Emmis’ 1019RXP is presenting its first “Live Concert Broadcast” from Greenwich Street haunt, Webster Hall hosted by Matt Pinfield, Leslie Fram and Rich Russo with co-host Brian Phillips on 5/11. The show will be syndicated in at least two other markets and will feature local and independent NYC rock band, The Dirty Pearls. The show will be dubbed, “The Anything Anything 10 O’ Clock News: Live Edition,” a hybrid created from Russo’s Sunday night free form show “Anything Anything” and Phillips’ nightly “Ten O’ Clock News.”
RXP’s Rich Russo began a live concert series in conjunction with his free form Sunday night on air show, “Anything Anything.” Both the live and the radio versions feature music veterans as well as independent acts or artists largely unheard on radio. Past Anything Anything showcases have highlighted Alejandro Escovedo, Moby and Green Day’s Billy Joe sharing a stage with acts either unknown to radio, unsigned or undiscovered by the general public.
A fan of The Dirty Pearls’ local anthem “New York City is a Drug,” Russo, played the demo recording frequently on “Anything Anything.” The tune quickly became a theme song for the NYC East Village rock culture and was then featured on WRXP’s Definitive 1019 Countdown of 2010.
Russo tells RBR-TVBR: “This recaptures one of the great lost elements of radio, the breaking of a local rock band, live radio concerts of unknown or up and coming artists were something that were the norm many years ago in NYC, it’s great to be able to bring that back and let a whole new generation feel the power of radio. It’s great that RXP exists and has the vision to do something like this, it’s a special radio station and this will be a special event.”
The success of the Anything Anything concert series and the quickly growing fan base of The Dirty Pearls were WRXP’s cue to broadcast live for the first time.
“Part of 101.9 RXP’s mission in the beginning was to support the local scene and I can’t think of a better New York band to do our first ‘live’ concert broadcast than The Dirty Pearls! Rock is Alive in NYC,” said Leslie Fram, 1019RXP PD.
The Anything Anything radio show was a surprise hit for the station. Russo’s loudly voiced opinions and on air traditions have inspired disgust and adoration. Russo creates both controversy and infectious enthusiasm. After a feature in The NJ Star Ledger by Tris McCall, Russo’s hero, Vin Scelsa (NYC Radio icon) contacted him via Facebook. “It is enormously rewarding to know that you exist on New York commercial radio. It is very gratifying to know that a spark exists on commercial radio that contains within its DNA the spirit of all those Sunday nights back in the 20th Century.”
RBR-TVBR observation: It’s nice to see commercial radio get back to its roots of digging deep, interacting with the local talent and breaking new groups. WRXP is starting to remind us of the old WNEW and WLIR in that market, and that’s a good thing!