After a six-year void, alternative rock radio is back on New York City airwaves. The switch was flipped this morning on contemporary hits station 92.3 AMP Radio to become ALT 92.3 FM following the completion of a mega-merger between CBS Radio and Entercom Communications.
ALT 92.3 is NYC's first new alt-rock station since 101.9 RXP flipped formats to all news in the summer of 2011. (Note: during an ownership change, 101.9 flipped back to modern rock for three months in 2012 as a placeholder before switching to news again, as WFAN-FM.) The new station, which says it will be an "an expertly curated playlist with local, informed discovery," is celebrating its launch by playing 10,000 songs in a row without commercial interruptions. The station offers a stream on its website for those outside the market.
The station's first block of songs: Foo Fighters' "My Hero," followed by 30 Seconds to Mars' "Walk on Water," MGMT's "Kids," Vance Joy's "Lay It On Me" and -- finally! -- Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."