Reasons to Love Memphis #2 – Stereo Alley

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 28th 2009 476 0

Stereo Alley is a pretty normal alley these days. About the width of one car with a smattering of trash bags.

But in the 1960s, Memphis underwent something of an alley beautification process to make the city’s smaller passages a bit more passable. A metal sign was erected over the entrance to the alley that says “KLYX Stereo Alley”.  Apparently, radio station KLYX used to broadcast music via speakers into the alley.

Why? I’m not sure. Dance parties, maybe?

(Stereo Alley is scavenger hunt find No. 1.)


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Darryl says:

    Interesting story behind KYLX Stereo Alley. The sign was apparently put there in the mid 60s as KLYX started as an FM (and Stereo!) station. Ironically, its format was Easy Listening (101 Strings perhaps) and wasn’t the typical dance-party type station. The stations office may have also been in West Memphis at the time (correct me if I’m wrong).

    This was a nice idea that may have never come to fruition. Of course, it’s never too late to bring it back.

  2. I think all Alleys are reasons to love Memphis 😉

  3. Mike Pendergrass says:

    Hey Holly,

    Thank you for writing about "Stereo Alley". I have always wondered about this ever since it ran in Vance Lauderdales' Ask Vance column.

    Indeed WLYX Played music in this alley. Later on after the "Muzak" era they went through many other radio formats. That's for another time.

     

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