LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---More than a year ago, a down economy and a rise in digital music sales forced a popular Louisville music store to shut its doors.
But now, the store's owner is trying something new that once again involves music.
For 26 years, John Timmons was the face behind ear X-tacy.
"I never realized what ear X-tacy meant to people until it went away," says John Timmons.
That was more than a year ago.
A line of customers wrapped around the building for a last chance to shop when the store closed in November of 2011.
For the last year Timmons stepped away from the music scene, until he was contacted by 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville.
"See if I'd like to fill in every now and then for folks," he says.
That has progressed to his own radio show. He's now a DJ.
Every Saturday, he is on air for four hours. He says he once again feels like a kid in a candy store, surrounded by music.
"Going to the record store to now going to the on-air record store so to speak," says John Timmons.
He says it's been a learning experience, but he loves being able to interact with people once again while having a little fun.
"Every hour I get to throw a few, what I call musical curve balls in. That's the fun part. So I get suggestions from a lot of people as to what they want to hear," says John Timmons.
He says he couldn't pass up the chance to be back in the music scene once again, and playing music from Louisville artists.
"I wouldn't be here if that wasn't the case. At my record store that was a big part. That was a major component of the heart of why I was in the business".
John Timmons says his radio show started the first week of January.
He's on every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
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