'New Wave: Dare To Be Different' Shines a Light on Influential Long Island Radio Station During the '80s | Billboard: "Showtime recently premiered its long-anticipated documentary on the influential Long Island radio station WLIR (it would temporarily switch to WDRE in the late '80s/early '90s), the first radio station of its kind in America that was fully dedicated to punk, new wave, synthpop and Britpop between 1982-1991 (they were more of a progressive and Southern rock-leaning freeform station prior to the reformat and, after 1991, the station changed back to WLIR and adopted a more grunge and alternative rock-driven playlist).
Directed by Ellen Goldfarb, New Wave: Dare To Be Different is an engrossing, emotional and educational remembrance of the frequency 92.7 FM that powered the youth of the New York City suburbs during the Reagan and Bush years. Stories, insight and whimsy abound in exclusive interviews and testimonials from the likes of Joan Jett, Erasure's Vince Clarke, Howard Stern, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Curt Smith of Tears for Fears, The B-52's Fred Schneider, Billy Idol, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, Midge Ure, Howard Jones and a ton of others. And when woven in with recounts from such beloved on-air staff members as Larry the Duck, Donna Donna, Long Tall Andy and Malibu Sue McCann, you get the quintessential story of not only WLIR, but Long Island’s place in New York rock culture (a story that deserves its own documentary)."
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