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WNEW-FM is one of New York Citys oldest and most storied FM radio stations It began its broadcast history in October 1967 as a freeform station that let the DJs pick their own music It quickly became one of the most influential radio stations in the country inspiring copycat stations in markets all across the country Many musicians who live in the New York metropolitan area such as Billy Joel Lou Reed and Joey Ramone have been quoted saying that the station was very influential in the development of their musical tastes WNEW RIP Eric Boehlert Rolling Stone 102899 pp 33 The station also helped start the careers of many artists including Elton John and Bruce Springsteen by introducing them to a wide and varied audience The stations influence was so great that when declining ratings prompted a format change Rolling Stone actually ran a story about the station citing the station as once rock radios most influential station stating that WNEW also changed the way rock radio sounds WNEW RIP Eric Boehlert Rolling Stone 102899 pp 33 Today WNEW is an all-talk format station The station is trying to build programming around their very successful afternoon drive team Opie and Anthony Greg Opie Hughes and Anthony Cumia were brought to WNEW in July of 1998 by then General Manager Scott Herman because We noticed that classic rock in New York as a pure format isnt going to win in the long run Local Media Media Week 072798 pp14 They were well known for getting fired from Bostons WAAF after an April Fools Day prank in which they falsely reported the death of Bostons Mayor in a car accident The show quickly became one of the top rated radio programs in its time slot By the Spring of 1998 Opie and Anthony were number one with males 18-34 Local Media Media Week 7302001 pp12 The Stations current weekday lineup is as follows The Sports
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