KDHX Begins Broadcasting from New Location: Photos

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KDHX, Magnolia Avenue, South City - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • KDHX, Magnolia Avenue, South City

We headed over to the KDHX (88.1 FM) studio yesterday morning to document the last couple of hours of broadcasting at good ol' 3504 Magnolia Avenue.

At noon the beloved station began broadcasting from its new location at the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media. Primarily funded by grants and donations, this brand new multi-million dollar broadcasting hub in Grand Center will offer the proper space and amenities to host the ever-growing station.

This is a well-deserved and monumental step up for the entire KDHX community, but we're feeling kind of sentimental. The building on Magnolia wasn't just the base of operations for our award-winning independent station, it also served as the unofficial headquarters of St. Louis music culture.

It was a temporary stop for countless touring bands that stopped in to record a broadcast session. It was a late-night hang out spot for those of us with KDHX disk jockeys as friends. It was a welcoming, coffee-fueled place where many of us involved in local music have spent a decent amount of time. It not only broadcasted music, but also inspired it. It was cramped and dusty. It had squeaky floors and a leaking roof. It was bursting with shelves of albums and mountains of crap and -- most importantly -- it always felt like home.

The photos here capture some of sights during the last few bittersweet broadcasting moments at Magnolia and a bit of the post-noon hustle going down at Weir. Many thanks to the always friendly and accommodating crew at KDHX for letting us get in your way all afternoon. Check back here for more coverage of the big KDHX move in the Riverfront Times soon.

KDHX at Magnolia Avenue:

Ed Becker hosting "Songwriters Showcase" -- the last show at Magnolia Ave. - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Ed Becker hosting "Songwriters Showcase" -- the last show at Magnolia Ave.
Quality graffiti upstairs in the kitchen at Magnolia - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Quality graffiti upstairs in the kitchen at Magnolia
Truth. - JAIME LEES
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  • Truth.
An office upstairs mid-move - JAIME LEES
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  • An office upstairs mid-move
Bette watching over the mailboxes - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Bette watching over the mailboxes
Pre-noon party at KDHX - JAIME LEES
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  • Pre-noon party at KDHX

Continue to the next page for more photos of the last day at Magnolia and shots of the new studio in action.

Dana Smith's "KDHX Art Attack" painting at the top of the stairs - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Dana Smith's "KDHX Art Attack" painting at the top of the stairs
Moving vinyl is the worst - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Moving vinyl is the worst
Bob Reuter's mailbox - JAIME LEES
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  • Bob Reuter's mailbox
Almost finished moving the CDs in the on-air room - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Almost finished moving the CDs in the on-air room
Our boy Bart - JAIME LEES
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  • Our boy Bart
The middle hallway of KDHX Magnolia - JAIME LEES
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  • The middle hallway of KDHX Magnolia
At the on-air desk - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • At the on-air desk
The old live sound room - JAIME LEES
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  • The old live sound room
A collection of picks in the production studio - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • A collection of picks in the production studio
A common scene at KDHX - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • A common scene at KDHX
Hugs near noon - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Hugs near noon
Witnessing the last few minutes on air at Magnolia - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Witnessing the last few minutes on air at Magnolia
Last broadcast complete - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Last broadcast complete

Continue to the next page for photos of the new studio in action.

KDHX at the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media:

The Weir center is right across the street from the Fox Theatre - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • The Weir center is right across the street from the Fox Theatre
The front of LJW at the entrance to the cafe - JAIME LEES
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  • The front of LJW at the entrance to the cafe
The new venue area at LJW - JAIME LEES
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  • The new venue area at LJW
The brains upstairs at LJW - JAIME LEES
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  • The brains upstairs at LJW
The hallways are filling with albums - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • The hallways are filling with albums
On-air room #1 in action - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • On-air room #1 in action
On-air room #2 ready to go - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • On-air room #2 ready to go
Organized chaos - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Organized chaos
Equipment in the new live performance room - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Equipment in the new live performance room
Friends gather downstairs in the new building - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • Friends gather downstairs in the new building
The sun-drenched Magnolia Cafe at LJW - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • The sun-drenched Magnolia Cafe at LJW
The view from upstairs at the new home of KDHX - JAIME LEES
  • Jaime Lees
  • The view from upstairs at the new home of KDHX

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