July 14, 2010

Veteran broadcaster Tom Leykis launches new online initiative

Filed under:Radio Industry — admin @ 11:28 am

For radio music fans who feel the waters have grown stale in recent years, there is now light on the horizon. You won’t hear it on the FM dial, though: “New Normal Music” is currently an online-only initiative, though it was started by radio veteran Tom Leykis. Leykis promises to bring a wealth of experience to the venture, and says the show will highlight artists not normally played on Modern Rock stations, starting with a continuous stream of 50,000 songs less than a year old.Leykis has been involved with radio since he was 14 years old, when he served as a fill-in host for Long Island station WBAB. He contributed to talk radio shows in the late 1970s and became the host of the long-running and often controversial talk show The Tom Leykis Show in 1994. The show ended in 2009, and Leykis began a weekly program called The Tasting Room focusing on the high-class lifestyle.The manifesto currently up on the website reveals Leykis’s signature style, lambasting the ages of many popular artists like Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (40), Tom Delonge of Blink-182 (34), and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (47). While acknowledging the contributions of these artists, Leykis insists that radio stations cannot truly take a chance on exciting new artists, and is dedicated to changing that via the web.”New Normal Music” will be available on all major devices, including the iPad, iPhone and Droid as well as home computers. The site will also take requests and offers audio quality which Leykis claims is higher than any radio station. It will be interesting to see if and how radio stations take Leykis up on his implicit challenge, but if you’re interested, make sure to tune to “New Normal Music” when it launches July 1.

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