East Village Radio

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East Village Radio (EVR), begun in August 2003,[1] was an Internet radio station which broadcast from a storefront studio in the East Village of Manhattan, in New York City. Originally a pirate radio station broadcasting at 88.1 MHz, the station shut down on May 23, 2014[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] and relaunched in conjunction with Dash Radio, June 3, 2015.[10][11]

EVR's street-level studio is on 21 First Avenue at East 1st Street. According to an MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) study of pedestrian traffic in New York City, almost 1,800 (1,000 during off-peak travel times) pedestrians passed by the sound booth per hour.

Over 60 DJs and hosts provide 16 hours of free live programming a day, in two-hour show blocks, seven days a week. Programming features a mix of music, news, comedy and commentary. Music ranges from indie to new wave to coldwave to hip hop and post punk to vintage jazz, funk and soul to house, techno and ambient electronic.

EVR supports the free radio movement.[citation needed]


The East Village Radio storefront studio back in 2010
The East Village Radio storefront studio back in 2010.

We started out as a pirate FM station, broadcasting from an apartment above Lil' Frankie's, which was essentially the office for L.F. plus a tiny adjacent room. We'd broadcast live from there, on 88.1 FM every day from 4pm-12am. We actually put the antenna on the roof of 19 1st Avenue ourselves! It was a intensely creative time, when Frank Prisinzano, myself, Jorge Docouto,[12] and Donielle McCarry came together and formed the beginnings...— Veronica Vasicka — EVR Co-Founder, Host of Minimal Wave [5]

“He had some extra space in one of his restaurants and he and a friend came up with the idea for a radio station based off, I think, Free Radio Austin,[13][14][15]... They went out and bought the equipment, climbed up on the roof of the building that houses Lil’ Frankie’s, and started broadcasting.” — Peter Ferraro, manager of East Village Radio.[16]

EVR first aired in August 2003, broadcasting from a small room in a walk-up building at 19 First Ave. (next door to the current location) in order to provide commercial-free music and a voice for the East Village community. EVR was transmitting at twenty watts and began broadcasting online in September 2003. During transmission, EVR was broadcasting as a pirate station on 88.1FM and reached as far west as Varick Street (which also happened to be the location of one of the FCC headquarters!). About two weeks after a New York Times article on the station, EVR received a cease and desist order from the FCC.[1]

East Village Radio was established in June 2003,[17] initially funded by the restaurants of Frank Prisinzano,[1] and broadcast on the airwaves at 88.1 FM. After an article in The New York Times described the station, the FCC sent a cease-and-desist letter as the station was unlicensed to use the airwaves.[18] Due to the difficulty of obtaining new FM licenses, the decision was made to make EVR an internet radio station.[19]

Some time after this, it was decided to move the studio from its original location above a restaurant to a storefront booth on First Avenue in Manhattan. This was seen as a way of reconnecting EVR with the East Village community since the station was no longer literally on-the-air.

East Village Radio Festival 2008-09-06 South Street Seaport, New York, New York.[20][21][22]

East Village Radio's DJ line-up included British multi-platinum artist and producer Mark Ronson.[23]

Every Friday around 7:30pm, I'd leave the studio in a mad scramble to make it to EVR by 8pm. Often times, whoever I was working with in the studio would come along too, just to hang out. I remember Amy Winehouse joining me a few times,[24] with the sweet intention of keeping me company. Then she'd eventually get bored after ten minutes and go to the tattoo parlor right next door. I think she got two or three tattoos before I decided I should stop inviting her along, for her own sake. — Mark Ronson — Host of Authentic Shit[5]

One of its final guests before closing and relaunching was artist and Vector Gallery creator/curator JJ Brine on the AndewAndrew show.[25]

East Village radio has now relaunched on Dash Radio and is live as of June 3, 2015.[11][26][27]



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  2. ^ Kilgannon, Corey (May 19, 2014). "Station That Mirrors East Village's Spirit Is Signing Off". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Podcast Picks: Mark Ronson's 'Authentic Shit'". The New York Observer. October 19, 2007.
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  9. ^ "East Village Radio shutting down for good next week".
  10. ^ Linton, Caroline. "East Village Radio to return this month | amNewYork". www.amny.com.
  11. ^ a b East Village Radio returning on Dash Radio (!!), renovated 1st Ave studio included; Brooklyn Radio coming soon too
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  13. ^ Roberts, Michael (October 4, 2001). "The Making of a Pirate". Westword.
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  21. ^ "EVR Fest set times, now w/ Mark Ronson, 2nd stage & film". BrooklynVegan.
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  24. ^ "Fresh Music: Mark Ronson". Freshness Mag.
  25. ^ Brine, JJ (July 16, 2014). "An Interview with JJ Brine". AndrewAndrew Sound Sound (Interview). Interviewed by AndrewAndrew. New York City: East Village Radio.
  26. ^ "East Village Radio Relaunching With New Shows and Old Favorites". DNAinfo New York.
  27. ^ Tanz, Jason. "Radio Is Soulless. Can These Radicals Make It Great Again?". Wired – via www.wired.com.
  28. ^ "Mark Ronson Authentic Shit East Village Radio 2005" – via soundcloud.com.
  29. ^ "Mixcloud". Mixcloud.
  30. ^ "Mixcloud". Mixcloud.
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  33. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (June 10, 2007). "POP QUIZ: MARK RONSON". SFGATE.
  34. ^ Diehl, Matt (April 9, 2013). "Mark Ronson Pushes Back Against 'Retro Guy' Tag". Rolling Stone.
  35. ^ "Industry Insiders: Harley and Cassie, The Inseperable [sic] DJ Duo". July 21, 2009.
  36. ^ "East Village Radio -> Shows ->". May 18, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-05-18.
  37. ^ "schedule". Archived from the original on 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2009-11-17.

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