Anything Anything with Rich Russo
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|Running time||2 hours per episode, weekly|
|Home station||107.1 The Peak
|Air dates||since November 9, 2008|
Anything Anything with Rich Russo is a weekly two-hour free form radio program that airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m.in the New York City market. The program's weekly playlists range from deep tracks of known artists, punk, non album b-sides, bubblegum pop, TV themes, jazz, blues, country, novelty and unsigned local artists. Dramarama’s "Anything, Anything (I'll Give You)" is the theme song and the Live at the China Club version begins 99% of the shows (occasionally an acoustic or piano version is played). The show has world premiered tracks by Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, and Tegan and Sara. fun.'s "We Are Young" had its first airing in October 2011 on Anything Anything with Rich Russo. The show has also had numerous guests including Andrew WK, Joan Jett, Mike Ness, Brandon Flowers, The Buried Life, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Girl in a Coma, Little Steven Van Zandt, Alejandro Escovedo, Steel Train, The Bangles, Urge Overkill, The Smithereens, Jesse Malin, Paul Collins, Garland Jeffreys, Lucero and Prima Donna.
The show began on November 9, 2008 on WRXP-FM. Upon their sale and format switch in July 2011, the show began airing on WXPK-FM on September 25, 2011. On October 2, 2011 the show also began airing on WDHA-FM. On April 21, 2013, the show began airing on 820 am The Gamut in Frederick, Maryland, WTOP 103.5 HD-3 in Washington, DC and 107.7 HD-3 WWWT-FM in Manassas, VA. On October 6, 2013, the show also began airing on WRAT in the Monmouth-Ocean NJ radio market. On March 16, 2014, the show also began airing on WLZX in the Springfield MA radio market
Host Rich Russo cites as his influences the following radio personalities and shows:
- Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ)
- Dr. Demento (The Dr. Demento Show), who has appeared on the show twice as Super Bowl counterprogramming
- John Peel (Peel Sessions)
- Vin Scelsa (Idiot's Delight)
- Little Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven's Underground Garage)
Philosophies and Views
The anything anything year end charts:
Rich's philosophies on bands and the music industry are covered on air and via his blog:
Why The Strokes Are A Waste of Time
What if the Presale Lays an Egg
Why Bon Jovi is Wrong about Steve Jobs
It's Really Bad Karma to Buy Music on Amazon
Why Don Kirshner Mattered
Why I Won't Ever Play 30 Seconds to Mars 
Notable On-Air Events
February 28, 2010 Andrew WK was a guest in studio for the first ever extended broadcast of the show.
May 15, 2011 Darryl DMC McDaniels was a guest on the show. Rich read Sara Quin's entire letter about Tyler the Creator and there was spirited dialogue that followed.
Every Super Bowl Sunday since 2011, Dr. Demento serves as the co-host for a special all novelty edition show.
Notable Off Air Events
As an extension of the radio show, Russo began doing events with local unsigned bands on Staten Island, which then led to events in Brooklyn and New Jersey and then New York City.
An Anything Anything show at Santos Party House drew over 700 people for a group of unsigned bands and featured a guest appearance by Andrew WK for the encore.
Russo also hosted a series of residency shows with Jesse Malin at Bowery Electric. Every show in the concert series sold out and featured guests including Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, Moby, and Eugene Hutz from Gogol Bordello
Anything Anything was given the exclusive on both Foxboro Hot Tubs (Green Day) shows to announce, promote and give away tickets.
November 2010, the Anything Anything 2nd Anniversary Show was featured in the gossip pages of the Daily News (due to Lady Gaga, Madonna and Joan Jett being in attendance).
For Record store day 2010, a special limited edition of 500 copies of live performances from the Anything Anything radio show featuring all unsigned local acts, sold 468 copies in one day and was the 68th best selling album of the week in the NY Market. There was an Anything Anything bus tour visiting local record stores that day and received local TV coverage. 100% of the profits of the record went directly to the record stores.
Russo serves as emcee with Vincent Pastore of the annual Light of Day concerts in Asbury Park, NJ where he has brought Bruce Springsteen on stage on two different occasions. The Anything Anything 4th Anniversary Party with Social Distortion at Starland Ballroom was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy
The Anything Anything 5th Anniversary Party with Tegan and Sara, Willie Nile and Plastiq Passion was on September 27th, 2013 at Starland Ballroom
Reception and Reviews
"Anything Anything has the kind of creative freedom that is unrivaled on mainstream radio -- no mandated playlist, ever. Rich has complete control over the music he plays and the result is a free form show that recalls radio's glory days of the 70's - raw, gutsy, opinionated, fun. Anything, Anything was also a huge ratings success in an era when terrestrial radio seems to be on its last legs. When the show started three years ago, Russo was a completely unknown underdog, up against established shows on huge radio stations in the biggest radio market in the world -- New York City. Through guerrilla marketing he built the brand into a roaring success, becoming a Sunday night ratings juggernaut by the time the station folded." – Holly Cara Price, The Huffington Post
"The third floor of Russo’s home is the scientist’s lab, the place where he transfers songs from vinyl to CD, then to iPod, and ultimately, onto the set list for his shows. He makes lists, listens to them as he travels around, adding and deleting to best manage the mood. Among the white boxes of tunes, the built-in shelves that contain more music, Russo sits at a simple office chair, swiveling to propel him into the area where he knows particular songs can be found. Resting in a cradle is one of Springsteen’s guitars, with the inscription, “To Rich, Thanks,” and the Boss’s signature. In the corner by the turntables, a cutout of Elvis — Costello, this time — watches eagerly with a “put me in, coach” look — as Russo builds his set." – David Chmiel, The Cranford Patch
"Tegan and Sara headlined a bill that accurately reflected Russo’s eclectic tastes: a pinch of imaginative homegrown talent, a solid block of meat-and-potatoes, Springsteen-style guitar rock, and pure new-wave ear candy." - Tris McCall, The Star Ledger
- Alejandro Escovedo and Friends Electrify the Bowery
- Rich Russo's Anything Anything: The Show That Is Changing Rock Radio" by Holly Cara Price, September 17, 2011, The Huffington Post.
- "Part-time Gig Not 'Only' Rock 'n' Roll to Cranford Man" by David Chmiel, September 28, 2011 The Cranford Patch.
- Tris McCall, "Tegan and Sara sizzle, shimmer, and swoon at Starland".
- Anything Anything with Rich Russo, official site
- Rolling Stone Magazine article about Bowery Ballroom concert presented by Anything Anything with Rich Russo
- NJ.com interview with DJ/Host Rich Russo
- Huffington Post article about Anything Anything with Rich Russo
- Cranford Patch, interview with DJ and host Rich Russo
- 2010 interview with Rich Russo from the Staten Island Advance
- Article about Record Store Day and independent music from 2010
- Playlists from Anything, Anything with Rich Russo
- Tegan and Sara sizzle, shimmer, and swoon at Starland