How Christmas Stole the Edge

Haley Goodman, Editor-in-Chief

Imagine this. Getting into your warm cozy automobile after a cold walk from your front door, the first thing you do when starting the car is tune into your favorite radio station, probably pre-set as one or two, but when you do, the lyrics from Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” blasts through the speaker. The confusion. Anger. Stress. Don’t worry you aren’t alone.

Thousands of alternative music lovers woke up on that chilly November morning, to an Edgeless radio world. The disappointment was apparent in the Dallas music community; 102.1 The Edge is no more.

Instead, the “Adult Contemporary” station that is now inhabiting 102.1 is playing Christmas music for all 40-somethings to jam to. I personally am not on board with this. I think Christmas music has it’s place in living rooms Christmas Eve and morning, light shows and holiday events, not on the radio. I also don’t look forward to seeing what this station plays when it’s not the holiday season. We have enough repetitive pop music and ‘dope’ rappers; The Edge was a place for everything else to exist peacefully.

They are now sending us to 97.1?? The Eagle?? No thank you. I think I will just stick to my aux cord. With the end of The Edge comes so many questions, will EdgeFest still exist, or be renamed? What about How the Edge Stole Christmas, or the Atom Smasher show?

After looking into it I found a comment on Facebook where the official 102.1 account says, “How The Edge Stole Christmas and Edgefest will live on. 97.1 The EAGLE will present the shows now.” And the guys from the Atom Smasher show were apparently let go! Ever since I started listening to the radio I’ve looked forward to them! Of course not as much as the music but the hole in my heart still remains.

In conclusion, I don’t expect Edgefest or “Eaglefest” (I don’t know if that’s what it will be called but lets just hope not) to be as successful this next spring as it has been in the past. I’m glad I’m moving away this next August for college because a world without The Edge is one I don’t want to be a part of, and leaving Dallas will hopefully lessen its absence.