Classic Rock: Nostalgia, or something like it, by Brendan Byrne

104.3 WAXQ 107.1 WWYZ, “The Boss” To get a handle on the arbitrary abstraction known as “classic rock,” we dispatched Brendan Byrne to see what lurks between the beer commercials and the songs that sound like beer commercials—Ed. Entering a bagel shop in deep Queens several mornings ago I was greeted by the blare ofContinue reading “Classic Rock: Nostalgia, or something like it, by Brendan Byrne”

25 years of playing the same ten songs at Q 104.3/ Heshy Tischler/Curtis Sliwa and the Death Wish III election

Q 104.3 Celebrating 25 years of playing the same ten songs In-between the commercials and the usual Led Zep/Skynyrd/Foreigner tunes, iHeart Radio’s Q 104.3 has been airing happy birthday greetings to itself on the occasion of 25 years of playing “classic rock” (a loose, arbitrary term). It’s unclear if the station has played any songsContinue reading “25 years of playing the same ten songs at Q 104.3/ Heshy Tischler/Curtis Sliwa and the Death Wish III election”

50 years of Phil Schaap/deep, deep focus/Belockian trivia/McGasko delivers the goods/Brian Lehrer on vaccine safety/Tom Robbins on Minnesota police, health quackery on the air, etc.

Phil Schaap’s 50th year on the air Back in February, WKCR’s Phil Schaap marked his 50-year broadcast anniversary. As anyone who has listened to Schaap for any length of time knows, he hasn’t just been doing a radio show for 50 years. He has been putting every bit of his physical/psychic/emotional/mental energy into programming. WhenContinue reading “50 years of Phil Schaap/deep, deep focus/Belockian trivia/McGasko delivers the goods/Brian Lehrer on vaccine safety/Tom Robbins on Minnesota police, health quackery on the air, etc.”

Frequency and Amplitude

Frequency and Amplitude Surveying the wrack and the rot of the NYC-area analog radioscape Black Information Network/BBC Radio Six/John Allen resurfaces/Schaap lives, by Dick Alexander At Freq Amp we are often bemoaning the proliferation of white nationalist hate radio, right-wing republican propaganda, misinformation, disinformation and outright lies found across the AM spectrum. Lately  I haveContinue reading “Frequency and Amplitude”

The FM dial: Woke-hop, left factions, freeform, free jazz and more

A modest survey of some of the things found on the FM dial. WNYC 93.9 WNYC’s stellar, but underutilized, news department has been doing excellent coverage of the protests against police abuse and the violent antics of the NYPD (both topics on which WNYC has been historically weak). WNYC-produced On the Media has been consistentlyContinue reading “The FM dial: Woke-hop, left factions, freeform, free jazz and more”

May He Rest in Peace, radiofiction by Peter Rugh

Editor’s note: we present our first piece of radiofiction, May He Rest in Peace by Peter Rugh. There is much to chew on in this tale of love, loss and a community radio fund drive. Mother always complained Father was a loudmouth. He wouldn’t shut up when he was dead either.  He enjoyed making noise,Continue reading “May He Rest in Peace, radiofiction by Peter Rugh”

Good News Dispatch. Whole lotta legends. Cousin Brucie and Tony Orlando bringing the oldies to WABC/Bacharach is back/Tom Robbins launches “Deadline New York” on WBAI/Dick Alexander: Bluetooth Beauty and the DX’ers Dream

Whole Lotta Legends: Cousin Brucie and Tony Orlando on WABC Saturday Nights This time around we’ve got mostly good news. Since September, Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow has been back on the air at WABC AM, after a 45-year absence. Morrow is one of the all-time-great rock ‘n roll disc jockeys, and it’s a pleasure toContinue reading “Good News Dispatch. Whole lotta legends. Cousin Brucie and Tony Orlando bringing the oldies to WABC/Bacharach is back/Tom Robbins launches “Deadline New York” on WBAI/Dick Alexander: Bluetooth Beauty and the DX’ers Dream”

September 23 Dispatch: Every day is Tuesday/Coltrane birthday broadcast/Too much Heshy/Giuliani goes QAnon/O’Reilly’s back

Good days and bad days, says Hesiod, forgetting that all days are alike—Herakleitos I finally got around to seeing a doctor for a long-overdue check-up. While going down the mental-health checklist—depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, despair—the croaker looked up from her clipboard and said, “But do you have any symptoms, you know, aside from theContinue reading “September 23 Dispatch: Every day is Tuesday/Coltrane birthday broadcast/Too much Heshy/Giuliani goes QAnon/O’Reilly’s back”

AM Radio—“We can’t let the other side even breathe”

But today, in order to create a totalitarian Lebensraum, it is no longer necessary to resort to extraordinary invasions with the motorized vehicles, tanks and stukas of lightning warfare, since one can use the ordinary penetration of the new media, the information blitz. The abundance of surrounding dangers was formerly posed by belligerent factions armedContinue reading “AM Radio—“We can’t let the other side even breathe””