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East Village Radio to Relaunch, New Sister Station Planned

By Lisha Arino | November 14, 2014 1:24pm
 The Smiths' Andy Rourke during his broadcast for East Village Radio in 2011.
The Smiths' Andy Rourke during his broadcast for East Village Radio in 2011.
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EAST VILLAGE — It’s a radio reboot.

East Village Radio, which shut down in May, is planning to return to the airwaves and to its tiny First Avenue storefront sometime within the next few weeks, Brooklyn Vegan first reported.

The independent radio station broadcasted commercial-free programming for 11 years, hosted artists like Mark Ronson and The Smiths' Andy Rourke and attracted more than 1 million listeners worldwide before its closed on May 23 because it could not afford to pay royalties to musicians. 

East Village Radio's relaunch date and other details have yet to be announced, but the First Avenue studio will be outfitted with new equipment and technology, according to the blog.

Some of the station’s programming and DJs will also return, although there are plans for new shows and produced specials, Brooklyn Vegan wrote.

East Village Radio will relaunch as part of the new Dash Radio network, which was created by general manager Peter Ferraro and Scott “DJ Skee” Kenney.

The network aims to provide 24-hour, commercial-free programming featuring live DJs, according to its website.

Ferraro and Kenney also plan to launch Brooklyn Radio, a new sister station that would be broadcast in a storefront studio on N. Seventh Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, early next year.

East Village Radio did not immediately respond to a request for comment.