Posted in music | radio on April 27, 2012

Kiss FM

"After 30 years as spirited and often ferocious rivals, WBLS (107.5 FM) and WRKS (98.7 FM, Kiss-FM) will become one.

In a turn as sudden and stunning as the Yankees merging with the Mets, the city's two adult urban radio stations announced in a joint press release Thursday that they will become "One Family, One Station."

Kiss and WBLS began simulcasting at 10 a.m. Thursday, starting with a tribute to the 30-year legacy of Kiss.

As of 12 a.m. Monday they will become a single station at 107.5 FM, under the WBLS call letters." [Daily News]

RIP Kiss FM. Listen to a 1984 Kiss FM set by Kool DJ Red Alert below...

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Comments (72)

Does anyone still listen to terrestrial radio?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:03 AM

wait... radio still exists?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:04 AM

what's a radio station?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:05 AM

radio shows like red alert's above are what introduced me to the genre. 98.7 has been a joke for a while, but back in the day, it was THE go-to station for "breakdance music," as i used to call it. boom boxes, parachute pants, hi tops and fat shoelaces. ahh, those were the days. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:09 AM

i don't get it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:13 AM

Gene Simmons bought it..

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:14 AM

No offense but you must be pretty old 11:09

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:15 AM

no offense, but you must be pretty young 11:15.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:19 AM

So let's set the world on fire

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:20 AM

no offense 11:15 but we witnessed the birth of hip hop and saw punk bands when they were actual punks. Enjoy your throwback music, your newfolk/indie/whatever the f its rebranded as next week. Maybe your kids will get to see some real musical/cultural innovation.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:24 AM

NYC radio is the biggest radio market, and yet the worst in the nation.
So, let me get this straight... right now in the biggest city in the U.S., there are no stations that play new rock music, no country music stations, and traditional R&B has been consolidated and shoved to the end of the dial.
Truly the worst city for radio.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:27 AM

11:24 - I couldn't have said it better.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:29 AM

It really wasn't meant as an insult. Just if you witnessed the birth of hip hop and actual punk, you're probably a lot older than the average user here. Please regale us with some stories of your glory days.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:31 AM

haha bunch of old dudes in this thread. "Get off my yard!"

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:35 AM

I'm not 11:24, but I'm probably as old as he/she is. My glory days are still happening. Maybe you should create your own glory days instead of living vicariously through mine.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:35 AM

no offense 11:15 but we've witnessed the birth of the hummus meme and saw trolls when they were actual trolls. Enjoy your YTINASINL, your LCD/HIMYM/whatever the f its rebranded as next week. Maybe your kids will get to see some real chickpea innovation.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:36 AM

Know your history or you'll be doomed to repeat it. Hence, why there is so much crappy derivative music these days.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:44 AM

Sorry 11:35, I know old people like to tell stories and wanted to oblige. Now just quiet down and we'll get you back to the home in time for Matlock.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:44 AM

11:09 here, none of those other comments were mine, fyi. i'm 35. i don't think that's "really old," but if you're 22, perhaps you think so.

when i was a kid, rap music was exciting and vibrant. i lived thru the entire conception of the art form and was there for the golden age before the decline. i feel fortunate to have grown up during a time when stuff like that, as well as punk and other hard rock, glam and heavy metal, techno and industrial, and eventually grunge would be born.

if this makes me old, i'm happy to claim that title. i lived thru some amazing shit and none of the stuff that has come out of the last decade can really hold a candle. in all seriousness, decades from now when there is some sort of retrospective of the '00s, what genre or what artists do you think will be note-worthy? there aren't many, imo.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:45 AM

11:44, maybe you should pipe down. I'm sure your 4 roommates in your cramped fleabag loft in Bushwick would appreciate it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:49 AM

99% of all people agree that Grimes is the most important artist of any decade ever.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:49 AM

^plz we have the jacuzzi boyz now

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:51 AM

11:45, I hear ya. I am about as old as you. I can't think of any notable indie, hiphop or other artist from the 00's that doesn't have some direct influential correlation to something from previous decades. And if some idiot says "Radiohead", that was 90's, sorry.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:58 AM

lol @ 11:44. I live in a house with my wife. Not everyone on here are 22 year-old hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 11:59 AM

^Sorry make that 11:49, I'm 11:44.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:00 PM

"I can't think of any notable indie, hiphop or other artist from the 00's that doesn't have some direct influential correlation to something from previous decades"


What a genius statement. Like hiphop wasn't influenced by disco. ALL music is influenced by what came before it Einstein. It's not created in a vacuum.


You old dudes are brutal.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:02 PM

11:59, so maybe you should be the one telling people to get off your lawn?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:08 PM

I'd rather invite them in for a beer and a smoke. It's more fun that way.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:12 PM

So yes, NYC radio sucks even more now. And so does Friends.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:26 PM

Hip-Hop may have been influenced by disco but it quickly evolved past it. (Same with punk & garage rock, etc)

Has anything in the indie wave evolved past their influences? Who would have thought that it would be a decade of cover bands.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:46 PM

^of course indie rocks has evolved. You dope. Does Radiohead sound like Half Japanese to you?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:54 PM

I bet the guy who is calling people old is living in an apt with bedbugs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 12:54 PM

So the moral of the story is, getting old makes you really defensive.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:00 PM

dope mix

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:17 PM

I'm 39 years old. The original old guy must have had really, really, young, hip parents because he was into hip hop and punk when he was 3 years old(?)

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:27 PM

ok, so i wasn't completely forthright; i turn 36 this year :)

how did you arrive at 3 years old? when red alert's mix above was made i was 8. i did have hip parents who were/are very into music, but i can assure you, they did not guide me to 98.7 lol

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:52 PM

i dunno - my first experience with punk was devo (7) and hip hop was flash (9) - so I figured you were three. we're both fucking geezers on this site and will probably catch a lot of hummus shit for this post.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 1:56 PM

NYC radio blows.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:01 PM

I am pretty sure most people, no matter how old they are, will tell you that the best music was during their formative years. Duh.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:03 PM

How about Franz Ferdinand for an important, influential '00s band?

Posted by justkidding | April 27, 2012 2:04 PM

2:03 #2 really nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:09 PM

1:56, lol. right on

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:12 PM

2:03, that may be true, but it doesn't mean they're right. Certain eras and genres simply cannot be debated. The '00s were pretty bunk, relatively speaking.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:40 PM

Reason to be glad Terrestrial Radio is dying: it is the ultimate example of commerce over art. With the exception of Left of the Dial stations, there hasn't been a station or format worth remembering fondly since about 1981. I grew up in the 80's and 90's and I regret that I heard Z100 and Mix 105 when I should have been all about FMU and FUV.

Reason to be sad Terrestrial Radio is dying: We're no longer going to be beaming into space!!!! An alien civilization will capture a brief history of Planet Earth and then it will cut off forever!!! Tis a pity...

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:41 PM

i totally believe in aliens, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:47 PM

2:40 you're a dummy. Taste is subjective.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:49 PM

ok, 2:49. i'm a dummy and you've got it all figured out. glad we cleared that up, smart guy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:55 PM

ZING!

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:56 PM

ummm, disco still sucks. Who cares?
What, no love for Pete Fornatale BV?

Posted by Smack | April 27, 2012 2:56 PM

2:55 = total blowhard

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 2:59 PM

Taste is subjective, unless it contradicts the reviews in Pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 3:29 PM

Taste is everything. Triple-distilled taste is more.

Posted by BUSHMILLS4LIFE | April 27, 2012 3:32 PM

where will Rueben Torro be?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 7:27 PM

SMH... man for all those young heads that was born after this tape, SORRY, but you missed some of the best yrs of Hip Hop, IM HAPPY as hell to be 49 yrs old and have lived through some of the best Music ever made, I THANK GOD I am not young in these times to have to listen to water down music, smh your being ROBBED of what good music is and I feel sorry for you all.

Posted by Curtis Penn | April 29, 2012 5:25 PM

You know what I love about all these people who say you're "old"? They never have the balls to say how old they are.

They also don't get that old isn't a bad thing. If so why do so many 17-29 year old women go for men who are 30 years or older and a great deal of these women won't even look at a guy under 30? Cuz we 30+ers generally have it more together than most under 30s and not just emotionally and financially. We're more experienced with life, in bed, etc. We have more knowledge from experience. Whoever wants to run "money", well...money is a factor and a necessary evil in a relationship no matter what the ages of the couple is. 'Thing is 30+ers can detect a gold digger better than under 30ers, so we can prevent being used more than an under 30er with money could.

Today's 40 year old was a teenager (to me ages 14-18) 1986-90 which means he/she got to not only experience hardcore punk especially NYHC at it's creative, socially influential, and cultural peak, but metal and rap, too, plus he got see everything after it which pales in comparison or is a pale imitation to 1986-90.

You twentysomethings are for the most part jealous, envious bitches. The oldest among you (29) was 14 in 1997 and probably didn't fully get music until 1999-2000 (age 16-17.) So who the fuck are you to denigrate someone for how old they are when you came from a time which is a blur in the pantheon of music history as well as it's most embarrassing one: Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Brittney Spears, etc. You come from shit and I truly pity you. Be humble. You 29 year olds became teenagers the year Metallica cut their hair short and played alternative rock (Loaded and Re-Loaded.) My condolences.

Posted by D | April 29, 2012 6:59 PM

Let D smoke!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2012 8:02 PM

I'm currently 52 years old, and I routinely sleep with early-20s women who uniformly like the kind of music that Kiss played. So, I for one will mourn with them, as I stab them from behind with my C1alis enhanced ramrod. This was the best thing about Kiss - great music for boning.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2012 8:20 PM

C1alis enhanced ramrod lmao

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2012 1:33 PM

D must be sad with this news i guess

Posted by serious | May 4, 2012 7:45 AM

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Posted by nereagp | May 6, 2012 6:07 PM

I'm currently 52 years old, and I routinely sleep with early-20s women who uniformly like the kind of music that Kiss played. So, I for one will mourn with them, as I stab them from behind with my C1alis enhanced ramrod. This was the best thing about Kiss - great music for boning.

Posted by hafiz | May 7, 2012 4:18 AM

I grew up on Kiss and BLS from way back in the day. Radio used to be so great before corporations took over. Each region and individual radio stations had their own styles and programming was based on what the listeners and DJs wanted hear and play. As a result, you never felt like the same five songs were constantly being shoved down your throat.

http://sisterescape.blogspot.com/2012/05/to-987-kiss-fm-special-tribute-to.html

Posted by Le Chele | May 15, 2012 12:16 AM

i am glad that radio station is gone.
early afternoon show alway had that racist
black guy on

Posted by ray | May 16, 2012 9:07 PM

This radio is very popular in the world. I think even in Romania is a station with this name. Sorry for that guys i think they do a better job.

Posted by Cheap Auto Insurance in Florida | May 19, 2012 1:59 PM

I'm currently 52 years old, and I routinely sleep with early-20s women who uniformly like the kind of music that Kiss played. So, I for one will mourn with them, as I stab them from behind with my C1alis enhanced ramrod. This was the best thing about Kiss - great music for boning.

Posted by iphone | May 31, 2012 5:26 PM

racist guy? hehe white folk now flipping racist on black folk lol.... the world is coming to an end, the internet has been reduced to a land of uneducated fools!

Posted by jack | June 22, 2012 2:09 AM

Very entertaining banter... Please continue!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2012 10:34 PM

Me to! I post to let people know how cool is this page. I don't know is about the money but is cool! I just wait until the next time!

Posted by Arab Ladies | October 4, 2012 7:27 AM

I felt like a family member died the day I heard KISS was being sold. Just today I came across an online station that...I could swear I was back listening to KISS again....LIVE... check it out...this is one of the best online stations I've come across....none of that repetitive loops of songs over and over...

http://i-soulradio.com/I_Soul_Radio/Home.html

Posted by lynn | November 4, 2012 3:04 PM

love this radio, they are always innovating and so am a diligent listener! good job and a kiss to you all!

Posted by Compressor | April 26, 2013 12:54 PM

amazing music

Posted by jordon | August 1, 2013 6:59 PM

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