New Wave: Dare to be Different

New Wave: Dare to be Different

New Wave: Dare to be Different

The true story of a small radio station in Long Island, New York, that challenged the bigger mega-stations by playing music from bands that would become world famous.

U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Clash, The Cure: Over half a billion records sold but you may never have heard of them if not for a small suburban radio station on Long Island, NY: WLIR. In August, 1982, a small group of radio visionaries knew they couldn't compete with the mega-stations in New York City. With one brave decision, they changed the sound of radio forever. Program Director Denis McNamara, the 'LIR crew and the biggest artists of the era tell the story of how they battled the FCC, the record labels, mega-radio and all the conventional rules to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America.

201795 minsUSA
DocumentaryMusic

Streaming (1 Providers)

New Wave: Dare to be Different / Reviews

Decider

Decider

Suffers from clumsy editing, a wandering narrative, and at times seems unsure whether it's a documentary about the station or the music played on it.

Full review
Film Threat

Film Threat

As obnoxious as the retro trend of old technology can be, there are possibilities on the fringes.

Full review
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An enjoyable look at a tremendously influential broadcasting underdog.

Full review