The future of rock and roll has come to an abrupt halt. WOXY, the self-styled independent radio station in Austin, Texas has been forced to stop live broadcasts.
"Due to current economic realities and the lack of ongoing funding for WOXY's operations, we've been forced to suspend our live broadcasts as of March 23rd. We're continuing to explore options to keep The Future of Rock and Roll alive," reads the announcement on the WOXY home page.
The site had jumped into a web simulcast of its live FM broadcast in 2004, and had walked a wild path since then, with owners ranging from anonymous investors to LaLa to the current owner Future Sounds, who made the decision to turn off the station.
WOXY had just moved to Austin six months ago, after a long lifetime in Cincinatti that started in 1983. They spent last week promoting the station at SXSW.
"The WOXY staff continued working last week during SXSW under good faith because a deal was 'in motion' to continue funding for our operation. We were informed yesterday that that the deal fell through and now it is time for us all to walk away. There will be no farewell shows or weepy goodbyes. Our listeners deserve more than this, but I don't think any of us on staff have it to give right now. ... Thanks to everybody who has been SO amazing to me and this station over the years. I've been on this wild ride now for 12 years. I am thrilled that I have had a part in helping to program this station since 1998 and am incredibly proud of WOXY's legacy," said WOXY music director Matt Shiv when speaking to Pop Candy.