The Day Rock Music Died in New York…Again


rockbackLast night I was in my car and turned on 92.3 K-Rock, hoping that they would happen to play something good. Hell, I caught Queensrhyche’s “Silent Lucidity” the night before rather than the same ten Zeppelin, Doors, Chili Peppers,  or Foo Fighters songs so anything was possible. There I was, hoping for the best, when I hear Britney Spears’ “Circus” whatever. I check the station and I’m at 92.3,  so I figured that maybe one of the DJ’s was just goofing off. Then the announcement came: “92.3 NOW! something something, fuck off if you like rock and we’re another Z-100 but better.” Well, that’s what went through my mind anyway.

So, CBS (The Powers That Be) decided that they wanted to kill rock music in New York City again. The first attempt was back in February 2005 when Howard Stern defected to satellite radio and they switched the format to talk radio in an attempt to compensate for the loss of their messiah, I mean Howard Stern. This was before 101.9 WRXP existed and 104.3 was playing music mostly outside the Generation X demographic.  The always philisophical and profound David Lee Roth had his own talk show for a while. Then, CBS thankfully killed the talk radio concept because it’s a waste of space on the FM dial and went back to rock music.

40449081Then, CBS axes Opie and Anthony last Monday and then yesterday put on the air another top-40 music radio station. The same old dance, mainstream rap/r+b and pop music that you can, for the most part, hear on Z-100, 103.5, 102.7, 95.5, but of course, better. How is it better? It’s the same Top 40 songs at Z-100 by Justin Timberlake, his ex, Britney, mainstream rap stuff with some dance WKTU stuff mixed in. There, it took all of 2 seconds to name the music  program of two radio stations.  


 So if you live in New York, the only places that you can hear rock is WXRP and 104.3 (Classic rock) which is not great because the spectrum of music that XRP is way too broad so you’ll hear Alanis Morrisette and the The Cure, followed by Pink Floyd. It’s like a bad acid trip and you’ll probably hear 2  good songs for every hour at most compared to 3-4 on K-Rock.11-08_newblogheader

Of course, K-Rock wasn’t the best radio station but if you’re lucky you might hear Metallica, Deftones, Slipknot, or Tool. Never on 104.3 or 101.9. If your rock music tastes aren’t in synch with what the other 2 stations play, too bad, you shell out $12 a month to listen to the radio. As if times aren’t hard enough. When the Stimulus Plan takes effect, I’ll get satellite radio or something because free radio sucks.

If you want to complain, do it here:

CBS Radio

1515 Broadway

New York, NY 10036




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