After more than 11 years on the air, the long-running Hangover Café radio show broadcast its last show on X103 Dec. 31, 2006. The Café, hosted by comedian/voiceover artist Dave Dugan, has been a staple of independent, alternative and local music on the Indianapolis airwaves since the mid-’90s.
Dugan says that the close of the Café is due to budget tightening and a lack of sponsorship, particularly over the course of the last year, but that he bears no ill will towards X103.
“Somebody somewhere had to make a business decision [to let the show go],” Dugan says. “It’s a rare opportunity to have complete creative control. Nobody ever came in and tried to say, ‘We don’t like what you’re playing.’ They let me run with it. So from that standpoint, it was a pretty good experience.”
During its run, the Hangover Café brought little-known and old-school alternative music to the airwaves every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. “It was definitely independent in nature — alternative music as [it] was back in the 1980s and 1990s that didn’t have a place on mainstream airwaves,” Dugan says. “I definitely liked to include the local bands that fit that format, as well as any unsigned band. As long as it sounded good, it would get on. Any time someone had something they’d send me to consider, I’d always give it a listen.”
Dugan hopes to bring the show back in one form or another, most likely by lining up his own sponsorship. “I know the interest, and the audience is out there,” he says. “It depends on getting the right package together — making the show more of a self-contained thing, where a sponsor was involved. Then I could take the show to wherever and offer them a show with a pretty long history and track record and have them air it with little or no budget. I also have to honestly think about bringing it together so I could bring it back the right way. It’s an outlet that’s viable here for people to be exposed to that kind of radio.”