WNEW returns to its roots

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Taking some good advice? See the RBR observations: (7/11/07 RBR #134), (2/6/08 RBR #25).


It would be great to see this on their main signal, but a good start nonetheless: CBS Radio’s WNEW made its return on-air (102.7 HD 2 NYC) and online (www.wnew.com) yesterday.  “The legendary station has been reborn for the passionate rock music fan in the spirit of WNEW-FM’s commitment to exposing the best new artists.” (Really? Read our observation). 

Completely updated to reflect its historical influence on today’s contemporary rock scene, WNEW.com/HD-2 features recordings from the dawn of the album era in the late 60s and early 70s through today, as well as music from the most promising emerging artists yet to be discovered by the masses.  Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Spoon, and Vampire Weekend will be among those featured along with the likes of REM, Foo Fighters, The White Stripes, Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd.

In addition, thousands of hours of archival interviews by former WNEW hosts Scott Muni, Dave Herman, and Richard Neer, among others, with such artists as John Lennon, The Who, Stevie Wonder and David Bowie will be integrated hourly throughout the station’s on-air and online programming.  Also finding a home on WNEW.com’s lineup will be exclusive live performances from artists who contributed to the station’s storied history.

The modernized WNEW.com/HD-2 will also offer the listening audience a complete interactive and social networking experience through the station’s website (www.wnew.com) and CBS Corp.’s Last.fm.  Using these two online portals, fans can listen on demand, share feedback about the former and current station, join dedicated groups, meet fellow WNEW listeners and become a part of the station’s “staff.” 

At the helm of this ambitious project is Norm Winer, CBS Radio VP/Adult Rock Programming, and, for more than 25 years, the award-winning PD of WXRT Chicago. 

Originally launched on Oct. 31, 1967, WNEW-FM is considered the first free-form progressive rock station in the nation.  It quickly went on to become both an institution and a piece of radio history for which it is remembered today.  The station rocked New York City for three decades breaking some of the biggest artists of all time, including David Bowie, Elton John, and The Talking Heads. 

RBR observation: “The new frontier—WNEW.com” is their main liner. Remember, the original WNEW was a Progressive Rock station. We listened yesterday, but didn’t hear much of anything new yet. Lots of 80s and 90s tunes; stuff we’ve heard a million times and then Norah Jones; John Mellencamp??!! Bring in more Indie Rock: differentiate. Obscure Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, Pink Floyd tunes are fine, too. Don’t get us wrong, the station was programmed well as an Adult Rock format, but too much of the “same ‘ol, same ‘ol.” The snippets of past interviews are great—the heritage of the station is brought forth loud and clear!

Again, Our suggestions for Indie Rock songs:

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah:
Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood
Underwater (you and me)
Satan said dance
Over and over again (Lost and found)
Heavy metal
Love Song No. 7

Death Cab for Cutie:
Title and registration
A Movie Script Ending
Why you’d want to live here
Photo Booth
Technicolor Girls
Hindsight

Silversun Pickups:
…All the go inbetweens
Kissing families 
Little Lover’s so polite
Lazy eye

Mates of state:
I got this feelin’
Ha Ha
Goods (all in your head)
Quit doin’ it
Fraud in the 80’s
Middle is gold
So many ways

Beck:
Missing
Nausea
Elevator Music
Black Tambourine
Que Onda Guero
Sexx laws
Motorcade
Earthquake weather

LCD Sound System:
Losing my edge
Daft Punk is playing at my house
Never as tired as when I’m waking up
Tribulations
Someone great
Disco Infiltrator

Yeah Yeah Yeahs:
Maps
Cheated Heart
Down boy

Elliott Smith:
A Fond Farewell
Needle in the Hay
Coming up roses
New Monkey

The White Stripes:
A boy’s best friend
Blue Orchid
Rag & Bone
We’re going to be friends

Modest Mouse:
Trailer Trash
Dramamine
Dashboard
Blame it on the Tetons
She ionizes and atomizes
Talking shit about a pretty su
Heart Cooks Brain
The Good Times are killing me
Lounge (Closing Time)
The World at large
Polar opposites
Ohio

Iron & Wine:
Upward over the mountain
Jesus the Mexican Boy
Mother
Beneath the Balcony
Boy with a coin
Cinder and smoke
The devil never sleeps

Bright Eyes:
When the President Talks to God
Down a Rabbit Hole
First Day of Life
Solid Jackson

Magnetic Fields:
I think I need a new heart
Village in the Morning
World Love
The dreaming moon
The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side
You and me and the moon
Please stop dancing

Belle & Sebastian:
Step into my office, baby
Wrapped up in books
The boy with the Arab strap
Your cover’s blown
Mayfly
Lord Anthony

Peter Bjorn & John:
Chills
Let’s call it off
Amsterdam

Eels:
Fresh Feeling
Souljacker
Trouble with Dreams
Last stop this town

Snow Patrol:
Run
Chocolate
Spitting Games

Massive Attack:
Risingson
Group Four

Interpol:
Obstacle 1
Next Exit
Say Hello to the angels
NYC

Kasabian:
Club Foot
L.S.F (Lost Souls Forever)
Processed beats

The Shins:
Kissing the lipless
Sleeping lessons

The Hives:
Two Timing Touch and Broken Bones
Walk Idiot Walk

Flaming Lips:
Fight Test
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1

Pinback:
Offline P.K.
Good to sea
Seville
Tripoli
Offcell

Neutral Milk Hotel:
Everything Is
In the aeroplane over the sea

Cocorosie:
Promise
Rainbowarriors
Japan

Hot Chip:
Over and Over
Colors (DEA Remix)
Boy from school
Ready for the floor

Ladytron:
Re Agents
Startup chime

Tricky:
Hell is around the corner
Black Steel

Track Star:
Something very winning
Sooner it dies

The Streets:
Fit but you know it
Lets’ push things forward

CSS:
Let’s Make Love and Li…
Alala

Clinic:
Harvest (Within You)
Welcome
Walking with thee

The Thermals:
Back to Gray
Test pattern

Tarwater:
Rome
Sweethome under white clouds

The Liars:
The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack
Houseclouds

TV on the radio:
Staring at the Sun
Don’t love you
A method
Dreams

Of Montreal:
I was never young
Heimdalsgate like a Promethean curse
Forecast Fascist Future

Arcade Fire:
Wake Up
Rebellion

Say Hi to Your Mom:
Super
A hit in Sweden

Unicorns:
Les Os
Child Star

Tegan & Sara:
You wouldn’t like me
I know I know I know

Pavement:
Father to a sister of thought
Here
Fight this generation

Muse:
Supermassive Black Hole
Knights of Cydonia
Time is running out

The Bravery:
No Brakes
An Honest Mistake

Earlimart:
The Hidden Track
Big ol’ black

The Dandy Warhols:
We used to be friends
You come in burned

Tom Waits:
Make it rain
How’s it going to end?

Superchunk:
1,000 Pounds (Duck Kee style)
Long Dark (Alt.)

Ben Kweller:
Wasted & Ready
My Apartment

The Faint:
Drop Kick the Punks
Desperate Guys

Peaches:
Boys wanna be her
AAXXX

Simple Kid:
The Twentysomething
Love’s an enigma

Yo La Tengo:
Autumn Sweater
Little eyes

Mirah:
Don’t die in me
Body below

The Moldy Peaches:
Who’s got the crack?
Anyone else but you

The Raveonettes:
Love in a Trash Can
Aly walk with me

Film School:
P.S.
Ms. Connection

American Analog Set:
Gone to Earth
Don’t wake me
Weather report

The Innocence Mission:
Tomorrow on the Runway
Bright as Yellow

McClusky:
Rice is nice
She Will Only Bring You Happiness

The Kills:
The good ones
U.R.A. Fever

Portishead:
Sour Times
Mysterion

Rainer Maria:
Artificial Light
The Seven Sisters

Clouddead:
Pop Song
Rifle Eyes

The Postal Service:
DC sleeps alone tonight
Such great heights
Brand new colony

The starlight mints:
Margarita
The Twilight Showdown

Radiohead:
Climbing (fila brazillia)
Reckoner
All I need

Lily Allen:
Smile
LDN

Vampire Weekend:
A-Punk
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

Placebo:
Meds
Runnin’ up that hill

Panda Bear:
Take Pills
Comfy in Nautica

Devendra Banhart:
Bad girl
Lover

Black Lips:
Veni Vidi Vici

M.I.A.:
Paper planes

Shotgun Jimmie:
Bedhead

Mia Doi Todd:
Autumn

Liam Finn:
Second Chance

Kunga 219:
Could it be me?

Sparklehorse:
Don’t take my sunshine away

Architecture in Helsinki:
Heart it races

Kyle Andrews:
Your tester bunny

Prinzhorn Dance School:
You are the space invader

Stereolab:
Metronomic underground

Akron/Family:
Ed is a portal

Joanna Newsom:
The book of right on

Weezer:
Tired of Sex

Cinemascope:
Desert Inn

My Morning Jacket:
Cobra

Beirut:
Nantes

Great Lakes Swimmers:
Where in the world are you

New Buffalo:
You’ve gone my friend

Flecton:
Summer down flames

Wilco:
Pot Kettle Black

Sunset Rubdown:
Up on your leopard…

The hidden cameras:
Ban Marriage

Midlake:
Roscoe

The new pornographers:
Myriad Harbour

The Strange:
Texas

White Rabbits:
The Plot

Low:
Sunflower

Calvin Harris:
Acceptable in the 80’s

The 1990’s:
You’re supposed to be my friend

The Sweet Homewreckers:
Wild America

The Saint Alvia Cartel:
Don’t wanna wait fo…

Shrink:
The Notwist

!!! (Chk Chk Chk):
Take ecstasy with me

The Radio Dept.:
1995

Grand Analog:
Around this town

Half right:
Heatmiser

Yael Naim:
New Soul

Amy Honey:
Old Reliable Death

Cat Power:
Cross Bones Style

Corrina Rapp:
No one’s telling

Thurston Moore:
Psychic Hearts

Black Fiction:
Magic Hands

The Vaselines:
Jesus don’t want me for a sunbeam

The Good, The Bad and The Queen:
History Song

The Pink Mountaintops:
Can you do that dance?

Michael Franti and Spearhead:
Yell Fire

Autolux:
Angry Candy

Damian Marley:
Welcome to Jamrock

They Might be Giants:
I’m impressed

Tim Armstrong:
Into action

The Ponys:
Double Vision

The Polyphonic Spree:
Running Away

The Blow:
True Affection

Mew:
The Zookeeper’s Boy

Annuals:
Carry Around

Great Lake Swimmers:
Where in the World are you now?

Hot Chip/Rolling Stones:
I’m Free

Gisli:
Go Get Em Tiger

John Vanderslice:
Exodus Damage

Radar Bros:
Capital Gain

Tommy Guererro:
Tomorrow’s Goodbye

Jose Gonzalez:
Heartbearts

Dead meadow:
Sleepy Silver Door

Lou Barlow:
Yawning Blue Messiah

Jennifer O’Connor:
Exeter, Rhode Island

Annuals:
Carry Around

Cold War Kids:
Hang me up to dry

Teddybears:
Punkrocker

Band of Horses:
The funeral

Page France:
Chariot

The Long Winters:
The commander think…

The Grabs:
Already forgotten

Block Party:
This modern love

The Wolf Parade:
You are a runner

Eames Era:
Could Be Anything

Band of Bees:
Horsement

Love As Laughter:
Pulsar Radio

Built to spill:
Strange

Hopewell:
Calcutta

Make Out Club:
You Were the First One

The John Spencer Blues Explosion:
She said

Viva Voce:
Business Casual

Lali Puna:
Clear Cut

Transplants:
Gangsters and Thugs

Stephen Malkmus:
Baby C’Mon

Mark Lanegan:
Hit the City

Superchunk:
Late-Century Dream

West Indian Girl:
Trip

Bloc Party:
Banquet

Karen O:
Hello Tomorrow

Mark Farina:
Cali Spaces

Seam:
Inching toward Juarez

Charles Douglas:
Splitting the Atom

Apples in Stereo:
Strawberryfire

The Wanteds:
Confess

The French:
Canada Water

The Libertines:
Campaign of Hate

Scrabbel:
Riot Series

Faultline:
Where is my boy?

Pitty Sing:
Radio

Astaire:
L-L-Love

Despistado:
A starsticks prediction

Takiko Minekawa:
Never/More

Silver Jews:
There is a place

Wormburner:
Skinny Leather Tie

Basement Jaxx:
Where’s Your Head At

Nic Armstrong & The Thieves:
Back into that room

Tilly and the Wall:
Fell down the stairs

Throwing Muses:
Ruthie’s Knocking

Guided by Voices:
Choking Tara

Sea and Cake:
The World is against you

John Wilkes Booze:
Meanwhile, at the Hideout

Mosquitos:
Dream Awake

Mouse on Mars:
Mine is in yours

Joseph Arthur:
Even Tho

Bishop Allen:
Rain

Ween:
Transdermal Celebration

Windsor for the Derby:
We fight til the death

The Hidden Cameras:
Doot Doot Plot

Singapore Sling:
My life is killing my rock ‘n’ roll

Tim Booth:
Wave Hello

The Walkmen:
Little House of Savages

Keane:
Bend and Break

Isidore:
Sanskrit

The Wrens:
Happy

The Cardigans:
Erase/Rewind

Scissor Sisters:
Take Your Mama

Go Sailor:
Silly

Secret Machines:
Nowhere again

Tulsa Drone:
Red’s Theme

Secret Square:
Sparkly Green Couch

Calexico:
Attack El Robot Attack!

Dirty three:
I offered it up to the stars

Elefant
Sunlight makes me paranoid

22-20s:
Devil in Me

The Nationals:
Abel

The Rogers Sisters:
Fantasies are nice

Tiger Saw:
RU Courageous?

Will Johnson:
Closing Down My House

Tilly and the Wall:
A Perfect Fit

Pedro the Lion:
Foregone Conclusions

Macha:
Smash and Grab

The Go Find:
“Bleeding Heart”

The Concretes:
Say Something New

All Time Quarterback:
Why I Cry

Queens of the stone age:
Turnin’ on the screw

The Parkas:
Filthy rich kids

Kings of Convenience:
Misread

Devin Davis:
Giant Spiders

A Whisper in the Noise:
Silence

Midnight Movies:
Strange Desire

Camper Van Beethoven:
51-7

Flipper:
Sex Bomb

Rilo Kiley:
Ripchord

All Time Quarterback:
Send packing

Brightblack Morning Light:
Everybody Daylight

Her Space Holiday:
Tech Romance

Boyracer:
We were wrong

Preston School of Industry:
Get your crayons out!

Mojave 3:
Bluebird of Happiness

Calla:
Don’t hold your breath

Electrelane:
On Parade

The Futureheads:
Piece of Crap

Matthew Dear:
Dog Days

Stars:
Look up

The Operators:
The old man doesn’t like it

Beat happening:
Down at the sea

Broken Social Scene:
Anthems for a seventeen year-old girl

Thao with the get down stay down:
Bag of hammers

Lilys:
Elizabeth Colour Wheel
 
Her Space Holiday:
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

Dismemberment Plan:
What do you want me to say?

Midwest product:
motivator

Unrest:
Isabel

Will Oldham:
Antagonism
 
Virginia Dare:
Ship go down

The Russian Futurists:
Precious Metals

Portastatic:
Drill Me

Spoon
Don’t you Evah

Dead Confederate:
The Rat

Manchester Orchestra:
Golden ticket

Less rotation/burn:

The Fratellis:
Flathead
Baby Fratelli

Gorillaz:
Kids with Guns
19-2000

Feist:
My Moon My Man
1234

The Decemberists:
Valencia
16 Military Wives
On the Bus Mall

Peter Bjorn & John:
Young Folks
Stay Loose

Franz Ferdinand:
Better in Hoboken
The Dark of the Matinee

Beck:
Girl
Hell Yes

Jim Yoshi Pile Up:
Hello

The Black Angels:
Manipulation

Spoon
Don’t you Evah

Jim Noir:
Key of C

The Bees:
Listening man

Camera Obscura:
Lloyd, I’m ready to be heartbroken

The Dresden Dolls:
Coin Operated Boy

Shout Out Louds:
Very Loud

Yeah Yeah Yeahs:
Phenomena

Kings of Convenience:
Stay Out of Trouble

Robbers on High Street:
Japanese Girls

Radar Bros.:
Open Ocean Sailing

Skirts:
Criminal Art

Spoon:
Merchants of Sould

William Shatner/Joe Jackson:
Common People

The White Stripes:
You’re Pretty Good Looking

Tom Vek:
C-C (You set the fire in me)

Thom Yorke:
Black Swan

Of Montreal:
Let’s pretend we don’t exist/let’s pretend we’re in Antarctica

Classic Alternative:

The Velvet Underground:
I’m waiting for my man
Venus in furs
What goes on (closet mix)

T. Rex:
Mambo Sun

David Bowie:
Fashion

Blur:
Beetlebum

Bjork:
Human Behaviour

The Church:
Invisible

The Flying Lizards:
I Want Money (That’s What I want)

The B-52’s:
Mesopotamia

311:
Don’t tread on me

The Pixies:
Where is my mind?

Devo:
(I can’t get no) Satisfaction

Blondie:
Dreaming

Bauhaus:
Bela Lugosi’s Dead

The Vapors:
I Think I’m Turning Japanese

The Cure:
A Forest

The Cowboy Junkies:
Sweet Jane