A Brief History of WREKage
WREKage has been serving Atlanta's metal community since 1984 (known as "Night Reign" until the name changed to WREKage in 1985) on WREK. WREK-FM is the "student owned and operated voice of Georgia Tech," the Institute's radio station, and at 40,000 watts it's one of the most powerful college radio stations in the US. Not surprisingly, considering the school's technical credentials, it was the first radio station in the world to stream live audio over the Internet using software written by Tech alumnus and then WREKage host, John Selbie. The software was first used in October 1994 during a WREKage broadcast, making WREKage the first radio show to stream over the Internet.
The show has gone from being a one-hour show to up to 10 hours (10pm until 8am ... Creative Loafing even wrote about how cool it was to be able to pass out listening to metal on Friday night and still wake up to it the next morning). During its heyday in the late 80s and early 90s, the show actually drew more listeners during its weekly time-slot than Atlanta's then #1 commercial rock station 96Rock. According to the Birch surveys, WREKage drew about 8,000 listeners at its' peak.
The music programming of WREKage has had a varied past but usually rides on the cutting edge of the metal genre. WREKage's current programming is probably the most diverse that it's ever been.
Former WREKage show-hosts
Hosted during the late 80s.
YOU ARE NOT THE HOST
Taylor has been with WREKage since November 2012 and enjoys sludge metal, mostly. He also likes atmospheric nonsense and is known for harassing Melkor and bringing in pizza to starving, ungrateful co-hosts.
Hosted from '86-'88. The creator of the show's name, 'WREKage'.
The Bringer of Death. aka El Dentisto!
Care to chat? IM me: Deef99
1/2011 til 8/2015
I started helping with the show about 2 weeks before "Diamond" Mike Tucker got booted off the air in 1988 or 1989. I worked with Tim Bennit, Mark Delgado, Angelique Royce, and Bob Vincent.
I don't really like metal; I just want to be cool.
Created streaming audio software that WREK used to become the first radio station in the world to stream over the internet in October 1994.
Hosted from '86-'88; Carl Carlsson and I were co-hosts.
Hosted from 1990-1995 and for awhile in 2003-2004. Now serves as web dude for WREKage.
I'm a bitch, get over it.
Hosted during 96-97, Worked with Shawn Londo, Jesus The Messiah , Paul Cashman and Tim Hurd. WREKage was one of the best time spans in my life. I remember it always!
No Blastbeats = No E.J.
The First Lady of WREKage