On Scene for Jan. 27

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Coming soon to air waves?

There is a vague and unconfirmed -- but exciting -- rumor circulating around town that a group of people are starting a local radio station. According to the rumor, the group has the ability to transmit to all of Steamboat Springs and possibly Oak Creek.

Residents could have their own talk and music shows on the station, and there apparently are plans of asking local immigrants to host shows in their native languages that also would feature music from their home countries.

And the last part of the rumor, if I can catch my breath long enough to share it with you because I'm so excited, is that this radio station would broadcast from the window of a Lincoln Avenue business. Passersby could watch whichever deejay is on-air.

"I know. It's very Northern Exposure," said the anonymous person who plans to have the radio station on air soon.

-- Autumn Phillips

Reggae with a message

"You gotta listen," Tony Counts said, raising a finger to his ear and glancing at the Levelz stage. He was explaining to me why I was there. The music was infectious and appealing to a wide audience, but the Anthony B. show on Jan. 20 went beyond just a good beat. The reggae performance had something to say, and on that note, I think I heard a lyrical letter to President Bush.

The beauty of the show, beyond the musical performance, was the reggae-loving crowd. The vibe was happy, and there might never have been so much hippie dance in one place. After I lost my friends and danced alone for about an hour, I met up with Counts again. He gave me a funny look. "Stop dancing. You're embarrassing us."

I smiled back, turned around and listened.

-- Jayme Elrod

Steelers have the advantage

It was a theater, but I don't think the Steamboat Mountain Theater wanted its grand opening to be that quiet.

"Championship Sunday" turned into a tutorial about salt-water tanks, which was more fascinating than the Broncos game. We worked our way to Slopeside to watch the NFC Championship game, which was worse, but the Seahawks fans were great. I thought Seattle fans were a myth, but they even had organized cheers -- and a foam finger. Pittsburgh fans have the Terrible Towels. Advantage: Steelers.

-- Melinda Mawdsley

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