If you’re like me and haven’t completely given up on radio this post is for you. If you have already given up on radio and are now solely an iPod and online streaming listener, maybe I convince you otherwise. Here is a list of some radio stations/ radio programs (in the New York metropolitan area) that are worth giving a try:
- 90.7 WFUV— Public radio from Fordham University. This station plays a lot of great music and can be credited for where I learned about artists such as Cults and Arcade Fire. WFUV has a variety of music on its playlists ensuring you won’t have to listen to the same 10 songs over and over. One program on this station that I highly recommend is The Alternate Side with Russ Borris. To conclude if you are a fan of Death Cab for Cutie, Dirty Projectors, Beirut and Simon and Garfunkel you should definitely check out this radio station.
- Z100 (100.3)— You know those Top 40, commercial radio stations I always mention that play the same 5 songs every hour? This is one of them. If you want to listen to the chart-toppers there are a number of radio stations you can listen to but this happens to be my favorite commercial radio station. No matter how many other music listening options are out there I will always find myself back at Z100. This station will keep you up to date with the latest hits. So next time you are at a party and everyone seems to know every word to that new Justin Bieber song you will at least know that it is a Justin Bieber song.
- Power 105.1— This station is also more of a commercial radio station but plays hip-hop, R&B and rap. This station has great remixes and DJ sets. It plays some of the same songs you would here on stations such as Z100 like Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” but it also plays new hip-hop and rap that is hard to find on other station. They play both old and new jams so you aren’t stuck listening to the same songs over and over. If you want to hear tons of Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, tune into this station.
- NPR’s World Café (91.5)— NPR, which stands for National Public Radio, is a station known for its news and cultural programming but is also the platform for World Café. World Café is a program that “showcases indie rock, singer-songwriters, folk, alternative country, blues, and world music.” (www.npr.org) This program runs from 4-6pm on weekdays (depending where you live the this may be different, check npr.org for more details).
These are just a few that I listen to but I’m sure there are some more out there that I am unaware of. Leave your radio suggestions below!