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If today’s music gags you with a spoon, the crew at 100.9 Totally Awesome ’80s and Frankie say relax and take a chill pill. The totally boss Tulsa radio station is ready to spin you round (like a record). By Rob Harmon

Are you ready to be totally stoked by something so choice and absolutely clutch? There’s a rad new radio station in Tulsa making sure that Supernatural isn’t the only place you’ll find Rick Springfield these days. Def Leppard, Cyndi Lauper, Tears for Fears and the rest of the gang are all back, too, every time we turn on the radio. It’s 2017 but you’d never know it if you listen to 100.9 Totally Awesome ’80s. Well, that’s not altogether true. Tulsa’s new retro radio station — that signed on the Tulsa airwaves back in September 2016 — qualifies as throw back with super-energetic, totally rad, fun DJs, just like the top 40 DJs many of us grew up with. But they’ll also tell you about their smartphone app, where you can use a microphone button called “Shout (Let it All Out)” to record your voice and make a request, dedication or just to say “what up.” The recording is then sent to the studio, sort of like the old “request line” but updated. It’s still all about the music, though. The station embraces iconic music that fondly reminds many of all the important

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things that happened during one of the most memorable decades ever. You know, like Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer. Things like Pac-Man fever, the release of the first three Indiana Jones movies, E.T. or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — those kinds of important things. Cabbage Patch Kids, car phones, Jane Fonda working out and MTV are also some of the other iconic things we remember about the ’80s. Mainly, though, Tulsa’s newest FM station reminds us of the music. No duh. “I always tell people,” says program director Bob Thornton, “listen for 30 minutes and try not to smile. We’re making radio fun, engaging and giving listeners what they want. “We were looking at our audience and our potential audience and they were basically saying that out of the whole dart board, the ’80s is a bull’s-eye. So we just thought, let’s just focus on that.” Ahead of the curve, 100.9 Totally Awesome ’80s may be taking advantage of a swelling

trend of love for the 1980s. With rumors swirling of a Stranger Things and The Goldbergs crossover, it’s pretty clear the children of the ’80s are ready to relive the good old days, when perms were cool and the catch phrase “I’m totally wiggin’ out” was common vernacular. Let’s face it, we miss the days of Prince, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Glenn Frey and so many others that have passed on. “I think there is a bit of a resurgence,” Thornton says. “Some people tried small ’80s stations around the turn of the century, in the early 2000s, but it was just too soon. For people who lived through the decade, the ’80s wasn’t as nostalgic [in the early 2000s] as it is today. It’s one of the most listened to decades of music for all ages.” Thornton believes that if the Baby Boomers can have their oldies, with Elvis and the Beatles, that’s fine. They can most definitely have those decades. Meanwhile, the children of the ’80s will be jamming out to a radio station that only plays their music.

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