On May 11, 101.9 WRXP in New York City presents it’s first “LIVE CONCERT BROADCAST” from Greenwich Street haunt, Webster Hall hosted by Matt Pinfield, Leslie Fram and Rich Russo with co-host Brian Phillips. The show will be syndicated in at least two other markets and will feature local and independent NYC rock band, The Dirty Pearls. The show will be branded, “The Anything Anything 10 O’ Clock News: Live Edition,” a hybrid created from Russo’s Sunday night free form show “Anything Anything" and Phillips’ nightly "Ten O’ Clock News.”
RXP’s Rich Russo began a live concert series in conjunction with his free form Sunday night on air show, “Anything Anything.” Both the live and the radio versions feature music veterans as well as independent acts or artists largely unheard on radio. Enamored with The Dirty Pearls’ local anthem “New York City is a Drug,” Russo, played the demo recording frequently on “Anything Anything.” The tune quickly became a theme song for the NYC East Village rock culture and was then featured on WRXP’s Definitive 1019 Countdown of 2010. The success of the Anything Anything concert series and the quickly growing fan base of The Dirty Pearls were WRXP’s impetus to broadcast live for the first time with the unknowns. “Part of 101.9 RXP’s mission in the beginning was to support the local scene and I can’t think of a better New York band to do our first ‘live’ concert broadcast than The Dirty Pearls! Rock is Alive in NYC,” said Leslie Fram, WRXP’s Program Director.
The Pearls are basking in the proverbial “buzz” that The Ramones and The Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs achieved as indie artists on the NYC club circuit, causing record labels and critics to take notice. The Dirty Pearls’ emphatic following has helped them generate word of mouth recommendations that have spawned support positions for Andrew W.K., KISS and Brett Michaels. The Dirty Pearls’ debut album, “Whether You Like It or Not” is produced by Grammy award winner, David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes, Taking Back Sunday, Linkin Park, Sublime) who originally heard the high energy, hook-driven demo on WRXP’s Anything Anything show and called in looking for contact info.
The Anything Anything radio show was a surprise hit for the station. Russo’s loudly voiced opinions and on air traditions have inspired disgust and adoration. Russo creates both controversy and infectious enthusiasm. After a feature in The NJ Star Ledger by Tris McCall, Russo’s hero, Vin Scelsa contacted him via Facebook. “It is enormously rewarding to know that you exist on New York commercial radio. It is very gratifying to know that a spark exists on commercial radio that contains within its DNA the spirit of all those Sunday nights back in the 20th Century.”
WRXP wields the slogan, “ROCK 101.9 RXP,” and is literally putting their money where their mouth is by putting the stations full forces behind The Anything Anything concert broadcast and the Dirty Pearls. Past Anything Anything showcases have highlighted Alejandro Escovedo, Moby and Green Day’s Billy Joe sharing a stage with acts either unknown to radio, unsigned or undiscovered by the general public. A “surprise” element to each show is intrinsic to it’s form. The consistent presence of a rock god or two in the audience keeps the Anything Anything audiences coming, heavy with anticipation. Russo promises that May 11th will be no exception.