Longtime Houston radio station suddenly changes format

After 20 years of playing rock and roll, 93.7 made a sudden format change, shocking fans
December 31, 2013 4:37:57 PM PST
It's been said rock and roll will never die but apparently it will ... at least on 93.7 The Arrow.

Quinn Bishop knows a thing or two about classic rock. At his Montrose music store, artists like Kiss and Jethro Tull are prominently featured. It's a music scene he believes is growing.

"Through the very popular video games, you actually have more young people who are engaged with classic rock and heritage artists than there has been in years," Bishop explained.

But apparently the growth is not enough to save a popular radio station that has been playing classic rock in Houston for more than 20 years -- 93.7 The Arrow.

At noon on New Year's Eve, artists like Beyonce and Kanye replaced ZZ Top and Aerosmith on 93.7. Customers we spoke to tell us they were upset with the change, but Bishop believes it makes sense.

He said, "I think with big market radio it just means that there is more ad revenue to be gained by switching formats."

In a statement sent to Eyewitness News, Clear Channel Radio, which owns 93.7, wrote, "Many of the biggest stars in this format live in Houston, so to move the station in this direction was a natural choice. In addition, The Beat format will perfectly complement the five other radio stations in our cluster by making us more attractive and diverse to our advertising community."

At the Family Barber Shop near Reliant Stadium, the station now called 93.7 The Beat had everyone buzzing.

Barber Lionel Dupree said, "It's a good thing for Houston and I think it will be good for the communities and I think if everybody would just give it a chance, I think it will be OK."

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