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FM: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"It was all so honest, before the end of our collective innocence. Top Forty jocks screamed and yelled and sounded mightier than God on millions of transistor radios. But on FM radio it was all spun out for only you. On a golden web by a master weaver driven by fifty thousand magical watts of crystal clear power . . . before the days of trashy, hedonistic dumbspeak and dis ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 25th 2001 by Villard (first published 2001)
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Paul Lyons
A very mixed bag, and was very tempted to give this book a lower rating, yet Richard Neer's "FM: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio" is littered with buried treasures beneath its mesh of rock and roll radio history, and soap opera.

I loved hearing stories about some of my favorite New York DJs like Scott Muni, Dave Herman, Carol Miller, Dennis Elsas, Dan Neer and Richard Neer himself. I loved the Bruce Springsteen stories, and the candid anecdotes involving Chrissie Hynde, Elton John, John Lennon,
Jun 28, 2008 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Music lovers, those who grew up in the 70's
I grew up listening to this author (when he was known as Dick and then Richard-don't-call-me-Dick Neer), during the 70's. Although lots of what was played on WNEW-FM (the main station he worked for and one of the main subjects of this book) was not great looking back 30+ years. But it was glorious. The DJ's would play songs linked by theme, or by title, or whatever. I remember the morning DJ, Dave Herman, playing Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary" and liking it so much he just played it again! An ...more
Recommended for anyone who was lucky enough to witness the beginning of fm radio when dj's had the opportunity to showcase music that was a reflection of their own musical taste Also recommend to those who are interested in how fm radio started and then due to economic forces and changes in the music industry the entire infrastructure crumbled. Especially great fun for those who used to listen to WNEW-FM in its heyday as the author was a dj in that particular radio station. If you are in the mus ...more
An interesting read about the evolution of free-form radio in New York and elsewhere in the Seventies, and its death throes in the Eighties, told by a guy who took part in its glory days and who wound up taking part in its fall, as corporate interests intervened. One of my favorite DJs of this era, Vin Scelsa, comes off like a petulant diva in Neer's tale. I'd love to hear Vin's side of the story. A good book, all around, though, if you're interested in the topic.
Denise Mcmahon
the part about WNEW in New York was ok, the rest was over my head.
The first three-quarters were great, wherein Neer documented how Rock radio came to be. He portrayed the major players and their passion about what they were doing, wonderfully.

The last 100 pages seemed to be mere gossip. It could be my own distaste for modern radio, and Neer's inability to put forth an objective case study of what happened. Neer seemed to have a bit of a vendetta against certain personalities.
Anyone old enough to have been around for the peak of rock on radio will like this book. Refreshes a lot of fuzzy memories. Not an expose or tell-all by any means. Just some recollections from one of the main players, who turns out to be a nice guy.
A first-hand, insider's view of Album-Oriented Rock radio from inception through its heyday and decline. Great for rock and radio buffs, others might find it tedious.
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