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Clear Channel Radio has partnered with CBGB, one of rock’s most iconic institutions, to create a brand new digital audio channel. The venture was announced at Monday’s Images And Brands lunch sponsored by Clear Channel’s iheartradio (the company’s Gerrit Meier is pictured) and The Hours.
CBGB Radio will capture the spirit of the legendary club formerly located at 315 Bowery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a regular live venue for New Wave acts including Blondie, Talking Heads, Patti Smith and The Ramones. The station will also play new underground rock artists, and broadcast artist interviews and commentary from past CBGB regulars.
“The launch of CBGB Radio is both ironic and fantastic; ironic in that it was a never-ending struggle to get the great artists and music launched from CBGBs on the radio back in the day,” said Seymour Stein, co-founder and chairman of Sire Records.
“Fantastic in that it proves what I have always believed – that the new, exciting and sometimes eclectic music of one generation becomes the pop music of the next.
If only Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee Ramone, Stiv Bators of The Deadboys, or Hilly Kristal were around to hear it.”
CBGB Radio is available via the iheartradio network and mobile application, at CBGB.com, and through a custom widget that listeners can post on their blogs, websites and social media pages.