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WLIR documentary ‘New Wave: Dare to be Different’ coming to Showtime (watch the trailer)


New Wave: Dare to be Different, the documentary about much-loved Long Island radio station WLIR which championed new wave in the ’80s, premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and has found a home at Showtime and the cable network will air the documentary on March 30. Here’s Tribeca’s synopsis:

A wonderfully nostalgic look back at WLIR 92.7, the Long Island-based radio station on the cutting edge of music throughout the 1980s. Going rogue, the station defied the record industry and played global imports before their release by literally picking up the singles at the airport,rushing back to the studio and spinning them live. Dare to Be Different features candid interviews and rare archival footage of U2, Blondie, Thompson Twins, Duran Duran, Joan Jett, The Cure, Billy Idol, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Depeche Mode, among others. WLIR helped introduce most of these bands to a US audience while creating a community centered around the punk and new wave scene. Now, 30 years after it went off the air, director Ellen Goldfarb tells the story of the unique rise and fall of this independent cultural institution.

You can watch the trailer for Dare to Be Different below. After its debut on March 30, the documentary will be available on-demand and on their Showtime Anytime app. Showtime has been picking up interesting music docs of late, premiering XTC: This is Pop back in January.

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