In the 1980s, the U.K. and Europe were brewing some of the biggest names in rock music: U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, to name a few. While those bands certainly blew up stateside shortly after, it wasn't by happenstance. In fact, Americans may have never been introduced to these greats without a radio station based in Long Island, New York called WLIR.
The small group of radio visionaries at WLIR -- including program director Denis McNamara -- are highlighted in a new documentary titled Dare To Be Different, which is premiering at Tribeca Film Festival Thursday (April 27). The film includes McNamara, the 'LIR crew and some of the biggest artists of the era telling 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.