Posted in music | radio on July 14, 2011

Matt Pinfield @ RXP concert in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Matt Pinfield

Last month it was announced that "RXP TakLiberty Festival" would take place on September 18 at NJ's PNC Banks Arts Center with Coldplay, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, and more. According to RXP's website, the show is now cancelled "due to unforseen circumstances". Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

TakLiberty

According to "Barry",

"It was so strange that the concert was announced a day before the news that WRXP was being sold. Then it was promoted for over a week. I'm surprised Emmis let this happen. This must represent a lot of work down the drain for some of WRXP's staff. I feel bad for them."
Back on June 21st the Daily News reported:
The future of New York's only contemporary rock radio station, WRXP (101.9 FM), was tossed into the mosh pit today when Emmis sold a controlling interest to a new radio group run by ultra-colorful radio entrepreneur Randy Michaels.

WRXP has been a rock station since Feb. 5, 2008, when Emmis terminated its former smooth jazz format. The station has struggled to find an audience in a town not known for rock radio, but in recent months had shown significant ratings gains.

Merlin Media, which is paying $110-$130 million for a controlling interest in WRXP and two Chicago stations, made no announcement today on the format at WRXP.

Leslie Fram, program director, said that for now the station will continue rocking.
The Village Voice then said that, "It's not too much of a stretch to assume....that the station will change formats before the RXP Takliberty Festival's scheduled date of September 18, hence the cancellation."

Well, they were right. The Daily News has reported today:

Don't tell Leslie Fram a contemporary rock station can't work on New York radio - even though the one she has programmed for the last 3-1/2 years ends its run Thursday, apparently to be replaced by news aimed at soccer moms.

WRXP (101.9 FM), which switched from smooth jazz to rock in February 2008, is being sold by Emmis to Merlin Media, and while the deal hasn't closed yet, Merlin takes over the programming Friday.

Listeners will hear music for a couple of weeks until Merlin launches its new format, expected to be all or mostly news targeting women in their 30s and 40s.

On the surface, this change might seem to again support the often-heard mantra that when it comes to radio music, New York is a rhythm town, not a rock town.

Fram, a WRXP host as well as program director, says she sees every indication that's not true.

She notes that for the last three months, an average of about 2.3 million people per week at some point tuned to WRXP. While that's about half the audience for WHTZ, WLTW or WKTU, it's not a small number.

"There are a lot of rock fans in this area," Fram says. "[Classic rock] WAXQ is a fine station, but there was room for us, too.

"We wanted to be the heritage rock station for people who grew up in the '90s or later, and we could have. Without us now, where will you hear a new Eddie Vedder or Mumford and Son?"

RIP WRXP

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Comments (76)

i'm usually all for things that prevent coldplay from existing, but this sucks

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:33 AM

yeah, between losing KEXP and now this, radio in New York took a big dive.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:35 AM

NYC is the biggest radio market, and yet the worst radio market in the country. RXP wasn't perfect, but it was a glimmer of hope for rock music on the radio in NYC. Such a shame. Just another sign that executives in the terrestrial radio industry are out of touch. Didn't they already try (and fail miserably) FM-talk radio in NYC?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:38 AM

"i'm usually all for things that prevent coldplay from existing"

Why? Are you forced to listen to them? Are they THAT oppressive to you that you have no way of avoiding their music? Grow a spine you weak ass clown.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:40 AM

11:38, yeah 102.7 (which was a pioneering rock station in the '60s and '70s) became talk radio in the early '00s i believe.

to quote my dad on the subject: "f**king ponderous."

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:41 AM

90.5 WCVH had the best radio in the tri-state!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:41 AM

WFUV, still the best radio station in New York.

Pinfield is hosting 120 Minutes again. So that's one positive thing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:41 AM

They needed to be bought by some punk rocker who had a ton of money so that the station could have stayed the way it was when it first launched: Elvis Costello, Ramones, Lou Reed, Replacements, and those new Indie acts that were not mainstream enough for the dead-eyed suburbanites and not hipster enough for the readers of this blog.

Whither the rock n roll radio.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:42 AM

There's always The Best Show on WFMU with Scharpling to applaud.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:43 AM

now there is only 1 station playing new music
90.7 10 pm -12 am the alternate side

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:43 AM

Why not shut down WRXP we need more FUCKING Reggaeton and Top 40 stations!

I blame all the illegal Mexicans.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:43 AM

This festival still seems entirely appropriate for soccer moms - why cancel it?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:43 AM

""i'm usually all for things that prevent coldplay from existing"

Why? Are you forced to listen to them? Are they THAT oppressive to you that you have no way of avoiding their music? Grow a spine you weak ass clown.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:40 AM

--

i was obviously just joking around, i really don't care if you're a coldplay fan. didn't mean to offend you so horribly.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:44 AM

Obligatory "Who listens to the radio anymore anyway?"

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:46 AM

Heavens to Murgatroid!! Where o where will people be able to listen to free music?!?

Oh.

This thing.

The internet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:46 AM

11:41, your dad is Casey Kasem?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:47 AM

Good riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:47 AM

any time a Coldplay concert gets cancelled, an angel gets their wings.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:50 AM

"Without us now, where will you hear a new Eddie Vedder or Mumford and Son?"

should i stab myself now or later?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:50 AM

FUV and FUV The ALternate side are both excellent.


I started listening to FUV in college, and was exposed to a ton of music that I would not have heard otherwise. Then K-Rock switched from classic rock, and all of the classic rock DJs came to FUV, and the station was fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:52 AM

Let's all chip in and buy a radio station! How much could it possibly cost? I have $10...

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:54 AM

would that be weak-ass clown or weak ass-clown? inquiring minds.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:55 AM

11:55, that depends if you want to put emphasis on the "weak" or the "clown".

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:56 AM

"Whither the rock n roll radio"

hey shakespeare, i'd punch you in the gut if you said that to me in person.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:57 AM

BV should start a radio station. It would be nothing but James Murphy, Cults, and any band with "antlers" or "wolf" in the title.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:58 AM

90.7, baby. Some good dj's still.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:59 AM

Lol, did that article REALLY have to end with the words Mumford and Sons?

Posted by Stephen Whitfield | July 14, 2011 11:59 AM

Listeners will hear music for a couple of weeks until Merlin launches its new format, expected to be all or mostly news targeting women in their 30s and 40s.

Targeting the most important NYC demographic.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:05 PM

"Listeners will hear music for a couple of weeks until Merlin launches its new format, expected to be all or mostly news targeting women in their 30s and 40s."

NYC's key demographic...

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:06 PM

Sanford and Sons > Mumford and Sons. But it still sucks that we're losing another rock station.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:08 PM

I was not a big fan of RXP or Pinfield for this matter, but the fact that the only mainstream rock station is being shut down sucks big time
I agree that FUV is the best FM station right now, but at this rate we will be left only with pop and rap on the airwaves
Still miss WOXY

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:16 PM

Awful - how does Philly have better rock stations than NY?


Bring KRock back.


Meh, all the more reason to get more Sirius radios.

Posted by GW | July 14, 2011 12:21 PM

Philly? How about Pittsburgh? Charlotte? Wichita? Chicago? San Francisco? LA? They all kill when it comes to radio vs. NYC.

New York radio sucks but it largely has to do with the people that listen to radio sucking.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:32 PM

12:21, EVERY city has better radio rock stations than NY.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:35 PM

That's IT. I'm moving to Wichita!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:37 PM

Let's give David Lee Roth a new show on this fantastic new station!

Posted by Señor | July 14, 2011 12:39 PM

I can't wait to hear Nick DiPaolo's radio show again!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:47 PM

I found that FM radio is still a good alternative to AM radio.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:47 PM

Sad news, it really was a good radio station in my opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:48 PM

Holy Hell, this is the only radio station I listen to. There is no longer any reason for me to turn on a radio, unless I put on Q104 because I'm too lazy to put Zep on shuffle.

It's insane that driving through the middle of nowhere Delaware and Virginia will give you better, more active stations than in New York.

Posted by M | July 14, 2011 12:50 PM

Bring back WDRE

Posted by jim | July 14, 2011 12:52 PM

104.3 is awesome if you like "immigrant song" and "money." also good if you don't get douche chills from "sweet home alabama"

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 12:52 PM

I listen a lot to radio in the car--and the only station I listened to was RXP--not great but the best option (FUV, FMU, can sometimes have good stuff but you have to hit the right show.) Sigh, I guess I may have to spring for Sirius.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 1:00 PM

1pm anon, i agree

Posted by jim | July 14, 2011 1:03 PM

12:52. Agreed. WDRE/WLIR is my favorite station of all time.

Shreek of the week!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 1:12 PM

I honestly can't remember the last time I listened to the radio. Maybe brief spurts while in someone's car, but that's about it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 1:26 PM

Not having to hear or see Pinfield is the best part of this news.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 1:33 PM

91.5 in the morning is good, as is 89.1

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 1:33 PM

I still mourn the loss of 106.3 in New Jersey, before it became "G Rock". And then "Thunder" Country.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 1:40 PM

Pinfield is back hosting 120 Minutes on MTV2....nothing ever really changes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 1:43 PM

1:33pm, I have bad news for you. Matt Pinfield will be hosting the new version of MTV's 120 Minutes, which is set to air on July 30th. The first episode is set to include:

Interviews with Dave Grohl, PJ Harvey, Kings of Leon, Dangermouse with Danielle Luppi, Das Racist, SLEIGH BELLS, Lupe Fiasco, ZACH BRAFF, Black Angels, Fitz and the Tantrums and Theophilus London. In addition to chats with artists and bands, Pinfield & Co. also plan on squeezing in the uncensored music video for Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”, a VH1 Unplugged performance by MUMFORD AND SONS (“Roll Your Stone”), and the music video for CULTS’ “Abducted."

Sounds like BV's best readers have their own slice of heaven back on the tele.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 1:44 PM

They just played the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. This is why the station mattered. Remember when this station promoted the Hold Steady like they were Springsteen? Those were the days.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 2:06 PM

Beady Eye is also going to be a guest on 120 Minutes. Can't wait.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 2:47 PM

FM Talk bombed on both K.Rock (Free FM including David Lee Roth meh) and on WNEW (Hot Talk including Radio Chick meh).This will be another disaster.The 2 million listeners to WRXP will be down to 200 by next week.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 2:59 PM

Note that all three stations changed to talk from modern rock formats.You dont see a low rated soccer mom station like WPLJ ever going talk.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 3:07 PM

How about WSOU, they have some great shows too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 4:14 PM

Remember when CBS FM briefly changed to JACK FM? That was some serious bullshit, but was reversed pretty quickly.

And if I turn on Q104.3 once more and here Wish you Were Here I'm gonna go fucking nuts.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 4:20 PM

wnyu wsou wfuv wbgo wfdu wkcr wfmu

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 5:38 PM

i dont understand how 104.3 has been on the air so long - playing the same shit day after day... i will miss 101.9....

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 7:43 PM

1:44 is Pinfield's intern.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:24 PM

I'd rather listen to Phil Schaap talk endlessly about what reed Charlie Parker used to record with in July of 1946 over Matt Pinfield or the six bands that that station played. If you listen to two hours of the Alternate Side, you've heard everything that they're going to play for the week. WFMU period.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 1:11 AM

Radio still exists? I thought the internetz killed that shite in 2008

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 1:17 AM

1:17. Yeah, but unfortunately, my car radio doesn't have wi-fi...

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 9:47 AM

This blows. I didn't even love WRXP but it was the ONLY thing we had! Dammit!

Also, someone else mentioned how 92.3 went "talk" and that didn't go well, no idea why these assholes think they've come up with something that will fare any better.

Posted by Funderburgh | July 15, 2011 9:55 AM

Not a good week for rock radio. Q101 in Chicago was shut down on Thursday and then RXP. This, of course, is compounded by the shutting of several quality stations in the past few years -- G106.3, Y100 (Philly) and WHFS (Washington) among them.

Again, RXP wasn't a perfect station, but it's still sad.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 1:29 PM

That's twice within a 5 year span that NYC F'd up with a rock station. This is total BS. These tight@ss executives don't know jack and is ruining my radio. Can't stream a radio station in a car you A-HOLES!

Posted by Anonymousnotthehackers | July 16, 2011 2:44 AM

Achie. I just found this out while driving around today.

Air supply and other fluff started coming out of my radio, and a stupid "WCBS-Eff-Emmmmmm" kind of theme tune came on announcing the "New" station that kept playing old scrotum-less music.

102.7 was one of the best all-ages rock stations out there. Others tried (92.3 was geriatric rock, then went only "modern" but ultimately commercial rock, then back to pop/40/soft crap. 104.3 is too old/mellow, and 105.5 is Mullet Rock), but 101.9 came the closest (even though they seemed addicted to GNR and the Cure sometimes).

NYC needs a EOCK station that will play something that is not being massively promoted. They need to play a variety and not focus on one small age group. Unfortunately now, we are stuck with more fluff. I give a female talk format 2 years before it crumbles (or before it starts talking about sex... a lot).

Back to my CD's and net streaming.

Posted by Sombody | July 16, 2011 4:20 PM

"I still mourn the loss of 106.3 in New Jersey, before it became "G Rock". And then "Thunder" Country."

Stumbling upon that station in 1986 was an epiphany for me. It was like one of those kids' books where they accidentally find a portal into a sparkly fantasy world they never knew existed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2011 6:38 PM

I am one of the thirty-something soccer moms Randy Michaels is trying to market to - and I think this new format SUCKS. I want my RXP back!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 10:35 AM

They took away the ONLY decent rock station we had in this area... sad!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:17 PM

@10:35
Hipster Soccer Moms and Soccer Mom's are two different categories....just sayin

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:53 PM

104.3 is dinosaur rock how many times can you hear freebird? RXP had a great mix and modern rock and older stuff that has not been beaten to death. Sad day for sure

Posted by pat hagerty | July 19, 2011 11:21 PM

I am so bummed out. I was shocked to get this "other station" coming in. RXP is all I listened to and I have more than an hour commute each day to work (Fairfield County, CT).
This totally sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 10:24 AM

i'm a 30-40 year old woman in this demo and the new format SUCKS. the only thing good about my commute into the philly area is 104.5.

Posted by apple | July 26, 2011 7:51 PM

sounds like fm gay

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 5:24 PM

The new format is dissapointing. It's "dumbed down" news. They claim it appeals to younger audiences and women. I'm young and I don't like it. WCBS abd WINS are light years better.

Posted by Paul | September 11, 2011 12:44 AM

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