Since those 5th-grade nights when I listened to 70s “free-form” FM, with a little white single RadioShack earplug under the covers, I do love the radio.
I Got My Reasons and others do play some good music. And thanks to another listener of that Got My Reasons show, I got to see the amazing Bettye Lavette at the Allen Room last Friday night.
Bettye’s Story: hugely talented Detroit soul singer, first recorded at 16; no success, personal battles with self/others, bad management, finally made it. Very tough, intense stuff.
But she’s in great shape: At 62, looking hot and lithe, in the utterly spectacular Allen Room with its one-story glass wall overlooking Central Park, Bettye tore the place up. What a triumph after years of hardship and hard work. It was freaking awesome. Her a capella finale of “I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got” as well as “Close as I Get to Heaven” were highlights for me. She covered everyone from Joan Armatrading to Don Henley to Fiona Apple and Lucinda Willams. Listen up!
Course, regular radio SUCKS.
So Internet radio works (insert sound of Ellen continuing to bang on same drum, beat dead horse, etc.) I’ve often touted BBC’s amazing reggae, dancehall, and new music breezeblock shows, as well as Seattle’s KEXP.ORG. But I’ve been totally STYMIED tryng to find decent broadcast radio in NYC. Not since the glory days of WLIR in the 80s have I turned on something decent on commercial radio.
but there is HOPE on the horizon. two NEW commercial radio stations are hitting NYC soon–101.9 RXP http://www.1019rxp.com .
and beginning on March 24, 2008, Radio Liberation will air KEXP-produced programming Monday through Friday on Radio New York 91.5 FM. woo-hoo!