The days of total free form on WNEW FM were over by the time of this air check from May 1985. More mainstream AOR was beginning to dominate but the diversity heard was still miles ahead of what we hear on most rock radio today.
This is part of the top 1027 countdown from 1985. You will hear WBCN alumni Maxanne Sartori, Dennis Elsas and Carol Miller on this iteration of the countdown which ran several times on the station.
Audio Note: The recording deteriorates for about 3 minutes starting at 26:20 but recovers.
Visit the site’s You Tube Channel to see this 1985 interview with REM: