This week marks the death of rock and roll radio in New York City and its suburbs. CBS Radio presented the launch of the new 92.3 NOW FM that consists of an identical top 40 format to that of Z100 (100.3 FM). With the move of radio legend Howard Stern to the brilliant Sirius Satellite Radio in 2006, K-Rock has suffered and suffered by offering mediocre replacement morning hosts such as David Lee Roth and Opie and Anthony. CBS had no other choice but to abandon classic and modern rock music since Stern’s departure. K-Rock was once the premier place to hear new rock music in the area and offered great concerts such as the annual “Dysfunctional Family Picnic” show at Jones Beach Theater. However, in recent years, the playlists took downward spirals that got uglier by the day weighing down the station into oblivion.
2017 update: K-Rock is on HD Radio in your vehicle. It’s all robots selecting the music rotation and no DJs at all, but you do get to drive around to rock for free in New York.
94.3 The Shark is also pretty good and available on FM radio if you are in Suffolk County or Eastern Nassau County. They are a little too heavy on the Chili Peppers in their rotation though. Serious dudes, relax with the Chilis.