Listen To Rich Discuss ‘Anything, Anything’ Today On WFMU

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At 3pm today, Rich will be on the legendary WFMU (91.1fm) playing records and announcing the new home of Anything, Anything.

From WFMU:

Rich Russo “Anything Anything” 
Wednesday, September 14th, 3pm – 6pm on Irwin’s show 
Rich Russo, host of the commercial free-form music show “Anything Anything,” which aired on the now-defunct WRXP on Sunday nights in New York, will be Irwin’s on-air guest Wednesday afternoon, September 14. Despite its unpredictable mix of genre-surfing, “Anything Anything” was a ratings success on a station with an ill-fated format. Russo is currently stringing together a loose network of affiliates to revive “Anything Anything” simultaneously on both commercial and non-commercial outlets. An admitted admirer of WFMU (with the t-shirts to prove it), Russo got away with airing scratchy vinyl, warped cassettes, and audio ripped from VHS tapes on a commercial rock station. He’ll talk about the rise and fall of WRXP’s “New York rock experience” and about his new venture.

That’s right! bossman is going to announce what stations he’ll be on… on a station that isn’t even going to carry it (crazy)!

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The Playlist for the Final Show that never happened….

On June 21st when it was announced RXP had been sold, we all knew right away that the format would be switched. At that time I began planning for a final anything anything show on RXP. Based on all of the info we were getting, that last show would have been July 24th or July 31st, to be safe i had planned for the final extravaganza to be on July 17th, and if the show went on after that, we would have tried to top the previous one. As the station came to an end, i have heard that a few people supposedly close to me had known that July 10th would be our last show and opted not to tell me. So be it. We had a great show on the 10th, a great playlist, some great banter, a great instudio guest and even a phone call from Joan Jett to wish us well as we signed off. The show that would have aired on the 17th would have built on that as we were pulling out all of the stops for the last show. Even though it didn’t happen, here’s the playlist, utilize theatre of the mind to enjoy the show as you read it..and maybe you’ll figure out who the special call ins are….

ANYTHING ANYTHING FINAL RXP SHOW PLAYLIST

Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Robert Deniro Listen you Screwheads intro
Andrew WK Anything Intro
Kevin Kinney Anything intro
DJ Rich Russo TERRIBLE TIM
Montage of every song played on 11/9/08
Anything Anything Mission Statement from 11/9/08
I can only give you everything AMBERTONE
phone call from a favorite artist
Hello Goodbye TEGAN AND SARA
Rex Bob Lowenstein MARK GERMINO and THE SLUGGERS
phone call from a major rock star
Seconds U2
Garbage Man THE SECONDS
Danny Felter THE WILD DEER
phone call from a major rock star
Off He Goes PEARL JAM
Goodbye EDDIE VEDDER
Goodnight Goodbye SMITHEREENS
Circus is Leaving Town ISOBEL CAMPBELL and MARK LANEGAN
Clowntime is Over ELVIS COSTELLO
phone call from a favorite artist
Little Mascara REPLACEMENTS
I don’t want the night to end NICK LOWE
Outta Site Outta Mind WILCO
Quote goodbye Quote CAROLYN MAS
Sound of G-o-o-d-b-y-e THE JAGS
Goodbye Girl SQUEEZE
Gone SARAH SOLOVAY
I feel weird STEEL TRAIN
While my guitar gently Weeps GIRL IN A COMA
We Gotta Get out of Here IAN HUNTER
Phone call from a major rock star
Radio Nowhere BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
I Don’t Want to Go Home (live red bank) SOUTHSIDE JOHHNY, LITTLE STEVEN, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JON BON JOVI
Broken Radio JESSE MALIN
Depression Times RODEO QUEENS
Phone call from a major rock star
Don’t Leave Me GREEN DAY
Sidewalk Queen WYLDLIFE
Hold on me BAD TOWN
Let’s Rock FADED HORIZON
Rock Solid DMC
Tragic PLASTIQ PASSION
What’s up with That DICTATORS
It’s all over WILLIE NILE
Stairway to Gilligan’s Island LITTLE ROGER
Smells like Karen Carpenter MONEYSHOT COSMONAUTS
Heaven knows I’m Miserable now SMITHS
PUMPKIN says goodbye and plays a song of her choice
The End of Something JOHN WESLEY HARDING
The End BEST COAST
End of the Game THE KNACK
End it on this NO DOUBT
GREG says goodbye and plays a song of his choice
All for the Love of Rock and Roll TUFF DARTS
Lost Prophets in Vain THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES
Further on up the Road BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Some Local appropriate closing songs…

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Some Local appropriate closing songs…

Sadly, RXP has ended due to the sale of the station. Oddly enough a station that was once called New York’s Rock Experience (don’t get me started on why it was stopped being marketed as that) , ended not once but twice and both times with songs by English artists, first on Thursday night during Rich Kotite’s final show and last DJ voiced segment, he chose to end with the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” and then on Friday as the station transitioned to it’s musical stunt before it turns to a news talk station. the last RXP song was the Who’s “Long Live Rock”

This got me thinking about some cool local artists that might have had songs worthy of the end of what was once called New York’s Rock Experience (once again, please don’t get me started on why it stopped being called that, only Kotite knows)

Here’s a bunch of songs by a bunch of local artists, that might have been cool to sum up RXP and the sale and format switch, what do you think?

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Rich Sings with Dramarama

Filmed at the ‘Anything, Anything’ 1 year anniversary party at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ.

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A little bit about me

A true music aficionado and collector, Rich Russo boasts a collection of vinyl and CDs estimated to have reached an astonishing 100,000 pieces.

Rich says, “Springsteen’s line from No Surrender says it best, ‘We learned more from a 3 minute record than we ever did in school.’”

“Music is the most personal and yet one of the most shared experiences you can have. My listeners share my passion for music and although we may not always have the same musical tastes they trust me to introduce them to artists who are relevant and to music that deserves to be heard.”

A lifelong Jersey resident, Russo grew up listening to NY and NJ radio and remembers how the DJs were almost as big as the music they played. Rich believes that DJs today need an identity and must go beyond the pressures of playing only what research dictates or what the record labels are pitching.

Rich is a hard-core fan of live music and is committed to staying on the cutting edge of the music scene. He spends a few nights each week attending live concerts by emerging and established artists. He has seen his friends in the E Street Band play close to 400 times and has occupied a seat at a Pearl Jam concert more than 50 times.
“Part of, if not all of, the woes of radio, and especially rock radio, is the formula it’s become. Focus groups and call out hooks – it’s ridiculous – a great song is a great song regardless of it’s source. The audience is hungry and wants the DJ to help them discover their music choices. RXP breaks the modern mold. Just the other day, I was going through a box of records I had bought years ago and there were a bunch of radio station copies and the coolest thing was that most of them had a sticker or something on it, next to each song title with the air staff’s opinion of each song, not just the hit, but every song. I highly doubt that happens now.”

‘Anything Anything’ goes deep and finds great new music for its listeners. Rich has the kind of creative freedom that is unrivaled in major market radio today. Working without the constraints of a playlist, Rich has 100% control of the music he plays and has successfully developed a free form show that is gutsy and raw. Russo is admired for being highly opinionated and not afraid to share his thoughts. As you listen to his show every week, you’ll know what his feelings are towards musical trends, events and life in general. It all ties in to Rich Russo’s philosophy about music being a very shared experience.

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