Remember Radio Station WLIR? Their Story has Been Made Into a Feature Film!
Posted: 4:36 pm Friday, October 13th, 2017
By Donna Donna
Many of you know that I got my start in Long Island radio in 1982 at the station that “Dared to be Different”, the original WLIR 92.7. The station was much beloved for playing the often ignored genres of punk and new wave and became an icon for those looking for rock beyond the boundaries of what most commercial FM stations were playing.
As the station’s reputation and popularity grew well beyond the confines of Long Island so did its legal troubles until one day in December of 1987 the FCC awarded the license to operate the 92.7 frequency to another company. And that was the end of WLIR. Now the story of the station that became a profound influence on the music scene of the 80s has been told in the new documentary film ‘Dare to be Different, WLIR: The Voice of a Generation.
The movie features a stellar soundtrack of some of the greatest songs of the 80s as well as artists Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and many more talking about the impact the station had on their careers. Of course the DJs reminisce about what it was like to be a part of such an exciting adventure. If you remember the ‘LIR days and all the great music you’ll definitely want to see this film.
The movie has been getting a great reception at film festivals around the country and now makes its Long Island premier Sunday November 12th at the Gold Coast International Film Festival at the Soundview Cinema in Port Washington, Sunday, November 12th.
The 4:30 showing is sold out so a second showing has been added at 7:30.