Drum machines and synths and a techno vibe was dominant at CFNY during this period but as you will hear on this clip the station could be still be counted on for variety. You will hear Jim Reid play Marvin Gaye and Bebop Deluxe who are thought of as a new wave band but they actually predated the new wave and released their first album in 1974. I always thought of their earlier work as the thinking man’s Queen.
Jim Reid may have been the DJ with the longest tenure at NY during the “Spirit of Radio” era. His set is followed by James Scott another stalwart of the Spirit. We get to hear James play Chris de Burgh, “Oh Superman” by Laurie Anderson and even some mid 60’s Bob Dylan. interesting listening and a free form ethos still apparent at the station.
Listen near the very end for an AD by Ivor Hamilton for his import show.
Quality is poor particularly on the first half compounded by the fact that the Bebop Deluxe tune uses the phasing effect.
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