Holy Crap! Our beloved rock radio station turns a ripe 22 years old today. That's right, it was 22 years ago today when you woke up to the smooth sounds of Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, and Godsmack. Missoula would never be the same after that day.

Time to take a trip back to March 30th, 2000.

Try and remember what life was in 2000. Things were definitely a lot different. 9/11 had not happened yet, so the world was not in "complete turmoil." Our pal "Bubba" (a.k.a Bill Clinton) was in the White House. And there was a good chance you still couldn't figure out how to program your VCR.

What was popular on March 30th, 2000?

  • Playstation 2 was a BIG FRIGGIN DEAL

I still remember having to finance a PS2, just so I could afford it. My only justification for the purchase was that it had the ability to play DVDs. So, technically I was not just buying a game console but a quality DVD player too. My favorite game in 2000?  Madden 2001, The Sims, or SSX Snowboarding.

  • Thank GOD for a rock station. The top hits of 200 sucked.

If you close your eyes and think of the music in the year 2000, you may hear Destiny's Child "Say my name." Or maybe you are haunted by the sound of N'Sync's "Bye Bye Bye." Thankfully 96.3 The Blaze came along to save you from that. Our top charting rock songs were Staind, Godsmack, and Metallica. The number 1 rock song on the day the Blaze was born was "Breakdown" by Tantric.

  • Top Movies in March of 2000

I have to admit, I was a BIG fan of the movies that came out in 2000. Who can say they did not enjoy watching "Scary Movie." Or, how many of you still get anxious driving behind a logging truck, thanks to "Final Destination?" How many times did you watch "Gladiator" and "Cast Away?" But, the number 1 movie in America the day the Blaze was born is "Mission to Mars."

22 years has sure gone by fast, but we here at 96.3 the Blaze are blessed to have had all of you by our side.

*raising our glass* Here is to 22 years of rock in Missoula, and to 22 more!!

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