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FM: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio Paperback – September 25, 2001
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Of course, New Yorkers have been getting up with Mr. Neer for a long time. Before his present gig as a sports talk host, the author was affiliated with the legendary aor FM station, WNEW, and it's that station's story he tells here, in his usual understated fashion.
Neer was music director, program director, overnight jock, and did two stints as the morning man in his 28 years with the station (he stayed to turn out the lights) and in that time he knew and tells us about, such legendary jocks as Jonathan Schwartz, Bill (Rosko) Mercer, Scott Muni (who he seems to admire the most), and Alison Steele ("The Nightbird"). He also knows Bruce Springsteen and devotes a chapter to him, and another to the night John Lennon died. But the heart of the book deals with dumb station managers and dumber consultants. And it deals with them better than they probably deserve: As gracious on his pages as he is on the air, Neer deals fairly even with the people who've treated him poorly.
If you've been wondering why your favorite music station doesn't seem to sound quite the same as it did the week before, you may be quite sure it's changed program directors and/or general managers. Again. And Neer tells you how and why that keeps happening. (You won't be surprised to learn that ratings and profits something to do with the constant flux.Read more ›
It basically has three parts. In the first, Neer talks about getting his first job in commercial radio at WLIR on Long Island, how he became lifelong friends with Michael Harrison (now of Talkers Magazine) and how he fell in love with WNEW-FM just by listening to it. He describes the station�s genesis from the remains of WOR-FM�s foray into Progressive Radio and how people like Scott Muni, Bill �Rosko� Mercer, and Allison Steele were visionaries in creating this new format. He acknowledges listening to Top 40 radio as a young child but claims the seed for its destruction was clear by 1965. He admires people like Dan Ingram and Cousin Brucie but they�re not his heroes. People like Scott Muni are.
Neer very accurately describes the musical artistry of Progressive Radio as well as the circumstances that allowed that artistry to prosper. Stations like WNEW-FM came to be in an era of political unrest (the Vietnam War) where young people were looking for an alternative to anything �establishment� and the decidedly leftward politics of most everyone doing Progressive Radio further endeared it to its audience.Read more ›
Read that Pete Fornatelle, a colleague of the author at WNEW-FM NY, passed away on the day I received this book in the mail, which put a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm.
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Nice easy read, and good delivery. Brings back lots of memories and interesting to hear behind the scenes stories of the station and DJ's i remember. Read morePublished 2 months ago by joseph duddy
Richard Neer Lived thru the times first hand and is very articulate and tells it like it is ... I enjoyed listening to him back in the 70's and still enjoy listening to him.Published 4 months ago by M. Robinson
Richard Neer has created a great accounting of the Golden Age of progressive free form radio. While this focuses a great deal on WNEW FM where Richard worked, it gives insight to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by KD
The good old days when Radio was king. . the business was interesting. . now its dull and deadPublished 6 months ago by Wesley Horton
I really enjoyed the book, but having lived through the rise and fall (and especially WNEW-FM), I expected more.Published 11 months ago by M. Radu
This book was well thought out and fascinating. All my heroes of radio mentioned. Thanks for the education. Btw I too was at the grand funk railroad concert. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steven J. Jacobowitz
Excellent book, quoted extensively in my own book "Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business: Why so much music you hear sucks.Published 16 months ago by Hank Bordowitz
This is the book if you want to know about the history of classic rock especially in New York by one of the DJ's who was part of it. Well written, excellent bookPublished 17 months ago by XenaNYC