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Re: Cape Cod Changes?
The " Underground" was a great idea whose time had come.
Unfortunately, WLIR/WDRE had the New York ambiance, that worked fairly well
in Philadelphia but was misunderstood everywhere else.
Especially in Memphis, and Little Rock (KDRE)
KDRE is now country.
Now, according to All Access:
"WDVT/CAPE COD, MA to flip to Alternative, WTWV to Hot AC."
Mike Thomas wrote:
> The service you are thinking about is the "DRE Network" which was based out of
> WDRE (now WLIR) on Long Island. The owners of WDRE, Jarad Broadcasting, also
> owned several other stations, including 98.5 in Eastern Long Island, WIBF (now
> WPHI) in suburban Philadelphia and 96.7 (now WDCD) near Albany. DRE's
> gold-heavy alternative format simulcasted on all the frequencies. Jarad
> syndicated the format to other stations as well, which included 93.5 and 101.1
> on the Cape.
> The network changed direction in 1995 when they debuted the "Underground
> Network" which was more current-oriented and grungy. The "UN" was a colossal
> flop and most stations, including the Cape stations, dropped the service. The
> flagship station, WDRE wound up grabbing the call letters of it's eastern Long
> Island station and relaunched as WLIR (the original call letters of the station
> when it was one of the first alternative outlets back in the 80's.) The
> Philadelphia station continued on as a locally programmed alternative outlet
> until Jarad sold it off to Radio One. Albany was sold as well and today WLIR
> simulcasts only on 98.5 (now WDRE.)
> Mike Thomas
> Mike_ed wrote:
> > Actually, not only do I remember that but for a while they were getting off
> > a satellite this awesome WBRU-like station from Philadelphia that was
> > playing a ton of 80's alternative stuff that I hope Z-100 in Providence can
> > incorporate eventually into their format.