By Simon Vozick-Levinson
January 16, 2009 at 07:00 AM EST

This is a bummer: Venerable Los Angeles radio station Indie 103.1 FM went off the air this afternoon. I’ve never lived in L.A., but even I know this is a real blow to the area’s radio diet. And I’ve certainly heard of DJs like founding Sex Pistol Steve Jones, who’s been bringing his unique style to the station since 2004. According to a statement posted on their website, the folks behind Indie 103.1 voluntarily took it off the airwaves rather than compromising with commercial demands: “Because of changes in the radio industry and the way radio audiencesare measured, stations in this market are being forced to play too muchBritney, Puffy and alternative music that is neither new nor cuttingedge. Due to these challenges, Indie 103.1 was recently faced with onlyone option — to play the corporate radio game. We have decided not to play that game any longer.” (I’ve got nothing against Britney or “Puffy,” but hey, it’s their station.)

For now, the station is streaming online, so desperate rock fans can get their fix there. But that’s not exactly a perfect solution for anyone who depended on Indie 103.1 for their morning commute. Any of you living within Indie 103.1’s broadcast radius missing it already?

More on Indie 103.1:
Indie 103.1 DJ Steve Jones told EW about his 12 Favorite CDs
Jonesy also made EW’s Must List in 2005
Indie 103.1 was part of a “classic alternative radio” moment in 2004
Whitney Pastorek’s rememberance of radio DJs past