In this day and age, the lines have been blurred between Alt rock, and any other rock. Why can't there be a great rock station that plays it all? NYC IS a rock city. There's just no rock radio that's worth listening to for the avid rock fan, that wants to hear it all. It has to be properly programmed by rock music programmers who know how to do it, without consultants and testing messing it up. It ends up sounding like every other channel and that's why they fail. Instinct & great ears, is how they did it back then. Plenty of artists were played on the radio because the DJ, yes the DJ decided to take a chance, and play a song that he/she thought we'd like. I can't tell you how many times I hear new songs that work perfectly with a classic. It's a lost art form. It needs to come back.
I hate to say it but NYC is not a rock town. New York is more of an urban city if you're going to get right down to it.
That doesn't mean that rock won't work out. But, unfortunately, rock doesn't have that strong hold as it used to. Certainly not on the generation under the age of 25 right now. However, since we are going to get to an alternative rock discussion that some of you MAY flip out on....if an alternative station WERE to happen, it would be VERY smart for them to include "dubstep" into the format. Most people do consider dubstep as EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and I get that. However, the sounds involved in it certainly spell out angst and "rebellion". The sound has become HUGE
amongst college age students. Skrillex, the main producer in this genre, has been nominated for 5 grammys this year. People in dance music either really love it or really hate it, but for what is worth, since yes the lines have been blurred, alternative stations would be missing the boat if they ignored dubstep.
Back to rock real quick, mainly so that MarcR doesn't accuse ME
of hating, I'm spelling out that facts based on trends and not on hate because if there is anything that is true, NO MUSIC STINKS. It is all relative based on one's tastes. I may not like a certain sound but I'm not going to bash anyone for loving it. And damned that I won't fight back on comments from people such as a MarcR.