101.9 RXP “The New York Rock Experience” announces the launch of Anything, Anything“ a two hour music intensive showcase of rock as selected by JL Media’s SVP/Director of Broadcast Services, a.k.a rock encyclopedia Rich Russo, debuting this Sunday, November 9th at 9pm on 101.9 RXP.
Starting this Sunday and every Sunday night thereafter, Anything, Anything with Rich Russo can be heard locally on New York’s newest Rock station, 101.9 RXP and can be streamed worldwide at www.1019rxp.com . The format of the show will cover all genres of rock with every song and topic being hand picked by the on-air personality Rich Russo. The Anything, Anything title comes from Dramarama’s song of the same name.
“Rich Russo is a passionate music fan who articulates his love of rock in an innovative and captivating way and we are truly excited that he is joining the RXP family” said Leslie Fram, 101.9 RXP Program Director and co-host of Matt Pinfield in the Morning. “He’s not your average fan…he spends 100% of his off time traveling the world to see his favorite bands and he’ll bring that same insight and love for music to his show every Sunday!”
Russo says, “Music is the most personal and yet one of the most shared experiences you can have. I don’t expect that everyone will like every song choice on the show, but hopefully for the times they don’t, they’ll stick around for the 3 minutes till the next song comes on!”
A music aficionado and collector, Russo boasts a collection of vinyl and cd’s that has approximate 100,000 pieces. He is also on the Board of Directors for Musicians On Call, a unique charity whose mission is to bring live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities to aid healing from all types of sickness through the power of music. He averages seeing 1 to 2 live shows a week, and has seen the E Street Band live close to 400 times as has seen close to 50 Pearl Jam shows and numerous other bands at various stages of their careers. Russo grew up in New Jersey listening to New York and New Jersey radio and remembers how the DJs were almost as big as the music they were playing.
Said Russo: “DJ’s need an identity and need to go beyond just playing what research or record labels are pitching which is the appeal of 101.9 RXP. Part of the woes of other radio rock stations, is the formula it has become. Focus groups and call out hooks, it’s ridiculous…a great song is a great song regardless of its source and the audience is hungry and wants the DJ to help them mold their music choices. RXP breaks the corporate mold so I’m excited to be part of the team!”
Anything, Anything will go deep on artists you know, hopefully introduce you to some artists you missed and will find some great new things. For more information, listen to 101.9 RXP and catch the show every Sunday at 9pm.
RBR/TVBR observation: All we can say is CONGRATS, RICH!!! Russo has been trying to give suggestions on programming as long as we’ve known him and now he will do more than talk the talk!