With every other terrestrial radio station in town playing the same three Stone Temple Pilots hits ad nauseum — not that there's anything wrong with 1994's achingly winsome "Purple" — the only real bet for great music on the dial in Cleveland is college radio. We've got a couple of good ones in town, and Scene readers have a history of vacillating between the two, giving this category a rare semblance of actual competition each year. In 2017, though, WRUW is boss. The station broadcasts all manner of off-kilter, indie fringe artists — the sort of stuff that you don't know you love until you encounter it while driving down I-77 under twilit skies and switching over from the fourth iteration of "Vasoline" you've heard that day. Live from the studios at Case Western Reserve University, WRUW upholds the vital American tradition of college radio, and we couldn't be more thankful.
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