They say, "If you love something, set it free; if it comes back, it was meant to be." That makes us feel great about the return of rock radio station KZEW The Zoo, which reigned supreme in the '70s and '80s and then left the airwaves. But this year, 28 years after The Zoo said goodbye, host George Gimarc has brought it back at vokalnow.com and via the Vokal app. Gimarc calls the station a spiritual successor to the original Zoo and a love letter to what radio was like before Clear Channel homogenized the industry. The new Zoo's playlist is drawn from a collection of 5,000 records, and many songs will be familiar to longtime listeners, but the station also plays newer music that jibes with its spirit. Many of the on-air personalities from the '80s are back, including Ira Lipson, John Rody, Beverly Beasley and KTCK The Ticket's Mike Rhyner. Also, don't be surprised if you hear classic commercials interspersed.
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