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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Fascinating View of NY Progressive Radio

Former WNEW-FM DJ Richard Neer examines the beginning of the progressive radio format in New York during the 1970's. From the closing of the Fillmore East to the death of John Lennon, no other rock station captivated its audience like WNEW-FM. Great behind the scenes ...
Former WNEW-FM DJ Richard Neer examines the beginning of the progressive radio format in New York during the 1970's. From the closing of the Fillmore East to the death of John Lennon, no other rock station captivated its audience like WNEW-FM. Great behind the scenes stories of Neer, Scott Muni and other jocks from this legendary station. An interesting read for radio fans and rock and rollers.

posted by Anonymous on September 5, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A fitting tribute to a formerly great radio station

I want to give a balanced review but personnally I really liked this book and found it hard to put down. Partly that¿s because it's nostalgic. I can hear the DJ's voices Richard Neer evokes in my head. The sad thing is I can't name off any DJ's name on the radio stat...
I want to give a balanced review but personnally I really liked this book and found it hard to put down. Partly that¿s because it's nostalgic. I can hear the DJ's voices Richard Neer evokes in my head. The sad thing is I can't name off any DJ's name on the radio stations I now flip through on my way to work. If you are looking for a well referenced history of AM and FM radio, or a how to book about running a radio station, you may have to look elsewhere. ¿FM¿ stands on its own merits. It is an insightful and informative professional memoir. The index helps as ¿FM¿ is made up of the behind the scenes names as well as the famous rock stars and DJs. Certain stories may seem too brief while others do not have a big finish that the author appeared to be building up to, but most of the stories are effortless and familiar. Readers may also see similarities with there own careers. Richard Neer has also presented an indictment of management solely by the numbers, in this case ratings.

posted by Anonymous on February 6, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    An excellent story for NYC rock radio fans, but spans far more!

    When I acquired this book, I figured it would be exclusively about WNEW-FM and its rock radio days,particularly haling back to my experiences as a listner and fan through my junior & high school 1980s. Boy, was I surprised! I feel humbled that I didn't even know Richard Neer had spent such a long and complicated career there! Not only does Richard tell many excellent tales regarding the radio personalities we've heard, loved, and/or reviled, but he paints a historical portrait of FM and rock radio which extends across the entire country, tracing a path which I never knew existed through the music scene, the business side, the political motivations. While I would've greatly enjoyed more depth concerning the personalities with which I grew up, this is a great story of evolution in a very important part of the entertainment world. It is unfortunate that the 'Fall of Rock Radio' had to be included, but it is also good to understand how and why WNEW-FM, and freeform-like programming in general, was destroyed by greed rather than necessarily outliving itself.

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