chicago's only alternative rock station at the time, Q101, seemed to understand what I was going through. The station introduced me to Veruca Salt, Liz Phair, Hole, PJ Harvey, Alanis Morissette and the Smashing Pumpkins. I made countless mix tapes, covered my notebooks with emo song lyrics and plastered my walls with posters.
As years passed, my love for the alt-rock station waned. Maybe it was the whole rock-rap phenomenon, or the fact that I was just over commercial radio in general, but I still have fond memories of the station that may have saved my musical life.
Last month, when news broke that former Tribune radio executive Randy Michaels was buying the station turning it into a news/talk format, many reacted with apathy. Others were seriously bummed. I just felt nostalgic. So, on Q101's final day as an alt-rock station, I decided to round up some of my favorite songs the station has played over the years.