Country and Western classics, pirate reggae style (with audio)

The freakier they amp, the ampier they freak. Rootin’ tootin’ cowboy image by Showband Era for Freq-Amp.

Flatbush, Brooklyn-based pirate station Crossroads Family Radio (105.5 fm) has been taking the artform to new levels with their country show. Tuesday nights at 7, you might catch all sorts of country classics along the lines of Patsy Cline or Waylon Jennings. Or some of the sentimental stuff, like Kenny Rogers or schmaltzy 70s classics along the lines of “I never promised you a rose garden” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” The thing that really sets this show apart is the delivery: the DJ mixes up the songs full-on reggae style. Crossroads mostly plays reggae and soca, and the DJ approaches country songs as living music to be enjoyed. Following an airhorn blast, or a reverb-soaked “Actually,” the emcee is prone to break in over the steel guitar twang with tidings from the “radio station for the entire nation.”

 There are still plenty of interesting things out there, if you know where to look. Crossroads country show is one of them.

Here are a few interesting audio clips from recent shows:

The Radio Station for the Entire Nation (Rhinestone Cowboy).

ACTUALLY! Chopping things up with a funky transition.

Attention! You are about to enter another dimension! Last week’s show intro.


Station ID/Mic break.

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Published by Frequency and Amplitude, an NYC Radio Roundup

Surveying what's left of the analog NYC-area radioscape.

One thought on “Country and Western classics, pirate reggae style (with audio)

  1. Man, Brooklyn pirate radio still provides the best listening experience. I’ve heard some informative news stuff on Crossroads. Also been catching some strange waves over at 91.3 (mostly health programming/reggae). Keep keepin’ on and JAH BLESS.


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