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Old 04-04-2018, 09:13 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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We just watched the WLIR documentary on Showtime - "New Wave: Dare to Be Different".

We thought it was well done, and we felt more than a little nostalgic for the late, great and award winning 1980s radio station that broke with the status quo.

I only knew WLIR as a kind of soppy, unimpressive, local radio station until a friend of mine, who was the lead singer for the Ramones, called me to tell me about this amazing Long Island radio station. This was in early 1982. I was incredulous. WLIR had been mediocre at best - but not it was playing NEW MUSIC?

I was hooked the minute I tuned in to 92.7 WLIR.

Some bands I learned of were Joy Division, New Order, The Cure, OMD, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, The Psychedelic Furs, and so much more.

I was pretty religious about WLIR. My VW bug had "WLIR DARE to Be Different" bumper stickers. I always voted for "Screamer of the Week".

We went to the clubs that advertised on WLIR.

Please share your WLIR Memories.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:34 PM
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Location: Hudson Valley, NY
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Wait, are you saying your friend was the lead singer of the Ramones (Joey?) AND your name on C-D is "Sheena"


Is there more to this story???


Also you mention OMD and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark.


This was a fun time for music. I remember going to clubs like CBGB's and listening to college radio that was playing this kind of music, saw Talking Heads at Queens College, etc. WLIR/WDRE took it to the burbs and made it mainstream along with the original real MTV. My wife who was my girlfriend at the time was a top 40 pop fan until I took her to see Depeche Mode and OMD and B-52's . . .


The FB page for WLIR is pretty good, lots of folks post videos of their favorite tunes and clips from concerts for bands that are touring again. It was definitely a Long Island thing too.

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Old 04-05-2018, 05:59 AM
 
Location: In the basket
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Listen to First Wave on Sirius. Good stuff.
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Old 04-05-2018, 06:07 AM
 
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Listen to First Wave on Sirius. Good stuff.
I was about to say the same thing. Plus Classic Rewind and the 80ís on 8.
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Old 04-05-2018, 07:36 AM
 
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Did anyone hang out in Spit, Spize or Paris NY?

I miss my maroon parachute pants
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Old 04-05-2018, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Did anyone hang out in Spit, Spize or Paris NY?

I miss my maroon parachute pants
I used to go spit but I remember when it was uncle Sam's. I feel old
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Old 04-05-2018, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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We just watched the WLIR documentary on Showtime - "New Wave: Dare to Be Different".

We thought it was well done, and we felt more than a little nostalgic for the late, great and award winning 1980s radio station that broke with the status quo.

I only knew WLIR as a kind of soppy, unimpressive, local radio station until a friend of mine, who was the lead singer for the Ramones, called me to tell me about this amazing Long Island radio station. This was in early 1982. I was incredulous. WLIR had been mediocre at best - but not it was playing NEW MUSIC?

I was hooked the minute I tuned in to 92.7 WLIR.

Some bands I learned of were Joy Division, New Order, The Cure, OMD, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, The Psychedelic Furs, and so much more.

I was pretty religious about WLIR. My VW bug had "WLIR DARE to Be Different" bumper stickers. I always voted for "Screamer of the Week".

We went to the clubs that advertised on WLIR.

Please share your WLIR Memories.
At the time when WLIR was popular I never into that kind of music. I was more into free style and disco. I remember going to Malibu beach club on Saturday nights in the 1990's and then hearing Depeche mode, OMD, new order and then really liking it and dancing to it. Now I like both types of music. Didn't know the Ramones too well back in the day.
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Old 04-05-2018, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Caught the program Friday night and waxed nostalgic through the weekend. I graduated HS right before LIR made the format change. I would catch tidbits of the coming wave from the NYC stations when they weren't playing ZeppelinStonesBeatlesWho. Once LIR made the switch, I was hooked.

Spit, Spize, Spanky's, Malibu were my favorite club destinations.
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Old 04-05-2018, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Did anyone hang out in Spit, Spize or Paris NY?

I miss my maroon parachute pants
Spit and Spize.
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Old 04-05-2018, 12:16 PM
 
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These threads just make me depressed. There were so many places to go out back in the 90's. All of those places are gone now. Why did they shut down all these places? Who is at fault for this?
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