WLIR - 1982 - 95 minutes - 1st Day New Musicby dsSLAVE
Duran Duran, U2, XTC, Joe Jackson, A Flock Of Seagulls and more.
The first day WLIR changed music formats to New Music.
I was a new wave junkie back in the day. And WLIR was my radio station for the music. If i wanted comedy, I would tune into WNBC AM and Imus in the morning. Ahh, memories born and raised in NYC 1964-1992. The time when that was a TRUE New Yorkers living through the worst of the worst. Bankruptcy, Son Sam Serial killer, black out and looting, graffiti on the trains, burn out building empty lots, and that was all during the summer of 1977 LOL. Where Times Square was porn world before it became Disney world.
This is the first day of the new format . August 2, 1982, Translator was voted screamer of the week that prior week. Wlir on their last day on the air played a clip when Deballa introduced the new format by breaking the record "rolling with the changes" by REO Speedway on followed by "change" by Killing Joke. Soft Cell concluded that first where he stated what was played. Killing Joke, U2, Motels, Elvis Costello, and Soft Cell. Later he mentioned that Duran Duran Hungry Like the Wolf will be his pick for screamer of the week again and it was screamer later that week.
This was great - This station got me through college!
This is great! I listened back then. I started loving them back in the spring of 1980. I remember they would play Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself", The Swingers, "Counting The Beat" and "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell in the summer of 1981 and no other station would. I don't think this audio clip is from the first day they changed, but close! Translator's "Everywhere That I'm Not" was the Screamer on July 29th 1980 and they switched during he 2nd week of July according to their site. It's so awesome that you have this and shared it! Thank you! I so remember them playing Joe Jackson's version of "The Harder They Come" and going out to get it on vinyl. I would try to listen to WLIR every minute I was awake. I was seventeen then and they were/are my favorite station. Do you happen to have any more audio? I remember when Ben Manilla was the morning DJ and loved when he played the Magilla Gorilla theme song as well as a Star Trek spoof. But the music was the best. It's so nice to relive my youth. Thank again!
Thank you for this - I'm sitting in my chilly house in Norwich UK listening and loving the memories; I lived on Long Island 81-87 and it was such an important time of my life (moved there from the UK aged 16) and in the UK music had been changing since the Clash, Jam, Specials etc shook things up in the late 70's...but I got to LI and it was still the Doors, Rush, Stones etc. It was a happy happy day when LIR changed formats in 1982. So thank you dsSLAVE for the memories. Cheered me up no end on a cold January in 2017! : )
Thanks for this awesome comment. WLIR was one of the most important things that shaped my entire young adult life. Listening to this in the UK must be a strange, yet familiar bittersweet feeling of home. Glad you listened. I posted many hours for your enjoyment. xo
Wow, What a blast!! I was in 11th grade and just started hearing this kind of music. By the time 83 hit WLIR changed my musical world!! Thanks
Happy 45th Birthday To WLIR, The Station That Dares To Be Different In The Seas Of Corporate Boring Voicetracking Radio.
there is an add near the end of this about a band called You or U playing at a gig and they mention Empire Records.... the female says she is Elizabeth... does anyone know the name fo the group? the full nakme of the keyboardist Elizabeth? anything? PS worked the airline when it first took off for New Wave music in 82 & 83 back on Fulton in Hempstead. Many laughs and lots of great music. This was back when there was a turn over of DJ that first few years of the new format.
MAAAN flashback goosebumps an all
Ah, miss the days of WLIR/WDRE!