WNUR’s Streetbeat: The Acid House soundtrack to my grad school years


In late 1988 or early 89, while I was in grad school at Northwestern University in Evanston Il, I discovered the Streetbeat program on the college radio station WNUR, which at the time specialized in house (and acid house)  music, which was just then hitting its stride both in Chicago and in England. This music — and the dancey industrial music played on WNUR’s Club Beat show — became the soundtrack to most of my grad school experience.

Street Beat was on only for a couple hours a day, and Club Beat only once a week, so I started taping them off the radio, filling tape after tape — basically, as many as I could afford — eventually accumulating literally hundreds of tapes featuring my own edited versions of both shows.

Evidently I wasn’t the only one taping madly away.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kathy M. (@semibold)
    May 21, 2013 @ 09:52:02

    I also taped a lot of Club Beat shows! I recently dug the box of tapes out of my closet and have started converting them to mp3. What a blast from the past! I was just out of college and instead of going out dancing on Saturday nights, I stayed home and taped dance music off the radio. How funny.


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