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The story of the most influential radio station in America

New Wave: Dare to be Different

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.

Credits

Debbie Harry
Debbie Harry

Herself - Blondie - Singer / Songwriter

Joan Jett
Joan Jett

Herself - The Runaways, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - Singer / Songwriter

Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck

Himself - WLIR - production director / DJ

Billy Idol
Billy Idol

Himself - Singer / Songwriter

Vince Clarke
Vince Clarke

Himself - Producer, Depeche Mode / Yaz / Yazoo / Erasure - keyboards

Eric Bloom
Eric Bloom

Himself - Blue Oyster Cult - lead singer

All Cast

Name Character
Debbie Harry She was 71, now 76 years old as Herself - Blondie - Singer / Songwriter
Joan Jett She was 58, now 62 years old as Herself - The Runaways, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - Singer / Songwriter
Billy Idol He was 61, now 65 years old as Himself - Singer / Songwriter
Vince Clarke He was 56, now 61 years old as Himself - Producer, Depeche Mode / Yaz / Yazoo / Erasure - keyboards
Jeff Beck He was 72, now 77 years old as Himself - WLIR - production director / DJ
Eric Bloom He was 72, now 76 years old as Himself - Blue Oyster Cult - lead singer
Nick Rhodes He was 54, now 59 years old as Himself - Duran Duran - singer / songwriter / keyboards

Crew

Name Department
Allan Holzman as Editor. Editing
Jay Reiss as Writer. Writing
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New Wave: Dare to be Different (4 years)

The story of the most influential radio station in America

  • Release day: Thursday, April 27, 2017
  • Runtime: 95 minutes