The first locally owned and operated commercial radio station flipped the switch this past weekend with 50,000 watts of pure vintage rock 'n roll. KDJQ 890 am is the result to kick off the next few years in Boise's quest for independent radio. Station owner Robert E. Combs spent over five years getting the station off the ground, saying, "It takes a very long time." Though there are other local operators, KDJQ is the only locally owned station in the Treasure Valley with more stations scheduled to follow suit over the next year. The musical variety of KDJQ is directed for a more mature crowd with sets from the '50s and '60s, including rhythm and blues. The grand opening for KDJQ is next Thursday, May 19, from 3 to 7 p.m. at their offices in the Clover Professional Building, 1050 N. Clover Drive. It's a free catered event for the public to meet the staff and get to know the indie station. "It's really kinda us against them," Combs said of the commercial vs. independent struggle. "We would be David in David against Goliath," he continued. Call 375-8989 for more information.
Local band Ripchain is changing their band lineup and will be cancelling their April and May shows. Ripchain decided to change drummers and Ryan Anderson from the local favorite 80s metal band Without Warning agreed to come in and fill the position until June 30. Fans are asked to welcome Anderson temporarily to the Ripchain metal machine. According to the band, they'll hit the ground running in June "so hang on to your head cause we are gonna melt your brain!" Ripchain's influences include blues, rock, thrash, speed metal, metalcore and nu-metal and their goal is to reach a wide audience while keeping the music heavy. At the moment, Ripchain features Dave Ford on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Joff Stone on lead guitar, Dan Garrett on bass and (newby) Ryan Anderson on drums. They're currently booking shows in the Pacific Northwest, so for booking information or regarding their cancelled shows, e-mail email@example.com.