Victoria Nelson was among Utah metal fans who drove to work with a heavy heart on Tuesday, after yet another Salt Lake City radio station, 94.9 Z Rock, quietly underwent a surprise format change to Alt 94.9.
"It makes me mad," said Nelson, a Hooper resident who commutes an hour each way to Murray. "If I wanted alternative, I'd listen to X96. I lived in the '90s; I'm done with them."
Cumulus Salt Lake has changed more often than the weather in the last two months. First, in July, the Atlanta-based corporation laid off Todd and Erin Collard from B98.7. Then, in August, popular on-air disc jockey Jimmy Chunga was let go and 101.9 The End became Classic Hits 101.9, leaving Cumulus without a Utah-based alternative music station. On Labor Day at 9 a.m., with apparently no notice to listeners, Z Rock was scrapped for Alt 94.9. Cumulus Salt Lake Program Director Sue Kelley did not return calls seeking comment.