Big things are afoot in the world of Des Moines terrestrial radio. For starters, fans of conservative talk radio got a rude awakening last Tuesday when they tuned into 98.3 FM. Anyone looking for one of the litany of right-leaning talk programs was instead treated to an earful of classic R&B and rap, as parent company Cumulus Media turned 98.3 into The Vibe. Music fans have hailed the change as a welcome addition to a classic rock-heavy radio dial, while talk fans have been less enthusiastic.
Then, word came down the grapevine that long-time KGGO DJ Jeff “Clutch” Witzke was leaving the station after 12 years. In a phone conversation, Witzke expressed his excitement over his new position with the Des Moines Buccaneers hockey team, where he will be helping with promotions and media relations. He starts his new gig on Oct. 19, with his tenure at KGGO continuing until then. Listen that week for his farewell program, then swing by the Buccaneers arena and wish him well. Good luck, Clutch, and thanks for the years of local support.
Pick o’ the Week is at Gas Lamp on Saturday, Oct. 17. Get down there at 8 p.m and dance your face off with Gone Wild. $7 at the door. Mahalo. CV
Chad Taylor is an award-winning news journalist and music writer from Des Moines who would love to take his talents abroad if the rent were not so much more affordable in Des Moines.