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SkaPunk Radio: Former X103.9 Program Now Online

Last week, Valley alternative station X103.9 became My103.9, shifting its focus from alternative and punk to a "Gen X" format, with a playlist heavy on '80s hits and an open call for listeners to request songs.

Dave Pratt Live, the divisive morning show that launched in August of 2011 was the sole carry-over in the shift, leaving many wondering what would become of the SkaPunk Show. The long-running program was a standard on the The Edge and, later, X103.9. Popular DJ Craven Moorehead took over the program from KUKQ veteran Larry Mac (who went onto 97.9 KUPD -- read our interview with KUPD's John Holmberg) in 1997, and this week launched SkaPunk Radio Dot Com, an effort to keep the show going despite the format change.

"I got into radio because I loved sharing music and doing production work," says Moorehead. "I have never been one of those personalities that gets off on hearing my voice on the radio and talking about myself. Plus, over the years I have accumulated a ton of gear to record bands and do radio production. So the day I got canned, I just kinda looked around my studio and said, 'Eff it. I have everything I need right here!'"

The show launched at 9 p.m. Sunday, January 15, in keeping with the show's former schedule. We caught up with Moorehead to ask him about the new show and the future of alternative rock radio on the FM dial.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.