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We all know about the Golden Age of Hip-Hop, but did you realize there was a simultaneous golden age in New York City dance and hip-hop radio? Red Bull Music and director Joey Garfield brought together just about every notable living figure from that time, including DJs Marley Marl and Tony Humphries and producer Strafe, […]

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In what sounds like a plot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the NYPD is reportedly cracking down on cops who are using personal radios to “anonymously mock” their superiors, reports the New York Post. The issue has become so pervasive that officers received an internal memo about it: An internal memo issued late last year reminded the […]

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“I’m going out on top,” East Village Radio general manager Peter Ferraro said, ushering the final guests of the last broadcast into the booth with a friendly shove. “We’re going out our way… our way.” After eleven years of free broadcasting, the station went off the air last night, with the rising rents and licensing fees to blame. Adjacent Lil’ Frankie’s […]

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A huge blow to independent radio today — the widely respected and popular New York station East Village Radio has announced that they will stop airing on May 23rd. EV Grieve reported that station CEO Frank Prisinzano lists financial problems as the reason for the shutdown. This is in part due to EVR’s large online audience, […]

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In “The Pandrogyne,” an amazing episode of Love + Radio produced by Nick van der Kolk and Brendan Baker (who also did the beautiful sound design), industrial music founder Genesis Breyer P-Orridge talks about Brion Gysin and the cut-up technique’s influence on language, industrial music and h/er own body, among other things. Like love. I transcribed a segment where […]

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Tune in: Wide-band WebSDR is a web-based ham radio on steroids that samples the entire shortwave spectrum. You and dozens of others can tune into radio transmissions worldwide, courtesy of the ETGD amateur radio club at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Listen to Tibetan music and amateurs chattin’. Check out illegal pirate radio stations. Eavesdrop […]

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For people of Caribbean descent living in New York, pirate radio stations can be a crucial link to the music, culture, and news of home. The stations, which operate illegally, without license from the FCC, run the gamut from shoestring, no-budget passion projects to more fully-formed business operations, and generally cater to Caribbean-heavy neighborhoods like […]

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Kiss FM’s biggest fan still hasn’t gotten over the station’s demise earlier this year. (Photo: HonorableJudgeIto/Reddit) […]

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Young’uns, listen up. Before Twitter, there was Bob Fass, the night FM disc jockey that revolutionized what radio could be, what it could do for the people, and what it would mean for a cultural revolution. Fass begat free-from Radio Unnameable in 1963 on indie WBAI from New York, molding it into a potnet mix of interviews, […]

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Some choice freestyle footage from hip-hop artist/activist Jasiri X’s rare NY radio appearance, on WBAI’s Underground Railroad earlier this summer. Ill Doctrine is a video blog on music, politics and culture, launched in 2007 by Jay Smooth. We will be premiering two episodes a week on ANIMAL. Older episodes can be found at IllDoctrine.com and […]

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