New Yorkers can find almost anything they want, at any time of day. But for 17 years, they've been hard pressed to find one major music genre on the radio dial: mainstream country. Now, thanks to a recent format switch, twang is back on the air.
On Monday, WRXP became Nash FM 94.7, a New York beachhead for the nationwide Nash FM format. The first song it played was Randy Houser's "How Country Feels," followed by Alan Jackson's "Gone Country," which name-drops Long Island.
For the moment, the station is a work in progress as owner Cumulus Media hires programming staff and on-air talent. But as TV and radio reporter David Hinckley of the New York Daily News tells John Schaefer, "Country radio has always been a successful format in New York."
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