Up and down the FM radio dial, you'll find plenty of stations, with a variety of formats. But if you stop at Cool 105.3, you'll hear some classic rhythms and blues, from groups like Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and beach music, from groups like Jim Quick and the Coastline Band and the Band of Oz.
It is a format that station manager Chris Angel came up with several years ago that has many listeners tuning in enjoy, both on the radio and thru the internet.
"And I thought to myself, man, if you take oldies and mix beach music in with it, you know that would be a great format," said Angel. "So that is basically what we have done here."
It is a format that has earned Cool 105.3 the honor of winning the Carolina Beach Music Association's FM radio station of the year for the past two years.
Beach music is associated with the state dance, the Shag, and one of the Cool announcers, Don Arnsan, says there is a strong following in this area for beach music.
"I have the opportunity to talk with people every day that call in and I am always asking questions like where are you from and what makes us so special that you stay with us thru out the entire day or certain times of the day, and certainly, the music is very important," said Arnsan.
Another Cool announcer, veteran broadcaster Marty Shirah, believes the quality of the product they put out every day is also what led the station to receive the awards over stations much larger than Cool 105.3.
"This is a fun format," said Shirah. "What I like so much about it is fun and everybody gets out and they party and they have a good time it is like a bunch of old kids, getting out and having fun."
Congratulations to Cool 105.3, for their awards, and for keeping the sounds of beach music on the radio in southeastern North Carolina.
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